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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1226
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%

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 RaulMondesi


3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:36:30 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:52:14 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of KFBR392


4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:36:33 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Dope


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:07:50 | More by Dope
Photo of JFresh21


3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:37:03 | More by JFresh21
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 17:30:52 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Cvescalante


3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 21:49:59 | More by Cvescalante
Photo of langchops


3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 14:49:06 | More by langchops
Photo of Muthacack


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Ckobes. He warned me that this might be infected since previous bottles that he sampled were.

I sampled this with my friend as we poured it into two snifter glasses.

A- Pours a thick black with almost no head.

S-This is when I knew I had a sour bottle. Smelled really good, like freshly roasted coffee. Really deep espresso notes overpowered a faint sourness.

T- Coffee, really rich and dark is what really shines through but the aftertaste is sour, unlike anything I have had. Makes me wonder what this could have been.

M- Good carbonation but very thin and sour.

O- Very interesting, would have paired well with some Bruery beers. I went in expecting sour and was left with exactly that. If I was expecting a great imperial stout I would have been disappointed. Despite the sourness, this was good and unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 06:41:35 | More by Muthacack
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since the name Peruvian Morning suggests it's a breakfast type beer I slammed down twelve of these puppies one after another at 6AM Eastern time. Ok thats a lie but man is this stuff good! Little barrel, little coffee, little chocolate! Central Waters hit the nail on the head with this thing. I recommend seeking this out, it's that good. As it warms it just gets better. The carbonation is slightly overdone but its great none the less.

Bottom Line: Boom! head shot!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:46:59 | More by themind
Photo of jimmah120


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 2013 alright

dark amber, almost black. i smell a very subtle burbon/oak scent, along with savory roasted grain, slight burnt chocolate, and gasoline. taste is big on coffee and cocoa at first, with an overly sweet dark fruit middle. the finish is surprisingly bitter, like black coffee.

tastes like a liquified grape tootsie roll pop

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 09:52:37 | More by jimmah120
Photo of oN3xM


4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's been some talk about this year's batches being infected. This bottle definitely wasn't. Great color, taste, and aromas.

A - An opaque, deep, black color with a light tan, foamy head. Absolutely no light gets through this stout.

S - From the moment you pop the cap, a rush of sweet chocolately aromas hit your nose. The smell is very strong, but in a good way. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar smells, and of course rich, dark roasted coffee beans too.

T - Even drinking this beer, it's hard to not let the huge aromas influence the taste. A big sweet, vanilla taste hits your tastebuds up front, and then followed by that delicious coffee taste. There was subtle bitterness from the coffee flavors during the aftertaste, but it was a nice touch.

M - Lots of carbonation, a medium-thickness body.

O - If you're looking for a delicious coffee stout, I highly recommend PM. I'd definitely buy again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:30:37 | More by oN3xM
Photo of tut2528


4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours extremely dark brown borderline black, with minimal tan colored head formation. a slight film hugs the sides of the glass.

S: big big big bourbon notes, nicely integrated coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and slight sweet figs with a vanilla touch. i must say that this aroma is quite inviting.

T: massive bourbon and oak dominates this brew along. the coffee is very evident again and it sits in a nice balance with the bourbon and oak. the figs are more subtle here than in the nose, but do provide enough sweetness to help balance this beer out. the finish is slightly creamy.

M: on heavier side of medium bodied which is suitable for the style. but this aspect is this beers downfall. it provides a slight alcohol heat that lingers on the palate but the other flavors really aren't left on the palate for one to enjoy between sips.and it is a bit more carbonated that it should

O: i find this to be quite nice to be honest. it's not the most complex brew, but it is fairly well balanced. the flavors intermingle nicely, just wish that the palate was left with a bit more on it during each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:20:13 | More by tut2528
Photo of ThickNStout


4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks for the awesome extra!). It appears to be notched by the 2013 tab so I'm guessing this is pretty fresh. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep dark chocolate with chestnut edges unfer the light and a quarter finger of manilla head that leaves nice trails of lace.

Smells delicious! Sweet bourbon, vanilla, coffee, cream and chocolate.

