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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 852
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 413
Gots: 97 | FT: 12
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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee aroma. Derek's bottle. Black colour with brown bubbly head. Roast, chocolate,mollasses also some c-hops.Great balance between all of these elements, but coffee rules above all.Very good for what it is, but I would prefer less coffee and more chocolate personally.

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Photo of acurtis
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewhouse Coffee Stout, 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Currently ranked #1 American Stout on BA. Pours dark brown, I can actually see through it when holding it up. Appearance is almost cola like, lots of carbonation with a small bubbly beige head. A hard pour on my second bottle created a much larger and more appealing head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk. Taste is complex, very heavy on the chocolate with a roasted coffee middle but almost no harshness or bitterness in the finish. As it warms the roasted coffee becomes more dominate. Taste more molasses and vanilla and the finish becomes slightly bitter. Very enjoyable beer but in my opinion is more like a brown ale than a stout. I really want to crack open a November right now and compare. Very similar but this has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Doesn't taste like 8.2%, but it is starting to feel like it is. More drinkable than you would expect and more than some similar 6% offerings. I still think this is a american brown ale and am going to rate it as such. Otherwise I wouldn't give it as high of a score as the beer deserves.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle of this at Steve's in Madison, WI in August 2009.

Pours a dark brown with an espresso head. The nose is overwhelming coffee and dark malts, and this is exactly how the taste follows it up. The true highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel--it's so utterly thick and creamy that it's unlike most other coffee stouts. This has the mouthfeel of a Russian Imperial, and I really wish that I could give this a 5.5 for MF and that other brewers would follow. Drinkability is way up there as well, as the creamy mouthfeel makes you want sip after sip.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The liquid looks like coffee as it fills the pint glass, producing a rocky, two-finger head; excellent stickage and some shards of lace

Smell: Smells like I have stuck my nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans

Taste: Right from the outset, tastes just like a nice, dark roast coffee; by mid-palate, hints of chocolate, vanilla and a touch of cream add a bit of complexity that tones down the roast and persists through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the top coffee beers out there, for sure

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewhouse Stout is a seamless marriage between coffee and beer. Medium in body, the balance of coffee, cocoa, caramel malts give a non-compicated, yet rich flavor that remains consistent from nose to finish. The quiet confidence of the malts never allow the coffee to dominate, while allowing the mmore delicate nuttiness, earthiness, buttery, and creme notes to sing and dance. Bitterness has a brilliant part-coffee, part-hop variety that keeps me guessing. Though the American Stout base makes the beer highly drinkable, it gives up some complexity that a larger stout may hold.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured hazy deep brown color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry and aromatic coffee with nice roasted malt with slight bitter aftertaste. Taste is also a nice mix with some quite dry bitter note of coffee with some aromatic notes of coffee and light roasted malt. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. Well brewed and easily drinkable without too much complexity.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick mocha head. Looks appropriately like coffee.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate in fairly equal portions, very mocha-like. I was expecting a stronger coffee aroma, but I'm not complaining - it's very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee up-front with a nice roasty twang beneath it. This one's got a big coffee flavor, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer; notes of chocolate and toasted grain are present and add some depth. This isn't overly complex though, it's definitely still a coffee showcase, and it works quite well as such. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice lingering java note.

Notes: Great stuff, I'd like to try this again some time. Thanks to autumnaldave for the bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Daily espresso drinker here...

Damn. This is the most mellow, yet rich coffee stout I have come across. Really better than most I have tried, and the most approachable for sure.

Pours jet black, with a few fingers of tan head. Lacing abounds, and retains a skim of foam for a long time.

Straight up delicious coffee aroma, maybe some mild roasted malts and tobacco too.

Mellow coffee richness, light mouthfeel, but full of flavor. Not the acrid or bitter character of so many extreme beers. Very delicious, obviously very high quality ingredients. Light carbonation, easy drinking.

I'll be seeking this out whenever i'm in Wisconsin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glossy mahogany that *barely* falls short of opacity when bright sunlight is allowed entry. The initial pour produces a mochacchino colored crown that is rich and creamy. The foam is sticky enough to decorate the glass with attractive sheets of tattered lace. Good show.

