Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning
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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 krl2112
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of afausser
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one on the shelf since late 09 or early it's nicely aged. Unfortunately didn't have an extra to crack at the time...guess I'll have to make another trip back through Wisconsin (if you're reading this and want Montana beers, trades welcomed!)

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a chocolate brown, not as opaque as I'd expect, letting a fair amount of light through, with about a half finger of head that subsides somewhat, but lingers longer than anticipated in the form of a ring around the glass and some foam on the top. The bubbles are uneven, with medium sized ones floating to the top pretty steadily, though it's by no means fast carbonation. As they linger on the edge of the glass, they get smaller and turn into a fine foam, which is closer to creme brulee in color than mocha. I would normally expect this beer to appear less carbonated and more slick, but this is a pleasant surprise for the style.

Smell: Somewhat abrasive in the nose, in the best way, with cool undertones. The hops bring just enough spice to blend with some nice chocolate and coffee malts that dominate the smell of this brew. Undertones of vanilla and cream--smells COLD, as much as that's possible. Even some subtle hints of raisins, cinnamon, and sour cherries...maybe even a little wine. Lovely--and, as it warms, interestingly enough, the sharper tones shine even more in the blend, with maybe a bit of smoke shining through.

Taste: This one is fascinating. First, it's cold and smooth--and that's not just the temperature it's at, it truly TASTES cold initially, with heavy cream and vanilla notes. Almost immediately, though, the taste turns to that of sour cherries, and the heat comes out (though it's not HOT, it just is a pleasant warmth) to be blended in with heavy chocolate notes. The coffee is there too, but the sour cherries, dark chocolate, and smoke dominate. And I'm not talking about as it warms--every sip starts with this cool, creamy, awesome taste that then warms with alcohol heat, cherries and chocolate. So great and unique. Slight but pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This one's about right, though not exactly what I'd call perfect. It's nice, cool, and smooth, but the carbonation gets a little foamy in the finish. I wonder though if this could be more crisp and still retain the excellent cold smoothness. Strikes me as a tough one, and this may be about as good as it could get.

Overall, this is one of my favorites, and I'm glad I took the time to review it. It's been a while for me with reviews, and I'd set this one aside until I had the time. I could sip this all evening (granted, it's a winter Montana). This is one of the greatest Central Waters brews I've had, and a great reminder of why they remain one of my favorite breweries despite being painfully inaccessible where I live.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. bottled on Jan. 2012.

A: i would actually call this body a very dark brown instead of black. head is a brownish white color and is made up of tight bubbles. retention is average w/ good lacing.

S: a lot of bourbon and oak off the bat. the booze is strong, almost too much so. beneath the bourbon some coffee notes are detectable. vanilla. chocolate too.

T: similar to the nose, my first sip is filled with a strong whiskey/bourbon flavor. the flavor is almost a little too bourbon-y and takes away from some of the other enjoyable flavors here. slightly astringent. there is coffee in there somewhere, but the bourbon astringent-ness is too much for me. tastes kind of like an infection?

M: body is pretty silky smooth. full bodied flavor.

D: finding this one a little too one-note, especially considering the note isnt exactly the best flavor out there. the astringency of the bourbon isnt enjoyable and is rather disappointing. it also could be infected which is a real bummer cause i was looking forward to this bottle. bummmed.

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Photo of JKIRBY
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger plus some of dense creamy lush light khaki colored froth... Solid retention... Once receded what remains is one of the smoothest creamiest lacings that I've ever encountered... The color is a deep dark mahogany... Opaque and dense... A mix of sluggish and moderate paced carbonation can be seen climbing the sides of the glass... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Rock solid aroma that is spot on for the style and my expectations... Assertive coffee is at the forefront... There are also ample amounts of chocolate and roasted malts... Plenty of caramel and toffee as well... A bit of light brown sugar as well... My only true critique is that the bourbon is oddly absent from the aroma...

