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 JayCheG
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a solid, deep black with a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Not much in terms of lacing.
S: Yum, nice mix of bourbon and vanilla up front. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
T: I love how Central Waters blends their beers. They could put this in a bar form and sell it as candy! Lots of bourbon, coffee and vanilla very well blended. Hints of chocolate.
M: Slightly lighter body then a lot of other stouts but it works
O: Delicious, lots of flavors and mighty sweet. Central Waters knows how to do this kind of beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2014 vintage

A - Very dark murky brown with a 1 finger light tan head. Fades quickly into a very thin ring and leaves behind small spotty lacing.

S - Notes of coffee and bourbon with some chocolate stout aroma.

T - Soft notes of coffee, bourbon, and caramel layered on top of a delicious dark chocolate stout. The coffee and bourbon seem to have some tangy flavors that grows over time. I feel this is why it starts to have a tartness to it after some months. There is also some wood on the finish.

M - Not as smooth as it could be. It is pretty good, but it should be velvety. I'm not concerned by the medium light body, but it prickles the tongue. Carbonation is decent for the style.

O - A winter treat that is fun and easy to drink. I do not age this as it begins to turn tart over time. Enjoy it fresh for maximum flavor.

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Photo of don1481
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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 JerUrbans
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2013, I aged for 1 year.

Very dark brown nice tan head, did not see a single bubble come up after pour. Smell of chocolate and light bourbon. Wow the flavors have blended so well. This beer is way better with some age on it. Drank one fresh last year and bourbon flavors were way over the top. I taste chocolate, bourbon, a little bitterness from the roast, and nice smooth vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, compared with other Central Water stout which tend to be on the thinner side. Nice and smooth.

Overall, this is a beer for ageing. I have two more bottles form 2013 vintage and I will drink one as a two year, and one as a three year. This is coming very soon to my local and I will be buying a case to age.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is dark and opaque with about a finger of light, frothy, short-lived foam. The nose is surprising. I expected coffee and got something very reminiscent of CW BB Stout. It's rich and malty with mild roasty notes, with hints of vanilla, oak, and candied fruit.

Nice full body, firm feel, and rich flavor. It tastes a lot like their CW BB Stout. I do get some coffee notes, but not as much as I expected. The coffee is not out in front. It is subdued and masked by malt, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. There are no objectionable flavors or qualities and the beer (like the BB Stout) is very pleasant to drink. It is smooth and silky with no aggressive flavors. On the finish, I get hints of bourbon, mild alcohol warmth, and a little vanilla and sarsaparilla.

An excellent beer, but frankly a little bit of a let-down since I expected more of a coffee presence in this beer. I had to trade for this, so it's possible that the coffee is much stronger when it's fresh. I would definitely try this again some time if I can score some more in the future.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle into a CS snifter. My knock on CW is how thin their BA stouts are. I think I am going to lift my foot off of the pedal on trying to get them from here on out.

A- Transparent around the rim. Medium brown, with minor/medium lacing around the rim.

S- Chocolate, bourbon is faint, but the beer smell pretty good. Malt, toffee and dark fruits in the background.

T- Mild bourbon, pretty watery. Some chocolate. Some malty taste.

M- Waaay to thin for my liking.

O- It was ok.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark as night with a one finger head that is a dark beige or light brown. Smell is a tiny bit of vanilla, definitely some coffee, dark fruits, and no hop presence that I can smell at all. Taste is a little bit of bourbon, some decent coffee, vanilla, and the obvious dark fruits. Not sure if this is an old six pack as it isn't as coffee forward as this beer usually is. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and thick. It's no BCBS but it is thicker than most. Overall this is a great beer. I know it's better fresh. This must be an old six pack.

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I previously had a rating of 2.5 for this beer based on bottled version that was not infected. Beer always had a very odd, chemically vanilla note that overpowered the beer.

New rating is based on tap only release that they brewed in 2015. Nothing is remarkable about this beer. Very mild vanilla and coffee notes, barrel is present. Not bad, but not great. Would rather drink their regular Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Photo of onefmatt
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

A: Brown/black relatively opaque beer w/ tan head

S: Vanilla aroma, subtle coffee aroma

T: Sweet vanilla w/ coffee and toffee, subtle bourbon flavor

M: thin body given the depth of the taste, medium carbonation

O: a very tasty coffee stout, well on par w/ even the likes of KBS, especially given this is more widely available

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

The non-infected kind.

