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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 239
Gots: 123 | 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:
Barrel Aged

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010)
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Photo of AlexFields
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mojiboo02 for this bottle.

Pours a very dark near black with a big rich coffee head.

Smells of bourbon, lactose, sweet vanilla and chocolate...not getting much coffee.

Taste is moderate bourbon, creamy espresso/latte style coffee, sweet chocolate and vanilla malt. Delicious.

Very drinkable with a rich creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer, wish it were more readily available all the time.

8.6/10

AlexFields, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle

A - Dark brown, clean beer. Small mocha color head that just has a small layer of foam on the sides

S - Big coffee nose with slight cream and bourbon. Lots of coffee on this one. Coffee is smooth and sweet with no sign of bitterness

T - Sweet coffee up front with cream, brown sugar, sweet bourbon, and milk chocolate. The finish is slight roasted malt and espresso. Overall, this is a nice, smooth and complex beer

M - Smooth creamy body that goes done nice and easy.

O - A nice overall beer that is smooth and creamy, has good coffee flavor, a nice sweetness and hints of bourbon. It reminds me of a baby BCBCS.

jeonseh, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKevin
3/5  rDev -30.1%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

enelson, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gonzoillini, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

e30todamax, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Marti403
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Marti403, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mmikey8
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mmikey8, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mhbarber
3/5  rDev -30.1%

mhbarber, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Pando
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Pando, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Evan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Evan, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JMRSN, Jan 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

bobertkuekn, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

domtronzero, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cafe Royale pours out a thick black color, sludge-like, with one finger of bubbly brown head. I wish the head both built up more and lasted longer as it fit perfectly atop the beer. 3.5

S: The aroma is of dark coffee roasts with some oaky vanilla from the bourbon barrels. I'm surprised that the bourbon nor chocolate make a statement on the aroma. It's sort of bland and I'm not sure what to expect once I taste it. 3.5

T: The bourbon, again, isn't really the focus here. It's all about the coffee. The lactose and some chocolate provide a base for freshly roasted coffee to assault the palate. This finish has a hit of oakiness and leftover coffee grinds with some vanilla. The coffee rests on the palate forever. I wish the bourbon took more of a part of this beer. It just doesn't really taste like it was aged in anything. 4

MF: Medium body with a lower than average carbonation, albeit one that fits the style. It has a dry finish and is really drinkable. 4.5

O: For everything I wish had changed about this beer, I still think it's outstanding for a milk stout. Probably my second or third favorite I've ever had for this style. 4.5

russwbeck, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of malloyca
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black appearance which fades to a reddish mahogany around the rim. Pours with little head but nice lacing. Aromas open with vanilla, coffee and then a distinct bourbon note that contains oak and more vanilla. Initial tastes of vanilla and coffee bean, then finishing with bourbon and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is viscous but not overly syrupy, and some nice effervescence keeps it from being too heavy. Other than the bourbon notes this does not taste overly alcoholic and is very drinkable. A great brunch beer or with (or for) dessert after dinner.

malloyca, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hornsup
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 Edition...have 5 more bottles I plan on aging for comparison

Poured into a Cigar City snifter

A: Pitch black with a musketeer-esque colored thin lacing on the top that stuck around for a a minute or two just to taunt me

S: Smells like a load of sugary vanilla and then you just get smacked with a subtle bourbon nose to it. you also get some dark dark chocolate notes at the end.

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Very very smooth at the beginning with creamy vanilla notes, some chilled coffee, and then in the aftertaste you get the bourbon woody factor...absolutely amazing.

M: Mouthfeel may be the weakest part of this beer, which is saying nothing at all because I loved this beer so much and the mouthfeel was great....I was just too occupied with the taste to completely focus. Its a bit thin, but it suffices while the bourbon coats your taste buds.

O: I think this beer is fantastic....alewerks has really outdone themselves with this beer. The beer completely changes notes once its warmed up, which I think is for the better. The bourbon compliments the sweet vanilla and chocolate notes perfectly even though I'm not a huge bourbon fan. I cant wait to see how these other bottles age.

hornsup, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

KalH, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Daniellobo, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jsnoek, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

maxk, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

IrishColonial, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks LambicKing!

Ok so this thing is dark. Crazy, scary dark. No translucence, so light at all. Just straight Black. It was a bit cold when I poured it, but no real head or carbonation whatsoever.

I seriously love the way this thing smells. Amazing sweet chocolate up front and throughout, with a good bit of bourbon comes in as well. The bourbon is harsh, with no real oak. Slight hint of vanilla as well.

Its a chocolate milk stout at heart, and it doesnt lose it. Up front bourbon bite with a hint of dry bitter oak that fades into a super creamy, silky smooth body. Smooth vanilla accents the light bodied sweet milk stout nicely. The milk stout underneath is everything I wanted Moo-Hoo to be. Decent body, but just slick sweet chocolate milk.

My only issue with the beer is the mouthfeel. The base beer feels amazing, but the bourbon flavors translate into a strong upfront bite that is the only real problem with this beer.

VncentLIFE, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Bluecane
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Bluecane, Jan 10, 2013
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.