Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: charlzm on 11-15-2008

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an 8 oz. glass nearly jet black except for a some ruby highlights when held up,a thinner beige head atop.Dry earthiness and french roast coffee in the nose,very dry.Dry and earthy on the palate,maybe to dry,tated almost dirty with no sweetness to counter-balance dry earthiness and roast.I like a dryer earthy stout but this may have been a little over the top in the category for me.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fudgy chocolate malts with a lot of nice roast coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts some some slightly acidic roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, a decent coffee stout.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 ounce growler purchased this evening at Carmine St. Beer in NYC, NY.

Pours dark dark brown, loose dark mocha head, that stays decently, and then goes to a frothy film and leaves ample high tongues of stick.

Milk chocolate and cafe au lait nose.

Medium to lighter bodied for a stout.

More chocolate and muted coffee notes. Smooth, quite easy and pleasant drinking.

More coffee grounds come out as it warms up a bit. Nice stout, that worth trying...

Photo of pat61
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown under a 1” fairly persistent, lacy foam cap. Starts on the palate creamy and grainy and then shifts to coffee and darker roast grain. The coffee and roast are not bitter or harsh and are well balanced by the grains. Average to a little above average carbonation, medium to a little above medium body.

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Orange Street brewpub location.

Pours black with a good, durable tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: black coffee with a trace of hops.

Taste: black coffee; touch of hops; faint dark roasted malts. Medium bitterness. Good coffee flavor. Very good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: thin body; smooth; medium carbonation.

O: Well-crafted, light version of the style that's is heavy on the coffee flavor

Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big rich light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear super dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich black coffee to coffee grounds aroma with any cream or sugar.

Big black coffee taste with some of the dark roasted malt characteristics coming through nicely.

A dryish after taste with the feel of a creamy bakers chocolate on this full bodied stout.

I'm not much of a coffee drinker but this stuff might help sway me.

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, 5.4% ABV. Man, the coffee-infused beers are coming out hard and fast as of late.

This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with ever the slightest of basal bronze highlights, and three imposing fingers of puffy, densely foamy mocha head, which leaves some nicely consistent, loose chain cog pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of somewhat bitter, dry roasted coffee beans, baker's chocolate, lightly toasted bready malt, rather dry salted caramel, and some earthy, mildly herbal hops. The taste is quite similar, but more rounded - bolder medium sweet cocoa, fuller, softer coffee grounds, a still struggling grainy caramel malt, some clammy black licorice notes, a touch of charcoal, and very faint hints of a earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is pretty average, and good at it, the body medium-light in weight, with a rather dry edginess, which is cold coffee all the way, and makes smoothness a hard sell here. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the plaintive wails of the caramel/toffee malt gaining a now surprising tenor, as the bitter coffee and chalky cocoa sit back and light a cigar by the fire.

A moderately dry Yankee stout, for those caffeine freaks out there - you can certainly taste the guest ingredient in this one. I have to give credit, however, for as strong as the coffee initially seems, there's enough else going on to keep the rest of us non-users and non-early risers happy.

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the CBC on 3/17/10. Served in a pint glass. I don't remember the exact ABV on this but I believe that it was in the 5-6% range.

Pours a straight black in the glass (although some ruby does shine through along the bottom) with a 1/2 finger of creamy light mocha head. Thin but very frothy retention on this, which leaves a ton of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is very roasty and bitter, with some sweeter tones and hop activty in the back, but this is mostly very dark feeling in the nose.

The taste is bitter dark roast coffee, with a firm dose of hops mixed in. Chocolate and caramel sweetness hang along the back, along with a touch of earthy citrus. Overall though, this is very burnt and bitter in the mouth. It would have been nice to have, you know, a bit more actual coffee flavor present. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big prickly feel that fills the mouth up but there is also a bit more of a thicker feel underneath. Mostly though, this stays sharp in the mouth.

I like a good Coffee Stout like the next guy but this just leaned WAY too heavy to the dark side of things. Just not enough actual flavor (beyond charred roast) coming through, and this could have also used some more balancing sweetness. There were a lot of interesting looking beers on tap here during our visit and this one left me disappointed.

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too thin...burnt/bitter taste, not roasty/robust. Not a pleasant coffee aftertaste. Bland for the most part, very disappointing to this particular palate.

