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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Peruvian MorningBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Peruvian Morning

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

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

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Ratings: 1,652 |  Reviews: 525
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pour black with less than an inch of mocha head. There is some lacing.

S - The coffee was noticeable immediately. After some warming the bourbon begins to come through with caramel and vanilla.

T - The taste follows the same path. Initially, it was coffee. Approaching room temperature released the bourbon flavors. The coffee faded to the background while caramel and bourbon replaced it. A lingering bourbon aftertaste was the final result.

M - Smooth and full with low carbonation.

O - I haven't been this worried about an infection since that time I hooked up with a chick in the parking lot of a Red Roof Inn. Luckily, both instances were infection free. This is an excellent coffee stout, but the infection rumors had me apprehensive. I am enjoying this beer very much on a borderline chilly Independence Day eve.

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Photo of Vixie
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark beer, not quite black, but close. Very little head, just minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of bourbon in the smell.

Chocolate, coffee, dried fruit are what I notice first. It finishes with warm bourbon notes and a lingering bitterness that is more like dark chocolate than hops.

The feel is probably the weakest part of this one, it seems thin for the style, would prefer a more silky smooth sensation.

In spite of the thin feel, there is a lot of flavor here. The different flavors blend well, leaving what I feel is a very nice dessert beer. This is barrel aging done right, enhancing the flavors without become overwhelming.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle, undated. Served in a tulip.

Pours an impenetrable black with a scant half-finger of thin, short-lived beige head. Leaves a thin fizzy cap and collar.

Smell is sweet and malty. Despite the bourbon barrel, what I'm smelling is rum; coffee sweetened with brown sugar and rum.

Oh, my goodness, that's fine! Taste is smooth, lightly sweet and eggy, like creme brûlée. Perked coffee, cocoa, walnut, coconut and vanilla. The coffee flavour is mild, again like perked coffee sweetened with brown sugar and the bourbon barrel character is understated, just a wee dab of tannin and liqueur.

Feel is smooth as silk and creamy, medium-thick bodied with adequate carbonation. Very, very slight boozy fumes in the sinuses and warmth in the gullet.

Overall, a worthy stout! Everything's as it should be: barrel character is present but not overwhelming, coffee is noticeable but not dominant, brew is sweet but not syrupy. No technical flaws detected. A most excellent breakfast beer.

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Photo of dustinxmatos
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So good. Overall I feel that it is an incredibly accurate BCBS clone if anything, but the more subdued alcohol content makes it it's own thing. Delicious brew and we'll worth chasing after. I'ma enjoy a second, cheers!

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark mahogany brown body; one-finger thick head, dense and creamy. Incredible dark roast coffee aroma; slight notes of rich milk chocolate. Big coffee-forward flavor blending nicely with a bitter chocolate and tobacco combination; some alcohol presence. Heavy body yet seems watery; warm and boozy.

The aroma and flavor are outstanding with this beer. Coffee and chocolate with a near-perfect balance of booziness makes this quite the treat.

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Photo of don1481
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage poured into pint glass. Good God, I hope I do not get sick from a third straight year of infected.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a beige head. No real sign of carbonation besides the head, but then again... even when I hold this up to the light, I can't see anything.

Smell: More bourbon-y up front than the barleywine, not quite as much of a hit as the bourbon barrel stout. Definitely has vanilla, chocolatey notes. Some coffee to pick up on.

Taste: Yeah, this is yummy. Smooth. Hits of vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Less of a bourbon taste than I was expecting, but it's there. The flavors melds together much more nicely than the bourbon barrel stout. Color me impressed.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Heavier bodied than the barleywine or the bourbon barrel stout. No residue at all left behind.

Overall: Dangerously drinkable. I'm gonna cellar this as well and check on it next year. Provided, of course, these aren't infected and recalled.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tjk135
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The smell of this beer is outstanding, however the bottle was infected and the taste was on the sour side. Would love to try the newer batch on tap as I sense there is an excellent brew behind the infection.

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Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sgoodship
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam to me from the very generous Hophead 101.

A: Dark brown, almost black with a mahogany glow on the edges against the light. Poured a nice finger coffee stained creamy head. Great lacing shows from the start. The head dissipates to a small head but then retains it throughout. Handsome looking brew.

S: Roasted malt, sweet vanilla, a little coffee and subtle booze.

T: Man, that's a tasty beer. The alcohol is there for sure but it is a part of a nice complex and robust flavor. While still chilled, I get a rush of the creamy roastiness with a bourbon kick. It's masked by coffee, vanilla and a tart dark fruit. Absolutely delicious. When warmer, the combination of smokey vanilla and bourbon is more intense and just sublime. Beautifully balanced.

M: Nice full body. Medium but very gentle carbonation. Creamy and very slick and smooth.

D: ABV is pretty low for the style, so it's very drinkable. It's incredibly robust but very well balanced. The bourbon flavor is strong without over-stepping it's bounds. Fantastic beer. I will be re-visiting this one.

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Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bordering on black with an inch of creamy tan head. Some floaties are present in the glass. Aromas of deep dark malts with a blast of fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Woody tannins and a kiss of bourbon. Creamy aspect as well, nice.

First sip is smooth, creamy dark malt backed up by a nice interplay of chocolate and coffee. Vanilla mixes with wood tannins and sweet bourbon notes. A bit of alcohol heat on the way down. Overall well balanced and the barrel character never becomes overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is creamy with good body. Not overly heavy which is nice. A tasty treat of a beer that I would seek out again if they brew it again! Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing this my direction.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, 2018 release. Pours somewhat hazy brown with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells and tastes of fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, and caramel; good intensity. The barrel flavors have a noticeable stout profile from the last beer it was aged on. Very clean taste throughout; almost too clean/stripped. Light sweetness and medium bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable even at 8.5%. Thinner body and above average carbonation for the style yet drinkable. Overall, it has a nice fresh coffee taste and good intensity, but is a little too clean with not enough heft.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pour: Black, Black, Black with a nice one finger tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly into a nice ring with some clouds. Small amount of bubble lacing. Attractive.

Nose: coffee upfront, some oak, some bourbon, dark fruit sweetness and vanilla.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose with coffee throughout, bourbon, deep roasted malts, oak and vanilla. Hints of molasses, dark fruits, brown sugar. Rich, complex and well balanced. The coffee isn’t overpowering which is often the case with coffee stouts.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation. Not thick but substantial with some oily characteristics but a dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Overall: really like this. The complexity is well balanced. Flavors emerge as it warms a bit. Clean mouthfeel. Would definitely buy again when in the mood for a coffee stout.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tripelz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Surprisingly, the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee but this is an outstanding barrel-aged beer that lives up to the high ratings that it receives. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,652 ratings