Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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878 Ratings

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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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter on 4/11/11.
Black body with dark brown edges. Significant, small bead head. Tan in color, recedes quickly leaving slight lace. This one smells of coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste follows suit with notes of black coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Full bodied with low carbonation. This was a great coffee beer and my first offering from New Glarus- Ill be back!

Photo of ejeffer11
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of several extras from caseyk (much thanks to a great BA)

Pour is a little less dark than I expected, but certainly not a negative. Nice head appearance and an overall tasty looking brew. Smell is pleasant, and typical of most standard porters - roasted malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The coffee is there, but certainly not overpowering. If you are looking for a strong coffee taste, this is probably not your guy. This is, however, very enjoyable and even more so as it warms. Some chocolate and roasted malts in the flavor.

Have not met a NG beer that let me down yet. A very easy drinking example of the style and one I would revisit.

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in my glass. Forms a brilliantly hued crema of a head. Thin, but with good retention. Little lacing. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells quite bright and refreshing, like a fresh cup of brewed black coffee even though there is not a strong coffee aroma. Some dark fruits and mocha round it out.

T: Mildly sweet chocolate. Dark malts. Raisins, plums, port. Coffee on the finish. Finish is long and quite complex - really hangs on the tongue.

M: Medium in body and a bit acrid. Low carbonation.

O: A solid stout with a nice balance of flavors.

Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent BIF. Let's see. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice dark black with no light shining through. A 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a bubble lake atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of roasty coffee upfront with a creamy lactose in the middle. Some nice malty chocolate on the backend. Good.

T: A light roasty coffee upfront followed by a nice earthy grain in the middle. A mild bitter chocolate on the backend. Very good.

M: Light body with a good carbonation. A creamy roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great session stout! If you like an easy beer that you can put down a few and like roasty dark beers, this is for you. Try if you like session stouts! Top of the line for a session stout.

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

Now this is a great beer.

I poured it into a pint glass at nearly room-temperature. The appearance is nice and dark, almost black. It has a tan head that almost looks like latte foam. It leaves a nice lacing and has a very thin, tan cap.

The smell is sweet and chocolaty. The dark roasted malts are present, with just a bit of a coffee bean aroma. Very, very nice.

The taste is wonderful. Chocolate and sweet dark malt, with just a bit of hops bitterness. Then comes a the flavor of the coffee. It finishes with a pleasant espresso bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and creamy, like dark iced coffee with cream.

Right now I am really into stouts, and I LOVE New Glarus, so my review may be a little biased. I just think this is such a stellar brew. This is easily one of the best coffee stouts I have experienced.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew, thanks Nick! Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tan head. Fades pretty quick and leaves some spots of lace here and there.

Nose is chocolaty, just-right-roasty and surprisingly fruity - in a good way. Coffee smell is mild, but pleasant. Smells very good.

Taste shows a bit more roast but has a nice sweetness to give it a bit of a mocha character. Very smooth and creamy, mouthfeel is excellent. Delicioso. One of the best coffee stouts I have ever had - well balanced.

Photo of BasementBer
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite NG beer so far.

A: A dark brown, nearly dark color with a creamy mocha head with mild lacing.

S: Chocolaty roasted body makes up the bulk of the aroma.

T: Starts with a coffee and is full bodied with the malt and burnt chocolate finish.

M: Hoppyness stays on the tounge and choco/coffee in the rear.

D: Definitely go back to this one as a great Stout.

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

12oz bottle, nice surprise trade the other day at the store.

Pours dark brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice rings of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is gourmet coffee beans, roasted malt, chocolate, some bread & toast, nutty. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is milk chocolate, nice coffee, roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit, toast, nuts, fairly sweet but far from cloying, no alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit creamy, medium carbonation.

Tasty stuff, really glad this fell into my lap! Nice coffee notes and very drinkable with the less than 5% ABV. I grew up 10 minutes away from southern Wisconsin, but wasn’t of drinking age when we moved so it is nice to get a taste of what I’ve been missing.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pitmonkey for the extra. Unfortunately, I am not a coffee drinker and not a big fan of it either hence the lower ranking. Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The pour is a dark brown color with a rather thin tan colored head. The nose offers up a decent stout aroma with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts with a slight acidity. Picks up some coffee. There’s some nice roast and nutty qualities to the flavor with the same caramel sweetness. The body is the usual medium (maybe a touch on the thin side) with a moderate level of carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink but not my style.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a very light brown finger of head. Dissipates to a light film, and leaves a few lace splotches along the way.

