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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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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, I’m giving it a whirl. This could be a great first Central Waters experience, or a bad one. I now announce this review...

2012 Peruvian Morning

Pouring it into a small EKU snifter, it’s black in color with a finger plus of khaki head. Pretty light-colored foam for the darkness of the beer.

Rich mocha aroma with hunky vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Dark chocolate, spiked coffee, whiskey, and oak. There’s a lovely sweet booze coming through, as well. A great addition to the other usual suspects.

I think I got (mostly) lucky! Lovely bourbon with a sprite woody character. The vanilla is much lighter than in the nose. Coffee and a less bold chocolate flavor. There is a faint seemingly out-of-place acetone-like off-flavor that mostly just manifests itself as a tannic bitterness (not sure if I’m overthinking here, but what I’ve described is there). It is this mouth-drying character that really cuts back on a lot of lingering sweetness in the finish.

Very thin-bodied for the style. With the mouthfeel suffering this badly, I have to say that the infection is here. Well-carbonated and the alcohol is very well-hidden, as well.

This can’t be that far off from the real Peruvian Morning. It tastes like a well-crafted barrel-aged stout, like a KBS Lite. The nose is exceptional. The body, well, is a little half-assed. I want to give this another try, and wouldn’t mind doing it with another of the same vintage. Still a plus beer. Excited to try two other barrel-aged Central Waters offerings that I own.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by SliverX in a recent trade. Cheers for all the brews man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2012

APPEARANCE: A light brown, transparent pour produces a one finger, thin looking, loose, fizzy, cream white colored head with horrible retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A light ring remains but leaves no real lacing. A very light and thin pour with a loose, fizzy, cola-like head. Poor showing.

SMELL: Roasted and sweet caramel malt, oak, sweet ceam and vanilla in there. Coffee and espress are definitely on board with a touch of bourbon as well. This is a coffee stout first and a barrel aged stout second. Not bad, but not really as balaced as I'd hoped.

TASTE: Roasted malts, lots of caramel sweetness and some bourbon barrel up front. Bourbon, oak and sweet creamy vanilla move in through the middle and into the swallow. Barrel, dark cherries and coffee bitterness in the bold but dry aftertaste. A lot more caramel, toffee, vanilla and dark cherry sweetness than coffee actually. Tasty enough, but doesn't exactly match the nose very well.

PALATE: Light body, medium carbonation and quite airy on the palate. Goes down alright and finishes pretty sticky. Not big and thick enough; definitely too light for the style.

OVERALL: The look and feel were basically like coke, which was a huge disappointment. The nose and flavor were alright, but not quite as balanced as I'd hoped. Too sweet in the flavor profile without the necessary coffee bitterness to support it. The barrel could have been more prevalent after the swallow as well. In the end, this one just didn't measure up. Glad to have tried this one, so cheers again SliverX.

EDIT: Drinking a 2014 now and it's pretty awful. There's a tartness in there and it's a touch hotter than it should be at this ABV. Really light in color and thin body too. Would score it a 2 at best.

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

Thanks Heatwave33 for the 2012 bottle! Im just coming off Hunahpu, so yea.

The body is damn well pitch black with an off white head. Head consists of a few big bubbles suspended in tight bubbles. nice lacing.

I was expecting a coffee stout, but nope. I mean theres a bit of coffee bitterness to balance out a nice oat ridden stout. Lighter body. Strong notes of powdered milk chocolate as well. maybe that bitterness I get is from dark chocolate.

Very light body and sweet. I get only a hint of coffee, but everything is just too light. I like the underlying semi-sweet cherries and other dark fruits. It almost feels like a super light quad with coffee added. Odd I know, but it kinda works somehow. The coffee I get is like an afterthought, comes in late, and over roasted and bitter. I get the dark chocolate from the smell, but its like that just adds to the mire.

Theres so much going on, it melds together a bit. i would love to see a bit more balance and more coffee flavor. its sweet and bitter, which isnt really what I expected. I like how those flavors feel and finish, but the taste could use some work.

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3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from '12

A: Deep brown color with a thin white head. Came off as thin

S: Aroma was of coffee and malt. Nothing overwhelming to the nose. Did not have any infected/sour nature to it. Blend was quite pleasant.

T: Coffee flavor was there, but wasn't potent. Had a bitter nature to it, but wasn't quite as good as how it smelled.

M: Not much carbonation, felt a bit thin on the body. Still better than average feel, but not in the top level.

O: Enjoyable, but nothing that is considered top notch. Had this bottle with the bourbon barrel and this wasn't nearly as good.

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3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated Jan 2012.

appears dark brown, with off-white head. thin head, but it has some decent retention and lacing. nice aroma of coffee with cream and sugar.

the coffee flavors actually aren't very strong in the taste. roasty, but sweet aftertaste. body is quite thin for a double stout. medium carbonation.

I don't taste any signs of obvious infection, even though the brewery issued a statement on this beer (that I didn't see until after I bought). I just wasn't that impressed, as it's just too thin for a stout.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 release. Beer pours a dark brown, opaque, with a finger of tan color creamy head that quickly dissipated. Some light lacing that slowly recedes to a thin collar. Some carbonation visible every now and then at the edge of the glass.

Nose is pretty light, maybe some light coffee, and some roasted malt. Light astringency as well.

Some interesting coffee flavor, roasted bitterness upfront before letting through some dark fruit and caramel. Dark roasted malt bitterness joins in mid palate. Finish is roast astringency and a light sourness.

Medium body and mildly carbonated, prickly on the tongue. Fairly easy to drink but a bit astringent for me.

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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'12. First PM.

A: Just from the pour I'm already wearing with the recent "recall". It pour deep dark brown with prickly carbonation on a off white/light brown head. Lighter than most imperial stouts, especially on the tine which is brownish red.

S: Roast, booze, coffee, port wine, I hope this doesn't taste like wine.

T: Yeah I get the sour note, damn that's depressing. It's still quite good but totally detracts from the other, intentional flavors. Okay, to be thorough - Roast upfront intertwined with a subtle brett undertone. Bourbon is almost silent, but adds a little oil slick of thickness that compliments well.

M: Low carbonation, no hops, a little sweetness/tartness that only doesn't dry *more* significantly due to the wealth of body/viscosity/thickness. Overall drying attributed to the body/brett is pretty significant.

O: Overall, I have to stress that the brett character is thee most subtle I've ever experienced in an [brett] infected beer. I do enjoy this for what it is, but not what it's supposed to be. I love you Central Waters, sorry I had to review this beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a tiny bit of head

S - Malty chocolate coffee

T - This reminds me a lot of KBS without as much bourbon backbone. Mostly chocolate, light on the coffee, light bourbon after taste. (Definitely some tartness here hinting at infection but CW has issued a statement saying this batch was 'off' and offered trade in's)

M - Tartness hits the tongue right away and it feels a bit like champagne in your mouth.

O - a great KBS alternative price-wise and availability but I would like to try a bottle from another batch to compare

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

Thanks to Ryan for this extra/major want

A. pours dark but somewhat see through. 2 finger head foams up but comes down quickly while leaving some lacing.

S. Lots of sweet coffee bean, milk chocolate and earthy green hops. Slight nuttiness on the back of the nose, but sweet dominates.

T. Big time coffee roast from front to back. Milk chocolate sweetness comes through in the middle along with a subtle almond taste. Pretty interesting tastes and coffee dominant and a slight acidity.

M. Lots of carbonation with a lighter feel.

O. Good tasting beer that hits most of what I want in a stout. I'd like to be a little thicker and less carbonation, but solid nonetheless

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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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