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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 56
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 466
Photo of Kadonny
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter glass. I got this via trade from Hanzo.

A: A light black color with some hints of dark brown. Head was very small on a fairly aggressive pour. No glass lacing at all.

S: Tons of coffee in the nose mixed with some chocolate and slight roasted notes.

T: Coffee is first with heavy flavors up front, but it gets quickly overwhelmed by the sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, slgiht vanilla and creamy flavors. Sweetness stays as does the chocolate flavor to finish out the beer. I'm not getting much hops and the coffee really never comes back.

M: I actually felt it was a bit thin. No real lasting flavors and it left my mouth wanting more. No alcohol.

O: I know this is a milk stout and not an impy stout, but still I thought the beer lacked body and complexity. A good beer, just not great.

Glad I got to try another Williamsburg beer, I can't thank Hanzo enough. (907 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A: Pours an opaque brown/black with a reddish tan head that fades fairly quickly to a cap of foam.

S: The first scent I get is brewed coffee. This is fairly potent and makes up the majority of what I can pick up. There is also some malty sweetness, caramel and molasses.

T: Much like the scent, the taste opens with nice brewed coffee. This is followed by milk and bittersweet chocolate. There is a definite roasted flavor, maybe even slightly smoky. A lactose character backs everything up.

M: Mouthfeel is both thick and smooth at the same time. Mild, soft carbonation. Pretty much everything a milk stout should be.

O: A good milk stout. Coffee is very strong in the aroma but more balanced in the flavor. Sweet as it should be, but nicely balanced with some more bitter flavors. (824 characters)

Photo of just_n_thomas
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful coffee/milk stout that is very drinkable. Not a lot to make this stout stand out from the rest of the pack, but it is quite drinkable and the cold pressed coffee taste is manageable on the pallet. (206 characters)

Photo of nanobrew
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip.

a: A nice two finger sized tan head formed on top of the black beer. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

s: a little off putting. Strong coffee, but not a very pleasant coffee smell. A little bit of chocolate and roasted malt

t: much better than the smell, still the coffee profile is not the best I have tasted. More chocolate and sweetness in the taste than smell. No real roastiness, little hints of vanilla.

m: initially very smooth and thick, this was my favorite part of the beer. However, as I continue to drink it I continue to get more of a thin body, mainly when compared to other milk stouts.

o: not a bad beer at all. Definitely an enjoyable milk stout, though not my favorite. I would love to try this again some time next to some of my favorites. (793 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As black as any stout I've ever had. It took an aggressive pour to get a finger of muddy-brown head -- larger bubbles for the most part, but a thin layer of delicate bubbles on the top that lasted well after the big bubbles burst. Lacing was minimal and disappointing.

S: Initially burnt malt, followed by prunes. All subsequent sniffs were coffee, strong and earthy.

T: Sweet malt up front, then burnt malt following. After that, the coffee essence really kicked in. There was some mild hops bitterness, and some citrus & phenolic flavors, but they were drowned by the coffee.

M: Moist, with adequate (but not noteworthy) carbonation or crispness.

O: Certainly lives up to the coffee name, although it's more like someone mixed Guinness Extra Stout with cold coffee than a from-the-start coffee beer.
Just for fun, I mixed a little half & half in with the last couple of ounces, like I would with a strong cup of coffee; it actually helped... (950 characters)

Photo of MrMegaton09
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Selected this brew as a trial from a local craft beer provider. First look the beer is beautifully dark with a chocolate cream colored head on pour.

Aroma is very nice, sweet with a hint of coffee coming in shortly after, with a little hop peeping through coming from the fuggles.

Taste starts out of that of a nice milk stout but fairly quickly transfers into light premium coffee notes and finishing with slight bitterness from the hops, not over the top though.

Overall a very drinkable evening beer that can be enjoyed well into the spring, especially for all of you fellow devout stout fans. (599 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up thinking it was a coffee stout/ now I see it's a sweet/milk stout. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A hiss with a pry, this liquid comes out black and settles in the glass blacker. A very short lived cap that leaves nothing. Kinda flimsy.

