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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 171
Reviews by rudolphjacksonm:
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown-black and completely opaque. Awesome coffee-colored head that rises to about 1 and a half fingers, then quickly dissipates. No lacing or carbonation to speak of. 4.0

S - Smells like freshly brewed coffee, pipe tobacco, and firewood. Great smell that gives you just a hint of what's to come. 4.0

T - Oh the coffee flavor...how I love thee. Seriously, this brew does a fantastic job of not tasting too sweet, too bitter, or overpowering. It's a very good blend of coffee flavors with beer. Initial sweetness is immediately countered by a subtle bitter/sourness from the hops. Malty, coffee flavors remain afterwards and there is a strong aftertaste of coffee. I think this beer, if anything, tastes friggin amazing. 4.5

M - Smooth and somewhat creamy. No carbonation whatsoever. 4.5

O - Man, this is a damn tasty beer! I'm seriously impressed, and this is the first brew I've ever tried by Williamsburg Alewerks. I'll be sure to try some of their other beers in the next few weeks. 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured nearly jet black except for a garnet tinge in the bottom of the glass,a one finger mocha colored head that was gone in a flash atop,a well formed head it just didnt stick around at all.Aromas of dark roast coffee,vanilla,and light bitter chocolate,not much earthiness wich I expected.If this wasnt a milk stout I would have given it a lower taste score because its quite sweet after awhile,starting out with roasted coffee flavors they are soon taken over by sugary sweet lactose notes in a long finish.To me it gets too sweet after mid glass but the flavors are pretty good.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got as an extra in a trade.

Poured into my Allagash tulip black with a thin head.

The nose is sweet, coffee of course, but more like a cappuccino than black coffee. The sweetness lingers and presents an almost caramel and toffee nose

The taste matches the nose sweet, with a big coffee flavor and an almost toffee finish.

Overall a solid coffee stout, I can't say I've every had a coffee milk stout. Nice

Photo of boatshoes
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black tinged with brown around the edges. Aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of tan head, which dies back to a ring fairly quickly. Very small amount of lacing left.

Smell- Nose is primarily composed of rich medium roast coffee grounds, roasted malts, and perhaps just a tiny whiff of dark chocolate.

Taste- Similar to the nose, this beer starts off with a solid amount of medium roast coffee that is very well represented and not overly burnt tasting. Lots of roasted malt flavors in the body of the beer and finishes on a very mild note of lingering dark chocolate. Not an overpowering flavor but excellently blended I thought.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for the style and just substantial enough. The combination of rich but not overpowering flavors and a creamy but not too thick body made this beer extremely drinkable, especially for a coffee/milk stout. Finished the bottle I had quite quickly and wished I had more.

Overall, a very good stout if you're looking for a flavorsome, drinkable, and refreshing beer. I enjoyed this.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. There’s a touch of creamy lactose as well, but the aromas are mainly malt and coffee.

Taste: Very nice!! Tons of roasted malt up front, followed immediately by massive coffee flavor (but thankfully without that horrible coffee-like bitterness). I also get some lactose, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very, very creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer!! It has great flavors of malt and coffee, nicely balanced with some good sweetness. Very nice!

Photo of ZenPanda69
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed the flavor. One try and I was hooked. During a one week visit I Enjoyed two samples and two pints. As I only drink on occasion this is my limit. Wanted to take a growler home and would have if I wasn't traveling so far. I will definitely be looking for a way to get more.

Photo of 7UCK
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured out a dark brown with a light amount of head.

S- Coffee smell with a light milky chocolate aroma

Taste- Stong taste of coffee present with a sweet cafe-mocha taste.

D- very plesent for sipping of that of an after dinner beer.

As a coffee drinker myself, I liked the way this tasted and would buy again.

Photo of dafizzif
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Stout review =D
Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a toffee colored head. Very slight red-ish and brown accents.
Smell: Smells good coffee with toffee undertones and quite a bit of chocolate. Very nice.
Taste: Coffee with a good amount of creamy flavors. The undertones that were present in the nose are not as noticeable here, which would have been nice, but still, this tastes awesome. No substantial hoppy bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel: Little carbonation. Also at times feels a bit slick/watery.
Overall: A really awesome brew that exemplifies an underrated brewery. Will drink many times in the future and will definitely recommend to everyone.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffehouse Stout pours an almost opaque black-brown body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan - almost brown, nope, let's call it light brown... it's the color of creamy coffee. The head drops shortly to an average collar and whispy surface covering; and only minor spots and splashes of lace are left behind.

The nose is rich and full, delivering a massive display of freshly roasted and oily coffee beans and dark chocolate. It's roasty, but not char-like, and also a bit sweetish; and there's also a hint of berry-like yeasty fruitiness to it as well.

