Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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 Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A- Head quickly recedes on top of a black beer. Able to see a couple millimeters down through the liquid. No lacing.

S- Fresh, deep coffee aromas.

T- Coffee is the real star here but large doses of chocolate as well. Beyond the coffee is a big time sweetness that leaves the mouth watering. Drinks right about at 8.5%abv.

M- Slick. Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D/O- The lack of head right off the bat was disappointing but other than that, a solid coffee stout. Believe it or not my favorite aspect of this Central Waters offering is the sweetness and how it compliments the coffee's boldness. Recommended.

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($9.99/4). Bottle dated Jan./Feb. 2012. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Opaque, very dark brown with 1/2" tan head that falls quickly and leaves thin, scattered lacing and rim of foam along edge of glass; effervescence at edges is almost unnoticeable.

S: Restrained coffee, bourbon, alcohol.

T: Roasted coffee, then some sweetness -- chocolate, vanilla, bourbon; followed by a bitterness that grows and lingers.

M: Thin-to-medium body, medium carbonation; becomes thicker feeling and creamier as its temperature rises and it coats the mouth; alcohol warming; slightly dry finish.

O: My favorite of the 3 recent CW bourbon barrel releases, including Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, Bourbon Barrel Barleywine and this, Peruvian Morning. Seems most balanced and very drinkable now -- I'll be interested in tastings over subsequent weeks and months.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Joeyuwp
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter

Bottle 2012

A- Pours a nice tan one finger head that dissipates to a bubbly ring around the glass, dark dark brown red color, splotchy lacing.
S- Really nice aroma, nice coffee upfront, dark roasted malt, slight hint of bourbon on the back end but hard to pick out.
T- Really smooth drinking, nice coffee flavors, the bourbon is a little more evident in the taste, some rich vanilla beans come out, slight sweetness, really nice.
M- Medium mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth drinking, rich sweetness.
O- Really enjoyable, really enjoyed the coffee notes balanced with the bourbon, really easy drinkability, a little too rich but nothing to take away from the beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to this beer for a long time. Pours black into the snifter. One finger of tan head forms and settles to a thin cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Complex aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. A little too bourbon forward but otherwise nicely done.

Has some really impressive bourbon/stout flavor. Perhaps not as balanced as I would of liked, but still very good. Besides the bourbon, there are notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of roast. Just a little bit of sweetness.

The carbonation at first is too fizzy. But after laying in the glass a few minutes, dies down and a smooth body developes. It still is not the fullest of imperial stouts, but is still good.

Arguebly not as good as Goose Island BCBCS, but since that beer is almost impossible to buy now, this is a very worthy substitute at a better price.

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Photo of adman08
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown with some ruby on the edges. On a hard pour there is a lot of tan foam that leaves some lacing.
S-Aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel with some bourbon and a hint of coffee and chocolate with a faint scent of alcohol.
T-Great blend of bourbon, vanilla, caramel with some chocolate and coffee. No one flavor overwhelms the others, very good balance.
M-Full bodied and overall fairly sweet but the coffee leaves a lingering dryness at the very end.
Overall, much better than I expected. Even with the high ratings I thought this might be too boozy or the coffee flavor might be too strong, niether were the case. This is a very balanced beer. The blend of flavors are outstanding, no one flavor overpowers the other. This is maybe the most balanced bourbon barrel aged imperial stout I've had. Shockingly drinkable.

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Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Crass3000
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as night with a TINY head that dissipates quicker than it pours out.

Smell is some definate coffee, some chocolate, some vanilla, roasted grains, and a slight bit of hops to balance the sweetness off although it is a tad sweet smelling. Smells really chocolatey too me which is nice. Definately some vanilla from the barrels too. Taste is a REALLY nice mix of a little coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Almost a perfect balance. I already wish I bought more. Really, really good. Mouthfeel is nice and thick for the style. What a great beer. Starting to get to the point of GI BCBS in taste. Not really there but for the price and availability this is under the radar.

