Peruvian Morning | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,447 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,447
Reviews:
457
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
12.65%
 
 
Wants:
414
Gots:
296
For Trade:
19
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,447 |  Reviews: 457
Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Snowrs
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of EROCK75
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled January 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with dark brown edges, produces a half-finger of bubbly tan head, recedes quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Nice roasted coffee bean aroma, dark chocolate, vanilla and fruit, smells delicious.

T- Big coffee flavor, backed up with bitter roast and bittersweet dark chocolate, some vanilla and fruit, roast is dominant, a bit acidic.

M- medium bodied, smooth feel, bitter, dry finish.

O- A really nice coffee stout, has held up really well since I first tried some in February.

 566 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

$3.50 single from Abe's.

Light tan head, level, two fingers. Dark brown body, ruby red highlights. A little more translucent than typical imperial stouts.

Assertive and inviting deep roast coffee aroma. Then bourbon/vanilla/oak. Some dark fruits. Good complexity.

Taste starts with deep roast coffee. Shot of bourbon with nice vanilla notes, but not a big alcohol burn. Dark fruits.

Disappointingly wimpy mouthfeel for an imperial. Steals depth from the good flavors.

Well worth a try, tasty and complex. The weak body is a serious drawback though.

 554 characters

Photo of Hoptimus_Prime
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jethrodium
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by popery. Thanks David. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring. The aroma is big roasted coffee with a decent amount of bourbon, some vanilla, and a hint of coconut. The the taste is slightly sweet with lots of roasted coffee, a bit of nuttiness, and some bourbon. The finish has more coffee with a bit of nuttiness. Very thin mouthfeel for a stout. Low carbonation. This wasn't bad, but it reminded me more of something like cuban espresso brown ale or coffee bender with some bourbon more than an imperial stout.

 565 characters

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mulder1010
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for the bottle. Much appreciated
355 ML poured into a globe glass
2012 vintage

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark brownish black color with a lot of ruby tints. No head really. Went from light brown film to a light brown collar. Aggressive swirling got a bit of head but went back to a collar pretty quick. Couple of lines of lacing and spots.

S-- Couple of other reviewers have said a lot like KBS and have to agree. Lots of coffee with slight amounts of bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut and wood. The coffee nose is most dominant and then the barrel notes. Coffee is quite fresh and carries the nose well.

S-- Coffee, acid from the coffee, cherry infused bourbon, coconut and artificial vanilla. Changes to a dark cherry infused bourbon taste.

M-- Thin body, high carbonation for the style. Roast and coffee are apparent in the feel. No sour notes but artificial vanilla and cherry flavors as it does get sickly sweet in the mouth after the initial blast of roast and coffee. Finishes with a blast of coffee and quite dry. More like wine like feel with the tannins and fruit.

O-- Too much of an artificial sweet cherry and vanilla feel to this that brings it down. Good coffee nose and feel but the cherry infused bourbon is a bit odd and offsets the good parts of the coffee. No sour notes at all but do think this infected.

 1,375 characters

Photo of sukwonee
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really thin, from its looks, this beer looks very carbonated. It's not see-through, but it's not completely opague either. half a finger head, good amount of lacing.

S: Smells awesome. I get some bourbon, coffee, dark fruits like... fig? I also smell some milk chocolate.

T: Coffee, followed by booziness, dark fruits, then chocolate, a bit of bourbon (not as strong as it smells). It's somewhat similar to KBS, but obviously not quite the caliber. In the middle, I also taste something acidic and sour for a split second. I am left with bitter sweetness at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is where I think this beer does not shine. Too thin, imo. Carbonation also is a bit too high. Overall, a bit to dry for the style, imo.

O: I enjoyed this but I thought this could have been much better.

 792 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

*2012 batch*

A - Pours a deep, oily black with nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave just enough of a blanket to cover the top of the brew. Some light side lacing is left

S - Nice aromas of vanilla and espresso beans. Very nice barrel and faint buttery bourbon notes. That oak is lending to some vanilla qualities and light sweetness. Subtle coconut too along with some subtle bourbon alcohol notes.

T - Taste is..hmm. Taste is a bit heavy on the dark fruits for my liking. The coffee, vanilla, toasty malts, and gentle bourbon is there but all seem to be overwhelmed by raisins and cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation here. A bit higher/sharper than most stouts I'm used to. The alcohol is hidden nicely behind the light coffee and dark fruits.

O - Overall, I was really looking forward to this one, but the dark fruits really muddled it up for me.

 926 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is Central Waters’ 10th Anniversary Imperial Stout infused with Peruvian coffee and aged in a bourbon barrel. Acquired this beer as an extra in a trade. Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours coffee black with a thin off-white head with decent lacing that lasts throughout. Aromas of coffee and some more coffee. Reminds me of my dad’s black coffee running in the morning. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, a very nice and mellow beer that I wouldn’t mind having every morning in lieu of regular coffee seeing that I’m not big on coffee.

 627 characters

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. 2012 bottle.

A: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a spongy tan head. Pretty good retention with some nice lacing.

S: Oaky, hot bourbon, fresh milky coffee, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of alcohol. Really balanced between all the intended elements.

T: The taste is just as well balanced as the nose. Sweet coffee, big vanilla, light milk chocolate, lactic sugar, a bit of roasty bitterness from the beans and malt, all pushed up by just the perfect amount of bourbon, which lends more vanilla, a lot of oak, and some cornish liquor to the mix. Really fantastic.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied.