The same is true for the flavor. It's coffee-like, but sweetish. I get the oiliness of fresh-roasted beans, and lots of semi-sweet dark chocolate. It's smooth and creamy in the mouth, and that helps to bring out the flavors: fudge, milk chocolate, and golden caramel. It's not particularly bitter, but it doesn't need to be - the dark malt acidity and roasty flavors balance it. And amidst all of this, at the center, is a delicate note of yeasty berry-like fruitiness that takes on an almost floral character due to its surroundings. Hops follow, delicately along the edges of the malt, and it finishes surprisingly dry given the richness of the malt. It lingers gently, with notes of raspy, gently grassy hops and flowers.

Overall, I think I'd enjoy one of these as a regular beer out at the pub with the lads, but more than that would be way too much - and I also think its complexity and nuances would be lost and wasted. This is a beer to sit with. A sipper. A nightcap. A dessert beer. It should be enjoyed slowly. Well worth trying!!!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black body and a thinnish offwhite head despite a swift pour that dissipated in a hurry. Hopefully the glass is properly clean.

Nose is deep, tarry coffee, with some woody sweetness, if that makes any sense.

Taste is classical coffee stout, but rather sweet-- as the description suggests, like a milk stout. The net result is something more like coffee with cream and sugar. In the best way, of course.

Mouthfeel is fine, a bit grainy.

It's nice. Not off-the-wall or outstanding, but definitely nice. Decent for the price point, too.

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, thanks barrrrt

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany body into a tyranena pint, looks like motor oil, very little head and some light chocolate lacing

smell: nice roasted coffee aromas, milky sweetness, a touch of chocolate, very nice

taste: high-quality milk stout, milk chocolate and roasted coffee, a touch of smoke. roasted malts, mild bitterness

mouthfeel: something seems off here - hard to articulate but just not very smooth

drinkability: good

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After having Williamsburg's IPA, which is just OK, I wasn't sure what to expect. But this easily stands up with the better coffee beers I've tried. The key is that this beer establishes a fantastic balance between the coffee and supporting beer when too often the java dominates.

The coffee beans aren't fantastic, but they're definitely still tasty. It's more on par with a decent cup of Starbucks, but nothing special like what the very best coffee beers infuse.

At the same time there's a great balance from the creamy chocolate malts (with a little roast) and lactose to balance out this beer.

Overall, I'd buy a 6-pack of this to have a respectable coffee beer around. Good ones like this are hard to find.

Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black into a pint glass with minimal head. The aroma is overwhelmingly coffee and sweetness. The taste is again mostly coffee. It's very sweet, but not very heavy. Certainly a tasty beer, and because of the light body, I could drink several at a time.

Photo of hdelavega
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerThursdays for this bonus!
Poured with vigor from a 12oz bottle to a delirium snifter glass this black as it gets stout renders a very thin mocha colored head which diminishes to a light film and them just a dot in the center of the glass due to the laser etching.
The nose yields chocolate right off the bat with some sweet roasted malt, caramel, and coffee bean aromas.
There is more coffee in the taste than the aroma, the body is pretty sweet, chocolate and dark fruit with a dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.
The mouth feel is pretty smooth there is very little carbonation. It is surprisingly drinkable do to the lower alcohol and very well balanced flavors.

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is nice with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is slightly milder than I anticipated, with tastes of lightly roasted coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery which I have found a lot in milk stouts. Overall, a nicely flavored beer with the good creaminess and mouthful of a milk stout..

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting on this particular beer for some time and it was finally bottled recently (and this one will be my 100th review).

S = A very sweet smell upfront of caramel with roasted malts in the background.

T = Very sweet upfront like an iced caramel coffee. The sweetness hangs around for a little bit until the coffee bitterness arrives to bring a wonderful balance of flavor. The finish was fantastic with a mixture of quality coffee bean roastiness and caramel sweetness. This flavor lingered for a long time...which was great!

As the beer warmed, the sweetness became more pronounced and delicious without being cloying or syrupy.

MF = The body was on the thin side and carbonation was very low. However, it was buttery smooth and incredibly easy to drink.

On a side note, this beer was brewed with fresh Guatemala Antigua coffee.

Overall, this is quite tasty and very sessionable. In fact, I can envision my historic relative, Patrick Henry, sitting in a Virginia tavern truly enjoying this beer while talking about events of the day...LOL

As far as "coffee stouts" go, it's not the most coffee dominating stout...but, it's well balanced and tasty!

I highly recommend this one.

Photo of rwf08
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black. Opaque, not light gets through this one. No head. I swirl it and I get a little, but it goes away fast. Looks like a cup of joe. That'd be great if this thing wasn't supposed to be beer.

S: Here we go! Nice roasted coffee, milk sweetness, roasted malt too. not much more but I don't want more. I want coffee.

