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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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very good

889 Ratings

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 197
Gots: 78 | 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: 889 | Reviews: 381
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into mug

A: Very dark brown/black just like black coffee, with a nice looking off-white head

S: Sweet roasted coffee, kind of like coffee and cream together

T: Almost like hazelnut/french vanilla coffee plus alcohol, not much else in terms of flavor here, maybe I am just not used to coffee beers, but it seems to be overpowering

M: Smooth, like room temperature coffee, only slightly carbonated

D: Not heavy at all, real coffee flavor so it drinks almost like coffee

Notes: You will only like this beer if you like coffee (go figure). Not beer with coffee, this is a coffee beer.

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

Pour - a not so surprising, but still nice to look at, dark as tar black. When held to the light you seem hints of brown and auburn. The thick white head stays put for quite some time. I love how the light and dark of the beer and the head contrast so sharply.

Aroma - throw your face into a bag of freshly ground, dark roast coffee and there you go. This is delicious smelling. The sweet roasty malts combine perfectly to make it a little sweet smelling as well. I'll definitely be letting this one warm up a bit as I think the aroma will just be enhanced even more.

Taste - very rich, this is a hearty beer with a creamy feel in your mouth. It drinks like a stronger beer that is for sure. Lots of toasted flavors coming out along with all that glorious coffee. This is how a solid coffee stout should taste. Nothing too crazy, just a lot of flavor with just the right amount of focus on the coffee and well balanced by the malt.

Overall - absolutely delicious. This is an easy drinking beer that is full of flavor and with a relatively low ABV % this could make for a great session beer especially if you love coffee! Another amazing beer from the folks at New Glarus. Thanks Daniel and Deborah!

Would I buy more of it? - Yes, a thousand times yes. I'd love to have a case of it on hand for this winter.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very dark brown, just about black and didn't allow much light through. Had a very minimal cream colored head which dissipated quickly and just sat at the edge of the glass. Smelled of roasty almost burned coffee, along with some sweet mocha chocolate notes. Nice strong smelling brew.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of coffee, burned sugar and a hint of bitter sweet chocolate which resides with the sweet caramel malt presence. Was pretty light to medium bodied with a noticeable carbonation presence. Left a dry, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability:Very drinkable, pretty light feel overall. Finished with a bit more bitterness than expected. I'd definitely drink more of this for sure, just probably wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle received courtesy of BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Vintage 2008

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a deep dark black with about an inch's worth of creamy tan head resting on top. This dissipates slowly leaving wisps of sticky lace on the glass. The scent of freshly ground coffee bursts out. Big coffee tones, some light malt chocolate, licorice, and graham cracker fill this wonderful scent.

After almost a year in the fridge, the body has thinned out a bit. Still retains a creamy smooth quality, but it's lacking the 'chew' that I look for in my stouts. Right away the coffee flavor is about all I can get out of this, which is good on its own, but as I continue to sip, more and more cocoa, pumpernickel bread, and slight dark plum flavor come out. This is a splendid beer, even 10-12 months old! I would love to try this one fresh. Thanks for the awesome hookup, Andy.

Photo of nlmartin
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased on a trip through Wisconsin. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: I have always been a sucker for a big black bodied beer. The beer has no opaqueness to light. The head is a dark tan coloration. Thick lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is actually pretty good. The aroma is bittersweet cocoa, lightly roasted coffee. In all honesty I would have prefered a more kick ass Coffee aroma on a beer that is lables Coffee Stout.

Taste: The beers flavor is a subdued lightly roasted coffee with a bit of maltose sweetness. Not bad just not great.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light and lightly carbonated. The beer is easy to drink. I would have preferred a bunch more coffee in the aroma and the taste.

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

Poured from bottle to imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Deep dark brown up to light. Looks almost black out of light. Poured with a 1 finger foamy tan head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice lace.

