Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A; Cola black, brown head, hangs around a bit. Great lace chunks.
S: Like a chocolate mocha, laced with bouron. Not much coffee on the nose.
T: Chocolate mocha, some coffee, not overpowering, but, perfect. Bourbon not overpowering either, but, perfect.
M: Silky as hell, milky, smooth.
D: Too easy to quaff for a 8+% beer! Damn you guys! ;-) Outstanding beer in book!
02-16-2010 02:29:03 | More by KI9A
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled on Jan notched (2010 bottle).
A - A modest pour only allows for a small, one-finger tan head. Poor retention went to a ring right away with little lace left over. The color is a very dark amber brown but clear with highlights around the edges.
S - Lots of roasted malts come out pretty potent. The barrel age nose is a bit woodier than bourbon-rich which works well because the coffee needs to shine a bit more cause pretty faint in the nose. There's also this cold, ice cream, freezer-like smell to the finish too.
T - The coffee is better in the flavor. It comes out more but it balances well with a milk chocolate-like texture and flavor almost like a creamer-filled coffee drink. Light notes of vanilla and bourbon barrel linger through the roasted malty finish. A warm alcohol ends the flavor.
M - Full-bodied and rich, it has a thick texture and feel with a smooth swallow and low carbonation finish. Just a bit warm at the end.
D - I think Central Waters can do better with this one. It's a fine offering from them but one that is mediocre in comparison to both their Coffee Stout and Bourbon Barrel Stout. It's a decent sipper bit I'm happy with only the one beer.
02-15-2010 03:23:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours thick chocolate syrup. Just a little bit of head with immediate lacing. This is dark, but has a reddish tint to it. Just a little hint of coffee smell, but the alcohol is overpowering. Wow! This has a great first sip! Awesome mild chocolate taste with a definite alcohol aftertaste. It's creamy, but that aftertaste hurts the drinkability. This could grow on me
02-14-2010 20:17:50 | More by billyzoom666
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Big thanks to alcstradamus for hooking this up. Cheers.
Pours a deep murky brown, would easily be confused for black in a low light environment. Creamy one finger french vanilla head is set atop. Recedes leaving a slim but milky cap. Thick sheets of lacing encompass the snifter. The color of the body does not match my preferences for the style, a bit lighter than I would like, but the rest of the appearance is excellent.
Bourbon, chocolate and coffee are dominate at first sniff. The bourbon is very much up front, to be expected from such a young beer, but it not overwhelming. The coffee aroma is deep and rich, next to beer there may be nothing better than a cup of black dark roast coffee. Sweet caramelized sugars and vanilla are set behind. The smell mesh wonderfully, everything seems to be in its place.
The bourbon flavors is easily the first taste to hit the tongue. The flavor is strong but the heat is not, at least not as strong as I would expect. The java sets up camp just behind the boozey front line. As the flavors on the tongue fade a bitter dark chocolate flavors becomes more apparent. Sweet flavors come from more of a caramelized sugar characteristic. Vanilla flavors can be strong at time, my palate is not picking it up equally at each sip. Oak is subtle, but its presence is enjoyable. The only thing lacking is a deeper roasted malt flavor. It may be splitting hairs at this point, I enjoy the taste very much, a deeper roasted malt would definitely push this one over the top for me.
Mouthfeel is full, texture is smooth and creamy. Peruvian Mornings lacks a bit of viscosity I was hoping to see. While being a different style I wonder if we have a similar case here as Founders does with Dirty/Backwoods Bastards. Some beers tend to thin out when being put in a barrel and lose some of the enjoyment once associated with the mouthfeel. Now this is speculation as I have not tried the CW Coffee Stout yet. Once again I find myself nit picking tiny details, wonderful mouthfeel but I wish it were a smidge thicker.
Peruvian Morning is an excellent beer and I enjoy it very much. For my first taste of Central Waters brews I doubt much could leave a better impression. Big stouts are obviously not for sessions though I would drink a couple of these in a sitting. Definitely one to seek out if given the chance. Very good beer, no question.
02-11-2010 19:09:41 | More by kzoobrew
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into Chimay chalice.
A- Pours a very deep brown with minimal head that is more just a slight bit around the edges. Only light gets through around the edges and that is about it.
