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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 307 | 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 mwa423
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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

12 oz bottle, 2009 edition.

It pours into my snifter a nice deep brown that is dark as night. The head is creamy and tan and leaves a nice bit of lacing as it slowly recedes.

The coffee scent has faded noticeably but who cares, this one smells amazing. Nice bourbon notes, some woody oak, vanilla, chocolate, and that hint of roasty coffee.

Flavor is really smooth and nice, reminds me a bit of BCBCS. Central Waters know how to barrel age their beers, this one is a beautiful mingling of bourbon, oak, and imperial stout base. the bittersweet chocolate is a big plus along with the sweet but not too sweet bourbon notes.

I would have preferred it to be a bit thicker and creamier in the mouth but it doesn't really disappoint. The alcohol is hidden well and this one is extremely easy to drink as it is bourbonny but mellow.

CW strikes again with another masterful piece of artistry.

Photo of hawks10
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Central Waters pint glass...

Pours semi-thick, dark brown, crimson around the edges. One finger of light beige head forms and recedes quickly leaving a cap of haze...

Wonderful aroma full of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and wood. Starts off quickly bitter, roasted malts and bitter coffee, smell quickly turns to the sweet side, loads a vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate finish out...

Coffee upfront with some mild hop bitterness initially dominates. After a few sips and a swish, the beer takes on a sweet side. Vanilla and chocolate jump out with a bit of smoky/wood character before the bitterness sets back in and lingers into the finish...

Thick bodied with a nice creamy feel. Alcohol shows up after a few sips and the bitterness from the coffee lingers well past the finish...

I pretty much love everything from Central Waters, this one was no different. Great beer, enough said.

Photo of Spica66
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Generous bottle from BarrytheBear- Thank you!!

A: Very dark body. Medium brown head with good development. Medium carbonation.

S: Coffee.

T: Very rich and dark. Coffee and bitter chocolate notes with some oak. Very nice!

M: A little thinner than I expected from the look of the pour and for the style.

D: Very tasty. Alcohol is well hidden. I could drink plenty of these!

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

Thanks to Riccymon for the trade--been wanting to try this one for a while! 12oz into a Delirium tremens tulip, bottled in Jan (presumably 2010).

Ruddy amber when poured, as Peruvian Morning fills the glass with a dark, cola-colored body. The scant mustard-tan head retreats quickly to a ring and central wisp of bubbles. Very solid aroma, with barreled vanilla goodness and a bourbon backdrop. Coffee is more subtle, but definitely makes its presence known alongside sweetened hazelnut and cocoa nibs. Liking this one so far...

Bourbon greets the palate with a spicy alcoholic heat and bubbly, tight carbonation. Mid-sip, notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans stop in for a brief visit before the boozy finish of vinous, port-like nuances, licorice, and a bit of smoked beef. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected for the style and (as noted) rife with carbonation. A bit too much so, in fact, but the finish is creamy and relatively smooth despite all the alcoholic heat. Overall, a very tasty beer, but fell slightly short of expectations. Certainly worth a try, though.

Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired awhile ago via trade, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours with a small amount of loosely bubbly khaki colored foam, the beer is near black in color with just some ruby highlights when held up to light.

S - very strong bold french roasted iced coffee...dark chocolate, toasted nuts...sweetness from cream, vanilla, oak.

T - starts off semi-sweet with dark chocolate, vanilla beans, oak...bitterness comes through nicely in the second half with very fresh dark roasted coffee beans, woody oak, and a light alcohol burn.

M - thin body, carbonation is very light yet tight and bubbly. finishes with lingering bitter coffee and sweet oak.

D - as a stout, very good...as an RIS, missing the big body and appearance. still quite yummy with a very well done coffee+chocolate emphasis.

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

A - Pours a black color with a small head and that dissipated rather quickly too nothing. Head was a nice brownish color but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Slightly shallow on the nose. Roasted malts and a ton of coffee, but some how seems a little empty. Little bit of vanilla and some cocoa.

T - A nice coffee flavor, it's the dominate smell in here, but it's okay as this is called "Peruvian Morning" so I was expecting coffee. A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Smells better than it taste, there is a lot that is lost on the tongue that is present in the nose.

M - Fairly creamy, lighter side of full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, as it is tasty and nothing is offensive. Would not mind having this again.

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brian23456!

12oz bottle served in red wine glass. Reviewed from notes take 6/20/10

A: Just about black with hints of light trying to fight their way through. Mocha head is short lived. Slightly clingy.

S: Not terribly aromatic. Dark roasted malts. Raisins, plums, and other sweet dark fruit. Coffee is present, but not moreso than in other non-coffee imperial stouts. More coffee aroma as it warms.

T: Yep, there's the coffee. Same as aroma, but coffee is everywhere. Beautiful, rich flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Really amazing, deep coffee flavors.

M: All is good here. Semi-low carbonation. Nice silky feel. Medium viscosity.

D: No heat whatsoever. This drinks a couple notches below it's ABV. For the non-coffee lover this beer may wear out it's welcome quickly, but for others this is very drinkable.

I love this beer because the coffee flavors are so authentic. Much like CW Coffee Stout, Peruvian Morning has a wonderful, complex flavor of fresh brewed coffee - nothing artificial. Coffee lovers do yourself a favor and get your hands on some of this soon!

