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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%

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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:
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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 21:52:12 | More by Sammy
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 01:40:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 15:38:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:54:12 | More by mikesgroove
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:51:49 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 19:30:09 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 16:41:02 | More by Thorpe429
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 15:44:19 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Central Waters Peruvian Morning 2011

"A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout made with freshly roasted Emy J's coffee. This beer is as complex as it gets. Flavors of vanilla, tannins, and coffee meld together to create a flavor as deep as the ravines of the Peruvian Andes."

Muddy brown appearance, rocky tan head, lovely to look at, delightful to know.

Nose is full of chocolate and coffee, a little peppery spice, some molasses, dark rum, deep, indeed. All the makings of a great imperial stout, plus all the goodness of a coffee stout, but wait, there's more! Vanilla and oak, definitely, and the sweet, vast, ever-so-tempting bourbon barrel feel. Oh, yeah, it's all in here.

Tasting it: Mmmmm! Bourbon hits first, whiskey's all over this one, then the other flavors roll out. They can't sit for long, because with every sip the bourbon whiskey comes roaring back. A bit harsh, a trifle thick, brandy and cherries chime in with vanilla and oak. Blackberry and raspberry, too. Mostly vanilla and oak, though, some coffee hangs in there, somehow, but this is all about the bourbon. You'd have a hard time thinking there was anything else going on.
And, ...actually? It's getting a little long with me. Too much too much. Oversoaked in the bourbon. Maybe if I am in Peru my mornings would be spent stewed in bourbon, but if the name means to evoke coffee, it's buried in there.

Full bodied, long finish, but not the flavors I want to soak in. Not so much. I almost don't want to finish the contents of the bottle. I will, anyway, but ...eh, maybe I won't. Only a few ounces left, but it's over, it's done, I've been there and done that. Bleh. My tongue is tired already. Meh. Sorry, can't get too riled up about this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 08:16:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Wisconsin a while ago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Big fluffy two fingers of tan foam that dissipates very slowly. Dark brown body that appears to be transparent with red highlights when held to the light. Some lacing that dissipates fairly quickly. I wish it was a little darker - this would be perfect for a 5% American Stout.

S - The smell is reminiscent of '09 KBS, but with more mild bourbon notes. There's a ton of coffee, chocolate malt, a touch of burnt sugar, and hints of vanilla and oak.

T - The taste has a lot more of the bourbon influence, with tannic barrel character and some light vanilla notes. The finish is mostly roasty coffee bitterness. All the elements from the aroma are in the taste, but the don't seem to fit together quite as well. Asides from the bourbon flavor, the alcohol is well-disguised and this doesn't come off as boozy.

M - Body is definitively medium, and there's more carbonation than is required for an 8.5% Imperial Stout. The texture is otherwise fairly smooth, with a good amount of residual stickiness.

D - If I didn't know it was 8.5% I would have pegged this as closer to 6%. While a little too bubbly for a stout the carbonation never becomes intrusive or bloaty. Great flavor and aroma, and an aftertaste that is roasty and bitter but not palate destroying.

I like KBS more, but this is a pretty excellent brew in its own right and I hope Central Waters brings it back in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:08:13 | More by MasterSki
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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...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:09:51 | More by emerge077
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a thin tan head and some lacing, a lttle bit of legs on the glass, head breaks up due to low carbonation.

Aroma is STRONG, a little hot, lots of coffee, nice flavors all around.

Beer is silky smooth and coats the mouth with great flavors, its a pure joy to drink. Mildly sweet and hot in the front but the bourbon is amazing in this one, its bitter with coffee and roast at the end and finishes great. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 05:57:04 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Surprisingly, the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee but this is an outstanding barrel-aged beer that lives up to the high ratings that it receives. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:38:56 | More by Mora2000
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jstilwell for sending this one. Bottled Jan 2011.

Forgot about it and meant to drink it right away, but couldn't find a good time, and now the coffee probably isn't as fresh as it should be, but I'm sure it will still be delicious.

Pours a light fizzy small head that barely covers the beer but typical for the style, over pitch black beer, not super thick but no light coming through.

Nose is nice, some dark malts, plenty of roasted malts, some dark and baker's chocolate, almost cocoa nib aromas, and hint of oats, all with a really nice coffee aroma, like fresh brewed med roast coffee.

Taste brings lots of chocolate again, dark roasted malts, a really nice big dark stout flavor. Some oats give it a creamy oatmeal like flavor but not much. The roast starts to come through as it warms and sits in my mouth, with some coffee from the roast, and light acrid coffee grind flavor but not a lot. It also brings quite a bit of acidity, mixed with the slight acrid flavor are the only harsh flavors. The coffee is there, not as strong as I'm sure it was, with a bit of a nice med roast brewed coffee flavor but not huge. A bit of booze creeps up, with some warmth and bit of tingle. Finishes sticky and still a bit sweet, plenty of lingering roasted malts, just a bit of chocolate left, and quite a bit of bitterness coming through mostly from the roasted malts.

