Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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812 Ratings
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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 410
Gots: 87 | FT: 12
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of BSiegs
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark color with a light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly. Loads of coffee aroma - that's about all I get for the smell. Nice roast flavor, the bitterness from the coffee lingers. A solid coffee stout (at a great price).

Photo of Chaz
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive to look at as it is poured: Cola brown in color, topped with a medium-tan head of two fingers and with excellent lacing. Good 'hang time' on the head, too.

Nose is astringent/bitter/bittersweet with espresso notes and lighter roast coffee character, while also rich and malty-sweet. A little cocoa, here, a little bit of vanilla also.

Brisk and bracing on the first sip, with bitter/bittersweeet character (cocoa) and sweeter malt carrying it through to the end. The bitterness is lower, and that's fine for the style. Carbonation is good, and lightly coating and scrubbing the palate. I'm enjoying this with homemade very spicy bean and cheese burritos, and it is doing a great job of blending the coffee and higher alcohol with the spice from the salsa, and the sharp Wisconsin cheddar.

A little bit thinner in body than I'd expected it to be, but it's been a while since I had a coffee stout, so it's probably on par. Very drinkable, with a good blend of coffee and ('Satin Solitude', maybe?) base stout.

Altogether it's a very good beer, and I hope that the next batch of their 'Peruvian Morning' turns out this well!

Decanted from a bomber bottle into a Corsendonk chalice.

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

good tasting beer...reasonably priced
I like it

Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light coffee stout, coffee forward but not overwhelming.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little thin for my liking. Strong coffee flavors though.

Photo of kkleu357
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

So happy to see this stout back. Medium dark black body. Good frothy 1/2 inch head. Tons of coffee aroma. Rich full body stout with a good amount of coffee taste. One of my favorite coffee stouts.

Photo of CraigP83
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Inky black, great coffee smell.. dry and lots of roasted flavors.

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- coffee forward aroma up front gives sharp green pepper notes, along with some earthy & herbal notes. Underlying dark chocolate rounds it out

T- coffee flavors follow the aroma, a bit peppery, earthy & herbal, dark chocolate with a hint of smoky malt, more coffee on the finish with chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy carbonation and a foamy finish

O- well made coffee stout with lots of earthy coffee notes

Photo of Austin32
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thinner than I would have expected, after having a Peruvian morning just before this but amazing coffee smell and flavor, possibly stronger and cleaner than Peruvian morn.

Photo of tylerstravis
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I live for coffee stouts and this has to be a top five coffee stout for me. I wish this was easier to get my hands on.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy coffee! Tastes and smells like coffee. Like coffee, try this. If not, don't bother.

Photo of Josh012012
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a bit underpowered to be considered an imperial stout imo. But has a strong coffee flavor and little to no dark fruit flavors. Still very enjoyable.

Photo of peensteen
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks yet again to Andrew for the bottle.

Pours jet black, ring of off white head, no lace to speak of. Smell is of coffe and roast, chocolate both of the milk and dark variety, not a lot more going on but still a seemless blend of coffee, roast and chocolate. Taste is of coffee and roast, faint bit of char, chocolate, moderate bitterness throughout coming from both chocolate and hops, ashy/char/roast aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium full body. A great coffee stout that should be held in the same regard as Peche Mortel and FBS, something I would very much like to revisit again.

Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1 pt, 6 oz bottle:

Pours black with a tan head that slowly becomes a thin cover that eventually settles to a lasting large island. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is rich and robust. Wonderful! Strong black coffee with dark grain and earthy/rooty notes - especially anise/licorice. Some plum mixes in.

The taste is also rich. Black coffee is powerful, but is balanced enough to let a complex imperial stout come through. Earthy, dark fruity, chocolate-like flavors mix with the coffee very well. The alcohol mixes in well, also - giving some mild warmth that enhances the layers of complexity. Sweet and roasty balanced finish. Root-like notes linger.

It has a silky, smooth body.

Rich and complex, yet very easy-to-drink. Coffee mixes very well with the strong stout character. This is a great brew! (And, well-priced, to boot!) Great example of the style!

Photo of papat444
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a dark brown body with a fair head but retention is average and there's no leftover foam; not much lacing either. Aroma is fresh roasted coffee beans. Flavor is a prolonged robust coffee with sugar and cream to a minimum. Flavor is raw but body doesn't quite match up. I wouldn't peg this as an imperial stout but rather a regular one.

Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review #666 for this beer. \m/
Anyway.

