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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

381 Reviews
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Reviews: 381
Hads: 896
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 201
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 381 | Hads: 896
Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is espresso black with a two finger black head that leaves behind some lace.

S: Aromas of coffe,chocalte malt and a little roast.

T: Taste is light coffee, hint of chocate, roasted malt with a mild bitter finish.

m: Decent carbonation, medium body and a little oily.

O: A nice light stout that has some porter like characteristics and worth trying again. reminds me of another light coffee stout that I enjoy and that is Fuel Cafe from Lakefront brewery also from Wisconsin. (490 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a black color with hints of brown in the light. The head comes in a light brown foamy head.

The aroma immediately smells like a porter. It has milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malt, a bit of coffee, hints of dark fruit, and some hops in the back.

The flavor follows in the of milk chocolate with a bit of sweetness, a robust roasted malt, creaminess, a bit of lightly roasted coffee, some dark fruit, and then an earthy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and quite full for a beer at a 5.75% ABV.

The beer tastes almost nothing like “coffee” nor “stout,” but intstead literally like a porter. And for that, it is a good one at that. If one wants their roasted malt fix at a smaller ABV, then this is a very good brew. (783 characters)

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into a pint glass.
L: nice khaki head 1-2" with a dark brown/black color. On the this side for a stout.
S: malty smell some coffee, but not over powering.
T: Sweeter than I expected. Nice hints of chocolate and non-bitter coffee. Pretty mellow for a stout.
F: thin for a stout and a bit much carbonation for a stout.
O: As I finish this first bottle I realize this is a very drinkable beer, different than my first impression. (445 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, black pour into a tulip glass, with an inch of khaki head. Serious lacing.

Smells of coffee and Pepsi and aluminum can.

In the mouth the coffee flavor is just about right, as opposed to seeming tacked-on or gimmicky. There's a chocolate roastiness in the finish that's not unwelcomed.

I'm kind of distracted by the high carbonation and somewhat watery mouthfeel. I know those are New Glarus attributes that perform well in other small beers of theirs, such as Moon Man and Blacktop. But I'd prefer a creaminess for a coffee stout, and there's none of that, here.

I think this is more for the iced-coffee lover than the stout lover. (649 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been sitting around for while and its finally time to give it a try. Too bad I waited because this is a nice brew. The beer pours a deep dark brown with a decent-sized ecru cap of foam. The aroma is a rich chocolate and coffee character. Not much of a hops presence to of. The beer is so smooth, velvety. Its almost like a chocolate liqueur but much better. Coffee and dark chocolate malt are at the forefront. As the collective entity moves rearward the bitterness from the roasted malt is nicely complemented by subtle hops presence. Deep, rich and very tasty. (578 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Black coffee with a light 1 finger mocha head. Normal retention with almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a pleasant coffee aroma. Some chocolate with cream and sugar.

T - Roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, cream and some sugar.

M - Lighter body, which is okay for this stout. It is easy to drink and has nice carbonation.

O - Simple, delicious, and a great price. When you want a lighter, tasty coffee stout, this one hits the spot. (484 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours black with medium tan-colored head.

S: Coffee mostly. Sweet, with perhaps a touch of chocolate.

T: Pretty simple. Burnt coffee and some roastiness. Slightly tart finish.

M: As far as stouts go, the body feels quite thin. There seems to be a little too much carbonation.

O: Underwhelmed by this one. The smell/taste lack complexity and the body is too thin. (401 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into glass pours a darker brown from the bottle but reaches a nice opaque dark brownish black in the glass with substantial lacing.

Smells of grains and light malts and milked coffee.

Sugared and lightly roasted coffee with just a bit of bitterness and nice bean presence on the finish. Lighter bodied though creamy and accessible.

Another very well made beer from New Glarus. Those looking for a huge stout or a big drinking beer should look elsewhere. Those looking for a ridiculously drinkable beer with a very pleasant coffee presence that just encourages multiple beers in a single sitting should seek this out. In no ways an extreme or life changing beer, but a rapidly vanishing six pack tells me I'm digging this.

*please drink this near room temperature where this beer really shines* (812 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head that hangs on, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of fresh, robust coffee/espresso.

The taste is of deep roasted coffee/espresso with sweet dark chocolate. A bit of cream mixes in. Finishes with sweet malt, deep roast, and bittering, juicy hops all woven together, leaving a wonderful, lasting aftertaste.

It hits full-bodied and is silky smooth.

It's heavy with the coffee, yet not one-dimensional. A wonderfully complex, balanced, smooth brew. Very well-done! Exceptionally enjoyable! (532 characters)

Photo of WettNutz
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I hate stouts, absolutely hate them. But, this beer was awesome! In full disclosure, I just opened a 2012-2013 Coffee Stout that I had stored in my beer refrigerator since last season. It didn't miss a beat. I don't drink coffee anymore, but this beer has the perfect mixture of coffee flavor and beer qualities. They didn't over-do the "coffee-ness" like so many other brewers do when making a coffee beer. I enjoy almost all NG beers, especially their fruit beers. I like to think they are the best at flavored beers in general, and their normal beers aren't far behind. Cheers! (580 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lighter bodied black. Three fingers head with nice retention.

