Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
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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 Drtfinelli
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
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 :) (355 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of jokemon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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!!! (1,143 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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! (842 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (1,150 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of Pecan
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013

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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black with one finger of mocha head.

S - Vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate the smell on this one. Hints of chocolate and dark malts. Mostly vanilla.

T - Lots of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. A bit of bourbon heat and coffee, though the coffee is not near as pronounced as I thought it'd be. Tons of vanilla and chocolate in this beer. A bit too sweet, but very good.

M - Smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.

This is a very nice BA stout with lots of oak, vanilla, and chocolate, but not as much coffee as I expected. It's a great, very drinkable beer, but a bit sweeter than I'd like. (608 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass. Expectations are high given current ratings, Duff27's recommendation, and my positive experience with Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout - which I was fond of. 2013 vintage. Brewed with Emy J's coffee. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Predictable for the style, which isn't necessarily bad. Though I have seen better heads - including on Central Waters' own bourbon barrel stout. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Subtle rich vanilla. Refined oak. Pleasant coffee and coffee roast notes; no coffee bitterness at all. I don't detect any hop aromatics, yeast, or alcohol. Dark malts. Cream. Light caramel. Luxurious buried roasted barley. Boy, the aroma gets better and better as it warms, really letting the marvelous coffee notes come through. Rich and decadent. I can tell this one is going to be good. A moderately strong aroma. I'm really excited. Chocolate malt. Quite bourbon-y, but not as much as the bourbon barrel stout; it's more subtle and integrated. A spot-on complex aroma for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

T: Light cream opens to the vanilla-dominant body, with subtle notes of oak and bourbon abound throughout the second act. A bit of chocolate malt, sure. Disappointingly, the coffee and roast are far more buried than the aroma suggested. I hardly get any coffee at all. The finish is a little problematic, with a touch of alcohol hitting along with a contrasting upsurge of caramel flavour. Indeed, alcohol is noticeable in this beer. No hop character comes through at all; any hopping is minimal. No coffee or malty bitterness. Some malty sweetness up front, but nothing overdone or bothersome - except maybe when you get further down the glass if you're drinking it alone. No yeast character comes through. I don't know that I can call it well balanced, but it's put together nicely until the aforementioned setbacks on the finish. Above all else, the complexity and depth of flavour just isn't as high as it needs to be for this to be truly great. And why is the coffee so muted? I love the subtlety here, but it's lacking what other better imperial stouts have mastered.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth. Great body. Good carbonation. Nicely wet without pushing it too far. Pretty good presence on the palate. Chewy. Could be a bit softer. I'd like to see the fragility and delicacy of great imperial stouts, but that isn't here. It suits the flavour profile pretty well, however.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle by meself - that's for sure. And it hides its ABV well. But I have to admit, I expected better. Granted, expectations were extremely high. It's not a great imperial stout, but it's a damn good one. I was perplexed by the lack of coffee in particular; the name of the beer alone seemed to suggest heavy rich coffee notes and that's just not the case here. Maybe that time in barrels made the coffee fade? Alcohol does make a brief appearance, but I wouldn't call it a boozy or hot beer by any means. It's certainly less alcohol-redolent than Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout. A little age might do it a favour.

In spite of my above notes, I do have to admit it gets considerably better as it warms; I served it too cold even with the rest period I gave it after removing it from the fridge. It's a tasty brew that I intend to revisit. Very glad I got to try it; thanks again Duff27! I'd definitely have this again - aged or on draught would be ideal.

High B+

It was fine out of a conical pint glass, but a snifter or teku would be ideal.

Aging could very well improve it. (4,061 characters)

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours almost black with a thin brown head that disappeared pretty quick.

S. This smells like bourbon, coffee and dark chocolate.

T. This tastes like a little bit of coffee,miked with some chocolate and bourban. A wonderful combination with balanced flavors.

M. A full bodied creamy thick beer.

O. This is a great Imperial Stout with great balance and a drinkability that means you can have two. (437 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2013 vintage. Will update this review if I ever stumble across an older vintage bottle. Excited to try this beer, one of the most highly acclaimed beers I've seen on BeerAdvocate in recent times, and my second beer from Central Waters Brewing Co., the other being Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA. On with it, then...

