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 Cvescalante
3.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This is an infected bottle review, so take it for what its worth..

A- Pitch black big light brown head that held up well, sticky lacing

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, some tart cherry, a little woody

T- This one is interesting.. A little tart right of the bat, I'd say tart berries, some chocolate and a hint of roastiness..

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O- I was hoping to land one that wasn't infected, but I was let down. Even if I was expecting this one to be a sour stout like "funk metal" or "tart of darkness" I'd still be let down. Since I got a "sour stout" I pretty much rated it according to that style, and I feel like it was average at best with that mindset. I'd really love to get a bottle that wasn't infected, so I can see what this beer is supposed to be all about.

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Photo of langchops
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into BCBS snifter, thanks Bob!

A- Pours a deep brown with slight light brown head. A little lighter than expected

S- Got the coffee right off the bat. Alocohol in there are well, but the coffee dominates the nose

T- Follows the nose with the bitterness of the coffee overpowering the beer

M- Thin with a little more carbonation than I prefer

O- Too bitter and thin for my liking. Nothing I will be seaking out again

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Photo of Muthacack
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Ckobes. He warned me that this might be infected since previous bottles that he sampled were.

I sampled this with my friend as we poured it into two snifter glasses.

A- Pours a thick black with almost no head.

S-This is when I knew I had a sour bottle. Smelled really good, like freshly roasted coffee. Really deep espresso notes overpowered a faint sourness.

T- Coffee, really rich and dark is what really shines through but the aftertaste is sour, unlike anything I have had. Makes me wonder what this could have been.

M- Good carbonation but very thin and sour.

O- Very interesting, would have paired well with some Bruery beers. I went in expecting sour and was left with exactly that. If I was expecting a great imperial stout I would have been disappointed. Despite the sourness, this was good and unexpected.

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Photo of themind
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since the name Peruvian Morning suggests it's a breakfast type beer I slammed down twelve of these puppies one after another at 6AM Eastern time. Ok thats a lie but man is this stuff good! Little barrel, little coffee, little chocolate! Central Waters hit the nail on the head with this thing. I recommend seeking this out, it's that good. As it warms it just gets better. The carbonation is slightly overdone but its great none the less.

Bottom Line: Boom! head shot!

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Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 2013 alright

dark amber, almost black. i smell a very subtle burbon/oak scent, along with savory roasted grain, slight burnt chocolate, and gasoline. taste is big on coffee and cocoa at first, with an overly sweet dark fruit middle. the finish is surprisingly bitter, like black coffee.

tastes like a liquified grape tootsie roll pop

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Photo of oN3xM
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's been some talk about this year's batches being infected. This bottle definitely wasn't. Great color, taste, and aromas.

A - An opaque, deep, black color with a light tan, foamy head. Absolutely no light gets through this stout.

S - From the moment you pop the cap, a rush of sweet chocolately aromas hit your nose. The smell is very strong, but in a good way. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar smells, and of course rich, dark roasted coffee beans too.

T - Even drinking this beer, it's hard to not let the huge aromas influence the taste. A big sweet, vanilla taste hits your tastebuds up front, and then followed by that delicious coffee taste. There was subtle bitterness from the coffee flavors during the aftertaste, but it was a nice touch.

M - Lots of carbonation, a medium-thickness body.

O - If you're looking for a delicious coffee stout, I highly recommend PM. I'd definitely buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of tut2528
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours extremely dark brown borderline black, with minimal tan colored head formation. a slight film hugs the sides of the glass.

S: big big big bourbon notes, nicely integrated coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and slight sweet figs with a vanilla touch. i must say that this aroma is quite inviting.

T: massive bourbon and oak dominates this brew along. the coffee is very evident again and it sits in a nice balance with the bourbon and oak. the figs are more subtle here than in the nose, but do provide enough sweetness to help balance this beer out. the finish is slightly creamy.

M: on heavier side of medium bodied which is suitable for the style. but this aspect is this beers downfall. it provides a slight alcohol heat that lingers on the palate but the other flavors really aren't left on the palate for one to enjoy between sips.and it is a bit more carbonated that it should

O: i find this to be quite nice to be honest. it's not the most complex brew, but it is fairly well balanced. the flavors intermingle nicely, just wish that the palate was left with a bit more on it during each sip.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks for the awesome extra!). It appears to be notched by the 2013 tab so I'm guessing this is pretty fresh. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep dark chocolate with chestnut edges unfer the light and a quarter finger of manilla head that leaves nice trails of lace.

Smells delicious! Sweet bourbon, vanilla, coffee, cream and chocolate.

The nose wasn't just a tease. A delightful mixture of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, raisins and caramel. Wonderfully balanced with plenty of bourbon and coffee to keep those flavors present without detracting from any of the others. Only a mild taste of alcohol towards the back of the swallow.