Smell is dank chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla. Roast is up there and malts galore. Smell is bigger than it's counterparts though. Pungent, easy to detect.

The sweet kicks in and dominates the coffee in taste. Sweet lactose/milk, with milk chocolate and a faint bitter roast at the end. Some coffee in the aftertaste, that's about it.

The feel comes off a bit watery on each sip. I would say this is the smallest step up from light bodied as imaginable. The carb is not very pronounced and comes off kinda dead, but for some reason it works in the style. More bubbles please.

All in all a decent beer to kick back and relax to, without having to overthink anything about the beer. One was plenty for me. Glad to tick another brewery. (999 characters)

Photo of Crazyale
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Motor oil black with a small tan head.

S: The coffee hits you right away, also getting some lactose sugars and deep intense roasted malt. This beer has a very strong, intense aroma that you can almost taste.

T: I was worried that the coffee would overwhelm based on the aroma, but instead it is incredibly well balanced. There's coffee bean, brewed coffee, milk, sugary malts. Amazing taste.

M: Just a bit on the thin side, but in a good way - it's incredibly creamy, smooth and easy drinking.

This is among the best I've had in the style, if not the best. With Cafe Royale selling out so quickly, it's nice to have this beer available as well, since it actually sits on the shelves for a couple weeks/months during the winter. (775 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black with no real head at all. As advertised, the nose smells like coffee. Definite coffee flavor along with mild sweetness and some roasted malt. It ends a bit thin and weak, but this is a good offering notwithstanding the finish.

As a confessed coffee addict, my biggest pet peeve on most "coffee beers" is that the coffee flavor is too hidden to discern. This is one of the few "coffee beers" that actually delivers!

I'd like to see the brewer pump this offering up into a double - it would have the potential to be outstanding if Williamsburg kicked it up a notch. (596 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a much bigger beer then it actually is, almost RIS like. A standard pour yields a creamy and thick one finger head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Creamy milk chocolate and a pot of morning blend.

T: Close your eyes and you'd literally think that you're drinking an iced coffee. Freshly harvested and unroasted coffee beans. The lactic acid is kept masterfully in check, as it balances the coffee to near perfection. This is a delicious beer.

M: Top shelf. AleWerks hits this out of the damn ballpark. Thick and rich beyond a 5.4% ABV beer should be. This is bigger and better then many a 10% ADIS. Seriously.

O: Killer stuff. Williamsburg AleWerks has set the bar for Milk Stouts, as this is easily the best non-BA'ed MS I've had. Between this and their Cafe Royale, they literally own the style.

Seek this out with haste. (919 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly enough, I had no idea that this was a sweet/milk stout when I bought it. I'm glad, because I don't think there are enough of those around, as they are very delicious.

On the nose I defiantly get some of that lactose sweetness.. it's an unmistakably a good scent. Behind that, I get a good bit of roast, however no coffee per-se. It smells so good, though, that I don't care about the lack of coffee in the aroma.

Coffeehouse Stout is india ink black in color with a tan head and nice (large) lacing. No light gets though this beer. It looks great!

The flavor is where the coffee comes in. It's the first thing that I taste. Beyond that is a wonderful sweet roast flavor. Like chocolate covered coffee beans sans-chocolate. Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall this is quite drinkable and really really good. Williamsburg Alewerks surprises me again (first surprise was their Pumpkin Ale) with another solid beer. (965 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of robust and roasted coffee aromas on the nose. Underneath lie sweet and creamy chocolate notes, blending well with the more robust coffee aromas. Smells quite good.

T: Roasted malts up front followed by robust coffee flavors. There are some bitter chocolate notes that follow with a finish that is lightly bitter with char flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could use either more carbonation or a thicker body.

O: A pretty decent coffee stout overall. It smells great, though the flavor doesn't quite match up to the aroma. Still, it's an enjoyable and drinkable beer. (723 characters)

Photo of berserk4886
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with a small mocha colored head that faded quickly

Smell: Strong dark roast coffee aroma

Taste: Again, strong coffee presence with a lingering roasted/toasted aftertaste. I didn't pick up on the "creamy" taste that other reviewers have discussed.