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Photo of Penguin3200
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, the sun has risen over a glorious Peruvian morning! This sucker pours a beautiful dark brown viscous liquid with a minimal head. Smell is just awesome. Like the first time you grabbed a Starbucks Americano mixed with grandmas vanilla cream pie. taste is knockout good with the vanilla notes and coffee screaming through. Bourbon on the back end warms the throat as if you are chewing on humid peruvian volcanic air...whatever that is...

Mouthfeel is a little light, and I would like a bit more bulk to it. Finish is everlasting and wow what a beer!

Central waters is killing the bba beers.


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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour a dark brown with 1 finger or bubbly head. Sheets of lacing fall into beer.

S- Nice sweetness from the vanilla mix with a nice ricgh burbon and roasted coffee.

T- I get a real sweetness from the vanilla upfront and seems to finish with with as well. You hit the burbon in the middle and there is a coffee undertone throughout. Nothing overpowering, taste almost like a vanilla latte.

M- Medium bodied, noce carbonation. Nothing overpowering with boozyness, nice job of masking the 8.5%

O- Great beer, wasn't so sure at first but as the flavors mixed in my mouth i really liked the beer. Great sweetness with nice coffee and bourbon undertones.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2012. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with a light tan colored head. Coffee is the upfront dominant note but is then balanced with a nice, earthy oaky aroma. Dark chocolate as well. Medium mouthfeel, velvety. The dark roast coffee flavor again takes center stage but is not overbearing. The coffee is then backed by a nice dark chocolate note that then transitions to a slight bourbon flavor. The alcohol is there but isn’t "hot". A nice beer.

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Photo of motorhed
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a pint glass.

**Note** The warmer the beer got, the better i felt it tasted/smelled. Cool at best for this one IMO.

A - Black in color with a very light layer of head on top, head reduces to next to nothing within a couple of minutes. No lacing anywhere to mention.

S - Sweet chocolate followed by bourbon, vanilla, and a light coffee note.

T- Light hop bitterness upfront with a creamy chocolate flavor, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee through the middle of the beer and a finish warmed by alcohol. A bit of a dry finish.

M - Medium body and and light carbonation on the bottle i had. I thought it finished a bit dry but is very well balanced given the ABV.

O - Very very good beer, awesome flavors and nose coming off this beer with every sip. I think i can summarize this beer as: i've had few better and many worse in this style. I'll buy this annually anytime i can get my hands on it, it's excellent.

Only subjective comment on this brew is that i think there could be a tad more coffee added to better balance the bourbon/vanilla flavors. This is completely subjective based on what flavors i value more prominently in a beer.

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Photo of brydeen
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown. Leaves a very thin bubbly, tan head, but it dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing.

S: Lots of sweetness in the nose. Vanilla, toffee, and really subtle bourbon. Hints of oak, and roast from the coffee, but very subdued. Smells great.

T: The sweetness and roasty qualities play off each other very well. Sweetness from the bourbon with a slightly bitter bite from the coffee. Very balanced flavor with no one element dominating. Coffee flavor is a bit flat and stale though.

M: Medium bodied, with higher than expected carbonation levels. Not quite as creamy as expected. Thinner than most BA stouts.

O: A pleasant drinking experience. Extremely easy drinking. Excellent display of barrel aging finess. The bourbon doesn't dominate the flavor, but gives it a nice sweetness. The coffee is really the only flavor that lacks a little here. I remember liking this one more in the past.

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Photo of bootsdomino
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, 2 finger tan head that goes away slowly, carbonation slow but sure

S: Bourbon, coffee, touch of vanilla, good stuff

T: Very nice taste, chocolate's, bourbon, very good stuff

M: Smooth & creamy, nice carbonation

O: Hold onto this stuff and Journey!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a nice deep black with a half finger head that dissapears very fast.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and not as much coffee as I excpected but still their.

Taste is unreal, vanilla, sweet malt, chocolate, bourbon and a splash of nice coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy

Wow what a beer. If you get Central Waters go grab some of this it is worth it.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Nice and fresh.

Pours very dark brown, black in the middle but coffee brown at the edges. Minimal medium tan head, nice lacing, but where's the foam?

Smell is simply fantastic. It opens with soft vanilla bourbon notes, followed by nice smooth coffee, with the roasted malts rounding it out. Really well balanced, with all the components maintaining their individual identity, but coming together so well.

