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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

482 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 234
Gots: 115 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barrel Aged

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010)
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capt_cart_wheel

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

08-29-2014 02:53:44 | More by capt_cart_wheel
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +10%

08-29-2014 00:41:54 | More by JohnathanColeman
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jayluf

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

08-28-2014 22:50:40 | More by jayluf
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4.96/5  rDev +15.6%

08-28-2014 21:17:38 | More by PaulsBrew
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-28-2014 17:26:50 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle dated 8.11.14, so ~2 weeks old. Poured into IRS snifter.

Darkest brown without being black with a miniscule but staying head, which is strikingly close to the label's color.

Yum, tons of coffee, but somehow not too much. Then a bit of chocolate, and a whiff of bourbon. This doesn't feel like a mashup of powerful flavors, "classy" comes to mind.

Tastes like it smells. I won't bore, I can't think of how this could be better. Makes me think of an odd cocktail (which a cafe royale is) that just tastes perfect.

Nice sizzle of alcohol and the lactose. It's not milkshake thick, but neither are flavors, it feels well thought out.

Really a beer to get excited about, if you see it. I think this is an absolute homerun for the boys out of Williamsburg. Last time I got this bottle, I liked it so much I "cellared" one for about 14 months. It was still very good when I opened it, but lost some of the vibrancy and balance that make this beer, and I didn't think the mellowed flavors were an improvement, nor worth the wait. I may still stock up, but it won't be for the long hall.

08-28-2014 04:06:14 | More by Prince_Casual
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tclipse

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-27-2014 17:21:48 | More by tclipse
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-22-2014 03:04:22 | More by illeagle05
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two2enns


4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

08-21-2014 22:32:38 | More by two2enns
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-21-2014 18:27:32 | More by Kmlund
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huysmans

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-18-2014 13:00:28 | More by huysmans
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-17-2014 17:53:20 | More by Davepoolesque
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montman

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-15-2014 11:32:18 | More by montman
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aaronblain22

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-04-2014 22:49:03 | More by aaronblain22
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Can_has_beer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-26-2014 04:28:50 | More by Can_has_beer
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-21-2014 01:09:33 | More by curlybird
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gillkid

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-18-2014 01:55:32 | More by gillkid
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MattSharpless

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-17-2014 19:04:31 | More by MattSharpless
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2014 01:57:05 | More by Jspriest
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-24-2014 19:01:30 | More by kbuzz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.73/5  rDev -36.4%

Bottle from totoropanda a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Stout with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, slightly looser, foamy, dark tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a half wisp. Black body with minimal carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Darker body, but looser and foamy head.

SMELL: Nice bourbon, with oak, coconut, vanilla and some caramel notes. Milk chocolate and sweet cream with light aromas of coffee there as well. A touch of roasted malt under it all as well. Pretty nice barrel with plenty of nuances.

TASTE: Bourbon barrel, oak and light tartness up front. Some milk chocolate through the middle into a bolder and slightly tart finish of oak, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, and a definite tart cherry sourness as well. A touch of biter coffee notes under the slightly tart barrel flavors. Definite sourness to this. Intentional or not, it's not really what was expected. Too bad, as I can taste some good potential here.

PALATE: Thinner body with slightly higher carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch sticky. Lighter for the style. Definitely needs to be thicker and heavier.

OVERALL: It's not bad at this point, and the tartness might even be seen as somewhat pleasant, but I can't imagine this was intentional. Definitely something starting to take over here, which is unfortunate, as I'd heard good things about this beer. Something I'd like to try again sometime, but not this particular batch.

06-23-2014 19:20:31 | More by Jeffo
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-20-2014 14:28:51 | More by Shandycan
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-19-2014 01:49:44 | More by chefduff2
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-16-2014 12:40:56 | More by Blaze5445
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BeastLU

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-14-2014 17:47:54 | More by BeastLU
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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.