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Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 407
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: 407
Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a sizable tan head, looks nice.

Aromas are of brewed coffee and light cream. A bit nutty as well.

Taste is coffee forward, with some light creamy sweetness, dark roasted malts and nut flavors. Finish is dry, with light mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, but not overly so, smooth as well.

Overall, nice easy drinking straightforward coffee stout. A solid offering from Coronado.

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Photo of farrago
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid three fingers of very dark brown foam, while frothy with many larger bubbles the retention is credible and long lasting, the lacing comes in fairly thick streaks but this tends to slide away swiftly. At first glance the liquid seems black but it is likely the darkest shade of brown possible, completely opaque, no visible bubbles, no hint of other coloration at the rims. The nose is quite roasty with a heavy emphasis on the coffee, quite milky too, black fruits and raisins, oatmeal and other sweeter baking grains, splash of mineral water, overall it’s not that sugary but likewise it does not have a noticeable hoppy charge to it either. Full-bodied, dense and reluctant to move freely, it has a strong drying effect on the mouth, to the point where it impairs the flavors. Coffee, powdered dark chocolate and a hint of molasses yet no core of sweetness, the plum, cherry fruit diminished and no citric nor floral element. The minor doughy breadiness helps. Carbonation is low but not absent. Some chicory notes at the end. Smooth but the dustiness adds to its lack of flow and slightly dilute ending. Not horrible but nothing I would purchase a second time.

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Photo of draheim
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a crackling mocha head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is bitter roasted coffee, a little astringent. Dry chocolate, acidic roasted malt and oily coffee beans.

Taste is strong bitter espresso, graham crackers, dark fruit and spice. Some vanilla in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, light on the palate w/ a dry finish.

Overall a pretty straightforward approach to a coffee stout. Easy to drink and approachable, but nothing particularly extraordinary or unique here.

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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 shand
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

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Photo of Somebody_Else
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Got my hands on some yesterday.

I'm not impressed with this.

When I pour a stout I expect -- no, I demand -- a dense creamy head. I want a mustache from drinking it. If it can't support a pencil upright we've already started off on the wrong foot. I ended what started as a conservative pour with an aggressive dump at the end to try to generate some head. No dice. The 1 mm head quickly reverted to zero. OK -- disappointed, but we don't drink for the head, right? So we move on...

The best part of this beer was the nose, but even then it lacked complexity. I got the coffee, sure, and some sweet roasty malt but that was pretty much it. I would categorize the smell as "thin." Good... but thin. My hopes were still optimistic.

The flavor was a let-down. It was not bad at all -- drinkable and tasty and smooth -- but lacked the stout toasted malt I so crave in this type. The coffee flavor was distinct but not over-powering -- good -- but there was no "stoutiness" to this drink. I expect an earthiness that just wasn't there.

Same with the mouth-feel. In a word: watery. None of it stuck around for flavor development. Swallowed and forgotten. A little of the coffee lingered but that was it.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with Coronado Blue Ridge Coffee Stout. I would blame the name more than anything else. In fact, right under the name it says, ALE BREWED WITH COFFEE. There you have it folks: ale. That jives with my take.

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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 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 Uncle_Jimmy
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours opaque black with 2 fingers of brown head slight lacing.

Aroma- Coffee plum anise earthy with a hint of toffee

Taste- smokey to begin with, gives way to a roasty bitter coffee. Has sort of a husky burnt taste with a subdued resin'y finish. Drinks like a cup of office coffee. (It may have been sitting a while, you could make a better cup at home, but you need it to get through the day)

Mouthfeel- A little thin but i like the lingering after taste the hops create ( no coffee breath here)

Overall- this coffee stout is not showing off and not falling behind. The coffee or roasted malt kind of lend a burnt taste to the beer that is a bit off putting. Someone described on here a flavor of cigarettes. I do however like the low alcohol. Coffee is very session-able, why shouldn't coffee stout be ?

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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 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 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 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 srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was 5.4% ABV.

A - Inpenetrable black, small light tan head, some very spotty lace.

S - Smells like I stuck my nose into my freshly made coffee grinds. EXACTLY like it.

T - Taste has very low malt appeal, very dry and bitter, big on the coffee. Would have liked a little stout with my coffee, but it's pretty good.

M - Good carb, medium body, bitter finish.

D - Not going to be my goto. Might be good over ice cream and chocolate syrup. Mocha, baby.

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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 CaliHop82
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Wade's Wines

A: Dark Dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head that stuck around for most of the time.

S: This beer smells like a fresh roasted cup of black coffee with maybe a little nuttiness.

T: Very similiar to the smell. Very smooth beer with a big coffee flavor. As this beer warms up it has a nice chocolately finish with little to no bitter.

M: Low to high carbonation with a creamy consistent stout feel.

Overall: Not a bad coffee stout - very drinkable. This beer could be really good if aged in some bourbon or whiskey barrels for a couple years.

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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 brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coronado brewery

A-dark brown body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-nice roasted coffee and a little buit if malt

T-nice slow coffee taste. Not overpowering but you can still taste it

M-medium body and smooth

O- Very nice coffee stout. Would call it more of a porter but would be good for breakfast!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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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 froghop
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a beige head, and very good lacing.

smell of coffee, some cocoa, and a touch of vanilla.

taste is of medium bodied, coffee, chocolate, and a little vanilla bean, ends smooth, and just a little bitter.

overall a very good stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 0n 7/11/09. Listed as Coronado Blue Ridge Coffee Stout.

A - Deep brown - bordering black - body with almost a finger's width of creamy tan head that settled into a thin patchy ring but deposited exquisite lacing around the glass.

S - Blue Ridge boasts an authentic roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel. Very coffee-forward armoa with heaping dose of roasted malt.

T - Big roasted coffee flavor with an earthy hop character and subtle chocolate and licorice notes. Finishes with a slight earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel, but quite thin and watery overall, with only a slight oily texture. Really softly carbonated with a tinge of astringeny and subtle hop bitterness on palate.

D - While the mouthfeel was a bit thin, this is a very coffee-forward stout with a bold roasted malt presence and nice chocolate character to complement the heavy coffee flavor.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours a dark coffee black colored body. Smallish light tan head. Has a strong chocolate taste, and a little roasted coffee. Roasted coffee taste, some dark chocolate. Somewhat watery palate.

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Photo of charlzm
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA on 11/08/08.

Extremely dark brown beer whose only head is a thin ring of tan foam.

Aroma is slightly sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery and thin side. Very still in the mouth with a slight astringency.

Roasted dark malt flavor accentuated by bitter coffee. Some notes of bittersweet chocolate as well. Aftertaste is slightly bitter like overroasted malts.

This beer would benefit greatly from an improved mouthfeel - creamy and more carbonated would make this one a winner.

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