Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 450
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008

2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection
2015 Tap only release
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Photo of KarlHungus
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque dark brown color. The head is a half inch of tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is very nice balance of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and graham cracker. Very mouthwatering. I could smell this beer all day long. The taste is similar to the aroma in that there is a lot of complexity with many different parts intermingling with each other. The malty chocolate and vanilla flavors come through first with a creamy coffee presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a very well crafted beer. A great beer in fact. I would drink this beer daily if it were available for me to do so. (722 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of, if not the best coffee beer I have ever had. This is coming from the man who can take an IV of Valdez! Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was brilliant. Huge billowing head of tan came up and over the top of a dark black liquid that no light could push through. Smooth and even settling led to a spider web like coating all along the insides of the glass and a nice quarter inch of lace stuck on top. The aroma was the strongest coffee smell I have ever had come off of a beer before! Huge notes of well roasted coffee. As it warms soft notes of vanilla and molasses start to pop through. It was all I could do to keep myself from devouring the entire glass at once. The first sip was like pure heaven for me. Such a smooth, rich and full bodied feel, I was beside myself. Rich decadent coffee flavor melded with a seemlingly endless barage of vanilla. This was nuts. I sipped my way through it like I would a perfect cup of cappucino, it was sublime. Subtle notes of molasses, complimented the vanilla and as it worked its way through the final sips, chocolate just layered across the tongue.

What can I say here, this is a beer that was simply made for me. Insanely good with a rich texture, sweet coffee flavor and an overall approach that is second to none. I need this everyday. (1,365 characters)

Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. What a treat. This is a very well-balanced Bourbon barrel stout. Wonderful.

A - 1/2-inch head with a little lacing. Not highly carbonated. Black as night.

S - If you like the smell of Bourbon and chocolate (I do), you will love this.

T - Again, so well-balanced. The Bourbon, chocolate and coffee notes work in harmony with one another. Not one overpowers the other.

M - Smooth and velvety. Like French Silk Pie.

O - This is one of my new favorites and I will look for it everywhere I go. (499 characters)

Photo of Penguin3200
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, the sun has risen over a glorious Peruvian morning! This sucker pours a beautiful dark brown viscous liquid with a minimal head. Smell is just awesome. Like the first time you grabbed a Starbucks Americano mixed with grandmas vanilla cream pie. taste is knockout good with the vanilla notes and coffee screaming through. Bourbon on the back end warms the throat as if you are chewing on humid peruvian volcanic air...whatever that is...

Mouthfeel is a little light, and I would like a bit more bulk to it. Finish is everlasting and wow what a beer!

Central waters is killing the bba beers.

Cheers!
Bill (612 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black pour with a small ring of cream and a small covering in the center of the Half Acre globe glass.

Nice aroma of dark roasted malt and oaky bourbon. Slight coffee too.

Intense flavor of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate with some milk chocolate. Sweet but just right with a great roast finish. Impressive. Wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is world class. A silky, velvet smoothness coats the tongue. No lacing probably due to the oily coffee? No matter as the appearance, taste and aroma more than make up for this detail.

I love this beer. I find this equal to or better than Half Acre's barrel aged Over Ale but since they do not bottle it makes it difficult to compare and contrast. The brewer and whoever runs the barrel aging program at Central Waters deserve honors for world class accomplishments. The last barrel aged beer I tried from Central Waters was awesome and this one was equally enjoyable. A barrel aged dark beer lovers dream come true. An unbelievable value. A Grand Slam again CW. (1,017 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, dense, brown head that laces beautifully and has fantastic persistence. Acidic, sweet, tart, oak aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla behind it. Starts with a deep, toasted, roasted coffee flavor that has a tartness of floral hops, and big notes of vanilla and oak wood. Builds to a medium bitterness as the acidity blends smoothly with the hops. Finish is hop bitterness, toasted malt, coffee, and wood.

