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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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88
very good

167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 56
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of stageseven
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours about as dark as one could imagine. It's straight black, with no trace of light coming through even on the sides. A vigorous pour left about a 1 finger head with somewhat poor retention. I felt like I really had to try to get any head to develop on this one.

The aroma at first has a sort of tart roast to it, a decidedly coffee bean oriented smell. It's a bit faint, but it evokes the feeling one would get walking into a coffee shop. Underneath is a hint of smoke, and a touch of caramel sweetness. I do wish the aroma was a bit stronger, as you really have to stick your nose in the glass to get a whiff of this beer. However, everything that does come through is quite pleasant.

At first sip it seems a bit light but pleasant, with a mild vanilla flavor complementing the weak roast. As it's swallowed, it seems to be missing any hint of bitterness though. While it isn't cloying at all, it tastes more like coffee would if you somehow extracted any hint of bitterness, dumped a bunch of cream in, and didn't have much roast at all. Their website has this beer listed as a milk/sweet stout, which seems more appropriate, but that is not how this beer seems to be marketed at all. I went into it expecting a whole different set of flavors. As it warms up a bit I get a little bit more of a coffee roast flavor, but it's still strongly lacking in bitterness.

In the mouth this beer is moderate-light bodied, and has a low but present level of carbonation. The lactose in it leaves a thick coating in the mouth and a slick feeling. Other than that, there's not a lot to the mouthfeel... no warmth, not a ton of substance.

I have to say that I am a little disappointed in this beer. It's not bad, it's not cloying or overly sweet, it's just not what I expected given how it was labeled. If you're being introduced to coffee stouts for the first time or find them to be too bitter or over the top usually, this is probably right up your alley. However, if you're like me and want a coffee stout that's big, bold, and has a little bit of a kick to it, pass this one by. (2,086 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch: 15JAN13

Black with a very fine point rim of light tan foam, black mirror atop otherwise. Smells of coffee, cocoa, more coffee and pretty much just cold coffee. Flavor is coffee, soil, some bitterness, a little bit of bread, some bits of unsweetened chocolate. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish; a little less body and a little much carb for the style. Overall decent, quite a bit of coffee which makes it one dimensional. (444 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Williamsburg Coffeehouse Stout has the look down, with a dark brown body, brown head and decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is mostly black coffee with some dark malt backing it up.

This is a coffee stout that is almost all coffee, with notes of black patent malt and hints of chocolate behind it. My problem with this one is a problem I run into with many coffee beers; the coffee flavors are bitter and acrid, making the beer harsh and the coffee flavor hard to appreciate. Like most beers that I find this flavor in, the coffee flavor dominates the beer, so when that flavor is off, the beer itself becomes much less desirable. With that said, the more I drink this, I taste a little bit of a creamy flavor, which imitates a creamer added to coffee. That does mellow things out a little bit (after seeing that this is a milk stout, that makes sense).

Nice amount of carbonation and the body is right where it should be.

I don't know a ton about coffee, but I do know my palate, and these harsh coffee stouts do not agree with me. Maybe a different batch would be better, especially because I have liked all of the other Williamsburg stuff that I have tried. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow!! I poured this black beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was opaque and poured a really dark head. The smell was like pecan pith. The beer tasted like COFFEE. It had great lacing but tasted like COFFEE. Very dry mouthfeel. If you like cold coffee you will like this. I did not. (291 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I like my coffee black and my beer to have a decent malt presence, so coffee stouts are generally right in my wheelhouse. This one makes a fine but common first impression, with the pour producing a deep, nearly-black brown color, but it is topped by only a fine wisp of a coffee-foam head. The aroma drastically improves my expectations, with a rich, roasty, iced-coffee aroma over more subtle notes of bittersweet cocoa and caramel malts. The flavor lets me down, though, by being surprisingly sweet compared to the aroma, with a heavy caramel malt backbone that overwhelms the roast and coffee characteristics. The texture likewise detracts, with a low-level of carbonation that results in a moderately syrupy feel that further enhances the sweetness. Overall, the beer showed promise, but the over-sweetness and under-carbonation were harmful flaws to the experience. (871 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this tick.

A: The pour is a dark brown color, nearing black, with a minimal tan head forming.

S: Not the greatest nose for a coffee beer. I get coffee grounds and acidic, roasted malts. There's some bitter chocolate to the beer as well, and maybe a touch of vanilla.

