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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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very good

835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 181
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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.

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Photo of duffcalifornia


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany, almost black, just barely able to see light through it, with a light tan head about one finger high, which faded fairly quickly but remnants remained around the edges throughout the glass, providing decent lacing.

S: Smelled equal parts coffee, chocolate malts, and cola (??)

T: Tasted like a cold coffee with just a touch too little sugar in it (for my tastes), with malt characteristics on the back end.

M: Medium-thin to medium, with slight carbonation. Seems a bit thinner than a traditional stout.

D: Very easy going and extremely sessionable at 5.5 ABV. Could easily have a few of these in an evening.

01-10-2011 04:07:17 | More by duffcalifornia
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours pitch black with a HUGE three finger tan head. WOW. Lacing looks pretty good from here, nice spiderweb effect going

S- it almost smells like a brown ale...hints of coffee and chocolate, but I'm primarily getting a nose of cola out of it. Huh?

T- really...sweet. But not really chocolate sweet...cola sweet. It tastes really artificial...not at all what I expected

M- a little thin. Blah

D- I think I got an old bottle here. It doesn't taste at all like a stout...reminds me more of a brown ale. I need to hunt down another bottle

NOTE FROM 2/8: tried another bottle. Either I got another bad one, or this beer just isn't too good. Real disappointing

01-09-2011 02:18:11 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of mondegreen


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz into an Ommegang Tulip. Bottled on 10/21/10.

Pours a murky brown with a small off white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma of malts and coffee. Restrained, but appropriate for style/ABV.

Taste is sweet and roasty. I would call this an understated, yet enjoyable Coffee Stout.

Feels rich due to good carbonation. Drinks easily - very approachable coffee beer.

01-08-2011 22:39:45 | More by mondegreen
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

I didn't take down any notes while having this one, so I will be going off memory...which I realize is slightly unfair. However, I wouldn't have a lot to say about this even if I did have notes. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but I just do not prefer coffee stout. It poured black and had a coffee and chocolate smell and taste. I remember that it took me a while to get it down, so I wasn't loving it. It was more bitter than sweet. I think this needs to be consumed with some sort of dessert to really appreciate it.

01-08-2011 22:25:39 | More by beerdown77
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

This is perhaps the most drinkable coffee stout I've had. It's low(er) abv and less robust-ness makes this a nice, easy drinking coffee beer.

Pours dark brown with ruby mixed in. Off white foamy head, not as dense as some other stouts, but makes it look all that more coffee-ish.

Well, coffee in the nose. Sharp rather than robust. A bit of nuttiness and cocoa if I think about it. this transfers to the flavors as well. Coffee dominates but is not overpowering. Not as 'thick' as most coffee stouts I've had, and not as coffee-ground-ish as others. This would be a great brunch beer, imho.

Fantastic drinking.

01-08-2011 22:06:52 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of uwmgdman


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

This stout pours nearly black with a faint garnet glow and a thick, sticky tan head. The aroma is moderately roasty with obvious coffee along with hints of chocolate. The flavor is moderately malty deliciously bittersweet with roast coffee flavor. The finish is just a bit dry with pleasantly lingering roast coffee. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a well planned, well crafted brew that can be drunk for eternity.

01-08-2011 04:23:32 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of KBomb


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Black body, tan head, good appearance. Smell is restrained with an expected blend of roasted malt and a touch of coffee. Taste is excellent: rich roasted stout flavor balanced very well against the splash of coffee. The flavors are super smooth. Just a tiny bit of chocolaty aftertaste gives the beer a third dimension of flavor. Mouthfeel isn't sticky but does have a bit of chew. Goes down nice and easy.

I think the best way to sum up this beer's excellence is to observe that a lot of other breweries would try and pour this into a bomber and sell it to you at a premium price. New Glarus offers it at its standard price point in their usually affordable six-packs. Another masterpiece from Dan and Deb!

01-06-2011 21:35:40 | More by KBomb
Photo of portlandjeff


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

The beer pours from the bottle a deep brown color, almost black in the thickest parts of the pour, and taking on a rich brown on the sides with highlights of burnt sienna. A fair amount of carbonation is evident as a creamy beige head rises up the glass. The head is mostly small, soft, creamy bubbles, but it's punctuated here and there by a few larger ones. From an arms length, it looks uniform in color, but a closer inspection reveals darker brown lowlights in the places where the bubbles have popped and the resulting liquid pools before it finds it's way back down through the remaining foam and into the darkness below. In the glass, the beer itself is very dark. When held to the light, only the edges of the glass allow any light through, but in these red brown edges, the color is very clean and crisp - not muddy as one might expect from how little light escapes it.

