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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 408
Gots: 303 | FT: 21
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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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Ratings: 1,368 | Reviews: 447
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of AleBlager
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of 321jeff
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

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

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

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

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

Photo of AwYeh
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of WJVII
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Urbancaver
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A - Clear very dark brown colored with a short lived, tiny tannish head that quickly collapsed to nothing. No ring of head around the glass, no lacing. But still quite appealing looking.

S - Huge dark roasted coffee. Slight roasted dark malts. A little bourbon. Very big and smells great. Reminiscent of KBS, but with the coffee on steroids.

F/M - Dark bold coffee up front. As other before have said, if you're not into coffee, like seriously into coffee, you probably won't like this beer. However, I certainly do enjoy bold coffee as well as bourbon (sometimes together) and this beer delivers on both. The stout characteristics are noticable but somewhat muted by the coffee and bourbon. Again, KBS on steroids without the great velvety mouthfeel. Still great on the tongue, medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering chocolate coffee flavor.

D - Big, bold, roasty and flavorful, this is a great beer to sip on. And one probably won't do it for me. I could easily go for some more of this.

Photo of SykDoc
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thin brown that is not quite opaque when held to the light. A tan 1/8 inch head forms and reduces leaving minimal lacing around the edge.

The aroma is almost entirely coffee with just a hint of metallic. Mild vanilla and bourbon notes are present.

The taste is a great blend of bourbon, coffee, chocolate malts, and vanilla. There is a very nice but light hoppy finish to the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is sharp and quick, but reasonable. Mild dry and bitter components at the end. Overall, smooth.

This is a drinkable beer, although more than one is bound to leave minimal palate for tasting without some relief time. Definitely, a solid beer with strength in all components. I hope they keep making this solid beer.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/20/10

Bottled in January (presumably 2010)

With much appreciation to levifunk

Pours a medium rosewood brown, ultimately settling near-black. One finger of loose bubbles. The head thinned quickly leaving 50% of the surface covered in a mass of bubbles. Swirling (boasting audible carbonation) helps a bit but retention doesn't hold long. A few splotches of drippy lace hang on.

Seemingly intertwined after a year in the bottle, the aroma exhibits notes of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, bakers chocolate & cocoa nibs. Not much, if any, proper bourbon is appreciable & notions of coffee are muted at best. Smells nice enough but is rather tame.

Ah, the bourbon is not gone; nay, it washes o'er the palate & lingers throughout. Vanilla is downplayed. Charred oak notes manifest slightly at the onset, intensify mid-swallow & carry onward to the finish. Beyond that, the base stout is pretty solid; plenty tasty but maybe on the simplistic end of the spectrum. There's a chocolatey presence that is singed with a hint of roast. Like the nose, the coffee has definitely faded to the back of the mix. Not overly sweet; some residual bitterness.

Medium-full body for the style; just a tad thin on the edges. Carbonation is somewhat prickly upfront, though it's more a flash-in-the-pan sort of situation; the beer has smoother undercurrents. The finish tapers off with hints of charred wood, bourbon & roasted chocolate.

I really wish I had tackled this sooner; I just couldn't yet bear to part with my last Central Waters beer. It's a shame the coffee flavors have so faded; I thought Emy J's blend was exceptional in the Brewhouse Coffee Stout. A nice beer as-is, it just seems very similar to the bourbon barrel stout.

Photo of nrbw23
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Head is gone in almost a flash and leaves little lacing.

S- Smell is coffee, sweet oak-vanilla and caramelly bourbon. Overall, there is quite a bit of depth in the smell that is going on here.

T- Taste is sweet malt, coffee, bourbon, and oak. Also picking up some vanilla and Earthy hops.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation.

D- Very excellent brew. I found this one very easy to drink.

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a thin tan head and some lacing, a lttle bit of legs on the glass, head breaks up due to low carbonation.

Aroma is STRONG, a little hot, lots of coffee, nice flavors all around.

Beer is silky smooth and coats the mouth with great flavors, its a pure joy to drink. Mildly sweet and hot in the front but the bourbon is amazing in this one, its bitter with coffee and roast at the end and finishes great. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing a bottle of this with me. Thanks Matt!

This is a really great beer, much better than I would have thought going in. The aroma reminds me a very grainy mash ton covered in bourbon and with savory notes to it. A Smooth Bourbon taste thats creamy in feel and verysavory. Oak is very nice in this. Malty sweetness definitely there, but balanced out nicely. Not hot at all, though the smell makes it seem like it will be hot. Nice beer overall.

Photo of mwa423
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful dark brown with a small light tan head with a long retention and good lacing. The appearance is like black coffee with some head.

S - This smells more like coffee than the free coffee I drink at work. There is a milky aroma and some chocolate as well.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and malty sweetness with about a 50/50 balance. The milky smoothness and hints of chocolate round the beer out.

M/D - Mouthfeel is (as I've mentioned) milky and smooth, fills the mouth and leaves a silky smooth chocolate and coffee aftertaste on the tongue. Very drinkable and enjoyable and I wish my coffee tasted like this every morning!

