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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 407
Gots: 303 | FT: 20
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:
Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008

2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection
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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip glass

A: Pours nearly black brown with a finger of off white head. I'm a bit surprised how (relatively) light this beer is. Head fades away to a thin ring, decent lacing around the glass.

S: Strong bourbon and coffee scents, with vanilla and chocolate in the background.

T: Sweet bourbon and loads of toffee backed by vanilla and coffee. Quite smooth, quite tasty. Just missing a bit of roast and chocolate flavor.

M: A bit thin for an imperial stout, but this adds to the drinkability of the beer. This is an everyday KBS.

O: I really enjoy this beer. It's quite easy to drink, but has very nice flavors. I have had it fresh a few times, and remember it tasting better then. Maybe I'll revisit when the 2012 comes out.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown to black with pretty nice tan head.

The smell is awesome. Lots of bourbon and a slight roast but no coffee to be found.

The taste on the other hand the coffee shines through great with a coffee bitterness on the back that lingers for a bit. You get a ton of roast on the front and middle with a slight visit from the bourbon and some vanilla on the back, soon with coffee on the finish.

I didn't expect much out of the beer for whatever reason and I had no idea it was barrel aged. So I say this beer is a success.

Photo of dcloeren
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Big thanks to UMNbeerhunter for this extra

Poured a deep deep mahogany brown with cherry edges. It looks black until held up to the light... Great foamy khaki colored head, about 2.5 fingers worth that sloooowwwlllyyy faded throughout the beer

Getting great notes of dark chocolate vanilla, coffee and great woody qualities. The vanilla really stands out and is a nice treat

Taste follows the nose but with some added molasses. Again, the vanilla stands out. Very smooth, all flavors mesh together nicely

Medium bodied but thin, which is a turn off for me. I feel like this could have been a very special stout if this would have had a thicker mouthfeel... not very carbonated at all. Weakest link by far.

Overall, this was a very tasty stout and a great extra for a trade. The thin body was a low point but the smell and taste of this beer is way too good to let that ruin the beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this brew for sho

Photo of xnicknj
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to Donerik

Pours a deep, dark color with some lighter cherry hues towards the top. Thin head dissolves immediately, leaving some swirls of film and a couple spots of lacing.

Divine aroma with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and milky chocolate up front. More notes of roasted malt, caramel, and coffee beans add to the party.

Roasted, full flavored malts with coffee beans up front. Plenty of sweetness delivered by the syrupy caramel and vanilla notes from the bal aging. Decent splash of milky chocolate. Bourbon runs throughout the entire profile, adding a smooth, yet noticeable boozy tone. Finishes with alcohol heat and soft sweetness.

Full body, decent carbonation, silky smooth and balanced on the tongue. The balance and smoothness on this beer was incredible, making the already delicious profile even better.

Photo of chugalug06
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden colored head! Pour is very nice and well put. Brew is decent looking...

S - Lots of green chilies and coffee! Awesome! Strong chocolate and lactic scent. Vanilla too stands out.

T - WOW! this brew goes BANG! Super awesome coffee and belgian mix... Big robust flavors! Awesome brew!

M - Carbonation is way too high... Brew is perfect on the bitterness scale. Great deep brew!

O - Way unique brew! Super glad to have picked this one up in a trade! Can't wait to try this one again!!!

Photo of gregshead
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/6/11. Reviewed from notes. Thanks to BT for once again hooking me up. This guy kills it.

A: Pours black with a light colored finger of head.

S: A good amount of both coffee and bourbon waft into my nose

T: An interesting mixture of of coffee and bourbon. Coffee up front with a strong bourbon presence in the back but the coffee biterness is still there.

M: Lighter feel in my mouth, lighter than I expect from this type of beer. Lots of carb.

O: It really is a balanced heavy hitter of the two flavors. Really happy with the balance the coffee brought this bourbon barrel beer.

Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Founders Sniftner. 2011 vintage

A-dark black with a great tan head that stuck around for a while

S-Nice vanilla notes and a slight bit of bourbon. Coffee comes out as it warms

T-Nice meld of bourbon and coffee (even though it is fading with age).

M-Medium body and smooth

O-Very good beer

Photo of FourKicks
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

Pours a deep muddy brown with a fair amount of light khaki head that leaves very little lacing.

Delightful aroma of bourbon and coffee, along with vanilla and roasted malts. Subtle hints of dark fruit.

First sip is dominated by bourbon and coffee...Now picking up some nice vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Hints of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel are standing in the background.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly creamy. Would prefer it to be a little more on the thicker side.

I would not call this a well balanced beer but the bold, upfront mixture of bourbon and coffee makes me a big fan of this brew. Maybe a little thin but overall a very high quality beer.

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

Thanks to Casey for sending this extra in our most recent trade. Had been wanting to try this for a while now and glad I finally have the chance.

A: Poured into a snifter style glass. A very murky brown with some crimson hues; a very muddy brown. A foam that is the color of a nice espresso foam. It sticks around for a while, but doesn't lace.

S: Very interesting scent. Bourbon - check. Coffee - check. Roasted malts - check. Vanilla - check. Tart fruits - check. More tart fruits - check. This one has a very interesting quality of tart cherries, which caught me off guard.

T: Again, the tart fruit qualities hit me off the bat. They blend very nicely though with the bourbon and vanilla. Almost as if a dab of Supplication was thrown in here. Pretty complex.

Overall, this was very solid. A very interesting -Bal aged stout that I am glad I tried.

Photo of HappiestCow
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap after much anticiation and was not disappointed.

A: Creamy tan head with a dark, dark body..tinges of caramel color around the edges. Nice lacing, stays on glass.

S: Toffee hit, then burnt coffee and roasted malts. Wonderful, powerful, had to remember I was going to drink it and not smell it all day.

T: Mocha, strong coffee with firm tastes of lactose. I thought Peruvian Morning would be more coffee than anything, but I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the milk and chocolate tastes. Ends in slight alcohol burn.

M: Mildly thick and chewy, but a smooth chewy.

D: Awesome coffee, too many would be filling, but would not mind starting the mornings out with this.

Photo of sendsilk
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade about a month or so ago. Looking for a reason to try this one, so how about now....

A- Nice looking 1/2" head that is light khaki in color, the hell with this...let's go to the smell.

S- Fantastic, I mean really wonderful. Cocoa and molasses, char and malts. I want to drink this shit through my nose. Can't wait to taste it.

T- Outstanding. Coffee, but not overly done, cocoa, molasses alcohol. Surpsrisingly light on the palate, I expected it to be much thicker but the carbonation is pretty high on it so it stays light. It does have a farily prevalent alcohol burn though, maybe just a touch too much, other than that this beer is out of this world good.

M- Light due to the high carbonation.

O- I would gladly drink more of these. I'll have to acquire more, this shit is sick good.

Photo of glid02
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – thanks!

Pours black with a brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with large amounts of smooth coffee and smoother vanilla. All three are robust and in perfect amounts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the flavors don’t meld quite as well as the aromas. Roasted malts up front are joined quickly by smooth espresso flavors. Mildly bitter dark chocolate flavors join in shortly. Midway through, light vanilla comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a very good beer and I enjoyed it more than the base beer – somehow the coffee was more robust even with the time in the barrels. A great beer that’s well worth a shot.

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 GregSVT
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a darkish brown and ends up very dark in the glass. A decent brown head forms and recedes quickly leaving only the tiniest lacing on the glass. Imperial Stout? This looks more like a porter.

S: As soon as I started pouring it I could smell the coffee. When I put the beer up to my nose I could also smell vanilla, cocoa, and sweet roasted malt.

T: The taste is all roasted coffee at first and then it switches to slight vanilla and cocoa flavors. The coffee is well integrated and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste like most coffee stouts/porters.

