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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 316 | FT: 23
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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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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hoppymcgee, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

yourefragile, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

rudylaw, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drizzam, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

KeefD, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ineedabeerhere, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Parrotbeak, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of NorthsideFred
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NorthsideFred, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jera1350, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GbVDave, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of dukedevil0
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dukedevil0, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to PaleAl for the bottle.

Peruvian Morning pours a dark chocolate brown color. Light cuts through around the edges, revealing scarlet highlights. A sturdy, mocha tan crown tops it off. It's large. Roughly two and a half fingers in depth. Retention is excellent and lacing is thick and sticky. Good lookin' stuff.

Bourbon greets the nose first and smells very nice. In terms of strength, it's moderate. That's the approach I like. It allows plenty of the dark chocolate malty scent to bleed through. Coffee is a secondary aspect of the nose, but is still very effective in adding quality depth. I like it quite a bit. Caramel and vanilla are present, but are subtle. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overwhelming. The nose is really well-rounded, balanced, and impressive.

The flavor continues its impressive streak. Chocolate malts seem to be the centerpiece. They have a nice bittersweet flavor that blends very well with the bourbon. The bourbon presence is damn near perfect. It's tasty, but not too strong. It allows the chocolate to work its magic without interference. Coffee is present to a lesser extent. Nonetheless, it adds a lot to the flavor. But, it's not strong enough to offend the coffee averse. There are ancillary caramel and vanilla flavors. The overall flavor is deep and quite satisfying. Alcohol is easily noted, but it's not warm or hot. Finishes bittersweet and bourbon-y.

The mouthfeel is a little disappointing. It's lacking in body and feels to thin. It needs more girth to achieve a smooth feel. That's the only disappointing aspect of Peruvian Morning. Drinkability is good. It goes down easy and the flavor is quite impressive. At 8.5%, but nothing too scary. If I had another bottle, I'd be tempted.

Central Waters brews some really impressive beer. Peruvian Morning's a great example. While it's not their best beer, it's up there. The flavor is damn good. The only qualm I have with it is the body. It's crying out for more. Still very tasty beer nonetheless. Hopefully they'll start distributing their beer to other states at some point. I'd love to see this stuff in Ohio. Thanks, Alex.

prototypic, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

KI9A, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of billyzoom666
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

billyzoom666, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kzoobrew, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wisconsinality, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gtreid, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerwolf77, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

nickd717, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of beertooth
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.

beertooth, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
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!

srandycarter, Nov 12, 2009
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.