Jesus.
This is everything you could want in a big bourbon stout.
Coffee, roasted malt, and big, assertive notes of bourbon.
If you like big biers, CW is your brand. They make, bar none, the BEST barrel aged big biers I've ever had.
This is mesmerizing when you're in to mood for something assertive, bold, and complex. (753 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - almost opaque, just a shadowy reddish brown around the edges. A scant finger of light mocha hangs around for a bit, putting some colorful lacy ropes around the edges.

Aroma - rich, intense aromas of nutty coffee beans and woody bourbon. I can smell lots of vanilla and the oak is very forward.

Taste - decent roasted malt has no chance against the onslaught of the dark roasted coffee beans. Very fresh tasting. The ensuing bourbon notes are outstanding. The bourbon has a smoky flavor to it courtesy of the malts and coffee I suppose. The vanilla and oak fold in neatly for a most enjoyable experience. Abv warmth, a little drying on the swallow, and a return of the whiskey ends the ride.

Mouthfeel - crisp carbonation level against an average body. Not the best impression but it doesn't hold back the beer either.

Drinkability - top notch stuff by Central Waters. MPLS brought me a bottle of this at DLD09. Choice brew, thanks Erik! (953 characters)

Photo of Drucifer
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CW snifter glass

A: Dark Brown to black with a light head. This leaves some lacing on the glass as it disappears into my belly.

S: Big notes of coffee followed by oak and bourbon. Gives me a caffeine high from the smell alone, but this is probably a placebo effect.

T: Tastes just like it smells, huge notes of coffee/oak/bourbon with some light roasts. This is a fantastic coffee stout that is very easy to drink. There is zero booze attributed to the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is exactly what I want from my stouts, not thick like syrup and not thin like water.

O: This is a fantastic brew from CW that is only outshined by 1414 and 15 (2012 BBS is damn close). I really wish I would've brought a Uhaul to the anny party to stock up for the rest of my life. This is the seond best coffee stout I have ever had next to FBS. Do seek this brew out if you ever have a chance! (913 characters)

Photo of dspolanco
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type- Bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip glass

Appearance- Solid black, motor oil like. No head, bunch of lacing.

Smell- Smell is simply divine. Coffee, Cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Then the oak bourbon barrels come in. Deep vanilla flavor.

Taste-Everything in the nose is in the taste and Wow. Upfront is the beautiful coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Then the bourbon barrels and vanilla shine!

Mouthfeel- Full just like a bourbon aged stout should be.

Overall- Simply a World Class beer. A pleasure to drink. Highly recommend to seek it out.

Cheers! (588 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a nice deep black with a half finger head that dissapears very fast.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and not as much coffee as I excpected but still their.

Taste is unreal, vanilla, sweet malt, chocolate, bourbon and a splash of nice coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy

Wow what a beer. If you get Central Waters go grab some of this it is worth it. (408 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2013 vintage. Will update this review if I ever stumble across an older vintage bottle. Excited to try this beer, one of the most highly acclaimed beers I've seen on BeerAdvocate in recent times, and my second beer from Central Waters Brewing Co., the other being Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA. On with it, then...

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black colored body with a beautiful creamy luscious one finger brown doughy head that quickly thins to a tan cap. Looks very nice. Thin wispy rings of scattered lacing.

S - Beautiful, pronounced bourbon vanilla soaked oak wood. The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Burnt brown sugar. Molasses. Dark candied fruits creep out as the beer warms. Some warming alcohol presence, but pleasant.

T - Silky, creamy bourbon vanilla / chocolate cocoa stout wonderment. Makes most every other beer I've had within the past year or so seem weak, simple, and irrelevent by comparison. A lovingly roasted bitter coffee bean presence begins to emerge by the third act, as the beer warms, followed by a vaguely spicy finish. So very smooth, highly drinkable, and yet utterly complex, I would certainly have no problem drinking several of these.

M - Creamy, silky, bitter coffee bean texture. Smooth and luscious; ridiculously drinkable for being an 8.50% abv beer. Leaves behind a dry powdery finish on the palate.

