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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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 flipper2gv
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to crossovert for this bottle!

A: During the pour, I noticed this had to be the lightest in color Imperial stout I've ever seen. The beer is dark brown with a nice creamy looking pale beige head with ok retention and ok lacing.

S: Really really strong smells of bourbon comes to my nose first: vanilla, leather, pepper and oak. Dried pineapple seems to be there too. Light coffee smell and overall roasted characteristics are in the background of the bourbon. Dark chocolate and molasses.

T: This really isn't your run of the mill imperial stout. The coffee is there for sure this time around and tastes great, but the usual roasted malts aren't there. The sweetness of the bourbon aging brings a bit of the dark chocolate but not much. Again, the bourbon is the main player in this beer with strong tastes of vanilla, leather, oak and pepper. Pleasantly boozy.

M: Medium body which was unexpected for an Imperial stout. Someone said the beer lacked a bit of barley malt and it might be the reason behind the light-er body. Medium carbonation. Usually, this kind of feel wouldn't score high for an imperial stout but since this beer isn't similar to most imperial stout in the taste, it fits somewhat well.

D: Most imperial stouts' viscosity and sweetness is what hinders the drinkability, but this one isn't nearly as sweet or sticky (or heavy feeling) than most imperial stouts, making the beer quite drinkable.

flipper2gv, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a vicious dark and mostly black color into a New Belgium snifter with half a finger of tan head that leaves a hint of lacing.

Smell is very inviting and complex. Vanilla, oak, hint of bourbon and heat, hot chocolate.

Taste is smooth chocolate and vanilla blending with slight tannin from the oak. Slight roastiness and again just a hint of bourbon heat. lovin this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate to low carbonation. A bit higher carbonation than many of the flat barrel aged stouts.

I could have many of these and it is a huge coffee barrel aged stout. That is hard to accomplish. Excellent beer.

pdoran10, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out but still left a good deal of lacing behind.

S - roasted espresso-like coffee beans.

T - rich, roasted coffee flavor all the way through, a very tasty beer indeed.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy, goes great with a 'breakfast for dinner' type meal.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3/5/11

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%
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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.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of CurtisLoew
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. Overpriced bottle bought at Discount Liquors.

A - Dark brown/black. Huge carbonation, similar to other Central Waters stouts. Doesn't look as creamy as other great stouts.

S - Good smell. Fresh coffee, chocolate. Tiny bourbon/vanilla. All the smells are a little muted.

T - Wow, this beer really passed my expectations in terms of taste. Very fudge/chocolate. Coffee. Slight bourbon/vanilla taste. Taste is similar to the smell, except much heavier on the fudge/chocolate

M - A little thin for an imperial stout, as I've found with most of central waters big beers.

D - Very good. I could finish multiple bottles of this in one sitting, which, for an Imperial Stout, gets it a high rating in my book.

Good beer. Good balance of sweet/roast/chocolate/vanilla/coffee with no taste overpowering the rest.

CurtisLoew, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for this awesome extra because I was too late on the trigger to get it for myself.

This beer pours a dark brown with a nice tan head of foam on the surface. The aromatics are heavily bourbon and there are some sweet vanilla and a hint of clove aromas. The flavor is oddly sweet for the style. I would have expected a BBA Imperial Coffee Stout to be significantly more robust than it actually is. Hell, I honestly don't even taste the coffee, and this beer is only a month or so old. I find that this beer tastes pretty darn good, but it's actually more in line with the BBBW then it is with any stout. This is a pretty weak imperial stout just like the Satin Solstice. I'm going to guess that this is not the forte of CW. The body is medium, but it's almost considered thin. The one thing this beer has going for it is it's just overall tasty and easy drinking. If you can get it to the right temperature it goes down really easy. There is almost no coffee what so every just a vanilla bourbon goodness, but I enjoyed drinking it. I wonder what more coffee in this beer would taste like.

Vdubb86, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage.

aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer is a very dark brown to light black colored body. Some lacing is noted on glass.

