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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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very good

393 Reviews

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 943
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 204
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Photo of jhammerly
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grynder33 for this beer.

A midnight black body with some brown highlights along the edges when held up to the light. The head is about an inch thick and a light tan. Coffee aroma, roasted malt stands out. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Flavor is of roasted malt with a slight hop bitterness in the middle with a dry finish. Taste lingers a bit afterwards. Not a bad beer, but not something that I'll be craving anytime soon.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown black with whitish head, shrinking to a thick film, lots of lacing around the glass. Aroma has nice coffee and roasted malt tones, a bit chalky perhaps. The taste is pretty darn good, nothing jumping up to scream at you, just a solid coffee stout. The mouth seemed a bit thin, but its silky smooth body makes up for it. In all, pretty stock, but a good drinker.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a thin looking black that lets a bit of light through. Ruby highlights towards the bottom and sides of the glass. Khaki colored, one finger head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate with virtually no aroma of coffee.

T: Big roasted malt flavors that, I'm afraid, overshadows most of the coffee in this. Nice flavors of chocolate with a pinch of spicy plum.

M: Rather thin for a stout. Mouthfeel is bitter and slight.

D: Inoffensive and, sadly, not very bold for a coffee stout. I was underwhelmed.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely black opaque appearance with an initially off-white head that fades to an eighth inch, thicker around the rim of the glass. Lacing is above average.

S - Rich, creamy chocolate ice cream with slightly bitter, day-old coffee grounds...and whipped cream.

T - Beginning is very creamy with a little carbonation, then to a medium bitterness with a nice coffee taste. Finish is toasty malts.

M - Consistency is on the thin side. Carbonation is minimal.

D - A solid stout overall. Very nice coffee aspect. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Seems to be underrated.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. Pours brown but appears black in the glass. Lovely whitish brown foam. Not the greatest nose, but what flavor! Underlying fruits (banana, plum), along with hints of chocolate, cocoa and of course, coffee. Loads of espresso. This beer just seemed more refined and complex than the average coffee stout.

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Photo of malcontent
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sturdy, proud-looking tan head which recedes but does not die. Several minutes after pouring it's still there; great! Body is black as pitch and allows no light through, even at the edges.

Fresh-ground coffee pervades although rich earth-tones, caramel and chocolate hitch a ride on its back.

Coffee certainly is featured but it is more nuanced than that. Strong malt presence lends a subtle sweetness beyond the bitter coffee. Still, there is a touch of mustiness that isn't totally at home here.

Mouthfeel is just short on thickness and it really lacks that "sticks to your ribs" quality I'm looking for in a great cold-weather beer (after all, it's April in Chicago and...snowing). Still, this is one that I'll be sure to check out again as I enjoyed it.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the birthday present!

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Photo of terrabyte
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a medium-sized, very carbonated head. Lacing starts as the head dies, but disappears quickly.

Aroma has tell-tale chocolate smell, but there is something else odd in there. Another reviewer says corn, but for me it's like fake cookies.

Flavor seems pretty rote. Typical attempt at chocolate and coffee flavors that leave a powdered cocoa aftertaste. There is also a milk stout lactose flavor and feel.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Quite disappointing.

Drinkability is fine, but it's only average. This was only expounded by having it side by side with Lake Louie's Mr. Mephisto. Bring back Road Slush!

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took this one out of the fridge about 30 minutes before opening it and pouring it into a clean glass. I had to pour quickly because it started foaming from the bottle! Poured nice and black with a nice light brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but a nice amount of lacing remained. I could smell the coffee and the taste was evident as well. Nice taste, but nothing outstanding about it. A little better than average, but very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be a quite pleasant sweet stout. Most sweet stouts I've tried had a bit of a watery mouthfeel, but I found this one most agreeable.

This beer poured a not too thick black with good head formation and a frappucino-like smell. Flavor was some roastiness nicely balanced with sweetness. While the beer is slightly sweet, it has a dry finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of beveritt
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label appears to be a coffee cup with the steam spelling coffee. Typical New Glarus label, simple, unbleached paper. Perfect for a homebrewer. Described as "hearty and satisfying" and recommended for room temperature serving.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of light tan creamy head. This settles to a thin coating and some islands of foam. Decent lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: Dark roasted barley with slight hints of coffee bitterness. Slightly tangy bite at the end, maybe CO2?

