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Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 408
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 408
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with some crimson around the edges and a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same but there is a slight sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion. However, the slight sourness I am getting in the taste is unexpected.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a nice foamy dark beige head in the glass. Adequate carbonation in the mouth. Rather light weight. Some coffee aroma.

Lots of blackened taste but not much actual malt flavor. A little buttery. Overall this has kind of a "too long in the refrigerator" taste. I'm still not convinced that coffee is the best flavor for beers that are already full of charred tastes. Rather sharp and bordering on acidic. I don't find this either a very good coffee flavor or a stout flavor. But it's quite clean and crisp, and those who like a more bitter Stout may find this to their taste.

It's 5.4% in the bottled version. Bought the 22 oz bottle at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light caramel, light nuttiness, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; with decent complexity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee stout. Good balance and robustness of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Pretty one dimensional, but nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small tight-bubbled head. Leaves some ring and spotty lace. The liquid is dark brown but a bit of light comes through on the bottom of the glass.

Strong, harsh coffee ground aroma. Very bitter. I'm not a fan of coffee and I think this too much.

The flavor has the coffee dialed down. It's still strong and dominant but not overwhelming. The body is on the thin side and the carbonation on the high side. Overall, a bit of a one-dimensional beer--coffee without sugar or cream.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This time, Coronado gets the call. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This coffee stout heads in the direction of an ink black color, topped with a mocha-tinted head. Leaving its marks around the glass are healthy doses of lace. You can expect lots of coffee in the aroma. There's mocha and chocolate covered coffee beans and a nice roasty aspect too. There's a theme going on here, and it's coffee, which continues into the taste. The flavor is coffee all the way with a light stout aspect that attempts to catch one's attention. A little mocha makes its case, but this is all coffee. The beer is medium bodied with a very bubbly body, a bit overcarbonated for what I like in a stout. In summary, this is an acceptable coffee beer, one that tastes more like a coffee than a beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a creamy light tan head. good retention, leaves some thick lace.

S: Coffee all the way, good smell, but one-dimensional.

T: Lots of dark malt, dark chocolate and of course coffee, some sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of charcoal.

M: Lighter than I expected, frothy creamy carbonation, biting at times, mild coffee aftertaste.

O: A drinkable coffee stout, good flavours, nothing wowing, but a solid well-made effort.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Brewing Company : Blue Bridge Coffee Stout
Brewed with San Diego roasted coffee beans.

LOOK: Pours a oily, dark brown with a chocolatey looking foam topping. Leaves behind some lace on the glass.

SMELL: Black coffee, roasted malts, cocoa.

TASTE: Dark malts, lots of charcoal and coffee. Definitely an eye opener, with lots of bitter dry coffee. Hops certainly may be contributing to this bitterness with a small earthy note, but this is all about the coffee. It's a bit mild but pretty decent tasting.

OVERALL: A sessionable pick me up stout with agreeable flavor, but I found it a bit thin and watery. It's not bad, Id get it again someday.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours a very dark, molasses-brown coloring with no head. There was no sound of carbonation when I pried the cap, either. This beer pours smooth and slick. Aromas of rich toffee, bitter coffee notes, some molasses highlights, subtle roast character, and a creamy sweetness. The nose leans a bit more to the sweet side than I was expecting, but smells good regardless. Flavors are slightly roasted forward, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the backbone. Some sweet highlights throughout, but mostly the coffee notes shine through on the palate. Very dry and smooth bodied, with no frills to distract. The aftertaste is a building roasted coffee bitterness as you go. The finish is slick and dry at the same time. Like I said, no frills, but this is a solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Coronado Brewing.

A: Dark brown with a small beige head.

S: Aromatic earthy coffee with a strong roasted malt profile. Dark chocolate compliments the coffee and roast. There's a faint nutty quality.

T: Pronounced coffee and earth notes with a low bitterness and a big dark chocolate profile. The coffee is nice. The finish is lightly astringent.

M: Medium in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A good coffee Stout. Mellow and enjoyable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber shared with me by @LaitueGonflable. I believe I may have given him the bottle originally, but I can't remember where I bought it from, if so.

Pours fairly dark, solidly brown in the body, but thin at the edges. Body is fairly thin. Head forms a bubbly faint ring around the edge of the glass, in a faint beige hue. Lace forms only in specks. Looks decent, no better.

Nose is great though. Lots of brewed coffee characters, slightly sweaty, but bitter with roast notes. Pleasant and bright, perhaps a very faint hint of sulphur, but it just adds some complexity. Light but very pleasant.

Light clean entry on the palate, with a slight spice character. This mellows into more roasted notes on the mid, but it's really lacking solidity, and the coffee just feels a bit reedy by this point. Finish is a little crisper, and has a touch of roast.

Feel is a bit weak, which underlines the thinness of the mid and back palate.

Overall, it's quite drinkable for its weakness, and it's pleasant enough overall. There's certainly at least some interest there. It feels a bit like it's neither committing to being light, nor is it being really rich. One way or the other and it'd be very good.

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Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear with a ruby hue when held up to the light. The one inch cap fell relatively quickly to a thin skim of fine bubbles and a solid coating of lace on the sides of the glass. Coffee and roasted aroma, malt and brown sugar, a bit nutty with some chocolate character. Chocolatey flavour, moderate bitterness, brown sugar and roast, bittersweet, pretty straightforward. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, dry on the palate. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 17/1/13

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, thumbs width of mocha foam that falls after a few sips leaving lots of random lace behind

S faint smoke and strong coffee, smells like cold rinds with some milk chocolate, a little char and hard toffee

T more of the same really, cold dark roasted coffee with a little char, decent but simple

M quite light for the color, lots of bubbles with a bitter sweet coffee finish

O pretty straightforward coffee stout, coffee's strong as advertised and its easy to drink

with a 10$ price tag I don't think I'll be buying a second, its decent beer but I could get nearly a 6 pack of a similar quality for what I spent on a bomber

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Photo of pat61
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

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Blue Bridge Coffee Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.