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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 844
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 411
Gots: 95 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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 Thirstygoat
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black head disappears pretty quick

Smells mostly malt hint of coffee

Dry very expresso/black coffee like,easy to drink

Smooth, not heavy but a bit of substance

Altogether a very nice coffee stout, glad I got to try this (227 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid, low cost offering from Central Waters Brewing Company. Good, solid stout backbone with a wonderful coffee flavor. Not a coffee drinker and I found it really good. Can't beat it for the price and availability. (226 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no bottle date. Pours somewhat opaque black with a medium/large-sized tan foamy head. Good lacing on the glass. Smells mostly of coffee with some roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt and solid medium roast coffee. Above average carbonation and somewhat thin body. Although the coffee is tasty, it doesn't hit the stout style. (344 characters)

Photo of TooGood
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very straight forward coffee stout. Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. The only thing that it's missing for me is feel, it's very thin and a little watery. If you like coffee you will like this beer. (228 characters)

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

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Minocqua. No bottled on date that I could see, but given that the boxes had just arrived within the last few days, I'd be willing to bet this one's fresh. Poured at cellar temperature into a conical pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee brown, with an inch of tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation at the edges where the light makes it through.

S: Roasted and toasted malts accompanied by a big freshly-brewed coffee presence. Some nice notes of dark cocoa and vanilla. There's just a bit of smokiness. Very nice coffee aroma.

T: Roasted and toasty malts up front, with more subtle caramel malts adding just the faintest sweetness. The coffee flavor comes on quickly and is really robust and fresh-tasting: much more like what you get from grinding fresh beans, as opposed to what comes out of a Folgers can. There's also some dark chocolate presence that develops in the middle and continues into the back. There's also some vanilla coming through. The back end has more of those dark malts and coffee, along with just a bit of clear alcohol. There's lingering dark chocolate/coffee bitter at the close.

F: Medium-bodied, this one is actually a touch on the watery side for the style. Smooth, creamy, and a bit astringent in turns. Nice level of carbonation. The lighter body actually makes this one a bit more easy-drinking than many coffee stouts, but I still could have used a bit more "chew" to this one.

O: This brew has some of the best coffee flavor I've found in any coffee stout. The malt profile is very tasty and works as a great base for the coffee, cocoa, and vanilla notes that accompany it. This one packs a pretty good punch without showing much of the ABV. While I wish it had a bit more body, there's not much that I can find wrong with this beer. I'll definitely be returning to this one. (1,932 characters)

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

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of a tan head.

Aroma is obviously gourmet roasted coffee, green pepper, earthiness, carmel, slight vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is nice coffee throughout that bring green pepper, earthiness, and roastiness to the table. Underneath that notes of milk and bittersweet chocolate and carmel and vanilla sweetness play along with the coffee.

Medium body with a crisp and relatively clean mouthfeel for a coffee stout. Very drinkable.

This is a great coffee stout. The coffee does not overpower what seems to be a great base stout. Instead the coffee and base beer play off of one another well. One of the more drinkable coffee stouts I've had in recent memory. Central Waters knows stouts, no doubt about it. (758 characters)

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). (233 characters)

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. (1,206 characters)

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. (196 characters)

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 (606 characters)

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. (171 characters)

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 two coffee stout for me. I wish this was easier to get my hands on this, I could drink this beauty year round! (160 characters)

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. (156 characters)

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. (592 characters)

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! (863 characters)

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. (426 characters)

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/

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. (677 characters)

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. (392 characters)

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. (601 characters)

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. (462 characters)

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! (1,123 characters)

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. (839 characters)

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. (847 characters)

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! (1,084 characters)

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! (741 characters)

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.