At first the nose is quite subdued. It's light and dry, and the first thing I can pick out is just simply "roasted". Digging my nose into the glass further, I began to pick up more distinct notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, and finally coffee. This doesn't smell like an "in your face" coffee beer, but rather a nice dry stout that has been accented with coffee.

The taste follows the nose well, although the coffee is a little bit more evident here. As I suspected, this is a stout first, and a coffee beer second. The coffee flavors are obviously present, but they are there to add to something, not dominate it. Compared to other examples, this beer is light and crisp in taste, with no over-dominant cloying aspects. No heat is detected, and although the bottle doesn't list an ABV, anything over 4.5% that it might contain is well hidden. The finish is relatively dry, and there is a lingering malty aftertaste that isn't dissimilar from what one might experience after washing down a bite of pastry with a sip of unsweetened joe. Despite the addition of coffee, and labeled designation of "stout", this beer reminds me a bit of black butte porter, although a bit lighter and drier even.

The first thing I noticed about the mouthfeel of this beer is that it's a bit lighter and thinner than I would have expected, although looking back at my experience with the nose, I should have guessed. Decent carbonation helps add perceived body, and delivers the flavor of the beer well.

Drinkability is quite high. This is a well constructed stout in a more traditional form than many I've tried in recent years. The thinner body and relative dryness keep it refreshing and easy drinking, which is something that can be appreciated from time to time in a world of "imperial this" and "double thats".

01-05-2011 16:52:44 | More by portlandjeff
Photo of hawks10


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours pretty much black with one finger of light tan head that recedes to a thin haze...

Rich, roasted coffee with just a touch of vanilla sweetness, pretty one-dimensional...

Like the nose, and as expected, coffee is the predominant flavor, although not as intense as in the nose. Roasted, with only a touch of bitterness, smooth but again, one-dimensional...

Thin, this beer could definitely benefit from more "substance", this beer needs some girth. Taste ends pretty abruptly leaving a slightly watery, dull finish with just a touch of lingering bitterness...

Admittedly, I am not a fan of American Stouts. This one delivered pretty much exactly what I was expecting, coffee in the nose and on the tongue. However, as most American Stouts do, the feel fell way short and it really takes so much away from the beer...

01-04-2011 06:59:55 | More by hawks10
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

pours a oily near-black void of much character or highlights. an impressive two-finger mocha head fades and leaves decent lacing.

aroma is definite earthy coffee roast, heavy dark malt, hints of vanilla. a touch of maple. more roasted coffee aromas. as it nears room temp, the coffee intensifies.

mouth is rich dark stout. heavy malt, roasty. bitter in a good way. coffee is subtle but present... really heavy on the roast. which I'm enjoying. Dark, rich, ample bitterness.

Mouth is a touch light, but given the abv, works alright. carbonation a smidgen high... perfect on the tongue... wish the finish was a touch longer.

all in all, an impressive stout! not as coffee-forward as some, but that might be a good thing. If this one were readily available, I'd probably be readily drinking it.

12-30-2010 20:48:12 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of ommegoose


3.55/5  rDev -9%

Poured into a pint glass, this stout is probably a little less dark than most, with lighter brown hues very visible at the edges. Half inch of light tan head that doesn't last all that long, leaving a few traces on the sides of the glass.

Cold brewed coffee, as promised. This opens up as the beer warms. Some sweeter chocolate notes too. The aroma is not overwhelming, but it is nice.

Stout flavors are bigger than the coffee, which blends amicably into the mix. Roasty with a light sweetness under a little bit of chalkiness. Burnt malt on the back of the tongue provides some bitterness. Light to moderate hopping. I have to say that if I didn't know this was a coffee stout I might not have guessed it. Towards the end there are even suggestions of oats and lactose.

Carbonation is higher and body lighter than I'd prefer to see in this style. Not particularly smooth. I am not sure if I am just drinking too many big beers, but this could stand to have a lot more heft.

It's fine. I could have another one, if I had more than one. On a hypothetical second pour, I'd dump it in the glass and serve it warmer. But even if this was in my market it probably would not make it into my rotation.

12-29-2010 04:48:40 | More by ommegoose
Photo of soze47


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Enjoying this 12 oz. bottle that I just picked up while traveling through WI.

Appearance: Solid and foamy head persists throughout the drinking of this one. The body is very dark caramel brown and almost too translucent to be a stout.

Aroma: The coffee flavor on the nose is unique in that it isn't robust in a roasty way, but almost more in a strong coffee bitterness. Roasted barley and other malt rounds out a mix.

