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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

A- Pours a chestnut brown with a reddish hue with a short-lived off white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Fresh roasted coffee beans, caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon, semi sweet chocolate, caramelized raisins, burnt sugar, molasses and a hint of star anise. Very complex.

T- Caramel, coffee beans, earthy bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, star anise with a little heat at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter carbonation that is slightly watered down. The abv is hidden well though.

O- This is my favorite BA offering from Central Waters I’ve had so far. The bourbon and coffee are both integrated well without either one being too overpowering. I’ll have to seek out more of this.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CWBC's Peruvian Morning (2011) pours up with a modest effervescence that creates a brownish head that briefly manages to rise above the dark mahogany body. Good looking stout, but the head retention suffers from the coffee oils & bourbon as it collapses rather quickly. The complex aroma is a mixture of burnt molasses, black treacle, cocoa roasted almonds, elderberry, espresso beans, toasted crackers, espresso, cocoa nibs & vanilla. The bourbon (Buffalo Trace) aspect is quite strong allowing that borderlines on burning, but mellows as it opens-up. The flavor starts off with a dark caramel sweetness that carries into a toasted nuttiness that combines with the coffee & chocolate/barley roastiness and the bitterness to create a bittersweet, roasted malt layden finish that shows both finesse & strength. This medium-full bodied specialty stout is creamy, but the residual bourbon can be a distraction from the lovely coffee character. I'll revisit this one after its cellared for a bit longer. Definitely a great "eye-opener" on a Peruvian Morning in the Andes!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite not being terribly impressed my previous CW samplings, this one somehow shot to the top of my must-have list. Must be the name. Great, evocative name. I visualize Juan Valdez. Bottle, meet pint glass.

The pour is a nice dark brown, a little cola-ish. Great smell, vanilla, bourbon, a slight coffee teaser in the background. The first sip is not good, raw, crude, alcoholic, but after giving the beer some time to warm in the glass and settle its act down, all is forgiven. The bourbon blends well with the malts. Coffee profile is a much less than I would expect from a beer named Peruvian Morning, but hey, this is still very, very tasty.

Ultimately, the undoing of the beer, or at least what keeps it from being great, is the lack of body. This is thin. Not watery. But not imperial stout-grade thickness either. Identical body to Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Really a good tasty beer that is just a bit off on body. Central Waters is now back in my good graces. Don't you guys feel lucky?

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, thou a very little light can still pass through, which appears dark brown where light does go through. Nearly no head; what there is brown. No lacing to speak of.

S: Toffee, little vanilla, with a slight bourbon. Of the CW this has the least bourbon smell, but I like that it’s got such variation.

T: Toffee, and roasted malts is the front-runner in the taste department. Nice nutty taste to go with the toffee. Very well balanced with great layers of flavor, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee, to add to what I’ve already mentioned. Bourbon taste is in the background of taste.

M: Definitely medium in body compared to CW other bourbon barrel. Low in the carbonation. Would like a little more thickness.

O: This is a good offering by CW. It not only balanced, but it also balances CW bourbon barrel line up. I would say it’s my least favorite of CW BB. However, considering CW talent regarding BB, last is still MUCH better than most and maybe the most powerful statement is that I could drink this 365.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage served in a Duvel tulip - Initially chilled (I had left this in my garage for a couple days....oops!) but then let it warm

A - An aggressive pour gave me minimal head which disappeared quickly. The beer itself is dark brown, nearly black.

S - Smells of coffee, vanilla, and bourbon - much more subtle with the bourbon than its BBS cousin

T - What a great balance. Definitely coffee up front with notes of vanilla, chocolate, malt, followed by bourbon in the end. Again, less in your face than the BBS with the bourbon.

M - Fairly thin, not much carbonation to speak of, a bit of alcohol in the end.

O - I missed out on last years version, and don't remember two years ago being this good. Actually more well-balanced than the Bourbon Barrel Stout (although still a great beer...), this vintage of Peruvian Morning is definitely one to grab a 4-pack of if possible.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 200th review. :) Received this as an extra from an awesome trader in Wisconsin.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my 10oz. Cigar City snifter. Pours a jet black hue with the thinnest head imaginable, despite a vigorous pour from nearly 5" over the glass, straight down the middle. The nose on this is lovely. A sweet coffee with some vanilla and barrel tones. This is probably one of the finest coffee stouts I've ever had. Truly f'ing marvelous. The taste is again coffee laced with vanilla and some bourbon. The coffee aspect is neither acidic nor overpowering. It's the most perfect application of coffee I've had in a stout. The mouth isn't the richest or creamiest, but it leaves a nice warming sensation in the mouth without feeling like an alcohol type burn. The coffee lingers without being bitter on the finish. Overall, this is one damn fine coffee stout. I want more. Now.

5/5  rDev +20.8%

1.9/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 2012 release, enjoyed Feb 2012. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a few centimeters of light brown head--reddish brown on the edges--with medium sized bubbles. The head dissolves within a minute or so to leave a run and some swirls on the surface. Pretty good lacing.

S: City+ roast coffee and bourbon barrel (the sweet bourbon and vanilla are most prominent), toasted coconut, and finally dark chocolate.

T: Thick, smooth dark coffee, cola, bourbon, and chocolate malt. It's amazing how slowly the flavor fades away. The coffee imparts a little acidity. The flavors seem a tad muddled.

M: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Seems a *tad* thin. Alcohol is mostly hidden.

O: Delicious, nice mixture of the coffee, barrel, and base beer. For what it's worth, I remember this being better on draft.
Jan 2010 bottling, enjoyed Jun 2012. Bought aged from Riley's in Madison.

Quite chocolatey, like Hershey's syrup. Bourbon influence still there, but no coffee. Tasty, and no sign of oxidation. Happy and surprised that this has held up for so long.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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