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Double Coffee Stout - Bullfrog Brewery

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Double Coffee Stout
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BA SCORE
93
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 50
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Deuane on 10-18-2009)
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Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to my glass a rich brown/black color with a healthy and frothy tan head. Nose of subtle roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder. Taste is of milk chocolate/cocoa powder and hints of cold coffee. The coffee is an undertone, but still very complimentary. The body is just viscous enough, but I would prefer it a bit thicker. A creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this several time now and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. I love coffee stouts and this is one of my absolute favorites.

A-Black as a cup of coffee. One finger or less of head with spotty lacing.

S-You can pick up the malts a bit if you try but the aroma is all about the coffee here.

T- Phenomenal, like drinking coffee with cream in my beer. A little on the sweet side but that balances things out. The roasted and caramel malts hold things together nicely. Some hints of vanilla and to a lesser extent chocolate come through but great coffee flavor.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated with a medium body. I have to wonder what this would be like on nitro.

D-I cannot stop myself from getting this each time i set foot in Bullfrog. If only the alcohol content were lower so I could drink even more of it, but I guess I will just have to suck it up.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Dark brown with a little head. Above average mouthfeel, with carbonation right there. Roasted barley aroma and taste and very strong coffee. Average mouthfeel, good for what it is and it is tasty,even for a non-coffee drinker like me.

Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Like the others, thanks goes out to Mike for this bottle he sent me as an extra!

A: Very nice black pour with some light coming through at the bottom. An excellent head that is about an inch thick and great mocha colored lacing remains as I sip

S: Rich coffee notes followed by some sweet mocha chocolate and then more roasted character.

T: Much like it smells. It starts out with a very nice mocha flavor then transitions a bit more towards the roasted end of the spectrum

M: Wow, this is very smooth. No harsh quality, chalkiness or heat. Good body, and rich and creamy

D: I think i have a new coffee stout that I will have to put into my usualy rotation

Photo of nickd717
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to Nanoslug.

Pours very dark brown with a tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is freshly brewed coffee, roast, and chocolate.

Flavor is subtle but good. Coffee, roast, and milk chocolate.

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall a nice beer but not quite as good as I hoped it would be.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Bullfrog on 1/30/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a straight up black in the glass, with a finger of rich reddish and burnt mocha colored head. This stays nice and creamy, just drenching the sides of the glass with thick frothy lacing. Espresso is VERY sharp and pungent smelling in the aroma, with an underlying layer of additional roast and some thick notes of chocolate and caramel malts. There is a good bit of a green earthy feel to this, which not only appears to be coming from the hops that are present but also even a bit from the coffee itself.

The coffee presence in the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, being quite biting in the mouth and leaving a ton of roast and acrid dryness across the tongue. Sweetness is very rich and chewy with plenty of chocolate malts being present. A tingle of spicy hops and a green citric feel run through the middle of the profile, while coffee lays in hard on the finish, giving this a satisfying and pungent ending of roast, smoke, and bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big prickly creaminess to it that falls in line perfectly with not only the sharpness of the coffee, hops, and roast, but also the chewy thickness of those sweeter malts. This is just so smooth and creamy in the mouth and I would never guessed in a million years that this is over 7% alcohol. You don't feel it at all.

Well, what can I say, I'm a sucker for Coffee Stouts and this was yet another example that far exceeded by expectations. I was pleased to find that the espresso character remained robust in both the aroma and taste, there was a ton of balancing thick sweetness to this, and most all all, this just had an absurd amount of smoothness and drinkibility to it for a bigger Stout. The Susquehanna Stout will be missed but not that much! I'm looking forward to several more pints and growlers of this down the line.

Photo of Kolsch
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at house of 1,000 beers, New Kensington PA.

Appearance: dark brown and big pillowy head that dwindled to a cusp after it warmed.

Smell: strong coffee with dark chocolate malts.

Taste: coffee first, then dark cherry chocolate. Coffee not as dominant as one might think. More chocolate dominated than coffee but does leave a bitter taste, which I like very much. Not very sweet but shouldn't be. This is a coffee stout dammit!

Overall: Purchased a growler of this after having a pint. Finished growler upon entrance of home.

Photo of Beergelden
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark in color.

S- can you say smells like coffee. Such a Hugh robust aroma from the coffee and alittle hint of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Heaven in my glass. The 10 pounds of coffee are there and not going anywhere. Such a flavor from the coffee and chocolate malts and bitterness from either the coffee or the malt. Oh so goodness.

M- Surprisingly very smooth somewhat bitter like drinking coffee with out the cream and sugar.

D- Terry is a genesis. This have to be the best coffee stout I ever tasted so far anyway. And this will be a hard act to follow. A must try for everyone.

Cheers...

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap during the unexpected snowstorm on March 6.

A: The coffee stout is black, contrasting against the much lighter tan-hued head.

S: The nose is punctuated with lots, and I mean lots, of sweet coffee and lactose aromas. Chocolate malts linger but the coffee is the driving force.