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown (not black, dark brown) with a deep tan head. Two or three inch head. Settles down to a long lasting crust.


Yeah. So this is a coffee bomb. A pleasant one. Maybe a whiff of chocolate. Perhaps some stale/roasted malt. But primarily, coffee.

Somewhat drinkable, nonetheless. Bit too thin.

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

Acquired this from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark but somewhat thin appearance, chocolate brown. A 1/4 inch of khaki colored head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Nose is mad amounts of bourbon, hints of woodiness and cocoa,

T: Taste is really heavy on the bourbon the whole way through. At first it feels like it is at the forefront, but then makes a strong resurgence in the finish. Vanilla mingles in the forefront with the bourbon. Woodiness then comes through right before a nice strong coffee presence. End sweetens a touch with some chocolate flavoring and sugar that lingers in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium carbonation, crisp and clean body

D: Bourbon heat on this makes it a sipper, pretty decent kick, I wish I could age this a year to take some heat off the bourbon, but it sips pretty well as is....

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

A - Pours very dark brown. Comes close to black in some places. Cola notes show around the edge. It's a little on the light side for a double / imperial stout. The tan head tops out at just under a finger and sticks around for about a minute. Lacing is pretty spotty and scarce.

S - Milk chocolate really comes through pretty quick. Cocoa follows. Some burnt wood notes dance around the middle. Alcohol and vanilla barely show up at the very end. It's nice but one dimensional. Chocolate takes over and never lets go.

T - Now, this is getting much better. Bakers chocolate starts it off. Bourbon heat is present throughout and acts as a nice backdrop for the other flavors. Nice smokey charcoal middle that comes across as kind of muted. It's nice though. A little more chocolate Finishes it all up. Coffee doesn't really show up until it comes closer to room temperature. Even then, it's very faint.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finish is relatively dry and hangs out on the palate for a while.

D - This is a solid brew that the folks at Central Waters have come up with. This one is easy sip on and enjoy over an extended period of time. That doesn't really change the overall drinkability in any way. The aroma was really a slight let down but not by much as it was still good. I could definitely have this beer again and if I get the chance, I will.

Photo of oakbluff
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle- 2010 edition. Pours inky black cola. very little head with some fine mocha lacing. Nose- wood, light vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate. Not much in terms of coffee though which is surprising. Taste- initial sip is bourbon heat followed by an acrid black coffee taste and wood dryness. As the beer warms the malt sweetness comes partially through. Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Finish is quite bitter and hot. I think this is one that could sit for awhile to smooth out.

Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle from a generous BA who traded me a ton of great Central Waters beers @ Dark Lord Day. Thanks and I raise this snifter to you! I had this for the first time @ DLD 09 and found it to be memorable, even one of the best I had that weekend. So I traded for some but they were acquired late summer and had unfortunately subdued in fresh coffee flavor. So, this was one I had to take a fresh shot at to review!

Poured into my trusty Founders snifter, this beer looks great! Black, opaque, and a small head. Just a classic looking stout!

Smell is just a touch muted. The coffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and milk chocolate could just be a bit more expressive.

Taste was better than the smell. While this isn't up there with KBS and BCBS, it's an awesome barrel aged coffee stout. The bourbon and coffee dominate, and they work really, really well together. There's a great vanilla from the bourbon barrels, and the liquor is nicely integrated. The coffee is good too, but it hides any malt characteristics. I'd like to get some more roasted or chocolate malt to sweeten this out. The bourbon/coffee aftertaste is perfect in terms of bitterness. A great beer, almost on the top of it's class.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still good. Nicely carbed but just not enough malty viscosity.

Good beer, only falls a bit short of KBS which is my standard for any bourbon coffee stout.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Bottled On: Jan

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice little islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice of malts, bourbon, slight oak, some roast notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of bourbon, some oak notes, chocolate/toffee. Full-Medium body, the ABV is alittle upfront on this brew. Very Drinkable, this brew really surprised the shit out of me, very very nice, highly recommended.

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

Pours a deep, dark, opaque black color, with a nice cap of off-white foam. Huge aromas of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. On the palate, a very nice coffee imperial stout, made so much better by the time spent in the bourbon barrels. An outstanding beer, maybe ½ a notch below GI Bourbon County Coffee Stout and KBS.

Photo of hardy008
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a tan one finger head with nice retention. Smells of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

The flavor is not overly complex, but quite good, and also consists of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Is somewhat sweet, and is balanced nicely with coffee bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, very easy to drink, and very good. I will seek this out again.

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

First, thanks to kbutler1 for giving me this beauty as an extra in our trade at DLD.

A: pours black with a light brown tint and a very thin, light brown head. no lacing to speak of

S: delicious on the nose. getting a wonderful mix of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, nuts, roasted malts. Almost smells like a almond joy

T: dark roasted malts hit my tongue first but then comes the bourbon, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee beans

M: feels oily and maybe a little light for the style it is. carbonation is very light. warming alcohol on the throat as it goes down

D: goes down very easy at 8.5%. little to no alcohol burn. a bit sweet but the dry bitterness makes it so I could drink several of these with no problem. good early morning brew

Overall, very glad I got to try this. Anyone who likes a good bourbon barrel beer with a hint of coffee is sure to enjoy this one.

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.