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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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370 Reviews
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Reviews: 370
Hads: 861
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 413
Gots: 94 | FT: 12
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: 370 | Hads: 861
Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for hooking this up in the good people don't need rules FARM system BIF. enjoyed in my cigar city snifter.

a - popped the bottle and poured the brew...a watery brown black which settled in the glass much darker. a thin mocha head that left the scene quickly leaving a thin film of a head.

s - strong dark chocolate flavored coffee, smells like a champ. milk chocolate, deliciousness. touch of vanilla. roasted malt backbone.

t - flavor follows the nose. some fizziness overtakes the flavor and taste takes a backseat to the mouth. i wish i could turn up that coffee chocolatey taste i got in the nose since it is so nice, but much tamer than the nose. roasted malts are also there.

m - surprisingly over carbonated for my tastes. felt it in my nose. very porter-like in the feel. leaves a tingle. bready finish.

o - overall, feels like a chocolate/coffee porter to me and not a stout. tis a good beer, but there are many other coffee stouts that i enjoy far more than this one, but worth checking out if you are a fan.

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Photo of Paulydeets
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan 1 finger head and decent lacing

S: Lots of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, cant wait to drink this one

T: Not as much coffee as I thought would be there, a lot of chocolate and roasted malt coming through with a nice coffee bitterness.

M: Creamy, smooth, light carbonation

O: Not bad at all, was hoping for more coffee and the aroma led me in that direction, but not as much of the coffee flavor as the bitterness of the coffee. Still a great brew.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from jrallen34 in a trade.

A - Pours a deep, deep brown with a nice two finger head. It was a light brown and left sheets on the side with the stick, but no real lacing.

S - Very strong and deep espresso smell and some roasted bitter cocoa. That's really all I get on this one. It's a lot of coffee, with cocoa malts. Smells nice and tasty, but very on the nose.

T - Well, guess they weren't kidding when they named this "Coffee Stout." Bitter coffee taste with some notes of dark/bitter chocolate. A bit of a milky taste that is broken up nicely with some carbonation bite. This tastes good, it's a coffee load, but it gets less overbearing as you drink it. Somewhat sour after a while, this tastes good, but it's not world class in my opinion.

M - Heavied bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation which balances out a nice creamy feel.

D - Good for the ABV, but could only get the one 12 oz bottle down. This is a good beer, but there's it ranks toward the bottom of the top coffee stouts for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 4/23/11. On Tap at Capones served in a pint. This brew appears a very dark brown color with some clarity and lighter brown coloration around the edges. A tan cap forms and recedes holding close to the rim of the glass with spotty lacing that stays across the top of the surface and sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes a roasty grain smell coupled with chocolate and a bit of a nutty aspect before the onset of the coffee characteristics. As this brew warms up, it collectively forms a scent that is strikingly similar to the smell of fresh pretzels. Strangely interesting yet enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is roasty with malt which provides a flavoring similar to chocolate and the coffee comes in through the back tasting quite fresh. The aftertaste of this brew is lightly nutty and a flavor emerges just like the nose suggested which tastes like pretzels. Interesting, I've never run across this in a brew before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is lively and easy drinking with a fresh coffee taste. The pretzel character I was picking up on in both the flavor and aroma was a bit weird but overall enjoyable. I never would have guessed this brew was over 8% abv, the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darkest brown/black, with a creamy looking, one finger, dark beige head that sticks around for a bit, ends as a ring. Crazy sheets of lace coat the glass.

Roasty char and coffee are the main aromas, with a bit of bitter hop, chocolate, and just a hint of tart yeast.

Strong flavor, starting with very roasty char, some toasty bready sweet, deep coffee, a bit of bitter chocolate. Simple flavor profile, quite tasty, and it ends with the sweet diminishing, and the bitter hop, char, coffee flavors giving it a dry finish. Nice.

A bit thin in the mouth, and could be a bit more resiny on the palate (drinks like a porter), but an excellent finish. Clean and easy drinking.

Drinkability, due it being tasty, clean, and refreshing, is quite good.

Impression: This baby is a nice take on the style. I recommend it.

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

12oz poured to a pint glass.

L- Chalky dark brown and cloudy. Light head with minimal lace. Coffee / cola esque in its appearance.

A- Huge coffee aroma, especially the fruitier, cherry smells of coffee. Roasted malts, and big toffee. Some milk chocolates and chocolate syrup notes.

T- Rich, syrupy chocolates and coffee dominate the flavor. Reminiscent of coffee ice cream. Sweet, with some burnt flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and creme brulee. Burnt marshmallows in there as well.

Texture is smooth, with hints of toffee and caramel. Actually a detectable hop bitterness, but buried behind the malts. The hops are slight grassy in flavor. Toffee is more dominant than the coffee flavors.

MF- Milky and creamy, like an iced latte with the texture of a root beer float due to the higher carbonation. Aftertaste heats the throat and middle of the tongue. Almost a herby or sprucey mouthfeel at times, likely coming from the bitterness of the coffee and hops.

O- Creamier and sweeter than I remember from previous years. Not nearly as bold of a coffee aroma or flavor, and really the toffee notes dominated my palate. Still tasty and easy to drink. A bit one dimensional at times. Alcohol is hidden well. Despite it being different from my memory, I still miss this one….

