Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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1,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 411
Gots: 298 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008

2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection
2015 Tap only release
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Ratings: 1,406 | Reviews: 456
Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I previously had a rating of 2.5 for this beer based on bottled version that was not infected. Beer always had a very odd, chemically vanilla note that overpowered the beer.

New rating is based on tap only release that they brewed in 2015. Nothing is remarkable about this beer. Very mild vanilla and coffee notes, barrel is present. Not bad, but not great. Would rather drink their regular Bourbon Barrel Stout

Photo of onefmatt
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

A: Brown/black relatively opaque beer w/ tan head

S: Vanilla aroma, subtle coffee aroma

T: Sweet vanilla w/ coffee and toffee, subtle bourbon flavor

M: thin body given the depth of the taste, medium carbonation

O: a very tasty coffee stout, well on par w/ even the likes of KBS, especially given this is more widely available

Photo of PieOhMy
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

The non-infected kind.

A Murky brown/black. Thick brown head. Slow dissipation. Foam and lace remain down the glass.

S Quite aromatic. Cocoa bean. Espresso. Huge malt fragrance. There's a sweet and nutty smell. Roasted chestnuts. Toasted grain.

T Big blast of bitter coffee. Toffee. Dark Chocolate. Burnt sugar. Dark dried fruit; raisin, prune, dates.

M Good clean boozy finish. Hot but enjoyable. Medium thickness for the style.

O I have been going nuts over this beer. I have never had, and I've tried and tried, a non-infected bottle. I finally got lucky. Wow! Great stuff. I love a good coffee stout that doesn't go overboard with the sweetness. This is damn near perfect with it's bitterness and sweetness. Loved it. Yikes, it's been a journey but now I finally got what everyone else has been talking about.

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Aaron for the bottle of this long time want. Opened on a gloomy evening in NE KS. No abv listing on the bottle. Poured at refrigerator temperature into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a sand colored cap of head which quickly receded into a thin ring. Black body with brown highlights. Left some nice wisps of lacing on the side of the glass. Just fine for the style.

Smell: Right on the nose you get bourbon barrel, stone fruits, dark chocolate, cream, and dark roasted coffee. While the coffee is not as strong as the bourbon it compliments it well. Amazing nose.

Taste: Spicy, vanilla oak bourbon barrel up front. That really nice coffee roast, chocolate and cream. The bourbon is much stronger than the coffee and a stronger coffee presence would have made this much more enjoyable.

As it warmed the there was a boozy bite at the end. Making it seems like it was stronger than 8%.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Very warming.

Overall: Overall a nice bourbon forward stout with some great roasted coffee flavors. The coffee they chose worked great with the barrel but I feel like more of the coffee would have only made this that much better. Regardless, a recommended bourbon barrel coffee stout. No signs of infection.

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 50°F, into a coffee mug.

A: nice, dark, black with a thin head.

S: bourbon and coffee in the nose...

T: wow. sour! not what i expected this morning. finished it, but under protest. I don't get much of the malt, or the barrel.

M: thin, fizzy, tingly.

O: I think I am victim of the infected batch. This is the second one of my 4, and not any better. had given it some time to age, but that hasn't helped, may actually be worse for wear.

Oh well.

Photo of drewfull
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage drinking a fresh one & aging two more. Thankfully, not infected.

Appearance: Pours with little head and not too much carbonation. Beautifully dark brown though, without much lacing.

Smell: All bourbon here. Strongly oak, bourbon with a hint of coffee/malt. Almost overpoweringly bourbon though.

Taste: The taste is a little more nuanced than the smell, with a stronger hint of that coffee and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I'd hoped. Feels pretty similar to their scotch ale in terms of depth.

Overall: A pretty darn good beer, but not quite a great one. Will definitely buy again next year, and look forward to seeing how the other two i taste at this time next year!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013 release, "2342 73W0755" on bottom of bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Peruvian Morning is now something of a local game: will it or will it not be infected. The batch that I purchased from seems to have mild infection character (the slightly detectable raspberry tartness), but nothing that disrupts the other flavors of the beer or is even out of place in a stout. The bourbon here is still the main focus, as in their BBS, but the coffee and roasted malts do become accentuated at certain moments. Reminds me at times of what a bourbon barrel Belgian stout with modest fruitiness could taste like. Still, I'm not sure I'd consider this an excellent beer no matter what: the ethanol is too noticeable, the coffee is too subdued by the bourbon and aging, and the roasted malts are not prominent enough for my liking. If I see this again fresh in 2014, I'll pick one up to see what it's like then, but this is one I'd not seek out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark khaki to brown-colored foam, retention lasting about one minute, fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, a semi-dense matrix of medium-sized splotches/dots and thicker lines that occasionally branch and spiderweb. Body is a dark brown to black color, light not bringing any changes to the opaque, black hue. Carbonation is visible rising towards the top of the glass, along the sides only, where the residual cap of foam meets the body, appearing medium in number and activity.