The nose wasn't just a tease. A delightful mixture of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, raisins and caramel. Wonderfully balanced with plenty of bourbon and coffee to keep those flavors present without detracting from any of the others. Only a mild taste of alcohol towards the back of the swallow.

Silky smooth medium body with fairly light carbonation. The finish lingers with (of course) more bourboned coffee along with dark chocolate and raisins.

An outstanding bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. What it lacks in body it makes up for in near perfect harmony of flavors and sheer drinkability. This went down easy and left me wanting more. Most definitely worth seeking out to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 04:47:14 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks JHorner77 for this PRIZE.

Poured a nice Deep Brown with a single finger Cream head.
Smells amazing. A nice touch of Bourbon sweetness.
Coffee roast and Subtly Sweet. This is similar to KBS.
Solid full feel in the mouth with the perfect carbonation.

If you can, try this amazing BA Stout.

I actually enjoyed this more than KBS. Heresy, I know :)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:02:44 | More by Drtfinelli
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black pour with a small ring of cream and a small covering in the center of the Half Acre globe glass.

Nice aroma of dark roasted malt and oaky bourbon. Slight coffee too.

Intense flavor of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate with some milk chocolate. Sweet but just right with a great roast finish. Impressive. Wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is world class. A silky, velvet smoothness coats the tongue. No lacing probably due to the oily coffee? No matter as the appearance, taste and aroma more than make up for this detail.

I love this beer. I find this equal to or better than Half Acre's barrel aged Over Ale but since they do not bottle it makes it difficult to compare and contrast. The brewer and whoever runs the barrel aging program at Central Waters deserve honors for world class accomplishments. The last barrel aged beer I tried from Central Waters was awesome and this one was equally enjoyable. A barrel aged dark beer lovers dream come true. An unbelievable value. A Grand Slam again CW.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:40:10 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - black, almost purple. About 1.5 inches of light brown head, dissipates semi-quickly to a crown. Leaves a light amount of lacing down the sides.

S - a little light, but very good. Smells like fresh ground coffee and vanilla. A teeny bit of booze.

T - extremely well done. Balance. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, tannin and barrel wood. Very very good.

M - good, but the weakest part of the beer. A little thin and a little higher carb than I'd like, but still quite good.

O - simple enough, this beer is shoulder to shoulder with KBS. Maybe not quite as good overall, but just a teeny tiny but away. I probably like the taste better than KBS, but the aroma and mouthfeel of KBS push it slightly ahead.

This is a badass beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:34:37 | More by Beerandboards
Photo of jokemon


4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I will make this short and to the point.

The coffee flavor is strong and I would have liked to get more of a bourbon taste from this. Overall this is a decent beer but I think I like their regular barrel stout more.

Props to CW for continuously putting out some good beer though!

quick note: there are rumors of infections in this beer. Some of them I've had have been sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:29:34 | More by jokemon
Photo of Benish


4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass. No light penetrated through. A tannish 1 inch head was present but dissipated after a couple minutes. Noted smell of dark chocolate, sweetened brewed coffee and maybe some some black licorice. Once the beer was room temperature, there were strong bourbon notes present; in fact thats almost the only thing I can smell. Love it!

I first tasted this cold (straight out the fridge) and noted primarily vanilla flavored coffee and dark chocolates, and maybe subtle notes of black licorice. I had a coffee breath that lingered in my mouth. As it reached room temperature I noted more heat in the beer and obvious notes of bourbon. The bourbon almost overpowered the taste of chocolates and coffee. But that's what I love about this stout, as it reaches room temperature, it changed its complexity and flavor. The beer was definitely sweeter and had a more syrupy consistency at room temperature.

This is a great beer! I plan to store a couple bottles for next year. Being from WI, I will have no problem purchasing the next release and I look forward to doing comparisons between the two ages. Definitely recommend!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 23:15:07 | More by Benish
Photo of Beerlover


3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very excited to find out and try this beer, before this i had both the 2011 and 2012 vintages of the normal bourbon stout from central waters. their illumination double ipa is excellant, and the muddpuppy porter is in my top three porters.
smell: complex, strongly of bourbony sweetness, some coffee notes, roasted malts slight coffee and some...sourness?
mouthfeel: not as thick, creamy, and oily as other bourbon stouts but still pleasant.
taste: just like the aroma, balanced yet complex, but also has some sourness to the aftertaste, even in the taste before the aftertaste....wonder if this should have been refridgerated, bought 2 4 packs but were both on the floor....
still very good considering the sourness, soooo hard to find a coffee bourbon stout - the best of both worlds, i dont think anything will ever beat goose island thoe!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:40:06 | More by Beerlover
Photo of davey101


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

2013 vintage, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for the four-pack!