T - The bourbon barrel aging that was absent on the nose takes center stage on the palette but is not overpowering... Light coffee... Chocolate nibs... Roasted malts... A bit of soy sauce... The bourbon notes also rise again on the finish and linger in a very pleasant way... Lots of good individual flavors but they don't quite come together in a harmonious way...

M - Walks a fine line between medium and full bodied... Sleek... Smooth... Light carbonation... Even and consistent...

D - A very enjoyable brew that did not disappoint... A potent mix of coffee and bourbon are both the dominate players and highlights of this brew... I can whole-heartly recommend and would gladly indulge in again...

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Photo of rodlavers
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am just having a 2012 now, on April 18, 2013. It tastes a bit like vinegar...smell is similar as well. PM does not taste or smell BAD, it'st just not very good after 16 months. I had a 2012 bottle in the fall that was much better then, but this is a bit disappointing. Will look for 2013 bottles just so I know what I am getting fresh.

January 2012 Vintage, poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with hints of blood red, relatively thin medium tan head. Smells fantastic -- bourbon, vanilla, molasses, malt. Bourbon and vanilla probably most prominent, with slight hints of fruit. Taste is similar, with bourbon and vanilla coming through strongest, nice hints of oak and coffee. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, but smooth, somewhat bitter on the end. Overall this is a great beer. Still, there are other Bourbon beers I enjoy more, but my bottle does not seem to be infected, and I'd like to grab another bottle for aging purposes, cheers.

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Photo of Auztan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mhksuccess
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured out bottle into nice glass
it doesnt have much head and look kind of boring
it has a nice smell of bourbon with hints of not sure lol (infection)
but overwhelming bourbon
the taste is smooth with of course overwhelming bourbon
little taste of vanilla and there is a lot of coffee with slight
bitter taste to the coffee but it is very enjoyable seem like is has a slight infection but could tell this beer would be good
i definitely am liking this brew but tend to like a different type of coffee flavor also that could be due to infection
but it is overall an good brew

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Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Samwhyz
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Wiscivore
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Splitting a bottle with my man VDubb whilst enjoying some Ninja Turtles action from our youth. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light whiskey, hazelnut, coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is a bit stronger (or it just blended more seamlessly with the coffee) and the tangible booze character is decidedly more pronounced, though not enough to warn me away with any success. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry-ish finish. Overall, a damn fine stout, the perfect combatant to the chilling weather and the sadness I felt in CW's normal coffee stout.

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Photo of Marty30
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of raffy313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 bottle courtesy of the generous Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a deep cola brown with just a skim of tan head.

Smell. Kalua and some dark malts. Smells really nice.

Taste. Quite sour, dark coffee and some dark malts. Nothing unpleasant, but the sour is strange.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Well, as I was warned it might be, this bottle is indeed infected. It's actually not bad tasting, but the sour and coffee don't really work well together. Still smells great.

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Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of elcrawl
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bryang002
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a nice dark brown finger worth of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice aroma on the first sniff consisting of nice coffee bean notes, plenty of chocolate, bourbon is noticeable, with some molasses, hints of toffee, a little oaky character, maybe a hint of vanilla but a little maple undertones.

T: the coffee bean character was also huge in the flavor with lots of sweet dark chocolate, some molasses, vanilla accents, a little maple coming through with a some booze heat that was well balance and of course that bourbon flavor that really brought out some complexity.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, coffee, chocolatey, bourbon oaky boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely a damn good beer and was really excited to try this one. good lookin out beezler for bringing this one down playa.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very nice looking deep black color, there was a nice thin head on top until the first sip killed it off. The lacing is very subtle. The smell of the beer gives off some wood aged bourbon-like aromas. I also pick up some fruit in there and vanilla. The taste of the beer gives off more barrel flavors some subtle coffee and chocolate and hints of vanilla in there too. It's also sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy on the carbonation and thin feeling. Overall it's still a really nice beer to say the least. It's worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of marine1975
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 1,447 ratings
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