Mouth is bigger bodied, fairly thick and a bit creamy, with lower but decent for the style carb, and some warming tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, would be better fresher I bet with the fresh coffee that probably died off a bit in the 9-10 months since. Despite the booze, a bit of acrid burnt grinds flavor, and some acidity, it's still a nice dark roasty chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 14:50:50 | More by jlindros
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:13:57 | More by Knapp85
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have heard such wonderful things about this brew, my expectations were much higher. apparently they've had some infection issues with this in consecutive years, so I can only assume that was the case for me, although the beer wasn't super off, it just wasn't what it was advertised as. pours a thin looking brown with some red hues in the light and a small cream colored head. the nose is like an attic, dusty and undisturbed. its also little tangy, which makes me think somethings up, but the bourbon is strong, and the coffee is acidic and bright. the flavor is coffee dominant, with roasty malt and some faint cocoa powder notes. the finish is funny, highly acidic, not quite vinegar, but moving in that direction. its a strange contrast to all the bourbon that's there at the end, and the alcohol really stands out. I don't taste that bacterial sort of funk, but maybe this is indeed infected. the mouthfeel is really thin for the style, watery but well carbonated. this is a miss in many ways, which makes me assume I had a bad bottle. I will have to source another, and try again. this is supposed to be fantastic beer, so it deserves another shot, although two years in a row of bad batches has me concerned about central waters more generally.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 17:30:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Received in the Birthday BIF thanks to Dunt; thanks Ryan, big Want!

a - Pours a dark brown color with high carbonation evident and two inches of tan head that last for 2-3 minutes. An inch lasts throughout the drink and leaves some light lacing.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and oak. Very complex and balanced, full of fresh coffee, sweet chocolate and vanilla, and bourbon. Smells amazing to me.

t - Tastes of bourbon, coffee, sweet vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and oak. Bourbon and coffee jump out in the taste, but neither dominate which is nice. Again, pretty balanced, and I thought the oak/wood came out more in the taste than the smell. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. No real heat, but a tiny bit more carbonated than I would have liked.

d - Overall I thought this was a fantastic barrel aged stout. I really liked how balanced it was and I really didn't think the bourbon dominated the nose or taste. In both, I got nice bourbon, fresh coffee, sweet chocolate, and vanilla. Felt very drinkable for 8.5% ABV and a barrel aged stout. Would love to get more of this one.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5 = 4.43%
3/23/12 EDIT: I've been lucky enough to score more of this beer this year and am revising my score to:

4/4.5/4.5/5/5 = 4.63%

I love this beer; I've had 3 2012 bottles over the last 2 weeks and I think I like it even better now. Insanely smooth and creamy and nearly perfect; I'll be looking to get more of this ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:10:31 | More by mdfb79
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass. Expectations are high given current ratings, Duff27's recommendation, and my positive experience with Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout - which I was fond of. 2013 vintage. Brewed with Emy J's coffee. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Predictable for the style, which isn't necessarily bad. Though I have seen better heads - including on Central Waters' own bourbon barrel stout. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Subtle rich vanilla. Refined oak. Pleasant coffee and coffee roast notes; no coffee bitterness at all. I don't detect any hop aromatics, yeast, or alcohol. Dark malts. Cream. Light caramel. Luxurious buried roasted barley. Boy, the aroma gets better and better as it warms, really letting the marvelous coffee notes come through. Rich and decadent. I can tell this one is going to be good. A moderately strong aroma. I'm really excited. Chocolate malt. Quite bourbon-y, but not as much as the bourbon barrel stout; it's more subtle and integrated. A spot-on complex aroma for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

T: Light cream opens to the vanilla-dominant body, with subtle notes of oak and bourbon abound throughout the second act. A bit of chocolate malt, sure. Disappointingly, the coffee and roast are far more buried than the aroma suggested. I hardly get any coffee at all. The finish is a little problematic, with a touch of alcohol hitting along with a contrasting upsurge of caramel flavour. Indeed, alcohol is noticeable in this beer. No hop character comes through at all; any hopping is minimal. No coffee or malty bitterness. Some malty sweetness up front, but nothing overdone or bothersome - except maybe when you get further down the glass if you're drinking it alone. No yeast character comes through. I don't know that I can call it well balanced, but it's put together nicely until the aforementioned setbacks on the finish. Above all else, the complexity and depth of flavour just isn't as high as it needs to be for this to be truly great. And why is the coffee so muted? I love the subtlety here, but it's lacking what other better imperial stouts have mastered.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth. Great body. Good carbonation. Nicely wet without pushing it too far. Pretty good presence on the palate. Chewy. Could be a bit softer. I'd like to see the fragility and delicacy of great imperial stouts, but that isn't here. It suits the flavour profile pretty well, however.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle by meself - that's for sure. And it hides its ABV well. But I have to admit, I expected better. Granted, expectations were extremely high. It's not a great imperial stout, but it's a damn good one. I was perplexed by the lack of coffee in particular; the name of the beer alone seemed to suggest heavy rich coffee notes and that's just not the case here. Maybe that time in barrels made the coffee fade? Alcohol does make a brief appearance, but I wouldn't call it a boozy or hot beer by any means. It's certainly less alcohol-redolent than Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout. A little age might do it a favour.

