Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!!!
12oz bottle into a Snifter glass
A- Pours a solid black with a fluffy light brown almost tan head that leaves little to no lacing on the way down.
S- Dark roasted malts with a mellowed coffee that blends well with a great smelling vanilla and bourbon.
T- Thick dark malts with a strong vanilla coffee backround that complements the bourbon alcohol sting that hides in the backround.
M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and little bitterness in the finish. A slight dryness from the coffee lingers though.
Overall this is a great Imperial stout that is definitely a must try. So complex and full of flavors. How could you say no?
04-11-2010 06:27:18 | More by Arenbeer
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Huge thanks to Andrew for sharing this one last week out of the blue. One day I will really have to repay this guy for all the great beers he randomly shares. This one pours a black or very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of ancho chile, dry coffee beans, and bourbon. The taste has bourbon, chocolate syrup, malt, and peculiarly the coffee is much lighter than in the nose. The finish brings roasted malts, cookie, and spice. Mouthfeel is full and nicely slick and oily. This beer was tasty, but somehow it lacked the depth for me to truly enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. Good beer.
04-09-2010 22:42:19 | More by vacax
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
A: Pours a light brown color, in the glass it is black with a bit of tan head at the top. Which makes sense, because if the head was at the bottom.. lord knows what I would be drinking.
S: Chocolate, and coffee. Lots of coffee and a bit of booze, possibly some oak and bourbon as well. A very nice smelling beer.
T: Sweet followed by coffee. Bourbon and oak present, but it is a bit on the boozy side.
M: A little light for what I was expecting. Slightly watery. Carbonation may be a little high, but not out of style.
D: A good beer for sure. But a bit boozy, and not the most elegant version of this style.. perhaps it is a shame that I drank a KBS last night, and it is still in my memory.
04-09-2010 02:53:21 | More by Beejay
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Thanks to Brian for sending this my way!
A- At first the body appears to be a very dark brown, almost black color-but when light is shone through flashes of translucent bright cherry red are seen. Head fades to a thin collar.
S-Nose is quite interesting. Impressions of coffee and dark roasted malt come through initially-but dark fruit like raisin and plum are also quite noticeable.
T- Upfront dark fruits come through the most but there is a nice roasted malt component in the background. The roasted malt character intensifies and adds some bitterness-but nothing intense or overpowering and there is also a slight alcohol burn for the finish.
M-Medium to heavy weight body and medium carbonation. A slight alcohol presence but body remains pretty smooth.
D- This is a very good, interesting imperial stout and a nice ending to the tasting. The ABV is minimally noticeable. I found this brew to be quite drinkable and unique. The fruitiness blends well with the coffee characters. I'd love to have this one again!
04-08-2010 15:02:09 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from beerwolf77. Todd's the man!
A: Pours a dark brown body, translucent mahogany at the edges but darkening to a pitch black in the center of the glass. The foam is light tan in color; it's short-lived, but it leaves some spots of lace down the sides.
S: The sweet aromas of burnt-toasted caramel and crushed vanilla beans quickly reach my nose first. Can't miss the coffee, either. Chocolate and tannins are restrained, but the booze is not. I like the nose on KBS better; it's not bad for a barrel-aged imperial stout, but it doesn't stand out. The heat is a major drawback.
T: Like the nose, this is pretty bourbon-forward, delivering rich, sweet flavors that are reminiscent of burnt caramel and brown sugar. Crushed coffee beans are strongly evident. Bittersweet dark chocolate and vanilla add some delicious complexity. The finish brings out tannins and a light spice bite (along with some boozy heat), but the aftertaste is still sweet and bourbony.
M: Medium-bodied. It's not as chewy as I would expect from an imperial stout. I'd be willing to overlook that, but it has some heat in the finish that burns a bit, and I feel that would be suppressed with a thicker body.
D: This beer is up against some tough competition. Coffee imperial stouts are getting more popular, and there are a couple of other competitors in this particular coffee-bourbon style (KBS and BCBCS come to mind). On the whole, I like this beer, though I feel its competitors are better.
04-07-2010 21:16:10 | More by Arbitrator
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to Craig and/or Alicia for this one (not sure who sent me this particular bottle).
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights when the glass is held up to the light. A mild tan head forms on top.
S: The nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. There's a nice roastiness to it along with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and oak.
T: The flavor is quite interesting as the barrel characteristics of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol come through, but there's a bit of a spiciness to it as well. The coffee is strong, perhaps too strong for some (but I enjoy it).
M: The body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, but still fairly substantial. The carbonation is is a bit high.