Aroma is quite understated. Mild coffee and roast.

Taste is a very easy drinking coffee and roast flavor. A sugar cookie type sweetness is also apparent.Flavor is more pronounced than the nose but still quiet subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Certainly not the most aggressive coffee stout. (370 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Pours deep brown with a one finger kahki head that recedes quickly. Earthy coffe and roasty malt aroma with some hop presence. Flavor is lots of coffee and roasty smokey goodness. Really easy drinking and relatively high carbonation. Dry finish and a bit of bite at the end. Good stuff. A stout you could drink all day, but not sure I would put it in the "Sweet Stout" category like it is here. Closer to a porter than to "sweet." (449 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass, thanks Corbet for this one.

A- Pours a brownish color with some translucency along the sides of the glass. About a half-finger of off-white with a slight mocha color head forms that leaves some very light spotty lacing while receding to a very thin layer.

S- Slight presence of coffee with a tiny bit of hops, not much stout-like qualities coming through. About average aroma strength, decently pleasant smelling but not quite to the potential I was hoping for.

T- Light presence of creamy coffee, some very light roasted malts, finishes with a light hop presence balance with a tiny bit of hops. Like the aroma, I don't detect too much of a chocolate presence. Decent tasting but I'd like the stout side to shine through a little bit more with a little bit more of a coffee presence.

M- Fairly thin for the style, moderate carbonation but fitting for the beer, easy to drink but a little bit too thin for my preference.

O- This was a decent beer for a <6% coffee stout however like I mentioned the stout side could have come out a little bit more with the coffee being a little bit bolder. Drank a little bit more like a coffee flavored ale then a coffee stout. Despite that being said it was very easy to drink and I still enjoyed trying it. (1,294 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz.

A: Pours jet black with a large light tan head.

S: Nice mix of coffee beans, mild roast, cocoa maltiness, toasted grain.

T: Taste brings mild coffee, brown bread, baker's chocolate, some grain husk.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: An easy-drinking coffee stout that's pretty light on the coffee. (318 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pour tan head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Black in color but not as thick as an imperial.

S: roasted malt and coffee. Very subtle dark fruit notes. Smells very well balanced

T: defiantly getting a nice dark malty richness with a very subtle coffee flavor and a surprisingly clean mid section.

M: moderate carbonation, lighter then I'm used to for the style but goes well with the clean feel of the brew.

O: creative take on an already good style. Crisp and clean are not word usually associated with coffee stouts but new glarus has a way of making seemingly questionable combinations delicious (614 characters)

Photo of Wrend
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout beer I have ever had.

Just took a road trip up to New Glarus WI and picked up a case of this brew (and a couple others) on me and my wife's wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, they didn't have it on tap there for tasting, but I figured I would like it just the same, and boy was I right!

This brew is best slightly chilled, but not too cold, because you want to be able to fully taste the flavor potential this beer has to offer. It is perhaps a little on the tame side of things, almost enough to make this a session beer, but what it has comes together perfectly. The mark of a true quality beer is the 10 second rule. Take a swig, wait 10 seconds, and then what you taste after that is the mark of quality. Initial flavor (including scent) is smooth, dark malt, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter and smoky with a little coffee and hints of chocolate and caramel. But, wait 10 seconds and it hits you. Whatever it is, I'm unable to fully describe, but to try, in two word: delicious satisfaction. Try the brew, let it linger a moment, and you'll know what I mean. If you don't, then I feel sorry for you.

There isn't really any one specific thing that makes this brew stand out to me. However, it seems just about the perfect balance of everything that makes a stout of this caliber good, excluding perhaps the over-dramatization and intensity of some other offerings. (Just be done with it and become a chilli pepper head, or something, if that's what you're after... Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Even from the bottle, chilled, but not cold, I can not recommend this beer too much. Get one (or preferably several) now.

Mine was poured into a New Glarus flute-like pint glass that I got from the brewery's sampling garden. (1,769 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large pillowy bronze colored foamy head. Brew is medium viscosity and black. Awesome "tight" lacing.

Very light caramel scented coffee aroma.

Smooth, crisp, lingering finish, well put together, light, aromatic, lots of caramel, slight hint of coffee and is well placed. My only gripe is that it's a bit too light.

Recommended, but not a "must find". Thanks for sharing! (372 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt , coffee, chocolate, hint of brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid stout with decent flavor (278 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black color with a massive head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Underwhelming aroma for a stout, let alone a coffee stout. Mild roasted malt with a hint of smoke and cocoa. No sign of coffee.

Faintest of coffee flavor. Smoke is the main contributor to the flavor with cocoa coming in near the finish. Mild roasted bitterness.

Not a big body but it is not a big beer. Feels a little thin but is nicely carbonated. Soft and smooth. Too bad the flavors are not there for it to compliment.

Probably New Glarus's least impressive beer. Just does not deliver the coffee and the base stout is not that impressive either. (691 characters)

Photo of MikeAAL
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too bad. Very pronounced coffee flavor.

