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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

877 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 80 | 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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A welcome coffee aroma greets you in the nose of New Glarus' Coffee Stout. Beyond that it's nutty, a touch chocolatey, and roasty with malt. It doesn't really carry over so well in the flavor though. The coffee is there, and it is nicely balanced with the rest of the stout so that it doesn't dominate, or worse, fade away after the first two sips, but it's not quite as rich as one might hope for, and there's a bit of dark malt acidity that can be a bit much at times. The nuttiness is lost, and there are no real noticeable caramel undertones; but some yeasty fruitiness slips in, and it reminds me of a good cup of African Tanzania with some notes of black currant and citrus. Some leafy and grassy hops are present in the background as well, which is appropriate, and the bitterness is right on track with a very firm, but not solid or brash attack as there's so much dark malt acidity and roastiness going on that it's not needed. It finishes really nicely though, and not really acidic or particularly bitter, with a note of sweet dark sugar at the front of the tongue, and a bit of toasted nutiness over soft spent coffee-grounds at the back. Enjoyable and drinkable!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for another midwest treat...
Dark brown in color...bordering black but some light is able to pass thru along the edges.
Two fingers of light tan head...aerated and full of life, but fades to a thin skimming after a couple minutes...very spotty lacing.
Mostly yeast in the nose...some caramel, chocolate and very little coffee.
Mildly roasted coffee does make its way into the taste, thankfully. Too bad it is the only highlight of this beer. Besides the coffee, its fairly bland in all other aspects when I put it against other coffee stouts I've had.
Thin mouthfeel...more closely resembling a porter. I am not too surprised, as I was underwhelmed when I had the Cherry Stout...both good beers in themselves, but hard to rate higher then slightly above average.

Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours deep brown with ruby highlights. a huge fluffy tan head drops very slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. light sourness. bit of roast. milk chocolate. bit of caramel.

taste is nice. bittersweet chocolate. light sourness. biscuit malt. bit of caramel. hint of alcohol. med-low bitterness level. slight hints of orange citrus. definitely best when served at room temperature per the bottles instructions. this one felt a little bland at fridge temps, but really began to shine when it had warmed.

mouthfeel is great. medium low carbonation. fairly big body. super smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced, with the alcohol hidden well. the coffee comes through less than i expected, but it's still nice even without it.

Photo of letsgopens
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American Stout pours nearly black with chocolaty brown highlights. A nice tan head doesn't hold well but leaves good lace.

The aroma is amazing with strong scents of pungent freshly roasted coffee beans, and a bit of nuttiness and malt.

The taste exhibits more chocolate (dark/Dutch) than expected, but still has a lot of coffee and molasses as well. Very nice. Dark and maybe not as complex, but very satisfying.

The mouthfeel is lighter that the aroma would suggest. Smooth and decadent throughout. With a relatively low alcohol content (5.7%) and a unexpected lightness on the palate, the drinkability is fairly high. A great beer experience.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black amber with a two finger white head that stays with the whole glass.

Aroma is not surprisingly....coffee...strong black coffee with some sweetness of burnt malt.

Taste is burnt amber malt, lots of espresso coffee, and then a hops bitterness finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin but rich flavors make up for it.

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

"I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time."

--Stephen Wright


Opaque hazelnut with generous sepia highlights. The toast brown crown is three fingers in size after a gentle pour and looks good atop the beer. Thanks to thick sheets of BB-shot lace, the appearance score is an easy call.

The nose is a gloriously aromatic mixture of roasted malt and black coffee (and I'm not even a coffee drinker). Unlike some similar offerings, java doesn't dominate so completely as to make it seem as if one is smelling cold coffee rather than beer. I'm prepared to believe that Coffee Stout is 'hearty', as the label claims. Is it?

No, not really, but it isn't too shabby for a less than 6.0% American stout. I'm happy to report that the brewers have found that magical nexus where good stout and good coffee collide, the whole more delicious than the sum of its parts. I wouldn't have wanted any more or any less coffee to have been added. Java junkies might want more.

I like the gentle char brought out by the roasting of (presumably) chocolate and/or black malt. The beer has an appealing bitterness, partially due to hops I'm sure, and a sneaky sweetness that almost makes it taste like a milk stout. Black coffee with a generous splash of creamer seems about right, although I've never had a cup of coffee in my life.

The mouthfeel is the only slight chink in the armor. As noted above, it's probably acceptable for a relatively low ABV stout, but I would like to see at least the suggestion of chewiness. Keeping the beer on the taste buds for another second or two would allow one to appreciate the wonderful flavor to an even greater extent.

New Glarus Coffee Stout is yet another solid offering from one of Wisconsin's (and one of the Midwest's) best breweries. I probably wouldn't drink a lot of it, even if distribution ever reaches this state, but I sure enjoyed the hell out of this bottle.

Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep and dark red with a fantabulous head, rocky brown and sticky with lacing.

Smells of gentle, roasted oatmealyness, dark stout grain, and very lightly like sweet chocolate-flavored coffee. There's no hint of roughness.

Tastes as smooth as silk! The oatmealyness (I could swear there was some in here!) is large and present in the front, and it is done up to perfection--once again, no roughness, just light semi-sweetness that has a nice, nourishing feel, like unsweetened grain. This moves into a slightly more rough middle as the oatmeal gives way to lightly roasted and lightly bitter coffee and ends with a sweetened node of chocolate.

Wowee Zowee that's a lot of complexity from such a crisp and refreshing beer. I know, I know: "crisp" and "refreshing" aren't words you usually hear being used to describe coffee stouts, but this one is both. It may even be better suited for springtime than for winter!

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

Served with a smallish, tan, frothy, foamy head. Opaque dark brown, almost black. Aroma's a rich dark bitter cocoa, with some coffee, molasses, toffee, rich caramel. Taste is same but the coffee/very dark, bittersweet chocolate coming to forefront. Fine light carbonation. Served a little cold at first and thin, but as it warms has richer body. Easy drinking.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Flyingbison for this beer.

Yesterday I tried an Imperial Brown from Walking Man that tasted a lot like this. Either that means Walking Man missed their mark or New Glarus did.

This poured a bit light for the style. It had a cola-ish look to it as it spilled from the bottle into my glass. Once it settled the body was dark as I'd like but still that initial lightness can't be denied. The head was dense and brown. No lacing.

Nose reminds me of Folgers or something ... it IS coffeelike but definitely doesn't bring to mind quality coffee. Or maybe I've just been living in Seattle too long. I also get a hint of chocolate but that's it. Not very complex.

A bit thin mouthwise. Overall not as good as I'd hoped.

Photo of jhammerly
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grynder33 for this beer.

A midnight black body with some brown highlights along the edges when held up to the light. The head is about an inch thick and a light tan. Coffee aroma, roasted malt stands out. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Flavor is of roasted malt with a slight hop bitterness in the middle with a dry finish. Taste lingers a bit afterwards. Not a bad beer, but not something that I'll be craving anytime soon.

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

Pours a dark brown black with whitish head, shrinking to a thick film, lots of lacing around the glass. Aroma has nice coffee and roasted malt tones, a bit chalky perhaps. The taste is pretty darn good, nothing jumping up to scream at you, just a solid coffee stout. The mouth seemed a bit thin, but its silky smooth body makes up for it. In all, pretty stock, but a good drinker.

Photo of GbVDave
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a thin looking black that lets a bit of light through. Ruby highlights towards the bottom and sides of the glass. Khaki colored, one finger head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate with virtually no aroma of coffee.

T: Big roasted malt flavors that, I'm afraid, overshadows most of the coffee in this. Nice flavors of chocolate with a pinch of spicy plum.

M: Rather thin for a stout. Mouthfeel is bitter and slight.

D: Inoffensive and, sadly, not very bold for a coffee stout. I was underwhelmed.

Photo of umustdrink
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely black opaque appearance with an initially off-white head that fades to an eighth inch, thicker around the rim of the glass. Lacing is above average.

S - Rich, creamy chocolate ice cream with slightly bitter, day-old coffee grounds...and whipped cream.

T - Beginning is very creamy with a little carbonation, then to a medium bitterness with a nice coffee taste. Finish is toasty malts.

M - Consistency is on the thin side. Carbonation is minimal.

D - A solid stout overall. Very nice coffee aspect. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Seems to be underrated.

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. Pours brown but appears black in the glass. Lovely whitish brown foam. Not the greatest nose, but what flavor! Underlying fruits (banana, plum), along with hints of chocolate, cocoa and of course, coffee. Loads of espresso. This beer just seemed more refined and complex than the average coffee stout.

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

Sturdy, proud-looking tan head which recedes but does not die. Several minutes after pouring it's still there; great! Body is black as pitch and allows no light through, even at the edges.

Fresh-ground coffee pervades although rich earth-tones, caramel and chocolate hitch a ride on its back.

Coffee certainly is featured but it is more nuanced than that. Strong malt presence lends a subtle sweetness beyond the bitter coffee. Still, there is a touch of mustiness that isn't totally at home here.

Mouthfeel is just short on thickness and it really lacks that "sticks to your ribs" quality I'm looking for in a great cold-weather beer (after all, it's April in Chicago and...snowing). Still, this is one that I'll be sure to check out again as I enjoyed it.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the birthday present!

Photo of terrabyte
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a medium-sized, very carbonated head. Lacing starts as the head dies, but disappears quickly.