A Murky brown/black. Thick brown head. Slow dissipation. Foam and lace remain down the glass.

S Quite aromatic. Cocoa bean. Espresso. Huge malt fragrance. There's a sweet and nutty smell. Roasted chestnuts. Toasted grain.

T Big blast of bitter coffee. Toffee. Dark Chocolate. Burnt sugar. Dark dried fruit; raisin, prune, dates.

M Good clean boozy finish. Hot but enjoyable. Medium thickness for the style.

O I have been going nuts over this beer. I have never had, and I've tried and tried, a non-infected bottle. I finally got lucky. Wow! Great stuff. I love a good coffee stout that doesn't go overboard with the sweetness. This is damn near perfect with it's bitterness and sweetness. Loved it. Yikes, it's been a journey but now I finally got what everyone else has been talking about.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Aaron for the bottle of this long time want. Opened on a gloomy evening in NE KS. No abv listing on the bottle. Poured at refrigerator temperature into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a sand colored cap of head which quickly receded into a thin ring. Black body with brown highlights. Left some nice wisps of lacing on the side of the glass. Just fine for the style.

Smell: Right on the nose you get bourbon barrel, stone fruits, dark chocolate, cream, and dark roasted coffee. While the coffee is not as strong as the bourbon it compliments it well. Amazing nose.

Taste: Spicy, vanilla oak bourbon barrel up front. That really nice coffee roast, chocolate and cream. The bourbon is much stronger than the coffee and a stronger coffee presence would have made this much more enjoyable.

As it warmed the there was a boozy bite at the end. Making it seems like it was stronger than 8%.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Very warming.

Overall: Overall a nice bourbon forward stout with some great roasted coffee flavors. The coffee they chose worked great with the barrel but I feel like more of the coffee would have only made this that much better. Regardless, a recommended bourbon barrel coffee stout. No signs of infection.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 50°F, into a coffee mug.

A: nice, dark, black with a thin head.

S: bourbon and coffee in the nose...

T: wow. sour! not what i expected this morning. finished it, but under protest. I don't get much of the malt, or the barrel.

M: thin, fizzy, tingly.

O: I think I am victim of the infected batch. This is the second one of my 4, and not any better. had given it some time to age, but that hasn't helped, may actually be worse for wear.

Oh well.

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Photo of drewfull
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage drinking a fresh one & aging two more. Thankfully, not infected.

Appearance: Pours with little head and not too much carbonation. Beautifully dark brown though, without much lacing.

Smell: All bourbon here. Strongly oak, bourbon with a hint of coffee/malt. Almost overpoweringly bourbon though.

Taste: The taste is a little more nuanced than the smell, with a stronger hint of that coffee and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I'd hoped. Feels pretty similar to their scotch ale in terms of depth.

Overall: A pretty darn good beer, but not quite a great one. Will definitely buy again next year, and look forward to seeing how the other two i taste at this time next year!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013 release, "2342 73W0755" on bottom of bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Peruvian Morning is now something of a local game: will it or will it not be infected. The batch that I purchased from seems to have mild infection character (the slightly detectable raspberry tartness), but nothing that disrupts the other flavors of the beer or is even out of place in a stout. The bourbon here is still the main focus, as in their BBS, but the coffee and roasted malts do become accentuated at certain moments. Reminds me at times of what a bourbon barrel Belgian stout with modest fruitiness could taste like. Still, I'm not sure I'd consider this an excellent beer no matter what: the ethanol is too noticeable, the coffee is too subdued by the bourbon and aging, and the roasted malts are not prominent enough for my liking. If I see this again fresh in 2014, I'll pick one up to see what it's like then, but this is one I'd not seek out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark khaki to brown-colored foam, retention lasting about one minute, fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, a semi-dense matrix of medium-sized splotches/dots and thicker lines that occasionally branch and spiderweb. Body is a dark brown to black color, light not bringing any changes to the opaque, black hue. Carbonation is visible rising towards the top of the glass, along the sides only, where the residual cap of foam meets the body, appearing medium in number and activity.

