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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 404
Gots: 322 | FT: 24
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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:
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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beertooth

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer fridge is empty and I'm broke so I yanked this from the cellar. 12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

The beer pours a black with some dark chestnut edges. There's a finger of khaki head that fades to a thin layer fast.

The nose is really nice. Notes of coffee and oxidized malts mix with mellow alcohol and nutty chocolate and raisins.

The taste follows with coffee, vanilla, oxidized malts, chocolate, nutty malts, some mellow alcohol. There's a bitter note that is more present now that it's warming.

The mouthfeel could use some more body to combat the higher level of carbonation.

I still like their regular coffee stout better, but this beer was tasty and quite warming for the abv. I wish I had more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:10:02 | More by beertooth
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bordering on black with an inch of creamy tan head. Some floaties are present in the glass. Aromas of deep dark malts with a blast of fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Woody tannins and a kiss of bourbon. Creamy aspect as well, nice.

First sip is smooth, creamy dark malt backed up by a nice interplay of chocolate and coffee. Vanilla mixes with wood tannins and sweet bourbon notes. A bit of alcohol heat on the way down. Overall well balanced and the barrel character never becomes overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is creamy with good body. Not overly heavy which is nice. A tasty treat of a beer that I would seek out again if they brew it again! Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing this my direction.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 00:22:25 | More by orbitalr0x
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bifrostguard for cracking this one on a couple different occasions.

Pours a dark murky brown, almost black and entirely opaque. Two fingers of light tan head rises and then slowly settles to a quarter-inch cap.

The nose is a beautiful blend of coffee and vanilla. Beneath the coffee onslaught there's a healthy dose of nougat, toffee and toasted nuts.

Coffee is initially dominant on the palate, sharp and heavily roasted. The -bal comes forth mid-palate, bringing flavors of vanilla and toffee that meld with, but never quite overtake the coffee flavor. Surprisingly light in body, and ridiculously smooth, this could be the most sessionable imperial stout around. It finishes with a coffee-vanilla-roasted nut mélange that doesn't linger on the palate too long, making it a little too easy to take another sip. In conclusion, this beer is really good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:37:29 | More by largadeer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee bean brown that, amazingly enough, isn't opaque. Bright morning sunshine behind the glass proves that PM is extremely dark black cherry red. A thick chunk of coffee milkshake colored cream looks fantastic and gains even more character as it melts. Finely stippled sheets of sudsy lace look good too.

This CWBC seasonal brew is essentially Satin Solstice Stout plus Fair Trade Coffee, aged in barrels that had previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon. Sounds like a winning combination to me. Although coffee is clearly numero uno, the vanilla-like notes of the whiskey are easily appreciated. Outstanding!

Peruvian Morning has the same slight flaw as the base beer: not enough barley malt. It's a shame too, because it's easy to fix (assuming the brewery thinks it needs fixing). Like Satin Solstice, though, this offering is still boldly flavored and is mighty tasty. It's just that it could have been so much more.

Specifics include dark chocolate, gourmet coffee beans, caramelized sugar, vanilla, a mild oakiness and a hint of lactic tanginess. Bitterness is moderate, especially on the gradually tightening finish. Hop flavor, however, doesn't make much of a splash. I've decided to forget about style and ABV and will give the beer the taste score it truly deserves.

The mouthfeel simply isn't big enough for the stated style. It's pleasurable, though, and that's all that matters. The fact that it gains a certain smooth creaminess with warming helps a great deal.

If Central Waters would use the malt bill for Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout rather than the one for Satin Solstice, they'd have a beer for the ages. As is, this is still damn good stuff if you like stout, coffee and bourbon in the same glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 15:38:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours thick tan creamy head, some cling lace apparent. Darkish brown to black.

S - Vibrant coffee sweet malt blend. Mocha. Yum.

T - Coffee dominates - maybe too much. Malt evident but takes a second seat.

M - Balance to the coffee and bitter end. Good carb coat, could be a little more viscous.