Overall, I haven't had the pleasure yet of drinking a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout or Bell's Black Note Stout, so I can't compare it to those, but this definitely ranks high among one of the best stouts, and one of the best beers, that I've tried yet. This is review #151 for me, and this beer has got to be in my top five for sure. A must-try beer.

Central Waters Peruvian Morning Brand Stout ---4.5/5 (1,825 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jan. 2009. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a decent tan colored head that dissipated after awhile.

(S)- A rich profile with a good roasted component to it. Kind of a dry baked bread character amidst a lovely cocoa, raisin, molasses, and caramel sweetness. Beautiful.

(T)- Almost the same as the smell. A great richness of cocoa, molasses, and caramel sweetness with just a tiny bit of a dry roasted bitterness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and sweet, but balanced with a touch of dry bitterness. Very very smooth with just a tiny twinge of boozy warmth going down.

(D)- A fantastic beer and a fantastic example of the style. Superbly balanced despite being bourbon barrel aged. One of the finest examples of a Barrel aged beer that is not incredibly boozy, but smooth, yet rich and inviting. Yet another reason why I love midwest brewers. (959 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one on the shelf since late 09 or early 2010...so it's nicely aged. Unfortunately didn't have an extra to crack at the time...guess I'll have to make another trip back through Wisconsin (if you're reading this and want Montana beers, trades welcomed!)

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a chocolate brown, not as opaque as I'd expect, letting a fair amount of light through, with about a half finger of head that subsides somewhat, but lingers longer than anticipated in the form of a ring around the glass and some foam on the top. The bubbles are uneven, with medium sized ones floating to the top pretty steadily, though it's by no means fast carbonation. As they linger on the edge of the glass, they get smaller and turn into a fine foam, which is closer to creme brulee in color than mocha. I would normally expect this beer to appear less carbonated and more slick, but this is a pleasant surprise for the style.

Smell: Somewhat abrasive in the nose, in the best way, with cool undertones. The hops bring just enough spice to blend with some nice chocolate and coffee malts that dominate the smell of this brew. Undertones of vanilla and cream--smells COLD, as much as that's possible. Even some subtle hints of raisins, cinnamon, and sour cherries...maybe even a little wine. Lovely--and, as it warms, interestingly enough, the sharper tones shine even more in the blend, with maybe a bit of smoke shining through.

Taste: This one is fascinating. First, it's cold and smooth--and that's not just the temperature it's at, it truly TASTES cold initially, with heavy cream and vanilla notes. Almost immediately, though, the taste turns to that of sour cherries, and the heat comes out (though it's not HOT, it just is a pleasant warmth) to be blended in with heavy chocolate notes. The coffee is there too, but the sour cherries, dark chocolate, and smoke dominate. And I'm not talking about as it warms--every sip starts with this cool, creamy, awesome taste that then warms with alcohol heat, cherries and chocolate. So great and unique. Slight but pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This one's about right, though not exactly what I'd call perfect. It's nice, cool, and smooth, but the carbonation gets a little foamy in the finish. I wonder though if this could be more crisp and still retain the excellent cold smoothness. Strikes me as a tough one, and this may be about as good as it could get.

Overall, this is one of my favorites, and I'm glad I took the time to review it. It's been a while for me with reviews, and I'd set this one aside until I had the time. I could sip this all evening (granted, it's a winter evening...in Montana). This is one of the greatest Central Waters brews I've had, and a great reminder of why they remain one of my favorite breweries despite being painfully inaccessible where I live. (2,865 characters)

Photo of Drtfinelli
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks JHorner77 for this PRIZE.

Poured a nice Deep Brown with a single finger Cream head.
Smells amazing. A nice touch of Bourbon sweetness.
Coffee roast and Subtly Sweet. This is similar to KBS.
Solid full feel in the mouth with the perfect carbonation.

If you can, try this amazing BA Stout.