M: The feel is on the thin side of medium but it has good creamy carbonation. Not as thick as an Imperial Stout should be...

O: I enjoyed the flavors in this one but an Imperial Stout should be darker and have a thicker body. This probably should be a porter but the bottle says stout. I would recommend it if you like CW and coffee beers but I don't plan to search this one out again.

Photo of phishisphunk
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

02/2011 Peruvian Morning. Reviewed from notes.
Served 45 degrees into a wine chalice.

A: Pours fairly light for an "imperial stout." Not too terribly dark. Body appears thin, moderately carbonated with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the outer rim of the glass. Body is translucent and a deep coopery-brown. Could easily be mistaken for an "imperial" brown ale. At this point, could easily be mistaken for a coffee bender.

S: Smell is oaky tanins with hints of vanilla and and mild tartness. Everything on the nose is well integrated.

T: Taste follows the nose. Bourbon takes a back seat to the coffee. Coffee is dinstinctly "South American." Not overly dark and roasty, definitely a medium to light roast. The finish is strongly acidic with hints of tartness.

M: Thin with mild-moderate carbonation which does not distract from the coffee.

O: As this one warms, the bourbon becomes more dominant on the nose and the taste becomes more distinct coffee. the interplay between the nose and taste makes for a pleasant drinking experience. I knocked this one down a tad because of the appearance and carbonation. Seems more like a brown ale than a stout. But sets it's self apart form say other stouts like KBS. And at $3.50/bottle I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again. The ABV lingers a bit on the finish. Definitely one to drink now and not sit on. Coffee has held up nicely but the tartness from the barrel might end up being too much and take the beer out of balance.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Redsoxnation
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to have one of these waiting in line for Great Taste of the Midwest tickets. The color and aroma are the first things I noticed while pouring. It is a tremendous stout with great coffee aroma and taste. It is higher in abv but not noticed. Great finish and overall a great beer.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zimmerbloke for this bottle in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Matt!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with ruby highlights near the edges. Little to no head. What is there is very light tan and drops very quickly. Leaves only a wisp and very little lacing.

Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark, dusty cocoa. Vanilla, oak. Complex, and the aromas mix very well.

Flavors of light bourbon burn, vanilla, light oakiness, dark coffee. Most of the roast flavors come in on the back end as the bourbon, vanilla and oak fade, gives a light roasty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, with a mouthcoating alcohol note and warmth.

Overall a very nicely done bourbon barrel aged brew.

Photo of Another6Pack
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mid for this super extra! Bottled Feb 2011.

Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Nose proves out this one is barrel aged and the bourbon prevails. This is the real deal.

Taste is outstanding. Smooth, creamy chocolate in front of coffee flavors before the bourbon finish fills up your sinuses. High and tight carbonation help all these flavors race across your tongue in short order, but that bourbon finish lingers and makes this one a fantastic sipper.

I'd buy this one by the case if it were available in my area. Get it if you can!

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with some light getting through around the edges. Where the light comes through, there is a red tint. There is a one finger tan head that dissipates and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with hints of dark fruit and some caramel. There is some roast in there as well as some chocolate and bourbon.

Taste: The bourbon is the strongest flavor, but it doesn't totally dominate. I can definitely pick up the coffee along with some dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a little vanilla. The finish is a bit roasty with some alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit thick for the flavor if you ask me. A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: I would call this good but not spectacular. I enjoy the mix of flavors, but I would have liked a bit more body. I would have another.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE 2011 Notched as bottled in January
Big thanks to thehand for this item from my want list. Happy Birthday to me!

This pours a very dark brown color with deep garnet highlights. It produces a small head of tan colored foam which recedes to a surface covering film. The lacing is thick, yet quite slippery.

Huge, dark roasted, coffee notes. Light hints of vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate follow. Light spiciness. Hints of black strap molasses and a tiny bit of licorice.