D - Palate killer. Nice, though!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:48:02 | More by srandycarter
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Picked this up in Wisconsin a while ago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Big fluffy two fingers of tan foam that dissipates very slowly. Dark brown body that appears to be transparent with red highlights when held to the light. Some lacing that dissipates fairly quickly. I wish it was a little darker - this would be perfect for a 5% American Stout.

S - The smell is reminiscent of '09 KBS, but with more mild bourbon notes. There's a ton of coffee, chocolate malt, a touch of burnt sugar, and hints of vanilla and oak.

T - The taste has a lot more of the bourbon influence, with tannic barrel character and some light vanilla notes. The finish is mostly roasty coffee bitterness. All the elements from the aroma are in the taste, but the don't seem to fit together quite as well. Asides from the bourbon flavor, the alcohol is well-disguised and this doesn't come off as boozy.

M - Body is definitively medium, and there's more carbonation than is required for an 8.5% Imperial Stout. The texture is otherwise fairly smooth, with a good amount of residual stickiness.

D - If I didn't know it was 8.5% I would have pegged this as closer to 6%. While a little too bubbly for a stout the carbonation never becomes intrusive or bloaty. Great flavor and aroma, and an aftertaste that is roasty and bitter but not palate destroying.

I like KBS more, but this is a pretty excellent brew in its own right and I hope Central Waters brings it back in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:08:13 | More by MasterSki
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dfillius

Michigan

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

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of dark tan pillowy head with great retention. Opaque black liquid. Great label featuring Machu Picchu.
S: Great coffee, vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon.
T: Kahlua, mocha. Is this Brewhouse Coffee Stout aged in barrels? A bit too boozy, though not boozy for the style. Tasty.
M: Warm, slippery. Dry and bitter (from barrel aging?) adds a good dimension.
D: This is a strong one that is tasty but too boozy. I would not order a second and I might buy again only cause it's sold as a single. I prefer the Brewhouse Coffee Stout from CW.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 17:43:02 | More by dfillius
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birchstick

Colorado

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

A - dark brown with a one finger head

S - As the name suggests, there are huge hits of coffee. The coffee is balanced out with a touch of semi-sweet chocolate and some booze. The aromas blend together perfectly, creating a smell that is, in my opinion, perfect.

T - Whoa. This is a pretty bold beer - I think this was the strongest first taste of a beer I have ever taken. Massive amounts of coffee and burnt malts. There is some bitter, dark chocolate, and finishes pretty hot with bourbon and a lot of booze. The bourbon is very noticeable - more so than any other bourbon barrel beers I have tried. There was also some slight, sweet oakiness in the background that was especially noticeable on the finish. I never picked up the vanilla that the label describes and that I typically identify with bourbon beers. However, the flavors were almost too overpowering, taking a little away from its taste score.

M - a little thin but very smooth. I hoped for a little more full mouthfeel from a RIS.

D - This is a very impressive, bold beer. I really enjoyed it throughout and am sad to know that this is the only one I have. It was almost too flavorful to have more than one, however I wish I could have another. I was glad to see this on the shelf when I was in WI earlier this year, and wish I could try other beers from Central Waters.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 02:19:26 | More by birchstick
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heliosphann

Indiana

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

12oz bottle, served in my Founders Black Party pint glass. I believe nflmvp hooked me up with this when we met at Shorts. Thanks Steve.

A: Dark, murky brown sludge. Very small tan head that's gone in an instant. Some floaties and decent lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee right off the bat. As it warms up more, bourbon and vanilla step forward. Also a small touch of chocolate and vanilla.

T: A tasty onslaught of roasted coffee and malt, paired with semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. As the beer warms, it's complexity opens up. Dark fruit blossoms, and the bourbon kicks in towards the end with a little bit of heat. Also some oak and vanilla to wrap things up. There is also a slight bitterness which lingers after the finish.

M: Medium body. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but it makes it very drinkable. Feels great on the tongue. Carbonation is spot on for the style.

D: For a big bourbon barrel aged stout, this drinks pretty well. You do get the 8.5% ABV, but it's mostly from the bourbon. Nevertheless, 12oz is great serving size and you don't really need anymore or less.

