Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 56
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rich chocolate syrup, chocolate bars, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is of chocolate covered espresso beans covered in chocolate syrup. A nice roasted coffee bean bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking. Still glad I got to try this one though. (615 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some of this at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour yields a black brew that is completely opaque. A very small head forms initially and then falls down quite quickly. There is a very thin collar and a few spots of lace from where the head was momentarily. The nose is beautiful with really strong notes of semi0sweet and dark chocolate. Very heavy. Great roasted coffee hitting in the background.

The flavor is not quite good as the nose, but is quite extravagant. The chocolate is layered and reminds me of virtually everything chocolate-related that I could possibly enjoy. Loads of chocolate cake and a good amount of coffee as well. Mouthfeel is quite thick and lovely with lowish levels of carbonation. Love, love, love the fact that this is only 5.4% ABV. Damn is this drinkable and overall, I can't get enough of this. (873 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky tan cap that hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of splashy foam and viscosity around the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Rich mocha, with coffee, lactose and chocolate elements

Taste: Mocha flavor dominates, up front, with coffee and milk chocolate galore; by mid-palate, there is some welcome bitterness but, after the swallow, the sweeter aspect of this beer returns to the fore

Mouthfeel: A little flabby on the tongue as it is moderately heavy with relatively little carbonation

Drinkability: Straightforward coffee; I rather like that in this beer (617 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 oberon
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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. (582 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 TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Azurelimits for this dose o' short-range nostalgia!

I'm digging this newer label, what with the faux wax seal and all. Fancy. The beer inside pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of ashy-ecru foam. The nose comprises a sweet coffee mixed with a velvety rich dark chocolate. Some roasted malts, a clear prerequisite as per usual, finish things up in the back. There may or may not be a small amount of maple syrup in there as well. Just sayin'. The taste leans a bit more toward the chocolate end, but the coffee remains, staunch as ever. It's a very simple combination, but it's done to near perfection here. Very tasty. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, straight up. (833 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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!!! (1,602 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee beer. Though, to be ornary, I would have guessed that this was a porter. I guess that's the milk stout thing though. Moving on though.

Nice coffee tones. More of a mellow ride than a blast in the mouth. Consistent, which I appreciate, since a lot of coffee beers seem to drop off too quickly. Feels good going down, though the carbonation was a bit excessive at certain points. Nice drinker. Liked this one. (420 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a dark brownish black with a small tannish head. Pretty standard coffee stout aroma: dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Basic coffee stout taste as well, following the aroma, with roasty malts, coffee, slightly bitter, creamy sweetness. Not quite full-bodied, but still nice and smooth, and very drinkable. Good selection. (375 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on 3/12/10 at Galaxy Hut.

a - Pours black with 2 inches of brown head. No retention.

s - Smells mostly of coffee, although it is not as strong as I would have thought. Also has a certain sweet smell to it.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and cream. A little bit of sweetness to it; pretty enjoyable.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body.

d - A pretty good stout. Had a nice sweet vanilla taste that mixed well with the coffee. Would try it again. (479 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee with light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate and fudge.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate and a touch of milk chocolate with only minimal amounts of sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Very easy to drink and it has a low enough ABV to be just about sessionable. I really enjoy coffee beers and this one did not disappoint. Definitely glad that I found it and got the opportunity to try it - and will gladly get it again in the future. (1,255 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up thinking it was a coffee stout/ now I see it's a sweet/milk stout. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A hiss with a pry, this liquid comes out black and settles in the glass blacker. A very short lived cap that leaves nothing. Kinda flimsy.

Smell is dank chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla. Roast is up there and malts galore. Smell is bigger than it's counterparts though. Pungent, easy to detect.

The sweet kicks in and dominates the coffee in taste. Sweet lactose/milk, with milk chocolate and a faint bitter roast at the end. Some coffee in the aftertaste, that's about it.

The feel comes off a bit watery on each sip. I would say this is the smallest step up from light bodied as imaginable. The carb is not very pronounced and comes off kinda dead, but for some reason it works in the style. More bubbles please.

All in all a decent beer to kick back and relax to, without having to overthink anything about the beer. One was plenty for me. Glad to tick another brewery. (999 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark brown color with half an inch of frothy tan foam covering the top. The head formed a ring around the edges of the glass and left some pretty good as I lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows the coffee to it most prominently. I get a little of the milk stout sweetness behind it but not much. The coffee is really the main focus of it and smells pretty much like fresh ground coffee.

The taste has a very nice mix of roasty coffee and a sweeter, creamy, almost milky flavor. I get more of the coffee at first with some of the roasty and bitterness. Towards the finish the creamy milk stout qualities really come out and balances out the coffee with it's sweetness. The sweetness lingers some but overall it has some very nice balance and contrast between the flavors.

The mouthfeel is a bit above medium bodied but I wouldn't call it heavy. Carbonation is moderate, probably about the maximum I'd like it to be for the style. Drinkability is very good, I really enjoyed it and found it to be an excellent beer overall. The sweetness of the milk stout mixed with the bitterness of the coffee perfectly. I really enjoyed this one a lot more then I anticipated going in and really think it's one of the best coffee flavored beers I've had. (1,306 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. You bought the milk stout... yes I did... but hey it's Alewerks.. and if they make Cafe Royale.. say no more.

