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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: 380 | Ratings: 898
Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found it a rather familiar take on the coffee stout - nothing about it struck me as particularly spectacular; that said, it delivered what you'd expect - ample coffee flavors nestled in a darkly roasty, chocolaty malt base. Smooth and easy drinking. I had hoped it would feel a little fuller on the body, but it was fairly "porter-like" in my estimation. Still absolutely worth a buy, especially if you're into coffee beers.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired from Halstead Whole Foods in beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: Initial pour has three and a half finger (!) quickly dissipating light khaki head, the color is a DARK brown. A bit of lacing, not too much. No visible, active down-up carbonation.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roast coffee beans, cappuccino, sweet vanilla.a touch of booze. I'm getting a bit of something I can only describe (embarrassingly) as Cocoa Puffs cereal, a bit of artificial chocolate flavoring.

Taste: Initial flavor is dark roast coffee, mildly bitter roast, organic chocolate milk, dry old chocolate. As the beer warms, a lot of room temperature cappuccino.

Feel: Nice medium-heavy body. Very slick and oily. A touch of a dry finish. Really nice mouthfeel.

Really nice coffee stout, especially for the price. Those CW boys sure do know how to make a solid stout. Definitely let it warm though, the complexity comes out as it warms.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks thin,but that is perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer, that it looks so thin but feels so thick, incredible. The coffee is strong and spot on.....just another incredible central waters beer, they are slowly but surely becoming my favorite brewery .excellent as always.

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

Bomber. Pours nearly black with two finger tan head, some lacing. Pure coffee in aroma and taste, mouthfeel a bit thin for stout but since I love coffee this one is a winner.

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Photo of scream
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was very nice although a bit on the lighter side for a stout. It has a wonderful coffee nose to it. If beer were meant to be for breakfast I would not turn this one down. Definitely one to have again

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Photo of Webzombie
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best coffee stout I have had (not that I have had tons). Overall very pronounced, but good, coffee taste. Did not have that nasty burnt taste like some lesser coffee stouts I have tried. If you enjoy coffee, would definitely check this one out. Cool label too.

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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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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.