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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
94
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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 405
Gots: 63 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 756 | Reviews: 355
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First beer of the day at the 10 year anniversary party. Opaque, nearly black body with a thin off-white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma boasts powerful espresso beans. Very fresh smell! Taste is a perfect blend of dry, bold, dark roasted (near espresso) coffee and sweet caramel. Balanced, medium body with pleasant, almost velvet like carbonation. Flawless drinkability. Great beer.

Update: 3-28-08: Had a couple bottles of this the other day. It's even better than when I had it on tap. What a wonderful beer. This is comparable to the big boys of the coffee stout world only at a fraction of the price. Seek this beer out while you can get it.

Photo of blackearth
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours black with dark amber corners and a tan head that falls to a nice cap of foam. Aroma is of coffee, coffee and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and tastes basically like coffee. There's some roasted malt in there too, but the bitterness in this beer seems to come soley from the coffee that was used, as I can't detect any hops. Good drinkability if this is what you're in the mood for.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours dark brown bordering on black with a healthy creamy tan head on top. Aromas start with a well balanced mix of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Some roasted malts flow in and out with a mild creaminess. Good show.

First sip brings a solid dark roasted malt upfront followed by dark chocolate flavors and a nice kick of fresh ground coffee as well. The coffee and chocolate mix very well together and provide a great mix of flavors. Flows down with a touch of bitterness and a slight creaminess.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. This never gets overly heavy and makes it a treat to drink. Overall, a solid coffee stout and one I would not hesitate to drink again. Glad it didn't go overboard on the coffee and maintained good balance. Yummy.

Photo of tjthresh
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with a brown head and plenty of floaties. He nose is just a big slap in the face with some good coffee. The coffee flavor is less bold, but that's good. Some good roasty flavors and mild bitterness. Medium-light body and really dry. I good pound this one for hours.

Photo of badbeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, but brown around the edges. Beige head with good lacing and retention. Strong coffee aroma, seems like I also get a little cream or vanilla for some reason. Fresh coffee taste with maybe a touch of cocoa and cream as well as some caramel sweetness. Very nicely done. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very well done coffee stout. I'll pick up more of this next chance I get.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is strong black coffee as well as chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with coffee dominating. Creamy, medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very roasty and rich stout aroma with big hints of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Dark roasted barley malts with a big presence of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream, lactose, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, and biscuit. Also some hints of grains, oatmeal, and nuts along with some brown sugar and molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with some hints of raisin, plum, and dark cherry. Hops are very subdued. A pretty good coffee stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a rich and roasty dark stout taste with a big presence of coffee beans and sweet chocolate. Rich dark roasted malts with big upfront notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream, milk, lactose, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some notes of oatmeal, nuts, grains, and a little smoke. Sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of plum, raisin, and dark cherries. Slight earthy hop presence towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy and silky smooth. Slightly syrupy. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good imperial coffee stout. Good roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavors with a nice oat like bready presence.

Photo of ohmybock
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Are you looking for a beer with a strong coffee flavor? If so, then this is probably your beer.

These days, I'm not a huge drinker of porters and stouts. However, some of the stronger Impy Stouts like Abyss, Expedition, or GL's Blackout Stout have been quite good. On the contrary, I didn't enjoy Dark Force, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, or Black Hole. Still, if I'm gonna drink a stout/porter these days, I personally prefer a coffee-flavored stout/porter more than anything else. With that being said, this Central Waters brew is one of the best coffee flavored brews I've ever tried. Other memorable coffee beers I've tried and liked in the recent past include Bell's Java Stout, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Five Seasons ICO (Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout), the original version of Great Divide Yeti with Espresso on tap, or Péché Mortel among others.

I poured this CW brew (which I just picked up in Madison, WI last week) at arms length, but could still immediately smell the overwhelming coffee aroma...wow! Upon tasting, the strong coffee character becomes even more omnipresent, yet it still balances well with the dark, roasted, stout flavors. Check this one out if you're a lover of potent coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. This is the first coffee brew I've had which might actually be more coffee than beer...but that's not a bad thing at all considering how good this one tastes! Yum...give me some more!

