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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 48
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009)
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Photo of meatyard


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1-finger, brown head that quickly falls to nothing without lacing. Body is an opaque black.

The smell is lots of coffee, a little bit of licorice and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is a very sweet, roasted coffee. There's not a lot else going on other than a light bitterness and some mild astringency in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like coffee beer then you should enjoy this one quite well. It is an easy drinking, good coffee stout with a nice, low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:49:44 | More by meatyard
Photo of Vdubb86


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to billab914 for this bottle.

I will say upfront that this beer surprised me with being as good as it was. I looked at other reviews in advance along with my thoughts on AleWerks in the first place (decent, but nothing special. This beer poured a sexy looking black abyss into the glass, topped off by a wonderful brown foam that had decent head retention. The smell was of quality coffee, and you can tell from stout to stout which one was made with burnt leftover gas station coffee and who uses the premium stuff. This is premium stuff. Aside from the obvious coffee aroma there was a touch of vanilla and perhaps some nutmeg. The taste was quality like the aroma, but a tad on the sweet side. Much sweeter than I take my coffee, but I'm putting this beer on par with the CW Brewhouse Coffee stout. This thing is up in that pantheon for coffee stouts. The mouthfeel is pretty slick with the standard medium slightly chewy mouthfeel that most stouts should have. This is an easy beer to take down. I wish I had this around me at all times, but alas I have to hope for it in extras. If you see it, buy it, it's that good. And usually I'm pretty picky as to what stouts I find to be quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:35:30 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of argock


3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:17:58 | More by argock
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kevinv for this Virginia gem.

Pours darkest black, topped by a stunning cap of light brown whipped cream that hangs in for a long time. A swirl lets oily streaks of bubbles form slow rivers on the glass.

The nose is medium roast coffee and tart yeast, with some neutral sweet, and hints of burnt sugar in there. Maybe some grassy hops in the mix.

Sweeter than the nose predicted, it also hits me this first sip is taken before this fully opens. Think I'll get back to this in a few minutes. -- That's better, this beer really needs to warm. Quite sweet, even for style, but not overly sweet. It immediately picks up coffee and lighter chocolate flavor, just a hint of tart yeast, just a hint of floral hop, and transitions into a long period of delicious cup of coffee flavor. The finish is similar to coffee, with lightly bitter elements remaining on the palate. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel is light body, medium side of high carb., lightly viscous, and a very good finish. Hard to properly judge this as it should be standing against coffee stouts, not milk stouts.

Drinkability is top of the class. Yummy, refreshing brew, let's have another sip now.

Impression: I am sure to try and get this again. Buy this if you see it, quite tasty!!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:36:25 | More by cavedave
Photo of ChadQuest


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with thin latte colored lacing. Aroma has some roasted malts, coffee, powdered chocolate and brazilian nuts.
The flavor is well done, the coffee comes through with a level of strong roastyness that is missed by some other notable Coffee stouts. Lactose, vanilla and very subtle caramel round out the flavor profile to balance it out.

Above average for sure. Glad i have another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 05:01:16 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of kevinv


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. No dating on bottle, but this should be pretty fresh seeing as it just came out.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown color. Only about a 1/4-finger tall dark mocha colored head which dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - Beautiful aromas of roasted coffee, smooth milk chocolate, and dark roasted malts. No presence of alcohol.

T - Very strong notes of coffee. I haven't tasted coffee this prominent in any other milk stout. A light sweetness comes through with creamy milk chocolate. Only the slightest presence of alcohol in the finish.

M - An extremely smooth and an above-medium body. The body of this one seems to be much more full than many milk stouts I've tried recently, but I wouldn't call it "full-bodied." Seems to have low carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. There was an excellent balance of coffee and chocolate notes throughout. This is a great coffee beer and I'm glad it's local.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:57:34 | More by kevinv
Photo of Retsinis


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at Wegman's in Woodbrigde while on vacation in VA.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

For the appearance, this beer poured a rich black with cappuccino or a dark tan head. Very little head on an initial pour. Shook the last little contents in the bottle to stir up some carbonation to lay on top, and it is evident that though there was not a great deal of head at first, a two inch head was able to sit on top, so it is well carbonated. Little to no lacing.