A - Pours a dark brown body that lets some light through. Two fingers of light and creamy tan foam, thick lacing with decent retention.

S - All about the coffee here. I started off with a comparison to a French Vanilla hot "coffee drink" that you can order from a vending machine, but the more I smell this the more I get just a super rich and roasty coffee bean. Plenty of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Toffee is throwing me off here, its like a Heath bar. The more this beer warms and opens up the better it gets.

T - Smooth and rich coffee, french vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, and some milk chocolate. The bourbon has little interaction short of a vanilla kick and some alcohol heat on the finish. Its tasty and drinkable, but the coffee seems to be a bit too rich and oily. Mouth feel is medium bodied and very creamy. ABV isn't terribly high, but you can feel it for sure.

O - A very unique coffee profile. Its not the best BA coffee stout, but it is enjoyable in its own right. Been wanting to try this for some time now, thank you Kyle!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 03:08:32 | More by davey101
Photo of deebo


3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage

Poured into a snifter this beer is black with some brown highlights and hints of a tan head that quickly recedes into the blackness of this brew. Aromas of bourbon and oak hit you first with a fairly high level of dark roast coffee also present. Taste is like the aroma, dark roasted malts with plenty of oaky bourbon with a slight vanilla quality. A weaker body than some of the other big BB stouts but at this lower alcohol level that is not unexpected. A fairly high alcohol burn for this alcohol level. Higher carbonation zing than most of the style. I prefer this over most beers from CW but it would benefit from either a higher alcohol content or less burn.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 02:24:47 | More by deebo
Photo of micromaniac129


3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours thin into my yeti sniffer and with little fanfare. The head is small and of a nonlingering type. One thing though when held to light a beautiful rusty brown color is seen.
On the nose is a very dense coffee aroma which dominates thoroughtly. As it warms only then do other aromas come to the fore front. Chocolate and vinnila come in but very sutle as well as molasses but it to is quite sutle and must search for it.
As one might expect with this style, coffee essense is the starter here and its a big player. Dark black coffee, church pews, vinilla tannins and sweet sugars can be tasted. It seems to be lacking a malt taste. I can tasted a roastedness but only lightly malted barley. Alcohol is present too and warms you in too the aftertaste.
Slightly gritty and a tangy bitterness maybe from the oak.
A pretty good beer though I had better.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 11:08:02 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Pecan


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown pour with very little but some translucence. Small bit of head with average staying power.

Smelled of roasted malts, vanilla, warm bourbon, chocolate, and aromatic bitterness.

Taste begins with roasted malt up front that transitions into bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Transition is then into roasty coffee with a crisp finish to the warm bourbon. The flavors are wonderful, but seem disjointed slightly.

The feel of the beer is slightly thin when considering the forward bourbon. The thin feel is probably the worst part of an otherwise fantastic beer, especially for the price point.

Overall, especially impressive beer for how much it costs. As the first CW beer I've had, I'll definitely be sampling more of their drinks.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 07:23:25 | More by Pecan
Photo of Florida9


4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Black, though shows to be a dark brown color around the edges. Actually, a little thin in color for an Imperial Stout. Forms a smallish very lightly tan tinted head. No retention. No lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Very pleasant. Smell is a cacophony of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet and inviting, like a freshly baked brownie.

T: The flavor is likewise impressive. The bourbon flavor dominates, but is not overpowering. Notes of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Mild oak quality with a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body, but thin for the (listed) style. Low carbonation (actually slightly undercarbonated). Very mild alcoholic heat. Mild bitterness.

O: Yeah, this is a very good to great single stout, which it is. It's not an Imperial stout, but it's still pretty damn good. Have to respect a BA beer that tastes like bourbon, but where bourbon isn't the only thing you taste. As for any infection: no, not in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:14:30 | More by Florida9
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.