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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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392 Reviews

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 942
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 204
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 NSK79
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

A - Poured a jet black with a beautiful creamy head, nice residual lacing.

S - Light toasted notes, vanilla, and coffee

T - The coffee flavor was very hidden and underwhelming, I thought it might improve as the beer warmed up but I only got more vanilla as the beer warmed.

M - Very thin for a stout, I almost felt that I was drinking a Porter.

O - If this beer was billed as a Vanilla Porter, I would have given it better marks, but instead I ended up being very disappointed, and sad to say this was the first craft beer I poured down the drain. Coffee stouts are one of my favorite styles and unfortunately this beer fell flat for me. I have great respect for NG, especially their fruit beers, maybe this was a bad bottle and a second try will be better.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with no date into plastic cup

Look is a very dark brown with some amber hue around the edges. Small khaki head fades to a ring. Smell is roasted malts, black coffee, and some earthy hops. Taste is more of the same: dark roasty malts, some wet mossy hops, and a blast of iced coffee. Feel is only slightly heavier than your average porter. Still, quite silky.

The best coffee stout I've ever had, should be a year-round brew. Now I need to speed back to Wisco and pick up a couple more six-packs.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

dark brown almost black with 2 fingers of tan head which dissipated slowly and left behind nice amount of lacing. smells of coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, mmm more coffee smells. lots of vanilla bean, coffee (light roast) dark roasted grains, chocolate. this is delicious. medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky on the lips yet creamy on the palate and smooth going down.

an excellent stout.. wish this wasn't a seasonal, but hey - i'm glad i have a steady trade buddy to send me full packs of stuff like this randomly.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a completely opaque black color with a tint of brown. A mocha-tan head quickly fades to a thick ring of foam.

S: Very much a roasted aroma, but not much depth to it. Coffee is present but faint.

T: Similar roasted flavors that I picked up in the aroma but with a little more to them. Coffee builds to a definite bitter presence in the mid-palate, and lingers through to the finish. Slight sweet notes reminiscent of a milk stout, maybe a touch of vanilla and brown sugar, but otherwise a bitter beer.

M: A little bit thin and watery for my taste. Low overall carbonation but it is sharp on the tongue, enhancing the bitter coffee flavor.

O: A decent but in no way extraordinary beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to pmoney for tossing this want my way at a tasting recently. enjoyed from a new glarus taster.

a - poured a watery black with a fairly generous grey fizzy foamy head that fizzled away relatively quickly leaving streaky fizzy lacing. there was a thin skin of bubbles that hung out on the surface but for the most part, it was gone quick.

s - bittery gourmet coffee. some bakers chocolate. some char. fairly nice.

t - tastes like watery bitter coffee. lots of char. some chocolate, but in general not very beery.

m - body is fairly thin and watery. good carbonation, but in general too soft. missing some balls. fairly porter-like.

o - overall, the coffee in this beer is definitely reminiscent of breakfast stout and joe mama's milk and other coffee stouts that i dig, but the body is lacking. watery and fizzy at the same time. good, just not great. i'd have it again, but won't actively seek it out.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 01/26/13 notes. Big thanks to lansman for sending this to me as an extra. 12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, biter chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some sweet chocolate, and some bready malts. Nice...not a ton of coffee, but overall some nice flavors.

t - Taste follows the nose quite closely. Lots of roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, and light coffee. Nice, but not a ton going on and a little bit lacking in the coffee department.

m - Light, thin body and moderate carbonation. A little watery body and too thin for a stout. East to drink.

o - Overall a solid American stout; some nice chocolate and roasted malts, though it is light on the coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for a stout, but worth trying. Would have it again.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: scores are whole numbers as this is my ranking system)

12oz bottle, bottled 331st day of 2012, poured into a wine tumbler on 1/26/2013

Aroma- a nice mix of roasted malt, like burnt sugar and caramels, along with hints of chocolate and caramel, with a big infusion of black coffee. It's what you expect from a stout brewed with coffee. (4)

