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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 255
Gots: 127 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010

Barrel Aged
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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of GehenHerzog
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of Netdigger2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of crashoveride
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Bung
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of tvanr
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of McNuts
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Based on visual inspection of the bottle, this might have been underfilled by a bit. It seems to have manifested in the pour. Black color. Aggressive pour yielded only half a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention was average at best given this beer's attributes. No lacing was left.

3.5 S: This smells good, but it's a lot less impressive that I predicted given the big three things that I love in a stout (lactose, bourbon barrel, coffee). Bourbon and coffee are fairly mild, while the lactose doesn't give much of a tangy zing that I like. The one thing I do like about the coffee is that it has a nice deep roasted aroma to it. Underneath, there is a touch of chocolate, but not a whole lot else.

3.5 T: This is a lot like the nose. Bourbon is mild, but both the coffee and lactose have a bit of a boast. Soft, supple roastiness. More chocolate in the taste as well along with some molasses. Moderately sweet with a lactose aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. This could use some more carbonation, but it's nowhere near flat. Creamy, but it could be creamier. Smooth with a light warming on finish.

3.5 D: Good, but not as impressive as the reputation. In all honesty, this is pretty much average through and through (like 3.0 average), but my love of milk stouts and barrel aging has kicked it to the upper limit of average.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip - courtesy of my Santa!

A: Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights on the edges and a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose at first is all coffee with a hint of vanilla. As it warms a nice barrel presence makes itself know with lovely aromas of molasses and whiskey as well as chocolate and vanilla.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with a big coffee flavor followed by vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. The barrel flavors really shine here.

M: The feel is a bit on the thin side but it's nice and creamy. I'd like a tad bit more body on this one but it's not bad.

O: This is damn tasty and the ABV makes it dangerously drinkable. I would stock up on this one if it was available to me locally. Highly recommended.

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

First review with my friends giving input.

Look: Pours terribly opaque brown, like motor oil. No retention of the creamy brown head.

Smell: BOURBON! Even stings the nostrils! Bit of coffee and even less vanilla.

Taste: Coffee up front with loads of bourbon on the back. Some chocolate and a bit of nutmeg. No hop bitterness at all. Boozy boozy boozy. We eventually realized the flavor we were suspecting: dark fruit/figgy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for the style though lighter than many. Medium through and through. Smooth as all get out.

Overall: Just as advertised. Loads of bourbon and coffee with a lot of booziness. Awesome beer that we all enjoyed.

Photo of StoutFest
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of djre4orm
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of richardflyr
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of nandemo1
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of bespin15
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.