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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 405
Gots: 313 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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 blackie
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

blackie, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smells strongly of coffee, with a little vanilla

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

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

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

Strix, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

aggiearcher13, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

ZAP, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bitterbill, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

mcallister, May 31, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a Dark Lord day in person trade.

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

FtownThrowDown, May 29, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam to me from the very generous Hophead 101.

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

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

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

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

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

sgoodship, May 26, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a generous two-finger, tan-colored head.

S: Coffee, caramel, wet cardboard, bourbon and butterscotch.

T: I hate to do this, but in Starbucks' terms, its taste profile mirrors a Caramel Macchiato. Not a bad thing, in my book. Coffee and caramel amalgam with a splash of vanilla, and hints of chocolate and butterscotch on the back end.

M: Well-carbonated.

D: Complex sipper with an oh-so-interesting taste profile.

CaptainIPA, May 23, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another WI goodie provided by flyingbison over on TBS, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with dark ruby outlines along the edges of the glass. A fluffy two finger light brown head falls to a thin creamy layer of foam leaving behind a fair amount of stick on the sides. Aroma is a powerful burst of freshly ground coffee with bakers chocolate and oak. Caramel and bourbon tickle the nose with some smokiness as well. But really, to me this is all about the coffee smell, and boy is it a good one. Taste starts with chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, and a bit of fig. Midway some earthy malts with graham cracker and cocoa powder. Aftertaste is warm with a bit of booze from the bourbon with more espresso flavors. Medium bodied with a semi-creamy feel and a soft carbonation. I could use a bit more heft to this, especially for the style. One of the better coffee beers out there for sure. Thanks again Steve!

BeerTruth, May 21, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Auburn cola colored with a small 1 finger beige crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves tiny swirls of lace.

Smell: Loads of vanilla, mild coffee note, and a burnt cream note. While the different notes are all lively, the overall smell is a touch unrefined. I hope it melds with a bit of age.

Taste: Burnt cream up front that gets sweeter as the vanilla kicks in upon swallow. Kind of similar to creme brulee but much thinner mouthfeel and not nearly as sweet. Kind of similar to KBS due to the large vanilla dose.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a barrel aged imperial stout...heck its thin for a normal stout!

Drinkability: Not bad considering the sweetness and strong vanilla profile.

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. It seems forced... The flavors aren't blended well at all. I hope age does a bit more justice to the couple other bottles I have.

koopa, May 17, 2009
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another awesome extra from a recent trade with EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 15/09.

pours deep brown, not really black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace. so far it looks pretty light for an american imperial...

aroma is neat. bourbon and oak. earthy and woody. touch of smoke. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. caramel. coffee. milk chocolate. touch of fruity sweetness.

taste is nice. light alcohol. coffee. milk chocolate. bourbon and vanilla. raw oak. earthy. lightly toasted biscuit and wheat bread. grain. cracker. light caramel sweetness. there's lots of barrel+coffee here, but not a whole lot of stout.

mouthfeel is good. fairly large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. complex and interesting, just not very stout-y.

grub, May 16, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark reddish brown, some ruby highlights in the corners, nice and thick tan head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice lacing sticks to the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is neat, very fresh and roasty like a cup of coffee, some caramel sweetness, lots of chocolate, kind of woody, some nice vanilla and oak notes, some biscuits, nice and sweet, good coffee aroma. Taste is really nice, lots of vanilla and caramel, light chocolate roastiness, buttery oak, cream, some raisins, almost an orange peel/citrus note in the finish, really nice and oaky, like dessert. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, super flavour, very rich texture, nice! Great beer, thanks Russ!

Viggo, May 16, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Ian, for this awesome extra!

A: Decanted into my snifter, this beer sits black with brown highlights and a tan head. Good retention, and nice lacework

S: This is a well done BA imperial stout. The coffee, chocolate and vanilla work very harmoniously, creating a very appealing nose. The vanilla is a little more pronounced than most, and in conjunction with the coffee, has a butterscotch-like aroma. Mild burnt malt and charred wood present in the back, with the wood coming out more as the beer warms up.

T: Opens up with some boozy bourbon heat, along with some chocolate, coffee and plenty of vanilla to go around. The bourbon heat is really noticeable, and on the cool spring evening, it's quite pleasant. Mildly bitter mid palate with some burnt malt and dark chocolate, with the vanilla lending some sweetness. Slightly harsh on the finish, with a tannic and boozy character along with some dark chocolate

M: I'm surprised to describe the body as medium, given that reviewers I trust have mentioned otherwise. Combined with the soft carbonation and a big, slick palate, this beer is a joy, until the booze and tannins on the finish take away from the enjoyment

D: This is a sipper, and one I'm enjoying. Well done, CW, and please brew this several times more and perfect it, as you're on the right track

DefenCorps, May 14, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Peruvian Morning is a super dark garnet/brown, with a big, dense tan head that is slow to rescind and leaves heavy lace.

