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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,231 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1231
Reviews: 441
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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Florida9

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:14:30 | More by Florida9
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 18:17:17 | More by RoninTK3
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kojevergas

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:39:59 | More by kojevergas
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2013 02:02:15 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:19:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:52:16 | More by Wolfpack2005
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dspolanco

Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 17:03:11 | More by dspolanco
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 05:51:50 | More by bmwats
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:43:41 | More by WankelEngine
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Jimmeekrek

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:45:53 | More by Jimmeekrek
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:01:59 | More by Jonada
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emyers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:55:17 | More by emyers
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lazz131

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:31:08 | More by lazz131
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:18:54 | More by NoLeafClover44
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AJacob81

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:49:57 | More by AJacob81
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark motor oil color with almost no head. not carbonating and looks somewhat flat.

S: Lots of bourbon aroma. It also has some vanilla and fig/dark cherry/sweet fruit aroma.

T: the coffee is mellow and not over powering (very nice), hints of cocoa, vanilla, raisin, plum, dark berries. It also has a very upfront oak bourbon taste. It's sweet, yet slightly bitter. The oak bourbon barrel and coffee blend well together to create a nice smokey flavor.

M: large body and creamy and tangy. Slightly boozy but well balance of sweetness mixed in with a slight bitterness

O: great morning beer verdict A

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:54:39 | More by King_KongDCO93
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hailster

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that I picked up at Club Liquor in Menasha, WI. I have had this on tap in the past at CW, but this review will be focused on the bottles I purchased.

Reviewing a bottle that I purchased in February 2013.

Appearance - Very dark with a medium brown head poured into a snifter. Head lasted for a few minutes.

Nose - Very strong smell of bourbon with a small amount of coffee behind the bourbon. Smelled like a good combination of the two.

Taste - Right out of the fridge it tasted mostly like sweet bourbon. After letting it warm up to around 50 degrees the coffee flavor came out a bit more and was a great blend of bourbon and coffee flavors. Seemed like the coffee was maybe a medium roast coffee.

Feel - Seemed a little light bodied for what I'm used to with a Imperial style Stout, I'd put this as medium bodied, but it fit this beer well. I think if this was a heavier bodied brew that it wouldn't fit it too well.

Overall - I'm pretty happy with this beer and think it has a near perfect mix of coffee and bourbon flavor. I was hesitant on buying this since I wasn't a big fan of last years batch but I am definitely happy that I picked this one up. I will be buying a few more four packs and will be aging at least one of the four packs.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 17:32:28 | More by hailster
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Valleyview06

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A/ thin pouring, not as dark as 2012.

S/ beautiful. Coffee, vanilla, molasses hits the nose immediately from opening of the bottle through every sip.

T/ Not sure what barrels were used but they shine. Perfect coffee undertones that don't overwhelm. Taste is exactly like the smell, which holds perfectly.

M/ Coffee definitely cuts down on what the imperial stout mouthfeel should present. But that is quickly forgotten as the brew is slick and creamy, just feels great sliding down.

O/. Very solid. IMO crushes 2012. 2012 had a small metallic type taste in the bottles I had, maybe just bad luck. Will be purchasing more...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 04:33:32 | More by Valleyview06
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep brown when pouring and black in the glass with a thin tan foam across the top.

Aroma: Coffee is the first thing that hits the nose followed by sweet chocolate tones and some raisin. The bourbon is there but it's subtle. A very pleasant and inviting aroma overall.

Taste: Real nice matured flavor on this one. The bourbon oak aging seems to have completely cleared up any of the harsh malt bitterness that usually accompanies an Imperial Stout. Starts with a soft mix of dark malts as chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors creep on to your palate. The vanilla and sweet malt of the bourbon hits an apex at about the halfway mark and is almost goes unnoticed due to its smooth character. The second half is slightly harsher as the bitter coffee takes its turn on your palate. Finish is a little bumpy but smooths out in the end leaving you with a lot of coffee and a bit of an oaky flavor. No hop flavor anywhere per say, but an earthy echo in the aftertaste that must be their presence. The 8.5% ABV is really no where to be found except for the distant heat in the back of the throat which only adds to the enjoyment of this well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body but feels lighter. In this case the body of the beer is a double edged sword. On the one hand a light body makes it drinkable and keeps the ABV down but on the other hand a fuller body could make this one exceptional. The oak aging has led to superb drinkability and minimal carbonation for a smooth drinking experience.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of using coffee in beers as it tends to thin out the end result, but the use of bourbon barrel oak aging more than made of up the slight lack of body. This was my first Central Waters offering and they've done a fine job because I plan on exploring more of their full lineup. If BCBS is the king of bourbon barrel aged beers then I'd have to say Peruvian Morning is the younger and less refined prince. Would I drink it again? Yes, got a stash in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:26:18 | More by JamesMN
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark cola color with a deep ruby hue on the edges. Medium sized, light, bubbly, whispy, off-white head. Average retention with very little lace.

