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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
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 weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense dark black with a fluffy dark tan head that slowly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, espresso, and toasted wood.
Taste is of the aromas with a caramel machiato and vanilla espresso atop a bourbon blast.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and a touch boozy.
Overall, a choice alternative to KBS at half the price.

weeare138, May 21, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small bubbles ring the glass.

S- big coffee aroma, oak, and some vanilla.

T- sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice smooth feel.

O- very good BA stout with all around great characteristics.

kawilliams81, May 05, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
4.75/5  rDev +11%

3Hops, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BeerBaron
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BeerBaron, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of daleyke
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

daleyke, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -6.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TATURBO, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short lived mocha head. Some lacing, dark down beer.

Great coffee scent, milk sugar takes a back seat but there. No barrel notes in the nose.

Ahhh nice and sweet an then the slight sourness due to the lacto. ABV sits right at 8%

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Sits right behind Surly Four as far as milk stouts go. Well received by this guy. Williamsburg Alewerks is 2 for 2 in my book. Recommended for milk stout fans.

Duff27, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jrohrbacher, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Exiled, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a deep black with tan thick head. Smells fantastic of roasted coffee malts. Taste is smooth coffee, boozey, a bit of bourbon and smokey wood age. Really full of flavors and just plain smooth. Hides the alcohol so well.
Very highly recommend this brew.

DrinkSlurm, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of nesarebad
4.75/5  rDev +11%

nesarebad, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of stbo101
4.75/5  rDev +11%

stbo101, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BillHilly, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Founders CBS snifter.

Pours a jet black hue with a thin head that recedes quickly. Absolutely ZERO lacing. The smell on this is robust, but sweet. A nice combination of roasted coffee and vanilla intermingling with some nice bourbon notes. The taste is all coffee all the time. Nice and roasty, malty, with a load of sweet vanilla. The bourbon is completely absent in the taste, which is unfortunate. Fortunately the rest of the flavors pick up the slack. The mouth is a bit thin, but such is life with porters. Otherwise it's quite smooth with just a lingering bitterness from the coffee. Overall, this is solid. I'm not a fan of porters as a rule of thumb...but this is awesome.

Retail1LO, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of badbilly30
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.

badbilly30, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA and shared with Vito at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours a fairly opaque black with a 1 finger brown crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Nice array of bourbon, chocolate, roast, coffee, oak, vanilla, and a hint of lactose.

Taste: Same as the nose but the lactose is a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel: The bourbon barrel treatment makes it a touch thinner than your average milk stout but its still enjoyable.

Overall: Fantastic beer that goes down easy and has plenty of character. Glad I have another bottle of this puppy.

koopa, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sholland119, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange (Greenville, SC). 9.29. Served in a snifter. 

Pours near black with quickly fading 1.5 finger light tan head. I'm not sure if you can really call the random few bubbles that remain clinging to the glass lacing but they're there. 

Inviting sweet nose of coffee, vanilla, boubon and chocolate. Very nice. 

Taste is as sweet as the smell promised without getting cloyingly so. Cappucino, milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, wood and a pleasant faint-yet-noticeable bourbon. The many flavors play well off each other, mixing to create a complex experience on the sweeter side of the stout spectrum. 

Medium full body and lightly carbonated. Creamy but not quite viscous. 

This is an enjoyable bourbon barrel aged stout. I think I read that they age this in second-use bourbon barrels. This gives Cafe Royale the pleasant character of wood & bourbon without overpowering the many great layers of well integrated flavors.

ThickNStout, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

EricCioe, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of RWNewhouse
4/5  rDev -6.5%

RWNewhouse, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a chalky looking black body, with a finger of rocky dark brown head. Very minimal lacing, head dissipates to a thin collar.

S - Solid nose, hits iwth a blend of quality deep roast coffee, sweeter malts, and dense chocolate cake. The barrel aging didn't impart a ton to the nose on this beer.

T - Immediately get the deep roast coffee, thick flavor and layers, very nice. Roasty malt backbone as well, lays in nicely with the coffee. The bourbon is mild, but complements well as I think it should with a "coffee" infused stout. Very nice.

M - Liked this one, thick and chewy, not quite syrupy so the carbonation does the trick.

D - Very well done beer, big coffee notes mingle well with the bourbon. Should try harder to get this when it releases next year.

chilly460, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of dpomranky1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dpomranky1, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of b3shine
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized tulip. Thanks to ksurkin for this one. Looks good; black with thin lacing. Smells good too; malty and bourbony. Tastes very good. I like how the bourbon flavors married with the milk stout (I had my concerns about this). Mouthfeel is good; would improve with age. Overall, a tasty brew that I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try.

b3shine, Feb 18, 2012
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.