The bourbon and coffee notes work hand-in-hand to provide a very nice level of balance here. Both are easily found, yet neither one outshines the other. Roast, spice, chocolate, coffee, leather, oak, burnt sugars, traces of dark fruits, and it goes on....

Medium-bodied with a medium level of tiny bubble carbonation. Nicely smooth, with a light hint of creaminess.
(This is considered a letdown, for me.)

I'd like it to be a bit more bourbon forward, personally. That said though, this is a tasty and easy-to-drink beer. I'd like to drink these on a regular basis.

Photo of Alpar
2.81/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review written from notes.

A: Dark brown not quite black but close to.

S: huge coffee and malt but just coffee for the most part.

T: This is less than the nose leads on. Yeah it has a lot of coffee flavor but not like what you would expect from the smell. It almost seems like a ginger step brother of KBS. Just doesn't quite compare.

O: This is good but not anywhere near what the hype says it to be. The Bourbon Barrel barleywine is far superior when talking about their special release beers.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of shellac01 (thanks, Scott!), poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an inky black, with a decent finger of mocha-colored head. Good retention and some lacing down the glass. Nice way to start off.

S - Some medium-roast coffee is the main component, with some milk chocolate and malt in the background. Very little barrel in the nose, which is a surprise.

T - Vanilla, a darker roast of coffee than I got in the aroma, and a big chunk of chocolate -- much more than I would've expected. There's a lactose-ish sweetness that reminds me of a milk stout. The bourbon is there in the back of the room, but it's surprisingly subtle and fleeting. I was really looking forward to seeing how it would work with the other notes, but maybe that's specifically why it's so light. But what is there works together well.

M - Thick and creamy, with a velvety touch from the somewhat fine carbonation.

O - I was really looking forward to this beer, and for the most part it doesn't disappoint. I'd like to get more bourbon in the flavor, but otherwise while I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it, if I see it available I'd definitely grab more.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to David (Ottodyer) for the opportunity to try this excellent beer.

PM pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable creamy lacing all around. The nose is pretty attractive as well, showcasing considerable coffee (what a surprise) and vanilla, with underlying leather and tobacco. There's a hint of chocolate as well, but the coffee and vanilla really dominate the aroma profile. As the beer warmed a bit I started to get some cherry kirsh as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I'm impressed by the intensity of flavor that I get. There's also some interesting black cherry and light prune flavor as well, which combines very well with the black coffee, vanilla and light licorice. The beer is moderately sweet, but it's not overdone, and it dries up a bit on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile.

I thought this a very well made, well crafted RIS. Also, the beer seemed to open up as it warmed, with the complex flavors smoothing out a bit. Really liked this one.

Thanks David!

Photo of Chaz
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and very dark, inky-brown in color, topped with a medium-tan head. Appears black to the naked eye. Good lacing and head retention.

Nose is malt focused and lightly-sweet, with loads of coffee, but also notes of vanilla and bourbon (!) There's a light hint of boozy heat underneath the richer malt and coffee notes, hinting at a beer that is dangerously-drinkable to some. Notes of milk-chocolate and malted milk balls -- holy cow!

Smooth and sweet on the first sip, with a light roast coffee and barrel-aged bourbon-y goodness all over the place. Holy Cow! As if it were even possible, this one appears to taste better than it smells, it's off the charts. On my second sip I am convinced -- this is the sort of barrel aged coffee stout that defines the style. Simply amazing.

Mouthfeel is silky-smooth and medium-to-full in body, even though it seems "lighter bodied" at first -- don't let that fool you, with is serious stuff and is definitely dangerously drinkable.

Having enjoyed Satin Solstice for a few years now this is pretty much what I expected it to be, which means that this is a very good beer indeed -- if only I could rate it all Sixes! Stock up, folks -- methinks the demand for this one in the Chicago market will make it the next big thing in American Strong Stouts. Tick tick tick...

"Peruvian Morning 2011" -- Batch# 0305 on bottom.

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.