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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 230
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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Sammy

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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-07-2013 12:45:19 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria not too long ago.

Pour brings a near-black liquid with a thin mocha head that has some pretty good staying power. This is definitely a coffee bomb--the nose really loads in some nice, fresh coffee that is fairly dark and roasty. The taste scales the coffee down a tad bit in exchange for some dry roast and hints of chocolate. Feel is quite nice. This is somewhat thick but dry and roasty. Finishes well. I haven't had that many beers from Williamsburg at this point, although the ones I have tried have been quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:05:47 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pour almost pitch black with a modest tan cap; some streaks are left behind

Smell: Coffee, caramel and milk chocolate buttressed by the Bourbon and vanilla tones

Taste: The coffee leads the charge, with the caramel and milk chocolate not far behind; by mid-palate, the Bourbon and vanilla add another dimension, with the flavors all merging into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the more nicely balanced barrel-aged stouts I have encountered; this is really good

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity to re-visit

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:47:58 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly opague with no light what so ever coming through on this one. The growler gave off a nice little pop and hiss when opened so I knew it was still going to be going strong..Poured into the glass with a thus and just had this wonderful thick viscous look

thick oozing amount of coffee, sweeter aroma and just one of the fullest smells I have ever come across in my life. Lots of lactose in here as well with hints of sweet roasted coffee just stronger then anything you could possibly imagine. The flavor followed suit perfectly. sweet coco Lots of carbonation here never let go and never had a dull moment to it. you could literally drink this one all night long,

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:13:03 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-25-2011 17:45:15 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of very nice aromatic coffee notes with some light bourbon notes and light vanilla. Taste is a very smooth mix of bourbon and aromatic coffee with well rounded roasted malt with light vanilla and bourbon finish. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and some good carbonation. Very well brewed with great balance and easily drinkable while being quite complex at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:18:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-22-2012 13:48:41 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to James for sending this one my way.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin mocha colored head.

S: Lots of dark, roasted malts and certainly some coffee. A decent amount of bitter, dark chocolate aroma and a touch of vanilla. Don't really get a lot of bourbon or oak, though.

T: A big roasted malt backbone to this beer with lots of vanilla and chocolate to go with it. The coffee is there too, but a little bit more subtle and well integrated than on the nose. Again, not much evidence of -bals other than the vanilla.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue with a touch of warming alcohol.

D: Pretty enjoyable imperial stout. Nothing that really wows me about it, but good. Wish I could have picked up a bit more of the oak and whiskey, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:01:00 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-27-2013 19:04:01 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-21-2013 13:39:21 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

01-13-2013 20:26:44 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a thick black looking brew with a tan colored head on top. The head fades rather quickly just leaving a foamy ring around the edges of the glass. The smell of this beer is pretty impressive. Lots of sweet caramel, vanilla and coffee notes. The taste is great. Lots of Vanilla and Chocolate notes with some sweet roasted malty caramel and coffee to bitter it out in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick feeling with a light carbonation level. Overall this is a damn good brew. I'm starting to like Williamsburg AleWerks more and more.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:00:03 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to therealnomayo for this bottle!

I was hoping to net one o' these bad boys before leaving NoVa, but the release was painfully delayed just to screw with me (or so the voices tell me...). Thankfully, awesome BAs populate BIFs. This bit o' haul pours a pure obsidian topped by a finger of light sienna foam. The nose comprises oak, whiskey, blackened pretzels, rather light roasted malts, and a layer of char. some chocolate syrup comes in if you inhale deeply enough. The taste also focuses on the whiskey-drenched oak, with some light chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, and very light molasses backing that up. Don't get me wrong: this shit is good. It's just dominated by the barrels. The body is on the heftier side of medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smoothly chewy feel. Overall, a very solid stout, though I think if the stout characteristics were enhanced to further counterbalance the barrels it would truly shine.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:23:04 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-22-2011 02:57:17 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tick thanks to bifrostguard.

Blackened with a mocha head, appealing but typical of the style. Coffee and creamy sweetness are prominent on the nose. There's a ton of vanilla and brown sugar; it smells very sweet for the relatively low ABV. The coffee character isn't reminiscent of freshly roasted beans like Founders Breakfast Stout, it's more like brewed coffee; perhaps a bit stale smelling in contrast, and somewhat acidic. It's coffee forward on the tongue, but equally sweet and quite creamy. The combination of coffee and milky sweetness makes me think of one of those syrup-laden Starbucks espresso drinks. Bourbon barrel aging has contributed a ton of vanilla, though little oak or heat. It's a mellow beer, very sweet but not particularly heavy. The finish is mild, creamy, and never quite dries up. This is solid, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:57:57 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

09-12-2013 03:27:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everyone denies bringing this, but I'm going to assume it originated from Thorpe429 somehow. Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring and some light haze on top, leaving behind a few spots of lace. The body is black with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, cake. Didn't realize this was a milk stout, but that makes a lot of sense in retrospect.

T - Taste is a little bit understated in comparison to the nose. Some coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Finish is understated, with a faint hint of char and plastic.

M - Very thin - probably due to the barrel-aging. Booze is well-hidden, even though I have no idea how strong this stuff actually is. Goes down quick and easy, with medium-low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, but not as good as other beers of this style like KBS. Not a ton of bourbon flavor either.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:21:33 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-24-2014 18:45:46 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer is completely black and has a thin brown head that sticks around leaving some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like coffee with bourbon in it.

Lots of bitterness from the coffee and the forward sweetness from the bourbon. Eh, as far as bourbon barrel beers go its kind of mediocre. Otherwise its a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:00:05 | More by drabmuh
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from...not sure where I got this, but probably Pinocchio's beer garden

Poured a dark brown-black with a finger of mocha head; decent lacing and retention. Aroma is roasty with lots of coffee. Taste is similar, dark roasty malts, coffee, hints of cocoa and vanilla, not too heavy on the bourbon or oak. Definitely good, but nothing extraordinary. Might come through a bit better if allowed to age for a while. Medium mouthfeel, and decently drinkable.

*Edit: I liked the second bottle I had a lot more. Bourbon character came out more in the aroma and taste, overall feel was smoother, body was fuller...don't know what they did different in this batch, but it bumped the rating right up from a 4.0 to a 4.25 easily. Thanks to pdeepak for the share!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 08:41:02 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-20-2014 14:50:32 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-16-2013 05:00:41 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/21/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head and light carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of coffee, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Very complex and balanced.

t - Tastes of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Oddly sweet.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - Overall this was a good stout. I thought it smelt great; lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. The only thing that brought this down for me was the taste. While I enjoyed it, I thought it was a bit too sweet. Luckily I split it with a buddy because I don't know if I could drink a full 22 oz. bottle by myself because of the sweetness. Either way I'm glad I tried it and would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 21:50:59 | More by mdfb79
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-12-2013 06:35:55 | More by beernads
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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.