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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:15:03 | More by Rifugium
Photo of d5001986


4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:52:07 | More by d5001986
Photo of ncketchum


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:19:30 | More by ncketchum
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:51:55 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 15:56:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of garymuchow


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:57:07 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 15:58:34 | More by Rutager
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:52:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 17:23:09 | More by scottfrie
Photo of kojevergas


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | 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 definitely like more of an evocative 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 or the like.

It's nicely balanced for the most part, but there is some coffee roughness about the climax and in the third act (see below as it's more of a texture issue). Decent complexity and subtlety; more is always welcome. It's a nice build for a coffee stout, and 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. It's a bit rough around the edges for what it is.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for a coffee stout.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There aren't any off-notes.

Mf: The coffee bean does lend it a certain light roughness/harshness which is buried beneath the texture's 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, though I wouldn't quite call it custom-tailored to it.

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

Roughness faded as it warmed, allowing the creaminess to take over. This helped the beer.

Dr: The mouthfeel holds this one back; they need to get that coffee roughness in check. It's quite drinkable, but the ABV isn't really well hidden - nor is it overly-present; I'd guess this was about 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. I understand the price point is pretty reasonable; I could definitely see myself picking this up again if I lived in its distribution area - especially in order to age it. I wouldn't trade for it again. As much as I like it, I can't say it's on par with the best coffee stouts I've had. There're a lot of good elements here, but it seems to be a running trend that Central Waters' beers fall into the "quite good, but not great" category for me. I look forward to continuing to try their other heralded 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 aged or on draught/nitro.

Low B+

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:53:49 | More by kojevergas
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 07:28:21 | More by MattyG85
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and moderately thick. Head is tan foamy, about 2 fingers and retains nicely.

Smell has notes of bitter dark chocolate and slight hints of vanilla. Notes of fresh brewed medium roasted coffee comes through as well as some toffee life malt. Coffee is a little more mild then I was expecting.

Taste is great fresh brewed coffee is forward followed by a mild vanilla sweetness and balanced nicely with some chocolate caramel like malt and mild herbal hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is good carbonation bubbles are small and the body is medium to full which gives is a creamy milkshake like feel.

Overall really great coffee stout. I may have to grab another to put away.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:41:43 | More by Fcolle2
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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up the last one from Cork & Bottle. A handsome, if watery-black, pour into a tulip glass, with a thin tan head that dissipates and leaves a only a bit of lacing that slides completely off the glass.

Coffee in the nose. Coffee with sugar. Maybe some quiet dark fruit.

Sweet malty chewiness, with pleasantly overt mildly bitter coffee with sugar. Some semi-sweet chocolate. None of the tinny tartness of so many other, lesser stouts. (I'm looking at you, Guinness Foreign Extra.)

Reasonable carbonation, lighter-bodied than expected, even with the thin appearance. This is a good thing. I'm drinking a really good, fizzy ice coffee with sugar. A mild essence of alcohol in the throat reminds you it's 8.2%, but almost entirely hidden.

Somewhat simplistic, but wonderfully so. Coffee lovers will love this. Wish the store had ten more bottles. Now gonna have to go on a liquor store hunt for others.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:00:29 | More by martyl1000
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3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color with just a hint of cola brown around the edges, very opaque, with a khaki head that rises about 2 fingers high and has good retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is heavy on cold pressed coffee, slightly roasty with some toasted dark grains, bitter dark chocolate and some light pitted stone fruit. It's simple, but straightforward and the coffee is great. The flavors are right in line with the nose, wonderful cold pressed coffee, perfectly roasty with some nice fruit accents, bitter dark chocolate, toasted dark grain with pitted stone fruit and slight alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation, it's fairly full bodied, slightly thinner than I'd like, coats the mouth decently well and finishes crisply.

