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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 406
Gots: 304 | FT: 20
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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:
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 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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as a gracious extra from Douglasjamjak. Thanks man!

The appearance is sunburst, or dark brown with rouge highlights. The mocha colored head is a quarter inch thick, displaying lasting retention, and leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is quite complex, offering vanilla, oak, bourbon, fresh coffee, chocolate, and roast. The bourbon, oak, and vanilla come forth more as the beer warms.

The flavor brings everything I found in the aroma. While the beer began as a coffee forward stout, the taste segued to more of a strong ale / stout with coffee as the beer was allowed to warm. Really well balanced and flavorful.

The feel is medium bodied with a solid carbonation level. Alcohol presence asserts itself gradually as I make my way through the beer.

Overall, a complex and intriguing offering from a great brewery. Well worth a try. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of fear025
2.97/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma:Coffee, caramel, and dark malts in the aroma.

Appearance:Black with a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Medium lacing.

Taste:Lots of strong coffee flavor. There's a certain chemical flavor that's rather unpleasant. The aftertaste has some good hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. There's a harsh mouthfeel from the coffee. Good carbonation.

Overall:I'm not that thrilled with this beer, it's a little too harsh, and the coffee flavors, while present, are not as dominant as I would like.

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BarrytheBear for this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a half a finger of khaki head that settles into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Nice hints of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate malt, coffee. There's a lot going on here.

Taste: Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak and a nice bourbon presence. Reminds me of KBS with less bourbon, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very creamy and smooth.

Overall: Like I had said in the taste section, very similar to KBS, but without the hype. Tough call between this and the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine as my favorite Central Waters beer, but this is really fantastic. Must get more!

Photo of jefferz5000
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another great bottle thanks to one of the most generous BAs out there, ipa247.

Poured slightly cooler than room temperature into my Lost Abbey tulip. Deep translucent brown liquid graces my glass with a small fizzy tan head that fades away rather quickly. It's not fantastic looking, as I really prefer a more opaque stout with fuller, richer head.

The aroma comes at me hard and lusciously with sweet, creamy vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee beans and cocoa. It smells wonderful and I'm excited to take things to the next level.

The taste doesn't QUITE live up to the nose for me, but it is nice. I'm getting a lot of oak from this, at least I think that's what it is. The flavors don't mesh just as well as they do in the aroma, but it is enjoyable. It's got an interesting vibe to it. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and pretty well carbonated. It doesn't have a "typical" imperial stout body.

Overall, this is an enjoyable brew that could probably benefit from some time in the cellar, as the abv could be slightly better hidden, although I like a little bite from time to time.

Photo of warbird07
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 53 degrees into my New Belgium Globe..got this tick in a trade from drpdaddy(thanks Paul)

This beer pours near black with a moderate cream color head that slowly fades...lacing is moderate,does not denote booziness, a good looking beer. The nose is mainly coffee with a bourbon undertones, was expecting a bit of wood and just cant find it. Nonetheless a very nice smelling beer. Taste is Chocolate, Coffee biterness, not as much bourbon as expected, but a very balanced malt profile. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, It does not meet my preference for a stout of this ilk but is not lacking. It is clear that they did not try to stretch the boundries with this brew, but it is worth seeking out...

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up at DLD. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. this is the 2011 vintage.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a nearly black colored body with a pretty large khaki colored head on top. the head is quick to fade and doesnt leave behind much as far as lacing goes.

S- the nose begins with roasted malts and quickly moves into sweet milk chocolate. after that i get some of the oak barrel in the form of vanilla but not much if any bourbon. lots of coffee at the end finishes this one off.

T- the taste starts out with more of the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get some sweet chocolate milk and semisweet dark chocolate. the chocolate blends very well with the vanilla notes i pick up from the oaken barrel. i pick up some bourbon, but nothing too intense. the finish is very heavy with coffee.

M- the body is on the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation is on the lighter side of average. there is little to no warming from the alcohol.

O- one of the better coffee stouts out there. something im glad i got the chance to try and something that i will be picking up locally as soon as it gets released again. central waters being sold in chicago is definitely a good thing.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin layer of foam, decent lacing, dark brown coffee colored.

Coffee. Vanilla, mint, caramel, dense fudge more than chocolate.

Coffee weaves with milk chocolate, yummy.

Full bodied, dry bitter finish. Not sure if it's the ABV or roasted coffee but its a bit abrasive.

