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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 260
Gots: 126 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010

Barrel Aged
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 148
Photo of rkarimi
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the keg at the "Bucket Trade" in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Nice coffee aroma with a chocolate follow through.
Appearance- The brew is black with a small brown head.
Taste- Has a nice malt and bourbon flavor with a hint of coffee.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. It has a slightly oily texture that compliments the flavor.
Overall- A real good find, I would drink this again.

Photo of gopens44
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap, so the initial pour looked fantastic but by the time I made the 30' walk back to the table, the head completely disappeared. Decent legs, but no real lacing to speak of. Nose carried a little bourbon but wasn't' an overwhelming aroma. Taste is where this thing wins (and I guess all that really matters, right?). Never had a more balanced BA stout, ever. Bourbon was certainly there but not overwhelming, little to no heat at all and not cloyingly sweet. Just a damn fine tasting beverage. Period. Other than being a little thin, this is a little jackpot of a beer!

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveHack
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SourMeTimber
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfstilling
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VTWicked
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of julielynndubee
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NateSharpless
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drifter1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 8/2014:
Pours jet black, with not much head on a decidedly soft pour. Head color is tan, and it does rim the edge, providing temporary lacing on each sip. The nose is rich in coffee and chocolate. The wood from the barrels also comes through, although the bourbon is missing.

Taste starts of nicely toasted and a bit nutty. Swiftly the chocolate and vanilla notes come in and last most of the taste. Mid taste, the rest of the flavors start coming, a little coffee bitterness with a slight tartness from the wood, the milky chocolate flavor. This is all very tasty, but the coffee is sort of hidden, and the bourbon is masked. Feel is quite silky but a little thinner than I'd like.

A very enjoyable beer even if it doesn't fit it's "style" as much as I'd like.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of coffee, vanilla, mild bourbon & wood, malt. Taste sweet creamy coffee, malt, vanilla, faint bourbon & oak, chocolate. Nice!

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sirsteve42
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Archangel34
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mbmiche
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlabs
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lupercmda
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cvm4
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 2014

L - Pours black body with a brown espresso one finger head. Not much lacing or retention going on.

S - Lots of creamy coffee with no bitterness behind it. Gobs of semi-sweet chocolate. Bourbon & oak are there but not really overpowering.

T - Bourbon is in the forefront on the taste. Roasted malts abound with creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.

F - For the style, it works well. It's not an RIS but a good medium body & low carbonation.

O - Great offering of a sweet/milk style. It's not cloying and really lets all the flavors shine through.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.