Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 450
Hads: 1,409
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 413
Gots: 297 | FT: 19
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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:
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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (3,166 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of ianjmiles
2.82/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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? (585 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of TheEarl
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of JFresh21
3.61/5  rDev -12%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of Cvescalante
3.32/5  rDev -19%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of langchops
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of Muthacack
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of themind
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (469 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of oN3xM
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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! (919 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,097 characters)

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.