D: A really complex beer. Even with the barrel aging and a significant ABV, the alcohol presence is fairly minimal. I'm glad to have several more of these.
04-03-2010 19:51:49 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to Caskstrength for the bottle! I owe you one. 12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.
A: This brew pours a very dark brown, almost black with a cream colored head that leaves some nice lacing and film on the glass and surface. Carbonation is cecent as well.
S: Most dominant on the nose is coffee, along with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coconut. Oak is present in the backround.
T: Like the smell, but more intense. Coffee, chocolate, and dried dark fruits blast the palate. Then the oak comes into play. Vanilla, coconut, and wood enhance the taste, with a mildly dry hop finish. Alcohol is present, but very tolerable.
M: Medium to full-bodied. For the style, it's slightly thin, but still very smooth.
D: This beer is perfect for those getting into bourbon barrel-aged brews. It's smooth, not overwhelming, and very good. Definitely something I am looking forward to trying again in the near future.
04-03-2010 04:11:20 | More by WYVYRN527
4.1/5 rDev -1%
12oz bottle (Bottled Jan 2010) received as an extra in a trade with kbutler1. Thanks Kevin! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.
A - Pours an extremely dark brown...just a shade shy of black. A thin 1/2 finger of slightly fizzy dark tan head forms and stays for a short time before disappearing to leave behind a thin collar.
S - Bourbon up front with some vanilla, brown sugar and caramel with a hint of molasses in the background. Coffe aroma is very faint but definitely there in the background. A good smelling barrel aged beer.
T - Flavor starts with black coffee up front, some vanilla, bourbon and some slightly sweet caramel and brown sugar. A bit of alcohol, a touch on the heat.
M - Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Carbonation is somewhat on the high side. Every sip leaves a long lasting tingle on the lips, tongue and sides of the mouth. There is only a little bit of heat, but the tingle is impressively large...like afer sipping on a shot of liquor.
D - Good overall barrel aged stout. Not overpowering and much more than just a sipper. Aroma is quite complex and enjoyable...flavor is good, but a notch behind the aroma. Tingle all over the mouth is interesting and unusual. Definitely a worthy BA stout. Glad I had the opportunity to try it.
03-27-2010 16:52:06 | More by portia99
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
Got a couple of these in a trade with stbrome. Thanks man!
Pours a very dark brown. Nice tan head that stayed a good while. Sticky lacing down the glass.
Most of the aroma is coffee. A little bit of roast malts but mostly coffee.
Wow. Taste is nice. A little too much coffee IMO but the bourbon and oak makes it nice and smooth. Nice balance of stout flavors just a little too much coffee.
Mouthfeel is great. Great carb.
Overall a tasty beer that is not too much. Some stouts can just be too intense. This one is good. Get it if you can. Pretty surprised this one isn't rated higher.
03-27-2010 01:08:46 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
A - opaque brown, not much head, lacing all but vanished very quickly
S - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hints of berry and oak with a little booziness too
T - wow, bitter chocolate, bourbon and coffee (obviously), a bit of cherry and vanilla, definite oakiness and almost peppery finish. extremely deep, currant, plum and molasses coming more to the fore as the beer warms
M - a bit sharp, a tad over-carbonated, but excellent body
Overall - I'd call this a malt bomb, but it marries my love of coffee and beer (and bourbon) nicely. Delightfully rich, I wish we served this at the coffee shop I work at.
03-20-2010 00:40:06 | More by johnkale
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Went to Hudson bowl with some friends, and convinced them to let me stop at Chicone's really quick. Glad I did because now I can try this!
Pours a seemingly deep black with a light tan head sitting on top. I noticed that on the pour, the liquid coming out of the bottle looked like a dark brown ale, and light was visible through it, but in the glass it appeared pitch black. When held into the light, it actually looks like a brown ale. Light is definitely visable through this sucker. Anyways, the head is light tan, has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.
The nose starts out amazing, with chocolate and vanilla, coffee notes and roasted malts. I get a light bourbon character in the finish. As it warms, everything is kind of taken over by the roasted malts, which I didn't really expect.
The taste is good, with a strong emphasis on the roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. It's much harder than I thought it would be to pick up the subtle coffee notes. Bourbon plays another small role in the overall complexity of this brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a slight carbonation bite and light alcohol character. Drinkability is pretty good.
Overall, while an excellet brew, I was expecting just a little bit more. I've come to expect great things from Central Waters, so while this brew is great by any other standards, this one fell just a bit short for me.
