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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 852
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 413
Gots: 97 | 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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Reviews by PieOhMy:
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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!

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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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kevinpiits to the rescue again. Poured out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Brown/black on the pour. Bit of a creamy tan head that settles and left spot lacing.
S – Heavy roasted malt, coffee, chocolate
T – Bitter bite of coffee flavors up front. Heavy roasted malts. Chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Just a touch of smokiness.
M – Medium bodied. Smooth on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O – Very nice stout here. Has a great mix of coffee bite and sweetness. Easy drinker.

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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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of 77apm
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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Photo of fenlop54
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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