In spite of my above notes, I do have to admit it gets considerably better as it warms; I served it too cold even with the rest period I gave it after removing it from the fridge. It's a tasty brew that I intend to revisit. Very glad I got to try it; thanks again Duff27! I'd definitely have this again - aged or on draught would be ideal.

High B+

It was fine out of a conical pint glass, but a snifter or teku would be ideal.

Aging could very well improve it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:39:59 | More by kojevergas
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:29:33 | More by akorsak
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from [I think] Capone's, Norristown, PA

Had this back to back with an Atwater Block VJ Black, and don't kill me, but I definitely liked the latter better. PM poured a dark brown-black with a small wispy beige head, minimal retention and lacing. Nose is heavy with woody oak, roasty dark malts, coffee. Lots of roast in the taste, dark malts, coffee, bakers' chocolate, oak, burnt oatmeal raisin cookie. Didn't pick up very much bourbon at all here, maybe just trace amounts. Still a tasty beer overall. Medium-heavy body, fairly smooth for the most part, but just on the border of being too roasty/burnt.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 05:09:44 | More by Rifugium
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) 2011 batch

A- This beer has a black body with tiny bubbles racing up the sides to a thin creamy tan head that last a good bit.

S- The bourbon barrel with some vanilla notes and a nice graham note that grows as the beer opens. The finish has a soft cold coffee aroma that comes through.

T- The mellow but full flavor oak barrel takes on some tootsie roll flavors as it opens up followed by a soft dark coffee finish. There is a peaty bourbon note that has some capsaicin and green hop note to the finish. As the beer warms there are some berry flavors and cola qualities to the malt flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a soft fizz with a gentle alcohol warmth only coming through when it is pretty warm.

O- This is light on malt flavor but full on other character that has a nice depth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:38:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Bottled On: Jan

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice little islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice of malts, bourbon, slight oak, some roast notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of bourbon, some oak notes, chocolate/toffee. Full-Medium body, the ABV is alittle upfront on this brew. Very Drinkable, this brew really surprised the shit out of me, very very nice, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 00:53:05 | More by Wasatch
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color that's pretty much completely opaque except for very dark mahogany edges when held to a light source with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap, coating the glass with lacing on it's way.

Nice roasty aroma with a huge chocolate malt presence and beautiful rosted coffee bean nose. The bourbon presence is a wonderful accompaniment not overpowering the other aromas. Also, there is some nice caramel, chocolate and toffee notes with subtle hops.

Very roasty mouthfeel with a lot more of a hop forward presence than expected. HUGE roated coffee bean flavor with hints of chocolate malt, caramel, oatmeal, toffee and a perfect dose of earthy bourbon. This beer is very complex and extremely well-balanced with none of the flavors overpowering the others. Quite unusual for a coffee and/or bourbon barrel aged beer. Silky smooth with a raosty yet sweet body and slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:25:28 | More by corby112
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4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:16:35 | More by ppoitras
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

Yep, it's the infamous January 2012 bottling, but I am a gambler, plus in talking to the brewer at the pre-GTMW 2012 party, he said that its flaw is one that I do not easily discern anyway. Cool!i

From the bottle: "A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout made with freshly roasted Emy J's coffee. This beer is as complex as it gets. Flavors of vanilla, tannins, and coffee meld together to create a flavor as deep as the ravines of the Peruvian Andes."

Post-pour: Sofa! Sofa, so good. No fountaining or other signs of untoward madness. Instead, a cap of dense, rocky deep-tan has formed with excellent retention. Color is a deep dark-brown with caramel highlights. I definitely get the coffee on the nose along with vanilla or coconut from the bourbon. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the bourbon was the initial taste on my tongue, followed by the coffee roastiness. Finish was initially somewhat hot, perhaps a construct of the bourbon, but once that faded, I got a nice combination of coffee and bourbon. I am now inspired to put a dollop into my coffee later this AM. I may need a nap after this, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 13:11:55 | More by woodychandler
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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.