For the aroma, if your like me, and appreciate a really good cup of joe, then dive into this. Coffee, espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Starbucks anyone? I mean that in a good way too.

The flavors in the taste mirror the nose. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Clean finish. The alcohol is almost totally not found, and unlike many coffee stouts, this one is NOT dry, well done.

The mouth feel is light to medium, and goes down creamy smooth. Easily finished this, and went for another one.

Overall, this is a nicely balanced coffee stout, and is not too sweet, or dry. I'm almost curious if one were to let this go flat, then heat in a microwave, you could pass it to someone, and they would think it was just a fresh cup of good coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 16:21:49 | More by Retsinis
Photo of tempest


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 06:33:35 | More by tempest
Photo of ffejherb


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/31/11.

A - Black carbonated liquid with deep burgundy highlights around the edges and a dark tan head that receded quickly, leaving very little lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Moderate roasted malt character with a pleasant coffee aroma. Hints of chocolate and lactic notes round out the nose.

T - Initial flavor blends mild coffee and lactose. This stout is not overly roasty as one would expect from a coffee beer. Instead, the flavor is quite sweet with just mild coffee bitterness and earthy, herbal hop notes. Finishes with just a hint of astringency in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily texture and quite a bit of bristly carbonation. Finishes with faint bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Solid coffee stout, although it's on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Still, there is enough of a coffee presence to please. Overall, this was a nice introduction to this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 02:26:40 | More by ffejherb
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pint on tap at bluedog.

A- comes to me with a good finger or so of tan head that settles slowly to leave a sparse cap and a thin ring. Body is very dark brown almost black.

S- coffee and a light chocolate milk sweetness on top of a good amount of roasted malts.

T- opens up with a nice roasted coffee and milk chocolate hit like the nose but not as good. There's a bit of a vanilla coke thing going that I'm not super diggin but the coffee comes back around and rights the ship.

M- on the lighter side of body with a medium carb that tingles a bit and lighten things up a bit more then I'd like. A touch less carb or a scooch more body would be nice.

D- its tasty but not great. The coke thing puts me off a bit but for a super drinkable coffee stout its pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 05:02:20 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of thain709


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

A - The body was a deep, dark brown that wasn't allowing any light to get through...there was a small one finger head that was tan in color...it fell into a wispy cap and left some lacing

S - Coffee obviously...it was fresh roasted with a touch of cream...there were some other roasted notes

T - Sweet flavors hit your palate initially...cream and vanilla helped to sweeten things up and add a touch of creaminess to the body...a slight lactic flavor was also present but the coffee soon rushed in and took over the rest of the palate...the flavor was stong, again with roasted and creamy notes...a stronger coffee flavor finished the beer which lead to a slight, but enjoyable bitterness

M - Medium bodied...this one wasn't heavy at all...smooth and creamy all around

D - I think I could have this one for breakfast...I enjoyed the coffee presence in the beer...they were strong and straight forward...the only reason I didn't score it higher was because of the slight lactic flavor I was picking up

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 16:05:04 | More by thain709
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Williamsburg AleWerks Coffeehouse Stout has strong coffee aroma and flavor but a flat fleeting feel.

It poured black with no head and left no lace. The smell was very strong freshly brewed coffee. It had one of the best coffee aromas I've experienced. The flavor was also good, but more muted and with a slightly artificial finish. The feel was light and weak, a little bubbly and short-lived.