Bourbon is the dominant scent, but the aroma of bourbon is still moderate compared to their straight bourbon barrel stout. Other scents include roasted malt/mild chocolate, slight hints of stale coffee, lightly acidic sweetness, and very faint tart raspberry.

Overall flavor of moderate, not overpowering bourbon; very mild coffee; and roasted malts that have been sweetened somewhat by the pale malt base and the fruity, slightly tart raspberry-like esters. Opens with gentle bourbon, slight coffee, light chocolate and very faint tart raspberry esters on the front of the palate. Mid-palate experiences bourbon, mildly acrid roasted malts, some semisweet chocolate sweetness, mild ethanol, faint tart raspberry, and very faint coffee. Back of palte notes ethanol, bourbon-soaked charred toast, minor coffee, and faint, tart raspberry. Aftertaste is quite nice, of roasted coffee with fairly dark, slightly sweet chocolate, minor bourbon character, faint ethanol and tart raspberry ester: I feel that this is probably as close to the intended flavor as possible.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low carbonation, leading to a soft, slightly foamy mouthfeel that comes across a bit slowly as a result of the low carbonation. Higher levels of carbonation would do significantly more to make this somewhat more foamy on the palate and also enhance its ease as a slow sipper. Ethanol is fairly easily felt in the nostrils and back of the throat, somewhat surprising given the relatively low ABV here. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate. In general, a fairly mediocre presence as this goes across the palate.

Photo of nmann08
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Fizzy carbonation, but almost no head, looks thin.

Smell is very sweet. Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, cherries.

Taste is so smooth and balanced. 2 years on this is a good amount it seems. It's sweet caramel, coffee finish, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is really thin, light, but drinkable.

Photo of ianjmiles
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if this ones infected...or if this beer is just that mediocre

It looks and smells well enough, a deep, dark brown with moderate head due to an aggressive pour. I pick up bourbon and coffee in the nose and perhaps a bit of cocoa.

First sip...wow. Not at all what I was expecting. Quite sour and fruity tasting. Upon warming this became less noticeable, but if you ask me, fruit has no place in a coffee stout.

Especially considering the price, this one was a big letdown. Reminds me of a breakfast stout that I let sit for 5 or so months...the coffee fades too far back and the flavors become confused. Not quite a drain pour, but close.

Photo of Brabander
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle last week from my American beerbuddy who lives in Holland; trevorjk! Thanks Trevor for this outstanding beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer has some problems to get a decent head. I had tou pour it strongly to get some.

Smell is outstanding with rich chocolate and actually the smell of beer....and bourbon off course.

Taste is extreme. This is a very drinkable brand stout. It does not have the strongness of the equal beer the guys from Goose island make. Pleasant, very pleasant beer.

The chocolate gives the beer as super mouthfeel. Bring me more please?

Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-rate summer of 2013, fresh bottle. Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a tight creamy dark tan head. Nose is extremely rich, tons of chocolate cake and smooth roast coffee. Tons of rich malt depth with notes of vanilla and a hint of wood. Taste is more coffee forward, a touch sweeter, still has some rich cakiness but not quite as put together as the nose. Body is full, extremely smooth and creamy with a hint of thinness in the finish. No bitterness through the finish that many coffee stouts get.

A-transparent dark brown color, hues of ruby red and dark mahogony. thin tan head, very bubbly disipating quickly leaving no lace.

S-not huge but present with notes of coffee up front, hints of molasses, tobacco with a touch of sweet caramel setting in next. toffee takes over with dark fruits and lots of them towards the back, tons of cherries with notes of raisins.

T-big notes of coffee, light molasses with hints of dark chocolate. toffee in the back with just hint of cherries and raisins.

M-medium to full body and very smooth. a little thin for an imperial stout but all the creaminess it should have. nice carbonation to hold up throughout.

