Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Reilly's in Madison, shared with Chris. Substantial coffee taste and aroma. Good think its very good coffee.Some cocoa to make it go down and impart sweetness. A bit light mouthfeel. Very lacey. Carbonation right there. Good drinkability. Good after dinner beer.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours black with a nice mocha head. The nose really brings forward a strong amount of coffee along with some slight roasted malt. The taste is coffee, roasted malt, hints of vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. Really great and smooth body. Drinks quite well overall and is one of the better coffee beers I've had in awhile.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear black color stout with a nice big foamy brown color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not to the point of being gross. Body is a bit light with some great carbonation. Definitely not en extreme example of a coffee stout but a well balance example that I wouldn’t mind having access to on amore regular basis.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time."

--Stephen Wright


Opaque hazelnut with generous sepia highlights. The toast brown crown is three fingers in size after a gentle pour and looks good atop the beer. Thanks to thick sheets of BB-shot lace, the appearance score is an easy call.

The nose is a gloriously aromatic mixture of roasted malt and black coffee (and I'm not even a coffee drinker). Unlike some similar offerings, java doesn't dominate so completely as to make it seem as if one is smelling cold coffee rather than beer. I'm prepared to believe that Coffee Stout is 'hearty', as the label claims. Is it?

No, not really, but it isn't too shabby for a less than 6.0% American stout. I'm happy to report that the brewers have found that magical nexus where good stout and good coffee collide, the whole more delicious than the sum of its parts. I wouldn't have wanted any more or any less coffee to have been added. Java junkies might want more.

I like the gentle char brought out by the roasting of (presumably) chocolate and/or black malt. The beer has an appealing bitterness, partially due to hops I'm sure, and a sneaky sweetness that almost makes it taste like a milk stout. Black coffee with a generous splash of creamer seems about right, although I've never had a cup of coffee in my life.

The mouthfeel is the only slight chink in the armor. As noted above, it's probably acceptable for a relatively low ABV stout, but I would like to see at least the suggestion of chewiness. Keeping the beer on the taste buds for another second or two would allow one to appreciate the wonderful flavor to an even greater extent.

New Glarus Coffee Stout is yet another solid offering from one of Wisconsin's (and one of the Midwest's) best breweries. I probably wouldn't drink a lot of it, even if distribution ever reaches this state, but I sure enjoyed the hell out of this bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to the kind trader that provided this one to me as an extra recently. This is perhaps my favorite style of beer, so I was very excited to be able to get to try a new one in the style. Chilled down to cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass. This was consumed on 07/29/2008.

The pour was wonderful, thick, dark black with nearly no light at all shining through on this one. Rich tan colored head of about two inches quickly settled down to about a half inch of tan that thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. This was what the style is all about!

The aroma was just loaded down with coffee. Rich notes of mocha mixes in with a rich, and sweet coffee note. A tiny bit of bitterness and an earthy flare lying down underneath of it, but the majority of this one was hands down, rich brewed coffee. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes just rolled over the tongue in waves and thoroughly coated the inside of the mouth. Sweet with touches of chocolate and vanilla to highlight the coffee notes, this was a very nicely done brew here. Rich and creamy feel with a decadence that you look for in this style. A smooth drinker that was effortless to put down.

Overall this was just what the doctor ordered, a smooth drinking, richly flavored coffee stout, just the way it should be. Nothing overblown, or overdone. Just simple, and straight up flavors that work very well. I really do love this style and this is a fine example of it.

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jer or Jacob (can't remember who) on 2/3/10.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a rather thin tan colored head.

S: The nose offers up a decent stout aroma with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts with a slight acidity. There is no coffee to speak of, however.

T: Like the nose before it, the coffee is non-existent in this beer. There's some nice roast and nutty qualities to the flavor with the same caramel sweetness.

M: The body is the usual medium (maybe a touch on the thin side) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was a decent enough beer, but I was really expecting some coffee flavor and aroma to it. I can't really complain however, it was easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark brown in the glass, topped by a lighter off-white head that lasts. Great aroma, grainy at the forefront along with coffee, toasted malt and cream. Smells semi-sweet, and the coffee is nicely integrated rather than dominant. Tastes close to the aroma, quite malty and grainy, coffee with cream at an even balance with the other flavors. Medium-bodied, lightly sweet in the finish and only mildly bitter. Great stuff, I'd drink this regularly if it were locally available.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second batch that was recently released, the neck label has a white border instead of flat blue.

Supposedly there was a different type of coffee used for this batch also. On to the review...it was a transparent brown when poured, black in the glass. Sturdy two finger head that billowed above the rim and stood there saluting for a few minutes. Puffy and meringue like. Mellow coffee and a more pleasant nutty aroma than what I remember the first time around. Good flavor, mellow coffee again, nutty and nougaty. Fairly thin bodied, more like an English Stout. Nice lingering sweet pipe tobacco and caramel notes. Easy and approachable for a coffee infused beer. Very mellow and not acidic at all.

Original review 04-07-2007 - bottle

B / 3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: -4.4%

Sampled at room temperature, half-past noon.

Billowing tan cumulo-nimbus head. Sticky lace, black body with mahogany edges. Foam recedes to a skim over time. Smells of mild roasted grain, slight metallic edge.