Verdict: A very nice coffee stout from Central Waters. It's thin, like many of their beers, which I'm not overly fond of, but the flavor profile is quite nice. Certainly one of the most drinkable coffee forward stouts I've come across and one I'd love to enjoy many more times.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:16:50 | More by kevanb
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soapy, tan head that collapses softly and leaves nice lacing. Huge, toasted aroma of coffee. Black. Starts with an intense, almost overwhelming coffee flavor; acidic, roasted, earthy coffee beans. Moves into a nice medium bitterness; the transition of the hops is seamless. The coffee comes back, peaks in acidity, and then the finish begins; wonderfully aromatic coffee floats atop of floral hops and toasted malt.

I really, really like this one. This is EXACTLY what I think of when I think of a coffee stout; tons of coffee merged seamlessly with a deeply toasted stout.
Just superb.
I fell in love with this one years ago, and I still love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:33:31 | More by TheSSG
Photo of joeseppy


4.4/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:02:52 | More by joeseppy
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: black as night. thick, frothy 2 1/2 finger mocha colored head. lacing subsides quickly

s: big, heavy coffee aroma (slightly charred/burnt). dark bitter chocolate. hint of vanilla

t: following on from the aroma, big, heavy coffee flavor (slightly charred/burnt). some bitter dark chocolate.

m: medium carbonation. Body is slightly thin. creamy & smooth. finishes a touch dry.

o: Solid coffee stout. Coffee aroma/flavor comes big & bold. This is not a coffee stout in name only where the coffee is heavily muted in all aspects. Is it one dimensional? Perhaps but being a coffee stout it has the coffee aspects down in spades. Only complaint is I wish the body was a touch thicker. Would love to have tried fresh FBS next to this as I think the CW could win the battle. A must try for coffee lovers. And a reasonably priced bomber to boot!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:24:00 | More by Jaycase
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout

Pour from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Pours out a very, very dark brown. No light getting through this one. A full finger of creamy tan head is produced. Nice retention, and lacing. Quite attractive....

S) The first scent I picked up after cracking this one open was not the coffee, but rather a very pleasing aroma of chocolate. There is a good amount of roasted coffee bean as well, and that works well with the chocolate. There is a faint hop bitterness in the background.

T) I find myself saying over and over that this beer or that beer follows the nose, when it comes to taste, but this one really does quite well. The hop bitterness is perhaps a little more assertive from a taste perspective, but that's all I got... Very nice....

M) Medium body, with moderate carbonation. This is supple, kind of creamy. It's quite smooth, and just a pleasure to sip on....

O) This is a fantastic stout... As far as I'm concerned, this is my favorite coffee stout, aside from Founders Breakfast Stout, which is my personal gold standard. Central Waters continues to impress. Keep up the good work folks....

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:03:05 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep dark dark brown. As dark as brown can get. Persistent light tan head with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, and faint coffee notes. Not a whiff of hops or alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell. Strong taste of roasted malt on the front mellows into a bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavor. Finishes up with a touch of hops and bready malt while the bittersweet notes linger. Alcohol flavor is completely masked.

M: Very decadent. Creamy and smooth. The medium body and just enough carbonation keeps it from being very sticky.

O: A very good stout from central waters. Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:08:08 | More by awakeavast
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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A dense mocha colored head formed one finger tall in the snifter glass. The head retention was low but enough to produce some spider web like lacing on two sides of the glass. The beer, a black opaque color with only a shimmer of dark brown on the top edge when backlit.

S: At cooler temperatures a roasty cocoa and coffee aroma are prominant, but as it warms up the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans comes out and it hides the roastyness. Low hop aroma with no alcohol detected. also a bit of a toffee and molassas aroma as it warmed up.

T: Iced coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and toast malt flavors come through in differing levels (roughtly that order). The hop bitterness is firm and noticable though all the malt but not quite enough to keep down the sweetness (ok for a Imp Stout imo). As it warms up i think the flavors become more enjoyable and meld better with the beer overall.

M: Large amounts of body in the beer with low to moderate carbonation. Enough body to keep it malty and flavorful but not so much that it becomes filling quickly. No noticable alcohol warming and very low astringancy.