Silky smooth medium body with fairly light carbonation. The finish lingers with (of course) more bourboned coffee along with dark chocolate and raisins.

An outstanding bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. What it lacks in body it makes up for in near perfect harmony of flavors and sheer drinkability. This went down easy and left me wanting more. Most definitely worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of Drtfinelli
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks JHorner77 for this PRIZE.

Poured a nice Deep Brown with a single finger Cream head.
Smells amazing. A nice touch of Bourbon sweetness.
Coffee roast and Subtly Sweet. This is similar to KBS.
Solid full feel in the mouth with the perfect carbonation.

If you can, try this amazing BA Stout.

I actually enjoyed this more than KBS. Heresy, I know :)

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black pour with a small ring of cream and a small covering in the center of the Half Acre globe glass.

Nice aroma of dark roasted malt and oaky bourbon. Slight coffee too.

Intense flavor of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate with some milk chocolate. Sweet but just right with a great roast finish. Impressive. Wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is world class. A silky, velvet smoothness coats the tongue. No lacing probably due to the oily coffee? No matter as the appearance, taste and aroma more than make up for this detail.

I love this beer. I find this equal to or better than Half Acre's barrel aged Over Ale but since they do not bottle it makes it difficult to compare and contrast. The brewer and whoever runs the barrel aging program at Central Waters deserve honors for world class accomplishments. The last barrel aged beer I tried from Central Waters was awesome and this one was equally enjoyable. A barrel aged dark beer lovers dream come true. An unbelievable value. A Grand Slam again CW.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - black, almost purple. About 1.5 inches of light brown head, dissipates semi-quickly to a crown. Leaves a light amount of lacing down the sides.

S - a little light, but very good. Smells like fresh ground coffee and vanilla. A teeny bit of booze.

T - extremely well done. Balance. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, tannin and barrel wood. Very very good.

M - good, but the weakest part of the beer. A little thin and a little higher carb than I'd like, but still quite good.

O - simple enough, this beer is shoulder to shoulder with KBS. Maybe not quite as good overall, but just a teeny tiny but away. I probably like the taste better than KBS, but the aroma and mouthfeel of KBS push it slightly ahead.

This is a badass beer.

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Photo of jokemon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I will make this short and to the point.

The coffee flavor is strong and I would have liked to get more of a bourbon taste from this. Overall this is a decent beer but I think I like their regular barrel stout more.

Props to CW for continuously putting out some good beer though!

quick note: there are rumors of infections in this beer. Some of them I've had have been sour.

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Photo of Benish
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass. No light penetrated through. A tannish 1 inch head was present but dissipated after a couple minutes. Noted smell of dark chocolate, sweetened brewed coffee and maybe some some black licorice. Once the beer was room temperature, there were strong bourbon notes present; in fact thats almost the only thing I can smell. Love it!

I first tasted this cold (straight out the fridge) and noted primarily vanilla flavored coffee and dark chocolates, and maybe subtle notes of black licorice. I had a coffee breath that lingered in my mouth. As it reached room temperature I noted more heat in the beer and obvious notes of bourbon. The bourbon almost overpowered the taste of chocolates and coffee. But that's what I love about this stout, as it reaches room temperature, it changed its complexity and flavor. The beer was definitely sweeter and had a more syrupy consistency at room temperature.

This is a great beer! I plan to store a couple bottles for next year. Being from WI, I will have no problem purchasing the next release and I look forward to doing comparisons between the two ages. Definitely recommend!!!

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Photo of Beerlover
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very excited to find out and try this beer, before this i had both the 2011 and 2012 vintages of the normal bourbon stout from central waters. their illumination double ipa is excellant, and the muddpuppy porter is in my top three porters.
smell: complex, strongly of bourbony sweetness, some coffee notes, roasted malts slight coffee and some...sourness?
mouthfeel: not as thick, creamy, and oily as other bourbon stouts but still pleasant.
taste: just like the aroma, balanced yet complex, but also has some sourness to the aftertaste, even in the taste before the aftertaste....wonder if this should have been refridgerated, bought 2 4 packs but were both on the floor....
still very good considering the sourness, soooo hard to find a coffee bourbon stout - the best of both worlds, i dont think anything will ever beat goose island thoe!

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Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for the four-pack!

A - Pours a dark brown body that lets some light through. Two fingers of light and creamy tan foam, thick lacing with decent retention.

S - All about the coffee here. I started off with a comparison to a French Vanilla hot "coffee drink" that you can order from a vending machine, but the more I smell this the more I get just a super rich and roasty coffee bean. Plenty of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Toffee is throwing me off here, its like a Heath bar. The more this beer warms and opens up the better it gets.

