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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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93
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1,352 Ratings
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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