03-15-2010 03:35:09 | More by Mistofminn
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
A: Pours a dark mahogany, with a sparse tan filmy head. Looks to be maybe a shade lighter than Bourbon Barrel Stout.
S: Lots going on here--Rich cold pressed coffee, sweet oak-vanilla and caramelly bourbon. Smells sweet, but with depth.
T: Sweet malt and corn upfront, moving into a light and forgiving coffee acidity to tickle the tongue. Bourbon slickness is felt on the tongue in the finish, with nice lingering espresso and oak (vanilla) and bourbon (caramel) notes. An earthy hop flavour resides somewhere in there as well, additing to the overall complexity.
M: Smooth and creamy throughout, with a bit of spirity bourbon in the finish.
D: The complexity and subtlety with which all the ingredients are worked in is astounding. If you're looking for a HUGE, viscous, imperial stout--this isn't what you're looking for. But for a tasty complex quaff--this is the ticket.
Peruvian Morning possesses the same "grainy" (though not unpleasant) corn flavour the BBS had, so I believe it may have something to do with the barrels they use. I know they said at the brewery that they used Heaven's Hill barrels (among others) for their BBBW. This would be great on a Sunday morning with sausages drizzled with real maple syrup...Cinnamon rolls would work well too.
03-13-2010 03:04:31 | More by darklordlager
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
Received in a trade with Ughsmash- thanks!
A: Pours a very dark brown with no light passing through. A pillowly looking light tan head retains itself well.
S: front is coffee and chocolate followed by vanilla and oak. The bourbon character is quite tame on the nose.
T: like the nose, lots of chocolate and coffee notes on the front. Following this is a huge presence of bourbon with notes of vanilla and oak finishing with a considerable amount of heat. Very well balanced with a nice long finish that leaves a delicious flavor of coffee bourbon on the palate
MF: thick and viscous body, low carbonation
D: this is a very tasty beer...lots of complex flavors that begin to really open up as the beer warms. A great sipper for sure.
03-10-2010 07:17:52 | More by homebrew311
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.47/5 rDev +8%
Poured into Bruery Snifter.
The pour is a clear copper brown, but when it settles in the glass it is dark brown, near black. Pours hardly and tan head.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, and coffee right up front. Some oak in the background. The bourbon is subtle, but it works well for this beer. It has a nice roasted malt flavor coming from it. I am already enjoying this.
Taste: The coffee and roasted malt flavors are right up front and then the bourbon, vanilla, and oak kick in after the roasted malts settle a bit. I have never had a ba stout with coffee and it sure is interesting. I am not sure what I think of it yet. It also has some fresh earthy hops and chocolate, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly (more carbonation than the pour would suggest). It is also a bit roasty and slightly smooth. A relatively full body goes along with this. Ends with a big roasted aftertaste that is very dry.
Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It has a lot of flavors that I like in a stout and I think they are combined well. However, the mouthfeel seems to be a tad off and the coffee/roasted malt seems to overpower the bourbon notes. I think time may do this beer wonders as the coffee flavors will drop and the bourbon will begin to round this beer out.
Edit: 2012 edition in my glass right now and this stuff is amazing. I originally gave this a 4.1, but I was a noob then. This stuff is legit and you cannot go wrong for the price. I am stocking up on this beer. Wow, what an underrated beer. This has everything I want in a beer. Solid bourbon presence, nice coffee flavor with a subtle roast, creaminess and good mouthfeel, and an extremely dangerous drinkability. CW does it right.
03-10-2010 05:32:14 | More by mothman
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Thanks for the bottle Joe!
Poured from a 12oz. bottled notched Jan. 2010 into a Trois Pistoles goblet.
A: Poured a somewhat flat brown with a ring of carbonation around the side of the glass and no "islands". Clean and clear.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins, figs, and sticky sweet maple syrup.
T: Slightly boozy to start which quickly melds with the vanilla and oaky characters of this beer, and finishes with dark fruits with a hint of coffee (Emy J's coffee unfortunately only sees the spotlight in the aftertaste).
M: The best feature of this beer. Not thick, but chewy - the creaminess envelopes the carbonation in a perfectly packaged sip each time.
D: Another great feature of this beer. As with the mouthfeel, the body is also not too heavy. The tannins aren't overbearing which makes this easy to take down. I just hope the coffee doesn't keep me up!
Overall, a great introduction to Central Waters. I will certainly want more of this stuff.
03-09-2010 03:25:39 | More by hoppymcgee
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
12 oz bottle through a trade, poured into a snifter.