Coffeehouse Stout has great coffee character but lacks the kind of feel that makes great stouts memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:44:17 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of billab914


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:48:45 | More by billab914
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - beautiful dark brown with a thin white head. minimal lacing, expecting a bit more.
s - Coffee coffee coffee. A hint of chocolate with honey as well.
t - Coffee again, with a nice sweetness and chocolate followed by a slight fruitiness, perhaps cherry?
m - very low carbonation and quite creamy. medium body, a bit less than expected
d - one or two max, I found that this was very very filling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 02:23:24 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of philbe311


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 00:58:13 | More by philbe311
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours jet freaking black with a one finger brown head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is minimal

S- even with a shot nose, I get some nice strong coffee with some cocoa sweetness and a little bit of the milk in there

T- this isn't your typical milk stout...huge burst of strong coffee, balanced nicely with milky sweetness and a little bit of chocolate too. Very tasty

M- nothing special going on here, about what you'd expect from a milk stout. A tad bit on the thin side

D- this is dangerously drinkable...well, not dangerously since the ABV is low, but you get the point. Really, really good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:30:08 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of ncaudle


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.
pours dark black with thin head that left no lacing.

coffee. I hope so considering its name is "coffeehouse stout".
sweet, sweet coffee... taste brings again, coffee, but there's a nice oatmeal and caramel sweetness. nicely balanced.

nice thickness. light to medium while slightly viscous.
one of the better coffee stouts I've had.

easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:55:06 | More by ncaudle
Photo of womencantsail


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 17:15:47 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Gobzilla


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:05:25 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of akorsak


4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:13:06 | More by akorsak
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A blackish-brown body crowned with a minimal frothy tan head that dissipates to a pin stripe.

S: Rich roasted coffee smell as well as sweet milk chocolate. Kind of reminds me of a Starbucks Iced Mocha.

T: A very simple, yet very very tasty beer. Again, it reminds me of an Iced Mocha (in other words a little lean in flavor). Almost too light to be a stout, but it still works. Strong coffee flavor with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Faint notes of vanilla. Dry aftertaste that is not long lasting.

M: Smooth & creamy. Some what rich, but could have been thicker. Light carbonation & medium body.

D: Definitely could have this breakfast no doubt. Great beer, but it's main down fall is that the flavor could have been richer. Love it. Could drink a 6 pack easily. If the flavor had been a bit more complex I would say it would have been up there with Surly Coffee Bender.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:16:42 | More by BrewCrew2010
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:23:45 | More by ebby82
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New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours espresso black with a thin tan head that reduces mostly to a ring on top. A few suds cling to the tulip glass.

Cracking the cap and pouring the brew releases a magnificent wave of fresh coffee aroma. The dark roasted Guatemala Antigua beans smell great. No metallic notes, just fresh roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate and roasty malts. Really captures the coffee well.

Rich, smooth coffee and light chocolate on the tongue. Roasted dark malts mixed with a decent amount of sweetness that cuts the majority of the bitterness and leaves a well balanced stout. The coffee level is about perfect.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, with ample carbonation. The body is pretty good for a 5% stout. I wish it was a little thicker, but then you would probably be encroaching on the imperial category.

This beer is extremely drinkable for a coffee stout. The bottle went down much too quickly. Great coffee aroma and flavor. Well balanced with a smooth body. Williamsburg has a winner on their hands with this brew. One of the best sessionable coffee stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 21:06:41 | More by sisuspeed
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with minimal head. What head there is is a chocolate milk color that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is brewed with roasted Guatemala Antigua coffee and the aromas of that are pretty evident in the nose. Other aromas include chocolate, vanilla, and leather. Strong coffee flavor to this one for sure! pretty much just like drinking an iced coffee. Bitterness throughout. Medium mouthfeel. Not the best coffee stout our there but definitely a solid performer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 19:13:11 | More by kbutler1
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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours viscous with a creamy brown head. There isn't much head there, and the retention seems low. May just be too cold.
S: Nothing amazing. Hints of cocoa and coffee. Maybe a touch of roasted barley.
T: WOW! Smooth coffee flavor with loads of roasted cacao and molasses. Reminds me of a light version of Breakfast Stout.
M: Goes down smooth. Not to dry. It is on the sweet side of the chart, but not too sweet that it is cloying. Carbonation is low, which I think fits the style perfectly.
D: This tastes great and is so smooth. I could easily drink a few pints without even feeling full.

I think this is a great beer and I was very surprised at the flavor. I have heard horror stories about Williamsburg Ale Works beers, but every one I have tried so far has been fantastic. I am really falling in love with this small brewery. I think their current beers could easily take on the top breweries in the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 23:18:50 | More by raverjames
Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.