T: The coffee presence remains strong, roasted java that benefits from the chocolate malts and a sweet lactic au lait presence. Bitterness is an afterthought, no over-roasted beans in this beer. A very rich stout, especially the coffee-and-cream interaction. The regular stout aspect (as opposed to imperial) is a big plus.

M: Creamy smooth, the sweetness of the stout really caught me off guard. Both ksak and I enjoyed a glass.

D: This beer is getting the same rating as my most recent stout. Funny how two different brewers can bring ou thte best in the coffee, without relying on an overblown imperial stout.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Might well have been one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had hands down.

The pour was the darkest of dark, thickest of thick, and just absolutly mid numbing black in color. A huge head of tan then rose up over the top of the glass to a height of nearly three inches before it finally settled down, coating the glass and leaving about two inches of foam on top throughout the session. Aroma is sharp, rich espresso. Not bitter at all, rich and sweet with creme like notes present just below the surface. Touches of vanilla and caramel, chocolate, sweet sugar and roasted malts all coming together perfectly. Such a huge, rich and sweet flavor. It was coffee overload. Warming brought out a steady stream of cocoa and sugar before getting slapped back to earth with a huge splash of espresso.

Overall seriously this is a standard to which other coffee stouts need to bow down to. Simply damn amazing.

Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint, a thick, deep mocha colored head fills the glass and it takes a couple attempts to fill, the beer itself is a deep ebony in color - essentially black, nice retention and lace

s: rich layered nose of freshly roasted coffee, charred barley, and baking chocolate, like a straight up bag of beans, just great

m: carbonation in the light to moderate range, smooth, full bodied

t: opens up with a punch of pungent medium-roast coffee on a body of dark chocolate and roasted barley, chocolate covered coffee beans, starts smooth with some char coming in towards the middle, the coffee is obviously the highlight here - and it's fresh, vivid, and delicious

d: no problem with this one, even as a late morning drinker, on par with any of the coffee stouts out there

sampled this and the Edgar IPA at the brewpub, and obviously went with the stout - it was 11 am, after all

Photo of largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Provided by Masterski and shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, guys.

The black body is topped by a dense frothy head that slowly settles to a small cap. Big up-front coffee aroma, this smells like damp, spent coffee grounds. Some creaminess and chocolate are present, but it's dominated by coffee. Coffee comes through strongly again on the palate. Very roasty and a bit metallic, it has a touch of sweetness initially but finishes on a dry note. Strong bitter coffee grounds flavor. Medium-light body, the coffee character is semi-astringent and the mid-palate somewhat metallic, but it's a decent beer.

Photo of StormKing47
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery thanks to Deuane. Shared with cmurren25, petesuphi and therealnomayo. Another opportunity for a tasty treat from Bullfrog. Here we go...

A- Interestingly colored and very enticing. It is a rich, deep and dark brown color with a ruby/mahogany hue glowing from within. A very thin off white head with brown streaking courtesy of the slow and steady stream of bubbles revealing the light level of carb. A really inviting brew that looks great for the cold autumn/winter nights ahead.

S- Is this really a beer or sneaky trick from Terry? An amazing coffee smell that smells like a freshly brewed pot. Tons of bitter coffee smell with a faint dark chocolate smell as it warms that gives it a creamy and luscious smell with a subtle roastiness of a cooling pot of coffee. Really wonderful smelling, would be a welcomed drink with breakfast.

T- I can't believe this is actually beer, it tastes like a gourmet cup of fresh brewed coffee. Right away a bitter coffee taste, finished off with a creamy, milky sugar sweetness accompanied by the ridiculous roasty malts. I prefer my coffee black, but this one is well balanced with the bitterness, sweetness and creaminess. Really enjoyable and a must for coffee or coffee beer lovers. Hope it gets bottled sometime soon.

M- This is reminiscent of an iced coffee. It's thick, chewy and coating like milky. Definitely creamy and full bodies, spectacular feel and stays there so you can taste all of it.

D- Simply divine if your a coffee beer lover. I would prefer this to coffee in the morning any day. A great example of a full bodied coffee stout from Terry. Incredible balance that could be drank anytime of the day.

Another example of Terry's brewing prowess that I am grateful that I got to try fresh the day it was growlered. Thanks again Deuane, tell Terry he needs to bottle so I can age one a little while to see if the coffee subdues or takes over.

Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears an opaque black with fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a floating head. Scattered bits of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee, cocoa, cream, ripe fruit, and toasted grain.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of herbal hops that compliments the roast and creamy, sugary cappucino blend nicely.
Mouthfeel is chewy, rich, warming, slightly sweet, and balanced in the finish. Wonderful beer!

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled with a nitro-tap (ZOMG, NITRO~!) into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black with a one finger light mocha looking head. Fades relatively quickly, leaves decent lacing.

S- Like very strong, fresh brewed coffee. Its one of the most pungent scents I've ever whiffed from a beer, and it really doesn't hide what its going to taste like. Awwwwesome

T- The smell doesn't lie about what the taste is...it highly coffee influenced. Thats all I'm really getting actually. There is however, a faint bite of roasted malts that saves this from being just straight coffee.

