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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

859 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 188
Gots: 76 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of schellsbeer
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to my good friend KeefD for a chance to try this beer from a great Wisconsin Brewery.

Here is the review....somewhat excited here on St. Pats Day to drink only stouts...Yeah!

A - Very nice. Dark Brown to almost Black. Appears thinner than most stouts but the taste will tell for sure. Small white bubbles with some lacing present. Overall, very good.

S - Mmmm Dark black coffee present. Very clean. Smells like quality coffee was used in brewing this beer. Reminds me of a Surly coffee bender in smell only. Very different looking though than the coffee bender. Rich malt with little hops present. I like it.

T - And now for the all important taste. Bitter...very Bitter taste. Sort of like a burnt coffee flavor. Not as mellow as the Bells Java Stout. It is hard to place but...really not my favorite. I am very surprised at what this coffee tastes like compared to the smell that was noticed. I was expecting something completely different. Sort of 1 dimentional. Not complex at all for a stout. And I was right....very thin tasting. Not thick. Somewhat disappointed.

M - For a stout, thin in appearance and taste. Coats....no not really. Chewey...no again. Did I mention that this stout is thin? Yes I did. Again, not impressed. Sorry New Glarus.

D - If I was going on the smell alone, I would purchase and drink by the case load but the taste counts and this will not be purchased again. For around the same price, give me a Sierra Nevada Stout any day!!!

And I thought I had a winner here. Just not meant to be. Sorry.

schellsbeer, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forget who sent me this WI treat, but thanks. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with about a finger of light tan foam. The foam quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Smells and tastes of richly roasted dark grains lending pleasant coffee/espresso notes. Flavors of baking cocoa, milk chocolate, and fresh coffee beans are detected. Medium in both body and carbonation. A really nice balance of roasted malt and coffee flavors. I would drink this again.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a slight tinge of red. A nice creamy 3 finger head forms, and has decent retention. Recedes to a nice layer over the beer. Very sticky lacing.

S: The nose is dominated by dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee. The coffee doesn't dominate, but is still noticeable (in a good way).

T: A very good mixture of dark roasted malt/coffee flavors going on. I like the amount of coffee flavor, it's just right. I like the fact that it tastes more like a stout flavored with coffee than a coffee dominated stout. In the back I get a hint of some burnt malts, which give the beer a nice little smokiness in the back.

M: On the thin side for the style. Carbonation is ok. If it was just a bit creamier/thicker..

D: This goes down very nicely. I normally don't drink more than 2 stouts back to back, but I could do it with this one. A nice tasty stout.

Packforever1976, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of delmarnate
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love coffee so this is right up my alley. This is the most coffee-like coffee stout I have ever had. very nice black sludge bitterness that you find in a nice dark roasted coffee. Sweet undertones in the aftertaste to brighten the mood. Mouth feel is very warm and soft, but the beer is very filling. Perfect beer for the coffee lover, but others ( even those who like bitter beers) should steer clear.

delmarnate, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown letting no light through, only a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared.

S - nice coffee, a bit of cream, some almonds and a hint of chocolate

T - nice balance between chocolate and coffee and some milk

M/D - Very smooth and enjoyable, nice carbonation and great taste, I could drink this one alot.

mikereaser, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of gford217 - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a pretty thoroughly dark, stout-esque black; that is, nearly black, but not quite, and not too thick either. The one-finger of relatively light tan lacing fades rather quickly, though it does leave some great lacing, both on the surface, around the edges, and all over the sides of the glass in delicate but vast streaks.

Aroma: A relatively moderately "coffee"-ed and subtle smell, though pleasant. The roast of the coffee itself is moderate, with hints of earth, currant-like flourishes, and faint grassy notes. A few definite lactose-esque notes that blend nicely with the dark, underlying sweetness, slightly marshmallow like.

Taste: A very sweet stout. Sweet, milky, toasty malts, surprisingly light but dark, with plenty of medium roast coffee - less than int he nose, but still enough to impart a definite coffee kiss - that again evokes light fruit notes, faint citrus, a light grassyness, and well-blended earth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet thin enough that the moderate amount of effervescence adds a definite crisp note.

Drinkability: A very solid brew. A little thin, but all the flavors and aromas are solid, the coffee well roasted and well-integrated and imparting plenty of notes other than your traditional straightforward coffee-esque notes, and the lacing nice. One I'm glad to have tried. Very sessionable in its abv%, too, though I'd object to its characterization as an American Stout - this one's most definitely a milk/sweet stout.

CrellMoset, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of geographie
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light black with a single finger near-white head that suggests black barley. No lacing and head has a light body with mid-staying power. Smells of roast and a slight fleshy fruit character, perhaps an english yeast strain. Light body and carbonation, and a certain slipperyness make this one an easy sipper. Nice roast character in the back of the tongue. Mild fruit upfront, a mild hop flavor and very little percieved bitterness. The hints of coffee come in the form of burnt sugars and powdered cocoa. Highly drinkable, very amenable brew.

geographie, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with dark red highlights, small tan head, good lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma, very sweet smelling. Coffee is well integrated into the sweet dark malts, with nice flavors of chocolate and caramel coming through. This isn't an over-the-top coffee stout, but I don't think it's supposed to be. The body is medium, creamy, silky, smooth and quite quaffable. This is a very good coffee beer, but not great. I will enjoy finishing the last few drops!

