Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of maximum12
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is an interesting beer.

Dark one too, as might be suspected, with a poofy white afro. Smell is surprising; the coffee is present but overwhelmed by sweet malts.

My conditioning has led me to believe that anything with "coffee" in the name is going to have that sameness, that overwhelming hurricane of coffee. Boring. New Glarus Coffee Stout is a different sort of banjo. The malts are in control here; soft, slick, subtle, sweet, singular, sincere, sordid. The coffee is more of an afterthought, bringing a pleasant jump of bitterness to the last drop. The coffee acts more hop-like than your normal Folger's experience.

This pleases me. Very good beer, & one of the more drinkable examples of the style that I've had. Another good brew from New Glarus, go figure...

Photo of mikedashg
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter, nice and black, not too thick or anything, fluffy light light tan head.

S - Pretty complex on the nose. Lots of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, hint of tobacco

T - Roasted malt and coffee hit you first, a slight bitterness, a little nutty, and then it kind of fades away.

M - A little on the light side, average body, a little low on carbonation.

D - Pretty darn good example of style, easy drinking stout with some roasted coffee taste in it. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled. Got siked out by the smell for sure.

Also wish I had a similar experience with some of the higher reviewers who gave the taste 4.5+. It came straight out of my 55 degree cellar, so it wasn't a temp thing. A little bigger in the mouthfeel and it would've gotten an A for sure.

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

Poured into my Matilda chalice.

Pours a small head that is slightly tan. Fades down to a thin layer. Leaves some thin lace rings. Color is a deep deep brown. I'd say it is safe to call it black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, the obvious coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and there seems to be some dark dried fruits here. Kind of sweet and inviting.

Taste: Very rich with a ton of roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and cocoa, earthy hops. I really taste some kind of plums or dark dried fruits here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a little rich. Full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Ends with a slight sticky roasted malt/coffee flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a nice stout. A 12oz bottle is an appropriate serving size for this beer and I will have no problem finishing it. I could definitely have this one around more often.

Photo of gory4d
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to shaebs99 for this excellent bonus.

Pours a dark, mostly opaque brown with a thick, billowy tan head that leaves lots of lacing. The smell is roasty malts, rich coffee, and something like raisins. The taste is more malt, dark sweet coffee (not too sweet), more dried fruit, with a bitter finish. It's highly carbonated, by turns creamy and crisp -- a very complex quaff. It's easy going down. Very nice.

Photo of Casey10
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow got this as a extra in a trade so happy I was able to try this.

A - Dark no light will whine through with a wispy head that quickly disappeared.

S - Definate dark coffe chocolate notes.

T - Seams a bit watery but the coffe flavor and chocolate is nice.

M - chocolate and coffee dominate the feel here.

D - Good as this drinks smooth and has a nice feel to it. While not a go to beer it is really good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info on the bottle. A paragraph of the description.

A - The coffee stout poured like cold coffee, clear and dark brown but unforgiving and thick. In the glass it's nearly black with minimal dark amber highlights. The slight cascading of beer through the enormous tan head brought a smile to my face. Two fingers of head stayed around when the action settled and it slowly crept down to a half-finger, thick and creamy head with serious lacing on the glass. The foam stayed around til the last sip!

S - Robust roasted malts billow out of the huge head. Somewhat burnt in aroma, it also lends to a medium-harsh ashtray/tobacco presence. Coffee bean is there but not as coffee-rich as I had expected. No real hop presence here. The main aroma after a few sips became the smokey smell that's very similar to a smoking hotel room. Unusual but not offensive to me.

T - Again, robust roasted malts take the forefront. Hugely roasty in the flavor with a honeyed biscuit and rye bread crust as well as a brown sugar sweetness in the background. The smokiness in the aroma carries through to the flavor but it's rich presence really only comes out through the rich roasted malts. A slightly toothy maduro tobacco leaf is in the flavor too. Despite the name Coffee Stout, it's lacking a real coffee wallop. The coffee is a bit under exaggerated here. It's bitterness is evident but also shares the spot with the roasted, smokey malts. A definite hop presence is detectable too but not in flavor. It's all in the crisp finish. It's certainly an enigma of a complex beer!

M - This really is a strange, changing beer. The mouthfeel doesn't stay the same for a second. At first it's full-bodied, rich, creamy, and strong with a velvety smoothness but quickly changes dry and bitter from hops, roasted malts, and coffee. Then the mild carbonation and low-level hops crisp it up at the end and it changes back from the bitterness to the milky textured, brown sugar sweetness like coffee creamer. Wow is the mouthfeel good!