T - Smooth and rich coffee, french vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, and some milk chocolate. The bourbon has little interaction short of a vanilla kick and some alcohol heat on the finish. Its tasty and drinkable, but the coffee seems to be a bit too rich and oily. Mouth feel is medium bodied and very creamy. ABV isn't terribly high, but you can feel it for sure.

O - A very unique coffee profile. Its not the best BA coffee stout, but it is enjoyable in its own right. Been wanting to try this for some time now, thank you Kyle!

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Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage

Poured into a snifter this beer is black with some brown highlights and hints of a tan head that quickly recedes into the blackness of this brew. Aromas of bourbon and oak hit you first with a fairly high level of dark roast coffee also present. Taste is like the aroma, dark roasted malts with plenty of oaky bourbon with a slight vanilla quality. A weaker body than some of the other big BB stouts but at this lower alcohol level that is not unexpected. A fairly high alcohol burn for this alcohol level. Higher carbonation zing than most of the style. I prefer this over most beers from CW but it would benefit from either a higher alcohol content or less burn.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours thin into my yeti sniffer and with little fanfare. The head is small and of a nonlingering type. One thing though when held to light a beautiful rusty brown color is seen.
On the nose is a very dense coffee aroma which dominates thoroughtly. As it warms only then do other aromas come to the fore front. Chocolate and vinnila come in but very sutle as well as molasses but it to is quite sutle and must search for it.
As one might expect with this style, coffee essense is the starter here and its a big player. Dark black coffee, church pews, vinilla tannins and sweet sugars can be tasted. It seems to be lacking a malt taste. I can tasted a roastedness but only lightly malted barley. Alcohol is present too and warms you in too the aftertaste.
Slightly gritty and a tangy bitterness maybe from the oak.
A pretty good beer though I had better.

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

Deep brown pour with very little but some translucence. Small bit of head with average staying power.

Smelled of roasted malts, vanilla, warm bourbon, chocolate, and aromatic bitterness.

Taste begins with roasted malt up front that transitions into bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Transition is then into roasty coffee with a crisp finish to the warm bourbon. The flavors are wonderful, but seem disjointed slightly.

The feel of the beer is slightly thin when considering the forward bourbon. The thin feel is probably the worst part of an otherwise fantastic beer, especially for the price point.

Overall, especially impressive beer for how much it costs. As the first CW beer I've had, I'll definitely be sampling more of their drinks.

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Photo of Florida9
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Black, though shows to be a dark brown color around the edges. Actually, a little thin in color for an Imperial Stout. Forms a smallish very lightly tan tinted head. No retention. No lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Very pleasant. Smell is a cacophony of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet and inviting, like a freshly baked brownie.

T: The flavor is likewise impressive. The bourbon flavor dominates, but is not overpowering. Notes of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Mild oak quality with a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body, but thin for the (listed) style. Low carbonation (actually slightly undercarbonated). Very mild alcoholic heat. Mild bitterness.

O: Yeah, this is a very good to great single stout, which it is. It's not an Imperial stout, but it's still pretty damn good. Have to respect a BA beer that tastes like bourbon, but where bourbon isn't the only thing you taste. As for any infection: no, not in this bottle.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black with one finger of mocha head.

S - Vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate the smell on this one. Hints of chocolate and dark malts. Mostly vanilla.

T - Lots of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. A bit of bourbon heat and coffee, though the coffee is not near as pronounced as I thought it'd be. Tons of vanilla and chocolate in this beer. A bit too sweet, but very good.

M - Smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.

This is a very nice BA stout with lots of oak, vanilla, and chocolate, but not as much coffee as I expected. It's a great, very drinkable beer, but a bit sweeter than I'd like.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass. Expectations are high given current ratings, Duff27's recommendation, and my positive experience with Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout - which I was fond of. 2013 vintage. Brewed with Emy J's coffee. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Predictable for the style, which isn't necessarily bad. Though I have seen better heads - including on Central Waters' own bourbon barrel stout. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Subtle rich vanilla. Refined oak. Pleasant coffee and coffee roast notes; no coffee bitterness at all. I don't detect any hop aromatics, yeast, or alcohol. Dark malts. Cream. Light caramel. Luxurious buried roasted barley. Boy, the aroma gets better and better as it warms, really letting the marvelous coffee notes come through. Rich and decadent. I can tell this one is going to be good. A moderately strong aroma. I'm really excited. Chocolate malt. Quite bourbon-y, but not as much as the bourbon barrel stout; it's more subtle and integrated. A spot-on complex aroma for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