The aroma will be pure heaven to anyone who loves coffee (count me out) or coffee stouts (count me in). Even though roasted beans are uppermost, roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate are easily identifiable and give the beer an extra measure of complexity.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout may be this brewery's best offering... and I don't say that lightly. Central Waters puts out damn good beer and is one of America's most underappreciated craft breweries. That's probably because New Glarus, Tyranena, Lake Louie and Capital are in the same state. With the possible exception of the first name on that list, these guys can hang with the Badger State's best.

Fantastic. Delicious. Fantastically delicious. The beer's best feature might be the exquisite balance between coffee and stout. BCS tastes like a chocolate liqueur-added iced coffee drink that is still clearly... proudly... uncompromisingly... damn good... beer. I paid only $5.49 for the bomber?! Are you kidding me?!

The flavor profile is appropriately simple and is right on the money: roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a smoky char, a shot of molasses and a half-shot of vanilla. This is one of the most well-integrated, harmonious coffee stouts I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. An estimated one year in the bottle might have had a little something to do with that. An ABV of 8.0%? Fuggedaboutit.

Time and warming have taken the mouthfeel score from a tentative 4.0 to a rock solid 4.5. Bigger might have been better, but it's hard to argue with the glassy smooth silkiness and the perfect bubblation. The mouthfeel has a lot to do with why this brew is so ridiculously drinkable.

No wonder Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout is (currently) #67 on the Best Beers On Planet Earth. It's a lip-smacking humdinger that any fan of the sub-style should seek out. Especially if you're also a java junkie. Believe the hype.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black with ruby red highlights. A thick, long-lasting head of light brown foam sat atop the brew. A series of thin rings of frothy lace remained when the glass was emptied.

S - Amazing aroma. Fresh java! There was a roasted malt smell hidden underneath the wonderful aroma of coffee beans.

T - Tempted to give this category a 5...this is the best tasting coffee stout I've come across. Of course, it delivered with the great coffee flavor and was backed up by subtle chocolate and toffee notes with a slightly floral presence.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied ale that was hard to put down.

D - Very, very good coffee stout. There might be a better one out there but I haven't found it yet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this one up in a trade a while back and had been waiting to try it. This is another beer that gets a lot of hype recently, and being that the coffee stout is quickly approaching my favorite style, I figured it was about time I gave this one a shot and see what it was all about. Cool looking bird on the label, I served this twenty-two ounce bomber in my Terrapin snifter at cellar temperature right after dinner.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful, and it looked as though I was literally pouring out black coffee as it came out of the bottle. A rich, huge, extremely dark brown, bordering on black is what came out of the bottle. It was completely opaque, offering no chance at all for any of the light to escape this one. A nice two inch layer of off white colored foam then rose up from the bottom and quickly obscured the top of it, settling in for the long haul. Great retention as the tan foam was going nowhere fast on this one, and that was a good thing. Once it finally started getting rocky and broke up a little bit, it settled to a nice cushion about a half an inch high that stayed until the very end, evening leaving traces of it on the bottom of the glass throughout. Rich side glass lacing made this the capper on it, really very solid looking from the very onset.

Smell - Oh yeah, there it is. The aroma could be picked up from across the room. It was huge and loaded down with the most delicious coffee aroma I have ever picked up. My son even told me I should not be drinking coffee so late! You could tell this was no Folgers they put in here, it had a tremendously thick smell, rich brewed coffee that really dominated the aroma, but as it warmed it began to get a little more complex. Hints of cocoa and vanilla mixed in, only serving to sweeten it up and enhance the overall profile, just simply wonderful.

Taste - The flavor was so absurdly good, I can barely fathom the words to accurately describe it. It was simply divine in a word. Started out with a huge rush of finely brewed coffee. Really nice and not the burnt coffee flavor that you sometimes see in other coffee stouts. This was a rich, sweet coffee flavor, which was highlighted beautifully by hints of cocoa and vanilla. Swirling it in the glass really gets this one going, and makes it one of the strongest flavors you could imagine, but at the same time so delicate in nature. Wow, I was really floored by this one. It was just that good for me.