Creamy tan head. Black body.

Smells like coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.

Definately tastes like coffee. Than you can taste chocolate and malts.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Good flavor, light body. This is a good beer. (275 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

S - Mellow coffee, dark chocolate.

A - Very dark black in color but not necessarily opaque. Dark tan head is large and rocky. No lacing.

T - Malt character is just chocolate and coffee like. Very smooth feel with great drinkability. The coffee shows its colors in the latter half, fresh and mellow yet adding tons of flavor. The finish leaves you with a lasting coffee note.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, never really sweet nor dry.

O - The malt taste skips pretty much all intermittent crystal malts and goes right for chocolate malts leaving a one-dimensional flavor. Sometimes you get a coffee stout that seems to consist of diner coffee, in this case the coffee is distinguishable and yet smooth with no harsh bitterness, pleasant. Body left a bit to be desired and the nose was a little understated. I recommend drinking this beer as absolutely fresh as possible. I've had this beer around for a little while and it seems to diminish quickly with age. (1,029 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a really deep dark brown/black. Light tan layer of one finger of head. Leaves some nice lacing sheeting.

S: Smell is more of a ground coffee aroma. There is some dark chocolate there. Some cocoa. And this bottle might be nearly a year old, so still holding up nicely.

T: Tip of the tongue, I get chocolate first. Then I get some of that ground coffee flavor. It's a nice mesh of the two.

M: Big medium leading to full, good carbonation makes it feel lighter. (496 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap with stylish blue label acquired in a trade from the very gracious Duff27 served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery - which makes some beers I really adore.

Allowed to warm nearly to room temperature in keeping with instructions on the label. I mean, it's slightly chilled as I start to pour it but I'm planning to savour this one. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a gorgeous light tan colour of great cream, amazing thickness, and fantastic retention. Light thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a very dark brown. I love the soft mocha head; it's near ideal in colour for the style methinks. Often, stouts go for that rich vibrant dark tan, but this one keeps the head colour a bit lighter, evoking a less boozy dark malty flavour and more of a restrained roast character. I'm excited to try it. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Evocative cold-pressed coffee, a bit of roast, soft cream, well executed dark malts, milky notes, mocha, light cola notes, marshmallow, light nutty notes, and some black coffee bitterness. Any hopping is so minimal as to be imperceptible. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Comes off subtle and pleasant. I'm excited to try it.

T: Delightfully integrated full-flavoured coffee; mocha, cream, light coffee bitterness, sinfully delicious roast - it's all here. Maybe even a dash of espresso. It's balanced near perfectly with some light cola notes, well executed dark malts, marshmallow, and light nuts. I'm not big on the cola notes; they weaken the body. It lacks the complexity and bold aggressive flavour I love in a coffee stout, but it compensates with impressive balance and notable subtlety. A bit of milk chocolate in the third act. I don't get any yeast or alcohol.

Mf: Silky smooth and refreshingly wet. Perfect carbonation. Chewy feel. Feels good on the tongue; not too overbearing, actually quite luscious. It's full bodied, but it might be a bit thin.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a coffee stout; it's more approachable than most offerings. I'll enjoy this bottle, and I'm impressed by the subtlety and balance New Glarus has brought to it. But I do want more complexity and boldness from a coffee stout. I love the experimentation and would definitely get this again - now knowing what it tastes like. Another solid brew from one of the best breweries around. Highly recommended for fans of the style; this pushes boundaries - just in a different direction than most.

B- (2,782 characters)

Photo of Danmullens1
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a coffee break. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Foamy, tan head that goes away quickly leaving only nice lacing and a ring around the glass. Dark, opaque brown with a tint of amber where the light hits. Lookin' good.

Smells like black coffee, sweet mocha, toffee, malt, vanilla, and a very pleasant hint of booze.

Love coffee--love beer, and I have to say this is the best, most complex mix of the two I've had. Very sweet, malty character, yet so well-balanced with the bitterness of the coffee and hops. As this beer warms I get oak, toffee, bourbon, and almost forget about the coffee that hit me up front. Exceptional taste and drinkability. Wish I had a pot-full of this stuff.

Mouthfeel maybe leans light and fizzy for a stout but does not distract.

Overall an excellent beer. Another nicely done to New Glarus. On Wisconsin! (859 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tulip

A: Almost completely opaque, but somehow feels more brown than black. Dense and creamy tan head which forms nearly perfect rings with each sip.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas. Rich coffee aroma, dark chocolate. Toasted marshmellow, walnuts.

T: Strong roast dominates, a little acrid. Lingering like an uncut espresso shot. Some nuttiness creeps in as it warms up, but still takes a back seat. Trying to locate some of the sweeter aromas that I picked up, but they’re just not coming in the flavor.

M: Solidly medium. Not as full or creamy as one might expect.

O: Out of the bottle, seemed poised to amaze. Aromas were ridiculous. Gotta say it came up a little short on the finish. Nice beer, just ended up a little too one note in the end to be spectacular. (780 characters)

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.