S - Fairly strong bourbon aroma along with a nice vanilla and slightly oaky aroma. Second to that is a strong roasted coffee bean aroma. Some baker's chocolate. A touch of burnt molasses.

T - Nice bourbon flavor with just a touch of heat. A fair amount of oaky flavor as well. Gives way to a dark roasted coffee flavor along with dark chocolate and baker's chocolate. Some fudge and vanilla notes in the back. Nice mocha flavor develops as the sip develops. Finishes with a slight heat and only a touch of bitter coffee.

M - Medium to full body. Slight carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Fairly drinkable despite there being a slight alcohol burn. Bourbon and coffee work fairly well together despite the fact that they don't exactly meld together perfectly. I had no trouble finishing this bottle.

Notes: Solid bourbon, coffee beer. There is a slight heat, subtle bitterness of coffee, and the flavors don't meld. Despite that, the beer ends up working. The flavors don't clash and stand well on their own bottom. Solid beer that is a nice little treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:04:41 | More by FreshHawk
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, dense, brown head that laces beautifully and has fantastic persistence. Acidic, sweet, tart, oak aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla behind it. Starts with a deep, toasted, roasted coffee flavor that has a tartness of floral hops, and big notes of vanilla and oak wood. Builds to a medium bitterness as the acidity blends smoothly with the hops. Finish is hop bitterness, toasted malt, coffee, and wood.

Jesus.
This is everything you could want in a big bourbon stout.
Coffee, roasted malt, and big, assertive notes of bourbon.
If you like big biers, CW is your brand. They make, bar none, the BEST barrel aged big biers I've ever had.
This is mesmerizing when you're in to mood for something assertive, bold, and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 18:36:36 | More by TheSSG
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Belgianbeerbunny

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. What a treat. This is a very well-balanced Bourbon barrel stout. Wonderful.

A - 1/2-inch head with a little lacing. Not highly carbonated. Black as night.

S - If you like the smell of Bourbon and chocolate (I do), you will love this.

T - Again, so well-balanced. The Bourbon, chocolate and coffee notes work in harmony with one another. Not one overpowers the other.

M - Smooth and velvety. Like French Silk Pie.

O - This is one of my new favorites and I will look for it everywhere I go.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:41:52 | More by Belgianbeerbunny
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a beautiful tip by the salesguywhocantscoremeHawkstix--Lazzman (AKA KBS lover). Very dark brown-almost black with fluffy one inch head. Light tan on the edge and sticky lacing.

I could smell this all night long. Complexity leads to intrigue--vanilla, cola bourbon sweetness, coffee, dates, and malt chocolate concrete milkshake. Yeah, pretty solid.

Aroma lends well to the first sip. I love the bourbon. Vanilla follows with sweet malt. Another BA that drinks like a bourbon and splash of coke for me. Bourbon and roast coffee linger in the nose.

Creamy but not thick. I appreciate that I get no bitterness. Very pleasing.

Had this been thicker, I would've put this up there with BCBCS. A splendid quaff that is, IMO, up there with best in class. One would have to do a double take to make sure this wasn't KBS. If you see it, pull the trigger.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:41:27 | More by joeseppy
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Star80

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into wine glass, with a pretty frothy head. Color is a deep brown with ruby highlights.

S - Thing that grabbed me right away was the smell. First whiff of whiskey, then some remote coffee/espresso notes, some char, tobacco, vanilla and toffee.

T - Taste is equally complex with more coffee coming to the forefront. More vanilla and some coconut.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth yet not overly rich. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall an amazing brew. Something I will seek out every time.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:32:11 | More by Star80
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Petcha

Minnesota

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

A: Black as night

S: Bourbon, coffee and subtle hints of chocolate

T: Coffee chocolatey bittersweet flavors followed by bourbon vanilla and finishes with some oak. I get a slightly bitter aftertaste from the coffee

M: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation

O: Excellent BA stout. I've had stouts that have stronger individual components, but this melds flavors really well. I love how subtle the coffee is, yet it is present throughout the entire flavor profile. Really well done. My favorite from central waters. Hope to try BCBCS someday, but until then, this does nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:24:05 | More by Petcha
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.