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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 307 | 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.

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.

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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

Overall: I have had this a few times and have encountered the sourness on each occasion; at first I thought I was getting a bad bottle but I guess that is what the brewer has intended - I am not a big fan of that element

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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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...

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.