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black colored body with a beautiful creamy luscious one finger brown doughy head that quickly thins to a tan cap. Looks very nice. Thin wispy rings of scattered lacing.

S - Beautiful, pronounced bourbon vanilla soaked oak wood. The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Burnt brown sugar. Molasses. Dark candied fruits creep out as the beer warms. Some warming alcohol presence, but pleasant.

T - Silky, creamy bourbon vanilla / chocolate cocoa stout wonderment. Makes most every other beer I've had within the past year or so seem weak, simple, and irrelevent by comparison. A lovingly roasted bitter coffee bean presence begins to emerge by the third act, as the beer warms, followed by a vaguely spicy finish. So very smooth, highly drinkable, and yet utterly complex, I would certainly have no problem drinking several of these.

M - Creamy, silky, bitter coffee bean texture. Smooth and luscious; ridiculously drinkable for being an 8.50% abv beer. Leaves behind a dry powdery finish on the palate.

Overall, I haven't had the pleasure yet of drinking a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout or Bell's Black Note Stout, so I can't compare it to those, but this definitely ranks high among one of the best stouts, and one of the best beers, that I've tried yet. This is review #151 for me, and this beer has got to be in my top five for sure. A must-try beer.

Central Waters Peruvian Morning Brand Stout ---4.5/5 (1,825 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Envelops for hooking me up with this one.

A- Pours a dark brown with a tan 1 finger head, minimal lacing.

S- An espresso aroma with roasted malts dominates the nose up front with strong hints of oak and bourbon. Also picking up faint hints of sweet licorice.

T-Roasted malts and bourbon upfront with notes of the sweet licorice that was picked up in the nose. Then the mild espresso flavor hits mid palate and blends nicely with the oak flavor from the barrels. Then finishes with a mild boozy tartness.

M-Medium body with higher levels of carbonation for the style

O-Nice complex beer, definitely above average for the style. The tartness at the end seems a little out of place though. (706 characters)

Photo of dspolanco
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type- Bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip glass

Appearance- Solid black, motor oil like. No head, bunch of lacing.

Smell- Smell is simply divine. Coffee, Cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Then the oak bourbon barrels come in. Deep vanilla flavor.

Taste-Everything in the nose is in the taste and Wow. Upfront is the beautiful coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Then the bourbon barrels and vanilla shine!

Mouthfeel- Full just like a bourbon aged stout should be.

Overall- Simply a World Class beer. A pleasure to drink. Highly recommend to seek it out.

Cheers! (588 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Dissipates quickly. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, and molasses.

T: Roasted espresso. with grape leaf, and hints of dark chocolate, licorice, and currants.

M: Full, sweet, and pungent. Lots o' stuff going on here.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, decent lacing. Nose is really good combination of malt, and bittersweet components. Flavor is roasted coffee and grape leaf with sweet components. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (602 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage Reviewed 03-05-2012Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice

A: Pours dark brown/black and almost completely opaque. There is a tiny tan head which dissipates immediately.

S: There are strong notes of coffee and chocolate. Alcohol and bourbon follow closely. As the beer warms, coffee comes to dominate the smell in a very good way.

T: Big, boozy bourbon leads out the gate, melding nicely with some sweet vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate. There is a definite charred oak character which provides a little smokiness. Overall the flavor is a mix of sweet and bitter. The chocolate and coffee offer little in the way of sweetness, but then there is a surge of sweet vanilla in the background to even it out.

M: Medium bodied and a little sticky. Moderate to high carbonation.

O: Bourbon notes are subdued, but coffee and vanilla are both strong and delicious. Pretty enjoyable all around.

2013 Vintage Reviewed 03-11-2013
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark, espresso brown color. Completely opaque. There is a mocha color head that fades quickly to a very thin, oily cap.

S: Vanilla and oaky bourbon leap out of the glass. I also detect notes of cappuccino, brown sugar and milk chocolate.

T: The coffee flavor takes a front seat here and dominates the mid-palate. Rich chocolate, vanilla and molasses take some of the edge off. The finish is all coffee and vanilla milk chocolate with a light touch of alcohol.