Cola/coffee brown color, nowhere near opaque as light provides a nice glow. A thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing and no lacing. Overall very serene and still looking beer (like the Machu Picchu depicted on the label I suppose). The aroma is easily the highlight of this beer for me and is among the best of any barrel aged stout I've tried. Rich balanced blend of flavors, focusing on the coffee and sweet bourbon/vanilla from the barrel aging. Unfortunately I enjoy the aroma much more than the rest of the experience as the flavor is more similar to the CW Bourbon Barrel Stout, as well as the too thin, undercarbonated body. The finish is also particularly short and dry resulting in disappointment. The flavor is much more bourbon and vanilla forward than the aroma and is lacking the richness and balance of the aroma. In particular the coffee flavors are only present near the finish and in the lingering dryness. Not sure beer exactly is the base beer, but the barrel flavors are supported by mild charred malt, dark chocolate, too young dark fruits. I'm enjoying the Central Waters beers I've tried so far, but maybe my expectations are too high as I keep waiting for one to "wow" me and that hasn't happened yet.
03-07-2010 21:18:05 | More by yourefragile
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
Enjoying a nice, fresh bottle courtesy of HawkeyeDaz. Served in my Boulevard chalice.
Pours a very dark Brown with light edges. A thin head that recedes predictably fast.
Lots of toastiness, coffee, chocolate and caramel in the nose. Not getting much bourbon though.
Big coffee malts. Plenty of chocolate too with some roast to round things out. Medium to full-body. Very smooth... this is where the barrel comes in the most for me. Extremely drinkable!
This is my favorite Central Waters beer of all. Just an amazing stout from soup to nuts!
03-06-2010 00:40:30 | More by rudylaw
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Pours a deep dark opaque brown, topped with a fluffy dark tan head. Head retention is excellent and it leaves a nice sticky wall of lacing down the inside of my pint glass.
S - Delicious smelling brew. Dark roasted malts with an inviting odor of dark chocolate and coffee notes. There is just a hint of the bourbon from the bourbon barrel aging. As it warms, you start to notice a bit of a boozy alcohol odor. The nose on this one is about as complex as it gets.
T & M - The thing about Central Waters brews is that they are never short on flavor...you'll never get a yellow fizzy beer from them! This brew is hugely complex, with a roasty malt backbone supported by coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Just a touch of vanilla on the back end. The bourbon comes through in the taste a little more than I noticed it in the nose. There is a noticeable alcohol warmth to this brew as well. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of a bourbon aftertaste.
D - This is certainly a class act for the category. As far as American Double/Imperial Stouts go, the 8.5% ABV is actually toward the low end of the spectrum. You can never go wrong with Central Waters...these guys know what they are doing when it comes to brewing beer.
03-01-2010 23:59:21 | More by drizzam
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
Why do I expect every imperial stout to pour out like Expedition or Ten FIDY. My high expectations always lead to disappointment when a beer such as this pours a thin dark brown, but is nearly black in the glass and ruby edges where the light shines through, small tan head and some nice looking lacing. Wow, impressive coffee nose on this. Nice balance between the coffee notes, chocolate and roast, with only the slightest hint of bourbon. Mmmm, this is delicious. Coffee is in generous amounts, blending perfectly with chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and vanilla nuances that just dance on the tongue. Not really getting much in the way of barrel in the in taste department, but there is light bourbon quality, with a bulk of the barrel aging translating into a vanilla finish. Smooth, rich, inviting. Barely any bitterness from the coffee or hops. This is malt forward, lightly sweet and delicious. Truly a spectacular tasting coffee stout, but I could go for a little body and maybe just a touch more carbonation. Great drinker, can't taste any alcohol at all. This is one that I have been wanting to try for a long time now, and I thank Sparklepants for picking this up for me. Great beer!
02-27-2010 22:30:54 | More by KeefD
3.85/5 rDev -7%
Thanks to Brian for the Trade! Had this tonight, back to back nights with their Bourbon Barrel Stout.
Poured this into my Excelsior! tulip. Some cream-tan colored sporadic web-like lace sit atop a small head and a black brew. A little light at the edges when held to light.
Well I'm delighted to report that this beer has a little more of a roasted note in the aroma than the Bourbon Barrel Stout. Still, vanilla and burnt sugar are apparent up front with some barrel char. Nice roasted beans coming through though. Thanks to Brian for the Emy J's coffee beans that were used in this brew! A little bit of alcohol apparent too mixing with the bourbon notes.
