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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
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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 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.

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

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.