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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 226
Gots: 110 | 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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1/5  rDev -76.6%

12-25-2012 18:04:25 | More by bdb808757
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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

11-05-2013 21:21:40 | More by Hophead717
Photo of Jeffo


2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 19:20:31 | More by Jeffo
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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

02-28-2013 21:04:10 | More by kscaldef
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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

01-21-2014 21:18:51 | More by vinny21bal
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-20-2012 01:43:57 | More by pavpav12
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3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by a friend. Poured into a pint glass. Huge coffee and bourbon aroma. Smell also contains some yellow cake batter, coconut, and smooth rich malt. Taste is rich sweet malt tempered by coconut, bourbon and coffee. This beer is average when compared to the other coffee beers on market.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:54:05 | More by badbilly30
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-15-2011 09:19:44 | More by ithinkimasofa
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-22-2013 14:19:27 | More by mhbarber
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-03-2013 22:32:27 | More by CarolinaKevin
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

09-12-2013 03:27:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade and poured out into a tulip glass with high expectations.

A Poured out nice and dark brown to black in hue. Soon followed by a sandy finger width build up of a head. Quickly graduated to a paper thin lace.

S Not much of a bellowing aroma at all. Smell of cold coffee and semi sweet milk chocolate. Has a woody scent, but not too much of a liquor soaked barrel wood scent to me.

T Malty, caramel, brown sugary up front. Basic Coffee and Chocolate on the back end with a slight barrel age taste of a finish.

M Not to thin at all. Nice consumable consistency and still able to be enjoyed.

O Could have had more coffee intensity to balance out the sweetness. A bit more chocolate depth and longer barrel aging could also have improved this brew. The hop additions were acceptable. But could have been slightly more bitter for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:31:11 | More by CJS
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

09-23-2013 11:16:32 | More by Travcofarms
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

06-16-2013 23:59:50 | More by uncccegr
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Based on visual inspection of the bottle, this might have been underfilled by a bit. It seems to have manifested in the pour. Black color. Aggressive pour yielded only half a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention was average at best given this beer's attributes. No lacing was left.

3.5 S: This smells good, but it's a lot less impressive that I predicted given the big three things that I love in a stout (lactose, bourbon barrel, coffee). Bourbon and coffee are fairly mild, while the lactose doesn't give much of a tangy zing that I like. The one thing I do like about the coffee is that it has a nice deep roasted aroma to it. Underneath, there is a touch of chocolate, but not a whole lot else.

3.5 T: This is a lot like the nose. Bourbon is mild, but both the coffee and lactose have a bit of a boast. Soft, supple roastiness. More chocolate in the taste as well along with some molasses. Moderately sweet with a lactose aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. This could use some more carbonation, but it's nowhere near flat. Creamy, but it could be creamier. Smooth with a light warming on finish.

3.5 D: Good, but not as impressive as the reputation. In all honesty, this is pretty much average through and through (like 3.0 average), but my love of milk stouts and barrel aging has kicked it to the upper limit of average.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:03:24 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-14-2012 02:20:27 | More by whartontallboy
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-22-2011 02:57:17 | More by JAHMUR
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3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky dark brown with a faint ring of tan suds. looks nearly still. No lacing, but seems to coat the glass.

Smell -- Chocolatey roast malt, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, maple sugar and cafe latte.

Taste -- Gently dark roast, cocoa, and dark fruit are most prominent. Barrel character is somewhat minimal, lending sweet bourbon flavor, gentle vanilla, and faint oaky tannin. Coffee is surprisingly vacant, though it seems to make its presence known in the finish. Lingering flavors of sweet bourbon and coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. Could use more bubbles.

Drinkability -- This is the second time having this beer, the first being about a month after the release. Wasn't blown away by the coffee flavor then, either. A bit sweet, even for the style, but otherwise it's pretty good. There is enough going on to keep one engaged. I distinctly remember enjoying my first experience with this beer more - bottle variation?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:52:18 | More by yeahnatenelson
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3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Ken. Thanks! Pours black with a half finger creamy mocha head. Aroma of bourbon, earthy coffee, chocolate, oak...a bit heavy on the sharp bourbon smell. Flavor is roast up front, a little sweet lactose, with a straight bourbon finish. Not much coffee to taste. There isn't much else going on here. Velvety smooth with medium carbonation, and medium bodied. Overall I am psyched I got to try this, but these lighter stouts and porters just can't stand up to the bourbon. I can't get into this one. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:15:51 | More by BMMillsy
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with a tan mocha head. No lacing really.

Lots of roasted and chocolate malts in this one with tons of coffee. I like what someone else said. This one is a coffee story.

Roasted graininess and coffee are all over this one. If you want a coffee beer they named it right. It makes its presence known in the finish. Not a big fan of the lingering flavor.

Not a great carbonation on this one.

Okay just not a big fan of the coffee flavor and aftertaste. I just wasn't blown away with this beer. A bit sweet, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 19:56:03 | More by ChristianBlack
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3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body transparent at the edges. Nice khaki head that comes back as I move it around. Leggy.

Smell - Acidic coffee. Lactose is more subdued than Coffeehouse Stout, but still present, much to my chagrin. Chocolatey and a touch of oak, but not much barrel.

Taste - Acidic coffee again. Lactose and coffee blend. Much more chocolatey and even a bit more of the barrel. Nice chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel - Lactose gives it body. Medium carbonation. Heavier than I expected it to be.

Overall - Stupid lactose. Although this is nice despite. Not a fan of that acidic coffee
Is that a byproduct if the lactose or barrel?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:07:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coffee story. I am not a coffee drinker, still excellent coffee. A lace sheet. Wafting coffee aroma. Dry roast, sugar and milk, black body, coconut from barrel. Medium mouthfeel. Best is its not acidic.Cafe brulee and slight bourbon.
Radek's bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 16:10:15 | More by Sammy
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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.