T: The roasted malts provide a strong flavor as well as some definite bitterness. Definitely a better coffee character than the nose offered, and there's a little caramel sweetness. Overall, though, it's sort of underwhelming.

M: The body is on the thin side, unfortunately, and there's a low to medium carbonation.

D: One of the few beers that I've had from these guys, but this one sort of missed the mark. I wasn't a huge fan of this one, I must say. (753 characters)

Photo of berserk4886
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with a small mocha colored head that faded quickly

Smell: Strong dark roast coffee aroma

Taste: Again, strong coffee presence with a lingering roasted/toasted aftertaste. I didn't pick up on the "creamy" taste that other reviewers have discussed.

Mouthfeel: Most disappointing part of this beer. I thought it was too thin. Watery would be a bit of an overstatement, but it's close

Overall: If you're looking for a coffee-forward beer, I would say that this one is slightly above average. The mouthfeel was too thin for me and detracted overall. (610 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, almost black, but is still semitransparent when held up to light. Very little head to speak of, and hardly any lacing.

S- Pretty mild smell; some toasted malt, coffee, caramel, etc.

T- Good taste of some roasted malts and coffee. Very little bitterness, but is slightly sweet and chocolaty. Mouth is nicely carbonated but fairly thin in my opinion.

O- Not a bad coffee stout. I like it pretty well for a lower ABV stout. First beer I have enjoyed from this brewery. Of course, I have yet to taste Cafe Royale... (531 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark mocha tan head on top of pitch black oblivion. The head doesn't stick around long and leaves no trace of any lacing.

S- a milky cream roast espresso with a sugary chocolate undertone. Vanilla hints and then more coffee.

T- coffee and cream up front with a syrupy cola like finish. The roast and the vanilla come through deep into the finish of the beer.

M- Feels like it tries to foam up to a medium bodied beer but it still is a bit thin. Really not a ton going on here.

O- The smell on this one was deep and complex. The flavor seemed to linger on for a really long time. I could drink this one again, but I wouldn't rank it as outstanding. Just a good solid above average beer. (695 characters)

Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Brown-black with ethereal beige 1/2-finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Cold cafe-au-lait aroma with strong milky, lactose component and milder espresso note. Dark maltiness plays token sweetness. Hoppiness is minimal.

T: The flavor is good but merely that with sweet latte dominating and some additional dark fruit notes.

M: Low-medium body with low carbonation and a reasonably thin feel.

D: Decent sweet coffee flavor but not much else to recommend it. (606 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.. (390 characters)

Photo of Cee-Poe
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice deep brown with some nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice deep scent with roastd grains and a noticable coffee aroma. Good taste, a nice stout with roasted grain flavors; a bit too much coffee for me and it did have some astringency. Went down fine, if slightly dry. (284 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a deep rich looking black color. There's a decent brown head that comes and goes within a few minutes. There is a light amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is mostly coffee, there isn't too much else happening on the nose here. The taste is semi sweet upfront but fades into a burnt toast bitterness with a lot of coffee throughout. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied. Overall check it out, you may like it. (444 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance dark brown, black with a mocha lacing head.

Smell: coffee, roasted malts,

Taste: coffee,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, oily texture, full body

Drinkability: Decent coffee stout, not anything outstanding. Rise Up stout from Evo is better.

Cheers,

The CPJ (291 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a deep brown-- like cola with a dark tan head. Spotty lacing and weak retention.
Smells malty sweet and roasty like coffee. Notes of caramel, roasted grains, and weak coffee.

Taste is the same. There almost seems to be a slight cream sweetness too... The coffee doesn't lend much in the way of bitterness, and the finish is very sweet.

The body is oily but much more carbonated than the appearance lead me to expect! Very bubbly...

This is not really doing it for me. It's too sweet, especially at the finish. Kind of a one-dimensional beer... If I were in the mood for a sweet, slightly coffee flavored beer, this wouldn't be bad... but it is no where near an A for the style. (711 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola color with a small, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of light coffee and chocolate notes.

Tastes of the roasted malts with a touch of bitterness. Roasted notes of a medium roast coffee lead off with semi-sweet chocolate following. Sweetens up a bit leading into a caramel note. Roasted bitterness comes in and adds to the coffee feel. Ends with a kiss of sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid stout that is worth a look at $10 a six pack. (535 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark black in the glass, and a small dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich coffee, and dark chocolate. Slight oak and a touch of licorice.

T: Coffee and chocolate, although there is a slight sharp flavor in the finish. Not nearly as rich as I would have wanted, but there the coffee notes are nice.

