Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning
1,447 Ratings
Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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
2015 Tap only release

Added by brdc on 01-29-2008

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.


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Photo of tfidler
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of m2thesea
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gmoney1974
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zenk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Tamarack22
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of uwmgdman
4.24/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of travMI13
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new-to-me bourbon barrel imperial coffee stout, acquired in a trade with robbiemoy13. Thanks again, man.

2012 vintage. Bottled in January 2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very murky brownish-black with deep reddish hues. Very little head whatsoever, and it dissipates very quickly. This also looks like the body is very thin. Almost reminds me of coffee, which I suppose is fitting. I've seen imperial browns and barleywines look like this, but never an imperial stout. Appearance-wise, I don't dig the looks of this.

S: Whoa. Don't judge a book by its cover. Huge chocolate and vanilla notes. Almost like rich chocolate cake. A touch of coffee, and a touch of oak and bourbon. The nose on this is perfect.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front with some bourbon and vanilla coming in on the back end. The finish is definitely the bourbon heat, but it's nice, warming, and smooth. The flavors all blend together beautifully. The taste does the nose justice, but it doesn't quite live up to it.

M: Silky, smooth, and very little carbonation. I expect a thicker mouthfeel with an imperial stout, and that is missing here. Just as with the appearance, this reminds me more of an imperial brown than an imperial stout. Pleasant, to be sure, but not entirely true to the style.

O: This is a really good beer that I am thrilled to be able to try. If this was available to me, I would likely by this semi-regularly. I would not look to this if I was dead set on having an imperial stout because it is not very true to the style. However, that doesn't take away from how good this beer is. Certainly interested in trying more from Central Waters.

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Photo of engberg88
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of my MIDwest connect. Cheers Allen!

From 03/14/12 notes
*12oz with a Nonic taster glass

A: Pours a real dark cola brown color. Looks thinner in appearance than expected. Turbinado sugar foam that never fully heads. Some light alcohol legs upon the glass.

S: Smells of roast coffee beans, burnt caramel malts, and bourbon with those hints of vanilla and earthy wood smoke. Coffee is real fresh and pronounced. Real nice aromas.

T: Tastes of fresh ground coffee with tons of vanilla flavors. Burnt caramel sugars. Slightly on the sweeter side with some alcohol warmth. Really smooth with an earthy hop presence. The bourbon influence is just right. Doesn’t compete with the coffee notes at all. Really nice.

M: Light frothy mouthfeel wrapped in more of a med-heavy body with a slight oily viscosity to it.

D: This was a real nice treat with some great complex flavors in good harmony. Lots of vanilla and coffee going on. Bourbon was just right and not over blended. Mouthfeel was a tad thin but didn’t detract. Solid balance. Glad I have another one of these to enjoy!
Would def recommend.

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Photo of TonyTalon
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of will1256
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours very dark brown, almost black, looks a little thin coming out of the bottle. One finger light tan head disappears quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

Lots of coffee in the nose, with some sweet caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Very nice.

Sweet coffee flavor, like a caramel latte. I like that the sweetness reduces the bitter roastiness you sometimes have with coffee stouts. Definitely sweeter than many in the style, but that's ok with me.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, with a medium, slightly prickly carbonation. Carbonation settles down a bit after it sits for awhile.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. Would be a good dessert pairing due to the sweetness - maybe creme brulee or a flourless chocolate torte. CW is really stepping it up recently with this one, the Bourbon Barrel Stout, and BBBW.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel brown, but black in the glass. Bubbly tan 1cm head. Low retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is fantastic. Big, bright and robust fresh coffee with some nice vanilla and nuttiness.

Flavor is very nice. Wonderful big bright roasted coffee that just lingers on the palate. Coffee , coffee and more robust coffee. But blended quite well.

Medium bodied with medium+ carbonation.

Overall this is a coffee lovers dream beer. Fresh and robust all around. A real nice beer.

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,447 ratings
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