Colour- Dark cola-coloured. Pours with 2cm tan-brown head, which dissipates within 2 minutes. Laces well but isn't sticky. (4)

Flavour- Follows the nose pretty well. Hits you first with the stout-style malt that has hints of burnt sugar, caramels, toffee. Then your palate feels the coffee, which tastes remarkably like a cup of black coffee with a small square of dark chocolate thrown in. Very tasty, above-average for coffee stouts. (4)

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just about right for its style. It's not motor oil like BA double stouts can be, but I don't expect that from this beer. Great carbonation; a bit fizzy on the tongue at first. Aftertaste is very similar to what you have after drinking a mouthful of cold brewed black coffee, except there's chocolate and caramel in there as well. Very, very easy to drink on a cold weekend. (4)

Overall- Very easy to drink, very easy to acquire and the price is right at $6.99 for a 6-pack. It's what you expect from New Glarus- well balanced, well-put together and true to the style at a price that's nothing but right. It's essentially a well-done stout put together with coffee. Coffee drinkers who drink the occasional beer will enjoy it; and vice versa. (4)

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into a glass new glarus bier stien.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light brown head. The head has some nice staying power; leaving a nice lace on the glass better than spotty lace, but not thick.

Smell: Big roasty coffee notes. A touch of milk chocolates and nutty malts.

Taste: Just like the nose. Moderately roasty coffee, milk chocolates, and just a hint of nuttiness. A touch of fruitiness as the beer warms up with more roasty coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, but a touch thin. I do like the drinkability of this coffee stout.

Overall: I have drank a few bottles of this beer yearly and never reviewed it. Honestly, I forgot how enjoyable this New Glarus beer really is every single year!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a almost black with a slight cola brown on the edges.

Smell is coffee, chocolate with a sweet frosting and roasted smell

Taste follows the nose, starting with a sweet Coffee, Chocolate and finishing with bitter roastyness and espresso.

Mouthfeel is rather soft and silky but with a decent amount carbonation

Wow I almost always love every NG beer they put out for us here in WI, but this one is a step above most, If you are a Coffee beer fan either Trade for it or if you are here in WI then just buy it!

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Nearly black with faint ruby highlights. Tan thick head which coats the glass well.

S- Delicious fresh brewed coffee flavors with malty sweetness and notes of vanilla and cocoa

T- Excellent espresso coffee flavors featuring vanilla and a phenomenal smoky finish that’s balanced out with malty sweetness

M- On the lighter side, soft and smooth.

O- One of my absolute favorites by New Glarus. Hits the spot everytime! New Glarus puts out fantastic beer and this take on a coffee stout is phenomena! Simply outstanding!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep nearly black tone, ruby outlines when held up to the light.
Head is nice and beautifully creamy. Tan tones, settles down slowly leaving lovely lacing.
Smell exhibits coffee beautifully.Espresso, fresh roasted coffee beans, bitter earthy ground notes. Touch of acidity, vanilla, cocoa comes in adding notes of sweet richness.
Flavor is bitter, evolving in to cocoa notes, espresso, vanilla, cream, but with a really nice bitter smoky finish like a good espresso shot. Touch of milky sweetness that creeps up on the finish really rounds out the bitter/smokey flavors beautifully.
Mouthfeel is lighter, finishing clean, sharp and bright. As the beer warms, the aforementioned milky sweetness gradually adds a roundness and smoothness to the beer, much like adding a touch of milk to a cup of coffee without stirring..every now and then the cream rounds out and also the bitterness cleans things up on subsequent sips.
I have yet to have anything from New Glarus that is anything short of pure, talented excellence. Look forward t making a trip up there soon

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark roasted and fairly sweet coffee infused aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, cereal grains, biscuit, milk, and nuts. Some fairly sharp hints of smoke and wood as well. Sweet burnt sugars add some more sweetness with a little vanilla. Subtle hints of grassy hops in the background. A pretty solid sweet stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a dark roasty stout that leans towards the sweet side. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, cereal grains, biscuit, lactose milk, and nuts. Mlats are rounded out by a nice taste of smoke and wood. Sweet burnt sugar and a little vanilla. Hop presence is pretty tame with a little earthy grass towards the finish. Definitely on the sweet dark malty side. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, slick, and smooth. Not overly syrupy.

