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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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very good

883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 193
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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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
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black color with a huge three finger light tan head that slowly goes back down leaving nice amounts of lacing clinging to my glass. Top layer of bubbles and creaminess is left scattered around inside on the top of this beer.

Unsweetened dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee beans, smoked wood chips, leather, alcohol.

Semi coffee flavor that is not to dominating, slight sweet taste follows, roasted malts, vanilla, some wood definitely shows up in the flavor as it warms. Solid brew.

Medium bodied with pretty decent carbonation, a tad bit more then other stouts I have drank. Smooth throughout and tasty.

Pretty low abv and smoothness would let me have more then one of these.

This is my first New Glarus beer(thanks to chris at DLD who gave this to me)and boy was it tasty.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label recommends this at room temperature--this review is from a bottle served at a little below that, probably 55 degress F or so. Thanks to Brutha Nick for the assist.

Pours a color uncannily like coffee, that abyss-like nether-area between darkest brown and black. Half-inch head is froth and lessens in about a minute, with just a few small dots of lace in its wake.

Aroma is an excellent mingling of flaked dark chocolate, sweet cream and quality medium-roast coffee. A bit grainy and nutty as well. As someone who prefers flavored coffees, this aroma works for me--especially as it's in a beer! Oh, what could be better?...

The chocolate from the aroma is pushed back almost entirely in the flavor by coffee and an assist from a lactic sort of sweetness. Its bitterness is controlled and easy-going, and there's an almost pungent unripe dark fruit element to the finish along with a trace of bitter dark chocolate returning underneath.

Medium-bodied at best, with tingly carbonation that would've been more annoying if it hadn't been wrapped in a really really slick texture.

The coffee is not overbearing here, yet clearly star of the show. Very good drinkability for a coffee stout, due to lighter body and good balance. Chalk up another for the amazing Careys at New Glarus.

Photo of bort11
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Thick milkshake looking dark tan head. Gradually recedes with thin threads of lacing on the glass. Color is a dark brown/black with amber red highlights.

Smell has a lactose sweetness to it. There is some roasted coffee notes, but more of a light roast. Taste is also milky sweet. This is almost like a milk stout with coffee than a pure coffee stout. I had this side by side with a Schlafly Coffee Stout, Schlafly has way more coffee.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and thick. For as thick as the body it is not as filling as I would expect.

Blipped "Mr Coffee" by Lagwagon

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Lukaski for the hook up.

Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Nice light beige head that recedes to constant foam. Medium, ytgoumet and inviting coffee aroma. Some creamy and roasted malts mixed in the nose too. Creamy vanilla makes room quickly for the gourmet, smooth coffee and roasted malt flavors. Can't pick up any hop flavoring. I know its there behind the scenes for balance. Creamy smooth palate makes this cofee stout ohh sooo sessionable.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Pours a near black that only shows color when held directly to the light. Full two fingers of light brown head that recedes slowly leaving a layer on top of the beer and THICK lacing down the pint glass. Awesome.

S--Normal stout smell with a bit of coffee in the background. As it warms the coffee pokes through even more, its of a very mild variety of bean

T--The taste here is very solid. I love coffee stouts whether they are huge coffee bombs or whether it is more subtle. Its all good to me. This one is middle of the road. Although it is not overpowering, coffee here is the dominant flavor. Very fresh tasting as well. Little bit of vanilla, roasted malts, buried hops, woodiness as well.

M--Standard for a stout, with carbonation kept at reasonable levels where I like it

D--What a great beer. This is not going to knock your socks off with flavor so don't expect it to, but this might be the most sessionable coffee stout I've ever had. This is one of the best beers New Glarus makes

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Pours near-black with no transparency; nice foamy tan head with decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are mainly coffee and roasted malts. Tastes are up-front coffee with roasted malts, and a slight hop finish for balance. Another solid brew from New Glarus.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly pitch black into my pint glass. Thin off-white head produced, minimal lacing.

Has a strong coffee nose. Roasted malts and caramel also present. There is also a small amount of bitter bakers chocolate here as well. Mostly roasted malts and coffee, however.

Taste is much like you would expect from the nose. I don't get the coffee right off the bat, but a couple seconds in it shows up, and boy does it show up. Strong coffee taste, definitely more than I was expecting. This is most likely the best tasting coffee stout I've ever had. It blends my two favorite beverages with perfect precision.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it somehow doesn't take away from the beer at all. A bit thin as well, but that might be because of the coffee.

Very drinkable. This would be my ideal session beer, if it were available in my area.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed w/gunterhhophead.
A-Dark brownish/black and burnt umber w/thin off-white head like a fresh espresso. Slight tracing.

S-Strong roasty malt and light coffee. Fresh tobacco notes.

T&M-Slightly roasted malt w/light coffee that opens up midway and takes over the finish. Sweetness is offset by roasty bitterness. Faint herbal English hops in the finish. Well-balanced, mild carbonation.

