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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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very good

168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 471
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 55
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 168 | Hads: 471
Photo of Roland45s
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The antigua coffee gave this a great smell and a seepingly black look. less than 1" head, the beer while looking thick and creamy as a traditional stout was suprisingly light and smooth. Less carbonation than a Surly Coffee bender and smooth finish. Almost appeared as a leftover coffee sitting cold in the pot from the morning.

If you aren't a coffee fan, i wouldn't recommend this beer....

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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...

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Extremely hard pour results in nearly no head (1/4 finger at best). Dark tan frothy head that dissipates very slowly but leaves only an extremely thin lacing once dissipated. Light to moderate carbonation based on bubbles clinging to sides of glass. Pitch black beer with only the slightest hint of mahogany at the base of the glass. 3.75/5

S - Dark roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate on the nose. Milk chocolate with almost a coconut note follows the dark chocolate note. Nice strong note of vanilla as well pairs with the coffee and chocolate nicely. Note of whole milk/lactate rounds out the aroma. 4.25/5

T - Deep dark chocolate and very dark malt up front along with a rich roasted coffee bean which is quickly followed by lactate and then even more coffee. The coffee expressed in this beer is not necessarily espresso strength coffee. It reminds me more of a medium to dark roast coffee from a local coffee shop than anything. Bitter finish but not overly so and bitterness does not linger for long. Bitterness is much more coffee based that hop based. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied from the chocolatiness and malt but somewhat light at the same time due to the coffee. Finishes dry but does not linger. Carbonation burn representative of a moderate carbonation is present (this actually brings out more of the coffee flavor in the beer). Lactate provides a creaminess to the beer a well. 4/5

O - Excellent coffee stout offering here. The dryness and the full bodied feel of a stout is retained while adding in a nice medium to dark roast coffee which actually slightly lightens the beer which could otherwise be very heavy. Nice duality between creamy and carbonated due to the lactate. 4/5

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery. This is a little different - a coffee stout that tastes like actual coffee - not roasted espresso aromas, but the bitter, eye opening drip coffee taste. It makes for a nice change of pace from big, high abv stouts, and there is a decent amount of residual sweetness to balance out the bitter. Dark (surprise!) coffee color, light lacing. High points for originality but not necessarily a world-changer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark mocha tan head on top of pitch black oblivion. The head doesn't stick around long and leaves no trace of any lacing.

S- a milky cream roast espresso with a sugary chocolate undertone. Vanilla hints and then more coffee.

T- coffee and cream up front with a syrupy cola like finish. The roast and the vanilla come through deep into the finish of the beer.

M- Feels like it tries to foam up to a medium bodied beer but it still is a bit thin. Really not a ton going on here.

O- The smell on this one was deep and complex. The flavor seemed to linger on for a really long time. I could drink this one again, but I wouldn't rank it as outstanding. Just a good solid above average beer.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Wow!

Right up there with Samuel Smith's. This is a GREAT oatmeal stout. A black, nearly opaque beer with a tan head and thick, sticky lace. It smell deliciously of chocolate and Italian coffee. There is a heavy malt aroma from the head. A smooth mouthfeel is the background for a dark chocolate mocha flavor. Very drinkable - I could order this all night long.

Great! Pick up a pint or 12.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of raverjames
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of rwf08
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottling date is 11/16/12.

A: Very black with small amounts of light getting through at the glass edges. Less than half a finger of medium khaki head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Pretty interesting smell. I get the aroma of a cup of coffee that's had a creamer added along with roasted notes and some chocolate.

T: The coffee is not quite as prominent in the taste as the aroma but still has a decent presence. I definitely like the balance between the sweetness/lactose followed by the coffee.

M: It's not quite medium bodied but it's got enough to keep it from feeling too thin. Carbonation feels just right.

O: I really liked this one and it makes me anxious to try to the cafe royale. Definitely would recommend if you are into milk stouts.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting on this particular beer for some time and it was finally bottled recently (and this one will be my 100th review).

S = A very sweet smell upfront of caramel with roasted malts in the background.

T = Very sweet upfront like an iced caramel coffee. The sweetness hangs around for a little bit until the coffee bitterness arrives to bring a wonderful balance of flavor. The finish was fantastic with a mixture of quality coffee bean roastiness and caramel sweetness. This flavor lingered for a long time...which was great!

As the beer warmed, the sweetness became more pronounced and delicious without being cloying or syrupy.

MF = The body was on the thin side and carbonation was very low. However, it was buttery smooth and incredibly easy to drink.

On a side note, this beer was brewed with fresh Guatemala Antigua coffee.

Overall, this is quite tasty and very sessionable. In fact, I can envision my historic relative, Patrick Henry, sitting in a Virginia tavern truly enjoying this beer while talking about events of the day...LOL

As far as "coffee stouts" go, it's not the most coffee dominating stout...but, it's well balanced and tasty!

I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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Photo of hdelavega
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of awalk1227
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of kevinv
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/25. Consumed on 12/5. Antigua coffee batch.

A - Simply black. Completely opaque. Can't see any carbonation or any hints of other colors when held up to a light. Cinnamon cocoa colored head. Light lacing.

S - Strong coffee with a slight chocolate and vanilla hint.

T - Roasted coffee, cola, vanilla, and a milky sweetness. Cannot taste any alcohol. Flavor is nice, but not very intense.

M - Best part of beer. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Makes an exquisite foamy texture in mouth. Smooth and creamy and too easy to drink. Slightly sticky.

O - Despite somewhat lower scores, I see this beer as a session beer. Relatively low ABV for style and easy to drink. I could happily go through several of these in an evening.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Completely opaque black brew with reddish highlights when held up right in front of a lightbulb. Smallish brown head.

Smells great. Huge coffee, slight roasted grain, but it's very hard to distinguish the two.

Taste: Some barley, but mostly delicious smooth coffee. Some milky, creamy sweetness. Balanced with some bitterness at the end. So delicious and roasty. Slight dark chocolate.

MF: medium body, smooth, lower-than average carbonation, but I like the feel.

Drinkability is extremely high. Such huge taste but pretty low abv. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes stouts brewed with coffee. The best thing from Williamsburg AleWerks that I've tasted. I wonder if it's because of the new head brewer.

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Photo of Cee-Poe
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A -- Little to no head... I feel there should be better head retention for this style of beer

S -- This is a quintessential coffee stout with big coffee aroma

T -- Not bad, some mild sour notes. Not sour in a spoiled beer way, however.

M -- Too thin for my liking.

O -- not a bad beer, just not one I would seek out again.

I'm a fan of coffee stouts and this one, although passable, is not in the upper tier of this style.

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Photo of Shumania
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.