Smell: Smells like fresh roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with some vanilla and bourbon lingering in the background. Mild and integrated smell; nothing that has an overpowering or strong smell.

Taste: Fresh roasty coffee and a sweet bourbon alcohol bite are the two immediate flavors of this beer. Oak, vanilla are in the middle with the maltiness that balances the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation actually is interesting in this beer because a barrel aged beer is normal not so carbonated, but it works well here.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an imperial Stout. I might consider this beer a barrel aged stout instead of an Imperial Stout. A delicous beer and a great beer made by Central Waters. This is the first beer i have had of this brewery and I want to try more of thier beers!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of boomer31
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Loved this beer when I first had it on tap at the Between the Bluffs Beer and Cheese Fest in LaCrosse a few years back. Then had a bottle last year and finally reviewing it.

A - Pours a deep brown, near black with brown edges. Tiny light brown lacing. Very light for a double/imp stout. No stick

S - Chocolate and roast in the nose, little else

T - More chocolate, very similar to the regular stout from CW but with more roast. Hints of bourbon in the back as well as some alcohol burn. Not nearly as much bourbon as I would like as it sits in the back not in the forefront. Some hints of vanilla and oak

M - Much more rich than it looks, fairly sweet

D - Very easily drinkable, fairly complex

Overall a good beer, not as great as I remember it being. This is a bit underwhelming for an imperial stout.

boomer31, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into almost nothing. Very little lacing as well.

S: Lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon aromas with some sweet chocolate aromas as well.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors and just a touch of roasted malt. The finish has a light alcohol burn and strong toffee flavor.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, the beer has a surprisingly oily and watery characteristic to it for a big stout.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly since it's not too thick or sweet.

Overall, a pretty good beer, but I can't help but wonder where the claimed coffee flavors went. It was a 2011 bottle, so the coffee flavors should be fresh, but they seem to be completely absent along with most of the other typical stout flavors. It tastes much more of the barrel than the beer that went into it.

n2185, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by brian23456, thanks Brian!

A - For a beer of this high alcohol content, it's not incredibly dark. Even through the widest part of the glass, it's easy to see a dark amber hue to this beer. The head is modest, peaking at about 1.5-finger's worth of head with low retention. As it fades it leaves only a thin ring around the edges. Lacing more than makes up for it though, as a generous layer of foam sticks to the glass.

S - Although this is a bourbon barrel-aged stout, the bourbon definitely takes a backseat to the rest of the aroma. The barrel isn't completely absent, however, as the vanilla makes up a big part of the nose. The coffee also dominates most of the smell with the rest of the malts playing a strong supporting role. Milk chocolate flitters around the smell, but its discernible. Finally, the bourbon resurges to mix and aid a subtle alcohol heat.

T - The bourbon, which was so toned-down in the nose, definitely makes itself known in the taste. It starts the beer off with a definite kick, which the coffee and vanilla soon follow. It's not heavy at all, but the flavors it delivers are hard-hitting and bold. I was expecting a bit more coffee presence, as currently the vanilla and bourbon have free reign on the palate. Again, I'm getting lots of rich chocolate intermittently throughout the profile. Interestingly, the alcohol heat is mainly on the front-end of this beer so it has time to mellow when the other flavors arrive.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with medium carbonation. For being a barrel-aged beer, this beer actually has a nice carbonation bite to it as well, which shows up at the end and gives the feeling of drinking soda. Finish is moderately long and it coats well.

D - Drinkability is high. While I feel the barrel may outshine the coffee a bit, it is still a delicious beer that I drank all too quickly. As the alcohol heat arrives near the beginning of the beer, by the time the other bold flavors take part, it's nearly forgotten. Thankfully, this comes in 4-packs and I will be on the lookout for this!

nhindian, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to leszczynski23 for hooking me up with this great extra. Label says it was bottled in January 2011. Enjoyed on 02/28/11.

A - Looks like a stout. Opaque black. Lets a little bit of red show through around the edge. One finger cream colored head that leaves splotchy lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Wow, this thing smells amazing. Huge vanilla, wood, roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, coffee.