I actually enjoyed this more than KBS. Heresy, I know :) (355 characters)

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, from one of the more under rated breweries in the world. Taste follows nose and great flavors or Coffee, Bourbon and Chocolate meld together beautifully. I keep reading the comparisons to KBS and Peruvian being referred to as a smaller version of KBS, but I would pick this over KBS, especially at half the price. (334 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slow receading tiny bubbles in a latte foam / tan color. Dark dark brown to black color, hints of light peak throught the edges of the imperial pint glass.

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, dark candy sugar and roasty malt dominate the nose. Alcohol is detected, possibly the bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Big chocolatey, coffee and toasty malt sweetness. Complex! and balanced and the same time. Bitterness is strong and only punctuates the amazing roasty, vanilla, chocolate of this beer.. wow, drink this one on the warmer side.

M: Tingly tounge sensation, possibly from bourbon? big chewy body and low carbonation. zero astringancy or alcohol warming.

O: A.. fucking.. mazing.. central waters is an asset to the state of WI and is often over looked by the beer geeks here. Too bad.. Peruvian Morning rivals the best stouts I've ever had. (835 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the almosy opaque dark brown brew. Head falls slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is coffee, maple syrup, and barrel notes. Taste truly shadows the nose, with the barrel character of vanilla and whiskey dominant at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is WAY too easy for what it is. Wish I could find come more easily. (478 characters)

Photo of lazz131
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this one from the bottle a few times and on tap once over the past couple weeks.

Pours dark but maybe a bit thinner than your typical ba stout. Head a bit lighter than would be expected.

Smell is amazing. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Some nice bitterness to level it all out.

Taste is phenomenal. Perfect balance of the above. Most ba stouts are "one and done" but i could potentially crack another. Some alcoholic bite, which I actually enjoyed.

Some may knock that this one is "only" 8% but I don't think it's necessarily a badge of honor to cram as much abv into a ba stout as possible. This still packs a punch w/o putting you to bed.

Top notch ba stout. Although many times the motor oil-thick stout is very appealing, I like that this one is a little more easy drinking but still packs a ton of flavor. Makes me not feel the need to chase any kbs down (although now I want to track a couple fresh ones down and do a side by side). (947 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden colored head! Pour is very nice and well put. Brew is decent looking...

S - Lots of green chilies and coffee! Awesome! Strong chocolate and lactic scent. Vanilla too stands out.

T - WOW! this brew goes BANG! Super awesome coffee and belgian mix... Big robust flavors! Awesome brew!

M - Carbonation is way too high... Brew is perfect on the bitterness scale. Great deep brew!

O - Way unique brew! Super glad to have picked this one up in a trade! Can't wait to try this one again!!! (501 characters)

Photo of adman08
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown with some ruby on the edges. On a hard pour there is a lot of tan foam that leaves some lacing.
S-Aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel with some bourbon and a hint of coffee and chocolate with a faint scent of alcohol.
T-Great blend of bourbon, vanilla, caramel with some chocolate and coffee. No one flavor overwhelms the others, very good balance.
M-Full bodied and overall fairly sweet but the coffee leaves a lingering dryness at the very end.
Overall, much better than I expected. Even with the high ratings I thought this might be too boozy or the coffee flavor might be too strong, niether were the case. This is a very balanced beer. The blend of flavors are outstanding, no one flavor overpowers the other. This is maybe the most balanced bourbon barrel aged imperial stout I've had. Shockingly drinkable. (838 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful dark brown with a small light tan head with a long retention and good lacing. The appearance is like black coffee with some head.

S - This smells more like coffee than the free coffee I drink at work. There is a milky aroma and some chocolate as well.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and malty sweetness with about a 50/50 balance. The milky smoothness and hints of chocolate round the beer out.

M/D - Mouthfeel is (as I've mentioned) milky and smooth, fills the mouth and leaves a silky smooth chocolate and coffee aftertaste on the tongue. Very drinkable and enjoyable and I wish my coffee tasted like this every morning! (643 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a dark reddish brown almost black, light amount of head which disappeared slowly to just a rim of tan foam

S - smells of toasted grains, coffee, tobacco, cocoa, a hint of grapes, vanilla, bourbon, walnuts.