Overall a nice pairing of a Coffee stout and some bourbon barrel aging. I'll have to track down some more of this. Another winner from CW!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:27:00 | More by heliosphann
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Dark, murky brown with a mocha head that settles to patchy lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, hints of fresh coffee as it warms and maybe a touch of leather.

T - Bourbon and oak with some vanilla are dominant as in the nose but some chocolate and even more coffee come out to play. Some dark fruits and even more vanilla as it warms.

M - Full body with light carbonation making it creamy and slightly sticky but still smooth.

D - Very good. The sweetness and vanilla get to be a lot by the end of the bottle but it is still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 20:21:38 | More by brewcrew76
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color that's pretty much completely opaque except for very dark mahogany edges when held to a light source with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap, coating the glass with lacing on it's way.

Nice roasty aroma with a huge chocolate malt presence and beautiful rosted coffee bean nose. The bourbon presence is a wonderful accompaniment not overpowering the other aromas. Also, there is some nice caramel, chocolate and toffee notes with subtle hops.

Very roasty mouthfeel with a lot more of a hop forward presence than expected. HUGE roated coffee bean flavor with hints of chocolate malt, caramel, oatmeal, toffee and a perfect dose of earthy bourbon. This beer is very complex and extremely well-balanced with none of the flavors overpowering the others. Quite unusual for a coffee and/or bourbon barrel aged beer. Silky smooth with a raosty yet sweet body and slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:25:28 | More by corby112
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with a few bottles of this one.

A-Deep black/brown with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Rich coffee with the strong support of bourbon notes. A nice backing from strong roasted malts too. A nice, pleasant combination of aromas.

T-Central Water's already makes a great coffee stout, I imagine the base of this beer. So, with the addition of some barrel againg this one is about as good as it gets. A delicious blend of coffee and bourbon notes.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth with long lasting coffee bitterness and rich bourbon motes.

D-A very well done brew by CW, but I can't say I am really surprised considering how much I like thier regular coffee stout. A rich, smooth and very well blended brew. Kudos to CW!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 05:30:41 | More by Deuane
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. bottle poured to a pint glass; label shows a black&white image of the ruins at Machu Picchu. Big thanks to milwaukeeclassic for bringing this bottle to Portland.

A: Deep chocolate-brown, not quite black. A little brackish-looking, as if there was a bit of bottom-dwelling sediment I shouldn't have poured. Lofty dollop of mocha-tan head, well over a finger, falls slowly. Excellent lace, drapes of cream.

S: Robust aroma: cream-laden dark coffee, spiced oatmeal, hints of dark fruit. Malt-forward, heavily roasted aroma is one to savor, just gets bigger and better as it warms.

T: Has a distinct 'coffee' flavor, but that's not necessarily what defines this. What does is an earthy roast, full of earthy fruit (blackberries, blueberries). Besides the chocolate, there's plenty of vanilla, a bit cake-like and a gently rum-my booze. Spicy sweetness grows as it warms, a stronger dash of cinnamon powder. Yeah, coffee roast is what you mostly taste, but the beauty is in the details here.

M: Creamy smooth, velvety. Coats in the finish like a fleece wrap, not a heavy quilt. Medium body, borderline full. Slight alcohol warming.

D: A beauty of a beer, rich aroma and flavor. A little overbearing actually, but forgivable in that I SO want to have this one again...would promise to split it next time. Recommended to start or (better yet) finish the day. Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 19:48:50 | More by msubulldog25
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split with Viggo - this has been high up on my wants for a while, thanks man!

Pours a deep black with little head and not much lacing. Could use a touch more carb.

Nose is rich, deep coffee grounds and espresso. Wow, the nose on this one is up on par with great coffee beers such as Peche Mortel. Rich wet grounds, chocolate, roasted malts.

This is ridiculously smooth, hard to believe the ABV on this one. Bold coffee notes, roasting, chocolate malts, a nice sweetness to the body that accents the bitter roast and coffee, a touch of woodiness, caramel. It's not as complex or as full bodied as Peche Mortel but easier drinking because of it.