This is easily one of the darkest milk stouts I've seen. Thick black walnut color out of the bottle matching to fill the body. A simple off creamy to foamy head, manages three finger tall and settles to a flat puck of two fingers with ease. A nice capped looking stout.

Bouquet on this is solid, just not amazing. Simple light roasted malts, hints of small chocolate and charing. Strangely not much sense of coffee, but a good milky bent that hints to style. It's actually a nice subtle and pleasant aroma. It's also not overly sweet.

Palate comes nicely. Slightly light and with a bit of prickly carbonation, but the mouthfeel doesn't distract the palate too much. Light hints of milk and hinting to bitter roast and chocolate angles. Kind of waffery and very light. Real easy drinking mouthfeel and slight milk but not creamy thickness which is alright.

It's a good milk stout in my realm, a style I am not usually a fan of. But it's not overly sweet, has a good waffery light cookie quality, and chocolate hints. Strangely though of all the things it should hint at, coffee isn't one of them. But I don't care, it drinks well either way. (1,303 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored head.
Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Some cream and roasted malt chime in as well. In the taste, coffee bean and vanilla cream. Mild leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Mostly like a good iced coffee, getting some mocha from this. Medium bodied feel, medium carbonation with waning retention. Overall, this is an enjoyable coffee beer I will have again. (408 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/20/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Brown bordering on black with a short-lived light brown head.

S: Medium roast coffee with a dash of nuttiness and a restrained earthiness. Sweet dark chocolate blends in nicely with a soft roasted malt presence. Licorice is light.

T: The flavor has a nice coffee and cream combination going on. The coffee seems a medium roast with a dash of earthiness and it's devoid of astringency and harshness. There's some sweet dark chocolate with a touch of brown sugar. The finish is drying with a dash of licorice.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A nice coffee Stout. Recommended. (662 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a much bigger beer then it actually is, almost RIS like. A standard pour yields a creamy and thick one finger head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Creamy milk chocolate and a pot of morning blend.

T: Close your eyes and you'd literally think that you're drinking an iced coffee. Freshly harvested and unroasted coffee beans. The lactic acid is kept masterfully in check, as it balances the coffee to near perfection. This is a delicious beer.

M: Top shelf. AleWerks hits this out of the damn ballpark. Thick and rich beyond a 5.4% ABV beer should be. This is bigger and better then many a 10% ADIS. Seriously.

O: Killer stuff. Williamsburg AleWerks has set the bar for Milk Stouts, as this is easily the best non-BA'ed MS I've had. Between this and their Cafe Royale, they literally own the style.

Seek this out with haste. (919 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black bodied beer with a small tan head that settles quickly and minimal lacing. Assertive aroma of freshly brewed dark roast coffee and roasted malts. Smells great for a coffee beer, that’s for sure.

Taste begins with a burst of fresh coffee flavor and the accompanying roastiness you’d expect from both the coffee and the malt. Light sweetness, caramel, cream, very faint earthy hops adding to the bitterness. The flavor seems to lack depth to a certain degree; it’s quite vivid upon first tasting but seems to dissipate quickly, leaving me wanting more. Dry finish and minimal aftertaste reinforces this feeling.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation; slightly smooth and creamy. Decent enough mouthfeel, not too big though. I really enjoyed this beer, primarily the aroma and first tasting, but was left feeling like it could have been better. Again, the flavor seems to vanish too quickly leaving you wanting something more. A definite recommendation for coffee fans, though. (990 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/15, consumed 2/4.

Pours a very dark brown, near black, thin but attractive head.

Smell is all rich coffee at first, backed up by lightly roasted malt. Give it some time and some sweet chocolate and vanilla appear, but the coffee is front and center.

Taste is more of a balance, still plenty of coffee but there's also milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet lactose. Well balanced, good coffee flavor but not a coffee bomb.

Slightly less carb than I'd like but still a nice and silky mouthfeel and good drinkability.

A great coffee stout that isn't totally dominated by coffee. Very good!

7.9/10 (602 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark as night black with a thin brown head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely had some big coffee notes with burnt char, slight oatmeal grians, and faint chocolate notes. The taste has more chocolatey flavor mixing real good with the coffee notes alongside roasty burnt char and oatmeal grain accents. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty burnt char, slight astringent, and silky finish. The beer was more roasty and smokey than anticipated but still drank decent. I still think it would have had a better balance if it had more chocolate flavors. (643 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.50. Not sure where they get a "97 points" on Rate beer since this is just an above average stout. Look is a fairly deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smell is much more exciting with fresh roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, and a touch of ashy roast. Taste is a bit letdown it is quite balanced for a milk stout with some cocoa flavors and caramel malts but coffee roast is very muted. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on with a creamy consistency and a medium body.

Overall I may have had better impressions with a fresh batch since this was bottled on 1/13. A few months may have really impacted the deep coffee flavor that MIGHT have been in this beer. May try it again sometime down the road. (751 characters)

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