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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 406
Gots: 313 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection

(Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008)
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Photo of aasher
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of mystikyle, thanks Kyle!

This beer pours a medium bodied dark cola brown with only a slight lacing around my snifter. The nose is dark sweet malt, slight coffee, and a good amount of bourbon barrel with plenty of vanilla sweetness. There definitely isn't as much coffee as I anticipated. The flavors are of sweet dark malts, cola, vanilla, and light bourbon. There is little to no coffee and it finishes pretty watery. It's also a little over carbonated. It drinks medium in body and leaves a slight bourbon barrel vanilla in the after taste. I don't like how light this is, like their bourbon barrel stout. It's odd and over carbonated. Also, where's the coffee? I consider this beer to be pretty average and wouldn't buy it if I saw it. The mouthfeel is just too light and I really wish it at least looked like a stout.

aasher, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of JimmyW
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JimmyW, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-07-2012
Freshness: Bottled 01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is black and mostly opaque, with just a hint of brown edges when held to the light. The tan head is less than a finger high, with a low amount of retention and fair lacing.

Aromas consist of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla and roasted grains; complex and delightful.

Taste is rich, with chocolate sweetness, coffee, alcohol (whiskey), vanilla and oak/wood. Not really any hop bitterness present.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is of sweet dark chocolates and bourbon, with a nice alcohol warmth.

Overall a rich and strong stout; a pleasing sipper for the end of the day.

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

sommersb, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mscott1975, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of jag21
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

jag21, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 2012

A= Pours a nice looking deep brown color. For some reason after seeing it fall from the glass and seeing the brown highlights I don't feel comfortable calling it a black color. The head is a little small and falls fast into a thin layer on top of the glass with very little lacing.
S= The smell is a nice mix of bourbon and coffee. The coffee may be fading a bit after the time, I hate to say. It seems a little light on the nose though.

T= The taste is a lot like the nose. A nice bourbon taste with some coffee backing it up. The stout base doesn't really come through as much as I would have hoped. It's almost like an irish coffee.

M= A nice amount of carbonation in it. The flavor doesn't linger too much.

O= I'm a little disapointed to tell you the truth. I've heard a ton about this beer. It was a little bit of a let down. A solid coffee and broubon beer but the stout itself doesn't impress much. Boost the beer flavor while keeping the coffee and bourbon the same.

jjanega08, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
4/5  rDev -3.4%

daysinthewake, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle, out of my Founder's snifter.

A- I can see from the oour that this is pretty thin and light. A dark translucent brown color. Almost looks like a porter. Nice tannish head, good lacing.

S- A nice blend of roasted malts, some bourbon, and some oakiness. Prominant scents of coffee, with hints of chocolate and brown sugar.

T- Very smooth and creamy, however the taste falls a bit flat. I get primarily coffe, roasted malt, and a bit of boozy oak. I would say a hint of vanilla, with more roasted malt and oak on the back end.

M- The biggest short coming of this beer. While the carbonation is alright, it is definitely WAY too thin. For a coffee imperial stout aged in boubon barrels, this one isn't up to par with its peers.

O- I can't say it is a bad beer, because it tastes pretty good and goes down smooth. However, for $4 a bottle I was a bit let down. The base beer just seemed too thin and too light to hang with the coffee. Needs a bit more barrel too, not much, but a bit.


Gfunk720, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of tfidler
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

tfidler, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

SPRichard, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a snifter type glass.

Peruvian Morning pours out a expected dark brown color out the bottle as most stouts that i have had from them do. It appears black in the glass, but not itch black. A small whisp of dark tan foam is up top that is smooth looking, ok retention, minor stick.

Smells is not that bold and roasty and bright as I thought this fresh bottle would be. I've never had the brew house base, but I am picking up roast, coffee grind and a hint of chocolate. The bourbon is there but quite under utilized. Some sweet malt hanging in the back and a hit of cherry with warming.

Taste is pretty nice with a mix of coffee and bourbon flavor with a small touch of oak. The coffee needs a jolt though, it needs to pop out more. This is roasty, with some vanilla bean in the middle and a malty aftertaste with a hit of heat.

Feel is kinda lacking in that it's not full enough. The body is a nice sturdy medium and comes off a bit watery. A bit more depth and this could of ranked up there. I Am surprised Peruvian did not pick up more bourbon tones from the smaller body?

