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Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 241
Gots: 126 | 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:
Barrel Aged

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010)
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Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 143 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

hellcatsjg, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kaydogg, Nov 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

nh2032, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Spider889
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick and black with not much head on it.

Rich strong coffee aroma with more mild sweet malty notes.

Tastes of sweet chocolate (that's the milk stout base). Oats and mild oak. Dry bitter malt flavors, alongside some vanilla and a ton of caramel.

Hot - very warming in the throat. Not bad.

Spider889, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Sarlacc83, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

biniek13, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

denimdemon, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

monarchs20, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ksurkin
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FIRST RATING of this one on RB! 22oz bomber, fresh from the brewery, dated 9/2/2010. pours a silky, thick black with a full, two-finger, dark beige head with hints of red around the edges leaving beautiful lacing. aroma is utterly fantastic with big, woody, bourbon notes at the outset that settle beautifully into the background of huge roasted coffee, dark chocolate cake, vanilla, and light coconut with subtle touches of dark fruit and toffee. flavor is spectacular, and i’m a homer so it’s perfect, with an absolutely flawless balance of fresh, roasted coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate mocha with a light, creamy, lacto-sweetness sliding through ahead of smooth oak, vanilla, and spicy bourbon with a long, ashy malt, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee finish. palate is sublimely full bodied, silky smooth, and damn near milkshake-esque creamy with perfect carbonation and incredible drinkability. overall, without a doubt one of the five best bourbon barrel aged stouts i’ve ever tasted. bravo, geoff. *re-rate* aww, hell this brew is just getting better and better every time i open another bottle. perfect 5 for this VA homer!

ksurkin, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of Thirstybird's pre-trip beer blowout. Pours two shades shy of black with no head, just a thin soapy band around the edges. Nose expresses roast, coffee, a trace of vanilla and a boozy quality. Taste reveals roasted malt, artificial sweetener, coffee grounds and some char towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with an even carbonation from start to finish; not mild, but not quite prickly. A decent brew (didn't realize it was a milk stout), but not much of the barrel is present. Overall, I found it fairly tasty, but not something I would seek out again.

Jwale73, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer was sitting at spycow's place for a while with no one claiming it, so we drank it.

A - Black beer that browns on the edges. Small amount of khaki head that settled quickly leaving some spots on the side.

S - The nose of a milk stout always has the potential to be the most pleasant aspect of it, and this one is quite nice. Coffee, confectioner's chocolate, warm bourbon, vanilla. Fairly inviting.

T - Not as good as the nose. Less sweet notes, a little more roasty and burnt. The bourbon is slightly more forward, but quite smooth.

M - Not the greatest, maybe in the barrel too long. Slightly thin, moderate carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, fairly easy to get down, wouldn't mind it again, and I'm not a milk stout fan.

AgentZero, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Thanks to Plenum for sending this one my way.

Pours out milkshake-thick, oily and viscous. The color is dark maroon bordering on black, with a one-finger khaki head that dissipates slowly. Very nice lacing. This is a looker.

Roasted malts, chocolate and raisins are all in the nose. There's a hint of barrel presence, with underlying aromas of caramel, toffee and vanilla. It seems very sweet, and quite appetizing.

Those same roasted malts come through strongly in the flavor - there's a very obvious coffee element here. Some semisweet chocolate and a hint of vanilla, but the coffee remains in the forefront. At first I noticed only a hint of bourbon in the aftertaste, but as my glass warmed this aspect of the flavor became far more apparent. By the time I finished the bomber this tasted downright boozy.

Very full and rich, with medium carbonation that could probably be toned down a notch. Definitely a dessert beer.

Though I initially wrote this off as a pleasant but unremarkable sweet stout, the bourbon qualities of this beer make it more interesting. I'm not sure of this bottle's vintage, but I imagine it could benefit from a touch more aging, though I worry the coffee flavors would fade accordingly. All in all, this is a fairly easy to drink -bal aged stout that I'd be interested in trying again.

amphion1065, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

THanks much Cam for sharing this.

A - Black body with red along the edges with a small tight brown head.

S - great dark malts, and lactose, light on the bourbon. Great balance, really nice stuff here.

T - wow. Just delicious, one of the best tasting stouts I've had. Sweet roasted malts, nice lactose profile, bourbon is present but not too much. Could not ask for more.

M - oh yeah, a nice big and thick creamy mouthfeel. Exquisite.

O (D) - this is a great beer.

ColdPoncho, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful brown with a nice reddish tint. A touch of light tan head. Very very pretty with a reddish tint. Smells phenomenal. Lots of coffee and a light bourbon hint on the nose. Smells sweet with lots of milk sweetness on the nose. Taste is similar. Coffe, milk, sweet sugary goodness, and bourbon but light and perfect for the base beer. This is a damn near perfect beer

Urbancaver, Jun 23, 2011
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.