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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 321 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection

(Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008)
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12 oz. bottle from 2010 poured into a Portsmouth tulip. One of several extras from Knifestyles.

Basically black. A half-finger brown head with loose bubbles forms but subsides quickly. Minor lacing.

The aroma is very odd. It's sort of like a vegetable stew. There is definitely corn in here, and to be completely honest it sort of smells like Fritos.

The taste is markedly better than the smell. Sort of a Mexican chocolate thing going on, with fudge and some peppery spices. No real coffee to speak of. However, there's also that very odd, vegetal taste throughout.

Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Time has not improved the drinkability of this beer.

A beer that I imagine is wonderful fresh, this has not held up well. I'm not quite sure what happened, given that this particular bottle wasn't terribly old. I'll hold out for a new sample in the future.

10-16-2011 19:40:21 | More by amphion1065


1.9/5  rDev -54.1%

Infected! Too sour to drink. Disgusting. Purchased three four packs of this stuff,and every bottle was infected. If I ever get hold of a non-infected example,I will be sure to re-review,but as it stands,the beer I've had both last year(2012) and this year(2013) have been repulsive.

02-10-2012 08:49:24 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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1.91/5  rDev -53.9%


2013 Version

I was pretty excited to try the newer batch as my 2012 bottle was terrible. Well, I was doubly disappointed with this year's batch. Poured beautifully, left some lacing overall looked good.

Smell initially was fantastic, with coffee and vanilla and bourbon all seeming to come through beautifully. Where they lost me...AGAIN...is the taste. This is what a beer tastes like that is turning sour. HOW could you do this to a beer brand 2 years in a row, especially if you knew that last years was flawed??

I adjusted my reviews accordingly. Is this literally the worst tasting beer I've ever had? No, but it is the worst tasting bourbon-barrel aged coffee stout that I have ever had. I'm done with Peruvian Morning.

2012 Version.

Black body topped by a decent sized, tan, foam head. When held up to light, you can see deep garnet hues through the beer. Head recedes to a pretty thick layer on top and stays around a while.

The beer smells as advertised: bourbon and coffee. Pretty even balance between the two delivers notes of vanilla, espresso, and cocoa. Pretty tasty aroma, though there is something slightly off. Not sure how to verbalize it though.

Whoops....what is wrong with this beer?! I certainly was not expecting this to be sour or tart at all, and yet this beer has quite a bite to it! Tart on the backend towards the sides and then a biting finish. I think it is probable that this beer was infected. Aside from that major issue however, there is a mild flavor of coffee and bourbon. So while this is beer is not great, it could taste worse.

Very light bodied. Carbonation is decent, good in fact. The body is just remarkably light bodied for a stout though. It really should have more body here, and this helps me think that there is an infection with this beer.

I have had some great beers from Central Waters, but this isn't one of them. I will be on the lookout for any previous releases, or future releases. But in general I will completely avoid any 2012 bottle, especially at $5 a 12 oz. bottle.

01-11-2013 04:00:59 | More by MusicaleMike
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1.93/5  rDev -53.4%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

A pretty imperial stout. Very dark brown, bordering on black throughout, with a nice dark brown cap that leaves irregular spiderwebs of sticky bubbles down the glass.

The terrible infection isn't nearly as detectable in the aroma. There's still some distinct coffee and chocolate notes left lingering, though any barrel presence has seemed to turn into a bit of a vinegar/sour/cherry/tart intrusion.

The flavor is indeed awfully infected. It wasn't so bad at its coldest temperature, but upon minutes of warming, this beer is undrinkable. Sharp notes of vinegar, sour, stale cherries, don't mix at all well with some lingering coffee and chocolate notes. Not the worst thing I've put in my mouth, but not a lot redeeming attributes here.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I will find something else to drink tonight.

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This is an amazing beer! Coffee smell and taste is awesome. I would say its a close sister to BCS coffee.. and we all know how grrrreat BCS is. This can only get better with age. Perfect blend of coffe and love.

Poured in an 8 oz snifter

Velvet feel on the tongue and then the coffee just blends in beautifully. Best served room temp.

***Update ***
Had a new bottle April 2nd 2013 and it was amazing ! I Brought a bottle to a beer share April 6th 2013 and it was infected I hope this isn't "deja vu" all over again! I had to return a case of infected PM last year.

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2.49/5  rDev -39.9%

2012. Thanks to Joe for this one!

A: A decent looking beer, very deep brown, not quite black, with a small tan head on top that leaves a nice cap on top. No lacing though.

S: Has a really nice aroma, plenty of coffee and chocolate. Some caramel and a little vanilla mixed in.

T: The flavor however, is quite a bit different. It took a while for the infection to really show through, it was masked by the temperature at first. Rather sour, some cherry and a bit of vinegar mask some light chocolate and coffee underneath.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Was hoping it wasn't infected and had high hopes based off the aroma, but the flavor was just off.

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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