Poured into a CW bell tulip of course. Dark brown-black stout color, with a foamy marshmallow white head that receded to a wispy layer, and laced the glass randomly. The aroma was definitely the highlight of this one for me, the coffee flowing out as soon as I uncapped it, lesser notes of caramel malts, toasted bread. Roasty taste, dark malts, smooth coffee, that was neither too overpowering nor too subtle, nicely balanced; a little sensation of herbal hops gave a dry and somewhat tea-like finish. Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinkability, medium mouthfeel that wasn't quite as full as I'd like for the style. Overall a nice coffee beer.

Photo of d5001986
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours near-black with large, foamy tan head.

S: Intense roasted coffee aroma, accompanied by caramel and molasses.

T: Tastes much like coffee smells. Sweet, with a lot of roasted coffee and caramel.

M: Thinner than expected. Incredibly smooth.

O: A great coffee stout! Extremely drinkable, huge amount of coffee flavor. Affordable at $7/bomber.

Photo of ncketchum
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours an opaque black, foamy mocha head which fades to a thin ring

S - wow, the nose is one of the most intense coffee aromas I've had from a beer. hints of crackery malt linger behind

T - Coffee again dominates, nice and roasty, but not overly so, with dark chocolate chips that follow

M - I'd have to say that this has a bit more body than I'm used to from CW, which is a good thing, as they often seem a bit thin

O - Great coffee stout, quite drinkable, and one heck of a deal (I think it was $6.99 for a bomber?). Glad I grabbed a couple of these.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but not completely opaque. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Creamy milk chocolate. Some deeper roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee is prevalent, but not domineering. Slightly sweet. Chocolate malts. Creamy. The finish loses its creaminess and bitter coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. No coffee acidity. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very flavorful. Extremely well made stout.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
8.2% ABV

A - A tall pour results in a tan head cascading beautifully to a stable dollop of thick foam leaving dots of tan lace above the clear, dark brown beer.

S - Chocolate covered espresso bean and freshly brewed dark roast coffee comprise the bold aroma of Brewhouse Coffee Stout. A small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzle of warm, gooey caramel gives the nose an inviting twist!

T - Brewhouse Coffee Stout is rich with robust-yet-smooth black roasted coffee topped with whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with that same gooey caramel in the nose, finishing out with a dribble of molasses and roasted malt bitterness.

M - Smooth and robust starting with a creamy texture and medium-full body, this lightly carbonated stout finishes with a decently balanced dry roasted bitterness for the perfect coffee and stout blend!

O - Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout is undeniably one of the best coffee beers around, masterfully blending bold black coffee with a smooth, rich stout base for a beer that makes for an exceptional cold day treat!

Photo of garymuchow
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle dating, so I'm assuming this is a recent bottling as it just seemed to appear at a store that tends to have fresh and not one to take on old. This is rated highly, so I'm trying to determine what makes coffee stouts better or not so much.
Nice looking. Fairly big tan head with dripping lacing. Fresh ground coffee with hints of what seems like hops. Roast (malt or coffee?).
Well balanced coffee flavor. No sense of excess and still holds the ground bean flavor. Bitterness is mild but it lays on the tongue for a good long time on the finish. Nice blending with the malts so the flavor in well rounded. Takes on a slight sweetness as it opens up.
Lighter body than I would have expected. Carbonated moderately.
This is better than many because there are no misses in the drink. Alcohol at a nice level, increasing drinkability.

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost back in the glass except for the reddish edges when held up to the light. Topped with a finger of light beige head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee and lots of it, some molasses and a touch of cocoa. Really great coffee stout nose on this one.

Taste. Big coffee taste, like the smell. Good dark roast coffee too, not old supermarket coffee like in other beers I've had. There's some roasted malts and a bit of high quality, high cocoa % chocolate with just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Not as much body as I would like in a beer like this, around medium+. Medium carbonation which may be a touch high, but much less of a whine than the body.

Overall. Great stuff. I wasn't expecting this to be so tasty simply because it hasn't been on my radar. Thanks for the excellent choice, Steasy66.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and a huge fan of Central Waters so this seems right up my alley. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a frothy 1.5 finger light mocha head with moderate retention. Lacing is thick, layered and stringy with great stick. Beer is pitch black. Thin legs. Pretty sweet.

Nose is dank coffee beans, mocha, dark chocolate, cocoa and roast. Sweet and robust. Real rich too.