T - a very sweet toffee, caramel, pecan, milk chocolate.. never had a stout this sweet. i thought it was going to be an average taste from the smells it gave off, but holy crap this one took me by surprise. aftertaste is very coffee flavored with hints of sugar coated pecans. this is phenomenal. a lot more of the bourbon is present after a year of aging. this is truly a fantastic beer.

M - silky smooth, well carbonated, sweet finish, honestly making my mouth water in between sips

O - a very rich and intricately flavored stout.. just plain ol' amazing. sugary sweet with a lot of bourbon profile which were subtle fresh, but after a year of aging are more present. i recommend picking up a couple bottles fresh, and letting a few age for a year just to compare. (987 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Riley's Wine of the World in Madison WI in early February for $10.99/4 pack. Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black with a creamy 1 finger head. Small amount of lacing. Notes of copper in the head. Unusually light in color of an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Sweet vanilla front, oak spine, and coffee/bourbon backing. Great character to this beer.

Taste: The taste is what does it. It really takes off as soon as it hits your palate. Great vanilla character, with enough charred oak and bourbon to balance. Coffee backing. The vanilla really comes through. Marzipan, and slight molasses undertones.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Good level of carbonation, the vanilla makes for a silky smooth drinking beer.

Drink and overall: Very drinkable. Can hardly taste the 8.5% ABV, which I suppose is relatively mild for an Imperial Stout. I love this beer. I was very impressed the first time I tried it, and continues to impress with each additional tasting. (1,016 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from Opethsprite in a trade at Dark Lord Day '09. A bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout made with freshly roasted coffee, sold! Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark murky brown with a perfect one fingered creamy dark tan head. A fantastic cap and collar remain the entire beer as well as loads of spotty sticky lacing.
Smell- Mmmm... Full of smooth vanilla and creamy black coffee with a slight bit of light sweetness. A bit of buttery oak intermingles with the aforementioned vanilla flawlessly creating the softest (in terms of intertwining smells, not potency) nose I've smelled. A bit of caramel malt pokes through as well as some chocolate Tootsie Rolls. Great nose.
Taste- Starts with a smidgen of lightly bitter roasted coffee and a twinge of sharp alcohol. The malt is sort of roasty and toasty with a slight caramel taste that slowly gives way to a bit of oak and vanilla. The bourbon barrel definitely isn't overdone and it really only makes it appearance in the finish (for the most part). My only complaint though is that it's slightly astringent and the alcohol is sort of prominent. Finishes slightly toasted, even nutty, with a bit of vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and creamy with very nice carbonation that is soft and perfect for this beer.
Drinkability- This beer is fantastic. The nose is heavenly, maybe pound-for-pound the best brew I've ever smelled. The taste is really nice as well but if I hear a beer has coffee it in, I want that coffee to dominate. Also it's slightly astringent but nothing I can't get past. All in all very tasty stuff that I wish I had a bottle or two more of. Thanks much Shannon! (1,679 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The stout is pitch black, a cup of coffee no doubt. A finger of head quickly settled down, leaving just a thin white pool.

S: The nose is a three-pronged attack. Rich coffee flavors are first, followed by thick burnt malts of chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. The nose is absolutely beautiful.

T: Coffee flavors, reminiscent of CW's coffee stout (Emy J's seems like one hell of a roaster), start the taste off right. Flavors are rich and bold, mildly bitter. Full stout flavors, burnt and acrid, follow the coffee. The flavors are full with chocolate and molasses. The bourbon is late to the game but it really adds to the flavor. Sweet vanilla and warming booze mix freely with the coffee and stout. The sweetness is fleeting, coming and going without much ado. The finish is very charred with hints of vanilla and coffee.

M: The mouthfeel changes course many times through the glass. Coffee is followed by chocolate and bourbon and burnt malts. The bourbon mid-sip is fast and furious.

D: This is as good as I expected it to be. A real doozy that is one of the best coffee/bourbon stouts out there. Central Waters really knows its way around the style. (1,220 characters)

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.