D-nice notes of coffee and reasonably flavorful. hints of sweetness and a decent feel. prerty solid but nothing super special.

Photo of Rizalini
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Received this botttle from Sheffield's in Chicago, and poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip...

A - Pours a dark cola brown, with a small 1/2 finger of light brown head.

S - Aromas of coffee, and some slight bourbon and tabacco notes.

T/M - This brew has some weird dark fruity tannins that evolve into a bourbon coffee stout. Medium mouthfee, with average carbonation with almost no alcohol burn

O - This one deson't really hit the notes that I look for in a bourbon barrel stout. It's a good beer, not great. I probably would not purchase this one again.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ElderPuma for the extra!

A- Cola colored body with a thin, creamy tan head. Leaves slight lacing on the glass.

S- Big bourbon aroma up front. Vanilla, oak, coffee, hints of chocolate and caramel, and a tiny bit of leather.

T- Coffee and vanilla stand out the most. Slight booziness comes in towards the middle. The finish is more vanilla, tons of coffee and hint of caramel.

M- Pours slightly thin with some fizzy carbonation. A big sipper, but the feel lacks slightly.

O- The aroma and flavor make this one a keeper. Big flavors, tons of bourbon and coffee.

Photo of Jacurdy60
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin, carbonated and fuzzy head. Not as good looking as most stouts.

S-Chocolate, coffee, sour fruits. Not too pleasing

T-Sour as hell at the front, at the middle, and the finish. Maybe this is a bad bottle, because I am finding no depth or nuances despite its 93 rating.

MF-Watery and overcarbonated.

O-Tastes like a stout mixed with a flanders with the mouthfeel of a diet soda. This was very disappointing, but perhaps I got a bad bottle.

Photo of TheEarl
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into two tiny snifters on June 1, 2013.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid, mocha foam with decent retention for the ABV.

Aroma: Potent notes of coffee, oak/vanilla, bourbon, and caramel.

Taste: Coffee notes up front, leading to dark chocolate bitterness and roast, fading to a sweet and caramel note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin.

Overall: Peruvian Morning is a great barrel-aged coffee stout. The coffee is well balanced, doesn't appear to have faded too much, and isn't at all stale tasting.

Photo of guityler83
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slow receading tiny bubbles in a latte foam / tan color. Dark dark brown to black color, hints of light peak throught the edges of the imperial pint glass.

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, dark candy sugar and roasty malt dominate the nose. Alcohol is detected, possibly the bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Big chocolatey, coffee and toasty malt sweetness. Complex! and balanced and the same time. Bitterness is strong and only punctuates the amazing roasty, vanilla, chocolate of this beer.. wow, drink this one on the warmer side.

M: Tingly tounge sensation, possibly from bourbon? big chewy body and low carbonation. zero astringancy or alcohol warming.

O: A.. fucking.. mazing.. central waters is an asset to the state of WI and is often over looked by the beer geeks here. Too bad.. Peruvian Morning rivals the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of GoldHorde
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ZADS! What a MOUTHFUL! One of the strongest - could be THE strongest stout I've ever had. Kinda like if you palette knifed the tar off a cigar stain and scraped up the residue of dried espresso and dissolved it in bourbon stirred with a vanilla stick. Thankfully - one of the reviewers caught that vanilla whisper - it escaped me until I went back and read the reviews - vanilla was that "odd unidentifiable edge".

I usually expect a stout to stand up to a cigar - in this case I wonder if a maduro could handle THIS stout. Just sayin'.

A = Very dark brown and opaque with a thick stubborn mocha head.

S = Stoutishly caramel and coffee with burned oak.

T = Espresso, woody, bourbon with a vein of vanilla.

M = Full body cream; the very nice mouth feel is interrupted with knife of bitterness.

O = I'm OK with this beer as a stout but it is a heavyweight for beginners in stout enjoyment. I am STILL quite jarred by the flavor profile and that was OVER an HOUR AGO! I think the best enjoyment of this beer for me is paired with a dark maduro; a longlasting Churchill.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Raul picked up this thang as an extra in a trade - shout out to tha homie for being Mother Theresa-like.

Raul was pumped at first; looks like a nice stout, smells even nicer than my baby mama after a quick spritz... But unlike said baby mama, the taste... Woo doggy! A bit sour, a bit funky, and a bit off. Taste like Raul's baby mama this does not. It just leaves this residual nastiness on the tongue...