Photo of NavyGoat
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good but not great; would drink it again. A good coffee stout but nothing there was a wow.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a thick caramel colored head that eventually settles into a thick layer over the brew. The color is deep coffee brown and almost borderline black....there is no seeing through this one! Cant tell what the carbonation is like but I'm guessing by the head that its mellow. Lacing is pretty decent as well with many sticky small patches clinging to the glass!

S- Awesome dark chocolate and dark roasted black coffee aromas dominate the nose with hints of burnt malt, earth, raw vanilla bean, blackstrap molasses and perhaps some licorice root. The finish is dry and not very bitter, just dry-ish!

T- The flavors are primarily of coffee, muted dark chocolate, molasses, charred malt, and some toffee sweetness to help balance everything out! Everything is a little lighter than I anticipated.....not as robust as the aromas let on, so slightly disappointing on that front but nothing that breaks this one.

M/O- Again, not what I expected.....leans towards the light body end of things and the carbonation is more zingy than I thought it would....much more cleansing than a normal stout but not offensive....just different. Overall this is a good beer in terms of looks and aromas, the flavor and mouthfeel is slightly underwhelming but I have had worse. I still recommend this and would probably get it again....would probably be a great addition to a stew base!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small head.
Nose shows slightly stale burnt coffee and little else.
Flavours are pretty much the same, just stale coffee grounds. Not even much roasted malt character.
Needs a thicker body and creamier carbonation.
Not great...

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour - It poured almost black with a thick head that stuck around for a long time.

Smell - almost like a roasted cup of coffee without anything in it.

Taste- almost the same as the smell with a malt/roasted taste up front with a strong coffee finish.

Overall I like this brew. I have frequent the CBC just for a pint of this bad boy. One of the most significant coffee smelling and tasting brews I've had. Good stuff

Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a full on black, medium brown head, small finger of head, little lace. Coffee aroma, full blown. Smells like just-brewed coffee. It may be a little one note, or just over dominated by coffee, but its delicious. Also quite coffee in the taste, mild astringency, roasted malts too and some sweetness/chocolate. Body is medium I'd say, dry.

Dominated by coffee. A little one note, but the coffee does make it a guilty pleasure.

Photo of Absolut
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Too watery and carbonated for a stout

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I don't like that Beer Advocate has changed their format for reviewing. Not cool But here we go.

A (3/5)- Black with a red-ish hugh around the bottom of the glass. Has a thick tan head when poured down the middle of the glass, and just a fine rim when tilted. Looks like a traditional stout for sure.

S (4/5)- Dry for the most part, but it is semi sweet. It's got some milk chocolatey sweetness and dark roasted coffee in there. A swirl of the glass brings out the roasted coffee notes more. The scent is front and center, but it doesn't overpower at all. Has the dry roastyness like a Guinness or Murphy's as well.

T (4/5)- Coffee flavor is not as smokey/dark roasted as in the nose, but roasted coffee is there for sure. Sort of has a melted milk chocolate bar type flavor as well. Light dark fruit towards the end, but I might be stretching a tad to find that. Hops are not detectable, but I think that is just the style to not be hop forward. Outstanding! Drink this when cold!

M (3.75/5)- Body is towards the medium side. But it is still a very drinkable beer. Pretty crisp and carbonated as well. Finish really is dry and slightly watery like a Guinness, but not too thin. Can't complain on the mouthfeel.

Another awesome beer from San Diego. I'm convinced any beer brewed in San Diego is going to be amazing, and this one did not let up. This beer is absolutely amazing in every way possible. Would I want it on a hot day to cool me down? No. But it's a chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true. If you like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, this beer is very comparable to that, and that's my favorite beer of all time! GO GET THIS!

Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured spent coffee grains and a touch of charcoal.

The taste consisted of dry coffee and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was light and astringent.

Overall a tasty easy drinking stout.

Photo of bambam2517
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20 oz pub glass and served at 40F. I have to say the last time I had this it was much fresher, would have reviewed it a bit higher...

A - Nicely dark chocolate colored body, but a watery pour that results in a thin khaki bubble ring. Carbonation is tight and lasting though.

S - Nice, roasted coffee with a little alcoholic sweetness.

T - Coffee is indeed the upfront flavor, so kudos for that. But not much complexity behind it. Some malt presence but its so faint its indistinguishable. A little sweet-n-sourness also, rye and raisinlike.