M: Medium, but the carbonation is a little high making it feel a lot lighter. In general I with the mouthfeel was creamer, or more smooth.

O: Overall a pretty good beer, but I don't think that is has the chew or richness I really want in the style. (568 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - touch of orange around the edges. Very quickly falling light tan head.

S - heavy coffee with roasted malts. A touch of dried fruit in the after taste.

T - coffee, dried fruit and malts.

M - solid coating but barely any tingle.

O - drinkable but this bottle is not nearly as good as the draft I had a few weeks ago. (322 characters)

Photo of nanobrew
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip.

a: A nice two finger sized tan head formed on top of the black beer. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

s: a little off putting. Strong coffee, but not a very pleasant coffee smell. A little bit of chocolate and roasted malt

t: much better than the smell, still the coffee profile is not the best I have tasted. More chocolate and sweetness in the taste than smell. No real roastiness, little hints of vanilla.

m: initially very smooth and thick, this was my favorite part of the beer. However, as I continue to drink it I continue to get more of a thin body, mainly when compared to other milk stouts.

o: not a bad beer at all. Definitely an enjoyable milk stout, though not my favorite. I would love to try this again some time next to some of my favorites. (793 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This cost $1.49 for a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

Gave a hard pour into a pint glass which gave a big 4 finger brown head wit a black body.

Bringing the glass close to the nose gave lots of espresso. I was hard pressed to pick anything else out of the fragrance profile.

The flavors were more of the same espresso, espresso, espresso. On the positive side, it was an enjoyable flavor of quality coffee. If you are looking for something with complexity you should look elsewhere.

Straight forward, nothing fancy, nice texture, superb value.

I prefer both the Left Hand Milk Stout and the Lancaster Milk Stout to this offering (629 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a half of a finger dense dark tan head that fades qucikly into a thin ring with very little lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt and dark coffee.

Taste starts with a roasty malt and some smoke, followed by sweet chocolate that over takes the hints of coffee.

Mouth Feel is medium body, very little carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel that leaves a sweet after taste. As the beer comes to room temperature it becomes sweeter.

Overall this is a good beer, I was expecting as much sweetness since it was labeled as a coffee stout. It is classified correctly as a milk sweet stout, I believe it would be a much better beer with a touch more coffee. (674 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was definitely an interesting beer, and in full disclosure I'm not a coffee fan, but this beer mixed an interesting flavor with some lacking characteristics.

This beer pours dark black with little or no dark brown head. Head fizzes out almost immediately after pouring. Nose is heavy in coffee, with a lot of toastiness in there.

The best part of the taste is the chocolate and malt which is quite plentiful. Downside is the coffee which can be overpowering and also the flat nature of the beer - it just misses on mouthfeel. Overall this one is fine, but not one I would go back to... (592 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with nice opacity. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I had to pour really aggressively in order to get just one finger; and even worse is the fact that it retains itself poorly.

S: The coffee here is more of a subtle add-on than the main focus - in other words, this isn't Wake-n-Bake, nor does it try to be. It's actually the qualities of cream and milk chocolate that are strongest; underneath that is roasted barley and the aforementioned coffee presence. Really a pleasant aroma in general.

T: The first wave of flavor that's unleashed on the tongue is a lot of milky cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee will gradually build on the midtaste and climax on the finish. The coffee comes across a little stale, and that's my biggest beef here by far. Luckily, it's not a huge problem - since this isn't a coffee-first, everything-else-second kind of stout, the subtle note can get away with being a mild deterrent behind a rock-solid cream stout.

M: I'd like just a touch less fizz to allow the creaminess of the texture to shine through better. Once allowed to fade, the softness of the texture does come through decently; but the finish isn't dry enough to allow the more bitter/roasted qualities to balance the sweetness some. The syrupy linger makes it a bit hard to drink.

O: Pretty solid. Once I realized this wasn't designed to be a coffee-bomb FBS killer, I could appreciate its subtleties a lot more thoroughly. Hardly my favorite coffee beer, but good enough where I'd considering getting a 6 pack of in the future. (1,605 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate aromas emanate from the glass. There's also an earthy must that's hard to identify.

T- The coffee comes through nicely at first but then is abruptly swept aside by metallic and burnt flavors. Not nearly as tasty as the nose would imply.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A bit disappointed since the aroma and feel are both there but the flavor just does not deliver. I'm actually starting to believe that the house yeast might be at fault here since I've had similar experiences with other beers of theirs. (861 characters)

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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.