T: Eh...not much here. Light coffee flavors, some milky sweetness. Some fruitiness and vanilla.

M: Silky, creamy, and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: Pretty darn good. I'd like more coffee roast in the flavor but it is still good and very drinkable.

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark coffee, some roastiness, deep earthiness.

L: Dark black, dark tan creamy head that dissipates. Some lacing.

T: Bitter coffee up front with some chocolate notes. Low bitterness with a very pleasant, almost milk sugar note along with milk chocolate. Finishes semi-sweet with chocolate and some roasty bitterness.

M: Medium full body, medium bodied.

Not bad, coffee was pretty subdued except in the aroma. I actually like the lactose/milk chocolate notes better than the coffee.

Photo of Cee-Poe
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A -- Little to no head... I feel there should be better head retention for this style of beer

S -- This is a quintessential coffee stout with big coffee aroma

T -- Not bad, some mild sour notes. Not sour in a spoiled beer way, however.

M -- Too thin for my liking.

O -- not a bad beer, just not one I would seek out again.

I'm a fan of coffee stouts and this one, although passable, is not in the upper tier of this style.

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a very thin tan colored head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- nice balance of day old coffee and chocolate, slightly smoky and roasty, rounded out with a lactose sweetness

T- chocolaty roasted malt up front with a hint of smoke, the coffee kicks in mid-palate with some herbal & earthy flavors and continues into the finish, eventually meshing with a milky lactose sweetness, more coffee on the linger

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth, sweet finish

O- you don't see a lot of coffee flavored milk stouts, but I think that this one worked well. The sweetness of the milk stout mixes nicely wight he bitterness of the coffee

Photo of TAMU99
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Wow!

Right up there with Samuel Smith's. This is a GREAT oatmeal stout. A black, nearly opaque beer with a tan head and thick, sticky lace. It smell deliciously of chocolate and Italian coffee. There is a heavy malt aroma from the head. A smooth mouthfeel is the background for a dark chocolate mocha flavor. Very drinkable - I could order this all night long.

Great! Pick up a pint or 12.

Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty much black, brown around the edges. Just barely a ring of light tan head.

Aroma, strong roast, malt and coffee. Maybe some cocoa.

Taste, much more malty here. Roast malt, sweeter caramel and chocolate. Finish is a little thin, mostly chocolates and mocha latte.

Light side of medium bodied. Adequate carbonation and drinks quite easy because of the lightness for the style.
Really overall it's pretty good, but could use a little "more". I would buy a sixer, probably would be a nice warm weather dark brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- brewed with guatemala antigua coffee. batch 1/15/13. consumed 5/29/13.

A: Dark hersey chocolate pour shows a 2 inch dark walnut colored head that was creamy and loose. Small speckled lace.

S: Rich cocoa at first, quickly followed by a fresh roasty nature and some dark fruit skin there after. Good level of awareness.

T: Flavor is dark fruit first, followed by the chocolate and finally a roasty finale. Roasty bitterness, milky creamer, smooth.

M:, silky, rich fresh roasty coffee with a silky smooth texture and mouthful.

O: silky texture makes this so easy going down with a roasty freshness makes this a must try.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A breakfast beer to go with my eggs and bacon. From Grape & Gourmet.

A: The milk stout is pitch brown, an all-encompassing vortex that sucks out nearly all distinguishable color. A tan head, a stark contrast to the beer, sits patiently.

S: Primarily dark malts and sweet lactose, the coffee needs to some to perk its way through to the surface. When it does, it adds a nutty java element.

T: Much more coffee in the body of the ale, a pick-me-up after getting in at 3AM. The coffee, mildly bitter, complements the lactic sweet of the milk stout. Dark, burnt grains provide a strong foundation for the sweet bitterness, a toasted and roasted combo. Taken as a whole, the ale has a nice zing to it. Lactose defines the finish.

M: Well-rounded. The coffee is ever-present but it doesn't get in the way. Plenty of lactic goodies to go around.

D: Wishing I had picked up more than one bottle right about now. A solid milk stout, one of the better ones that I've had on a long time.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A sleek opaque black... A thin medium brown colored head quickly fades leaving a scant lacing... A little carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Subdued or effective... A nice inviting coffee presence... Some chocolate and caramel notes... A bit of roasted malts...

T - A nice roasty character... Kona blend coffee... Some subtle hints of chocolate... Some very subtle hops and a bit of wheat presence... Perfect balance...

M - Medium bodied, perhaps a tad bit on the lighter side... Sharp biting carbonation... Smooth... Consistent sip after sip after sip...

D - Loaded with flavor... A relatively low ABV... I could drink several of these in a sitting... I have yet to be let down by a Williamsburg Alewerks offering...

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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.