D-Great for breakfast or as an after-dinner treat. Smooth, and nearly sessionable despite the richness.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly a pitch black tone with thin tan head that rims the glass.
Our smell here has light coffee and malt notes throughout.
On the front of the taste there is an iced coffee smell followed by a roasted taste that is great.
The roasted taste lightly sticks around for a bit.
Very smooth and drinkable throughout.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. I wasn't paying much attention and almost overflowed the bottle - I was expecting a lot less carbonation then I got. The head stays around through almost the entire experience, getting lots of lacing on the sides.

I'm getting lots of coffee (yeah, big surprise there), biscuit, brown sugar and malts. The one thing I'm liking is this feels balanced - the abv/taste/smell everything seems to work well for this beer.

This is still a bit watery, but I don't think of that as a bad thing, I could session this pretty easily.

Photo of sgoodship
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the singles that I picked up on my "make a six" fest at Steve's Liquors in Madison.

A: Reddish black. Very thick and dark - barely a bit of ruby red coming through on the edges against the light. Creamy tan finger head that dissipated to a spotty dusting but delivered some nice lacing.

S: Really lovely burnt/roasty malt, coffee and bitter cocoa.

T: Much like the smell. A really nice, simple pleasure. No bells and whistles. Just nicely done. Could have given more but I can't say it was badly lacking. I did expect the coffee to be dialed up a bit. That may be may main complaint considering it's in the name. As it warmed, there was definitely more coffee bite that made it into the finish and aftertaste but the coffee flavor remained mild but tasty.

M: Medium mouthfeel - much lighter than I expected. Low carbonation but quite active on the tongue. Pretty smooth in general, especially as it warmed.

D: I have a great deal of respect for New Glarus. This is a solid beer that I would drink on a regular basis if it was available to me. Not dynamite but just well done and appealed to the balance I like in a basic stout.

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

L: Pours a nice black with a thick off white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of deep roasted malts, coffee flavors, and a hint of chocolate/caramel at the end.
M: Very rich, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I liked the lower abv in this one so it was more drinkable.

Photo of supercolter
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, black as coffee- just like expected, small head that disappates somewhat quickly. Decent lacing.
Smell is very good, rich coffee- roasted nuts and bitter chocolate.
Taste is rather weak after the delicious smell-tastes a bit watered down and some alcohol comes through which is odd given the abv.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a bit overcarbonated.
Still drinks very easy.

Photo of storksonm
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint glass

Rich coffee taste, a deep grain stout feel to it and a nice tan head to it. Its worth every penny and well balanced. Not too much bite, but just enough to give you the feel of a nice cup a joe. Sweet and strong enough flavor wise, the only thing I think its lacking is a strong body but maybe thats just me. Otherwise I think out of the coffee stouts I've had it's a instant favorite of mine.

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

Another home run from New Glarus.

Appears a very nice near black with a pretty very light mocha head of fluff that turns into a crown with very nice lacing.

Smell is of coffee, underlying chocolate and cream.

Taste is similar to smell except seems very full like a milk stout in body. Which is not a bad thing at all. Goes down extremely easy, no sign of the admittedly low alcohol, but since when does it have to be gasoline flavored to be good?

This is a really great beer and it is a shame that I don't have access to it here.

Photo of hwwty4
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard smokestack goblet. This beer pours a thin espresso brown with a light coffee with cream head that leaves very little lacing. The aroma is astringent coffee, a bit of lactose, and roasted grains. The flavor is coffee and cream, lightly roasted grains, and just a bit of sugary sweetness. This beer really needs some body to it. It's really thin. The coffee is too light but still is the dominant flavor in its profile. It reminds me more of a watered down coffee then a beer. This beer would be much better with more of a body.

Photo of sholland119
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a medium brown with a thin tan head. No real lacing and a bit light in color for my liking.

S-Roasted mild coffee and a bit of chocolate. A bit light in the nose.

T-Sweet malt, light milk chocolate notes and little to no coffee. Disappointing.

M-Thin and a bit watery.

D-Nothing special. My first loser from NG.


Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark brown color with a milk chocolate head that leaves a swirling cap. The aroma is light on the coffee, but has some chocolate and a nutty hint. The taste is a little gritty, has good coffee flavor, but a little bitter and could use some balance with some of the sweet chocolate you smell. The carbonation is a little light for strong coffee flavors. This is a decent brew overall, but have certainly had better for the style. Because it is a WI brewery I would give it a nod.

Photo of jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a jet black color and when held to the light you can notice some light coming through. Quite the creamy thick head comes off of it that lasts throughout the drink very impressive.
S= Not as much coffee as expected from it. Smells a lot like some milk chocolate.
T= More coffee than the smell yet very subdued still. Strong crisp bite at the front of the tounge that smooths out and spreads to the sides. Finishes like motor oil. Very burnt smokey taste also comes through with this one.
M= Heavy and a little crisp I hesitate to say but I think it was a little crisp
D= Very high. Great beer from the brewery. Not over whelming with the coffee but it's still noticable. The only critique is the smell wasn't as deep and thick as I like. The taste was however right on spot. Great beer.
Edit: I really recommend letting this one warm up. I drank it over about 2 hours and the last sip was the best

Photo of schellsbeer
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.