O: Coffee and chocolate forward double stout that gets better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 01:01:41 | More by guityler83
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I got this beer from a recent trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, since I've never seen this beer offered near me in Illinois. I haven't had a beer from Central Waters in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy mocha froth, on top of an opaque black colored body. Maybe just the slightest hint of cola brown around the edges when held to the light.

S - Smells the way an imperial coffee stout should smell. Fresh brewed iced coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some roasted malty notes, & a hint of vanilla. Iced coffee is super authentic; it literally smells like a cold cup of coffee at times.

T - Taste follows the nose. Everything a well brewed coffee stout should be. Bitter roast from the coffee beans, fresh iced coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, some sweet vanilla extract, even a bit of piney hop presence to round things off. No alcohol heat; big 8.20% abv is expertly well hidden.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, sticky, and bitter, with roasted coffee beans & some powdery chocolate lingering on the palate. Hint of piney hops hanging in there also.

Overall, a very enjoyable stout from Central Waters; it appears these guys certainly know how to brew up the coffee stouts. While not as amazing as Central Waters Peruvian Morning, it is still delicious and just as authentically well made. A must have beer for all stout enthusiasts.

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:14:41 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a moderate tan head. Ok retention and really nice lace.

Nose is a terrific blend of coffee and liquid chocolate. Quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick.

Taste has a really nice fresh coffee flavor. The chocolate is not as sweet as it smelled at first. It is really smooth and the bitterness is not as bold as it could be. I like it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work ok with the strong coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:47:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Steve's Madison

Brewhouse Coffee Stout leaves the bottle chestnut brown but as it collects in the glass becomes the darkest of browns bordering on black. A finger and a half worth of beige head formed on the pour and although it fell to a thick cap had really good staying power. Leaves intricate sticky drink lines down the glass. This is a very good looking stout.

This is a coffee bomb but I can really appreciate dark chocolate and cocoa in the background. Freshly brewed coffee hits hard right away and lasts throughout the smell. The chocolate adds a great depth and makes for a delicious smelling beer. After giving the glass a slight swirl there's even some vanilla present.

There is an incredible depth of flavor in this beer. The coffee is more of component of the whole instead of stomping over all other flavors like some other coffee infused brews tend to do. It's loaded with the freshest brewed highest quality coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and hazelnut all in that order of intensity. The finish is like rich fudge. This is so close to getting a perfect score.

The mouthfeel was decent upfront but as this beer continues to warm the overall feel becomes much better. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and slow moving.

The lower abv, moderate mouthfeel, and deliciousness make this a pure joy to put away. The glass and bottle are disappearing much quicker then I'd like but I can't help myself gulping it down.

This is another excellent beer from Central Waters. Another one of Wisconsin's great breweries. Every time I head up North I'm sure to pick up as many Central Waters products as monetarily possible.

Reviewed: 6/1/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:17:34 | More by joe1510
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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into my snifter. Bottled 07/18/13

Pours jet black with a light head, exactly as you would expect from a stout. First taste on the tongue is coffee bitterness, and then dark roasted malts. I would say i get very light bakers chocolate, and vanilla tones as it warms. As far as mouthfeel, This is a Lightly carbonated, very smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Great introduction into Imp stouts. I enjoy how well the Alcohol is very well hidden in the coffee bitterness as well.

Id love to age this but my question is how long?

I also think this would benefit a lot from being barreled. It would add to the complexity, and really bring out the vanilla/chocolate tones. Hope to see a barreled version sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 07:27:18 | More by ERRL710
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date but it is the 2013 vintage.

A- Pours very cola-like. A thin dark brown/ black color with a small amount of cream colored head that quickly fades. Some lacing is noted along the sides of the glass.

S- Rich coffee notes overwhelm the aroma. Maybe some chocolate in there too. Nice smelling beer.

T- Tons of coffee flavors on the taste. Really nothing else here aside from some chocolate and espresso.

M- Thinner bodied than I would have thought, medium carbonation, coffee-forward, good dessert beer.

A very nice flavorful coffee stout, but I would have liked it to be a little thicker.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:27:01 | More by vic21234
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