Hard not to compare to the great Peche as this one is also all about the coffee and also frickin' amazing. Thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 15:27:28 | More by ritzkiss
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - almost opaque, just a shadowy reddish brown around the edges. A scant finger of light mocha hangs around for a bit, putting some colorful lacy ropes around the edges.

Aroma - rich, intense aromas of nutty coffee beans and woody bourbon. I can smell lots of vanilla and the oak is very forward.

Taste - decent roasted malt has no chance against the onslaught of the dark roasted coffee beans. Very fresh tasting. The ensuing bourbon notes are outstanding. The bourbon has a smoky flavor to it courtesy of the malts and coffee I suppose. The vanilla and oak fold in neatly for a most enjoyable experience. Abv warmth, a little drying on the swallow, and a return of the whiskey ends the ride.

Mouthfeel - crisp carbonation level against an average body. Not the best impression but it doesn't hold back the beer either.

Drinkability - top notch stuff by Central Waters. MPLS brought me a bottle of this at DLD09. Choice brew, thanks Erik!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:02:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head, ok retention and leaves a nice bit of brown lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nutty/coffee character as the main component with a little chocolate in the background as well as some nice bourbon notes. I might have confused the bourbon barrel aroma as nutty. Smells good. The flavor is a nice complex mix. Roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit. I don't get the vanilla that most people seem to get, but it's good regardless. The body is medium and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 01:57:57 | More by clvand0
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rye726

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a silky tan head. Nose has bitter coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Taste also has a big espresso presence, whiskey, vanilla, wood, cocoa and molasses. Creamy body is delicately carbonated, but a bit thin. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 03:53:48 | More by rye726
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blackie

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: tyranena pint, a light-mocha head or meringue consistency rises upon pouring and shows excellent retention, the beer is an opaque mahogany brown in color

s: fresh medium-roast coffee bean with a body of semisweet chocolate and a soft cream center, the bourbon barrel really only comes out once it's warmed to room temperature, absolutely lovely coffee presence well complimented by the smooth chocolate roast body, earthy citrus hops add a nice counterpart

m: soft and creamy, light-medium carbonation and a full body

t: vivid medium-roast coffee supported on a body of semisweet chocolate, creamy dark chocolate coffee drinks, the boozy barrel pushes through once fully warmed, delicately astringent roast in the finish

d: highly enjoyable, but limited to one, among the best of the subcategory but without that extra push into 5 territory,

got some strong sentiment for CW, single from the dirtyman, gotta drink while that COFFEE is still around

notes from a 2013 vintage gifted by Kile, consumed 11.30.13 - Just an incredible coffee beer. Luscious, rich dark chocolate and charred roast, silky smooth bourbon presence, and sweet, complex coffee all joined together in an artful marriage. The bourbon brings those trademark sweet vanilla-coconut flavors without too much oak and never boozy and never stealing the show. In fact, I'd call the darkly fruity, chocolatey coffee number one here - deliciously sweet and aromatic. And lots of rich dark chocolate to back it all up. Easily meets its much-hyped colleagues.

old scores: 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 03:04:06 | More by blackie
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, some head that recedes into a ring

Smells strongly of coffee, with a little vanilla

Coffee obviously heavily in the flavor, vanilla and bourbon strong in the finish. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel smooth, but I felt this was a tad thin.

This was interesting and nice, but didn't quite live up to my hopes. If were up to me, I'd like to see a thicker mouthfeel and no bourbon barrel aging. Bourbon barrel flavors ran away with this in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 15:02:52 | More by Strix
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aggiearcher13

Texas

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

A: Pours a very dark brown, some caramel hues around the edges of the glass.

S: Coffee and bourbon, mostly bourbon. Some maltiness, it's pretty good.

T: Bourbon up front, some vanilla notes and maybe cinnamon, pretty solid. Not as much coffee as I was expecting, but it's in there.

M: A little thin, I was hoping for a full, creamy body. Carbonation is middle of the road for the style.