D - I'm a huge fan of this beer. I need more. It's ever-changing and lightly warming but it's smokey nose kind of kills it's drinkability in my eyes. It's not offensive as much as it's overpowering. It could use a bit more coffee essence for it's namesake but my overall opinion of this beer is fantastic. A great beer every stout/coffee lover should try! Delicious...

Photo of Cresant
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass. No date (but I may have had this one a couple of years in the back of the fridge!). The body was opaque and very dark brown. The head was mild and faded to nothing.

Smell was coffee. Steel. Ashes.

Taste was very drying. Roasted grains, but not burnt. A nice coffee bitterness. Hints of Hersey bars. Porter-like in it's texture and lack of sweetness. Age may have dried this one out but I found it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body with fine carbonation.

Photo of RJUGA03
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-It is as black as The Chicago White Sox away jersey (and their season thus far) with scant bubbly lacing on the outter portion of the glass.

S-Coffee with vanilla bean.

T-Similar to the smell you notice coffee up front (coffe throughout)roasted bean near midsip with a thick stout-typical lingering aftertaste

M-Silky smooth initially with and intense slightly carbonated lasting viscosity.

D-When your in the mood for a relatively simple stout this one more than does the job.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's start this review with something different. It's dark brown almost black in my glass. Just a tiny blip of head. No lace whatsoever. The aroma is a mix of coffee and burnt malt. It reminds me of burnt christmas cookies. Not as highly coffee'd up as I expected the nose to be. The flavor is coffee roast malt and a hint of chocolate. Almost no hop bitterness to be found. This seems medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink. A great stout to drink all night.

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

Pours dark brown but you can still see through it. Thick coffee flavors are vibrant and in your face, but not so much a stout it seems. More porter-esqe. Regardless, there is a good flavor delivery and it's pleasant to drink. A good coffee "stout".

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again I would like to state my eternal gratitude to Joe and Cheryl Schmit for bringing me back a mixed six-pack sampler of New Glarus beers. I am thoroughly enjoying them.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown - so deep that only the edges give a hint of its not completely black color. No light passes through the center of the glass. Heck, it barely passes through the edges. Pouring produced a fingers worth of tan head that dissipated but still laced through out the event.

S: Once it got up to the proper temperature, in addition to the hearty malt/chocolate aroma of a good stout this has an additional shot of robust coffee.

T: To say that the taste follows the smell would be accurate but would feel like an understatement. The taste is incredible. Roasted malts, chocolate, rich coffee all in balance. A hint of sweetness - perhaps vanilla - to round it off. Very nice!

M: Balanced carbonation compliments the medium to heavy body well.

D: Very drinkable. And at only 5.75% ABV I find myself wishing I had more than one bottle of this to enjoy. It would be easy to drink more than one of these at a sitting but I am happy with savoring just one. I allowed this to run the gambit from cold where the flavors just start to come out to about 50 degrees where the senses revel in the complexities. This is a very good beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle gifted to me from Buckeyesox 2 months ago, now drinking in his honor on a Friday night. The beer is dark brown with a little auburn at the edges when you put it up to the light. Light tan foam, about 1/2 finger thick with some decent lacing. The dominant aroma is coffee bean but not aggressive like Breakfast Stout (natural benchmark). I can smell some faint chocolate too. The taste is more complicated, but fairly good. Definitely some sweetness from the malts and atouch of bitterness (from coffee?), but the aftertaste has some smoke which wasn't expected. I think the smoke is what makes the beer work for me. The first sip was kind of underwhelming but I'm liking it more the further through the glass. Drinkability ramps up to about a 4.5. Good stuff.

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint glass. Big ups to joe1510 for yet another one of these great New Glarus brews.

Pours a deep murky brown, with at least 3 fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Retains into a soft and creamy layer, that stays rich and frothy, leaving a massive cascade of lacing back, which hangs in jagged rings down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite lively up front with roasted coffee character, but man, there is a lot of sweetness in here as well. Plenty of chewy smelling notes of chocolate and molasses, with a touch of floral hops thrown in the back for good measure.