Mouthfeel - A little bit thinner then I would have liked but still done very well. The carbonation was good, giving it that slightly silk like feeling and being ridiculous smooth and easy to roll off the tongue, but there was just a touch of thinness to it, it could have been a little bit more creamy and filling to really push it over the top would have been great.

Drinkability - This could not have been easier to drink, just no way possible. The flavors were o big and the low ABV and the lightness of it. This disappeared way too fast on me. I would love to have this on tap in my house, everyday forever. It was just that good. I would love to do a side by side with Valdez and really see where the two stand up to each other, because it would be damn close.

Overall I was so happy to be enjoying this one. It really was tremendously good. Not really sure how it could have improved other then being a bit fuller, but still, it was sublime. You need to go out and try this stuff as this is exactly how the style should be done. The fact that it is a year round brew only serves to entice me more. Go get some, it is utterly fantastic.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade. As an extra, no less!

A: The pour is black and somewhat viscous into my snifter with only a thin ring of tan foam.

S: The nose is pretty much all coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but these are definitely secondary to the coffee.

T: Like the nose, this one is coffee forward all the way. Plenty of coffee on the front end with a bit of roasted malt in the middle, along with an ever so slight sweetness of chocolate. The finish is even more coffee along with a slight bitterness.

M: The beer has a medium body with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I have no idea what the ABV is on this one, but the booze certainly doesn't show up in the flavor. And the fact that it's pretty much like drinking a cup of coffee makes this one easy drinking beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a half finger of light tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with some dark fruit as well. There is a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. The coffee smell is slightly burnt.

Taste: The coffee stands out a lot more here. There is a bitterness from the coffee and the roast up front. In the background there is a sweetness along with some nutty and creamy notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a lot of carbonation. The finish is dry and maybe slightly chalky.

Overall: A very nice coffee stout. Don't like this one quite as much as the Terrapin, but still good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

The Woodman's haul continues. This piece pours a mostly opaque deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises vanilla, sugary coffee, light roasted malts, and light dark chocolate. The taste runs very similarly, but the sweetness is cut down in favor of a nice smattering of molasses, and there's a bit more roasted character in there as well. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an easy-going feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, easily the highlight of the haul.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to Jw347 for hooking me up with this in the recent Virgin BIF.

Pours a pitch black with a finger of slightly fizzy mocha colored head. Peters down pretty quickly, bunching up around the edges with some thin wisps across the center. Fires up nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is Wow! A big ole' bouquet of roasted coffee greats the nose. Just like freshly ground coffee beans. I'm also picking up some underlying malt sweetness and even a touch of hop character towards the back.

The taste is just THICK with straight up roasted coffee character that is well balanced by some sweet notes of chocolate and caramel that helps pull back some of the bitterness. There is also just a touch of citrus and floral hops in the back that helps finish things with a smack. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation that spreads out across the palette but there is also a good bit of slickness mixed in there as well.

Very impressive, this is definitely up there for me as far as Coffee Stouts are concerned. Rich coffee profile that is well balanced by some softer sweet notes and this went down the hatch exceptionally easily. Easy recommendation and good work here from Central Waters.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize how highly this was rated. Thanks to Levifunk for this one, bottled in October.

An aggressive pour yields a small 1/4 finger head covering of a dark rich creamy head that fades semi slowly, over a velvety looking very dark molasses brown almost black colored beer.

Nose is loaded with fresh roasted coffee, it only seems to have the nice coffee aspects too, no burnt roast or acidic grinds, etc. Nice coffee, some light espresso, roasted malts, and bit of a dark malty aroma, a bit of sweetness, hint of a nutty malt and brown sugar.

Taste starts a little creamy, with a slight oatmeal stout taste, bringing some roasted malts, plenty more fresh brewed coffee, some bitter stout flavors, a slight bit of minerality, some bitter earthy hops, a slight bit of chocolate, a nice malty base under that all with some caramel, bringing just a hint of booze. It finishes with a long bitter finish, some from earthy hops and some from the roasted malts and coffee, lingering coffee and a bit of an acidic hit here finally, and a bit of a caramel malt taste.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, somewhat creamy, and good carbonation.