O: Damn, what a beer. Strikes a really nice balance between the stout, coffee, and bourbon, and quite drinkable as well.

 775 characters

Photo of liamt07
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from mscarpen, thanks a ton for this long-time want Scott! 341ml into a tulip, January 2012 vintage.

Dark brown, almost black in body. A bit of lacing, good legs and a thick ring and film retain. Nose has sweet bourbon notes,. Chocolate and interesting coffee aromas waft from this. Perhaps a bit of oak. Roasty sourness initially, that's relatively subtle, leading into warming butterscotch/oak/buttery bourbon. Light coffee again in the finish. Medium body (on the thinner side for an IS), and fairly low carbonation. Not too bitter, but not as much coffee flavour as I had anticipated. An interesting bourbon barreled coffee stout, and I'd certainly be curious to try the base coffee to see how it was integrated into the beer. 45/45/4/35/4

Re-rated after having the 2013 vintage, bottle thanks to Jon Graham. Fantastic bourbon character, nice coffee notes and great integration of the barrel. 45/45/45/425/45

 922 characters

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of azdback
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb. 2012 bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep dark black color with the slightest of dark brown highlights when held up to the morning sunlight. Small one finger head, that was light tan in color and creamy in appearance. Head drops fairly rapidly and is leaving very little lace.

Smell is at first, super deep, dark roasted coffee beans. Some slight milk chocolate comes out as well as some wood and lots of dark fruit as it warms. There is also some alcohol smell that I would compare to ether.

Taste is all sweet and tart bing cherries. I am getting none of the great flavors I got in the nose. No coffee, no chocolate, no wood. It kind of tastes like Red Stag mixed with an average stout.

Mouth is on the velvety side. Carbonation is a bit on the spritzy side for a Double Stout. Body is balanced and the finish is average and quite dry for it's style.

Overall I had high hopes for this one but was let down. I tried a friends home brewed stout last week that tasted a lot like this. My friend added oak chips, that he charred and let soak in a mason jar with Makers Mark for a month, to the underlying stout. I wasn't impressed with his attempt either but he's no pro. I'm Just sayin'. Thank you so much to injuredreserve for giving me this bottle. I would love to give this one some time and maybe it changes for the better.

 1,338 characters

Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with red highlights. Has about a finger of head that dissipates quickly and a thin layer of lacing.

N: Milk chocolate, coffee and cream, some raisin and a hint of bourbon.

T: A lot of lactose comes through in this similar to a Sweet Stout. Coffee and cream, lactose, raisin and hints of whipped cream upfront. Mid-palate brings in some milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Finishes with some dark fruit, a splash of vanilla Cola and notes of bourbon.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and sticky.

O: Well, I don't really know how I feel about this one. For 8.5% it's easy drinking. The lactose qualities really take over the coffee characteristics, but the major fault appears to be the barrel aging. Central Waters did a decent job but it's just not adding that extra dimension. This is kind of underwhelming for a barrel aged beer.

 873 characters

Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1236th Review on BA
Bottle to Sweetwater snifter
12 oz

2012 Bottle

Thanks to Erikkoppin for this one

App- Poured out the color of dark chocolate and then grew lighter in the glass. A nice soft two finger khaki colored head with great cling and stick. Very noisy as it disappated.

Smell- Well I got one of the sour ones. The nose on this one has a lot of medicinal booze notes and some dubbel like dark fruits and yeast behind it. A touch of bourbon came out when it warmed up after a while.

Taste- The sour is quite prevalant when warm. Large notes of cherry, plum and fig. The tannin notes seem to have taken over and overwhelms all the other flavors. Gone is the coffee, vanilla and bourbon.

Mouth- A thin body due to infection with a high carbonation level and prickly soured dark fruits residual flavors.

Drink- I was so excited to get this and then I wasnt too excited when I drank it. Oh well, shit happens.

 920 characters

Photo of schwaeh
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 bottle extra'd by eyeenjoybeer. Thanks man.

A: Pours out a super dark brown, kinda thin looking, but realizes it's blackened stout appearance once in the glass. This beer foams up a good amount into a tan head, which recedes in no time.

S: This beer really emanates the characteristics of oak bourbon barrels; While the bourbon isn't super strong, all the woody oak and sweet vanilla are dominant. It's a very sweet smelling beer with all that (possibly overused) vanilla. Bourbon is sweet, sticky, and laid back here. An inviting coffee comes through to balance the aroma back out.

T: All components from the flavor are here, just in slightly more subdued amounts... except for SWEETNESS. I could have done without all the added vanilla. The coffee aspect is great, real mellow, slightly bitter, acidic, with a real dark mocha flavor to add some edge. The bourbon is easy-going and complimentary. Can't taste the alcohol but it warms the belly a bit. As it becomes room temp burnt caramel comes out more and more, not bad, actually helps it seem more robust.

M: The carbonation is high for this subset of stouts, it's a big rush of prickly bubbles. Thinner mouthfeel is slightly detracting and might make me drink this one a little faster than I should.

O: I enjoyed this one a lot, way more than the previous time I had it. If you can look past the sweetness and thinner body, this is a pretty superb beer.

 1,419 characters

Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,447 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.