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

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Very dark brown - almost black, half-inch think brown head which shrinks pretty quickly but leaves behind plenty of laces.

S - Bourbon, dark chocolate, and breakfast blend coffee

T - Milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel --> bourbon & more sweet malts --> finish is dark chocolate & coffee beans with bourbon which lingers for awhile

M - Medium-bodied for an imperial stout; adequate carbonation

D - This much flavor and 8.5% = very drinkable

A perennial favorite from Central Waters, this is a great barrel aged coffee stout. With this and the other Central Waters -bals available for purchase off the shelf come February, we have it good in Wisconsin.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Barrythebear for this bottle.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with a short mocha head that has a decent retention time. Nose is strong coffee and wood with some nice touches of vanilla and cream. Great taste, combining coffee and vanilla well. Good body.and carbonation. Another solid hit from Central Waters.

Photo of brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a rather modest tan head that leaves a few dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Bourbon barrel and coffee/chocolate elements battle it out for prominence but the oak is ultimately the dominant aroma

Taste: Coffee and chocolate, up front, but the bourbon barrel dominates by mid-palate, adding a bit of a burnt raisin sour element; after the swallow, the beer moves into balance, with both the coffee and the bourbon prominent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had this a few times and have encountered the sourness on each occasion; at first I thought I was getting a bad bottle but I guess that is what the brewer has intended - I am not a big fan of that element

Photo of sweemzander
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jan. 2009. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a decent tan colored head that dissipated after awhile.

(S)- A rich profile with a good roasted component to it. Kind of a dry baked bread character amidst a lovely cocoa, raisin, molasses, and caramel sweetness. Beautiful.

(T)- Almost the same as the smell. A great richness of cocoa, molasses, and caramel sweetness with just a tiny bit of a dry roasted bitterness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and sweet, but balanced with a touch of dry bitterness. Very very smooth with just a tiny twinge of boozy warmth going down.

(D)- A fantastic beer and a fantastic example of the style. Superbly balanced despite being bourbon barrel aged. One of the finest examples of a Barrel aged beer that is not incredibly boozy, but smooth, yet rich and inviting. Yet another reason why I love midwest brewers.

Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Smells are malts, chocolate and bourbon with some vanilla. Taste is chocolate, bourbon and vanilla with an espresso finish. Mouthfeel is medium, not as thick as I thought it would be. Drinkability is very good with this one.

Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI) on 8/13/10. 7 oz pour served in a tumbler.

Pours black, topped with a thin layer of foamy mocha colored head. It looks like the barrel has come to place here with this look, as this just retains with a thin fizzy ring around the edges of the glass and leaves a light smattering of forth down the sides of the glass. Eventually this goes completely dead. The roasted coffee jumps out immediately in the nose but then quickly gives way to thick smelling notes of chocolate, and caramel, before the barrel character rolls in and soaks the edges of the nose with burnt wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Warm and sticky is the name of the game here.

The taste is quite heavy and biting with the bourbon flavor up front, with a LOT of charred barrel notes really sticking hard in the mouth. A thick wave of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla shore up the middle of the profile with a gooey stickiness before that bold coffee character rears its head again in the backend that leads into a deeply roasted finish that mingles with a burnt tannic dryness that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a strong feeling creamy sharpness to the carbonation the whole way through. This isn't nearly as thick as I would have thought it could be. It actually feels a little light in spots. It seems like maybe the woody feel from the barrel is adding a little too much slickness to its overall presence.

I really liked the flavors here, and the there was definitely no shortage of crunchy and delicious coffee flavor to this, but the bourbon presence here if VERY warm and stinging. Almost to the point of interfering with some of the other flavors. I could see maybe aging one of these but then you're going to lose some of the vibrancy of the coffee. Tone some of that barrel down and this would be pretty freaking good. On this night though, I just wasn't digging this nearly as much as I thought I would.

Photo of kk73
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Poured out a dark coca-cola brown, not nearly as thick as I was hoping. Very small light khaki head that quickly disappeared to the edge of my glass, very unimpressive.

S - Smells of vanilla, bourbon, and coffe. Some roasty maltiness.

T - Taste seems to follow the nose, again vanilla, bourbon, and a little light on the coffee. Slight alcohol burn.

M - Again not what I was hoping for. A little thin and light, IMO, for the style. Some creaminess, but was expecting more. Carbonation to me was lackluster. This reminded me of a good porter.

D - Somewhat drinkable, just thin bodied and light. The alcohol burn makes it a sipper. Just ok for me.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 1 finger head that disappeared fairly quickly. Not much lacing. Color is jet black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate. Pretty heavy on the coffee aroma. A little bit of molasses. A bit of alcohol.

T. Taste is also strong on the coffee. Roasted malt, chocolate, a little smokiness. A little alcohol heat on the taste also. Pretty nice coffee stout here.

M. Full bodied, but just a little too thick. Could be a bit more chewy. Bit of the bitterness from the coffee flavors lingers on. Low carbonation.

D. This is definitely drinkable. Pretty good stout. Just a little bit of heat in the smell and taste, but not too much. Coffee stouts arent my favorite take on an Imperial Stout, but there is no denying this is a good beer.

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.