Bourbon is the dominant scent, but the aroma of bourbon is still moderate compared to their straight bourbon barrel stout. Other scents include roasted malt/mild chocolate, slight hints of stale coffee, lightly acidic sweetness, and very faint tart raspberry.

Overall flavor of moderate, not overpowering bourbon; very mild coffee; and roasted malts that have been sweetened somewhat by the pale malt base and the fruity, slightly tart raspberry-like esters. Opens with gentle bourbon, slight coffee, light chocolate and very faint tart raspberry esters on the front of the palate. Mid-palate experiences bourbon, mildly acrid roasted malts, some semisweet chocolate sweetness, mild ethanol, faint tart raspberry, and very faint coffee. Back of palte notes ethanol, bourbon-soaked charred toast, minor coffee, and faint, tart raspberry. Aftertaste is quite nice, of roasted coffee with fairly dark, slightly sweet chocolate, minor bourbon character, faint ethanol and tart raspberry ester: I feel that this is probably as close to the intended flavor as possible.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low carbonation, leading to a soft, slightly foamy mouthfeel that comes across a bit slowly as a result of the low carbonation. Higher levels of carbonation would do significantly more to make this somewhat more foamy on the palate and also enhance its ease as a slow sipper. Ethanol is fairly easily felt in the nostrils and back of the throat, somewhat surprising given the relatively low ABV here. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate. In general, a fairly mediocre presence as this goes across the palate.

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Photo of nmann08
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Fizzy carbonation, but almost no head, looks thin.

Smell is very sweet. Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, cherries.

Taste is so smooth and balanced. 2 years on this is a good amount it seems. It's sweet caramel, coffee finish, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is really thin, light, but drinkable.

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Photo of ianjmiles
2.82/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if this ones infected...or if this beer is just that mediocre

It looks and smells well enough, a deep, dark brown with moderate head due to an aggressive pour. I pick up bourbon and coffee in the nose and perhaps a bit of cocoa.

First Not at all what I was expecting. Quite sour and fruity tasting. Upon warming this became less noticeable, but if you ask me, fruit has no place in a coffee stout.

Especially considering the price, this one was a big letdown. Reminds me of a breakfast stout that I let sit for 5 or so months...the coffee fades too far back and the flavors become confused. Not quite a drain pour, but close.

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Photo of Brabander
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle last week from my American beerbuddy who lives in Holland; trevorjk! Thanks Trevor for this outstanding beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer has some problems to get a decent head. I had tou pour it strongly to get some.

Smell is outstanding with rich chocolate and actually the smell of beer....and bourbon off course.

Taste is extreme. This is a very drinkable brand stout. It does not have the strongness of the equal beer the guys from Goose island make. Pleasant, very pleasant beer.

The chocolate gives the beer as super mouthfeel. Bring me more please?

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-rate summer of 2013, fresh bottle. Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a tight creamy dark tan head. Nose is extremely rich, tons of chocolate cake and smooth roast coffee. Tons of rich malt depth with notes of vanilla and a hint of wood. Taste is more coffee forward, a touch sweeter, still has some rich cakiness but not quite as put together as the nose. Body is full, extremely smooth and creamy with a hint of thinness in the finish. No bitterness through the finish that many coffee stouts get.

A-transparent dark brown color, hues of ruby red and dark mahogony. thin tan head, very bubbly disipating quickly leaving no lace.

S-not huge but present with notes of coffee up front, hints of molasses, tobacco with a touch of sweet caramel setting in next. toffee takes over with dark fruits and lots of them towards the back, tons of cherries with notes of raisins.

T-big notes of coffee, light molasses with hints of dark chocolate. toffee in the back with just hint of cherries and raisins.

M-medium to full body and very smooth. a little thin for an imperial stout but all the creaminess it should have. nice carbonation to hold up throughout.

D-nice notes of coffee and reasonably flavorful. hints of sweetness and a decent feel. prerty solid but nothing super special.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Received this botttle from Sheffield's in Chicago, and poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip...