Mouthfeel: Most disappointing part of this beer. I thought it was too thin. Watery would be a bit of an overstatement, but it's close

Overall: If you're looking for a coffee-forward beer, I would say that this one is slightly above average. The mouthfeel was too thin for me and detracted overall. (610 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch code: 12/12/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1/2" of creamy mocha colored head that diminishes pretty quickly; Very dark brown color; No lacing to be found

S - This smells almost exactly like a fresh cup of nice roasty, aromatic coffee with a dash of sweet cream in there

T - Freshly roasted coffee is definitely present, but is more balanced in the taste with hints of caramel, chocolate, and lactose sweetness; Grassy and earthy hops step forward a bit from mid-taste into the finish

M - Good amount of carbonation; Just a notch below medium bodied; Smooth, wet and just a little thin in the mouthfeel that finishes a shade on the dry side

O - I have enjoyed every brew that I've tasted from Williamsburg AleWerks and this one continues that trend. While the taste and feel of this beer are solid, the smell is definitely the highlight for me. I have never been one to drink coffee, but I don't think I could ever get sick of this aroma. This is a beer that I will certainly try again, and one that's getting me excited to try another AleWerks offering - Cafe Royale. (1,079 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a really deep opaquee brown/black. The smallish head is mocha colored and substaining to a degree. Aroma is rich black coffee beans, roasted malts and hints of cream from the lactose probably. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate. The sweetness of the lactose in this milk stoudt help to mellow out the acidic bitterness. I like that the coffee essence smells like fresh roasted coffee beans instead of black coffee. Richly roasted malts add to the flavor as well as a milky creaminess. It drinks smooth with a velvetty thickness. Pretty good beer more towards a sipper or desert say with a creame burlee. (613 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with a red fringe. Has a very short mahogany head that is quickly reduced to nothing.

N: Rich dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate and roasted barley.

T: Sweet milky chocolate and rich dark roast coffee upfront. Mid-palate has more lactose and chocolate, roasted barley and caramel. Finishes with some slightly more bitter dark chocolate, coffee and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, silky, chewy and smooth with some subtle stickiness.

O: Sweet and easy drinking with plenty of coffee notes to go around. This is an excellent Sweet Stout! (576 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark, tan head. Head diminishes quickly. Predominate nose is the smell of dark coffee beans.

It is very clear that this is a sweet stout made with coffee. The nose and the note that really comes through is a cup of coffee. There is a hint of cream on the palate, lending some smoothness. The carbonation lifts a bit more than I'd like, but seems still within range. Light-medium bodied.

A decent session ale for those who like their stouts sweet and also like coffee. This could go well in a vanilla milkshake or with some muffins (blueberry would be interesting for some flavor contrast). (612 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer last year, and it has changed very much (for the better) so I am doing a re-review.

A: Dark brown...black in the glass. Very minimal tan head with spotted lacing.

S: Very strong coffee scent, a slightly "spoiled" smell like spoiled milk...but it's very faint. Mostly the coffee dominates the flavor and it smells good.

T: Again...coffee is in the forefront. It tastes like a coffee energy drink with lots of carbonation. I gave it a 4 because it tastes just like the label would suggest..."coffee".

M: The mouthfeel feels too bright. It has a lot more carbonation than I'd expect out of a stout. It's to the point where it makes me burp up bubbles.

O: Overall I think it's a pretty good beer...it tastes more like coffee than anything. Unfortunately it feels over-carbonated but that's about it. I would probably drink it again, but it's a toss-up. It tastes more like a coffee stout than it did last year, but it has a soda-like carbonation which makes it hard to drink. (992 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A huge amount of coffee in the aroma, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, first and foremost, with malt, light hops, and a creamy quality in the finish. A much more robust flavor than I was expecting given the style. Pretty good.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, likeable, drinkable beer. (521 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty much black, brown around the edges. Just barely a ring of light tan head.

Aroma, strong roast, malt and coffee. Maybe some cocoa.