All in all, a good bourbon aged stout that is a great value for what it is. I just need some more coffee in there. Perhaps I'll try another bottle and give it another go.

BARFLYB, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mikereaser, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of m2thesea
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

m2thesea, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. January 2011 bottle thanks to MarcatGSB.

Appearance - Pours a surprisingly light color. Dark brown, really. In the glass it looks dark, but it's more akin to a BSDA than a stout in appearance. Small khaki head. Settles to an island of foam and some decent legs.

Smell - Coffee more than any other flavor, even after a year. Earthy coffee, too, much like KBS. Behind it is a scent of bourbon, but it's hardly overpowering, and some chocolate malts. Caramel in there, too. The stout isn't the strongest, but the whole aroma is nice. There's also a slight tang in the smell way behind the other aromas. It's tough to pick out, but it's there.

Taste - The bourbon is much more apparent in the flavor. Bourbon, not much oak, but definitely some vanilla. The coffee blends very nicely. Chocolate malts are again second fiddle to the coffee and bourbon, but more present in the flavor than the aroma. Tastes much better than it smells.

Mouthfeel - Thin and hardly chewy. The alcohol flavors seem to come exclusively from the bourbon, but that isn't surprising at 8.5%. I would like more body (which would translate to more stout) behind the coffee and bourbon additions.

Overall - Good stuff. No substitute for KBS, but the coffee character impresses me a tremendous amount. I question how well this will age based on the tangy smell I'm detecting back there. It's also a bit light to age for a really long time.

Alieniloquium, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 2012 edition. 12oz bottle from 4pk purchased at Trig's Cellar 70 in Eagle River, WI. Poured cold into snifter and allowed to warm, sampling along the way.

A: Deep, dark brown with copper hues on edges. Lighter color than expected. Brief tan head made an appearance dropping into a ring of light foam. Solid legs with swirling.

S: Roast coffee, toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla oakiness, dark chocolate, and bourbon booze.

T: Coffee roast, rich dark chocolate. Sweet malt in the middle chased with the bourbon. More bourbon as it warmed but not overwhelming.

M: Medium body, some prickly carbonation. Pretty smooth given the big flavors involved. Body helps carry the flavors and transitions well.

O: Very cool beer. Tasty now and I look forward to the effects time has on it. I've had some other coffee bourbon barrel beers that are abrasive or just taste burnt. Not here. Central Waters is getting damn good with their barrels.

JRdaSconnie, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/27/12
*From notes

-- Cheer to brydeen for another winning extra --

A: Clean dark cola in hue. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger mocha head. Minor lacing and a sizeable collar follow.

S: Wood chippy, with an above average amount of medium roasted coffee.

T: Lots of bourbon all over. Unlike their standard BB Stout, there's a heavy dose of coffee filling in the holes here. But having said that, there's a gap on the mid, which feels a bit stunted and watery. The wood is extraordinarily prevalent, and the tannins are a bit much at this point. It doesn't taste like it's been barrelled, rather that they soaked some low to mid grade chips or oak beans in bourbon, dumped them in a cheese cloth pouch and let 'em hang out in the bright tank.

M: Too effervescent. Not enough body to carry all that's going on here. With a bit more viscosity, this could be something special.

O: A good beer? Sure, but not the game changer some claim it to be. If you're looking for a boubon innoculated coffee stout, it'll certainly suffice. But if you're in the mood for something complex, a beer that evolves in the glass, then you'll need to look elsewhere.

Better then Central Water's BB Stout, but merely above average at best.

Rhettroactive, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of TotallyHosed
4/5  rDev -3.4%

TotallyHosed, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Gmoney1974
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gmoney1974, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mdillon86, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mjtiernan, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Zenk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Zenk, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Tamarack22
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Tamarack22, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

litheum94, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of uwmgdman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The stout pours a very dark brown bordering on black in my snifter with a quickly diminishing moderate tan head. The aroma is a wonderfully complex blend of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and bourbon; a very inviting nose. The flavor is roasty and boozy coffee, with bittersweet chocolate. The finish is slightly warming, silky smooth, and with an reemergence of bourbon. Delicious. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium-full with medium-low carbonation. Overall a 4-pack of beer you cannot be disappointed with, a very good stout.

uwmgdman, Mar 24, 2012
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.