A - Pours a dark cola brown, with a small 1/2 finger of light brown head.

S - Aromas of coffee, and some slight bourbon and tabacco notes.

T/M - This brew has some weird dark fruity tannins that evolve into a bourbon coffee stout. Medium mouthfee, with average carbonation with almost no alcohol burn

O - This one deson't really hit the notes that I look for in a bourbon barrel stout. It's a good beer, not great. I probably would not purchase this one again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ElderPuma for the extra!

A- Cola colored body with a thin, creamy tan head. Leaves slight lacing on the glass.

S- Big bourbon aroma up front. Vanilla, oak, coffee, hints of chocolate and caramel, and a tiny bit of leather.

T- Coffee and vanilla stand out the most. Slight booziness comes in towards the middle. The finish is more vanilla, tons of coffee and hint of caramel.

M- Pours slightly thin with some fizzy carbonation. A big sipper, but the feel lacks slightly.

O- The aroma and flavor make this one a keeper. Big flavors, tons of bourbon and coffee.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin, carbonated and fuzzy head. Not as good looking as most stouts.

S-Chocolate, coffee, sour fruits. Not too pleasing

T-Sour as hell at the front, at the middle, and the finish. Maybe this is a bad bottle, because I am finding no depth or nuances despite its 93 rating.

MF-Watery and overcarbonated.

O-Tastes like a stout mixed with a flanders with the mouthfeel of a diet soda. This was very disappointing, but perhaps I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of TheEarl
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into two tiny snifters on June 1, 2013.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid, mocha foam with decent retention for the ABV.

Aroma: Potent notes of coffee, oak/vanilla, bourbon, and caramel.

Taste: Coffee notes up front, leading to dark chocolate bitterness and roast, fading to a sweet and caramel note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin.

Overall: Peruvian Morning is a great barrel-aged coffee stout. The coffee is well balanced, doesn't appear to have faded too much, and isn't at all stale tasting.

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Photo of guityler83
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slow receading tiny bubbles in a latte foam / tan color. Dark dark brown to black color, hints of light peak throught the edges of the imperial pint glass.

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, dark candy sugar and roasty malt dominate the nose. Alcohol is detected, possibly the bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Big chocolatey, coffee and toasty malt sweetness. Complex! and balanced and the same time. Bitterness is strong and only punctuates the amazing roasty, vanilla, chocolate of this beer.. wow, drink this one on the warmer side.

M: Tingly tounge sensation, possibly from bourbon? big chewy body and low carbonation. zero astringancy or alcohol warming.

O: A.. fucking.. mazing.. central waters is an asset to the state of WI and is often over looked by the beer geeks here. Too bad.. Peruvian Morning rivals the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ZADS! What a MOUTHFUL! One of the strongest - could be THE strongest stout I've ever had. Kinda like if you palette knifed the tar off a cigar stain and scraped up the residue of dried espresso and dissolved it in bourbon stirred with a vanilla stick. Thankfully - one of the reviewers caught that vanilla whisper - it escaped me until I went back and read the reviews - vanilla was that "odd unidentifiable edge".

I usually expect a stout to stand up to a cigar - in this case I wonder if a maduro could handle THIS stout. Just sayin'.

A = Very dark brown and opaque with a thick stubborn mocha head.

S = Stoutishly caramel and coffee with burned oak.

T = Espresso, woody, bourbon with a vein of vanilla.

M = Full body cream; the very nice mouth feel is interrupted with knife of bitterness.

O = I'm OK with this beer as a stout but it is a heavyweight for beginners in stout enjoyment. I am STILL quite jarred by the flavor profile and that was OVER an HOUR AGO! I think the best enjoyment of this beer for me is paired with a dark maduro; a longlasting Churchill.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Raul picked up this thang as an extra in a trade - shout out to tha homie for being Mother Theresa-like.

Raul was pumped at first; looks like a nice stout, smells even nicer than my baby mama after a quick spritz... But unlike said baby mama, the taste... Woo doggy! A bit sour, a bit funky, and a bit off. Taste like Raul's baby mama this does not. It just leaves this residual nastiness on the tongue...

Raul does not approve.

*was this infected? So weird.

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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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