Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009)
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Photo of engagechad
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond VA - fresh - poured into tulip

Pours beautifully but unfortunately under carbonated, even for a stout. Not much of a head but this beer is as black as black can get.
Smells of dark malts and coffee (duh), sweet on the nose.
Tastes of sweet malts and slight bitterness of the coffee, this beer is smooth as silk and overall it is a fantastic beer.

I can confidently say that this is the best beer I've ever had from my home state of Virginia.

Get it!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of biglite351
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

Photo of Kelly88
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my recently "acquired" old Rasputin pint glass

A- pours a dark brackish brown That settles into an opaque bog black. Very little head. Wispy beige head that disappears before it really appears.

S- very toasty and sweet. Pretty good smell. Very good coffee smell, almost like a cappuccino That has had one too many

T- huge chocolate coffee tastes that are amazing. A really premium tasting coffee without harsh bitterness that usually accompanies it. If actual coffee tasted like this I would drink it more often.

M- not alot of carbonation in this one, explains the small head. Kind of slick on the tongue but coats nicely. Medium bodied that feels enjoyable.

D- with such a tasty taste and sweet mouthfeel on top of a 6% brew this is a great session stout with lots of flavor

Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.



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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours solid black with a nice 2 finger fluffy tan head. Sticky spotty lacing

S- Sweet malts with tons of coffee and some chocolate notes in there.

T- Really sweet like drinking coffee with tons of cream and sugar. Slight chocolate in there and maybe some toffee or nuts. Almost like a hazelnut coffee.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.


Photo of droomyster
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a small, short-lived tan head. The nose offers a heavenly blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. The flavors are good and largely consistent with the nose and also feature roasty notes and perhaps more sweetness than the aromas suggested. Starts out with a lot of coffee and then finishes sweet and cocoa-like. Medium full body is appropriate. Overall, this is very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured nearly pitch black, with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like strong roasted coffee, with some cream and dark chocolate and molasses. Basic but delicious.
T: It tasted like strong coffee with bitter dark chocolate, and a little molasses and cream. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a bit of carbonation. Too thin.
D: This had a fantastic coffee scent and taste, but weak body. It was easy to drink, but it was ultimately only "really good". (It would have been among the top of the style if it had fuller body.) Still definitely recommended.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very little head on this beer unless poured straight into the glass with the intention of creating head. Very little lacing. The color is what is expected, a dark brown/black which should be present in a coffee stout.
S: Strong coffee grounds in the nose that overwhelms any of the malts that are present.
T: Strong coffee flavor present throughout the entire sip. Some creamy malt tones enter in the middle, but the coffee flavor storms back for the finish.
M: This is a very thin beer for a stout. The beer is not as creamy as many other coffee stouts that I have had. Mouthfeel is somewhat unappealing.
Overall, I enjoyed the flavor of the beer. It is a good beer for those who appreciate coffee, as the coffee flavor is very prevalent. However the mouthfeel is a bit of a turnoff.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a shade lighter than opaque black - some brown highlights peek through when it's held up to light. The creamy brown head is relatively small, and though retention is decent, nothing is around long enough or in enough substance to leave much lacing.

S: Equal parts vibrant, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Some definite lactic sweet notes. A mild yeasty fruitiness lies beneath the robust darker characteristics. Some light caramel/brown sugar and perhaps faint vanilla.

T: Roasty, flavorful coffee tones are, appropriately, most prominent. There's a nearly equal punch of dark chocolate, accompanied by a gradually building brown sugar and lactic sweetness. The sip finishes with a moderately roasty (never burnt), lightly fruity/berrylike, and firmly sweet flavor.

M: Medium, somewhat creamy body. Carbonation is fairly light, but the gravity is low enough that the mouthfeel never really approaches heavy or chewy territory. A bit of roasty dryness into the finish is mitigated by a fairly sweet aftertaste.

D: Some coffee-featuring stouts seem a little thin beneath the coffee character, but thankfully this has a nice chocolate and lightly fruity background presence. As a result, we get a balanced, appropriately sweet, approachable stout.

Photo of awalk1227
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/23/11, got this in a trade from kevinv, thank you great Kevin!

Served into my Surly pint

A: Pours a deep brown, but some amber highlights can be seen on the edges when held to the light. The head is actually pretty small and fizzy, even with what I thought was an aggressive pour. The collar that forms is also a very thin light brown ring, but that may be my glass.

S: I've had some pretty big coffee beers so far, and this one can't really keep up with the bigger guys. There's a coffee scent here, although I'm not sure how old the bottle is, so that may account for its muted personality. A bit of caramel and dark, toasted malt also try to break through, but the nose is kind of lacking on this one.

T+M: What the nose lacks is make up for in the taste and mouthfeel. A wonderful roasty caramel greets my tongue. It's definitely not the darkest roast of coffee, maybe a light espresso blend. I feel that it's appropriate for this lighter stout though, so I am pleased with the flavor profile. The beer is just thick and carbonated enough to give a wonderful coating despite being 5.4% ABV. It really goes down smooth, and I don't think you'll have to be in the dead of winter to fully enjoy this stout.

I would definitely drink again if I were to visit Virgina.

Photo of 7UCK
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of cavedave
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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!!

Photo of ChadQuest
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of kevinv
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Retsinis
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 fell into a wispy cap and left some lacing

S - Coffee 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

Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.