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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

884 Ratings

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 192
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Snifter

A- Pours a pretty solid black with slight hues of red in the light. Tons of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass and create a small 1 finger khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Dark sweet roasted malts with a good amount of dark burnt coffee. Slight chocolate notes and hops but nothing crazy. A very basic but great smelling coffee stout.

T- Tastes just like the aroma. Up front creamy roasted malts create a nice body with a strong bitter black coffee flavor to compliment them. Also has a strong bitter hop presence that blends very nicely with the overall beer.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter almost dry chalky finish.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mini pint (~13oz) glass.

Pours nice a black but with some brown coloring when held to the light. A small half finger of foam slowly fades away to a cream lace. Smells deliciously sweet and malty with a slight bit of fruit subtle in the end of the smell.

First sip is a notable flavor of sweet malt that gives way to some citrusy hops. The entire sip is underlined by pleasant coffee bitterness and that truly comes out, intertwined with a light hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Some slight creaminess near the beginning of the drink helps enforce the coffee characteristics. Would take a hint from the bottle and serve this one at a bit of a warmer temperature, as it showcases the coffee flavors more.

Great mouthfeel; nice, bright and airy instead of a sludgy stout consistency.

Great stout and it's way different than their Road Sludge. Different flavor profile makes this one interesting and not just another coffee stout.

Photo of zimm421
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle. Appears a dark brown color with an impressive tan head. The head is about two fingers thick, has great staying power and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is fairly muted, but obviously has notes of coffee, as well as some nice roasted malts. Slightly disappointed here, but what little smell there is here is inviting. The taste has roasted malts, some coffee and a slight balancing factor. There is just a little bit too much sweetness for me in a coffee stout, but I'll deal with it.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, with a higher level of carbonation. There is a slight film left on the inside of your mouth, but it disappears quickly. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but by far not the best stout I've experienced. The coffee flavor adds a nice note for drinking in the morning, but just doesn't quite do it for me.

Photo of PokerGod
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- cloudy , hazy dark brown color. very thin head that quickly dissipates. light lacing on glass.

Smell- Highly malty, coffee (obviously), bean, raisin, anise, and a slight alcohol-y smell.

Taste- Malts are front and center. slight coffee taste, but not overpowering, smoothe, earthy, very decent.

Overall- Stouts arent my favorite style, yet I do enjoy a good one from time to time. This is a pretty decent stout, not mind-blowing but satisfying. I would possibly purchase again.

Photo of BrewerB
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery, late May 2011.

If I didn't know this were beer, I might suspect it to be a glass of coke or root beer. Fizzy, loosely formed, light tan head perched atop the black liquid. Retention is lacking.

Nose contained cocoa powder, lightly sweetened ice coffee, brown sugar. A brewed coffee aspect detected after the beer had a short rest in the glass.

While the coffee may have been difficult to detect at first in the nose, it's certainly not lagging in flavor. Immediate, medium-roast, drip-brewed coffee flavor steps forward. Dark chocolatey middle and a mild earthy presence to round things out. Moderately bitter.

Medium/medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation.

Not the best coffee beer I've sampled but certainly a decent example that I will be drinking again. Appearance is lacking some of those robust stout qualities and a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Otherwise a good offering from one hell of a brewery.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick creamy head of tan foam.

Smells like coffee with a hint of vanilla bean. Very appealing.

Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel that delivers a solid punch of (you guessed it) coffee. There is a nice bitter and chocolate presence that leaves the mouth craving another drink.

Loved it. One of the best stouts I’ve had to date.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to branimal9 for sharing this one. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, cream, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me if I'm honest. The flavors and aromas were pleasant but not overly exciting for what it was supposed to be. I did enjoy the touch of cream in the flavor though. Definitely worth trying at least once though as it might surprise you.

Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle as an extra from DLucky. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a snifter.
Note that this bottle is over a year old.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour makes a one finger, medium-thinner looking, light brown head with good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident, and a few floaties for good measure. Head slowly fades down to a full wisp. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, caramel malts, and some burnt, black coffee beans. The coffee is faint, perhaps faded over the year, but it is still there. Medium strength nose.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some burnt, roasted coffee beans. The coffee is slightly weaker than expected, but definitely still plays a nice roll. Coffee and roasted malts move into a slightly bitter and chocolaty finish. Aftertaste is mild and very short lived, but a touch of bitter chocolate and sweet caramel linger on the palate. Milder flavors, but the beer moves from beginning to end nicely and is relatively complex for a coffee stout. Perhaps the age has let the coffee simmer and allowed everything to blend nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very light and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Very light, creamy, and easy to drink. Works well with this beer.

OVERALL: This bottle is over a year old and I’ve never had a fresh one, so it’s hard for me to say anything about how the beer has aged. Regardless, while the flavors were somewhat mild I thought, what I had here was a very complex and interesting coffee stout that tells a story as it goes down. Couple that with a very light and creamy body, and this one is extremely drinkable as well. Good stuff. Thanks again DLucky.

Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick tan, creamy head. Settles slightly. Opaque with nice sticky drink down lacing.
S) Roasted coffee. Chocolate.
T) Bold coffee and dark chocolate. Subtle smoky notes.
M) Gritty. Full body but a bit thin.
O) A pleasant stout. Nice coffee aroma and flavor. I'd have another one.

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

A - Dark carob color with with a full, light, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slightly cafe colored white head. Great retention leaving a slight layer of lace.

S - Sweet coffee and chocolate with a subtle carob aroma. Loads of coffee with mocha and java. Sweet and bitter aroma with the coffee. Some rich dark malt as well.

T - More strong coffee flavors with black coffee and java flavors. Slight astringent and bitter aspects to the coffee flavor. Dark chocolate and malt are also pretty present. Some sweetness and dark fruit are in the background.

M - Light, approaching medium body with average carbonation. Just to thin for a stout, even a lower ABV one.

D - Strong coffee flavors but overall it is pretty balanced and easy to drink.

Notes: Nice coffee stout that is heavy on coffee flavors but has enough other flavors to balance it out. Nice balance between sweet, bitter and astringent coffee aspects. Body is the only aspect not up to snuff.

Photo of codsmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a light tan foamy head.

S: Amazing smell. It has very nice coffee and semi-sweet chocolate aroma. The roasted malts sit very light on the forefront of the beer. It has a very good hot alcohol aroma.

T: It has a very smooth taste upfront, but finishes off with a nice amount of coffee bitterness to finish it off. Not a whole lot of coffee upfront

M: Light to Moderate mouth-feel. Carbonation is perfect.

O: A very well balanced beer. I was hoping for a little more coffee... but still a very well done beer.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; no light came through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head dissipated slowly to leave trails along the glass, spots of foam, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very nice roasted character, which is not overpowering. The roasted coffee presence is well balanced by dark chocolate and caramel, and there is a light smokiness about it.

Taste: Mostly mirrors the aroma. Lots of roasted coffee, though it is perfectly balanced by dark chocolate and caramel. It also exhibits the smokiness from the smell, and there may also be a little plum or other dark fruit in there as well.

Drinkability: High quality stout, no doubt. As the first pint emptied, I think I got over my qualm about the mouthfeel.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, get a dark caramel along the edges of the glass when held to light. Two finger light tan head with good lacing.

S- Roasted malts, but primarily coffee.

T- Very similar to nose. Lots of coffee, not to bitter.

M- Thin. Easy drinking with a slightly dry finish to it.

O- Nice easy drinking coffee stout. Doesn't wow me, but still a good beer.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black with a half finger beige head.

S- Mostly a Mocha aroma which suggests a good balance of coffee, chocolate and roast flavors. As the beer warms more of the earthy coffee aroma comes through.

T- The flavors are well balanced throughout. Roast, chocolate, and coffee dominate, while some caramel sweetness brings just enough sweetness to balance things out.

M- Medium/full body, silky smooth with just the right amount to carbonation to break it up a bit.

O- I'm normally not a huge fan of coffee stouts, but this one was very enjoyable.

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 beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmittance at the edges, with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prominent roasted barley cultivates as much chocolate in the smell as there is coffee. The smell is otherwise unctuous and slightly herbaceous.

