Monday, July 15, 2013

Central Waters Peruvian Morning

Type: Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout
Origin: Amherst, WI
Price: ?
ABV: 8.5...?
NSP: ?

Lotta question marks in the header of this one, gifted to me by John (hence no price/NSP) and no specification of ABV on the bottle or website (BA says 8.5%, RB says 8%...whatever, it's not 11% and that's really all that matters).  As far as I know, this is Central Waters' most highly thought-of and sought-after beers.

Right off the bat, I like that it doesn't smell like one of those super-sweet roundhouse-to-the-face bourbon-aged stouts.  And unlike most of the others, the barrel aromas are riding shotgun with the bourbon instead of being tied up and gagged in the trunk.  The coffee's there too, as is a slightly salty aspect (sort of a soy sauce thing).  It's pretty remarkable that they've managed to have all of those complexities play relatively equal roles.

The flavor is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the nose- the coffee, bourbon, barrel, and salty flavors all intermingle nicely, with none dominating the others.  The roasted malt is a nice foundation for everything else (and brings a bit of chocolate into the party), and as far as bourbon-aged stouts go it's supremely dry and clean-finishing.   The sweetness that is there just adds to the balance.  The carbonation's pretty low, and I can't figure out if that's a good thing or if I'd like it ramped up a touch.

Well, this is pretty damn good.  I heard there was a bad batch of this floating around out there, so I'm happy that this was a good one.  If you're a bourbon-barrel aged stout fan, and you're in the mood for something almost sessionable (again, as far as the style goes), definitely keep your eye out for it.

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