Smell is good, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, mineral laden dirt, with strong, sweet alcohol vapors coming out as it warms, not as much bourbon notes tough as on the palate.

Taste is also nice, strong bourbon notes, not as much vanilla and coffee as the nose though, and while the ABV isn't know, it's clearly hefty. Which got to be a bit much by the end, like a glass of bourbon rather then a strong coffee stout with bourbon notes...really dominating any other aspects of the beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, tannic though, a touch thin almost, and very dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. Duane hooked me up with a whole gang of strong dark ales from this area, barrels, coffee, etc...and so far I've like the Tyreanna offerings better. Just a bit too much bourbon here, the barrels were obviously still pretty wet when they filled em up. Less heat would allow the coffee to come through stronger, which I'd prefer. By the end, this got to be a bit of a chore, and I had to drop it a final 1/2 point.

ccrida, May 14, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A big "thank you" goes out to d0b for picking me up a bottle of this coffee stout on Saturday, cheers Dave! Peruvian Morning has the look of black coffee when leaving the bottle and appears midnight black when filling the snifter. A densely creamy beige head grows to two fingers on the pour and shows impressive retention with a collar that's even more impressive. The collar leaves behind some fancy looking creamy lacing along the walls of the glass.

I could smell this beer the second the lid popped off. I poured about a foot from my nose and could smell huge vanilla. Sticking my nose in the glass I get French roast coffee off the bat that's balanced perfectly with sweet vanilla, sweet & spicy bourbon, and buttery vanilla. A little dark chocolate and roasted malt hide in the back. The alcohol is perfectly hidden and this brew just makes my mouth water uncontrollably each time my nose enters the glass. I could easily sniff at this beer all night long.

The flavor doesn't live up to the aroma, which would be nearly impossible, but it's not far off either. The coffee comes across the tongue first with semi-sweet vanilla closely behind. Spicy and sweet bourbon hit mid-palate while the roasty character and dark chocolate lay down a solid foundation. You really can't ask for much better flavors coming out of a beer. Everything is so perfectly intertwined without any one aspect overstepping its bounds.

The mouthfeel is the only thing that's merely pedestrian. When I first started drinking this beer the mouthfeel was a little watery compared to where I thought it should have been. After some breathing in the glass the carbonation dies down and the body takes on a moderate mouthfeel with a bit of stick on the swallow. The finish is fairly dry which makes all the flavors really pop and there's zero noticeable alcohol.

For a coffee infused, bourbon barrel aged imperial stout the intensity doesn't wear on you like you think it would. I'd actually prefer this to be in a bomber which would be perfect for me.

Peruvian Morning is another beautiful creation from the folks over at Central Waters. They've really been pumping out some gems over the last few years and this is no exception and maybe the best of the bunch, if not it's close. Thanks for the hookup Dave!

joe1510, May 12, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a large fizzy head that calmed down and became very creamy and dissipated leaving some thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a very dark brown, and only lets light through around the edges.

Smell: Strong coffee smell, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some plum/cherry notes, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable as it warms.

Taste: Strong roasted coffee, strong buttery toffee, dark roasted malt, a lot of bourbon like flavor, harsh alcohol, ends with a small bitter burnt flavor

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fizzy, alcohol burn, leaves mouth dry.

Overall: The drinkability isn't terrible, but the feel makes it a bit lower. This beer smells and looks pretty good, but once you drink it the mouthfeel is really distracting. The flavors aren't bad, although there is more of an alcohol presence than I would desire. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and does not match the flavors. Especially at first, the mouthfeel really takes away from the flavors and makes it hard to really enjoy them.

natasharai, May 09, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the almosy opaque dark brown brew. Head falls slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is coffee, maple syrup, and barrel notes. Taste truly shadows the nose, with the barrel character of vanilla and whiskey dominant at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is WAY too easy for what it is. Wish I could find come more easily.

ppoitras, May 08, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. As it pours there's a glint of red, but in the glass it's pitch black with soft burnt sienna at it's edges. Spots of lace, the tan foam rekindles with a swirl. Aroma is all buttery oak and vanilla. First sip is a nice impression of dark roast coffee, vanilla, fudgy chocolate frosting, and faint bourbon on the back end. Bitterness is slight, as is the sweetness. It's like a good cup of coffee blended with a dropper full of bourbon and melted chocolate milkshake. Feel is on par with other CW barrel-aged stouts, not huge and not wimpy, just right. It's very tasty, not sure if I prefer their Bourbon Cherry Stout more or not...

emerge077, May 08, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium tan head that drops some what quickly, leaving a think cap on the beer. The beer itself is a very dark brown.

S- Very sweet syrupy aroma, chocolate, BUTTER, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and some oak all mixed together in an aroma that actually rubs me the wrong way.

