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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 41 | 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 billab914
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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...

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of ncaudle
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of ebby82
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of raverjames
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of rwf08
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

Had at Brewridge Beerfest at Mountain Lake in VA.
Poured into a mason jar.

A - Very dark brown color, tan head, bit of lacing formed

S - lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, bit of toffee

T - very dark roasted coffee hits initial, the smooths to some milk chocolate and caramel, no hit of hops at all

M - bit thick, almost syrupy but im ok with that for the type, decent carbonation

D - went back at least 3 times to drink this beer, one of the better ones at the beer fest, coffee was never over powering, great balance, would love to see this barrel aged ala KBS

Photo of Pinto21
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very little head that dissipated very quickly. Very dark brown.

Heavy malts, but sweet with definite coffee smell

taste is heavy coffee with sweet malts and a bit of roasty to a bitter hop finish. Very nice. it's balanced and still complex. It's got some bitterness from the malts too.

mouth and drink are both really good. I could drink a few. there is some bitter astringent in the finish, but not much.

Photo of JamesS
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice deep brown with some nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice deep scent with roastd grains and a noticable coffee aroma. Good taste, a nice stout with roasted grain flavors; a bit too much coffee for me and it did have some astringency. Went down fine, if slightly dry.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bboyshatter in a recent BIF, gracias! Pours black with virtually no light around the edges. Towering cap of light brown foam that grew on the pour like one of those ash-growing snake things from a fireworks stand. Retention is great, as is the lacing.

Nose is heavy on the coffee, smells like a fresh bin of roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweet malts in the background along with some rye bread, but the coffee is downright dominant here.

Tastes strikes a much different balance, however. Sweet, lactose maltiness screams milk stout and combines with the roasty coffee to provide a Frappaccino-esque tasting beverage. Very rich, very creamy and nearly decadent. Chocolate, both dark and milk are there aplenty. Packs a helluva lot of flavor for a 5.4%'er. Interesting and tasty beer, but probably could only tank one in any given sitting.

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin brown head which quickly evaporated to nothing... no haze layer, no collar, no lacing. The body was a filtered opaque super-dark brown color, which exhibited no visible carbonation.

S- A tremendously rich nose... particularly given it's 5.4% ABV... deep, dark, roasty, coffeelike... There's an undercurrent there of semi-sweet malt and mild hop aromas there as well.

T- Rich, semi-sweet candy and roasted malts dominate the palate, and the coffee flavor, while prominent, does not dominate... rather plays a supporting role, wonderfully complimenting the malts. A mild hop bitterness emerges in the finish to accompany the echo of semi-sweet malts and coffee. Again, a VERY impressive richness of flavor, given the 5.4% ABV.

M- A medium body, textured with unattenuated sugar and a moderately soft carbonation... almost a *slight* chewiness to it as well... again, very impressive given its low alcohol content.

D- Smells and tastes like an 8% imperial stout, but drinks like a common English Sweet Stout. This one is very, very quaffable... and deserves a place in the mainstream market.

Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.