Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

893 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 199
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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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Ratings: 893 | Reviews: 382
Photo of klewis
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of happygnome
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of doubleshovels
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of orfeu
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Newglarusguy
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of browner
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.14/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of badbeer
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of HopHeadKen
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of zodiacv1
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit upset with this beer. Compared to other New Glarus brews this one is a dissapointment. It pours dark brown with a good 1/2" tan head that fades fast, and so does the rest of the experience. Only small hints of coffee were detectable in both the taste and smell, and for a stout it was awfully thin in the mouth. The one redeaming quility was how easily it went down. I will give it this though, it tasted more like coffee than the dark brown water I got at the local filling station the next morning.

Photo of Skidz
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown, finished black with deep mahogony shining throgh the sides. Smells of coffee and roast grains, maybe something sweet in there too.

Tastes like coffee. Carbonated coffee. Slightly tangy, little bit of bitterness at the end too, but nothing much. Flavor really is...coffee, thats pretty much it.

The one thing this has going for it is its rich, smooth, full body. I could see drinking these pretty easily, if it weren't for the fact that its just so plain. Hoping for something a bit more complex.

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

Very dark amber body with a well-laced tan head. Smells nice and stouty: sugary coffee malts, chocolate, and not too strong. Taste is modest roasty, chocolatey malts, with some java bitterness and lingering roastiness. I also picked up some grassy, cud flavors (this is not just a poke at Wisconsin!). Pretty mild for a stout. Creamy, yet slightly watery body. Not too bad overall.

Photo of Sixpack595
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm, smells like cold coffee, tastes like cold coffee, but is a bit thinner than cold coffee. On the bright side it has alcohol in it. Ok, that may be a bit harsh. It does taste like coffee, so they did a good job of that. Roasted malt and a bit of sweetness make it a fair beer. Could use a bit more head, and alot more mouthfeel.

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

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

Beer pours a solid black with a ¾ inch tan head.

Beer smells nicely of roasted malt with a bit of baked bread and smoke thrown in.

Nice tasty beer here. I remember it having a little more oomph, but perhaps my tastes are changing. Nice roasted/smoked sweetish malt backbone. Yes, it has a bit of a coffee taste (I actually remember the coffee taste being more prominent in the past) and a hint of chocolate. Beer is smooth with nice carbonation.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin for a stout, but it is easy to drink several.

Nice beer here, please be sure and serve it a the correct temperature to experience the flavors at their best.

Photo of marburg
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark in color -- difficult to see through though definite varnished wood and ruby highlights swim about all the edges. Big light tan head versus the oftentime deep brown head of stouts is the first indication that this one is a little light.

Chocolate ice cream aroma with coffee overtones. Some light roasty grains in there. Flavor is predominantly coffee but is a little weak. Very easy though and very pleasant. The mouthfeel is the big loser here. This is medium-bodied at best -- maybe an average porter. However, the drinkability is through the roof. This is a thin beer with a pleasing flavor and a nice, well-blended aroma. How can you not slam several?

Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours to an extremely dark, deep black color. Thick head, which is lasting. Lace is present through out the glass. Flavor is heavy on malt. There is a coffee aroma and flavor which is also present, but it is the roasted malt which dominates this drink. This beer is very on the palate, as you would expect from this style and its appearance.
No Freshness date on bottle.

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep, deep brown, nearly black, with a thin tannish head of creamy foam that faded fast, leaves some light lacy strings. Smell is roasted malt with a hint of coffee, soft nose. Taste is mild roasted malt with a touch of coffee with a pleasing slight bittering coffee bean finish that shows up late. Its a bit flat and thin, could be bolder and heavier in both flavor and body. Don't get me wrong, its still a very drinkable stout, a touch above most. I enjoyed it enough to fulfill my coffee/stout craze.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label recommends consumption at room temperature, which I have done, and I wonder if it suffered from that. Other things on this label are less than true, but we'll get to that later.
I like this brewery, I've liked the other beers I've had, but I also love stouts, and live for coffee stouts. I'm pretty demanding that way. It had better be coffee, or someone's gonna be sorry!(Probably me)
Color is a dark brown/black, with a big tan head atop that soon crumbles into nothingness. Nose: sweet,..and dry...and bitter. But nothing else. Coffee's there, a little, but none too pronounced. Mild, if any, hops, big, full malt, full body, but as for texture and taste, I'm left searching. It drinks down fine, it stands in nicely as a run-of-the-mill stout, but as a coffee stout, it's a rather weak example. A decent drink, but there is no "spectrum of extravagant flavor" as the label boasts, nor are there any really "deep coffee flavors." Sorry, New Glarus!
I'm having a Lakefront coffee stout next (thanks, jeffboo!) and if that fails, there's still my cache of Bell's Java Stout!

Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, dark brown hue… black in spots with definite red influences. The head never developed much, soapy at best with similar retention, no lace either. Coffee nose, roasty but not assertive. Straightforward taste, roasted coffee bitterness (maybe some hops too) leads but an oatmeal-like sweetness balances the beer properly. The mouthfeel is thin; the carbonation is high which impedes the ease of consumption… I found it too prickly. The finish is abrupt, while not exactly clean, it does lack a bit. Even as the beer warms the flavors never emerge as you’d like... more hops arrive but the coffee fades. While this is not a bad beer I need not drink this one again. Purchased in Madison, WI.

Photo of Winter
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black in color with a creamy tan head. Alluring aroma (especially if you're a coffee drinker) consists of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. The taste, as one might guess, primarily consists of medium roasted coffee and burnt malt. The flavors and aromas strengthen as the beer warms to room temperature. Hop bitterness is light and it finishes dry.

Overall not a bad stout. Full bodied flavor is pretty straight forward for a coffee stout. Coffee flavor is achieved from the roasted malt, but it does state on the label that it is a "Stout brewed with coffee".

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