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, with caramelly light colors around the edges, head rises up minimally and settles out quickly.

Aroma of freshly brewed coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt, some root beer notes.

Rich flavor of fresh coffee, subtle cocoa, roasty malts, some licorice and root beer, fairly sweet without crossing over to cloying, gentle bitterness balances the malt. Subtle hints of smoke.

Mouthfeel is a tad watery, finishes slick. Notes of dry powdery talc. Tasty beer, very drinkable. Many thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I've written like 4 reviews of this beer or whatnot, but internet gremlins are just working overtime.

Anyways, deep brown pour, rich 1/2" tan head. Beautiful sumatra-esque (strong) coffee aroma, not bitter, really dominates the aroma department.

Wonderfully balanced chocolate, coffee, possibly some dehusked malt to compliment large amount of two row that stays out of the way, doesn't get all sweet or bitter, just lets coffee do all the work. Alcohol amazingly hidden, this being over 8% was amazing to learn, because you certainly could not taste it. It was like oatmeal and coffee together, that smooth, yet rich and exertive.

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have both the 22oz and the 12oz. This review is based on the 12oz.

Pours a deep, cola-like brown with a thin, off-white head.

Smells like milk chocolate with a shot of espresso. Plenty of roasty malts sets this up to be one of the best coffee stouts so far! I'm not familiar with Emy J's coffee, but methinks I should check it out after I'm done with the beer.

This tastes on point! Roasted coffee grounds and sweet chocolate. Perfectly carbonated and I can only imagine how amazing it would be to wake up this every morning.

In the end, it's a coffee stout, so there's not much in the way of uniqueness. It's all so wonderfully executed and delivers on what it says it is. Central Waters stouts are all worthy of your attention.

Photo of brow1901
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown bordering on black with thin tan head. Minimal head retention, no lacing.

S- Loads of coffee, nice malt backbone. Some times reminds me of maple syrup. Mostly the coffee overpowers, I can say theres hints of bitter chocolate.

T- The taste is a bit too sweet for me but it grows on you as the beer warms. Obviously the coffee flavors are strong. But the beer isn't overly strong from a coffee aspect.

M- Pretty light for a stout, but it works to this beers advantage. Any thicker and the coffee would be way to strong and would kill the palate.

D- Pretty drinkable, good beer overall. Not my favorite stout but it ranks 2nd to coffee bender in coffee stouts. Definetly worth a try.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly, but it's not as overpowering as many other coffee stouts, leaving plenty of room for roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is once again at the forefront, but does not overpower the other flavors. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through until the solidly bitter ending. Coffee flavors linger for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could go through a bomber without a problem.

Overall this is a nice coffee stout for those that aren't the biggest fans of coffee. The flavors integrate nicely and this is certainly worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a black body with a faint red light that glows through the bottom. There is a big bubbly dark tan head that thins before disappearing after a few sips. There is no sign of carbonation in this dense body except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of light roasted fresh coffee has a faint hint of old coffee ground and a nice earthy finish. There are notes of black roasted malt that come through more as the beer warms.

T- The soft iced coffee flavor has a light tangy flavor to it with a soft roasted black malt finish. There is a chalky hint to the coffee that adds some nice depth and a faint spice hint in the finish. There is a nice bitterness of coffee and black malt that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D-This beer has a nice coffee flavor but the smell is a bit faint. It is very smooth and drinkable with a nice bitterness at the finish.