Raul does not approve.

*was this infected? So weird.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.7.13
2013 Vintage

A - Pours a dark brown with a one inch brown-fine head with good retention.

S - Coffee, wood, slight bourbon.

T - Acidic wood, tart. Possible infection?

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Coffee, bourbon, and barrel? Yes, infected? No!? Drinkable none the less.

Photo of KFBR392
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium body for an imperial stout. Solid head with an off white/tan color. Head was present on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla on the front of the aroma. Coffee, toffee, and some dark hops on the body. Has all the checkpoints I look for but lacks truly elite depth that one would find in the truly amazing stouts.

Taste: Dark hoppy tones slip their way in right off the front of the beer. The a very strong body with coffee and dark chocolate being the main players. The finish is vanilla and bourbon which is my favorite part of this beer. The depth is much strong here, really excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. The vanilla and bourbon accents really even out the mouthfeel.

Overall: I've heard a lot about this beer and I was very happy to finally get to try it. No doubt can fulfill even the most picky stout fans. Seems to be just off of the great stouts but is no doubt a great brew.

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A black pour with a very large and dense medium brown head. Head fades away very very slowly. Very nice head retention with lots of thin smudges of lacing everywhere.

S: Mild bourbon with some toffee and caramel along with a bunch of roasted coffee. A little vanilla too. Nice combination. Burnt marshmallow as it warms up. Even nicer.

T: Sweet caramel and vanilla and marshmallow up front transitioning into a nice bitter coffee bean. Chocolate and caramel in the middle and finish. Mild bitter chocolate and coffee lingers after each sip along with some surprisingly drying oak and a little vanilla.

M: Heavy, thick, smooth.

O: A very nice brew. It's decadently sweet in some areas and quite bitter in others, finally very dry in the end. Nice journey of sensations. Bourbon treatment is not overpowering in this one, just complementary but still strong enough to withstand the somewhat strong coffee flavors. Nice balance overall and quite tasty.

Photo of JFresh21
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage

This beer has a slight sour smell and taste. Putting that aside, this beer is very good. A strong body and much more coffee forward than the standard Central Waters barrel aged stout. It is smooth and could be a top notch ba stout.

I would like to have a non soured version and compare to KBS. Definitely worth a try even with the risk of getting an infected batch.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have heard such wonderful things about this brew, my expectations were much higher. apparently they've had some infection issues with this in consecutive years, so I can only assume that was the case for me, although the beer wasn't super off, it just wasn't what it was advertised as. pours a thin looking brown with some red hues in the light and a small cream colored head. the nose is like an attic, dusty and undisturbed. its also little tangy, which makes me think somethings up, but the bourbon is strong, and the coffee is acidic and bright. the flavor is coffee dominant, with roasty malt and some faint cocoa powder notes. the finish is funny, highly acidic, not quite vinegar, but moving in that direction. its a strange contrast to all the bourbon that's there at the end, and the alcohol really stands out. I don't taste that bacterial sort of funk, but maybe this is indeed infected. the mouthfeel is really thin for the style, watery but well carbonated. this is a miss in many ways, which makes me assume I had a bad bottle. I will have to source another, and try again. this is supposed to be fantastic beer, so it deserves another shot, although two years in a row of bad batches has me concerned about central waters more generally.

Photo of Cvescalante
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This is an infected bottle review, so take it for what its worth..

A- Pitch black big light brown head that held up well, sticky lacing

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, some tart cherry, a little woody

T- This one is interesting.. A little tart right of the bat, I'd say tart berries, some chocolate and a hint of roastiness..

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O- I was hoping to land one that wasn't infected, but I was let down. Even if I was expecting this one to be a sour stout like "funk metal" or "tart of darkness" I'd still be let down. Since I got a "sour stout" I pretty much rated it according to that style, and I feel like it was average at best with that mindset. I'd really love to get a bottle that wasn't infected, so I can see what this beer is supposed to be all about.

Photo of langchops
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into BCBS snifter, thanks Bob!

A- Pours a deep brown with slight light brown head. A little lighter than expected

S- Got the coffee right off the bat. Alocohol in there are well, but the coffee dominates the nose

T- Follows the nose with the bitterness of the coffee overpowering the beer

M- Thin with a little more carbonation than I prefer

O- Too bitter and thin for my liking. Nothing I will be seaking out again

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.