T- The taste is much better then the aroma. Milk chocolate, caramel, some buttery bourbon flavors along with some coffee and hop presence. As it warmed up more butter flavors came through and I had a hard time drinking it.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but not over done.

Overall this is not a good imperial stout . I would not buy it again.

br3wmeister, May 04, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from Opethsprite in a trade at Dark Lord Day '09. A bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout made with freshly roasted coffee, sold! Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark murky brown with a perfect one fingered creamy dark tan head. A fantastic cap and collar remain the entire beer as well as loads of spotty sticky lacing.
Smell- Mmmm... Full of smooth vanilla and creamy black coffee with a slight bit of light sweetness. A bit of buttery oak intermingles with the aforementioned vanilla flawlessly creating the softest (in terms of intertwining smells, not potency) nose I've smelled. A bit of caramel malt pokes through as well as some chocolate Tootsie Rolls. Great nose.
Taste- Starts with a smidgen of lightly bitter roasted coffee and a twinge of sharp alcohol. The malt is sort of roasty and toasty with a slight caramel taste that slowly gives way to a bit of oak and vanilla. The bourbon barrel definitely isn't overdone and it really only makes it appearance in the finish (for the most part). My only complaint though is that it's slightly astringent and the alcohol is sort of prominent. Finishes slightly toasted, even nutty, with a bit of vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and creamy with very nice carbonation that is soft and perfect for this beer.
Drinkability- This beer is fantastic. The nose is heavenly, maybe pound-for-pound the best brew I've ever smelled. The taste is really nice as well but if I hear a beer has coffee it in, I want that coffee to dominate. Also it's slightly astringent but nothing I can't get past. All in all very tasty stuff that I wish I had a bottle or two more of. Thanks much Shannon!

younger35, May 02, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a near black shade of brown that glows dark red when held to the light. 2 fingers of head using a standard pour in a pint glass. Recedes slowly and almost wants to just camp out at a half an inch tall.

S--Wood, coffee beans, cherry, vanilla, caramel, a slight boozy sting on the nostrils. This is fairly complex yet subtle and requiring attention.

T--The extra bit of coffee I was looking for definitely comes through in the taste, but it does not sacrifice the complexity one bit. Wow, I have to take a moment and gather my thought. Let's see...fresh coffee beans, wood, vanilla, caramel, floral hops, cocoa powder, hints of fruit. This is very complex, but somehow is not a sensory explosion. They managed to pack a ton of flavor into an easy to drink brew.

M--Medium bodied and creamy with slightly too much carbonation sting for an imperial stout.

D--I'm already feeling this hit me and I'm not even done with 12 oz. It's hard not to keep reaching for the pint glass though, this one calls out my name for more

alcstradamus, May 01, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn/brown body. Thin creamy brown head. Lace comes in sporadic rings. Really thick aroma of caramel and burnt cream and toffee. Also some coffee notes. Reminds me of the aroma for Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Very unique. Very thick. And very inviting. The flavor has a "spent" coffee grain flavor to go with the thick caramel and burnt nougat goodness. Pretty bold and actually pretty unique for a coffee beer. This one has got a pretty sturdy body and enough carbonation to prick the tongue. The overall experience is quite good.

Bighuge, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of, if not the best coffee beer I have ever had. This is coming from the man who can take an IV of Valdez! Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was brilliant. Huge billowing head of tan came up and over the top of a dark black liquid that no light could push through. Smooth and even settling led to a spider web like coating all along the insides of the glass and a nice quarter inch of lace stuck on top. The aroma was the strongest coffee smell I have ever had come off of a beer before! Huge notes of well roasted coffee. As it warms soft notes of vanilla and molasses start to pop through. It was all I could do to keep myself from devouring the entire glass at once. The first sip was like pure heaven for me. Such a smooth, rich and full bodied feel, I was beside myself. Rich decadent coffee flavor melded with a seemlingly endless barage of vanilla. This was nuts. I sipped my way through it like I would a perfect cup of cappucino, it was sublime. Subtle notes of molasses, complimented the vanilla and as it worked its way through the final sips, chocolate just layered across the tongue.

What can I say here, this is a beer that was simply made for me. Insanely good with a rich texture, sweet coffee flavor and an overall approach that is second to none. I need this everyday.

mikesgroove, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this stout pours a dark black cherry with a mahogany hue it has a nice creamy head that dissipates nicely to a 1/4 inch mahogany ring til finish.the smell is of coffee and bourbon followed by a cream cherry smell i also smell vanilla bean.. the taste is unbelievably smooth its starts out like roasted coffee and then cocoa and molasses tastes followed by a bourbon vanilla/cherry and cream finish very smooth..the mouth fell is semi- thick and it cotes the senses with the tastes and smells but never overpowers... you just want another sip it gets better and better as it warms.. to bad this beer is in limited release i wish i bought more of this one..its still in the stores so buy/try this one if you can find b4 its gone.

gatornation, Apr 26, 2009
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.