Taste: This is a very roasted malt-forward beer. In fact, I'd say it is more sweet than bitter, but the balance achieved between the malt and coffee flavors is great. The coffee flavor provides a great checking quality to the flavors and prevents the sweet aspects from dominating.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly drinkable for the style, especially considering the great robust, yet not overwhelming flavors of this brew. The body is not heavy. I'd call it medium for sure.

Overall: I'm not disappointed by this one in the least. It is a great session candidate for coffee beer fans. The coffee flavor works on a lot of levels and reveals some complexity as I enjoyed the whole bottle. However, if you are looking to compare this one to bigger styles of stout in terms of overall flavor, you'll be disappointed.

12-27-2010 02:49:02 | More by soze47
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights and a finger of stiff khaki head.

Smell -- Coffee beans, cocoa, and light molasses are most prominent. The overall impression is of high roast and mild malt sweetness. The smell of the coffee is quite good.

Taste -- Plenty of rich coffee flavor, lightly burnt malt, dark chocolate, light molasses. Low malt sweetness really forces the coffee flavor into the forefront. Mild earthy hops lend some depth to the myriad of roast notes. Lingering flavors of coffee and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. This beer is easy-drinking in typical New Glarus fashion.

Drinkability -- Well put together. Subtle flavors in typical New Glarus style., but with a quality of coffee flavor that few breweries can duplicate. And while most coffee stouts are quite heavy, this one is really easy-drinking.

12-27-2010 00:53:50 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Strix


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Very dark brown, translucent edges, decent initial head that fades to nothing.

Smells malty, chocolate and coffee notes.

Malt, chocolate and coffee are the primary flavors. A bready finish. Not really picking up a ton of coffee compared to most stouts.

Medium-light mouthfeel, a bit light for a stout.

This was just fine, but didn't really stand out.

12-26-2010 03:11:48 | More by Strix
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours dark and opaque deep brown with a thick tad head. Average retention and thick lacing. Coffee presence is much more subdued than other coffee stouts, but for a sessionable stout this is great, with a strong, smooth oatmeal stout like flavor with a mild coffee bitterness.

12-22-2010 04:39:30 | More by yourefragile
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

12-19-2010 22:02:25 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BeerLover99


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

A: dark brown/light black, two finger head that drops down to skint size. solid lacing in the pint glass.

S: roasted nuts, coffee, nuts.

T/M: sweet toasted nuts, coffee, toffee, smoke flavor finish, med/light body, med-light carbonation.

D: Very amazing session beer. Enough flavor to keep your taste buds more than satisfied, but goes down with ease. I have visited the New Glarus brewery and have tried a ton of their beers, this is one of the best they make!


12-19-2010 18:41:37 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Vdubb86


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Served in a pint glass

The appearance of this beer is sufficiently dark with a light beige head on the beer. The smell is a blend of mostly coffee (roast) and a little bit of vanilla not really strong or complex, but still good. The taste is pretty basic with there being coffee and roasted barley in the flavor. The mouthfeel is really nice and this is is a solid beer that is good to enjoy. It's highly drinkable, but just like many beers from NG, I think there is so much more that could be done, even though the beers are solid.

12-19-2010 04:19:49 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of stakem


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

Thanks to birchstick for the hookup with this offering.

Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with some deep ruby coloration and lighter brown murkiness around the edges. 2.5 fingers of tan creamy head forms and holds fairly well. As it recedes, it leaves a coating of lace and patches about the glassware that is quite sticky.

The aroma of this brew is strong roasted coffee with a solid fresh dark grain quality and even some chocolate notes thrown in there. Some grainy sweetness accents the chocolate and makes the nose of this brew very enjoyable. I have no idea how fresh this brew is but the fresh grain scent coupled with the coffee is perfect. The most faint citrus, herbal and mineral hop element is noted in the background.

The taste includes a mixture of flavors beyond the expected coffee and dark grain roastiness. There are fruity indications of alcohol, yeast and a fair amount of hops characteristics which are citrus, herbal and earthy. Surprisingly all the fresh grains and coffee that were so bold in the aroma are surpressed in the taste and only come out in the finish. For just under 6% the alcohol is quite evident with a fruity taste that is a bit of a let down. I would have expected more roastiness and coffee flavor instead of the estery alcohol with the coffee/grain taking a back seat in this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking but quite a let down compared to the aroma. The aftertaste of this brew is more enjoyable than the taste itself which is sad. I don't know if it is possible to tweak this recipe's flavor without changing the aroma but if that could be done this brew would be spectacular.

12-18-2010 02:53:51 | More by stakem
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to portia99 for sending the wanted extra!

