Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
07-04-2008 22:50:33 | More by Sammy
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-24-2009 20:29:18 | More by Thorpe429
4.58/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-06-2009 14:38:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
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
10-31-2010 20:10:31 | More by brentk56
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
06-04-2008 22:59:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
12-14-2010 18:16:02 | More by acurtis
4.43/5 rDev +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.
11-17-2009 03:22:47 | More by BEERchitect
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
04-11-2011 02:27:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-19-2010 05:56:51 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-19-2010 22:10:00 | More by TMoney2591
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-28-2008 03:02:51 | More by emerge077
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
01-22-2010 20:03:36 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-21-2008 17:05:07 | More by largadeer
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-28-2009 03:06:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
02-10-2010 06:52:03 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
10-03-2008 22:09:15 | More by Kegatron
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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