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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 396
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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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Photo of GeezLynn
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10/2010 bottle purchased at Zipp's.

Pours dark brown, not-quite-black with a big tan head that is brief, but easily revived. Smell is mostly chocolate malt along with some oat mustyness. Coffee is a somewhat light here and there's also a bit of a canned corn aroma. Flavor shows coffee a little better, with more of a cold-pressed quality. There's also quite a bit of bitter dark chocolate flavor and a little roastyness. The consistency is somewhere between a typical American Stout and an RIS, with heavy but fine carbonation.

Maybe this is better fresh, but the coffee seemed muddled and I picked up a few ''off" notes, especially in the smell. Decent, but was expecting better. Will need to try again next year.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black. Decent light tan head dissapated to a ring. No lacing.

Man, the aroma of the coffee came from the bottle before I even poured it in the glass. Tons of coffee and roasted grains. That's pretty much it.

Tastes just as it smells but with a little maltiness. A little too much coffee IMO. Tastes good though.

Overall the coffee makes it hard to drink alot of this. It tastes good but I probably won't drink a ton of these.

Photo of crewfan16
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle marked 10/10 into a pint glass on 8/10/11.

a-poured pitch black with a huge light tan head rising at least an inch or so. it slowly fell down leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. no light seems to be getting through this brew

s-as expected there is alot of coffee. this is strong, like fresh coffee grounds. there is a bit of sweetness as well, maybe vanilla and a bit of cocoa. deep roasted malt as well

t- obvious coffee ground flavors at first seem to melt away to some sweetness and then a nice chocolate finish with some more bitter coffee. finish lingers with coffee, as it should

m- feels slightly heavy on the carbonation, but actually has a creamy texture. the flavors linger nicely without showing any booze at all.

overall, I like this brew. Another nice seasonal from Central Waters. I dont know if this is anything spectacular, but certainly a great brew for what it is.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Flyer for splitting this with SurlySober and me.

This beer struck me in appearance as more of a brown ale, but maybe "coffee brown ale" doesn't roll off the tongue as well as "coffee stout." It was brown and translucent, with abundant off-white head. Unlike most beers with coffee-notes, this beer really tastes like coffee! A lot of beers with coffee flavor taste like an approximation of coffee, and are sweet, so they come off tasting to me like coffee-flavored ice cream rather than actual coffee. This one tastes like coffee...period. Smell is lots of coffee, and not much else, maybe some caramel malt. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but good.

I would recommend this beer. I thought it quite nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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+

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, a bit of light comes through the glass.
Aroma is coffee with cream and roasted malts, and the taste follows those with more sweetness and smoothness from a molasses esque flavor midway through, and light chocolate powder on the finish which is slightly dry. lightly warming which adds alot to this beer. i wouldn't say it's one dimensional but it's not terribly complex. This one is really smooth and well carbinated but doesn't have a full mouthfeel at all, for a stout it's rather light-mid, not guinness dry light, but not far off that. in any event that makes it easy to drink, the 12oz bottle is not enough for how fast it drinks. As i get closer to the end of the glass, i can easily see through over an inch of this beer, which matches up with how the mouthfeel makes me feel.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.