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Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Reviews: 374 | Ratings: 880
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a tan head.
The aroma is roasty-toasty. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate.
Coffee is up front in the taste with dark chocolate following, a touch of sweetness and a bit of char.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Very good.

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

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer is almost black. I dot of ruby light shines through when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a nice fresh ground coffee aroma. I even get a little chocolate in there as well.

The coffee taste is wonderful. This is not a fresh bottle, but the coffee is still very upfront, but it has mellowed some. It lets some of the roasted malt and chocolate flavors come through without being completely drowned out.

Full, rich, velvety smooth

This is a fantastic coffee stout. I would love to have another, but it is not distributed in Ohio. I am glad I got the privilege of trying it.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't warm the beer like I usually do, but the beer is probably about 40 degrees or so. There was no sign of a bottling date.

Look: the beer pours a dark dark brown, almost black, but you can see the brown ness on the edge. There's about an inch of tan, beautiful head.

Smell: coffee, and unfortunately I am not sending much else. Maybe some maple?

Taste: coffee, and that faint maple flavor.

Feel: the beer seems a little thin, but not bad. There's an ever slight bitterness in the finish.

A nice coffee stout, but in curious on the freshness. I'll grab another during the next release

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real dark brown pour, over half an inch of head on it, tan in color, big rich deep dark coffee kind of aroma, hits that sweet spot, good coffee aroma, nothing too exotic or fancy about it in a commercial tugjob sense.

Not a ton of malt roast, the coffee roast and dark chocolate and two row make for a real good meld in this coffee beer. Amazingly hides the alcohol, this is a big beer that would drink like an every day 6% porter. Well balanced, not overly sweet, bitter or roasted. Think breakfast stout with less chocolate. Its really up there in that grouping.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee, creamy, some dark chocolate bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel. Higher carb. Lingering bitterness, but light with a short finish. Flavor doesn't stick with you. Pretty good.

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, a little hazy, with a small head and a small ring of foamy cling throughout. Roasted malts lead the aroma until it really warms up- then it's like smelling a cup of coffee. Also some chocolate, a little vanilla, a touch of molasses. Taste brings lots of coffee, good amount of roasted malts and again, some chocolate and vanilla. Fair amount of bitterness hits in the middle. Smooth, kind of creamy, coffee taste lingers. Could use a little more body.

Very flavorful and enjoyable. Great price point, too, so it's definitely one to try.

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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 rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed with Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light coffee, faint nuttiness, nice chocolate, rich roast, nice and balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, coffee is smooth, darker roast, loads of nice non bitter roast, light chocolate, good malts, creamy mellow roasts. Alcohol non-existent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy, no real alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was quite good. Great choice notes, light chocolate loads of roast. Central Waters can really make some great stouts.

Serving type: bottle

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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

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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