Aroma has tell-tale chocolate smell, but there is something else odd in there. Another reviewer says corn, but for me it's like fake cookies.

Flavor seems pretty rote. Typical attempt at chocolate and coffee flavors that leave a powdered cocoa aftertaste. There is also a milk stout lactose flavor and feel.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Quite disappointing.

Drinkability is fine, but it's only average. This was only expounded by having it side by side with Lake Louie's Mr. Mephisto. Bring back Road Slush!

Photo of BeerCheese
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took this one out of the fridge about 30 minutes before opening it and pouring it into a clean glass. I had to pour quickly because it started foaming from the bottle! Poured nice and black with a nice light brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but a nice amount of lacing remained. I could smell the coffee and the taste was evident as well. Nice taste, but nothing outstanding about it. A little better than average, but very drinkable beer.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be a quite pleasant sweet stout. Most sweet stouts I've tried had a bit of a watery mouthfeel, but I found this one most agreeable.

This beer poured a not too thick black with good head formation and a frappucino-like smell. Flavor was some roastiness nicely balanced with sweetness. While the beer is slightly sweet, it has a dry finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Photo of beveritt
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label appears to be a coffee cup with the steam spelling coffee. Typical New Glarus label, simple, unbleached paper. Perfect for a homebrewer. Described as "hearty and satisfying" and recommended for room temperature serving.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of light tan creamy head. This settles to a thin coating and some islands of foam. Decent lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: Dark roasted barley with slight hints of coffee bitterness. Slightly tangy bite at the end, maybe CO2?

Taste: Decent carboantion bite upfront. Very rich and creamy. Medium level of bitterness form roasted barley, followed by rich coffee flavor. Hints of bitter chocolate follows the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average carbonation level. Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability: Another hit from new Glarus. Man, oh man, how I wish I lived in Wisconsin sometimes.

Photo of dfried
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark, but a few see through brown hints. Initially huge and foaming coco colored head dropped quickly to a thin cap. The aroma is full of dark roasted, chocolaty grains, creamy and milky, with some obvious coffee/espresso notes. The taste has a lot of charred malt, but not overly bitter char, enough sweet, milky body to balance that out. Quite chocolaty overall with some chocolate covered espresso bean character.

The low down: A lot of charred malt flavor gives it more of an espresso flavor than anything, but still more of a beer than a coffee. Almost more chocolaty than coffee-y. Solid beer, but not the top of my coffee stout list.

Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Extra thanks to ThomasHardy for providing this extra.

A: Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. A bubbly and porous foamy head is gradually eaten by lots of carbonation. Moderate lacing.

S: Strange vegetal/corn smell that just isn't right for a stout. Hints of chocolate.

T: Light taste with earthy notes and flavors of chocolate, coffee, and lactose.

M: Thin and watery with light carbonation - surprising given the activity from the pour.

D: Decent, and perhaps a good session stout, but I'm less than impressed.

Photo of happygnome
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: deep black, a little more than an inch worth of oatmeal tan head, decent retention time good lacing
s: roasted malts, coffee
t: roasted malts coffee, very very nice
m: medium bodied not too thick, but very smooth, not overly carbonated, very very nice

Overall i will have to say that this is about as good as the Bell's Java stout i had, both are amazing beers. This has a little better drinkability because its more of a session beer, ohh how i enjoyed it

Photo of doubleshovels
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, nice tan head that hold together just long enough to enjoy, but not get in the way. The aroma truly sets it apart from other stouts. Pure java, straight up coffee and I like it. This brew is very smooth in the mouth, rounding out with a nice dry finish.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a very deep brown color with a finger of tan head over top. There are nice amber to ruby highlights at the edges and there is a nice cascade of bubbles boiling up to the top. The aroma on this one is unmistakably coffee with a backing of nice roasted malt character that adds a nice edge to it. I really like the aroma on this one. The flavor is definitely on with the nose. It brings coffee and roast immediately, but then moves to a nice chocolate sweetness, finishing with a nice blend of the two as a mocha. Tasty tasty brew. Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium with a moderate carbonation. It is not as full as I would like it to be, but it definitely retains drinkability due to the smaller body. This is a beer I can't seem to keep in my glass. It delivers on what it promises in being a coffee stout. I'm a big fan of the lower abv as well, as this keeps me able to session it. This one wins in my book.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a nice quarter inch head that quickly recedes back into the beer.
Nose is coffee and all coffee. Not some pleasant smelling espresso or mocha, but pure black coffee. It smells just like a cold cup of coffee left out overnight.
Taste is pretty much the same. However at this point I can tell the coffee is deeply roasted or burnt.
Mouthfeel is very thin. I would not call this a stout by any means. This is at most a coffee porter. That I can live with.

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.