The taste is a smooth and a mostly even mix of roasty mocha and stickily hefty notes of chocolate and toffee. A firm bitterness also punctuates the profile. Finishes with residual sweetness and a dry lingering (and a bit acrid) bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and bubbly carbonation, that then give in to a much thicker feel underneath. Overall, this just drinks like a champ though. This is yet another New Glarus brew that I wish that I had 2 of to review, it's going down so quickly.

Very nice coffee beer here. There was no lack of coffee and roast, but the sweeter malts came off maybe a bit too strong. A nice easy feel and great drinkbility really kept this strong though. Thanks again Joe!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours jet black with thick creamy head. pretty nice lacing.

light roasted malts and a very slight coffee scent, very light

coffee up front that has a decent taste but the stout is watery and thin. the roasted malts are slightly noticeable.

a bit thin. the carbonation has some bite to it

not the best coffee stout. the coffee flavor was ok but the stout lacked.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very dark black, almost completely opaque. There are just the slightest fringes where you can see through it, resulting in an amber color. Head formation is strong, well retained at 3mm. Surprisingly light white in color for the style.

S - That is a coffee beer - all I can detect on the bite of the bean. Very edgy, astringent, and roasted.

T - Starts off with a light roasted sweetness, some edge from a roasted barley note. mid-stream shows some bitterness, but is generally smooth. In the aftertaste the coffee note apparent on the nose takes control and holds on into the aftertaste. Aftertaste is bitter, brewed coffee astringent.

M - Moderately body - light for a stout I would say. No carbonation bite. Moderately clinging - not sweet, but a bit oily.

D - Fairly easy to drink - abv is manageable. I'm not sure I'd find this beer as a session choice, as it seems to be more of an after dinner beer (with a sweet dessert).

I'm not sure about where I lie with coffee infused beers. Either way: A fine beer - nothing outstanding, but fine.

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

Poured with a 1 finger rich tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly. The beer is a nearly opaque dark reddish brown. can see through it at the edges.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and some nuts.

Tastes of coffee, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.

Medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated of the bat. The beer finishes pretty dry and smooth.

This beer is easy to drink, very sessionable.

Photo of blackearth
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee and sugary vanilla. Surprisingly, medium bodied, flavors of roast coffee explode first, then give way to malt sweetness at mid-tongue, and finishes again with coffee and slightly burnt flavors. I would consider this the perfect example of a coffee stout.

Photo of Dibujob
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a reddish hint and a thick creamy head which quickly settles. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is the least pleasant aspect of an otherwise exceptional beer (just my humble opinion). Coffee is front and center, but there's a subtle sourness in the back that just didn't resonate well with me.

Taste blew me away! Chocolate, coffee, and a complex yet balanced assembly of toasted malts come together in an amazing blend of goodness.

Mouthfeel is tingly at first, but quickly fades to a wonderful creamy finish. Dry, but deliciously drinkable. I would love to have a few of these while sitting in front of a fireplace on a snowy afternoon.

Another home run for Dan Carey and New Glarus!

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

12oz. bottle into goblet on 6/3/09. Thanks to Pudge43 for the trade!

A - Poured a deep walnut brown body with ample carbonation and a solid finger's width of dusty off-white head that shrank down to a slim ring of retention and left spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Pretty authentic coffee aroma with chocolate and nutty complements. Earthy and woody hop notes mingle with sweet malty notes.

T - Roasted malt up front with plenty of fresh ground coffee flavor and some chocolate sweetness. Subtle licorice notes emerge in the middle. Finishes with a slight astringency and touch of sourness backed by earthy bitter notes.

M - Medium bodied with quite a lively carbonated mouthfeel overall. Not overly oily or creamy due to its effervescence. Finishes with hints of sourness and astringency on the palate.

D - Solid effort from New Glarus that is certainly easy to drink, yet it doesn't quite register into the upper echelon of coffee stouts. However, this is a more sessionable coffee stout than lots of others out there.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one pours well. Deep dark stout, nice light creamy foam. Guinness like. Looks well crafted. The foam sicks well to the glass.

Awesome smell. Quite possibly the most intense oily smell. Not overly roasted, not using cheap Folgers quality, smells like good coffee. This leads to high expectations...

Warmed up, this is really tasty. Some fruity esters & earthy tones. Dry, medium bodied. A session beer for sure. Malty. Has a nice balance between a stout and a coffee beverage. Long on coffee flavor but not overwhelming. A little flat, but probably from sitting around too long.

