Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
A: As black as any stout I've ever had. It took an aggressive pour to get a finger of muddy-brown head -- larger bubbles for the most part, but a thin layer of delicate bubbles on the top that lasted well after the big bubbles burst. Lacing was minimal and disappointing.
S: Initially burnt malt, followed by prunes. All subsequent sniffs were coffee, strong and earthy.
T: Sweet malt up front, then burnt malt following. After that, the coffee essence really kicked in. There was some mild hops bitterness, and some citrus & phenolic flavors, but they were drowned by the coffee.
M: Moist, with adequate (but not noteworthy) carbonation or crispness.
O: Certainly lives up to the coffee name, although it's more like someone mixed Guinness Extra Stout with cold coffee than a from-the-start coffee beer.
Just for fun, I mixed a little half & half in with the last couple of ounces, like I would with a strong cup of coffee; it actually helped...
03-18-2012 21:27:56 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
Selected this brew as a trial from a local craft beer provider. First look the beer is beautifully dark with a chocolate cream colored head on pour.
Aroma is very nice, sweet with a hint of coffee coming in shortly after, with a little hop peeping through coming from the fuggles.
Taste starts out of that of a nice milk stout but fairly quickly transfers into light premium coffee notes and finishing with slight bitterness from the hops, not over the top though.
Overall a very drinkable evening beer that can be enjoyed well into the spring, especially for all of you fellow devout stout fans.
03-05-2012 06:01:50 | More by MrMegaton09
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
03-04-2012 23:26:56 | More by BARFLYB
4.48/5 rDev +13.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Motor oil black with a small tan head.
S: The coffee hits you right away, also getting some lactose sugars and deep intense roasted malt. This beer has a very strong, intense aroma that you can almost taste.
T: I was worried that the coffee would overwhelm based on the aroma, but instead it is incredibly well balanced. There's coffee bean, brewed coffee, milk, sugary malts. Amazing taste.
M: Just a bit on the thin side, but in a good way - it's incredibly creamy, smooth and easy drinking.
This is among the best I've had in the style, if not the best. With Cafe Royale selling out so quickly, it's nice to have this beer available as well, since it actually sits on the shelves for a couple weeks/months during the winter.
03-04-2012 05:59:37 | More by Crazyale
4/5 rDev +1%
Pours dark brown, almost black with no real head at all. As advertised, the nose smells like coffee. Definite coffee flavor along with mild sweetness and some roasted malt. It ends a bit thin and weak, but this is a good offering notwithstanding the finish.
As a confessed coffee addict, my biggest pet peeve on most "coffee beers" is that the coffee flavor is too hidden to discern. This is one of the few "coffee beers" that actually delivers!
I'd like to see the brewer pump this offering up into a double - it would have the potential to be outstanding if Williamsburg kicked it up a notch.
03-04-2012 04:12:26 | More by 57md
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
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.
03-01-2012 17:20:05 | More by Rhettroactive
4/5 rDev +1%
Interestingly enough, I had no idea that this was a sweet/milk stout when I bought it. I'm glad, because I don't think there are enough of those around, as they are very delicious.
On the nose I defiantly get some of that lactose sweetness.. it's an unmistakably a good scent. Behind that, I get a good bit of roast, however no coffee per-se. It smells so good, though, that I don't care about the lack of coffee in the aroma.
Coffeehouse Stout is india ink black in color with a tan head and nice (large) lacing. No light gets though this beer. It looks great!
The flavor is where the coffee comes in. It's the first thing that I taste. Beyond that is a wonderful sweet roast flavor. Like chocolate covered coffee beans sans-chocolate. Quite tasty!
Mouthfeel is full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall this is quite drinkable and really really good. Williamsburg Alewerks surprises me again (first surprise was their Pumpkin Ale) with another solid beer.
02-29-2012 01:46:20 | More by tlazaroff
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.
S: Lots of robust and roasted coffee aromas on the nose. Underneath lie sweet and creamy chocolate notes, blending well with the more robust coffee aromas. Smells quite good.
T: Roasted malts up front followed by robust coffee flavors. There are some bitter chocolate notes that follow with a finish that is lightly bitter with char flavors.
M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could use either more carbonation or a thicker body.
O: A pretty decent coffee stout overall. It smells great, though the flavor doesn't quite match up to the aroma. Still, it's an enjoyable and drinkable beer.
02-21-2012 20:48:37 | More by n2185
3.28/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
02-08-2012 21:37:51 | More by berserk4886
Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.