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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 51
Gots: 44 | 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 mater
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black body and a thinnish offwhite head despite a swift pour that dissipated in a hurry. Hopefully the glass is properly clean.

Nose is deep, tarry coffee, with some woody sweetness, if that makes any sense.

Taste is classical coffee stout, but rather sweet-- as the description suggests, like a milk stout. The net result is something more like coffee with cream and sugar. In the best way, of course.

Mouthfeel is fine, a bit grainy.

It's nice. Not off-the-wall or outstanding, but definitely nice. Decent for the price point, too.

Photo of TheIronHammer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black color. Head is medium tan.

S: In the beginning is coffee aromas. Then there is an aroma of dried fruits, like raisins or dried cherries behind the coffee aroma.

T: Coffee. There is a creaminess to this stout. The coffee and it play off each other well. Finish is pretty long.

Mf: This stout has a med-heavy body. The carbonation is fairly substantial, and goes well with the style.

O: This is a pretty good stout. The nose, taste, and carbonation are well balanced. The mouthfeel could be a bit heavier, but it doesn't detract. It has a pleasant appearance. Over, it's a good beer. I will buy this one again.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark near black with coffee hued highlights around the edges. a hefty pour yields a decent one-finger dark mocha colored head that has good retention and fair lacing left behind.

aroma of coffee, cream, and some earthy malt. lots of fresh brewed coffee and a touch of espresso. cocoa and milk.

taste is sweet. caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. no question this is a sweet stout by style... coffee second. looking for a touch more coffee, but this one is deliciousness.

mouth is moderate. ample carbonation. a touch slick and sticky, but for the flavors, it works alright. carbonation a smidgen high, but not offensively so.

delicious. I wish it had a touch more coffee to it, and a touch less sweet. but I like my coffee black, not loaded with cream and sugar. so maybe that's why I'm not completely sold. That being said, I'd definitely seek this one out if I could.

Photo of hdelavega
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerThursdays for this bonus!
Poured with vigor from a 12oz bottle to a delirium snifter glass this black as it gets stout renders a very thin mocha colored head which diminishes to a light film and them just a dot in the center of the glass due to the laser etching.
The nose yields chocolate right off the bat with some sweet roasted malt, caramel, and coffee bean aromas.
There is more coffee in the taste than the aroma, the body is pretty sweet, chocolate and dark fruit with a dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.
The mouth feel is pretty smooth there is very little carbonation. It is surprisingly drinkable do to the lower alcohol and very well balanced flavors.

Photo of PhageLab
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Jet black brew that created a solid one finger head. Retention was solid and some nice lacing was left behind.

S - Delicious and pungent aroma of dark chocolate malts and mountain roasted coffee. Smells fresh and clean.

T - Slight tartness with a mildly bitter bite. Flavor profile is a nice blend of coffee beans, raisins, and chocolate.

M - Full bodied with a low carbonation level. Clean feel and tangy aftertaste.

D - Very tasty and an easy drinker. Probably the best I've had from the AleWerks and definitely one that I think could compete at a national level.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 3/6/11. Batch Code 12 9 10. 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Small but long lasting creamy head, dark red cedar brown in color. Pitch black body. Lacing is spare.

S & T: Pure malt decadence featuring lightly roasted aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, cookie and nuts. Hops add resin and wood. There is an out of place sourness to the nose, although very light and not offensive. It wasn't not bad per se, just out of place. Either way, I couldn't identify what it was. (I didn't realize this beer was a milk stout when I reviewed it, if that makes my notes any clearer. Perhaps what I picked up was lactose qualities.) There's no ABV listed on the label, but I thought this one was a full percentage point higher than the listed 5.4%.

M: Medium to medium full in body, thick in texture. Carbonation is appropriately average. The finish is equal parts chalky, astringent and bitter - all in very light quantities.

D: I was pleasantly impressed with this beer and would definitely seek it out again. Of the two bottles I bought, there was a noticeable amount of variation. The first was spectacular while the second was only above average. Maybe it was something I ate on the day of the latter.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with quick rush of bubbly brown head, gone quickly leaving little spots. Smell combined notes of spent coffee grounds and melted semi-sweet and milk chocolate - not the best notes individually but pleasant. Taste brings an initial dry and roasty coffee character but it is quickly covered up by notes of mocha and chocolate fudge. Fuller side of medium bodied, solid creamy feeling combines with a light powdery quality. A nice sweet stout with some quality flavor notes.

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobertkuekn for this. I love a good coffee stout, so I was excited to find this in his box for me.

Batch code: 7/28/11. Seems pretty fresh to me.

Poured into a snifter. The short head didn't stick around long, leaving a slightly viscous black liquid in the glass.

Smells of nice rich coffee. The roast isn't overly strong or bitter smelling. In fact, there are lots of chocolate notes going on with maybe a hint of herbal hop profile to the aroma.

Coffee isn't as potent in the flavor as in the nose, sadly. Instead the milk stout qualities take hold. Warm toasty malts are bold, while a chalky cocoa power property rounds it all out.

Smooth and very easy drinking at first. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly dry with a powdery texture on the palate.

Overall a solid coffee beer. Definitely worth trying, though if you can afford it Bells Java and FBS are going to be much better options for the coffee beer lover.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of ksurkin
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours slightly thick and utterly black as night with a thin, light beige head and sheet lacing. aroma blew me away. huge dark roasted coffee, praline, cocoa, and a hint of dark fruit. flavor was amazing as well and truly matched the aroma. tastes of rich black coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and hints of vanilla,with a lingering bitter coffee finish. mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery which is the only true knock on this beer. overall, a delicious brew. like a poor-mans breakfast stout. Geoff is certainly doing solid work at AleWerks and if this one is any indication, i can’t wait for the new brewmasters series. *UPDATE* new batch from January 2010: wow, has this one gotten even better. much more expresso-like on the nose and the flavor boasts new subtleties of toffee, cinnamon, graham cracker, and ash. the palate, which may have been a bit thin in the first batch, is much silkier and rich on the tongue. great work, geoff!