Photo of acurtis
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewhouse Coffee Stout, 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Currently ranked #1 American Stout on BA. Pours dark brown, I can actually see through it when holding it up. Appearance is almost cola like, lots of carbonation with a small bubbly beige head. A hard pour on my second bottle created a much larger and more appealing head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk. Taste is complex, very heavy on the chocolate with a roasted coffee middle but almost no harshness or bitterness in the finish. As it warms the roasted coffee becomes more dominate. Taste more molasses and vanilla and the finish becomes slightly bitter. Very enjoyable beer but in my opinion is more like a brown ale than a stout. I really want to crack open a November right now and compare. Very similar but this has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Doesn't taste like 8.2%, but it is starting to feel like it is. More drinkable than you would expect and more than some similar 6% offerings. I still think this is a american brown ale and am going to rate it as such. Otherwise I wouldn't give it as high of a score as the beer deserves.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 10/10. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: As black as black coffee with a 1" light mocha colored head that receded within a minute with pour lacing.

S: Smelled exactly like an iced dark roast - no other aromas. Simple and inviting.

T: Only tasted mildly like coffee, with perhaps a hint of...cherry? I'm not sure, but it's a kind of tart tone to it. Had a kind of dry finish. It almost tasted like nothing.

M: Has a very thin mouthfeel with more carbonation than I'd like for a coffee stout.

D: This is difficult for me to decide. For being over 8% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink. However, I don't feel this is an especially good representative of the style (too much carbonation, not enough coffee flavor), and as such, I probably wouldn't order one and would only drink one and only one if it was being bought for me/served at a friend's house. As a result, I will rate it good only due to how easy it goes down.

Overall notes: I prefer my coffee stouts to taste like cold coffee with a hint of alcohol taste to it. This tastes like...barely-coffee-flavored cola? I feel there are much better representatives of the style out there.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark coffee brown with a nice 2 finger head of dense foam that leaves a very sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is roasted coffee and mild chocolate but not as intense as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and creamy.

Taste is black coffee with roasted chocolate...only a mild sweetness but no bitter black coffee bite.

Aftertaste is roasted coffee that lingers in your mouth forever.

Photo of joeseppy
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with garnet hue in the sunlight with dense mocha head that jiggles when roused.

Smells incredible. Smells like walking into a coffee bistro with a quality mild roast blend coffee brewing. On the back end I'm getting sticky buns with pecans.

Taste is sweetened coffee with cocoa quality bitterness. Some vanilla.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky sweet. My glass is stained brown. Coffee lingers well.

CW delivers as advertised. I was gun shy after their Peruvian Morning debacle two years in a row. I bought this fresh and drinking now. A tremendously tremendous craft at thankyou prices!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters- Coffee Stout

A- Dark brown, almost pitch black, with a thick frothy tan head. Solid messy lacing down the whole glass.
S- Big sweet black coffee beans with hints of vanilla and cream.
T- Delicious sweet creamy black coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla cream, and fudge.
M- Thick sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweet body with a slightly astringnt bitter feel.

Overall- So good! The best I've had this year.

Photo of Stigs
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, part of a very gracious box from BA user brian23456, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured about a third of an inch of tight bubbly khaki colored foam, within a minute or so, fell to a thin film with a few floating islands of bubbles. the beer itself is quite dark, black turning a deep brown when held up to a bright light.

S - yum! strong coffee flavored with some chocolate syrup. some slight nuttiness, vanilla, oak scents. smells like dessert in a glass without being too over the top.

T - follows the nose with coffee, mild roasted and not too strong. immediately followed by a slight chocolately sweetness. surprised by the amount of oak in the taste as well, adds a nice touch of balance. toasted nuts are very present, along with some hazelnut and cream. mild earthy hops at the end add some extra bitterness. just a touch of burnt toast near the end.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is a bit active but tight, actually worths pretty well with the number of flavors in this one. finishes a bit dry.

