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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

464 Ratings
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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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aflyershckyfan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-11-2012 01:13:15 | More by aflyershckyfan
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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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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-09-2012 00:34:18 | More by stonequarrywest
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dball

Virginia

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

The Cafe Royale Milk Stout is fantastic. It drinks very smooth and easy. Of course it is a rather heavy beer but delicious. It drinks so easy that I anticipated it having a very low ABV and pleasently suprised to see that it is an 8% beer. Williamsburg makes solid beers and this on is right up there with their best.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2012 20:45:08 | More by dball
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Khazadum

Illinois

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

Bitter coffee roast, bitter grains, some sweet lactose nature. I'm in love with the smell. It's got a light toasted malt as well as some vanilla and oak faintly.

Tastes of first bright brown sugar. Coffee grounds. Toasted casks, acrid spicing. Burnt nature. I'm so so so shocked.

Thick, chewy, full bodied. Great carbonation. It's a delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:07:26 | More by Khazadum
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MisterGrizz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-31-2012 16:30:55 | More by MisterGrizz
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-30-2012 18:34:31 | More by Brew33
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical dark black stout. minimal head. Smell is of bourbon and roasted malts. hints of nuts in the background as well. A little chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. All somewhat subtle but blending together nicely. Slightly sweet. Silky and slick, but not oily. This is a nice beer. It's a nice different take to have a milk stout that is barrel aged and it works nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:17:17 | More by Blanco
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Less than 1/2" thick of creamy mocha colored head that recedes quickly; Color is very dark brown and next to black; No lacing left in the glass

S - Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with a bit of bourbon and milky sweetness; Aroma is nicely balanced without displaying too much of anything

T - The taste is very well balanced too; Roasty coffee taste blends nicely with dark chocolate, milky sweetness, and bourbon flavor without any heat from the alcohol; Grassy and earthy hops come through from mid-taste and into the finish; Aftertaste is very pleasant, having a subtle amount of all flavors described above.

M - Low carbonation; Full bodied with a thickness that coats the mouth; Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish

O - I totally agree with the Williamsburg AleWerks website when it says Cafe Royale is a "high octane version of our Coffeehouse Stout." The balance of aromas and flavors in this beer is very well done, allowing the coffee, chocolate, milky sweetness, bourbon, and hops to blend together almost perfectly. Having been aged in bourbon barrels, I thought the bourbon flavor/aroma would come through more than it actually does. However, this doesn't disappoint me at all as I prefer the bourbon to not steal the spotlight of the beer. Overall, I'd say this is one of the best beers I've had that's brewed right here in the state of Virginia. It may not be until next year, but when I see this beer again, I am stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:22:18 | More by TechTriumph
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/15/12
*From notes

-- I love sharing good beer with my Pops, this being no exception --

A: A good pour yields a .75 finger head. Minor retention, but the collar's a beaut. Rich brownie brown in hue.

S: Chocolately milk. I don't get a loit of bourbon on the bouquet, though the more I get into it, I'm able to pick up quite a bit of coffee.

T: Like a café au lait. With bourbon. Creamy coffee rules the proverbial roost here, with mellow hints of mild and delicious bourbon. This isn't nearly as whiskey forward or in your face as their BB Porter.

M: Chewy. This beer certainly has some bite to it.

O: I'm not typically a fan of milk stouts or lactic induced beers. But Williamsburg AleWerk's Café Royale is the reaon there's an asterisk on your keyboard, as I really do enjoy this beer. I heartily recommend consuming it fresh, as the balance becomes more and more out of whack as time ticks away.

Thumbs up. An enjoyable and trade-worthy brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:18:46 | More by Rhettroactive
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a strong coffee presence and well integrated barrel character. Subtle bourbon and vanilla with some toasted oak that nicely compliments the dark malt notes. Lots of robust coffee along with hints of dark chocolate, toast, toffee and oatmeal.

Slightly chewy medium body with a good balance of roasted coffee, bourbon, oak and dark malt. The barrel character is well integrated into the beer without becoming a one dimensional bourbon bomb. Decent amount of sweet bourbon flavor without much heat as well as some vanilla and dry, toasted oak that meshes very well with the coffee flavor. Deep and roasted without ever approaching acrid/burnt or harsh. There's also a good amount of sweetness countering the coffee flavor. Hints of lactic sugar, dark chocolate, caramel and oatmeal. Just a touch of bitterness mid palate but overall this beer is really well balanced and easy to drink. Could use a bit more bourbon but still pretty impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:40:15 | More by corby112
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-29-2012 01:22:08 | More by GehenHerzog
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just wanted everyone to know that the pic on the BA profile for Williamsburg Alewerks is one that I took. However, I gave this place a bad review in terms of customer service, and I'll stand behind that review.

FYI: I still have an autographed 2011 bottle in my basement.

I poured this 2012 version into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Poured a dark, black chocolate milk night, with a finger head that stuck around for a while.

S: Definitely lactose on the nose, along with a good bit of coffee. Intense! The bourbon is definitely present, but in the background.

T: Tasted sort of like a chocolate banana malt that I often stir up in my Vitamix machine. Simply awesome! The bourbon is the overripe banana part... and it's very cool in this setting! Almost the perfect coffee/chocolate balance!

M: Thick and snot-like, decadently sweet, and with very skimpy lacing... but most BBA stuff usually is.

O: Alewerks does some really nice brews, but I think this is their crowning accomplishment! For you traders: I've heard that multiples of this one trades for some brewery only releases. Cool!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:58:17 | More by Chaney
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-26-2012 05:29:16 | More by Netdigger2
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, malt, and bourbon.

T: Tasted of coffee (a big shot of it), roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and a creamy quality. A robust, complex flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 13:25:51 | More by avalon07
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-21-2012 13:06:24 | More by SpillyBeers
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crashoveride

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-20-2012 19:24:48 | More by crashoveride
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-20-2012 01:43:57 | More by pavpav12
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is near black with a thick beige cap that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings a heavy dose of coffee, followed by chocolate, vanilla, light booze. I am a regular coffee drinker, and certainly appreciate a nice coffee aroma in an imperial stout.

Nice flavor. Relatively sweet, with a pronounced milk presence. Almost sugary like chocolate milk. As in the aroma, coffee plays a major role, while the bourbon presence is subdued. Vanilla and coffee for the most part. I never found the sweetness to be cloying, and had no trouble with my half of the bomber.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Fairly sweet, with prominent coffee throughout. Though the abv isn't particularly high for a bourbon barrel stout, it is disguised gracefully here.

Overall, I enjoyed this and would definitely have it again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:06:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-17-2012 00:21:46 | More by IdrinkGas
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-14-2012 19:24:07 | More by Shilt
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Bung

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Pretty black pour, faint brown around the edges. Not much head to speak of, even with a fairly sturdy pour. Just a ring of dark tan.

Aroma, pretty strong cocoa, coffee. Some vanilla and milk chocolate.

Taste, blends the coffee and lactose qualities into the stout well. The barrel almost imparts more of a Kahlua like quality more than bourbon. Cocoa, caramel, coffee. A little sweeter on the back along with a faint warming.

Just enough carbonation to keep it intersting. Medium bodied, coats well. Could use just a tad more carb, but luckily it is not overly boozy or sweet. Drinks as well as their lower octane version.

A great coffee/sweet stout, with VERY subtle barrel aging. One of the more interesting flavor profiles I've found for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:41:57 | More by Bung
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-14-2012 02:20:27 | More by whartontallboy
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tvanr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-13-2012 22:28:30 | More by tvanr
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McNuts

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-12-2012 20:45:56 | More by McNuts
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.