Love it, great coffee-centered brew.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to biglobo8971 for the super generous LIF.

a - popped the bottle and filled my founders sniftery tulip glass. The stream of the beer had a pinkish reddish tint during the pour but settled a deep brownish/black with a thin cream colored bubbly head. head didn't hang long and lacing was minimal but showed traces along the glass.

s - big roasty chocolate coffee. good malt profile. some spicing, almost cinnamon in nature. smells like exotic fancy coffee.

t- chocolate coffee all the way. the vanilla barrel taste comes in a bit afterwards...definitely the darker barrel tastes with the bourbon, but this is one of the more laid back barrel aged brews I've tried. the flavor is there, but like a pinch of salt in a soup, just enough to give the flavor a pick me up without being overly noticeable.

m - very smooth...the coffee vibe really takes hold in the mouth. medium to light body if not a bit watery even. leaves a nice tingly after-feel.

o - overall, this was a solid brew. I'll be honest, if this didn't say bourbon barrel aged on the side of the bottle, I would question if I wasn't making up the bourbon flavors because they are that subtle on my palette. in a world where most barrel aged beers are almost like beer aged bourbons (I know, I know, such a thing doesn't exist, this is merely to paint a picture). the highlight of this beer is the coffee used in my opinion. it is complex and tasty and works really well for my taste buds.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks black with lacing, on the pour this one wasn't totally opaque as some light was coming through.

man i am digging this aroma, as most know i am really particular with coffee beers being also a coffee geek, well this one mixes a chocolate base with some decent coffee aromas and some very pleasant barrel heat, mix it together and the result is pretty fantastic.
The flavors add in more heat then what was found in the aroma, and has a slight fusel edge and some acidity noted too, this is a fresh bottle btw, but all in all everything stays well done and enjoyable and alot of the same flavors are here too.

I am excited to get this in chicago next year, i'll be buying a good amount.

Photo of Mississipping
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost completely black, with only a slight brown haziness around the edges. A small tan head rises out of the body that lingers for quite a while before falling to a thin film and ring. Moderate lacing is left behind.

S: The bourbon is pretty dominant, along with other barrel characteristics such as vanilla and oak. Behind those are coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. A slight roastiness is in the background. Yes, there's a lot going on here.

T: Much like the smell, the barrel characteristics are dominant ... bourbon, vanilla, oak. There is quite a bit of slightly bitter coffee, along with dark fruit and chocolate. Again, the flavor boasts only a slight hint of roasted barley. The main players are certainly the barrel characteristics, especially the bourbon, lingering all the way to the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation creating a slight creaminess. Would have liked a bit more weight here, but it's still pretty impressive. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: Despite the alcohol content, this is quite drinkable. Not overly balanced, with the main players masking other characteristics to some degree, but very tasty. The slightly thinner bodied that expected aids the drinkability, despite my desire for a little more viscosity. Overall, very enjoyable.

Photo of tewaris
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled 01/2011 poured into a New Belgium balloon.

Pours dark brown but not as dark as I'd have liked. Big dark brown head forms and sticks for a while, and leaves fantastic lacing over the glass.

Coffee, malts, and booze in the aroma. Some chocolate notes as well. However, there's really not all that much bourbon. The taste is dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Quite bitter, and warming!

Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation proper. Overall above average but not even close to the best bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts.

Photo of hopsbreath
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another Wisconsin beer, another shout out to zimmerbloke. Thanks Matt. Your generosity is seemingly boundless.

A: 2011 batch poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Dark brown with translucent cola edges. A finger of beige head diminishes to a glass ring. No lacing evident. 2/5

S: Strong bourbon is the overwhelming aroma, spice and pepper lingers right behind the -bal, vanilla is a good accent. 3.5/5

T: Following the nose, the bourbon is again dominant. The coffee is easily found hiding behind the brown liquor, but its not quite as robust as I prefer for a coffee infused stout. It tastes good but I wish there was more to it and some greater depth. 3/5

M: Thin, highly carbed, and just not as viscous as I want for a stout. 2/5

O: I have to say that I've wanted to like the beers from Central Waters, but so far they're coming up a little short. This beer could be so much more but is semi-pedestrian in its current form. Flaws were apparent at almost every level. It could be darker, thicker, and more complex. This fits the definition of "not impressed". 2/5

Photo of slvrmon82
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful dark deep back. head is a nice light tan that stays the entire time... about a 1/4".

S - Roasty and dark, surprisingly the bourbon and coffee are very faint.

T - The Bourbon is very overpowering for me in this one. It drowns out the coffee. There is faint coffee up front and at the very end. The Bourbon is very upfront on this one. Still a little burn from the Bourbon though.

M- Perfectly thick enough to be a stout but not syrupy. Fades a little to fast for my liking though.

Overall this is a great beer for a Bourbon Stout and not so much as a coffee stout. Was looking a little more for the latter.

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared during a small Charlotte BA tasting with marine1975, caSSino, CarolinaKevin, and GehenHerzog. Big thanks to GehenHerzog for bringing this one out to share! Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount almost instantly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, peat, and slight mothballs. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and smoked wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It have a pretty nice peat and smoked wood aspect going on here. Both the flavor and aroma were quite good on this one. Really glad I got the opportunity to try it and I suggest you do to!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to the March Madness debauchery, sorry you got tanked at the tables the night before and couldn't push yourself to drink this one early the next morning!

Poured a dark brown, good beige head. Pungent coffee aroma out of this one, almost as if it was barrel aged, because a good amount of oak and vanilla seemed to pair with it.

