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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 169
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 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.

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

Poured nearly jet black except for a garnet tinge in the bottom of the glass,a one finger mocha colored head that was gone in a flash atop,a well formed head it just didnt stick around at all.Aromas of dark roast coffee,vanilla,and light bitter chocolate,not much earthiness wich I expected.If this wasnt a milk stout I would have given it a lower taste score because its quite sweet after awhile,starting out with roasted coffee flavors they are soon taken over by sugary sweet lactose notes in a long finish.To me it gets too sweet after mid glass but the flavors are pretty good.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last one from Blind BIF Round 4.

A-Deep dark brown, opaque, with a little bit of mocha head that settles into a nice pool.

S-Sweet chocolate dominates the roast though a hint of roast shines through. Yummy.

T-Sweet chocolate and caramel, quite delicious. The sweetness is nicely done, well balanced with the roast.

M-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Yeah, we all like this one a lot. I would like a few.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with not much of a head. The smell is weak, and has a subtle coffee smell. The taste isnt heavy, but is sweet at first then the coffee flavors finish. Could use some more carbonation, but its flavorfull. Overall is good stout, different and deffenlty worth a try.

Photo of Shumania
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Have been looking forward to try a beer from Williamsburg.

a: Pitch black with minimal head which goes away very quickly.

s: Straight forward roasted coffee

t: Roasted coffee comes out further in the taste, along with bittersweet chocolate.

m: A little thin, but it is very smooth and it goes going down way to easily. The mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer.

o: Very enjoyable. Quality craft beer and it is a local which makes it even better. Very nice sweet, coffee stout. Could easily enjoy a couple of these on a cool evening like tonight.

Photo of engagechad
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
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
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev -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
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -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
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.