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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,308 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 317 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot going on here. The coffee characteristic is amazing and I am saying that as a non-consumer of offee. Inredible taste for what it is. Good integration of the bourbon. Appearance is dark brown and big lacey. Great aroma. A bit acidic in the finish.SilverX's bottle.
Had another bottle courtesy of Jon and it was just as good, if not smoother.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz that came in today from nflmvp. Didn't realize it was a one off.

Pours straight black, nothing more nothing less. The head is 3/4" and dark brown. Amazing lacing and good retention. I would call this halfway between 4.5 and 5.0 but I have to choose one or the other.

The aroma is a slap in the face at first. Very heavy on the coffee. Not being a coffee lover this is a bit off-putting. Then once my nostrils adjust to the rediculous intensity of the coffee I catch hints of chocolate and oak. Also theres an underlying sweetness, maybe the bourbon?

Flavor, again coffee and lots of it. Then bourbon, chocolate, and booze in that order. Moderately high bitterness.

Body is heavy, carbonation is medium, just right. Drinkable and interesting for non coffee drinkers, extremely drinkable and enjoyable for coffee drinkers.

t0rin0, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UMNbeerhunter for sending me this one! My first beer from Central Waters.

Bottled in February 2011.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily cap. Random legs of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, wood most prominently with cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans to a lesser extent. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, wood up front that fades into coffee and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower carbonation level and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with nice bourbon aromas and flavors. I am glad I have another one of these in the cellar.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Barrythebear for this bottle.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with a short mocha head that has a decent retention time. Nose is strong coffee and wood with some nice touches of vanilla and cream. Great taste, combining coffee and vanilla well. Good body.and carbonation. Another solid hit from Central Waters.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Fizzy carbonation, but almost no head, looks thin.

Smell is very sweet. Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, cherries.

Taste is so smooth and balanced. 2 years on this is a good amount it seems. It's sweet caramel, coffee finish, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is really thin, light, but drinkable.

nmann08, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a rather modest tan head that leaves a few dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Bourbon barrel and coffee/chocolate elements battle it out for prominence but the oak is ultimately the dominant aroma

Taste: Coffee and chocolate, up front, but the bourbon barrel dominates by mid-palate, adding a bit of a burnt raisin sour element; after the swallow, the beer moves into balance, with both the coffee and the bourbon prominent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not sure I have the best example of this, as I suspect the sourness was not intended; still, a reasonably good beer - just not among the top examples of the style based on this bottle

brentk56, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee bean brown that, amazingly enough, isn't opaque. Bright morning sunshine behind the glass proves that PM is extremely dark black cherry red. A thick chunk of coffee milkshake colored cream looks fantastic and gains even more character as it melts. Finely stippled sheets of sudsy lace look good too.

This CWBC seasonal brew is essentially Satin Solstice Stout plus Fair Trade Coffee, aged in barrels that had previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon. Sounds like a winning combination to me. Although coffee is clearly numero uno, the vanilla-like notes of the whiskey are easily appreciated. Outstanding!

Peruvian Morning has the same slight flaw as the base beer: not enough barley malt. It's a shame too, because it's easy to fix (assuming the brewery thinks it needs fixing). Like Satin Solstice, though, this offering is still boldly flavored and is mighty tasty. It's just that it could have been so much more.

Specifics include dark chocolate, gourmet coffee beans, caramelized sugar, vanilla, a mild oakiness and a hint of lactic tanginess. Bitterness is moderate, especially on the gradually tightening finish. Hop flavor, however, doesn't make much of a splash. I've decided to forget about style and ABV and will give the beer the taste score it truly deserves.

The mouthfeel simply isn't big enough for the stated style. It's pleasurable, though, and that's all that matters. The fact that it gains a certain smooth creaminess with warming helps a great deal.

If Central Waters would use the malt bill for Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout rather than the one for Satin Solstice, they'd have a beer for the ages. As is, this is still damn good stuff if you like stout, coffee and bourbon in the same glass.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +20%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Craig and/or Alicia for this one (not sure who sent me this particular bottle).

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights when the glass is held up to the light. A mild tan head forms on top.

S: The nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. There's a nice roastiness to it along with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and oak.

