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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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very good

890 Ratings

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 382
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: 890 | Reviews: 382
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Soneast
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with some barely perceptible brown edges, forming an exceptionally creamy, 2-finger thick, light-brown colored head that leaves a lot of residual lace on the glass as the beer recedes.

Well, definitely some coffee on the nose, made up of a nice roasted malt aroma and a touch of cocoa. Almost a burnt caramel-like smell in there as well.

I'm not sure I've ever had a coffee stout that tasted SO much like coffee particularly when drank at room temp (as suggested on the bottle). I mean really, that is practically all I taste in this beer is coffee, with MAYBE a hint of chocolate but definitely a lot of roasted character with a somewhat bitter finish.

Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Yep this is a coffee stout, no doubt about that and while the flavors are very good, I definitely felt a tad thin, not quite watery, but I feel a thicker body would really benefit this beer. Overall, though, I surely enjoyed the combination of flavors as well as the nice bitter coffee aftertaste that it leaves on the palate.

Photo of abents
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing better than cooking a big pot of chili and drinking a stout on day where the temperature is below zero. This beer pours out a midnight black in my pint glass. A nice big dark tan head accompanies this darkness and laces fairly well. Smells of roasted malts and a hint of coffee pretty mild nose on this one. Drinks very smooth, a creamy texture to this beer. Up front get big roasted/burnt malt flavor with a slight coffee hint, roasted bitterness through the finish. I've had coffee stouts with a much more prominent coffee flavor and this definitely reminds me of their first coffee stout they made, I heard they had changed the recipe, but it tastes similar to me. Pretty mild coffee flavors, but interesting nonetheless. VERY drinkable coffee stout that goes down smooth and warms the heart on a cold winter night.

Photo of bound4er
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm a bit before pouring - dark brown beer with a one finger tan head that settles slowly to a well covered skim. Leaves an average amount of lacing. Smells of coffee, as the name would suggest, along with some cocoa maltiness and a slight hint of fruity sweetness. Tastes similar with bitter sweet chocolate being dominant. Finishes with a mild amount of bitterness on a medium bodied frame. This is a refreshing, very drinkable lighter style of coffee stout. It really showed its best on the warmer side. I will pick up another six pack for sure.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bit too aggressively. Black of course, with a HUGE sand colored creamy looking head. Very shimmery, and some nice lacing appears, as the head disappears.

Aroma is coffee, cream and sugar please.

Bitter up front, although whether from hops or roasted malts, I can't tell. Then a wave of silky sweetened coffee follows. Mmmmm... good. Smooth, creamy, bitter, sweet. Just like a good cup of coffee (Although I usually take mine black.)

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not bad. Long bitter finish, makes this a beer to savor.

Overall, a good coffee stout. Not overdone and extreme like some representations. Just a solid flavorful drinker, yet another jewel in the crown. Cheers!

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

Much thanks to the kind trader that provided this one to me as an extra recently. This is perhaps my favorite style of beer, so I was very excited to be able to get to try a new one in the style. Chilled down to cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass. This was consumed on 07/29/2008.

The pour was wonderful, thick, dark black with nearly no light at all shining through on this one. Rich tan colored head of about two inches quickly settled down to about a half inch of tan that thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. This was what the style is all about!

The aroma was just loaded down with coffee. Rich notes of mocha mixes in with a rich, and sweet coffee note. A tiny bit of bitterness and an earthy flare lying down underneath of it, but the majority of this one was hands down, rich brewed coffee. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes just rolled over the tongue in waves and thoroughly coated the inside of the mouth. Sweet with touches of chocolate and vanilla to highlight the coffee notes, this was a very nicely done brew here. Rich and creamy feel with a decadence that you look for in this style. A smooth drinker that was effortless to put down.

Overall this was just what the doctor ordered, a smooth drinking, richly flavored coffee stout, just the way it should be. Nothing overblown, or overdone. Just simple, and straight up flavors that work very well. I really do love this style and this is a fine example of it.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful black pour with a mocha head.

S - Coffee. Coffee. Oh, did I mention coffee? Deep roasted, serious coffee, mixed with dark malt and some hops in there somewhere.