T: Light cream opens to the vanilla-dominant body, with subtle notes of oak and bourbon abound throughout the second act. A bit of chocolate malt, sure. Disappointingly, the coffee and roast are far more buried than the aroma suggested. I hardly get any coffee at all. The finish is a little problematic, with a touch of alcohol hitting along with a contrasting upsurge of caramel flavour. Indeed, alcohol is noticeable in this beer. No hop character comes through at all; any hopping is minimal. No coffee or malty bitterness. Some malty sweetness up front, but nothing overdone or bothersome - except maybe when you get further down the glass if you're drinking it alone. No yeast character comes through. I don't know that I can call it well balanced, but it's put together nicely until the aforementioned setbacks on the finish. Above all else, the complexity and depth of flavour just isn't as high as it needs to be for this to be truly great. And why is the coffee so muted? I love the subtlety here, but it's lacking what other better imperial stouts have mastered.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth. Great body. Good carbonation. Nicely wet without pushing it too far. Pretty good presence on the palate. Chewy. Could be a bit softer. I'd like to see the fragility and delicacy of great imperial stouts, but that isn't here. It suits the flavour profile pretty well, however.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle by meself - that's for sure. And it hides its ABV well. But I have to admit, I expected better. Granted, expectations were extremely high. It's not a great imperial stout, but it's a damn good one. I was perplexed by the lack of coffee in particular; the name of the beer alone seemed to suggest heavy rich coffee notes and that's just not the case here. Maybe that time in barrels made the coffee fade? Alcohol does make a brief appearance, but I wouldn't call it a boozy or hot beer by any means. It's certainly less alcohol-redolent than Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout. A little age might do it a favour.

In spite of my above notes, I do have to admit it gets considerably better as it warms; I served it too cold even with the rest period I gave it after removing it from the fridge. It's a tasty brew that I intend to revisit. Very glad I got to try it; thanks again Duff27! I'd definitely have this again - aged or on draught would be ideal.

High B+

It was fine out of a conical pint glass, but a snifter or teku would be ideal.

Aging could very well improve it.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours almost black with a thin brown head that disappeared pretty quick.

S. This smells like bourbon, coffee and dark chocolate.

T. This tastes like a little bit of coffee,miked with some chocolate and bourban. A wonderful combination with balanced flavors.

M. A full bodied creamy thick beer.

O. This is a great Imperial Stout with great balance and a drinkability that means you can have two.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2013 vintage. Will update this review if I ever stumble across an older vintage bottle. Excited to try this beer, one of the most highly acclaimed beers I've seen on BeerAdvocate in recent times, and my second beer from Central Waters Brewing Co., the other being Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA. On with it, then...

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black colored body with a beautiful creamy luscious one finger brown doughy head that quickly thins to a tan cap. Looks very nice. Thin wispy rings of scattered lacing.

S - Beautiful, pronounced bourbon vanilla soaked oak wood. The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Burnt brown sugar. Molasses. Dark candied fruits creep out as the beer warms. Some warming alcohol presence, but pleasant.

T - Silky, creamy bourbon vanilla / chocolate cocoa stout wonderment. Makes most every other beer I've had within the past year or so seem weak, simple, and irrelevent by comparison. A lovingly roasted bitter coffee bean presence begins to emerge by the third act, as the beer warms, followed by a vaguely spicy finish. So very smooth, highly drinkable, and yet utterly complex, I would certainly have no problem drinking several of these.

M - Creamy, silky, bitter coffee bean texture. Smooth and luscious; ridiculously drinkable for being an 8.50% abv beer. Leaves behind a dry powdery finish on the palate.

Overall, I haven't had the pleasure yet of drinking a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout or Bell's Black Note Stout, so I can't compare it to those, but this definitely ranks high among one of the best stouts, and one of the best beers, that I've tried yet. This is review #151 for me, and this beer has got to be in my top five for sure. A must-try beer.

Central Waters Peruvian Morning Brand Stout ---4.5/5

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Envelops for hooking me up with this one.

A- Pours a dark brown with a tan 1 finger head, minimal lacing.

S- An espresso aroma with roasted malts dominates the nose up front with strong hints of oak and bourbon. Also picking up faint hints of sweet licorice.

T-Roasted malts and bourbon upfront with notes of the sweet licorice that was picked up in the nose. Then the mild espresso flavor hits mid palate and blends nicely with the oak flavor from the barrels. Then finishes with a mild boozy tartness.

M-Medium body with higher levels of carbonation for the style

O-Nice complex beer, definitely above average for the style. The tartness at the end seems a little out of place though.

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Photo of dspolanco
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type- Bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip glass

Appearance- Solid black, motor oil like. No head, bunch of lacing.

Smell- Smell is simply divine. Coffee, Cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Then the oak bourbon barrels come in. Deep vanilla flavor.

Taste-Everything in the nose is in the taste and Wow. Upfront is the beautiful coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Then the bourbon barrels and vanilla shine!

Mouthfeel- Full just like a bourbon aged stout should be.

Overall- Simply a World Class beer. A pleasure to drink. Highly recommend to seek it out.


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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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