Aroma has a very pleasant coffee smell to it. It's not intense, but it's very nice. Some roasted notes, malts, and toffee add a bit to it.

Taste has a bit more pronounced coffee taste and bitterness. Plenty roasted malts, bits of caramel, chocolate and toffee are present. Overall, very nice.

The feel is a hair crisp, and lighter in body. There is a bit of slickness to it, and a little creaminess, but for the most part it lacks a bit in this department.

Overall, a very pleasant coffee stout. Aromas are nice, as is the taste. It's not stellar, but I wouldn't mind having this available to me on the regular.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a spot on cola brown with a fluffy head that leaves no noticable lacing. Nice notes of smoky roasted grain, chicory coffee, dusty wood and coffee berries. Taste and mouthfeel is a little thin and diluted though some nice coffee and dark red fruits come out. Also a touch of fruity caramel and some foresty hops shows up at the end. My first new glarus good for what it is but not overly impressed.

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

12. oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very dark, muddy brown color. Pretty opaque, but with light edges. The pour dropped a small finger of tan head that left some spotty lace.

A: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The coffee is not overpowering as I would've hoped. I do get some earthy hops, but the malt backbone is where this shines.

T: More of the roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Coffee again present, but not overpowering. There is a distinct bitterness from the brew, more than likely from the combination of bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops. Finishes slightly dry, bitter, with no hint of the ABV.

M: Just a bit thin. Light to medium body, carbonation is spot on.

O: Pretty happy with this one. I wish it had a bit more coffee flavor, but all in all pretty good. The toasted malt is quite nice and the bitterness from the coffee is welcomed. Nice. Skal.

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

12 oz bottle.
Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark black with a large foamy light tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is a full bodied stout with a good amount of roasted coffees beans. Taste is a well rounded dark roast coffee flavour, creamy on the palate. Nove dark malts compliment the cocoa and java notes. A full bodied stout that uses a strong coffee profile for an expected taste profile. One of the better and decent coffee infused stouts ice had.

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Vito at the Coppermine Pub thanks!

Appearance: Pours a medium brown to chestnut with a 1 finger off white (khaki) crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Strong coffee notes over roasted malt. Fairly straight forward but the limited dimensions it offers are good in their own right.

Taste: Fairly waterly coffee rinds.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking when it comes to a coffee beer.

Overall: Not the best New Glarus offering I've had.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired via Tumpster trade. Another dark brown beer, ruby hued edge to it, tan head, not much lace sticks around. Smell is shockingly, coffee.

Taste again, coffee, a little milder and smooth to it. Doesn't have to be the biggest, boldest coffee flavor to be good, this one is right down the middle. Viscosity wasn't as thick as I expected, but this is more of a sessionable coffee stout rather than a massive alcohol bomb to it. Slight chocolate malt flavor peaks out downbottle in the mouthfeel.

Wheras New Glarus makes some beers that it is the world leader in (cherry, raspberry) here, the coffee stout is merely a very good example of the style. Great morning beer.

Taste, coffee not as pronounced

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Pours a dark brown, black center, lighter brown edging. Half inch tan head, minor lacing

S - The coffee wasn't as strong in the nose as the roasted barley was. Grainy, bitter, slight smoke and chocolate

T - Much the same as the nose. I would have liked the coffee to play a stronger role in the flavour. It was mainly the roastiness of the barley with the chocolate and coffee in the background.

M - Kinda thin

O - A pretty middle of the pack Coffee Stout. I am sure the coffee they infused into the beer was of high quality, I just wish I could taste more of it!

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Picked up on my last run to Hudson, WI. Poured into a DFH tulip a pretty dark brown color with a slight 1/2 finger head of mocha tan. Head settles to slight collar around the glass. Medium/dark roast coffee notes in the nose along with some chocolate. This is not the most "coffee" coffee stout I have had but it drinks nice. It has a sublte sweetness in the beginning with a roasted coffee flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a mixture of roast bitter and sweet. Slightly dry.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights. Head is dense and soapy.

Aroma is rich dark grain malt, with an oatmeal sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar to the nose. Oatmeal sweetness matched with dark grain roasted bitterness. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Finishes with smokey charred dark grain and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I felt that this stout was surprisingly sweet. More oatmeal stout than coffee stout. In fact, there was very little coffee to be found.

Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark black with no highlights, a light tan soap ring head. Just a touch of lacing.