T: Begins off-dry, with toffee-infused roasted grain and faint dark fruit. Acidity is moderate at its most intense, more than ideal but not really distracting. Chocolate pudding emerges into the middle, retaining what sweetness was present early. As unctuous chocolate fades, it gives way to drying coffee and tree-bark chicory, developing a deeply seated umami character that lingers through the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidity is lively on the palate constraining its advertised smoothness, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This coffee stout serves ably as a porter-style ale for all occasions, thanks to its coffee qualities being kept in check. Overall flavor and smell is found to be in copacetic agreement, suggesting cookies to the drinker.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 syrupjoe
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a super dark brown that barely lets any light through it. Creamy toffee head that sticks around for a bit. Very little lacing.

Smells roasty, coffee-y, and sweet. Not a super intense nose, but delicious smelling.

Taste is very similar to nose, with a decent amount of bitterness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel is very unassuming - wish it had a bit more depth, but I suppose it's nice that it's such a quaffable brew.

Overall, I really like this brew. It's best fresh, but isn't terrible if it has a bit of age. A nice light coffee stout that doesn't punch you in the face.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Northsider
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was dark dark brown with tan head. Good head that stayed with me for nearly the whole drink.

Smell was that of roasted coffee. Taste was nearly spot on to the smell. Tasted very roasty and sweet. Slightly bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is a good stout (not great), but I'd definitely drink this again.

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

Big thanks to Sam for this one!

A - Deep dark brown with an easy one finger pillow like head.

S - Light chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as I'd like, but still solid.

T - Much stronger coffee taste on the tongue. Milk chocolate, toasted malts, and bread notes.

M - Really love the mouth-feel. Creamy, medium carbonation, goes down easy but still coats the mouth well.

O - A nice coffee stout. Very easy to drink and reminds me of a coffee milk stout due to the creaminess and milk chocolate. Enjoyed this one - the low abv is a perk due to most coffee bombs hitting at 8%+.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a deep brown/black, with a two fingered tan head that drops slowly, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of coffee, cocoa, and dark roasted malt. No hops to speak of.

Flavors are closer to a milk stout, with coffee added, some sugar sweetness, dark roast malt. Finish is short, with sweetened iced coffee in the fade.

Mouthfeel is light, not quite watery. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a good beer, I would seek this out again. But I agree with some of the criticism that it is a little light in the mouthfeel.

Photo of ddahlen
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz glass with a three inch head and a darkened black hue.
The nose has hints of coffee and chocolate, with the coffee not as prominent as I'd like. This could be due to timing as I've had this beer in my fridge for two months now.
The taste has some nice chocolate and some better coffee notes than I had expected from the nose. I also get a bit of toffee-like sweetness, but it's faint.
The mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated with a very nice creamy medium body to it.
Overall, I think this is a pretty solid approach to the style. I'd certainly love to get my hands on one of these fresh to maximize on the coffee aromatics and flavors.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from backlog

A - Pours a surprisingly thin opaque brown-black hue, and is capped with a filmy off-white head. Though it does not look bad, nothing about this beer, aside from color, suggests Stout to me.

S - The nose has a bit of coffee, and perhaps some mineral-y malt underlying. I do not get any significant roast, or much of anything at all; the coffe is even very subdued for my palate. There are a number of Stouts that have almost no aroma (Guinness draft, for one...) so I am not terribly distressed by the mildness.

T - The taste is a little closer to disappointing; it really tastes okay, but it does not taste as advertised by its moniker. There is coffee, sure, a bit of it, but it is quite mild. Stout? Where? I am not really getting Stout here. The body isn't there, nor the roast, or the depth either. If this were called 'Coffee Brown Ale' I'd be much happier with it. In fact, now that I think about it, this tastes like Fat Squirrel with coffee added.

M - Too thin to be called Stout.

O - I am hung up on this misnomer, but the brew is decent, though quite underwhelming.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown color and ends black with two fingers if light tan head. The nose has light coffee notes but is quite faint. An odd sour scent is noticed. The taste is malty and tinted with coffee. The coffee bean taste lingers for quite some time. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp level if carbonation. Not too sure this one is that fresh due to faint characteristics but its okay either way.

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.