Photo of scottyshades
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobertkuekn for this fine extra in our trade! It so happens that I really love milk stout and this a new brewery for me

A: Pours a pitch black color with a small creamy khaki color head. Retention is short-lived

S: Tons and tons of coffe in the aroma, along with chocolate, chcolate covered strawberries, and a decent amount of roast.

T: the flavor is not quite as good as the nose. Lots of coffee, subtle vanilla, lots of milk and dark chocolate, and lactose that I didnt notice before

MF: Sweet and chewy, creamy velvety feel to it, real easy to drink

O: Pretty impressed with this one, I love the massive dose of coffee

Photo of Gushue3
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DoctorB2B for this extra, enjoying during UFC

A- comes out of the bottle black with transparent spots here and there. 1 finger head that had moderate retention and not too much lacing.

S- nice sweetness from dark malt and milk chocolate with a nice coffee roast and sweet coffee beans. This beer is cold and is still pretty pungent.

T- sweet milk chocolate that isnt too overboard followed by coffee. Nice balance that doesnt overpower either main flavor

M- this has a heavier mouthfeel, yes it is somewhat cold. The carbonstion is minimal which makes for a nice velvety smooth drink

O- nice enjoyable beer. Wishing the taste was a little more bold but tasty none the less

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of drizzam
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark opaque black in color, topped by a half finger tan head. Some minor spotty lacing left behind.

S - Dark malt, sweet chocolate and that lactose smell you would expect from this style of brew. A very mild coffee bean aroma provides an accent to all the rest, but you almost have to strain to get it.

T & M - The chocolate is more noticeable than I would have guessed if I had just judged from the aroma. The coffee provides a slight accent but it's overtaken by the sweetness of the lactose. It's an interesting combination actually. Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel...almost oily.

D - A very drinkable brew, the first I've had from this brewery. Solid, and worth a try.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of stageseven
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. Some small light tan head. Some cling.

S - Coffee and malt. Hard to say more.

T - Nice. Much like smell, sweet end unexpected. Thinner than expected, too.

M - Medium body, fair carb, fair balance. A little simpler than I would have liked. It had way more potential.

D - A good offering. Nice job.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter on 1/5/11.

Pours a watery black with an inch of light brown head that dissipates to no lacing.

Smells like a cappacino from a Starbucks. Lots of coffee and bitter sweet dark chocolate. Lots of brown sugar and toffee as well. Very nice smell.

Taste is roasted malts and light coffee business. Some bitter but not much. I would have liked to see more complexity but it does a good job at the attempt.

Mouthfeel is nice through the pallet leaving a tingling but nothing else.

Overall this is a great beer. Some richness problems.

Photo of chilly460
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black topped by a cap of light brown cream that hangs in for a long time. Oily residue sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Medium roast coffee some neutral sweet malts, and hints of burnt sugar in there. Grassy hops at the end.

T - Immediate coffee and lighter chocolate flavor, just a hint of yeastiness. Some floral hops that really fade to more of the pure high quality cup of coffee flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation. Could be a touch thicker for the style.

O - Very nice brew, does everthing as expected. Needs more robust flavor profile to be considered elite.

Photo of dafizzif
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Stout review =D
Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a toffee colored head. Very slight red-ish and brown accents.
Smell: Smells good coffee with toffee undertones and quite a bit of chocolate. Very nice.
Taste: Coffee with a good amount of creamy flavors. The undertones that were present in the nose are not as noticeable here, which would have been nice, but still, this tastes awesome. No substantial hoppy bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel: Little carbonation. Also at times feels a bit slick/watery.
Overall: A really awesome brew that exemplifies an underrated brewery. Will drink many times in the future and will definitely recommend to everyone.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black with some brown and red tinges around the end. The liquid is actually pretty clear, but very dark. The head is ok and the lacing is pretty good.

Smells of creamy caramel with soft, smooth, cappuccino to milk chocolate backbone.

Taste is of sweet, smooth coffee and chocolate, almost like a glass of chocolate milk with a shot of espresso.

Feel is medium and smooth, sweet, with a lightly lingering coffee aftertaste.

Drinks well. A smooth, easy to drink after dinner type beer.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good coffee stout, leaning on the lighter side but rather pleasing.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple brown label perfunctorily designed with the image of a bag of coffee beans and the name of the brew. Notes brewing with Guatemala Antigua Coffee. Shows batch code 7 29 11. Served in a snifter.

A - Very dark brown, almost black pour, short and short lived head, laving a minimal surface ring, with some isolated touches of lacing.

S - Fair coffee nose, pleasing without being too rich or complex.

T - Flavor takes it a step up without much fanfare. Fair coffee notes, a bit of lactose/milk chocolate, minimal bitter dash with a sweet layer.

M - Medium body, leaning sometimes on medium/light, with soft carbonation that provides a good tingle in the finish.

O - It actually flows pretty well and makes for a nice light coffee stout.

Notes: Nothing extraordinary but rather quaffable. The coffee itself without being extraordinary feels good and adequate and all in all it comes together nicely. Glad to have tried this one, in particular in light of some recent flops with coffee stouts.

Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.