Taste, much more malty here. Roast malt, sweeter caramel and chocolate. Finish is a little thin, mostly chocolates and mocha latte.

Light side of medium bodied. Adequate carbonation and drinks quite easy because of the lightness for the style.
Really overall it's pretty good, but could use a little "more". I would buy a sixer, probably would be a nice warm weather dark brew. (524 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Williamsburg Coffeehouse Stout has the look down, with a dark brown body, brown head and decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is mostly black coffee with some dark malt backing it up.

This is a coffee stout that is almost all coffee, with notes of black patent malt and hints of chocolate behind it. My problem with this one is a problem I run into with many coffee beers; the coffee flavors are bitter and acrid, making the beer harsh and the coffee flavor hard to appreciate. Like most beers that I find this flavor in, the coffee flavor dominates the beer, so when that flavor is off, the beer itself becomes much less desirable. With that said, the more I drink this, I taste a little bit of a creamy flavor, which imitates a creamer added to coffee. That does mellow things out a little bit (after seeing that this is a milk stout, that makes sense).

Nice amount of carbonation and the body is right where it should be.

I don't know a ton about coffee, but I do know my palate, and these harsh coffee stouts do not agree with me. Maybe a different batch would be better, especially because I have liked all of the other Williamsburg stuff that I have tried. (1,168 characters)

Photo of littlelorib
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark, all but black, with a finger of creamy foam head. Head dissipates to a persistent lacing on glass.

The smell screams coffee. I can find some malty notes around the edges, but they are eclipsed by the coffee. I love the smell and taste of coffee, so this bodes well.

Taste is mainly of coffee with a little chocolate thrown in. I am in coffee heaven.

This beer says coffee, smells of coffee, and tastes of coffee. My love of coffee may have me biased to think highly of this beer, but wow, i really like it. I truly wish i had bought more than one bottle. I will definitely drink more of this. (615 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: incredibly black with a dark tan head that froths and bubbles like a mud pot

S: very dark roasted malts, looks to me like it'd be almost chewable

T/M: burnt malts and strong coffee. Honestly, I find it kind of watery in the mouthfeel though and too thin to hold its own. (275 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown-black and completely opaque. Awesome coffee-colored head that rises to about 1 and a half fingers, then quickly dissipates. No lacing or carbonation to speak of. 4.0

S - Smells like freshly brewed coffee, pipe tobacco, and firewood. Great smell that gives you just a hint of what's to come. 4.0

T - Oh the coffee flavor...how I love thee. Seriously, this brew does a fantastic job of not tasting too sweet, too bitter, or overpowering. It's a very good blend of coffee flavors with beer. Initial sweetness is immediately countered by a subtle bitter/sourness from the hops. Malty, coffee flavors remain afterwards and there is a strong aftertaste of coffee. I think this beer, if anything, tastes friggin amazing. 4.5

M - Smooth and somewhat creamy. No carbonation whatsoever. 4.5

O - Man, this is a damn tasty beer! I'm seriously impressed, and this is the first brew I've ever tried by Williamsburg Alewerks. I'll be sure to try some of their other beers in the next few weeks. 4.5 (1,002 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/12/11

Presently, this is ranked #8 in its style class here on BA. Cafe Royale, their other milk stout is #5.

A: Poured opaque, with no light passing through it, and a massive 1.5 finger cappuccino-colored head that stayed a marshmallowy formation for many minutes after the hard pour.

S: It smells just like one of Starbucks, iced foo-foo coffee creations. I friggin love those things! The coffee was very understated and didn't have that pure coffee ground-esque intensity that I hate so much.

T: I truly love the smooth, pillowy finish on this one. Sure, the coffee bitterness is in there, but there was just enough sweetness to cut it without being too. Milk and coffee: Who would have figured? lol

M: Nice and creamy, and with a bitter enough lingering, but not so bitter that I had coffee breate afterwards. The lacing on the glass was substantial.

O: This is a very high quality, fairly low octane, coffee brew that is definitely amongst the best I've tried in its style class. Nicely done! (1,013 characters)

Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.