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Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark motor oil color with almost no head. not carbonating and looks somewhat flat.

S: Lots of bourbon aroma. It also has some vanilla and fig/dark cherry/sweet fruit aroma.

T: the coffee is mellow and not over powering (very nice), hints of cocoa, vanilla, raisin, plum, dark berries. It also has a very upfront oak bourbon taste. It's sweet, yet slightly bitter. The oak bourbon barrel and coffee blend well together to create a nice smokey flavor.

M: large body and creamy and tangy. Slightly boozy but well balance of sweetness mixed in with a slight bitterness

O: great morning beer verdict A

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hailster
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that I picked up at Club Liquor in Menasha, WI. I have had this on tap in the past at CW, but this review will be focused on the bottles I purchased.

Reviewing a bottle that I purchased in February 2013.

Appearance - Very dark with a medium brown head poured into a snifter. Head lasted for a few minutes.

Nose - Very strong smell of bourbon with a small amount of coffee behind the bourbon. Smelled like a good combination of the two.

Taste - Right out of the fridge it tasted mostly like sweet bourbon. After letting it warm up to around 50 degrees the coffee flavor came out a bit more and was a great blend of bourbon and coffee flavors. Seemed like the coffee was maybe a medium roast coffee.

Feel - Seemed a little light bodied for what I'm used to with a Imperial style Stout, I'd put this as medium bodied, but it fit this beer well. I think if this was a heavier bodied brew that it wouldn't fit it too well.

Overall - I'm pretty happy with this beer and think it has a near perfect mix of coffee and bourbon flavor. I was hesitant on buying this since I wasn't a big fan of last years batch but I am definitely happy that I picked this one up. I will be buying a few more four packs and will be aging at least one of the four packs.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A/ thin pouring, not as dark as 2012.

S/ beautiful. Coffee, vanilla, molasses hits the nose immediately from opening of the bottle through every sip.

T/ Not sure what barrels were used but they shine. Perfect coffee undertones that don't overwhelm. Taste is exactly like the smell, which holds perfectly.

M/ Coffee definitely cuts down on what the imperial stout mouthfeel should present. But that is quickly forgotten as the brew is slick and creamy, just feels great sliding down.

O/. Very solid. IMO crushes 2012. 2012 had a small metallic type taste in the bottles I had, maybe just bad luck. Will be purchasing more...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep brown when pouring and black in the glass with a thin tan foam across the top.

Aroma: Coffee is the first thing that hits the nose followed by sweet chocolate tones and some raisin. The bourbon is there but it's subtle. A very pleasant and inviting aroma overall.

Taste: Real nice matured flavor on this one. The bourbon oak aging seems to have completely cleared up any of the harsh malt bitterness that usually accompanies an Imperial Stout. Starts with a soft mix of dark malts as chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors creep on to your palate. The vanilla and sweet malt of the bourbon hits an apex at about the halfway mark and is almost goes unnoticed due to its smooth character. The second half is slightly harsher as the bitter coffee takes its turn on your palate. Finish is a little bumpy but smooths out in the end leaving you with a lot of coffee and a bit of an oaky flavor. No hop flavor anywhere per say, but an earthy echo in the aftertaste that must be their presence. The 8.5% ABV is really no where to be found except for the distant heat in the back of the throat which only adds to the enjoyment of this well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body but feels lighter. In this case the body of the beer is a double edged sword. On the one hand a light body makes it drinkable and keeps the ABV down but on the other hand a fuller body could make this one exceptional. The oak aging has led to superb drinkability and minimal carbonation for a smooth drinking experience.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of using coffee in beers as it tends to thin out the end result, but the use of bourbon barrel oak aging more than made of up the slight lack of body. This was my first Central Waters offering and they've done a fine job because I plan on exploring more of their full lineup. If BCBS is the king of bourbon barrel aged beers then I'd have to say Peruvian Morning is the younger and less refined prince. Would I drink it again? Yes, got a stash in the cellar.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark cola color with a deep ruby hue on the edges. Medium sized, light, bubbly, whispy, off-white head. Average retention with very little lace.

S - Fairly strong bourbon aroma along with a nice vanilla and slightly oaky aroma. Second to that is a strong roasted coffee bean aroma. Some baker's chocolate. A touch of burnt molasses.

T - Nice bourbon flavor with just a touch of heat. A fair amount of oaky flavor as well. Gives way to a dark roasted coffee flavor along with dark chocolate and baker's chocolate. Some fudge and vanilla notes in the back. Nice mocha flavor develops as the sip develops. Finishes with a slight heat and only a touch of bitter coffee.

M - Medium to full body. Slight carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Fairly drinkable despite there being a slight alcohol burn. Bourbon and coffee work fairly well together despite the fact that they don't exactly meld together perfectly. I had no trouble finishing this bottle.

Notes: Solid bourbon, coffee beer. There is a slight heat, subtle bitterness of coffee, and the flavors don't meld. Despite that, the beer ends up working. The flavors don't clash and stand well on their own bottom. Solid beer that is a nice little treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, dense, brown head that laces beautifully and has fantastic persistence. Acidic, sweet, tart, oak aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla behind it. Starts with a deep, toasted, roasted coffee flavor that has a tartness of floral hops, and big notes of vanilla and oak wood. Builds to a medium bitterness as the acidity blends smoothly with the hops. Finish is hop bitterness, toasted malt, coffee, and wood.

This is everything you could want in a big bourbon stout.
Coffee, roasted malt, and big, assertive notes of bourbon.
If you like big biers, CW is your brand. They make, bar none, the BEST barrel aged big biers I've ever had.
This is mesmerizing when you're in to mood for something assertive, bold, and complex.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. What a treat. This is a very well-balanced Bourbon barrel stout. Wonderful.

A - 1/2-inch head with a little lacing. Not highly carbonated. Black as night.

S - If you like the smell of Bourbon and chocolate (I do), you will love this.

T - Again, so well-balanced. The Bourbon, chocolate and coffee notes work in harmony with one another. Not one overpowers the other.

M - Smooth and velvety. Like French Silk Pie.

O - This is one of my new favorites and I will look for it everywhere I go.

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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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