Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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88
very good

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 56
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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 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 JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad milk stout. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head, good retention and some lacing. Decent smell, the coffee is very prominent. Very tasty. Smooth, lactose and coffee are most prominent along with bready malts.

mouthfeel is a hair thin but still substantial enough. A very pleasant drink. (301 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 philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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... (774 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 portia99
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (417 characters)

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

Very dark, almost black with some brown and red tinges around the end. The liquid is actually pretty clear, but very dark. The head is ok and the lacing is pretty good.

Smells of creamy caramel with soft, smooth, cappuccino to milk chocolate backbone.

Taste is of sweet, smooth coffee and chocolate, almost like a glass of chocolate milk with a shot of espresso.

Feel is medium and smooth, sweet, with a lightly lingering coffee aftertaste.

Drinks well. A smooth, easy to drink after dinner type beer. (509 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a very thin tan colored head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- nice balance of day old coffee and chocolate, slightly smoky and roasty, rounded out with a lactose sweetness

T- chocolaty roasted malt up front with a hint of smoke, the coffee kicks in mid-palate with some herbal & earthy flavors and continues into the finish, eventually meshing with a milky lactose sweetness, more coffee on the linger

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth, sweet finish

O- you don't see a lot of coffee flavored milk stouts, but I think that this one worked well. The sweetness of the milk stout mixes nicely wight he bitterness of the coffee (756 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark coffee, some roastiness, deep earthiness.

L: Dark black, dark tan creamy head that dissipates. Some lacing.

T: Bitter coffee up front with some chocolate notes. Low bitterness with a very pleasant, almost milk sugar note along with milk chocolate. Finishes semi-sweet with chocolate and some roasty bitterness.

M: Medium full body, medium bodied.

Not bad, coffee was pretty subdued except in the aroma. I actually like the lactose/milk chocolate notes better than the coffee. (487 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a deep brown-- like cola with a dark tan head. Spotty lacing and weak retention.
Smells malty sweet and roasty like coffee. Notes of caramel, roasted grains, and weak coffee.

Taste is the same. There almost seems to be a slight cream sweetness too... The coffee doesn't lend much in the way of bitterness, and the finish is very sweet.

The body is oily but much more carbonated than the appearance lead me to expect! Very bubbly...

This is not really doing it for me. It's too sweet, especially at the finish. Kind of a one-dimensional beer... If I were in the mood for a sweet, slightly coffee flavored beer, this wouldn't be bad... but it is no where near an A for the style. (711 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with notes of black.

The smell has a strong coffee smell with a slight milk chocolate smell as well. The smell also a slightly roasted smell to it as well but acts to balance out the milk smell.

The taste is a little bit different from the smell. The beer taste has the same notes as the smell but in different strength. The coffee notes are a bit weaker and there are greater roasted notes that come out and there also is an overall milk chocolate taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth to the point where it is almost creamy and biting carbonation. The beer is heavy bodied.

Overall, a great cream stout and one I enjoy having every year. The notes really feeel and taste like a nice cup of coffee. (816 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 DoctorB2B
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobertkuekn for this. I love a good coffee stout, so I was excited to find this in his box for me.

Batch code: 7/28/11. Seems pretty fresh to me.

Poured into a snifter. The short head didn't stick around long, leaving a slightly viscous black liquid in the glass.

Smells of nice rich coffee. The roast isn't overly strong or bitter smelling. In fact, there are lots of chocolate notes going on with maybe a hint of herbal hop profile to the aroma.

Coffee isn't as potent in the flavor as in the nose, sadly. Instead the milk stout qualities take hold. Warm toasty malts are bold, while a chalky cocoa power property rounds it all out.

Smooth and very easy drinking at first. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly dry with a powdery texture on the palate.

Overall a solid coffee beer. Definitely worth trying, though if you can afford it Bells Java and FBS are going to be much better options for the coffee beer lover. (938 characters)

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin, 2-finger, tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace, leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Good malt aroma with a solid coffee and chocolate background.

T: Smooth blended flavors of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good coffee stout – not overpowering with the coffee, but rather blended in nicely. (465 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a deep brown pour (almost black) with a finger of tan colored head. smells of coffee, cocoa, a slight cherry hint, molasses. the taste is excellent.. a sweet, easy drinking stout full of chocolate and nutty flavors. slight wood charred taste as well. the coffee is so subtle but constant.
medium body with low carbonation making it an easy drinking beer.

this is an excellent stout. great tasting and goes down TOO easy! (422 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark black in the glass, and a small dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich coffee, and dark chocolate. Slight oak and a touch of licorice.

T: Coffee and chocolate, although there is a slight sharp flavor in the finish. Not nearly as rich as I would have wanted, but there the coffee notes are nice.

M: Medium, but the carbonation is a little high making it feel a lot lighter. In general I with the mouthfeel was creamer, or more smooth.

O: Overall a pretty good beer, but I don't think that is has the chew or richness I really want in the style. (568 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, almost black, but is still semitransparent when held up to light. Very little head to speak of, and hardly any lacing.

S- Pretty mild smell; some toasted malt, coffee, caramel, etc.

T- Good taste of some roasted malts and coffee. Very little bitterness, but is slightly sweet and chocolaty. Mouth is nicely carbonated but fairly thin in my opinion.

O- Not a bad coffee stout. I like it pretty well for a lower ABV stout. First beer I have enjoyed from this brewery. Of course, I have yet to taste Cafe Royale... (531 characters)

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