Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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877 Ratings

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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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 Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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
2.63/5  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. not really. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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