T: The flavor is quite interesting as the barrel characteristics of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol come through, but there's a bit of a spiciness to it as well. The coffee is strong, perhaps too strong for some (but I enjoy it).

M: The body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, but still fairly substantial. The carbonation is is a bit high.

D: A really complex beer. Even with the barrel aging and a significant ABV, the alcohol presence is fairly minimal. I'm glad to have several more of these.

womencantsail, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very nice looking deep black color, there was a nice thin head on top until the first sip killed it off. The lacing is very subtle. The smell of the beer gives off some wood aged bourbon-like aromas. I also pick up some fruit in there and vanilla. The taste of the beer gives off more barrel flavors some subtle coffee and chocolate and hints of vanilla in there too. It's also sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy on the carbonation and thin feeling. Overall it's still a really nice beer to say the least. It's worth trying if you come across it.

Knapp85, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Splitting a bottle with my man VDubb whilst enjoying some Ninja Turtles action from our youth. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light whiskey, hazelnut, coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is a bit stronger (or it just blended more seamlessly with the coffee) and the tangible booze character is decidedly more pronounced, though not enough to warn me away with any success. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry-ish finish. Overall, a damn fine stout, the perfect combatant to the chilling weather and the sadness I felt in CW's normal coffee stout.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. As it pours there's a glint of red, but in the glass it's pitch black with soft burnt sienna at it's edges. Spots of lace, the tan foam rekindles with a swirl. Aroma is all buttery oak and vanilla. First sip is a nice impression of dark roast coffee, vanilla, fudgy chocolate frosting, and faint bourbon on the back end. Bitterness is slight, as is the sweetness. It's like a good cup of coffee blended with a dropper full of bourbon and melted chocolate milkshake. Feel is on par with other CW barrel-aged stouts, not huge and not wimpy, just right. It's very tasty, not sure if I prefer their Bourbon Cherry Stout more or not...

emerge077, May 07, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bifrostguard for cracking this one on a couple different occasions.

Pours a dark murky brown, almost black and entirely opaque. Two fingers of light tan head rises and then slowly settles to a quarter-inch cap.

The nose is a beautiful blend of coffee and vanilla. Beneath the coffee onslaught there's a healthy dose of nougat, toffee and toasted nuts.

Coffee is initially dominant on the palate, sharp and heavily roasted. The -bal comes forth mid-palate, bringing flavors of vanilla and toffee that meld with, but never quite overtake the coffee flavor. Surprisingly light in body, and ridiculously smooth, this could be the most sessionable imperial stout around. It finishes with a coffee-vanilla-roasted nut mélange that doesn't linger on the palate too long, making it a little too easy to take another sip. In conclusion, this beer is really good.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SocalKicks, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI) on 8/13/10. 7 oz pour served in a tumbler.

Pours black, topped with a thin layer of foamy mocha colored head. It looks like the barrel has come to place here with this look, as this just retains with a thin fizzy ring around the edges of the glass and leaves a light smattering of forth down the sides of the glass. Eventually this goes completely dead. The roasted coffee jumps out immediately in the nose but then quickly gives way to thick smelling notes of chocolate, and caramel, before the barrel character rolls in and soaks the edges of the nose with burnt wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Warm and sticky is the name of the game here.

The taste is quite heavy and biting with the bourbon flavor up front, with a LOT of charred barrel notes really sticking hard in the mouth. A thick wave of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla shore up the middle of the profile with a gooey stickiness before that bold coffee character rears its head again in the backend that leads into a deeply roasted finish that mingles with a burnt tannic dryness that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a strong feeling creamy sharpness to the carbonation the whole way through. This isn't nearly as thick as I would have thought it could be. It actually feels a little light in spots. It seems like maybe the woody feel from the barrel is adding a little too much slickness to its overall presence.

I really liked the flavors here, and the there was definitely no shortage of crunchy and delicious coffee flavor to this, but the bourbon presence here if VERY warm and stinging. Almost to the point of interfering with some of the other flavors. I could see maybe aging one of these but then you're going to lose some of the vibrancy of the coffee. Tone some of that barrel down and this would be pretty freaking good. On this night though, I just wasn't digging this nearly as much as I thought I would.

Kegatron, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

russpowell, Jun 18, 2014
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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.