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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 236
Gots: 120 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +11%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
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,

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +11%

kjkinsey, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -29.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

JAHMUR, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Kegatron, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.5%

oline73, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
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!

Rifugium, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -6.5%

beernads, Dec 12, 2013
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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.