Taste, alcohol well hidden, coffee still hefty. Good roasting, ample chocolate. Bitterness held in decent check. Could see a slight tobacco and leather to it. Slight. Bourbon, slight, just like the bourbon feel, no heat, not even warmth. Good consistency of the mouthfeel, viscosity. The vanilla and caramel really set this apart from too many one dimensional coffee beers. Sure, sometimes that's all I want is coffee, but sometimes, I want some complexity, and Peruvian Morning satisfies that urge.

Overall, just another quality beer from Central Waters. Deceptively strong, good coffee quality, would revisit as often as possible.

I always feel sketchy about sending text messages about this beer, like if too many Patriot Act Ninjas are following my conversation, "hey, let's get into some Peruvian Morning tomorrow," and then all of a sudden my doors are being busted down by the narco police . . .

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into cervoise. 2011.

A - pours a dark brown, lighter black. Tan, 1 finger, head. Minor lacing

S - Cold brewed coffee, medium roast. Negligible hops. I love this smell, but I am a coffee lover too.

T - Nice balance of the roasted coffee and a nutty flavour from the malt. Minor toffee like sweetness and little bitterness (at least from the hops, the coffee brings some bitterness with it)

M - Medium, drying, not that creamy

O - A solid coffee stout. You can really tell that they used high quality coffee in this one. Very good.

Photo of trappistlover
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of Alpar!). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma has a beautiful blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light bourbon. Taste is sweet with a little roastiness and a light burn from the bourbon, but its nicely balanced. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Smooth finish with some heat, but not too much. This beer is really good and I'd love to have more.

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured black in color with a thin, tan, frothy head concentrated around the edge of the glass.

The aroma shows off the bourbon nicely. I get a lot of the vanilla and woody oak to it, along with a modest bourbon booziness. Behind the barrel flavors I get some dark chocolate and roasty, bitter, coffee flavors to it. A little burntness is there too. Very nice aroma overall, the bourbon barrel flavors really come through nicely and mix very well with all of the roasty, bitter, coffee flavors.

The taste starts off with more of the vanilla and woody oak flavors. It's sweet at first, but the roasty coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate starts to come in soon after. In the finish I get some burnt, roasted flavors lingering with a little bourbon as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very good beer. I really like how well the barrel aging come together with the roasty and bitter flavors. The sweeter vanilla, bourbon and oak really complimented the flavors nicely. Very enjoyable barrel aged beer to sip on this evening.

The mouthfeel

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A:Appearance is deep dark brown. It will allow light to pass through. One finger of head from a rough pour.

S: Boubon is apparent. Hints of oak, vanilla, and coconut.

T:Lots of Bourbon. Some dark fruit. Coffee and vanilla in the finish.

M:Medium body with just the right amount of carb.

O: This one has the right combination of coffee and barrel aged flavors to make it a winner for me. Great stout.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Stone IRS snifter

Black body with a pilowy tan/light brown head. Smells strongly of latin american coffee, bright acidity and a light roast. Some vanilla like sweet bourbon sweetness comes through at the end of a real big whiff. The coffee really dominates the flavor of this one, similar to the nose latin american coffee notes and some light roast notes. Not much bourbon flavor present, some in the finish but it doesn't really meld with the overall beer. body is medium bodied with more carbonation than I'd like. Decently drinkable but I wish the bourbon notes blended in a bit better. I don't know if I really like the interaction of the bourbon and coffee flavors, I think I prefer the bigger bourbon notes and darker roast notes of BCBCS better. Maybe also a different blend of coffee would help this since I'm not the biggest fan of Latin American coffees. Anyhow I'm glad I got to try this one but wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of larsenju
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin cappuccino head, drops quickly leaves light lacing. The body is plenty black, but I did get some light through giving it just a slightly amber color.

S-Sweet bourbon, oak and a light smooth coffee note up front. I also started to get some vanilla as it warmed, along with some higher alcohol and bitter chocolate. It smells good, just not what I like out of a coffee stout, hence the lower score.

T-Very smooth coffee and chocolate right away, the bourbon comes up quickly though with some brown sugar like sweetness and some vanilla keeping everything balanced. I was again surprised at how mellow the coffee is, I got more flavor than aroma, but they balance it in very nicely.

M-Lighter on the tongue than I expected, with slightly higher carb. I only got a little heat way in the back, but it did dry out a bit after finishing.

D-This is certainly unlike any other RIS or Coffee Stout that I have ever had. However, despite being so unexpected I really enjoyed it, I like to see a brewery pushing styles and this is a success.

Photo of readbaron
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thinnish dark brown with a nice tan head with excellent lacing. It gets a relatively low score because it looks so thin when poured.

Smells like dark burnt coffee with a hint of bourbon and malt underneath. Coffee definitely dominates this one.

Taste is impressive. Plentiful coffee that mingles quite nicely with bourbon sweetness. A bit too burnt and not quite as smooth as I'd ideally like it, but very nice.

A bit thin for an imperial stout - I miss the creamy viscosity that characterizes the best stouts.

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.