Smell - Tons of dark roasted malts smelled. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Almost a smell of fresh bread. A bit of spicyness to it.

Taste - The coffee taste isn't as powerful as the smell but it is still there and strong. Lots of roasty and deep dark tastes. A bit of chocolate, mostly mocha and java though. Nice well rounded sweetness with a tad of bitterness on the end. Picking up some tobacco.

Mouthfeel - Feels slightly thin, lacking a bit in body. Carbonation is right where it needs to be though. Smooth on the tongue despite the lack of body.

Drinkability - This beer is good but probably couldn't be consumed in large quantities, a few could work though, I definitely could do a few.

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, slight caramel, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, slight hop, and sweet malt. Overall, good body, blend, and mouth feel.

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

Pours out black, with some dark brown highlights. The head is tan, and very dense, a maximum of maybe 2cm, but it sticks around at 1cm for a while. Looks nice. The smell has some burnt, overroasted coffee, mixed in with just a hint of chocolate and sugar. It has a note of graininess, too, like coffee poured into cereal. I like the coffee smell in this beer, it's a bit surprising and interesting, but not overpowering. The taste comes in with some graininess, a bit of some bittersweet chocolate, then it finishes with a nice coffee flavor delivered on a burst of carbonation. There's a nice caramelly flavor in there, but the coffe starts out a bit subtle, then slowly takes over everything. Nice, though I think it could be a bit sweeter. The body is pretty good - it's not an imperial coffee stout, so I didn't expect it to be too heavy. The carbonation is a little sharp, but it makes the coffe a bit more pronounced. This is an interesting and drinkable beer. I enjoyed my time with it, and it will certainly do if you want a coffee stout. This is worth a shot.

Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the continued trading!

(A)- Pours pitch black with a rather fluffy & bubbly tan head with great retention. The foam is sticking to the sides of the glass as it very slowly dissipates.

(S)- Tons of brewed coffee with a rich roasted maltiness in the background. Smells slightly sweet & creamy.

(T)- Loads of roasted coffee that isnt quite bitter nor sweet. A rich core of raisiny molasses.

(M)- Great carbonation amidst a rich coffee core.

(D)- A great stout that is surprisingly drinkable despite its rich body. Another winner from New Glarus!

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle; no freshness date but really nice label

Appearance: Black beer with cola-brown tinges around the edge; this is capped by a creamy light-tan head with some nice retention and some lace

Smell: Some light roasted coffee, along with freshly-milled roasted and chocolate malts; this is simple and straightforward, but really fresh and delicious

Taste: Beautiful mocha flavors, backed with some mild burnt/roasted malts...not much in the way of hop bitterness, the bitterness here is mainly provided by the roasted grains...a very mild ultra dark, mildly tart fruitiness on the finish...the only downside I can find here is that it's just a BIT astringent/husky on the finish...on the flipside, the nicest characteristic of this beer is the incredibly fresh/pure roasted coffee flavors...supremely natural without any artificial-ish flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: One of the better coffee stouts I've had, though this doesn't really surprise me, as I've had very little from New Glarus that I haven't found pretty freaking tasty.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Dark black with amber hues. Soft, off-white head on top. Good carbonation.

S: Sweetness with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. A lingering, "milk-stout" like sweetness as well. The coffee aromas aren't as strong as I would have liked.

T: Very flavorful, with more emphasis on the stout than the coffee. I first get some dark chocolate flavors. The coffee quickly follows. It doesn't taste like a dark roast, something a bit more mild. The beer ends with lactose sweetness. I'm not sure if they added lactose, but it tastes like it. The hops are just there to provide bitterness. No major hoppy flavors here. Very well balanced for a coffee beer.

M: Very smooth with a medium body. Rolls on the tongue nicely. Perfect carbonation.

D: A very nice coffee stout. The coffee flavors don't overpower the rest of the beer. The balance makes this an easy drinker. It was great after my breakfast this morning.

Photo of maximum12
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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