Peruvian Morning is released just once per year in late winter, and the 2009 batch showed up a few weeks ago.
of Amherst, Wisconsin.
Style: An imperial stout is usually very dark, with a black body and brown head, and a malty aroma. The style commonly offers toffee-like or deep caramel and roasted chocolate malt flavor, while any hoppiness eventually gives way to sweet malt tones. The brew is sometimes called "Russian Imperial Stout," referencing the beer exported by Thrale's brewery of London to the Romanov court in the 18th Century. This beer can be quite strong, ranging from 7-9% ABV.
Background: Peruvian Morning begins its life as an imperial stout, actually made from the popular Satin Solstice brewed by Central Waters. The addition of fair trade coffee and fermentation in bourbon barrels changes it dramatically, though, making the beer very distinctive. "We are home brewers at heart and we really like to be creative, experiment in trying something different," says Anello Mollica, brewmaster and co-owner of Central Waters.