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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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 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.

tempest, Feb 04, 2011
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.

ffejherb, Feb 01, 2011
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.

oglmcdgl, Jan 31, 2011
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

thain709, Jan 29, 2011
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.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 23, 2011
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.

billab914, Jan 22, 2011
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.

mountsnow1010, Jan 22, 2011
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...

philbe311, Jan 22, 2011
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.

bigfnjoe, Jan 21, 2011
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.

ncaudle, Jan 09, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Jan 03, 2011
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 03, 2011
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.

akorsak, Oct 24, 2010
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.

BrewCrew2010, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of ebby82
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.

ebby82, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
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.

sisuspeed, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of raverjames
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.

raverjames, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass an opaque black with a wispy tan head. A bit of lacing clings to the glass.

Nice aroma. When a beer has the name "coffee" in it's title, it better damn well have some coffee in the flavor and aroma. This one delivers on the aroma for sure. Not really freshly brewed coffee but a cold pressed coffee aroma. Smells seasonal.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma. The coffee is a bit more subdued but is still up front and very worthy. Coffee and some toasty notes make up the majority of the flavor. I wanted coffee and I got it!

This is a wonderful coffee stout. Plenty of coffee without tasting like cold, carbonated coffee. Very enjoyable.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black. Opaque, not light gets through this one. No head. I swirl it and I get a little, but it goes away fast. Looks like a cup of joe. That'd be great if this thing wasn't supposed to be beer.

S: Here we go! Nice roasted coffee, milk sweetness, roasted malt too. not much more but I don't want more. I want coffee.

T: Eh...not much here. Light coffee flavors, some milky sweetness. Some fruitiness and vanilla.

M: Silky, creamy, and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: Pretty darn good. I'd like more coffee roast in the flavor but it is still good and very drinkable.

rwf08, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with a slowly developing and very thin, yet dark tan head that quickly gives way to a thin layer that floats atop the beer.

An extremely rich coffee aroma wafts from the glass, also featuring sweet milk chocolate and subdued roasted malt.

The flavor is very similar with greater roasted malt, followed by the pleasant coffee with slight bitterness and again just a touch of sweet milk chocolate.

This brew is actually on the lighter side, perhaps why it is more of a milk stout with lighter carbonation, but also a bit creamy mid-palate, yet finishing with pleasant bitterness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and felt it was packed with great character while being easy to drink. I would certainly try this again.

CHADMC3, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black tinged with brown around the edges. Aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of tan head, which dies back to a ring fairly quickly. Very small amount of lacing left.

Smell- Nose is primarily composed of rich medium roast coffee grounds, roasted malts, and perhaps just a tiny whiff of dark chocolate.

Taste- Similar to the nose, this beer starts off with a solid amount of medium roast coffee that is very well represented and not overly burnt tasting. Lots of roasted malt flavors in the body of the beer and finishes on a very mild note of lingering dark chocolate. Not an overpowering flavor but excellently blended I thought.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for the style and just substantial enough. The combination of rich but not overpowering flavors and a creamy but not too thick body made this beer extremely drinkable, especially for a coffee/milk stout. Finished the bottle I had quite quickly and wished I had more.

Overall, a very good stout if you're looking for a flavorsome, drinkable, and refreshing beer. I enjoyed this.

boatshoes, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at near room temperature because that's just what I prefer with most of these coffee stouts.

A: A black hole of sorts ... no light coming through whatsoever. Very light brown head about 1/2 a finger high and quickly went away not leaving any lacing.

S: It's a coffeehouse for sure. In the glass, you can really get the fresh roasted coffee smell with just a hint of cocoa.

T: Again, it's all in the name. Coffee dominates with a little chocolate for balance and pleasure for the taste buds.

M: I expected thick and it's not what I got. Leaves the palate rather abruptly.

D: I enjoy this beer. It's great for breakfast or after dinner.

DoctorB2B, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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

brentk56, May 27, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pitch black liquid - totally opaque...no light gets thru this. A thin collar of off-white bubbles guards the edge of the glass, but leaves no lacing behind.

S - Coffee, sweet cream, a bit of licorice, light alcohol, burnt malt. Nicely balanced all around.

T - Flavor closely resembles the aroma. Coffee and burnt malts right up front. Just a hint of licorice and a very light astringency enter the flavor too. Burnt and dark roasted flavors dominate. A very nice coffee beer.

M - Medium to full bodied, like prickles on the tongue from the fine carbonation, but overall the feel is quite creamy. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

D - I could easily settle in for a night and have a good number of these. The coffee is the highlight and definitely is what carries this beer...big surprise, given the name.

portia99, May 17, 2010
Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.