Taste has some nice coffee bean flavor, but the barrel is just a little too potent for my tastes. I rather have the coffee flavor be a little more center stage and a more definitive bitterness. Again though, this finishes with that hazelnut flavor. It really lingers. Here though, it has a little bit more of a bitterness than the BBS, which makes me interpret it more as a hazelnut coffee quality. Pretty nice.
Low carbonation and viscous enough, the barrel definitely helps on the mouthfeel. But once again, as it warmed, a bit too much. I liked this better than the BBS, but still - I had high expectations for this beer. I had heard so much about it and it didn't quite deliver to the level that I had hoped. Really happy that I got the chance to try it and I will definitely revisit it in a week or two.
02-27-2010 04:56:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Very dark, near black with a thin, off-white head that recedes almost completely.
Smell is dark chocolate and cocoa, fresh coffee grounds, and roasted malts. Light alcohol burn on the nostrils.
Taste is again chocolate, mostly dark, coffee, and cocoa. Moderate presence of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is moderately smooth, balanced with a bit of crispness from carbonation. Slight bitterness on the finish.
Better-than-decent drinkability, though the alcohol presence is assertive enough to make you want to take this one slowly. I'd say two bottle maximum per sitting with this one.
02-27-2010 00:08:59 | More by Parrotbeak
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to Ed at Lucky Dog Liquors (in Trevor Wisconsin) for special ordering this one for me.
Enjoying in a snifter.
A: Dark Brown, lighter near the edges. The head is thin and light tan. Nice lacing.
S: Toasty caramel goodness, with a hint of bourbon.
T: Wonderful!!! Subtle coffee/chocolate/toasted malt. Alcohol does not overwhelm.
M: Medium to full-bodied and silky-smooth.
D: Extremely drinkable. I want to crack another right now - but I only have two left. Damn!
This is a great beer! One of my favorite unknown beers.
02-26-2010 04:47:55 | More by NorthsideFred
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Deepest shade of brown with a thin tan head of foam.
Bourbon, vanilla and toasted marshmallow with a hint of coffee. Very enticing.
Bourbon and oak lead the way, followed by vanilla, chocolate milk, caramelized sugar and roasted malt. Getting more coffee in the aftertaste. Some warm alcohol as well. Nice complexity and very tasty.
Almost full bodied, has some sharp carbonation, but otherwise smooth. Tongue suckingly dry finish.
Despite the warm alcohol, this one goes down very easy. A very enjoyable IS. I will enjoy many more of these in the future. Awesome brew.
02-26-2010 03:32:33 | More by jera1350
4.47/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to LJArsenal for this from our recent trade!
Bottled On: JAN (notched)
A: Pours dark cola brown/black with only the faintest shade of lighter brown tint at the edges when held to a light. Capping this is one finger of pure mocha colored cream. Some ropes and waves of lace were left behind.
S: A fantastic combination of smells. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, heavily roasted malt, caramelized brown sugar, dark fruit, and milk chocolate covered cherries.
T: Pretty close to the smell, but I noticed a large presence of barrel-char and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is kept under control by the coffee, chocolate, and sweet dark fruit flavors.
M: Pretty sticky, sweet, and dry. Some solvent alcohol pops up during the middle and hangs around until the end where it plays tug of war with the roasty malt, spicy coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.
D: This drinks just as well as their regular Brewhouse Coffee Stout, spicy booze and all. I drained my glass post haste.
02-25-2010 00:27:27 | More by GbVDave
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Got this in a recent trade from Brian23456 - thanks man!
A: Pours dark dark brown but settles in the glass almost pitch black except for at the thin edges. About a half finger of light khaki colored head formed but quickly settled to just a thin rim of bubbles around the edge and laces the glass nicely.
S: Top notch smell here! Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, oak, only slight amounts of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Seriously smells like a vanilla latte/imperial stout blend.
T: Very similar to the smell and that is a good thing. Vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, oak, a little more roasted malts than in the smell and slight dark chocolate. I'm really digging the flavor on this one because the coffee/roasted malts/dark chocolate combination isn't overpowering me with bitterness from those elements. I'm thinking the vanilla flavor is good at counteracting that. As it warms the bourbon comes out more and I personally think it takes away from the flavor I liked - so I prefer to drink this on the colder end of the thermometer.
M: Probably the characteristic lacking the most - there is lower carbonation, but this really doesn't feel quite viscous/thick/creamy enough. I wouldn't say watery, but just a little thinner than I'd prefer.
D: Over time the coffee could become a little overpowering, but I really am yearning for each next sip at the moment. A great tasting beer with not really any alcohol flavors helps the score here.
02-21-2010 06:02:49 | More by dukedevil0
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.