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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 407
Gots: 303 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008

2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection
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Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. 2012 bottle.

A: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a spongy tan head. Pretty good retention with some nice lacing.

S: Oaky, hot bourbon, fresh milky coffee, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of alcohol. Really balanced between all the intended elements.

T: The taste is just as well balanced as the nose. Sweet coffee, big vanilla, light milk chocolate, lactic sugar, a bit of roasty bitterness from the beans and malt, all pushed up by just the perfect amount of bourbon, which lends more vanilla, a lot of oak, and some cornish liquor to the mix. Really fantastic.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied.

O: Damn, what a beer. Strikes a really nice balance between the stout, coffee, and bourbon, and quite drinkable as well.

Photo of liamt07
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from mscarpen, thanks a ton for this long-time want Scott! 341ml into a tulip, January 2012 vintage.

Dark brown, almost black in body. A bit of lacing, good legs and a thick ring and film retain. Nose has sweet bourbon notes,. Chocolate and interesting coffee aromas waft from this. Perhaps a bit of oak. Roasty sourness initially, that's relatively subtle, leading into warming butterscotch/oak/buttery bourbon. Light coffee again in the finish. Medium body (on the thinner side for an IS), and fairly low carbonation. Not too bitter, but not as much coffee flavour as I had anticipated. An interesting bourbon barreled coffee stout, and I'd certainly be curious to try the base coffee to see how it was integrated into the beer. 45/45/4/35/4

Re-rated after having the 2013 vintage, bottle thanks to Jon Graham. Fantastic bourbon character, nice coffee notes and great integration of the barrel. 45/45/45/425/45

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of azdback
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb. 2012 bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep dark black color with the slightest of dark brown highlights when held up to the morning sunlight. Small one finger head, that was light tan in color and creamy in appearance. Head drops fairly rapidly and is leaving very little lace.

Smell is at first, super deep, dark roasted coffee beans. Some slight milk chocolate comes out as well as some wood and lots of dark fruit as it warms. There is also some alcohol smell that I would compare to ether.

Taste is all sweet and tart bing cherries. I am getting none of the great flavors I got in the nose. No coffee, no chocolate, no wood. It kind of tastes like Red Stag mixed with an average stout.

Mouth is on the velvety side. Carbonation is a bit on the spritzy side for a Double Stout. Body is balanced and the finish is average and quite dry for it's style.

Overall I had high hopes for this one but was let down. I tried a friends home brewed stout last week that tasted a lot like this. My friend added oak chips, that he charred and let soak in a mason jar with Makers Mark for a month, to the underlying stout. I wasn't impressed with his attempt either but he's no pro. I'm Just sayin'. Thank you so much to injuredreserve for giving me this bottle. I would love to give this one some time and maybe it changes for the better.

Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with red highlights. Has about a finger of head that dissipates quickly and a thin layer of lacing.

N: Milk chocolate, coffee and cream, some raisin and a hint of bourbon.

T: A lot of lactose comes through in this similar to a Sweet Stout. Coffee and cream, lactose, raisin and hints of whipped cream upfront. Mid-palate brings in some milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Finishes with some dark fruit, a splash of vanilla Cola and notes of bourbon.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and sticky.

O: Well, I don't really know how I feel about this one. For 8.5% it's easy drinking. The lactose qualities really take over the coffee characteristics, but the major fault appears to be the barrel aging. Central Waters did a decent job but it's just not adding that extra dimension. This is kind of underwhelming for a barrel aged beer.

Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of FosterJM
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1236th Review on BA
Bottle to Sweetwater snifter
12 oz

2012 Bottle

Thanks to Erikkoppin for this one

App- Poured out the color of dark chocolate and then grew lighter in the glass. A nice soft two finger khaki colored head with great cling and stick. Very noisy as it disappated.

Smell- Well I got one of the sour ones. The nose on this one has a lot of medicinal booze notes and some dubbel like dark fruits and yeast behind it. A touch of bourbon came out when it warmed up after a while.

Taste- The sour is quite prevalant when warm. Large notes of cherry, plum and fig. The tannin notes seem to have taken over and overwhelms all the other flavors. Gone is the coffee, vanilla and bourbon.

Mouth- A thin body due to infection with a high carbonation level and prickly soured dark fruits residual flavors.

Drink- I was so excited to get this and then I wasnt too excited when I drank it. Oh well, shit happens.

Photo of schwaeh
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 bottle extra'd by eyeenjoybeer. Thanks man.