Taste is roasty, malty, mild chocolate, hint of sweetness. Coffee is muted, I was hoping at room temp it would come out more. There's an aromatic grainy malt present too, which overrides the coffee. This taste reminded me of the Copper Kettle Weiss.

Agreeable mouthfeel & drinkability, it's a little thin for a stout though.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

We dig in to the haul from our Woodman's run. This first offering pours a nearly opaque ruby-tinted black-brown topped by about a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises soft coffee, roasted malts, and mild chocolate. The taste is mostly a showcase of roasted malts, but then an upsurge of light-ish coffee comes in, bringing with it a touch of vanilla. The finish, though, comes off as slightly stale-tasting. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice coffee stout, nothing overtly special, but eminently drinkable.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A welcome coffee aroma greets you in the nose of New Glarus' Coffee Stout. Beyond that it's nutty, a touch chocolatey, and roasty with malt. It doesn't really carry over so well in the flavor though. The coffee is there, and it is nicely balanced with the rest of the stout so that it doesn't dominate, or worse, fade away after the first two sips, but it's not quite as rich as one might hope for, and there's a bit of dark malt acidity that can be a bit much at times. The nuttiness is lost, and there are no real noticeable caramel undertones; but some yeasty fruitiness slips in, and it reminds me of a good cup of African Tanzania with some notes of black currant and citrus. Some leafy and grassy hops are present in the background as well, which is appropriate, and the bitterness is right on track with a very firm, but not solid or brash attack as there's so much dark malt acidity and roastiness going on that it's not needed. It finishes really nicely though, and not really acidic or particularly bitter, with a note of sweet dark sugar at the front of the tongue, and a bit of toasted nutiness over soft spent coffee-grounds at the back. Enjoyable and drinkable!

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher. No freshness date.

Thin layer of tan head holds its own and leaves some lacing on the glass. Opaque brown with amber hues when brought up to the light. Beautiful aroma of fresh brewed ice coffee with a bit of maltiness around the roasted edges. Big smoothness surrounds the medium body. Coffee flavors comes in slow but becomes a dominant flavor middle to end. I swear this is just a glass of really good carbonated ice coffee with a bit of maltose for sweetener. ;-) Modested hopping. The malt sweetness is pushed back down by the roasted grain and coffee flavors. Finishes semi-sweet with a mildly bitter coffee bean flavor.

Hands down this is the most drinkable coffee beer I have had to date. Not as dark as I expected but packed with a pleasant coffee tone throughout that plays well with the beer. We have a great beer here people.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lactose, coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with creamy flavors of coffee and vanilla followed by a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not quite the best in the style but it’s a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint glass. Big ups to joe1510 for yet another one of these great New Glarus brews.

Pours a deep murky brown, with at least 3 fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Retains into a soft and creamy layer, that stays rich and frothy, leaving a massive cascade of lacing back, which hangs in jagged rings down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite lively up front with roasted coffee character, but man, there is a lot of sweetness in here as well. Plenty of chewy smelling notes of chocolate and molasses, with a touch of floral hops thrown in the back for good measure.

The taste is a smooth and a mostly even mix of roasty mocha and stickily hefty notes of chocolate and toffee. A firm bitterness also punctuates the profile. Finishes with residual sweetness and a dry lingering (and a bit acrid) bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and bubbly carbonation, that then give in to a much thicker feel underneath. Overall, this just drinks like a champ though. This is yet another New Glarus brew that I wish that I had 2 of to review, it's going down so quickly.

Very nice coffee beer here. There was no lack of coffee and roast, but the sweeter malts came off maybe a bit too strong. A nice easy feel and great drinkbility really kept this strong though. Thanks again Joe!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but you can still see through it. Thick coffee flavors are vibrant and in your face, but not so much a stout it seems. More porter-esqe. Regardless, there is a good flavor delivery and it's pleasant to drink. A good coffee "stout".

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in my Black Friday taster pint glass.

A - Pours with light tan foam that settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar. Body is near-black, and only reveals some brown coloration at the fringes. Spotty and minimal lacing.

S - Coffee, caramel and milk chocolate malts. Rather than having overwhelming coffee aroma, this is actually a stout with coffee merely being a contributing flavor. Some malted barley and dark fruit notes in there are well.

T - There's more dark chocolate and coffee featured in the flavor, although the bitterness seems to be mid-palate and doesn't linger. Definitely less sweet, but with some nutty notes in the finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean actually.

M - Carbonation is a bit to zesty for my liking, although if you let the beer warm to room temperature (as recommended on the label) it settles down significantly. Medium-light body, with some roasty dryness to the texture.

D - This is a coffee beer that is really easy to drink, thanks to the lack of harsh acidity or palate-raping bitterness. If you're looking for a lighter stout with some coffee kick to it, this is a fine choice. I'm told the coffee New Glarus uses varies, so I expect there's some variation from batch-to-batch. Still, another well-crafted brew from New Glarus.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was an extra in a trade. Thanks, served in a glass of some sort.

Beer is dark brown almost black with a thin head of small bubbles, tan, no lacing, low retention low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mildly roasty, a mild coffee-ness to it, decent.

Beer is thin and light on the coffee, it is not very sweet, not very bitter, not very much of anything, this is a plain stout in my opinion. Nothing else. moving on.

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