Overall: A pretty solid coffee beer. Definitely not thick like an imperial stout. Its more like a sweet/milk stout, but a pretty good one.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, off-tan head that settles away with a bit of lacing. Huge coffee aroma; floral and acidic. Black. Starts tart, acidic, and floral; mainly coffee right up front. Moves into a nice roasted malt middle, just a touch of hops, and the finish moves back into coffee. As it lingers, the roasted malt subsides, and hop bitterness is the only thing left.

I like this one alot because it's a great mix of coffee and stout. The coffee is assertive, but paired masterfully with the roasted malt; the transition between the coffee and the malt is so seamless. Just a great, silken mouthfeel, too.
Honestly, I'll take this over Founder's Breakfast Stout; WAY more balanced.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- Jet black in color with a finger of kahki heads that dissipates into a small ring that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell- Tons of black coffee with a hint a sweet malt.

Taste- All black coffee. It kind of makes me sad that there is no sweet or bitter sweetness to balance out the black coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- Kind of light, drinks more like a porter with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- Definitly a 1 dimensional beer that lacks balance and complexity.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Coffee Stout

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into accompanying NG glassware. Served slightly chilled...

A) Very dark brown to black in color. A finger of nice milkshake head. Excellent retention and ample lacing.

S) Roasted malt and a good amount of fresh ground coffee.

T) The taste is very similar to the aroma, but there's definitely a touch of hops in there as well. Light coffee aftertaste.

M) I personally didn't find it as full-bodied as advertised. Perhaps just a little bit too much carbonation, but that's a minor concern. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O) This is a fantastic coffee stout, and you certainly can't beat the price of a six pack. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with minimal amber and garnet highlights and a half inch foamy tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Roast malt, nuts, coffee, and chocolate form the initial aroma. Dark cherries become evident as it warms.

The flavor follows suit, with roast malt, coffee, and chocolate ending fairly nutty and a touch dry and acrid. Cereal grain notes add intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch higher than expected, lifting the rich flavor from the palate. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

Better than most coffee stouts. Not overly acrid, and good chocolatey flavor.

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tall head of rocky dark khaki foam. Nice retention.

Complex smell of caramel, chocolate, smoke and coffee.

The taste is wonderful, but does lack in the coffee department. Chocolatey, lightly roasty, smoke, light coffee, some vanilla and a hint of alcohol. Has to be the most complex and flavorful american stout I've had.

Medium bodied, soft and smooth carbonation.

Drinks very easily and chock full of flavor. I wish more of the coffee was here, but the overall product is still wonderful.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of New Glarus’ darkest offerings that also have national fame as one of the tastiest stouts. Coffee Stout is an often asked about brew during the wintertime hitting shelves before equally tasty Snowshoe and Road Slush. So before Road Slush hits the shelf, let’s enjoy some Coffee Stout.

It pours a dark brown/black color with a thin beige head. The aroma is rather mild but contains coffee, sweet malts, and robust malts. The smell is very inviting much like a good sweet milk stout.

Certainly a unique tasting stout as the texture is lighter than a traditional stout but just as tasty. There is more of an overall sweetness rather that a robustness in the flavor. The coffee is very nicely blended with the rest of the ingredients that creates a slight coffee aftertaste.