A: Pours out a super dark brown, kinda thin looking, but realizes it's blackened stout appearance once in the glass. This beer foams up a good amount into a tan head, which recedes in no time.

S: This beer really emanates the characteristics of oak bourbon barrels; While the bourbon isn't super strong, all the woody oak and sweet vanilla are dominant. It's a very sweet smelling beer with all that (possibly overused) vanilla. Bourbon is sweet, sticky, and laid back here. An inviting coffee comes through to balance the aroma back out.

T: All components from the flavor are here, just in slightly more subdued amounts... except for SWEETNESS. I could have done without all the added vanilla. The coffee aspect is great, real mellow, slightly bitter, acidic, with a real dark mocha flavor to add some edge. The bourbon is easy-going and complimentary. Can't taste the alcohol but it warms the belly a bit. As it becomes room temp burnt caramel comes out more and more, not bad, actually helps it seem more robust.

M: The carbonation is high for this subset of stouts, it's a big rush of prickly bubbles. Thinner mouthfeel is slightly detracting and might make me drink this one a little faster than I should.

O: I enjoyed this one a lot, way more than the previous time I had it. If you can look past the sweetness and thinner body, this is a pretty superb beer.

Photo of DersOne
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wibrewer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of aliving1
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of geoffsm12
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. A bit too dark to see through. Beige head. Film of fine bubbles. Aroma is pretty sweet. Lots of caramel and sweet chocolate. A little coffee but less than expected. some nice barrel character. Good vanilla. A little green pepper. Taste is a bit simple. Sweet caramel with some chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. A lot better than the previous version that I tried.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, vintage 2012.

Not much head while pouring on a center punch, but it does manage a very good sized collar that sticks around for quite a bit. Top isn't too filmy, but some nice looking caramel whisps and some bubbling is noticeable. Body is quite clear, almost barleywine looking with a real deep mahogany brown. Not really much lace or stickiness either.

Nose is a nice dry dark chocolate and cayenne, barleywine richness with a chewy hop. Heat is noticeable on this but tolerable, quite enjoyable nose on this beer. Strangely I don't get coffee, but certainly roast character.

On the palate this is quite wet with not that much body to it. This comes off with a unique muted raspberry wet fruit taste, with a charing malt backbone. Heat doesn't seem so big as on the nose which is nice. Chocolate sensations don't seem to come forward hinting on the nose.

Overall I really do like the taste of this brew, but it's lacking a lot of depth I think for it's style. I really do like this fruit deep red berry character I am getting on this.

Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer gave a generous mocha color head. The aroma was a pleasant chocolate flavor with a certain level of maltiness. The taste is absolutely fabulous. Initially it begins with a measured level of coffee maltiness. Then, it explodes into a sweet chocolate flavor that dances down the center of the tongue. It taunts other coffee stouts and dares them to try to match its flavor. The aftertaste gives a moderate level of tart chocolate that still coats the tongue with the warming alcohol still going down. I found the beer to be a little on the thin side, with an appropriate level of carbination.

A very drinkable coffee stout. I plan to do a comparison testing with Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout to determine which I like better for certain. For now, this takes 1st prize.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, with an amber tint. Thick head disappeared immediatly. Little lacing.

S: Expresso, coffee an coffee grounds. Slight alcohol. Slight fruits, raisens maybe, or grapes. Vanilla. Wood.

T: Vanilla coffee. Super delicious. I thought this would be coffee/expresso only, but man there is a sweetness to this that is super pleasant. Coffee ice cream. Expresso, grounds on the very end.

M: Brilliant. Leaves a syrup on the tongue. Rich, and full bodied.

O: A great brew!

thanks redliner8!!!

Photo of Chisfinest84
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. It's the 2012 vintage. Poured this into a stemless wine glass.

A: Pours deep, dark brown color. Not as black as other imperial coffee stouts on the market. Faint off light tan head that fades quickly and leaves only a ring around the edges. You get a few lacing trails upon swirling. Definitely seeing some alcohol feet in there.

S: Vanilla, coffee, a little oak char, and some dark chocolate. It smells really nice.

T: Lots of coffee bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Dark roast delicious coffee. In the mid mouth you get some toffee and caramel, as is common with the bourbon. Sweet vanilla notes are coming through a lot. Long finish that changes during the sip. As it warms, I started to pick up more of that chocolate that I smelled on the nose. Really nice brew.

M: Full bodied beer, but again it's thinner than most in the category.

O: A-

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.