Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Peruvian Morning"

A bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout made with freshly roasted Emy J's coffee. This beer is as complex as it gets. Flavors of vanilla, tannins, and coffee meld together to create a flavor as deep as the ravines of the Peruvian Andes.


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

Added by brdc on 01-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,926
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
1,637
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this 12 oz. bottle dated 09/3/18 into a snifter glass, this beer pours out a coffee brown. It forms in the glass darker, with highlights around the edges. The bubbles of carbonation dissipate as fast as they can form, ending up with no crown whatsoever. 3.5

The smell brings dark fruit like raisins and figs dancing around dry oak, a warming bourbon, chocolate, leather, and tobacco. All backed by coffee undertones. 4.25

The taste comes in with chocolate present. Coffee undertones come through but I’m surprised at the slightness of the coffee being as it seems like coffee was a focus for this, per the description. Raisins, figs, bourbon and oak are present. 4

The mouthfeel seems to really be lacking in the carbonation aspect for me. It just seems very flat and could definitely use a bounce to it. No burn to it from the bourbon, which is a good thing, but there really isn’t even a warming effect that I atleast like to see in something of this style. Huge dry finish from the oak, leather and tobacco elements. 3.5

Overall, maybe I was expecting too much from this? But I’ve got to say, I don’t quite get the high rating that this has acquired. I like most of the aspects, like the dry oak/tobacco/leather, dark fruit, bourbon, chocolate but the mouthfeel really needs a bounce to make this thing shine for me. I would also like some more coffee prominence. For something that makes it seem like it’s focused on being coffee forward, it was underwhelming in that aspect. 3.75

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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jduprey007
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- 12oz bottle into a tulip glass with a motor oil black body and a light nutty brown foamy head. The cap rises to a cm high before falling to just a small ring at the edges of the glass.

S- Fudgey bourbon stout with a moderate note of coffee throughout. The bourbon barrel here is on par with how Central Waters picks the good one providing a strong yet balanced sense of whiskey, luscious vanilla and peppery charred oak to go with the rich and fudgey chocolate malts, roast barley, nutty, caramel and dark roast coffee from the base beer.

T- The oak actually picks up a decent amount on the palate but it never becomes woody or too raw, another sign that they had good barrels for this brew. The whiskey comes on strong with some peppery flavors, hints of bold vanilla beans, the worn oak and char. The base beer blends into this wonderfully with rich chocolate and roasty flavors from the grain bill. Fudge, milk and dark chocolate, dark roast coffee like espresso blend, caramel, toasted nuts, smoke and dark dried fruits all in harmony.

MF- Thick body with a fairly high level of carbonation and a slick feel on the taste buds. The texture is a bit lacking as its just a tad frothy and isn't creamy, maybe extra alcohol from the barrel cut into the body. Ends bitter from the roast and warm from the booze.

Barrels and beer is just something that Central Waters does really with and in large quantities it actually ends up being really impressive all around. Chocolate, whiskey, coffee and vanilla, a classic combo. The body is the only thing here that feels a bit off but it could be from the barrel aging.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tittyfish
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timmy2b
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: 2018


A:
Pours black with ruby tints coming out of the bottle with a half finger of tan head that dwindles to a film. All right retention; specks of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Medium roasted layers, mocha, dark chocolate, and coffee. (4)

T:
Sweet roasty, rich milk chocolate, coffee, dark bread, vanilla, light alcohol warmth, roasted nuts. (4.25)

M:
Rich, full body with medium carbonation and a smooth, sticky, warming finish. (4)

O:
Nice, rich, coffee-laden stout.
It pours okay-looking and the rest of it is very solid. Tons of coffee beans and sweet milk chocolate/toffee throughout the aroma and flavor. Drinkable with well-concealed alcohol despite a pleasant warming sensation. It doesn't have an in-your-face barrel character but the barrel does support the rest and blend in nicely.  (4.25)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with some residual sugar notes and some floral coffee notes with some bourbon notes. Taste is also a mix of black chocolate notes with some floral coffee notes, quite a bit of residual sugar with some smooth bourbon notes also perceptible. Body is about average with medium carbonation with subtle alcohol notes also perceptible.

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elohim
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a goblet. 2018 vintage.

pours a little on the light side for a stout. jet black body with small tan head which dissipates to a thin ring and faint covering. very little lacing.

Faint elements of coffee, bourbon, and dried fruit.

However, upon tasting, the coffee is not faint at all! Big flavor, but not overly roasted or burnt. BBA is about medium. which is fine by me. There is a faint vanilla feel with some warmth from the 11.7abv.

Mouth is between medium & full, despite the light looking pour. Finish manages to be dark roast coffee without any bitterness or burnt flavor. kudos.

Overall, tasty BBA coffee stout. happy to have another 3 waiting for me.

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Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a mild coffee and malt. Taste is also a mild malt that is a little thin.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of @Dragginballs76's generosity during NBS BIF #8

Thin body just this side of black. Decent fuzzy tan head.

Nose is smoothe espresso. Not particularly bold, but incredibly smoothe and seductive. There's some chocolate and almost a marshmallow sweetness... I get a bit of s'mores, unexpectedly. Probably from the barrel?

Flavour steps forward a little bit more with a slightly stronger coffee bitterness but with a slightly green oak and bourbon vein that carries through to the sweet sweet finish. Fudgy chocolate and sweet cream and some rich caramel.

Thin body with a gentle swell of carbonation. Deceptively easy to drink. I kind of forgot that it's double digit ABV until the glass was empty.

Delicious BA Coffee stout that I'd been wanting to try for a while. Thanks Mike!!

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - 1/2 finger tan head atop a pitch black body.

S - coffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, a hint of barrel.

T - oak, vanilla, chocolate, honey, molasses, with just a bit of coffee. The barrel is much more of a factor in the taste. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - if this had a thicker body it would be a world beater. As-is it’s super tasty. Really glad to get a chance to try it.

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Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mando31
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

Appearance
Jet black. No light penetration. Short head dissipates immediately.

Nose
Sweet, caramel, bourbon, milk chocolate, coffee, raisin, and prune.

Taste
Sweet bourbon, caramel cubes, caramel cream, and white oak. Dark chocolate, medium roast coffee grounds with cream & sugar. Raisin and plum.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, chewy, oily, silky, smooth, and semi-sweet.

Overall
Nicely balanced and complex Imperial Stout. Easy drinking and well blended bourbon presence.

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2012 Vintage
Poured into a snifter.
3.55 / 5

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.

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Photo of npendres
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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