D: It's pretty boozy, but for the style I'd have to say the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:04:01 | More by aggiearcher13
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Central waters kicks ass with their bigger beers and their barrel aged beers and this one more than lives up to their reputation. I am not a huge fan of coffee beers but this one stands out to me...perhaps because of the barrel aging.

The coffee notes are evident on the aroma and taste but never dominate the action...almost like fresh coffee grounds on the aroma and on the taste (lighter on the taste)

The barrel aging adds some interesting vanilla, nougat and caramel flavors.

Drinks real easy and enjoyable..body is not immense though...more of a regular stout body...not particularly creamy or smooth just a drinker..

This is one flavorful beer....I'd be interested to see what a little oat addition would do to the body and mouthfeel...as is it is very good but an improvement on the body and texture would make this a classic

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 05:05:54 | More by ZAP
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another sample acquired from the great trader joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues peaking through. The foam is a good 2 finger's worth.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, light chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. There's some hop bitterness here as well but the strongest feature in the aroma is boubon.

The taste is also of roasted malt some chocolate and toffee, tasty notes of coffee, but I'm not tasting any dark fruits I noted in the smell but that's easily compensated for by nice tasty bourbon followed quickly by vanilla. I had to take a few sips before I realized how complex this brew is. ;^)

The mouthfeel borders on full with medium carbonation. The foam really sticks around and leaves lots of lacing.

Drinkability? The taste sure keeps me happy though I'd say the alcohol isn't hidden all that well as I get lots of warming after every swallow. This is a sipper and I'll treat it as such so major problems on that point. I'm really glad I got a chance to try this one and can recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:34:57 | More by Bitterbill
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mcallister

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown showing ruby with light interaction. A tan head of a finger depth fades quickly into some blotches of bubbles and minimal lacing.

Nose shows good bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, slight dark fruits with a bit of leather. Aromas are really nice however not to "in your face" keeping this from being a 4.5 in my book. But damn nice nonetheless.

Very nice. Balanced very well with bourbon and toasty vanilla riddles oak taking a slight lead in front of the milk and dark chocolates, caramel, burnt blackberry, hints of anise, sweet cream, black fruits and other nuances.

Mouth shows much wood tannin on the finish as well as a good hop bitterness. Creamy middle but light from there to the finish and at the forefront for a stout.

One of the more drinkable BA Stouts I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:12:12 | More by mcallister
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a Dark Lord day in person trade.

Pours brown in color. There are some ruby highlights, but this is no where as dark as what I was expecting from a Imperial Stout. A good one inch of head that is off white. Plenty of carbonation running up the glass and rebuilding whatever head is trying to go away. Smell is wonderful and glorious bourbon. Not over the top and obtrusive, but there and dominant. Some slight cocoa and coffee bean underneath as well.
Taste is more of the bourbon, but with some oak and a bit more chocolate coming in than you can detect from the flavor. Matter of fact, there's a lot more chocolate coming through in the flavor and it's very nice. A little thin in the mouthfeel department. This is a very solid beer, and easily my favorite that I've had from Central Waters. Would love to get some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:06:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam to me from the very generous Hophead 101.

A: Dark brown, almost black with a mahogany glow on the edges against the light. Poured a nice finger coffee stained creamy head. Great lacing shows from the start. The head dissipates to a small head but then retains it throughout. Handsome looking brew.

S: Roasted malt, sweet vanilla, a little coffee and subtle booze.

T: Man, that's a tasty beer. The alcohol is there for sure but it is a part of a nice complex and robust flavor. While still chilled, I get a rush of the creamy roastiness with a bourbon kick. It's masked by coffee, vanilla and a tart dark fruit. Absolutely delicious. When warmer, the combination of smokey vanilla and bourbon is more intense and just sublime. Beautifully balanced.

M: Nice full body. Medium but very gentle carbonation. Creamy and very slick and smooth.

D: ABV is pretty low for the style, so it's very drinkable. It's incredibly robust but very well balanced. The bourbon flavor is strong without over-stepping it's bounds. Fantastic beer. I will be re-visiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:53:43 | More by sgoodship
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.