T - Mocha. That says it all. Starbucks Mocha.

M - Coating, full, but the carbonation fails... Not enough.

D- Nice beer, but the carbonation kills the experience.

Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the one and only Gillard for providing this gem, it is much appreciated!!!

A: Pours a deep flat black hue with a huge three finger head. The head builds quickly and the retention is off the charts. The carbonation is wonderful with tiny bubbles showing until it is almost gone. Spotty lace is noted, this is a beautiful brew.

S: Tons of deep dark roast coffee right from the start. Hints of roasted barley, hazelnuts, and dark chocolate. A touch of grassy hops can be noted but this one is all about the roast. Coffee and chocolate regin supreme.

T: I love coffe and I love stouts. Anytime a wonderful brewer marries the two I am in heaven I am a sucker for New Glarus and this beer is just another reason why. The Chocolatey coffee flavors are off the charts here. Tons of fresh roasted coffee topped with melted chocolate. Tinges of hazelnuts can be tasted along with some green hops. It is a very tasty full flavored brew.

M: It is well balanced smooth and somewhat creamy brew. The mouth feel is medium in body and oh so enjoyable.

D: Very. I love this brew.

Overall: It does not pass peche mortal or bell's java as my favorite java stouts, but this one is soo tasty and drinkable nonetheless. I really like it and wish I had a few more in the cellar.

Thanks Ryan (Gillard) for such a wonderful treat!

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

bottle courtesy of IowaHerkeye. Thanks!
Pours black with a light tan head. Hangs around for a bit. Smell is nice and dark roasty malt and some moderate strength coffee. Some creaminess in the nose as well. Taste is well balanced between creamy milkiness, roasty malt, and coffee with an almost hazlenut flavor to it. Very drinkable with a nice rich body on it for a sweet stout. Appropriate carbonation. This is a solid sweet stout.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
Dark brown with some slight mahogany highlights, it has an average tan head with decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts, coffee and perhaps chocolate. Body is a bit thin for a stout, and taste, if not overly complex or impressive, is quite nice with the same notes from the aroma.
Simple but good offering, and quite good if you are looking for a relatively low alcohol stout. Wortwhile.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The brew is a deep thick black. The head is a dark brown and pretty thin. It fades quickly to leave wisps of brown clouds on top of the surface.

Smell - Chocolate and malt.

Taste - Very dark chocolate flavor in the middle and black licorice in the finish. The beginning is actually somewhat empty.

Mouthfeel - Coarse on the tip of my tongue. Smooth though as it reaches back.

~ I can tell you, this is not really my cup of tea... or should i say, coffee. The flavor does actually get better as the beer warms and my palette becomes more aquatinted with the flavor. I will recommend it to friends seeing as it is unique and interesting.

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

Thanks to JeffKrenner for providing this via BC2!
Clear and dark brown with ruby highlights and a fine, light tan foam that receded quickly, leaving some lacing. Malty aroma, roasty, coffee grounds. Low bitterness and malty, with pleasant roast, lingering coffee, clean yeast and mild, lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. A solid stout with restrained coffee character.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a light tan head that stays for a while.

S - All you can smell is coffee, that's it.

T - Wow that's good. Great coffee flavor. Actually has a light feel to it.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is a stout first with coffee flavor second. That's how a coffee stout should be. I'm tired of beers that have it the other way around. Drink this beer!

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a black hue with dark brown edges and a fizzy, bubbly light tan head on top of the brew. Aromas start off with roasted malts and a sturdy brewed coffee. Some cocoa and some burnt, toasty notes are in there as well. Just a touch of hops. Good stuff.

First sip brings a roasty dark malt that's followed by a nice roasted coffee flavor along with hints of cocoa and a sorta sweet creaminess. A touch of caramel flows down with a slightly burnt toast aspect. Finishes with a touch of hops. Tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a stout, more along the lines of a porter or black bier to me. Good carbonation brings in some creaminess. This one is almost too easy to drink. In the end it's a tasty coffee brew that doesn't ever get too overpowering with the coffee flavors. Worth checking out.

Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicate light brownish liquid pours from the bottle. Head is small and unyielding and leaves much to be desired.

Aromas of milk and dark chocolates with a creamy folgers coffee type scent. Slightly sweet aromatics with hints of undestinguishable dark fruits.

A fine, solid, easy drinking coffee stout. Not what you would call complex by any means but tasty nonetheless and straight to the point. A good amount of carbonation keeps things lively and a fresh roasted coffee flavor keeps you awake. More dark chocolate with heavy cream and vanilla, with a bit of RS on the finish. A stout that is easily sessionable as everything is in great balance.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a while and flyingbison threw this one in as an extra, thanks man! I love me some New Glarus.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a just about pitch black with a big two finger fluffy light tan head that slowly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is spotty but good, here and there. Smell is more smokey than coffee, but pleasant. Some wood like aromas blended with a nutty scent. I really don't detect a whole lot of coffee in the nose what so ever. Taste at first is a sweet nut like flavor with a hint of caramel. The coffee flavor emerges in the middle, but it's very weak. Aftertaste is a bit of a burnt brown sugar flavor with some roasted barley. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit disappointed this wasn't more "coffee"-like, but still a pretty solid stout. Lot's of nut flavors in this one, still very enjoyable. Still have yet to drink a NG beer that has let me down. Keep up the good work ya'll!

Photo of djwilson
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle that was aged for one year, under refrigeration.

poured into snifter, had a nice creamy off white/tan head that quickly disappeared into tiny bubbles clinging to side of glass.

smell was coffee, caramel, and alcohol. not sure of the alcohol content but smells like it's above 6%.

taste was brown sugar on the tip of tounge, and a nice coffee finish. suprisingly very smooth for the alcohol aroma.

Not a huge fan of all stouts but this one was really good, very well balanced, with a very slight hoppiness to help with the sweetness of the malt. The guys at New Glarus really know what they're doing!! This beer is great for a cool autumn night here in CLEVELAND.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.

A: The stout opens with a great deal of carbonation, slowly bubbling out of the bottle at a very slow, but steady, rate. That carbonation creates a 3 finger head on pour and necessitates several breaks until the glass is full and the bottle is empty. The stout lives up to its name, with a black coffee color.

S: The nose is coffee grounds, a cold toddy softened up with some roasted malts that have a note of lactic sweetness, as if some milk or oatmeal stout qualities are present.

T: The front of the sip is a nice coffee stout, slightly roasted malts paired with a robust, slightly bitter, ground coffee flavor. The middle of the sip seems to slip a bit, opting for a watered down flavor instead of continuing to build up the coffee body. Luckily, the end of the sip brings back the coffee flavor as well as a slightly sour lactic milk flavor.

M: The coffee is a nice addition, really shining at two separate points of the beer. That middle could use a boost though.

D: The flavor is solid and the coffee element is really nice. This is a sippin' stout that I could enjoy in an early morning tailgate or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a cola color from the bottle, but once in the glass it is totally opaque. A decent light mocha cover forms up and drops back a bit too soon. A bit lacking on the lace but it is a good start.

Aroma - nice aroma of roasted malts putting out some fine coffee aromatics. Some light smokiness too, along with some distant chocolate. Lighter levels but persistently fragrant.

Taste - solid roasty malts providing some mild char and heavily roasted malt flavor. Some good coffee flavors, rich and yet a little plain at the same time. The flavor is good just not especially full or complex. The aftertaste has mostly the same profile in lesser form.

Mouthfeel - notably thin, though the flavor manages some nice residual despite. Carbonation is a little too high I think; some lower levels might imply a little more smoothness which would improve things.

Drinkability -no problem knocking back a few of these. Reasonable abv but I'd take my time just to savor the flavor. Thanks to thefatkid13 and Erdinger2003 for hooking me up with this at DLD07.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear black color stout with a nice big foamy brown color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not to the point of being gross. Body is a bit light with some great carbonation. Definitely not en extreme example of a coffee stout but a well balance example that I wouldn’t mind having access to on amore regular basis.

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