Taste: Decent carboantion bite upfront. Very rich and creamy. Medium level of bitterness form roasted barley, followed by rich coffee flavor. Hints of bitter chocolate follows the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average carbonation level. Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability: Another hit from new Glarus. Man, oh man, how I wish I lived in Wisconsin sometimes.

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Photo of dfried
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark, but a few see through brown hints. Initially huge and foaming coco colored head dropped quickly to a thin cap. The aroma is full of dark roasted, chocolaty grains, creamy and milky, with some obvious coffee/espresso notes. The taste has a lot of charred malt, but not overly bitter char, enough sweet, milky body to balance that out. Quite chocolaty overall with some chocolate covered espresso bean character.

The low down: A lot of charred malt flavor gives it more of an espresso flavor than anything, but still more of a beer than a coffee. Almost more chocolaty than coffee-y. Solid beer, but not the top of my coffee stout list.

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Photo of klewis
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Extra thanks to ThomasHardy for providing this extra.

A: Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. A bubbly and porous foamy head is gradually eaten by lots of carbonation. Moderate lacing.

S: Strange vegetal/corn smell that just isn't right for a stout. Hints of chocolate.

T: Light taste with earthy notes and flavors of chocolate, coffee, and lactose.

M: Thin and watery with light carbonation - surprising given the activity from the pour.

D: Decent, and perhaps a good session stout, but I'm less than impressed.

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Photo of happygnome
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: deep black, a little more than an inch worth of oatmeal tan head, decent retention time good lacing
s: roasted malts, coffee
t: roasted malts coffee, very very nice
m: medium bodied not too thick, but very smooth, not overly carbonated, very very nice

Overall i will have to say that this is about as good as the Bell's Java stout i had, both are amazing beers. This has a little better drinkability because its more of a session beer, ohh how i enjoyed it

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Photo of doubleshovels
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, nice tan head that hold together just long enough to enjoy, but not get in the way. The aroma truly sets it apart from other stouts. Pure java, straight up coffee and I like it. This brew is very smooth in the mouth, rounding out with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a very deep brown color with a finger of tan head over top. There are nice amber to ruby highlights at the edges and there is a nice cascade of bubbles boiling up to the top. The aroma on this one is unmistakably coffee with a backing of nice roasted malt character that adds a nice edge to it. I really like the aroma on this one. The flavor is definitely on with the nose. It brings coffee and roast immediately, but then moves to a nice chocolate sweetness, finishing with a nice blend of the two as a mocha. Tasty tasty brew. Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium with a moderate carbonation. It is not as full as I would like it to be, but it definitely retains drinkability due to the smaller body. This is a beer I can't seem to keep in my glass. It delivers on what it promises in being a coffee stout. I'm a big fan of the lower abv as well, as this keeps me able to session it. This one wins in my book.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a nice quarter inch head that quickly recedes back into the beer.
Nose is coffee and all coffee. Not some pleasant smelling espresso or mocha, but pure black coffee. It smells just like a cold cup of coffee left out overnight.
Taste is pretty much the same. However at this point I can tell the coffee is deeply roasted or burnt.
Mouthfeel is very thin. I would not call this a stout by any means. This is at most a coffee porter. That I can live with.

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Photo of orfeu
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to flyingbison for sending me this "extra" in our recent trade. Crazy foam surge results in a somewhat haphazard pour. Once I finally get it all into a nonic, this stout (which from what I understand contains no actual coffee) is a deep, murky chocolate brown with an airy froth, dusty-khaki in color. Soft cocoa notes and an even-keeled dark roasted grain sourness make up most of the aroma. There is a faint nutty coffee scent, too, but it closely resembles the grain aroma and thereby tends to get lost. The taste is solid for a stout. We've got the pleasant controlled sweetness of chocolate and toasted grains, along with a slightly mineral and acidic earthiness. There also is a sturdy bitterness for the first 50-60% of the sip that is indeed reminiscent of coffee, but it lacks the dark and oily roasted character of beers that have really had coffee added. So, coffee is just a name here. Nothing wrong with that. The "coffee" flavor is more akin to roasted chicory; more vegetal and earthy-grainy. Grain husk aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel overall, and medium-bodied. A good, sessionable American stout that is unfortunately named.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type 12 oz. bottle from a six pack.

A: Pours a deep brownish black colour with a 1/2" head with good retention and lacing.