D - solid stout for sure, on the more complex end of coffee stouts, and good drinkability. would go great with a slightly hearty breakfast of an omelet and bacon.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, opaque fudgey brown that soaks up enough light to appear more or less black from any distance. The head briefly rise as a stack of ashy tan, then collapses to a lasting ring surface swirls.
The nose, as expected, is predominantly of coffee beans. Fairly mild medium roast in nature. Curiously enough, there's also pronounced sense of cream. There are also traces of cocoa here, as well as a late, raisiny port-like alcohol flair. The longer this sits, the more monolithic the coffee becomes.
Across the tongue, coffee rolls out first. The beans are well-suited. Not too acrid nor burnt bitter. They are more in a mild and mellow roasted realm, but still the beer is very evidently coffee-enhanced. The transition out of the beans is where this gathers its intrigue. Instead of segueing to a like-minded autocratic roasted barley dryness, this gathers only traces of that, as it emphasizes vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate. This sweet interlude rides long into the finish, as coffee still flashes around, but with less and less authority. Basically, it creates a wonderful back-and-forth between the roasted beans and decidedly sweet dark candy tones in order to form a balance without any real say from the hops (though some plant matter residue can be tasted around the mouth, post-swallow). Alcohol, much like the nose promised, is only suggested with some small back-end port traits. From experience, I would suspect the ABV is higher than it lets on.
It's pretty damn thick, even though a surprisingly rampant carbonation tries to suggest otherwise- sometimes to a fault- as this is much better once that settles out a bit. It's not exactly rapidly drinkable, but when paced right, it's almost sessionable. Or could at least call for an additional bomber, or maybe two more and then a sick day.
It's an intense beer, but it's not bludgeoning nor deafening. It's tasty and rich and thoroughly fun to drink.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee aroma. Derek's bottle. Black colour with brown bubbly head. Roast, chocolate,mollasses also some c-hops.Great balance between all of these elements, but coffee rules above all.Very good for what it is, but I would prefer less coffee and more chocolate personally.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, khaki head rests on an opaque, black beer. Head drops to a centimeter in a few minutes, and remains.

Strong, dark, roasted coffee dominates the aroma. A sweetness presents itself as well.

Robust coffee flavor is present throughout, but is especially bold towards the end of each taste. A little cream flavor gives a slight sweetness. Some chocolate creaminess too. And a faint spiciness, pepper maybe?

I think I'm getting some hop bitterness, but I'm not able to differentiate it from the coffee bitterness.

Fairly pronounced alcohol bite, a little hot for my tastes, although, this seems to mellow with some warming. The cream sweet flavors also seem to intensify with a little warmth, and the overall bitterness seems to lesson as well. Certainly balances itself out after about 15 minutes of warming. I'm glad I didn't rush this review, I would have scored the taste somewhat lower.

The mouthfeel is creamy, astringent, and a dry finish.

Drinkable as hell. A little wait would decrease the bite, and mellow this out a bit. But do I have the willpower? Probably not.
No matter. A very good coffee stout, and I always feel good buying beer from a Wisconsin brewery, especially one that's this good. I will be buying this again, the sooner the better.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Buery tulip, no freshness info, and a big 'ol thank you to Dunt.

This is definitely black booty, the beer is exceptionally dark brown with a quarter to half an inch of khaki head that fades to a cap of froth.

Dark chocolate and an exceptionally roasty nose. Ash, almost pungent wood smoke, blunt burnt coffee beans, and sweetened espresso. There's something quite unique. That's it, roasted smokey paprika, not spicy but earthy. Hardly any coffee in the nose, but that doesn't keep it from being enjoyably interesting.

Sweet, dark caramel and general malt up front and some medium semblance of brewed coffee in the middle. The finish again brings an unexpected paprika and campfire smokiness with black malt bitterness.

Medium-light body with fine, tickling carbonation. Slight astringency that lends a dryish balance. Slight linger overall.

It doesn't seem like 8.2% in any way, and therefore I have a hard time seeing why it needs to be or is such a big beer. Since freshness dating is lacking I don't know how old this bottle is and whether that is why there is little coffee. I find the flavors very earthy and interesting. More novelty than solid coffee beer.

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!

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.