KeefD, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep brown that is opaque when held to the light. A 2 inch tan head forms and lingers for a full coverage.

The aroma was weak to me. It has a nice roasted malty component mixed with coffee but could've been more intense.

The taste is quite good. A nice mix of capuccino and bakers chocolate. There is a mild level of hoppy bitterness that hides in the background and a good coffee taste lingers on the tongue at the finish.

The mouthfeel showed a medium body that could've been thicker. There is a creaminess that is not overwhelming and a good level of carbonation accents the flavor well.

Overall, this is a good coffee stout. It is quite drinkable, partially due to the mouthfeel and the way the flavors present themselves.

SykDoc, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a deep brown body, opaque in the glass with a tall and creamy khaki head. Excellent retention and lots of splotchy lacing.

Aroma has an almond nuttiness, with notes of milk choclate, coffee, and citrusy hops.

Medium body has an appropriate low medium carbonation.

Coffee shows up more in the taste, but is still somewhat subtle. Chocolate and roasty notes share the spotlight with hints of citrusy hops and nuttiness in the background.

Don't know if there's actually coffee in this one but it's quite well done. Another excellent offering from New Glarus.

merlin48, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of pphunkdelux
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best coffee beer I've had so far.

The appearance is dark brownish red with a thin tan head that recedes quickly.

It smells like iced coffee and chocolate, with a hint of maltiness and roast.

This is an absolutely great tasting beer. The coffee isn't overpowering, it's a perfect balance. Chocolate and malt mix well with the coffee.

The carbonation was perfect for this beer, made it very creamy in the mouth and played well with the coffee taste

I could drink this all night, very good beer that I highly recommend.

pphunkdelux, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A; Thin black with a white fluffy head.

S: Coffee, but not in an overpowering way, with vanilla, and milk.

T/M: Mouthfeel is more like a porter, while it's nice and smooth with a nice prickle of carbonation, it's a bit thin. Taste is really nice. Great coffee balance, not over the top, and nice touch of bitterness, again not over the top with hints of vanilla. Not v ery complex, but pretty straight ahead coffe and milk taste. Finishes quick and clean for a stout

ejquin, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Greggy for this one. This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste is like the aroma. Nothing stands out, and overall nothing is overpowering, but everything is works well together. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better beers I've had from New Glarus. It doesn't have the overpowering coffee traits that I usually love, but it is well balanced, and very drinkable which is enough for my to want more.

KarlHungus, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Mikeyr89
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass and it poured nicely with about and inch of head which lasted for a bit. It poured a dark brown but didn't have strong smell to me. I'm not sure if I was just in the mood for a stout, but this surely hit the spot. It has a great coffee flavor and is not at all too overpowering. I really like it and would get it again.

Mikeyr89, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts roasted malt and coffee with very light hints of chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is a bit more intense than the aroma, but the roasted malt still balances it out very well. Both combine to end with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth, but a bit on the thin side. The carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing what I had, this is an easy-drinking coffee stout.

Overall this is almost a coffee porter to me, as it's much lighter than most other coffee stouts. Worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Greggy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a 2+ finger thick tan head, with fairly good retention. As the head recedes, it leaves some decent lacing. The color of the body is just a shade lighter than black. Dark brown highlights can be seen against the light.

S- Wow.. very nice balanced coffee notes, loads of cream, chocoalte, roastiness.

T- Starts off with a nice dark chocolate, cream, some roasty twang, and underlying coffee the whole way through. The finish is a nice iced coffee with a bit of roasted coffee notes.

M- Very low carbonation which is nice. The body is a smidge to thin given a stout, but still good.

D- Nice coffee stout, especially @ $7.49/6pk. Given the ABV, this is mighty drinkable.

Greggy, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of scaliasux
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black. Opaque. Light brown, creamy head.

Smell - Toasted malt, with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Nice.

Taste - Dark malts predominate. Coffee is also very apparent. Finishes with some hops. Seems pretty well balanced. Not as tasty as the smell led me to believe. I don't think the coffee blends with the roasted malt as well as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Creamy.

Drinkability - I love beer and I love coffee. This, I don't love. I like it, but it won't become part of my regular rotation.

scaliasux, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Machine Shed in Appleton, WI.

Pours dark, dark chocolate with hints of mahogany around the edges. The head is creamy and beige and hangs around as a cap for the duration leaving great lacing.

The smells are mostly dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste follows the aroma pretty closely with dark malts underpinning the coffee taste that leaves a bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with very good carbonation.

This is a great coffee stout and extremely drinkable as the coffee is not overpowering. Tasty.

gford217, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with an almost two finger off-white head with decent retention but not much lacing.