A - Black body, maybe brown around the edges with a light brown head.

S - Sweet milk stout like aroma, a light roast but really reminds me of cream. Not picking up much coffee or roast.

T - A light roast, some coffee notes but not much, on the sweeter side. A bit of a dark fruit flavor as well. Really lacking after having it after Central Waters Coffee Stout.

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable but doesn't have as much coffee flavor as I was hoping for. A decent beer but not notable. There are a lot of better coffee stouts out there. I had this right after Central Waters Coffee Stout however and have to say that one stomps all over this one. Glad to try this one and wouldn't mind drinking more but I wouldn't seek it out.

12-14-2010 23:32:28 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle thanks to Barrythebear. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate

Taste: Bold coffee, deep dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, some sweet cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy, wish it was a little more full bodied.

Drinkability: Definitely an enjoyable coffee stout, full of flavor, but lower in terms of abv to some of the other coffee stouts I've been drinking. I would get this again.

12-14-2010 04:36:26 | More by Axic10
Photo of TheDTrain


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Tonight the D train makes another stop in New Glarus, Wisconsin to try the New Glarus Coffee Stout for the first time. Appearance is dark, java bean brown. Good aroma of dark roast, espresso beans, coco, and malts. Light to medium body with strong coffee flavor with sweet sugars, malts, dark chocolate, and finishes with mild bite.

Very good coffee stout at the good price tag. Well worth picking up a 6-pack.

12-10-2010 20:07:38 | More by TheDTrain
Photo of GeezLynn


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Out of the bottle, a very dark shade of brown, just short of black. Billowing tan head is pretty well retained. Initial smell is lightly roasted barley followed by light coffee - more cold pressed than espresso or java. A touch of pale malt is also distinguishable.

Flavor is a pretty simple. Dark barley with a touch of hops. There's a little coffee and a light bitterness on the finish, but for the most part, it's just your standard roasted stout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a heavy carbonation that is too much in my opinion given the lighter flavor. As with most NG beers, it's highly drinkable.

Well-made, but not a standout by any means. Graded next to the better coffee stouts out there, this is somewhat bland and mediocre. But as a sub 6% American Stout, it's pretty solid. Definitely a beer I would buy again.

12-10-2010 04:08:03 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of lester619


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours an opaque dark brown with faint hints of red. Thin but solid dark tan head. Very deep fresh coffee smell. You can tell that it's beer, but it smells more like a cup of fresh strong coffee or espresso. Strong dark coffe taste at first obviously, but some robust bitter and malty beer flavors mix with the coffee. You don't forget you are drinking beer. After you swallow though, the strong espresso flavor is what stays behind.A lot of coffee beers taste they brewed the beer first and then just mixed it with coffee. This one seemed to take the natural bitter chocolate and coffe flavors of a stout and enhance them with a fresh coffee flavor. Very smooth and fresh tasting beer. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for a big thick beer. Very nicely flavored beer overall.

12-07-2010 19:34:57 | More by lester619
Photo of nhindian


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle generously sent by JamesK123, thanks James!

12oz bottle poured into a large goblet.

A - Pours a dark brown stream which builds a body that is a dark oak, almost black color. Has nice chocolate highlights and builds about a 1-fingered tan head that dissolves quickly into bubbly islands. Not much lacing at all.

S - Smell is refreshingly chock full of fresh pressed espresso, a welcome change from other coffee stouts that seem to have a more astringent, day-old smell to it. Smell is also fairly sweet and malty, which almost no appearance from chocolate. This is an unabashed coffee stout, that's for sure.

T - Taste is akin to drinking a nice, iced coffee, black as night. The malts add a creamy body that helps everything go down smooth and add only a smidge of sweetness upfront before being washed away by the espresso. As in the nose, pretty much absent of chocolate besides a touch of bitterness, smoke, or any other typical stout stand-bys. Definitely lives up to the name, as the flavor profile pretty much consists of coffee, hops, and a slight alcohol bite at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is light and the finish is pretty short given the concentration of coffee flavors. Only problem I have with this beer, as with some other stouts, is that the aftertaste is a bit watery and thin. This beer could definitely benefit from a bit of a beefier body, but given the low price and ABV of this, I'm sure New Glarus didn't produce or market this beer that will fill you up and kick your ass.

D - Drinkability is high. Given the short finish, I mentioned myself going back to the glass shortly after taking a sip. I feel this would be a great introduction to more coffee-forward stouts, as this beer really blends well with the hops, and although the coffee is the main attraction, it doesn't overwhelm and assault.

12-07-2010 03:22:03 | More by nhindian
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