Good mouthfeel, not too thick and heavy. Still needs a little more carbonation.

I could drink these all day, except that it's coffee.

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

A-Deep dark brown body nearly reaching blackness. The thin silky off-white head clings nicely to the glass as it settles to a film.

S-Fresh cold-pressed coffee ground aroma. The coffee is powerful but not overpowering as the roasted malts and nuttiness of the beer comes through nicely.

T/M-Rich, nutty and sweet up front. The coffee comes through strongly on finish as it blends with the full body. The taste is a bit more brown ale/porter than stout but it is still well done. The mouthfeel is incredibly soft and creamy. A nice blend of strong flavors but there are none that hang. The coffee is more than evident and probably too much for those that do not enjoy coffee, but it is very balanced and not cloying or too aggressive.

D-Very nice and easy to drink. Not the most knockout coffee beer that I have had but still a greatly-brewed piece of the craft beer lineup. Some breweries would put this as their pinnacle beer but with NG, this is just middle road (which is still impressive to say the least).

Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a very deep brown/black with red highlights and a one inch frothy looking light tan head. Head retention is very good and lots of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is mostly of coffee, it's not explosive like some coffee beers but it's definitely present and very pleasant. There's a slight dark fruit character as well and general roasty aromatics.

Taste is chocolaty up front with the coffee coming in next complimenting the chocolate flavors. Again a slight dark fruit tinge to it. The coffee is very smooth and not at all astringent. It comes across as the essence of the coffee's flavor with a drying effect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy texture that is soft on the palate, goes down really easy.

While this wasn't the best Coffee Stout I've ever had it is a damn good one and really worth trying if you have the chance.

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

12oz bottle received from eyncognito. Thanks, Ian! Bottled 16th Jan 2009

A: Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights and a finger-thick tan head with good retention, leaving nice lacework in its wake

S: Roasty and quite chocolate-like with quite a bit of lactose sweetness. Coffee is rather restrained and almost lost in the rest of the aroma. This smells surprisingly full for a 5.XX% beer

T: Opens up with some big roasted malt flavors with burnt toast. Great unsweetened cocoa flavor, along with a mild coffee note that's very smooth. The beer then loses it, turning rather watery and confusing before ending with a pleasantly bitter finish with malt and chocolate characteristics

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. The mid palate's a little disappointing, but the finish is pretty darned pleasant. However, as it warms up, it improves hugely.

D: As with every New Glarus beer, this one's a pleasure to drink. Not one of their stronger offerings, though

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This brew poured with a one-finger, khaki head atop a DARK brown -- nearly pitch-black -- body. Carbonation is moderate, but apparent, which is fine for this fairly inclusive style. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Nice. Like a lightly sweetened, iced coffee, of some dark-roasted variety. I also detect a hint of creamy vanilla and some faint caramel essence...mmm.

Taste: WHAAAT? This is the best-tasting coffee stout I've ever tried (and I've had the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders KBS, and Dark Lord [which I may or may not consider a "coffee stout"]). This is like a GREAT iced coffee with a really good stout beer behind it. Lightly sweet, very pleasantly roasted, and generally stellar. I want more!

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick body, but lighter than most "big" stouts. Carbonation is, as indicated above, moderate...but that works well with the moderate body. Coats the palate like an iced coffee would. More than any other beer I've tried, this one emulates a chilled coffee drink. Wonderful.

Drinkability: In contrast to most coffee stouts, New Glarus Coffee Stout keeps the ABV at a manageable level (5.75%), which means two 12-ounce bottles wouldn't be impossible to handle. Personally, I think I could drink three or four of these in a sitting, with the only potential ill effect being a stomachache due to the coffee itself! Refreshing and hearty at the same time, this beer could be enjoyed during all seasons. Magnificent!

Holy cow, what a revelation! HIGHLY recommended...and among my favorite stouts of all time!

Photo of natasharai
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy smooth tan head that dissipated slowly leaving some chunky lacing. The beer is black, but lets a little light through around the edges giving it a nice chocolate brown color.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, small toffee smell. The smell is pretty light.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit like plums or raisins, toasted malt, and ends with a molasses flavor

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit more carbonation up front than I like, but it fades quickly to give a very creamy and smooth feeling beer, roasty dry feel towards the end.

Overall: Really good drinkability, very nice flavors that play well together! Coffee flavor is there but not overwhelming, very nicely combined with the roasty and sweet malt flavors!

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.