Has a big chocolate malt and roasted barley smell, no real coffee notes here.

The flavor is mild with some roasty and smoked malt notes along with hints of chocolate, any coffee flavors are fairly subdued by the black malts.

The mouthfeel is where I really get the coffee, it really seems to thin the mouthfeel and viscosity of stouts in which its added and really seems to be the case here in a bit of a negative way. The mouthfeel is very thin and oily.

Overall its a pretty average stout.

Photo of 321jeff
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in a trade, poured into my Goose Island wine glass.

Pours a deep brown, with black in the middle, lighter brown around the edges. A little bit of rocky head quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is as-advertised with notes of roasted coffee and some earthy dark chocolate. A lot of coffee beers can take on a stale coffee taste, but this one smells fresh despite the fact that I've had this bottle for several months.

Taste starts off with some bitter roast before finishing with some sweet almost cherry-like flavors mixed in with some earthy coffee.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too far off the average for a 5.75% stout. Carbonation is moderate. Overall this is a very approachable and drinkable coffee stout. For my money, I'd take this over any other coffee stout I've had to date.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and opaque body with a 1/4" of dense tan head. It has good retention on the head.

Very aromatic. Obviously, coffee is the focus and it smells like fresh-brewed coffee. I've had many coffee stouts that have the bitter-left-over scent/flavor, but not this one. There's also a sweet touch of rootbeer.

The coffee dominates this beer and in a good way. It also has a creamy sweetness to it. It's slightly bitter. It gets way better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, yet creamy. Moderate carbonation.

This is a very good beer overall. A relatively low abv, thin body, and fresh coffee taste gives it great upside with no downside.

Photo of sugit
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown / black pour. Big head, but vanish to nothing quickly.

S: Not the strongest of noses. Very faint coffee. Very bitter smell as well.

T: THe taste is of old coffee sitting around from the day before. The coffee is present a bit, but just not an enjoyable flavor. Dry roasted malty for the most part with bitter coffee.

M: Too thin for a stout.

O: A bit dissapointed by this one. Since it's not a double stout, I wasn't expecting the massive flavor profile for some others, but this just came up a bit short in all areas.

Photo of SummitVA
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a .5 inch head that falls off quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roast and sweet malt, with a bit of stone fruit. Some coffee in the background, but not overpowering.

T - Roast and coffee most forward. Slight fruitiness mid-palate, and a hint of liquorice. Nice crisp finish.

M - On the lower end of medium for me.

Overall - The beer doesn't really come together for me. Flavors not integrated well, and I get an old drip coffee aftertaste that lingers. I'll attribute this to age and re-review with a fresh bottle when time allows. I'd never say no to a bottle of New Glarus, and I am happy to have tried this.

Photo of bevenson
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Big, moussy dark tan head (about two fingers tall) which lasts for two to three minutes before falling to the sides. Deep mahogony with ruby highlights on edge of glass.

S - Coffee evident upon pouring but not overwhelming, along with dark roasted malt. Light chalkiness and floral hops. Clean yeast character. Would like a little bolder coffee aroma.

T - Coffee aroma seems light after discovering how strong the coffee comes through in the flavor. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors are distinct from the coffee, which is quite a trick; most coffee beers I've had the coffee completely overshadows teh malt. Grassy hop flavor in the aftertaste with a firm bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a medium dry finish. Moderate carbonation aids to creamy texture. Smooth and quaffable.

D - The first beer I had out of this six pack I couldn't taste the coffee at all, but that beer had been in the fridge for a couple of days. This one was barely chilled, probably around 55F. Drink this beer on the warm side if you want to taste the coffee. If you can't stand drinking your beer that warm, then you might as well buy something else since you won't taste the coffee anyway. I think I still like Coffee Bender better, but this is still one of the best coffee beers I have had.

Photo of kenpo23
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours almost black with a thick head that is still hanging on at the end.

S: the only smells i got were roasted coffee and alcohol... sometimes its nice to have it just smell like what its supposed to. i find i'm not missing any of the vanilla or chocolate that usually comes with coffee brews.

T: what can i say, its pretty much the same as the smell. it really is just straight up nice to have a coffee brew that just tastes like coffee.

M: its a bit high on the carbonation but that does not bother me and its a little on the thin side but im not seeing those as complaints because it still all works for me. nicely rounded out.

D: because it actually does taste like very good coffee i can't say i'd want more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting but i think i could drink that many every day. i wish i had more of them.

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