M- Its thick...but not an alcohol infused syrupy thickness of doom. Touches of carbonation as well. Really nice feel.

D- This is an AWESOME dessert beer. If you usually drink coffee at the end of the night, try some of this instead...tastes nearly identical, but is much thicker and will pack a punch to put you to sleep too. And hey...you can't taste the alcohol at all!

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from Bullfrog happily received from the tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip a thick black with a brown highlight at the bottom & a finger of tan head. Some thick lacing.

Smell is wonderful: coffee, but more like brewed coffee with a nutty & sweet aroma, like someone added a bit of hazelnut cream. Unlike most coffee stouts I've had, this smells like an actual cup of coffee vs. roasted beans. Lovin' it!

Taste is different, but not at all in a bad way: dark fruit skins up front, then some coffee flavor, then turns sweet & creamy, all the while wrapped in a mild fruity acidity. A little tannic or oily, like it you were to skim the top of the coffee from a French press & really get the "bean juice". Tastes very different from the smell, but I like them both.

Mouthfeel is moderately full, the sweetness & acidity stick to the mouth a bit. I liked this a lot, but my mouth & tastebuds had a good work-out by the end. One or two would be very satisfying.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bullfrog in January 2009 and on tap many more times via the home kegerator--this beer is so good my wife and I spontaneously decided to buy a keg of it whilst we wait for our Nugget Nectar keg.

A: Pours a deep black with a massive mocha head with plenty of lacing and legs as the beer trails down the glass.

S: Bold, roasted coffee--probably the coffee stout nearest to pure coffee beans that I have encountered. Lots of roasted malt and hints of deep, dark chocolate also come through, but the coffee really shines.

T: Very similar to the smell, with the coffee completely dominating, with a bit of extra chocolate coming through as my palate gets used to the coffee.

M: Absolutely beautiful. A medium-to-heavy body with an absolutely lush mouthfeel--almost reminds me somewhat of a milk stout with the creaminess that it has. No alcohol presence detected.

D: Superb. With FBS, I feel that one bottle is usually enough. This is a beer I've had again and again, night after night. My concern is not that I'll get sick of it, but that I won't be able to grab another keg of it ASAP once this one runs out.

Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle, hand filled from a keg so reviewed as a growler. sampled may 1/2010.

pours clear deep dark brown, not quite black or opaque, with a big dense dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is great. tons of coffee. rich medium roast coffee, with a bit of espresso thrown in too. like putting your nose into a bag of coffee beans. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light cracker. anise. earthy and woody.

taste is great. a pot of espresso and dark roast coffee. dark and milk chocolate. earthy and woody. slightly herbal. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. hint of caramel and toffee, but very little sweetness. this one is clearly all about coffee. medium-low bitterness level. just a hint of lactic sourness.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-light carbonation level that works very well. almost no astringency from the roast and coffee, which is especially good.

drinkability is great. good balance, hiding pretty much all of its alcohol. loads of coffee without getting astringent or overbearing. this is a tasty stout and a damn fine coffee beer.

Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black beer with a nice looking mocha head that bubbled up consistently on the pour. Really nice looking.

S - Some strong coffee notes and roasted malts, but I get a lot of gross green pepper in there which cancelled out all the good stuff.

T - Good coffee, but get way too much of the peppers again which kind of kills it for me. It's not bad, but I really don't like hte pepper or green notes.

M - Smooth, full bodied, nice carbonation.

O - Taste just doesn't really do it for me, neither does the smell. Average.

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, albeit kind of one dimensionable. I get coffee, coffee and coffee, and really not much else. The beer is fairly dry and roasty on the palate, with more of the expected coffee, but coupled with some nice dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is just a bit thin. Drinkability is OK, as the alcohol is not very noticeable.

I thought this a pretty good beer, but really nothing earth shattering. Not sure this is something I would order again.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alex for sharing this Brew.

Huge thanks to Thorpe429 to sending the growlers to Alex in the first place.

A - Pours a very dark brown, like coffee sans cream, with a decent head that recedes into a clingy ring.

S - It smells just like it tastes; like coffee and a bear claw.

T - As stated in the olfactory segment of this review, this tastes like coffee and donuts. To be specific, it is evocative of a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee with one cream and two sugars. And a glazed cruller or bear claw. There are several other minor dynamics to this brew, but I shan't elaborate any further.

M - Nice viscosity, it has a slick velvety feel and is fairly well-carbonated.

D - This is certain to be a great breakfast beer. It would pair well with a frittata, or strudel.

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice, ringing lace.

S-Rich deep roasted malt and fresh ground dark roast coffee. Not an aromatic blast but it is quite nice.

T-Mmmm...the flavour pops more than the aroma with deep, rich, roasted malts blending with dark roasted coffee. Nice earthy hop bitterness mingles with the coffee bitterness. Drying, astringent finish.

M-Medium bodied fairly robust with nice lingering coffee and hop bitterness.

D-Big and bold with plenty of flavour this is a hard one not to like if you are a coffee stout lover like me! Reportedly this will become the new year round stout at Bullfrog replacing the venerable Susquehanna Stout.

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Double Coffee Stout from Bullfrog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.