This is how I like my bourbon barrel beers. The bourbon is there, but it's not the only thing there. The rest of the beer comes through really well, and the barrel just adds a layer of complexity. Oaky vanilla, some bitter chocolate, and a hefty dose of roast. One of the better-balanced -bal stouts I've had, and I really like the way the stout, coffee, and bourbon flavors work together. I am impressed.

Not as hefty as many big stouts, but I'm fine with that. It's smooth, and has more body than their other stouts (I find Satin Solstice and their BBS to be rather thin). Not quite enough carbonation, IMO. But solid.

This is a really good beer. Excellent integration of the various pieces, and they add up to more than the sum of the parts. Smooth, rich, and just delicious. I also love that they sell it in 12 oz. bottles, so I can actually drink one solo.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a 16 oz. snifter.

A- pours black with a nice cola 1 finger head. Small blotching remains on the glass.

S- a whiff out of the bottle smelled like a chocolate shake, but differs out of the glass. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee all stick out.

T- bitter chocolate hits first with bourbon and vanilla to follow. Very nice coffee flavor finishes this beer off.

M- medium body and carbonation. Abv is hidden well with no heat at all.

O- very good BA coffee stout! I have had a year old bottle and it tasted a bit sour almost, not infected sour, but just off. Think this is a beer best drank fresh, so drink'em if you got'em.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of znichols
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 edition poured into Great Divide snifter

A-Jet black, thick pour leaving a sawdust colored head that last only a minute then turns to spotty chunks. lacing is average. Looks pretty complex and tasty.

S- Deep molasses and oak are present. There's a hefty coffee smell too with some booze, slight chocolate, bourbon essence, and slight vanilla. Smells pretty good. Not overly aromatic but good aromas here.

T-Wow, very tasty Imp. Stout here. Sweet alcohol and creamy caramel are present right away then the coffee comes in towards the middle. The finish is slightly roasty with some bourbon quality. A lingering espresso and booze element. This is what a big coffee beer should taste like.

M-Not quite as slick and creamy as expected. The body is medium to heavy and the carbonation is slightly high. Let it warm up and breathe for maximum enjoyment.

O-This is one of the best coffee beers available, i believe. I rank it up there with Great Divide's Espresso Yeti and Bell's Java Stout. The base stout isn't quite as delicious as Yeti, but they nail the coffee element in this one. Not over the top, but its there and tastes like fresh,boutique coffee. Not stale, like someone poured a cold, gross cup of Starbucks into your stout, yuck. Let it warm to nearly room temp for pure espresso, bourbon, and rich vanilla flavors. Yum.

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Photo of Steggun
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 92

2012 vintage bottle (January 2012) served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/27/12.

Appearance: Pitch black color, opaque, with a thin later of brown highlights atop the glass and tiny ruby highlights at the bottom. Pours a half finger of creamy tan colored head that recedes into a thin ring around the glass. Average lacing with some decent cling. Lacing is a little oily. 4/5

Smell: Chocolately bourbon and light coffee. Brown sugar, campfire marshmallows, raisin creamy chocolate, tiramissu, vanilla extract, and roasted coffee. The bourbon flavors are kinda sweet and very smooth. A little shortbread cookie. Faint alcohol notes as the beer reaches room temperature. 4.5/5

Taste: Liquid tiramissu. Some super smooth, mellow bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin/fig, and creamy chocolate. Quite drinkable. Not tasting any coffee. Light alcohol warming effect as the beer warms. Increasing "straight bourbon" flavors in the finish as the beer warms, throwing off some of the balance. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, no carbonation. A little thin and watery for the style. Smooth, slightly sweet finish. 3.5/5

Overall: An absolutely delicious barrel aged stout that is slightly undermined by an overly watery mouthfeel. More flavorful as it warms, but the beer tastes better and is more balanced when it is 50 degrees. Drink this one on the colder side of cellar temp.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out. This is a very balanced barrel aged beer (at least until it reaches room temperature).

Pairings: Dark chocolate fondue.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack.

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,447 ratings.
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