S- This is a fairly complex smelling beer. A large whiff of coffee and some chocolate in there with a mellowing scent of bourbon. There is also a little vanilla from the oak it was aged in. Also there is a bit of alcohol in the end but nothing major.
T- Again, like the nose, this has many flavors. The oak from the barrel, the bourbon, which really smooths it out. Also some bitter dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I was expecting more coffee but the oak and bourbon really shine. Alcohol peaks through as the beer warms up a bit.
M- A medium bodied brew that has some carbonation but doesn't impede on the beer. I would have liked the beer to be just a tad thicker but other than that its very smooth and gives a little warming sensation.
D- A pretty high ABV but this beer is so rich and so smooth that it could get you into some trouble. Another stellar offering from Central Waters. Just a shame it only comes out once a year.
02-11-2010 03:01:58 | More by Wisconsinality
4.1/5 rDev -1%
12 oz. bottle, thanks to Frankenbrew as part of the BA Bowling winning hauls. Bottle date is Jan. I'm assuming 2010.
A: At first it appears black, but upon further examination, it really is a rich dark brown. The pour creates a quarter of kahki head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves some lace.
A: I get a dark chocolate aroma right away, that is followed by burbon, vanilla, and roasty malts. I do get a fair amount of grassy hops as well.
T: Chocolate and burbon are the dominate flavors. But vanilla, caramel, and some dried fruit also make an appearance. The beer finishes dry and sweet with a little heat from the ABV.
M: Full body, good amount of carbonation. Creamy and a little sticky.
D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average for the style, even if it comes in at over 8%. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. Sweet, but well crafted. I will definately pick this one up the next time I'm in Wisconsin. Skal.
02-05-2010 19:40:35 | More by Gtreid
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured into my english pint glass the beer is deep dark brown nearing black. Held to the light blood red edges can be picked out. The light mocha head blast to a full two fingers and leave trails of lace around the rim after settling. A perfect half finger cap rests on top of the beer.
The aroma is a mix of sweet and rich bourbon. Along with coffee, chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla and roast malt. After warming a touch of oak and dark fruits are present as well.
The flavor is bold roast coffee up front. This slowly melts into bourbon, smoked malt, hints of chocolate, and touch of earthiness in the finish.
Medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. I feel it's just touch above average carbonation for the style.
Overall a fantastic beer. Maybe a touch hot for my taste. Considering this is fresh from the brewery I will let it slide for now and revist this beer in six months to see what some age does.
02-04-2010 01:13:35 | More by beerwolf77
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest. I had meant to enjoy an easy drinking coffee beer on a Sunday afternoon as I racked my homebrewed schwarzbier to its lagering keg, but as soon as I opened this beer and smelled it, I knew I was in trouble. The unmistakable aroma of bourbon flew out of the bottle at me. Damn it. I am such a drunk.
Anyway, pours just a shade short of black with a two-finger tan head that leaves great lacing.
The aroma, as previously stated, starts off with bourbon. You also get some coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla in there.
Flavor is fairly complex and very nice with bourbon, fresh coffee, roasted malt, and barrel notes: vanilla and oak. A little earthy and mildly tannic.
Medium-full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel despite slight astringency from the coffee.
Drinkability is good for the style. A very nice beer overall.
02-01-2010 01:35:09 | More by nickd717
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-15-2010 04:10:02 | More by beertooth
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-01-2009 00:22:25 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-26-2009 22:37:29 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-18-2009 15:38:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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!
11-12-2009 04:48:02 | More by srandycarter
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-30-2009 23:08:13 | More by MasterSki
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
10-18-2009 17:43:02 | More by dfillius
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-14-2009 02:19:26 | More by birchstick
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
09-21-2009 00:27:00 | More by heliosphann
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-07-2009 20:21:38 | More by brewcrew76
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-31-2009 03:25:28 | More by corby112
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
08-17-2009 05:30:41 | More by Deuane
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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!
08-15-2009 19:48:50 | More by msubulldog25
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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!
08-11-2009 15:27:28 | More by ritzkiss
4.83/5 rDev +16.7%
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!
07-10-2009 03:02:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-07-2009 01:57:57 | More by clvand0
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-02-2009 03:53:48 | More by rye726
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.