T - Chocolatey and roasty up front. Gives way to a great vanilla/wood flavor. Finish is nice and bittersweet with some coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

M/D - Mouthfeel is on par with a regular stout, a little thin for an imperial. Drinkability is decent. The bourbon aspect makes it somewhat of a sipper but this is very tasty.

My first beer from Central Waters was a very good one. Can't wait to try more of their stuff.

Janderson91, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into a pint glass.

A: As dark as the coffee it's named for, with half an inch of a light mocha head that dissipated quickly and provided no lacing.

S: Bourbon. Seriously, that's the entire nose. I could've just as easily been smelling a glass of Makers Mark.

T: Tastes of coffee, bourbon, and malt all in about equal flavors, with perhaps the faintest hint of chocolate on the finish.

M: Perhaps a bit more carbonated than one might want in a DIS, and a bit thinner as well.

D: To me, this just isn't as drinkable as other bbal stouts. The booze is really forward on this, and not for the better in my opinion. By no means is this a BAD beer, but I definitely won't be rushing out to buy any more.

duffcalifornia, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out levifunk for this 12oz bottle. 2011 edition into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very nice dark brown with a cream colored head, not quite an inch thick that recedes to almost nothing, just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. A little lighter than most in the style, but not bad.

S: Lots of nice coffee smells, and a nice amount of milk chocolate underneath the coffee. Has a nice amount of bourbon and wood and vanilla, some notes of caramel and just a bit of booze. Pretty darn nice.

T: Pretty robust and complicated right up front, took a couple of sips to really put it all together. Initial notes of fresh roasted coffee that mixes into a bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, barrel combination of deliciousness, wow, very impressive. A bit of hops on the finish, with a bit of earth and citrus as well. There are a ton of flavors going on here. Incredibly flavorful.

M: Pretty hefty in the mouth, nice velvety carbonation really contributes to the overall body of the beer. Finish is woody and slightly dry, but still sticky on the lips. Not too terribly hot, but enough to warm me up just a bit.

D: Oh yeah, I could drink a few of these in a sitting. There is a ton of flavor in this beer, and everything works together quite nicely. Great coffee/barrel stout.

Thanks Levi!

pokesbeerdude, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Riley's Wine of the World in Madison WI in early February for $10.99/4 pack. Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black with a creamy 1 finger head. Small amount of lacing. Notes of copper in the head. Unusually light in color of an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Sweet vanilla front, oak spine, and coffee/bourbon backing. Great character to this beer.

Taste: The taste is what does it. It really takes off as soon as it hits your palate. Great vanilla character, with enough charred oak and bourbon to balance. Coffee backing. The vanilla really comes through. Marzipan, and slight molasses undertones.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Good level of carbonation, the vanilla makes for a silky smooth drinking beer.

Drink and overall: Very drinkable. Can hardly taste the 8.5% ABV, which I suppose is relatively mild for an Imperial Stout. I love this beer. I was very impressed the first time I tried it, and continues to impress with each additional tasting.

MarcatGSB, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of the 2011 vintage into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Chris for bringing this one to the tasting.

A: Clear brown-orange body with a thin layer of ultra-fine tan bubbles. Radiant, but a little lacking in head, and I hate it when I don't get enough head.

S: Bourbon + oack are up front and intense, with sharp coffee backing up the booze. Heady.

T: Bourbon, coffee, bourbon, coffee, and bourbon. Some brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Did I mention bourbon and coffee? It's tasty, but not quite transcendent - a little too bitter and hot.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Underwhelming, but ok.

D: A little harsh with the fresh bourbon and coffee, but still quite enjoyable overall.

Notes: I was really looking forward to this one, since I've loved CW's other -bbl aged offerings, as well as the Brewhouse Coffee Stout. As good as this beer was, it really didn't measure up to the other specialties I've had from this wonderful brewery.

Cheers!