S: Smells like a cup of dark roasted coffee with a solid amount of cream poured in.

T: Very mellow roasted malts with hints of chocolate give way to a strong coffee finish. The coffee lingers a bit but not in an overpowering way as some of the style do.

Overall: A pretty well carbonated stout on top of good taste and smell makes for a pretty drinkable coffee stout, not too heavy but not so light that you forget you're having a stout. It was pretty good and it gives you just what you'd expect, nothing more, nothing less.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Tan head that clings nicely to the glass, pours a dark brown/black.

S: Smells not all that different from the latte I had this morning. Smells pretty good, some very nice sweet coffee notes.

T: Not as much coffee in the taste as I expected, but make no mistake it is there, just not a dominant as it is in the aroma. The malt is very good, some bitter chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, finished with a bitter bite from the coffee.

M: Thin, but it's good, I really have no complaints. The carbonation is great, it makes my tongue tingle.

D: High. But then again I've been known to drink a 12 cup pot of coffee in a single sitting. Very nice coffee stout, doesn't overwhelm you to the point that you get sick of it.

aggiearcher13, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got this off the shelf today. It is now available in WI

A - Pours a light brown one and a half inch head that is nice and fluffy. The body is a dark black and very syrupy when it pours.

S - Strong coffee smell with a faint smell of cream and chocolate (sweet smelling). Pretty good for a coffee stout.

T - Coffee! Enough said. This beer has a lot of coffee present but there is also some faint chocolate and some dark roasted undertones from the coffee beans that leave a bitter after taste.

M - Smooth, chocolate and creamy very early on with a good transition to coffee bitterness towards the end. This is a complete coffee stout.

D - This is a dam good coffee stout. It has the look, smell and taste. The only downside to this beer is the bitterness, but that is to be expected in a coffee stout.

I am not a coffee drinker so I wasn't sure how much I would like this brew but aside from the bitterness I thought it was a pretty solid beer. Certainly not New Glarus' best but its a good seasonal for sure.

Wisconsin, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is now my 4th out of the 6 pack and I keep feeling the same so it's time to review it.
A: Pours a deep brown or light black? With about a 1" head with a very hard pour.
S: Smells great! Coffee, chocolate, smells sweet.
T: very similar to the smell. Big coffee and a smooth chocolate finish!

This is an easy drinker.

madtowndmb1, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second batch that was recently released, the neck label has a white border instead of flat blue.

Supposedly there was a different type of coffee used for this batch also. On to the review...it was a transparent brown when poured, black in the glass. Sturdy two finger head that billowed above the rim and stood there saluting for a few minutes. Puffy and meringue like. Mellow coffee and a more pleasant nutty aroma than what I remember the first time around. Good flavor, mellow coffee again, nutty and nougaty. Fairly thin bodied, more like an English Stout. Nice lingering sweet pipe tobacco and caramel notes. Easy and approachable for a coffee infused beer. Very mellow and not acidic at all.

Original review 04-07-2007 - bottle

B / 3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: -4.4%

Sampled at room temperature, half-past noon.

Billowing tan cumulo-nimbus head. Sticky lace, black body with mahogany edges. Foam recedes to a skim over time. Smells of mild roasted grain, slight metallic edge.

Taste is roasty, malty, mild chocolate, hint of sweetness. Coffee is muted, I was hoping at room temp it would come out more. There's an aromatic grainy malt present too, which overrides the coffee. This taste reminded me of the Copper Kettle Weiss.

Agreeable mouthfeel & drinkability, it's a little thin for a stout though.

emerge077, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher. No freshness date.

Thin layer of tan head holds its own and leaves some lacing on the glass. Opaque brown with amber hues when brought up to the light. Beautiful aroma of fresh brewed ice coffee with a bit of maltiness around the roasted edges. Big smoothness surrounds the medium body. Coffee flavors comes in slow but becomes a dominant flavor middle to end. I swear this is just a glass of really good carbonated ice coffee with a bit of maltose for sweetener. ;-) Modested hopping. The malt sweetness is pushed back down by the roasted grain and coffee flavors. Finishes semi-sweet with a mildly bitter coffee bean flavor.

Hands down this is the most drinkable coffee beer I have had to date. Not as dark as I expected but packed with a pleasant coffee tone throughout that plays well with the beer. We have a great beer here people.

Jason, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours black as death with a thick rocky head that recedes rather quickly to a thick lace.

Aroma is of molasses and burnt sugar. Caramel rides on the burnt sugar with a touch of vanilla and oak.

Flavor is straight up dark roasted malt with a smokey, peaty flavor. Burnt sugar and raisins with rum run into the picture. Just when you think everything is over here comes the vanilla and oak flavors with a touch of coffee, which is strangely not that strong in this brew, I really thought it would be more prominent. I honestly taste more dark roasted malt and burnt sugars than any coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, and could be a little more viscous for this beer, but the carbonation makes the body seem slightly thinner.

Very good stout, if the mouthfeel were al little more oily and thick it would be perfect.

wheatyweiss, Jan 18, 2009
Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.