S: Malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate and rye with a sweet milky character finished off by a faint hop aroma.

T&M: Deep coffee!! with a strong belgian chocolate character to go with it, very good! far better than I would've thought consider I'm not a avid coffee drinker but this faired well. Other tastes of hops, malts possibly cara-pils and a faint milk taste.

Notes: Pair this brew with any meats i.e. steaks,chicken,etc.

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Photo of browner
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus has crafted an interesting black coffee stout that is a less intense version of some of the thicker stouts. Nice balance and finishes strong. Good beer and readily available here. Not as big as some other stouts but still stands tall on it's drinkability.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.14/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A very disappointing beer from New Glarus. I really want to like this. I wanted to like it the last time it was released. I’ve tried it over and over again but to no avail. I just have to admit that this beer is simply no good.

Darkish brown with a bubbly but short lasting brown head that dissipates to nothing in a less than a minute. Thin looking. Aroma of iron, stale weak coffee, oats and malt. Front is a blast of stale coffee, middle has some weak roasted malts that seem a bit off, finish is metallic and down right nasty. Light bodied and watery. If this had been released in July as some sort of Summertime stout, that would have been one thing but now? When it’s 35 below (It really was yesterday) I don’t want to be drinking a watery stout, especially one that tastes somewhat nasty.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy foamed over after opening, resulting in a quick and almost panicked pour.

A black, opaque stout showed reddish amber brown highlights around the edges where the light was able to shine through, An impressive, generous, rocky 3 finger tan coloured head formed from my quick pour. Equally impressive were the thick, clingy lacings, which resisted gravity and clung to the sides of my glass as i enjoyed this treat.

Dark roast coffee, roasted barley, creamy nuts, and a hint of dark chocolate. A hint of earthy, grassy hop spice also present, as was a slight metallic scent.

Yummy. Dark roast coffee, creamy hazelnuts, roasted barley which gave a hint of dark chocolate. A mild, pleasant, earthy grassiness also enhanced this stout. The slight metallic scent was also evident in the tasting, however it was something my palate quickly acclimatized itself to and chose not to register.

A well balanced, creamy, medium bodied stout. The creamy mouthfeel helps to balance the roasted malts, which add a lot of flavour and not much bitterness. Nicely, gently hopped, allowing the coffee and roasted malts to do most of the work in balancing this brew.

Very flavourful, drinkable and definately sessionable. Also fairly approachable, should be pretty easy to get the nonstout coffee drinkers to try and enjoy this one. Will gladly drink again, its nice to have reasons to look forward to January.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Barriques-Middleton

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...moderate mahogany body with clear amber highlights...creamy chocolate head with strong lacing. appearance is A-ok in my book

smell: light roastyness, strong aroma of oats and malts, mild coffee aroma that isnt really overpowering

taste: this is a hard one to figure out...the coffee flavour is there but not to the extent I expected, light fruity hop profile, roasted malt, lots of toasted oats. Enjoyable and drinkable, but not really something i need much more of

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and roasty...pretty strong mouthfeel

drinkability: high

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Photo of badbeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a tan head, retention is pretty good, some lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate, no hops in the nose. Taste starts of a bit bitter from roastiness and then becomes more chocolate-y with a roasted finish. Higher on carbonation, but not harsh, lighter side of medium bodied, dry finish. Overall I really liked this and will be drinking plenty while it's still around.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good Pfffttt from cellar temperature (68 deg. F) bottle, with a dark amber brown pour and 1 finger of tan head. Shades of rich amber around the edges of my pint glass in bright light; and a very thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Head faded to a thin lace and an edge ring in a few minutes.

Smell of toasty sweet malt, carmel & molassas.

Taste is sweet, rich and roasty. Malt, coffee, chocolate and carmel dominate the front end, followed by a faint hop bitterness and roasty barley aftertaste. This is something I love !

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer that has this much flavor, I like it now, but would like it better with a bit more body.

Very drinkable. I wish I could get it locally. I try to bring six or 12 back from each trip to Wisconsin.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AThis was a very dark brown beer with a good, foamy tan head.

The aroma was of roasted dark malt and coffee... heavily of coffee.

Likewise, the taste was mostly of dark roast coffee. An aptly named beer.

Overall, not the best stout I have had. But it was pretty good, and I would have another if offered... I think this was best quite cold, however.

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.