A tasty coffee stout that is also light in texture without compromising the flavor is awesome! I’ve never been one for warm beer so I did drink this chilled, but I hear it’s highly recommended to try this brew at room temperature. If you’re not a coffee lover don’t worry, neither am I. I’ve never seen the appeal of hot coffee, but as an ingredient in beer, it’s delicious. Lots of local ingredients only add to the awesomeness. If you’ve never tried this, you don’t know what you are missing!
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

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Photo of ncketchum
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, served cellar temp in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a dark brown with a large amount of dark brown head, fades to leave a good amount of lacing

S - very nice amount of coffee and malt, not overpowering at all, a small amount of chocolate at the end.

T - coffee, chocolate, malt up front, great balance of these flavors with a little bit of hops to finish

M - incredibly smooth, a little bit of bitterness in the very end

O - I've been waiting for this one to come back, and I'm glad it's here. This is a great example of a coffee stout, incredible balance and feel. Will definitely stock up on this one, especially at this price point.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a dark brown/nearly black with a medium tan head. Smell is a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, pretty nice. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment after the nice smell - it's pretty one dimensional with coffee and not much else backing it up. Beer isn't overly roasty or sweet and doesn't have much of the chocolate that I got in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an okay coffee stout that is far from bad, but isn't really all that spectacular either. It's simple and very coffee-forward.

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Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: believe it or not, it's a dark brown almost coffee colored. a thin tan head settles into a ring.

s: sweet chocolate malts and coffee.

t: more chocolate than coffee, still tasty coffee though.

m: seems a little thin and lacks a coffee bitterness or even a dark chocolate bitterness would of helped this beer.

o: very drinkable, but no breakfast stout.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mason jar mug.

A- Pours an extremely deep dark brown with a light tan head. No light penetration.

S- Somewhat of a light scent but what is there is very malty. This stout has a very chocolatey aroma. Some hints of caramel are also present along with a sweet scent of bread.

T- A nice and sweet tasting stout. Starts of chocolatey with some strong mokah flavors swirlled in with some tofee and caramel notes. Ends in a nice smooth light cofee finish. Not a very strong bite from the cofee's biterness like in some stouts of the same style. More rich then anything else.

M- Has a rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a lighter feel to it.

O- A very good coffee stout. Very drinkable and almost sessionable for a stout. The coffee flavor is very nice and mild compared to a lot of other cofee stouts and the mouthfeel isn't nearly as creamy and heavy. Very nice for an after dinner beer or a beer to go along with desert. I would definetly get this again if I can. Truely a perfect cofee stout.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle.

A: Pours a nice opaque black with the thinnest of born translucence around the edges. There is about a half finger of tan head that wants to linger around for a bit. I'm getting some solid lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is coffee, figs, toast, and roasted malt. There is also that very distinctive New Glarus earthiness in there. The coffee isn't overpowering which I appreciate. This is really solid.

T:This beer starts off with a blast of high carbonation and toast. As the carbonation fades, the coffee comes on strong. It mixes with hints of chocolate, fig, and roasted chestnuts. The finish is that distinctive earthiness mixed with coffee and mocha.

M: Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is spot on, the flavors coat nicely, and the finish is smooth.

O: This is a great coffee stout. It's under appreciated, and possibly one of the best coffee beers on the market. I'd drink this brew all the time if I could get a hold of it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been on my wants list forever big thanks to phisigben for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a creamy white head that slowly recedes to a cap and leaves spotty lace on the way down. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of lactose. Taste is mildly roasty with a coffee edge. Chocolate caramel vanilla a hint of smoke all play supporting roles. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. Nice easy drinking stout that I'm glad I got to try. Maybe not work the three years I waited for it, but good just the same.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to funhog for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle an opaque cola black to a dogfish head signature glass with a finger and a half, big bubbled, foamy, tan, relatively long lasting head

aroma of a mild, creamy espresso with a bit of cocoa in the wayback.

very subtle, sweet creamy espresso forward. hints of smoke, cocoa and vanilla(?)

medium to light bodied, creamy smooth, sweet, no bitter, medium carbonation. very nice.

overall - great coffee beer, subtle. less is more.

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.