Edit: I picked up a 4-pack of the 2013 vintage, and it's incredible - huge coffee, rich dark chocolate, and just enough oak to cut through the sweetness. Terrific stout.

woosterbill, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark with a little head that quickly disappears. Hints of light make it though the edges. Smells mostly of bourbon with some roast. Taste is very smooth for being a newly bottled barrel-aged stout. I found this to be the case with their Barrel Aged Stout, too. I don't think these need to be aged, couldn't hurt but not really necessary. The roasted malt comes on first, followed by the bourbon, with a hint of coffee right at the end. Not an overpowering stout.

The mouthfeel is where I think this one doesn't quite move to the next level (thought the same thing about the Barrel Aged Stout). This is very light-bodied for the style, I prefer heavier. I don't know if I'd call this a double stout, I'd just call it a bourbon-flavored regular stout. I feel like I could drink a bunch of these in a sitting due to the light body but when I get in the mood to relax with a double I want something a bit more substantial.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very good tasting beer. I just don't think it quite holds up to some of the big character double stouts out there. I'm going to keep these in the fridge for a change of pace from time to time when I don't want to be weighed down.

plumcrazyfx, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This one pours a seemingly thin dark brown. Not exactly what I was expecting from an imperial stout. A frail, one finger head, cocoa in color, rises from the pour and dissipates quickly leaving not lacing behind. A swirl of the glass leaves soapy, oily residue clinging to the glass which is actually quite nice.

The nose is dominated by a rich coffee profile, followed by an overly-sweet vanilla aspect. A lingering smell that can only be described as Play-Doh catches my attention on the back end, which is odd to say the least. Also, as much as I want to blame a faulty nose on my part, I know I smell ripe banana - not bad necessarily, just peculiar for this style.

Taste is again primarily of a strong batch of dark roast coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Some oak flavors squeak through from the bourbon barrel aging but bourbon does not make much of an appearance. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. A good cup of coffee is the predominate theme with this one.

Alcohol is noticeable to a small degree. This mixed with the bitterness of the coffee notes does slightly take away from an otherwise drinkable beer. Mouthfeel on the other hand it really quite nice. Rich, smooth and a precise amount of carbonation trickle over the tongue in a superb fashion.

mjn5036, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of AleBlager
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is dark as... shiitake mushrooms. Deep, deep chocolate tones with a slight alcohol tinge are the most present aromas, but another pass brings a fruity smell, but what fruit that is remains a question (think really faint apple or banana). The total smell experience is by no means lacking, but it does not stand out in comparison to the BBS. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and a vanilla/fruit mix permeate through the flavor profile. All of these tastes are equally balanced, but the coffee taste lingers well after the sip. Think of your best cup of coffee, and how you smile after each sip. This is the feeling that the Peruvian Morning brings. The mouthfeel of this beer is worth mentioning as well. The carbonation adds a crisp component to the otherwise big beer, adding both to the complexity and the lingering aftertaste.

AleBlager, Feb 18, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thick collar.

Aroma isn't particularly strong, but what is there is dominated by an earthy and smoky bourbon. There's some hints of coffee and chocolate in the background, but it takes some deep inhales to find them.

Taste follows the smell with a good dose of smoky bourbon but with more chocolate in the background. The coffee isn't quite as strong as I remember from last year but there is a noticeable earthy and bitter coffee undertone.

Mouthfeel is extra thick and viscous with moderate carbonation. It's definitely a sipper, but a good one for the bourbon and coffee fan. This will be one that I track down each year it comes out.

321jeff, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter. 2011 vintage; received from seeswo as part of the Black Booty 2011 BIF. Thanks!

A: Very dark brown, with one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S: Lots of coffee accompanied by dark roasted malts, very bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Just a hint of ethanol, but it adds to the bourbon effect- in this context, I like it.

T: The coffee and bourbon flavors are closely balanced here, accented by the aforementioned vanilla, chocolate, and malts; no ethanol this time around. At room temperature, the vanilla flavors are almost on par with the coffee and bourbon- delicious. Quite complex, and quite enjoyable, even when compared to the beer's already impressive smell.