M: Oh so smooth and creamy! Low carbonation with the perfect hint of alcohol all over one of the creamiest, delectable mouthfeels I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

O: Amazing. Certainly better than last years version, which is really saying something. (1,715 characters)

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, from one of the more under rated breweries in the world. Taste follows nose and great flavors or Coffee, Bourbon and Chocolate meld together beautifully. I keep reading the comparisons to KBS and Peruvian being referred to as a smaller version of KBS, but I would pick this over KBS, especially at half the price. (334 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage served in a Founders snifter

Appearance: Opaque black with a finger of a light tan head.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate. Some bourbon is present in the nose but it's somewhat subdued.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon (much more prevalent than in the aroma), coffee, roasted malt, chocolate fudge, subtle hint of wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall: This is my first Central Water's beer and it's a damn good one. I've never tried KBS, but if this is a poor man's version of it (as I've heard it described) then I'm even more excited to get my hands on the real thing (629 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours black with a very thin light brown head dissipating immediately into lacing.

Smell: Coffee up front. In fact, the nose is mostly coffee. Roasted notes, dark chocolate in there as well. Bourbon is...essentially absent. There's some vanilla, oak, a tiny hint of bourbon. Quite tiny. Ultimately, the aroma is very coffee forward, and quite good (as I love me some coffee), but I can't help but wonder where the bourbon is.

Taste: There's the bourbon! It's still subtle, and the coffee is still definitely the dominant flavor, but the bourbon is there. Chocolate and vanilla with some oak are in there as well. I think of the flavor profile as a poor man's KBS (and I mean that as a complement) - similar flavors, but less developed and less balanced, with the coffee taking over and the bourbon overshadowed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little too much carbonation for my taste. Comes off feeling a bit light for the style, which is amplified by the prickly carbonation.

Overall: KBS-lite? It's a great beer with a great coffee presence, but could use more bourbon and more body to really take it over the edge. (1,192 characters)

Photo of lazz131
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this one from the bottle a few times and on tap once over the past couple weeks.

Pours dark but maybe a bit thinner than your typical ba stout. Head a bit lighter than would be expected.

Smell is amazing. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Some nice bitterness to level it all out.

Taste is phenomenal. Perfect balance of the above. Most ba stouts are "one and done" but i could potentially crack another. Some alcoholic bite, which I actually enjoyed.

Some may knock that this one is "only" 8% but I don't think it's necessarily a badge of honor to cram as much abv into a ba stout as possible. This still packs a punch w/o putting you to bed.

Top notch ba stout. Although many times the motor oil-thick stout is very appealing, I like that this one is a little more easy drinking but still packs a ton of flavor. Makes me not feel the need to chase any kbs down (although now I want to track a couple fresh ones down and do a side by side). (947 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet. This is the 2012 version, purchased almost a year ago.

A - Pours pitch black without much head at all despite an aggressive pour. A thin off-white halo circles the surface and leaves behind some lacing. It looks a little bit flat, but hopefully the looks are deceiving.

S - Smells of cocoa, bourbon, and a compelxity of dark fruits. Dates, raisin, and blackberry all come through giving this a Dubbel-like character. There is also a bitter roasty coffee aroma that melds the whole thing together.

T - Starts a little bit tart with some wine-like tannins. Chocolate, cherry, and vinegar contribute to a sweet, yet lactic flavor. Coffee on the finish along with tart pear. The sour flavors overwhelm the intended coffee, chocolate, and bourbon flavors. It may not be what the brewer intended but it's not half bad. An interesting blend of flavors from multiple styles.

M - Medium bodied and very lightly carbonated.

O - It was immediately apparent that this was not your typical stout. Tart, lactic flavors dominate giving this a unique blend of sour and roasty coffee. I drank about half before I did a little research and noticed that this batch had some unintended flavors. The brewery recognized the problem and established a voluntary recall, but I'll hold on to my other bottle. It isn't everyday you get to try a sour, barrel aged stout. I will seek out another batch to try the real thing, but this was interesting enough to not disappoint. (1,499 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic offering from Central Waters. Tops last year's in every way. Pours thick and slick w a sandy one-finger head that retains well. Aroma is redolent w coffee and bourbon, hints of baker's chocolate and vanilla as well. Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, vanilla less present. Silky and creamy on the palate, boozy in a pleasantly warming way. (355 characters)

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