M - Really watery initially, but it picks up mid-palate thanks to the carbonation. Leaves a burnt tasting aftertaste that is off-putting however.

O - A decent offering with room for improvement. Having it on nitro would improve it tremendously I feel...

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dense dark beer with no clarity and a 1/4 inch of mocha head that seems to stick around for a bit.

S +T - Smell is rather roasty like a less harsh breakfast stout, vanilla, espresso, and coffee roast highlight. Taste i pretty balance blend of malt, coffee roast and sweet vanilla malt.

M - Body is spot on for the ABV it's medium, kind of chewy, and great tasting!

Overall I am not wow'd by this stout but am impressed they made such a balanced coffee stout. Totally worth the $6.50 paid and I would do it again.

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear near black colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smell strongly of coffee and coffee. Did I mention this has a strong coffee aroma? Some patent malt and chocolate but this really smells like coffee.

Starts out with a mineral water and coffee taste. Mild coffee flavor and slightly sweet and that is about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just a regular coffee beer.

Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coronado Blue Ridge Coffee Stout pours a deep brown with two fingers of mocha head. The aroma is about what you'd expect from a coffee stout. Coffee and roasted malts. The taste is robustly roasty at first, and that is only doubled by the coffee flavors that present themselves. There's nothing sweet in this stout at all, it's all roast, all the time. Some hops help contribute to the overall bitterness of the beer. It's lacking a little in complexity, but it's tasty. The mouthfeel is light for style and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. It's a solid coffee stout.

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 22oz into a large chalice. Black bodied with a one finger, light mocha tan head. Head retention is pretty good as it falls eventually to a frothy ring. Lacing starts off thick and tapers towards the bottom of the glass.

S- Coffee and Brown-ale like toasted malts seem to be mostly up front for me with a nice toasted nutty note. The coffee has a dark feel but not deep like espresso. Roasted grains round it all out.

T- Roastiness and coffee seems to take over here and make up most of the flavor. The dark coffee beans and deep roast barley work together to create a drinkable, lower ABV stout. Hints of toasted nuts, caramel and slight dark fruits. Slight hops to round it out.

MF- Medium bodied thickness with a moderate amount of carbonation. Silky and somewhat creamy overall texture on the palate. Finishes with a hint of roasty bitterness.

On the lighter side compared to modern day stouts but does not lack in the flavor department at all. Smooth roasty coffee and barley leads the way in a drinkable stout.

Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Brewing 'Blue Bridge Coffee Stout' @ 5.4% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-coffee , fresh ground coffee
T-big taste of coffee (start , middle & end)
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-ok beer , decent stout
prost LampertLand

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque but still clear very dark, almost jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans over the top of lighter aromas of roasted malts and just a hint of cocoa.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of lightly roasted malts with a very light hint of cocoa. That is followed by moderate lingering flavors of freshly roasted coffee which imparts a light amount out bitterness. Hints of earthy hops are present in the finish but do not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: This is an enjoyable beer assuming that you enjoy the taste/aroma of coffee without any associated sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer borders on being sessionable.

Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan colored small fizzy head, fades at a med pace with no lacing, leaves something to be desired, very dark molasses brown color.

Nose brings a lot of coffee, just like pure coffee extract almost, a bit of a roasty toasty coffee, little earthy, quite nutty with a bit of a peanut butter note, a bit of a roasty malt and hint of char, hint of an acrid black malt note, mild chewy malt as well.

Taste brings more coffee syrup, a bitter tannic coffee, with sweet syrupy flavors and a little chewy creamy oat feel, mild fluffy nougat but not much. Lots of nutty flavors again, peanut butter, bit of a roasty malt and hint acrid black malt, mild char, and just a touch of a chocolatey fudgey note. Finish is sticky and syrupy, little acrid coffee roast, bit of an earthy hop bitterness late, more fudgey notes as well.

Mouth is med bod but chewy and a bit creamy, lighter carb through all that.

Overall mixed, coffee seems almost like coffee syrup or extract but has a roasty tannic note as well like hot brewed and condensed, the fudgey chewy and creamy oat aspect is nice, but the sticky syrupy isn't, some nice flashes and some not so nice.

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Blue Bridge Coffee Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
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