pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
gtmw 08...thanks to marc for handing over the majority of his pour for me to try.....poured a dark milk chocolate brown with a thin film of frothy off-white head.... coffee, caramel, and vanilla scents make up the aroma....flavors of coffee, chocolate, toffee with some added roast in the flavor profile. comes off relatively sweet with soft to mild carbonation.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW 2008: Ruby brown hue with a creamy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has big vanilla and coffee vapours with some hazelnut and over-roasted malt... yep smells like a Starbucks vanilla mocha!
The taste is sweet and boozy with some chocolate bitters, Lush and viscous with a lively edge. A solid brew but seems to need a tad more hop character.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Peruvian Morning
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: muddy brown, fine beige head,
Aroma: chocolate and butterscotch aroma witha nice dose of coffee,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate and coffee flavor, bitterness follows the coffee,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is wow!
Chocolate, sweet malt, coffee in ass loads, and vanilla.
Taste is bourbon, vanilla, some butter, dark coffee, chocolates.
This is very nice.
Laces well and finishes with a slight sourness.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep brown with a shorter cap of dark beige head. The aroma picked up deep, well-roasted coffee all the way through with lovely vanilla bean accents.. succulent! The flavor starred well-roasted coffee as well with a sweet vanilla twist.. drier on the edges with dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.. more sour on the back with a long, grainy finish. Medium-plus bodied with an odd building sourness as it progressed.. despite that, still an excellent brew!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Taste 2008. Central Waters seems to be back on their game with a great lineup at this Great Taste, much better than I’ve seen them in year’s past. This showed off their skill. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark roast with some acidity, and vanilla lead into toasty finish with a touch of heat. The bourbon was not overwhelming, rather it let the underlying coffee stout shine. One of the better, if not the best, coffee stouts of the day.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTMW 2008. The beer pours to a dark black body with a thin white/tan head. The aroma is definitely barrel aged and has that sweet vanilla thing going on. Nice average palate. Has a similar flavor to the aroma.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008
Always a fan of Central Waters I knew they would trot out something special for the Great Taste. This was one of three beers that I had not tried which were being offered without future bottlings. Meeting my expectations this would be a great thing to try if you find yourself able to get a pint. On par with the Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout this is worth seeking out (assuming it gets released outside of special occasions).
Aroma / Appearance - The medium black body was not as dark as many imperial stouts which makes me believe it is also not as high in alcohol. The fluidity and lacing support this theory. Vanilla, creme, sweet coffee and only a trace of bourbon contribute to a novel take on the barrel aging process. Neither heavy nor faint it is somehow light on the senses.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet oatmeal, coffee and vanilla wash over the palate first. A creamy vinous aftertaste and finish complete a solid imperial stout which has no flaws. Balanced with maybe only a little bias towards the base beer this was a fun release to try.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW ’08 sample. Black body under a tan head. Coffee and sweet roasted malts in the aroma. The flavor brings in a dark fruit backdrop with coffee and chocolate up front. A well-balanced coffee stout.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour tall tan head good lace. butterscotch and chocolate come through in the aroma, light butter and oak. Palate is big well coated & creamy. Big sweet front flavor light butter and chocolate huge coffee aftertaste a well roasted piece. Very nice again.