Opens chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder and coffee beans. Roast and more chocolate and mocha in the middle. Iced coffee and a slight syrup-y goodness at the end. Finishes semi-sweet and roast with a slick, sweet coffee aftertaste. This is really good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and silky. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. My favorite part about this beer.

A coffee imperial stout from one of my favorite dark beer breweries seemed right up my alley and Brewhouse Coffee stout doesn't disappoint. This one's robust, rich, and super drinkable. One I'd revisit for sure!

Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Year old bottle? Thank Matt!

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a thick dark brown head that faded into a very rocky film. Minimal lace.
S: Mellow notes of black coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Lightly acidic (coffee).
T: Coffee is rich and smooth with a light acidity. Chocolate is the next prominent flavor, with vanilla, roasted, and caramel in the finish. The aftertaste is full of more coffee and roasted, toasted flavors.
M: Medium-full body, fairly soft mouthfeel with a sharp bite to it (but in a good way), soft carbonation.
O: A very delicious and enjoyable coffee stout. Definitely better than most non-barrel aged ones I’ve had. Huge thank you, Matt. Cheers!

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange-red label, fun label art, and a standard unbranded brass pry-off cap acquired in a trade with the gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery (which has made some beers I've quite enjoyed) and its current rating. Reviewed as a coffee stout becuase it identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2013 vintage.

Served chilled - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of yellow-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not much frothiness. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black; the bottom of the glass is a cola-brown. It's certainly not a jet black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style. The head colour is a bit atypical of the style, but I've seen this hue in other Central Waters stouts. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Definite coffee, with a bit of roast and also some capuccino-like cream; the cream is a bit too too much in my opinion, and I'd like more coffee roast. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Cream. A hint of vanilla. On the sweeter side. Coffee is definitely dominant. But it doesn't seem to have the depth of coffee that the best coffee stouts do, and seems like iced coffee or cold-brew coffee, not like actual hot roasty donut-shop coffee. I hope to stand corrected after tasting it. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable. There are no off-flavours.

T: Has a pleasant creamy open before the coffee hits. The coffee brings your usual coffee been/coffee grain notes with a hint of roast and sweetening cream/condensed milk. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the second act and body nicely. There's some coffee bitterness as well. A hint of vanilla with some accompanying sweetness. Any hop presence is minimal and is there purely for preservative purposes. On the sweeter end. Vague liqueur - perhaps kahlua. Where's the roasted barley?

I'd like more of a coffee presence, with more depth and diversity of flavour. The coffee here is good, but it isn't as multifaceted as something like Kopi Luwak.

Nicely balanced for the most part, but there is some coffee roughness about the climax and in the 3rd act. Decent complexity and subtlety. Nice build for a coffee stout. I like it. But it's far from world-class. It's an inspired brew, but the best beers in the style have far more nuance and balance. This is quite cohesive, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. A bit rough around the edges.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-notes.

Mf: The coffee bean does lend it a light roughness/harshness which is buried beneath the smoothness and wetness but is still noticeable beneath the surface, and which dries out and coarsens the finish; for this reason, it has subpar presence on the palate. A biteen buttery. Good thickness and body. Slightly overcarbonated. Creamy. The texture complements the flavour profile well.

Not oily, astringent, boozy, gushed, or hot.

Roughness fades as it warms, allowing the creaminess to take over.

Dr: The mouthfeel holds this back; they need to get that coffee roughness in check. It's quite drinkable, but the ABV isn't well hidden - nor is it overly-present; I'd guess this was 8% if I tried it blind. The best beers in the style always seem less boozy than they are. I like this, and I'll have no trouble killing the bottle alone. The price point is reasonable; I could definitely see myself picking this up again.

There're a lot of good elements here, but it seems Central Waters' beers fall into the "quite good, but not great" category for me. I look forward to continuing to try their other offerings, and this one is quite satisfying, but I don't think its current 94 rating is warranted. I'd recommend this one to friends and I'd love to try it on draught/nitro.

Low B+

***
05.19.15: 2nd impressions.

Brown-black body. Foamy khaki-tan head.Retains well.

Sm: Great coffee: impeccable roast, cappuccino cream, bitter espresso.

Moderate intensity.

T: Great balance. Great coffee. Ideal malt backbone. Cream. The coffee dominates - as well it should. Hints of hazelnut. The coffee is intricate as hell, and it's rather subtle and nuanced.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, soft, medium-bodied.

Undeniable harmony of texture and taste.

O: High quality. As drinkable as a coffee stout can be. This is truly one of the best go-to coffee stouts I've had.

Low B+

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.