Drink is OK, a light booze, some bitterness on the finish lingers for a while, just a hint of acidic taste, and mostly dry on the finish. Just a bit of minerality too which seems to be kept in control well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty as you would expect and then a strong burst of black coffee comes in quickly. As the bitterness fades a nice balance is left behind since there isn't a lot of sweetness like some coffee beers overdo. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although there are better ones that I've had, this is a really good coffee beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | 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 like more of a 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.

Nicely balanced for the most part, but there is some coffee roughness about the climax and in the 3rd act. Decent complexity and subtlety. Nice build for a coffee stout. 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. A bit rough around the edges.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-notes.

Mf: The coffee bean does lend it a light roughness/harshness which is buried beneath the 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.

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

Roughness fades as it warms, allowing the creaminess to take over.

Dr: The mouthfeel holds this back; they need to get that coffee roughness in check. It's quite drinkable, but the ABV isn't well hidden - nor is it overly-present; I'd guess this was 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. The price point is reasonable; I could definitely see myself picking this up again.

There're a lot of good elements here, but it seems Central Waters' beers fall into the "quite good, but not great" category for me. I look forward to continuing to try their other 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 on draught/nitro.

Low B+

05.19.15: 2nd impressions.

Brown-black body. Foamy khaki-tan head.Retains well.

Sm: Great coffee: impeccable roast, cappuccino cream, bitter espresso.

Moderate intensity.

T: Great balance. Great coffee. Ideal malt backbone. Cream. The coffee dominates - as well it should. Hints of hazelnut. The coffee is intricate as hell, and it's rather subtle and nuanced.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, soft, medium-bodied.

Undeniable harmony of texture and taste.

O: High quality. As drinkable as a coffee stout can be. This is truly one of the best go-to coffee stouts I've had.

Low B+

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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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/13/10 notes. 12 oz. bottle shared by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pure coffee grinds, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

t - Tastes again of straightr up coffee, with light bitter chocolate, roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good stout, but not one of my favorites. The smell and taste are pure coffee grinds to me. While some people probably love that, it isn't quite for me; I tend to like stouts that have more balance and chocolate in them. Either way, I could still appreciate a good stout, but there are many others I'd prefer to this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working through a bunch of low-gravity brews to make some fridge space. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly transparent dark reddish-brown color. A finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves glass-coating lacing. One of the lightest colored stouts I've ever tried!

S - Roast coffee, caramel malt, milk chocolate, perhaps some lactose sugar. Takes a little time to warm up, but once it does it is quite excellent.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter and roasty than I expected from the nose. The cocoa is also of the darker, more bitter, variety. Mild residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but not as palate-wrecking as some coffee beers. I wish it was a little sweeter.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium-light smooth body, maybe a touch watery. Finish has light stickiness to it - also wish it was a little dryer.

D - One of the more sessionable coffee beers out there, thanks to the low alcohol and lower residual bitterness. It's a little to acidic to be perfect in this area though.

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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 drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me in a trade by beerwolf77. Thanks, again, this is part of my #1 beer series, the best American Stout on beeradvocate. Also, this is an old list top 100 beer that I had not reviewed, double bonus.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice mocha head that falls away to a ring, that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low. Looks good.

Chocolate, coffee, mild roast, sweet, YUM. I have to say it, this beer smells fucking awesome.

Smooth, creamy, the ending is a little rough. Medium bodied, the beer leads off with some minimal sweetness, gives way to a creamy chocolaty midpalate and a bitter ending that finishes a little to dry for the accompanied bitterness. Its good, very good, but if it were a little less dry I would love it even more. A very awesome beer. My wife will love this.

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Photo of mothman
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bells tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of burnt coffee tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep bronze hued brown when held up to the light. Color is a dark brown otherwise.

Aroma: Massive amounts of fresh coffee with a perfect amount of roasted malts. A perfect amount of coffee. Absolutely delish. I don't know if I have smelt a better coffee stout.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and fresh coffee. Straight up coffee in your face. It has a lot of roasted malt with fresh earthy hops. Everything about this beer is fresh. Some chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and crisp. A medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, this coffee stout is solid goodness. If you enjoy coffee, this is your beer. Fresh coffee, roasted malts, and fresh hops. Very smooth drinking and easy to drink. I am really enjoying this beer.

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