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

thanks to zimmerbloke for this one.

poured cold from the bottle near black to a dogfish head signature glass with a short lasting mocha head and nice retention.

great big roasted espresso aroma on this one to the exclusion of all else. it's all about the coffee.

as advertised, it's seriously coffee. deep dark creamy espresso roast.

creamy, big bodied, toasty, very subtle bitter.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of TK5150
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown/purple with a 2 finger beige/light brown colored head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of light roasted coffee, raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Some powdered sugar. Pretty good aroma, but could be a bit more bold.

T- Roasted coffee (with roasted nuttiness), raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The first couple of sips were dominated by powdered chocolate drink mix, but that went away fairly quickly. I wish it had stayed around. It says this is released in the fall; and I am just trying it now in spring. I'm sure this would be best fresh at release.

M- Full medium body with quite a bit of carbonation (though not out of control by any means).

O- I like this beer. Not a bad beer if it is relatively cheap and comes in a 6 pack. Would not seek this out as the main component of a trade, but it makes for a nice extra.

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

12oz bottle into globe

This beer pours a nice black/brown with decent tan head formation. Some lacing but not much. Smell is strong coffee to mocha due to a chocolate element I am picking up. Some dark fruits and vanilla. Taste is mainly coffee (no surprise) with a backup of chocolate, vanilla and some molasses. Very similar to smell. Mouth is medium-heavy with noticeable carbonation (perhaps a touch too much). This is a tasty cold-coffee brew that I'd like to try again but won't go out of my way to obtain.

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Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head which fades into a thin cap with some lacing.

S: A little roasted malt presence followed by sweet, creamy chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a small roasted malt presence at first followed by semi-sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. Very little bitterness on the finish.

M: Very creamy body with medium-low carbonation, this beer lacks the bitter coffee finish many coffee stouts have and opts for creamy sweetness instead.

O: Overall, one of the better coffee stouts out there. Not the best, but still quite good.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for bringing this one back, Dan. I wasn't expecting much, as this is far from my favorite style, but alas, I was pleasantly surprised. Poured a huge black color, with a rich brown head that lingered throughout. Aromas of good coffee, heavy cream and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one was fairly full bodied, creamy, with cold pressed coffee and roasted malt.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark bvrown with a half finger of bone colored head with a little bit of spotty lacing.

S: Bitterness from the coffee rinds. A little bit of chocolate thrown in as well. Like fresh ground coffee.

T: Bitter. Tastes like coffee rinds which is the whole point.

M: Surprisingly very light mouthfeel. Well carbonated as well.

D: Easy drinking and a good beer. Not something I would reach for every day but a damn well made beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a nice off white head.

Aromas are very coffee dominant. Not a lot of traditional stout characteristics. Mostly just wet ground dark coffee, smells a little sweet as well.

Taste is coffee dominant too, but not as overwhelming as the smell. And that's a good thing to me. Taste like iced dark coffee, crisp, with some slightly sweet creamy malts as well. A bit of a roasted oak flavor thrown in there too. Finish is crisp with a bitter chocolate bite. Good tasting, but still would like a bit more stout flavors here, and not as much coffee.

Mouthfeel is ok, but seems a little too thin and watery for a stout.

Drinkability is one of this beers strong suits. Very easy to drink. A nice coffee stout that has a few minor flaws. But all in all, it's tasty, (especially for coffee lovers) and very easy to drink.

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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 KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish-black color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is balanced between coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The taste begins like the aroma, but quickly turns into a lingering coffee sharpness that has a bitterness that just doesn't agree with me. The mouthfeel is both creamy and highly carbonated which is an odd combination, but I like it. Overall, this beer has a lot of really good qualities, and I can certainly see how people could love it. I, however, must not like something with about the coffee they use. Anyway, I could drink this again without any complains.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Large brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly with nice lacing. The beer is a very dark red-brown in color.

S- Lots of roasted malts and coffee up front, some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Little hop presence mostly in your face coffee.

T- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and molasses. Some roasted barley and light hops. This is not the most complex beer I have had but it is pretty good.

M- Medium bodied with a nice bite from the hops and carbonation.

Overall I would say this is a pretty darn good stout, not the most impressive but I would not mind having a few bombers of this sitting around.

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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 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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

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

Dark brown, mini-head, nice lacing. Head eventually settles into some swirly islands.

Coffee, the coffee is smooth and delicate. Fudge.

Coffee bean, milk chocolate, a bit of honey. This is a very refined coffee stout. Not abrasive, bitter or exhausting.

Lighter mouthfeel which eventually thickens as it warms up, into a very smooth and filling dessert type stout. ABV mastered.

One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam Clary for this one!

Dark Brown, light black cola colored pour, into my chalice. The thin off white head and carbonation bubbles disappear quickly. The scent is heavenly, with mild roast coffee with a strong nuttiness and caramel accent. Taste here is nice, a good mix of coffee and malt. It is lightly creamy but finishes a little on the harsh side with some black pepper and much stronger alcohol than I would think. Mouthfeel is rather thin. I enjoyed this overall, and can see why many think this is the example for the style. My rating won't be as high as others, but still a fine effort.

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Photo of kevanb
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.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.