M: Thin for this style, but rather smooth; a bit more thickness would be more enjoyable, and allow the flavors to linger on the finish longer. Light carbonation and low stickiness, which also would help things.

D: My glass went quickly; the complexity in this one really kept me interested in having the next sip. Hope I get another chance to try this one in the near future.

AwYeh, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big tan head that stares back at you for a while. Smell is outta sight - big coffee, tiny hint of vanilla. For the record, the BA offerings from Central Waters are always lower key, with wel integrated flavors as opposed to huge barrel potentially overpowering the base beer. This beer tastes of mega coffee, with just a touch of bourbon, vanilla and booze. CW knows how to make an imperial coffee stout, and PM just extends that idea without changing it much. This beer tastes fantastic. Medium carbonation with maybe a slightly thinner an expected mouthfeel. Exceedingly drinkable. Just a killer brew.

seeswo, Feb 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Black as night. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention (average for a coffee beer that is) and a decent amount of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: This sure as hell is bourbon forward. Usually this is a bit offputting to me, but in this case, it smells great. Boozy bourbon, lots of leather, some melon rind, a good amount of vanilla, and oak. Coffee complements the bourbon nicely. I don't really have any idea what the underlying stout smells like, but I believe I'm picking up some chocolate. This is bourbon barrel aroma at its finest, borderline 5.0.

4.5 T: The taste is similarly bourbon forward, though not as much so. Lots of leather again with lots of vanilla as well. Melon, oak, and an almost raisin like taste. From the malts, there's a good amount of milk chocolate, a touch of smoke, a fair amount of general malt sweetness, and a good roasty backbone. Of course coffee is there again and once again supplements an already positive experience.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth despite the bourbon booziness.

4.5 D: This is a good one. It isn't nearly as bold and flavorful as something like GI BCS, but it's a damn good brew that is easier to drink. Bourbon paradoxically is the main act while simultaneously complementing the base stout. Lots of good flavors going on in this and they all work together.

DavoleBomb, Feb 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark brown color with a milk chocolate thick head. The aroma is fantastic with strong chocolate, vanilla, great bourbon tones and slight coffee notes. The taste is rich and creamy with chocolate and bourbon at the front and a nice vanilla finish with warm alcohol on the throat. The emmy J's coffee that was advertised on the label (being a local emmy J's coffee is fantastic) was missing and if not noted would have never known was there. The brew had a thick body and was just all around delicious.

WJVII, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a bit of head. Way too thin for an imperial coffee stout. But, smells incredible! Lots of coffee and bourbon. Wow. Tastes great! The bourbon is just subtle enough to compliment the coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and dry which causes the drinkability to suffer a bit but the beer is so tasty it makes up for it

Urbancaver, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tom (Tpatuto) for this one. Beern wanting to try it for a long time. 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse light mocha head with ppor retention that dissipates quickly into a thick ring around the top of the brew. Beer is an opaque, dark brown. Lacing is web-like and stringy with decent stick.

S: I don't recall if this one's barrel aged, but it sure smells like it. Sweet soy sauce and subtle booze with hints of plums, prunes, and diet coke. Chocolate fudge sweetness is also detectable along with maple syrup. Not the most aromatic but very enjoyable overall.

T: Opens milk chocolate, maple syrup, slight bourbon booziness, subtle roasted coffee beans, and enticing dark fruit. Further sweetens towards the middle as sweet soy sauce, and coke kicks in. End is fudge, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and more maple syrup that finishes with a sweet, sticky aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A bit on the thin side and slightly too abrasive. Smoothes out noticeably as it warms and becomes oily and silky in the mouth. Goes down sticky and viscous. Finish is messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: Another outstanding Imperial Stout from Central Waters... this brewery keeps killing it with their amazingly subtle barrel-aging and complementary, balanced flavor profiles. Quickly becoming one of my go-to brands for those dark beer cravings. Definitely another beer to keep an eye out for.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 02, 2011
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.