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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
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Photo of drpimento


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoaaa, Nelly Bell! This is one serious ass beer. The coffee qualities are at first so fresh and aromatic. Served with a fine, light tan nice head and some lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown or black. Aroma is totally dominated by the very fresh cofffee. Actually, in the aroma there's not a whole lot of beer character. Flavor's where it all comes together. Solidly. There's some dark ripe fruit, a little cocoa, some of the malt, hints of caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and toffee. There's a short period of a bittersweetness and then fades to slightly dry. No alcohol at all. Session beer if you're into coffee stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 07:25:17 | More by drpimento
Photo of francisweizen


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big ups to milwaukeesclassic for da trade!

A: Dark brown cola ruby with a small tan off white head of foam that is easily revived, provides excellent fizzy swishing audio and provides thin sheets of Wisconsin cum Belgium lacing.

A: Fresh coffee, like seriously, I get coffee at Poggio Trattoria which is the Italian restaurant located next door to my hotel in Sausalito, CA. And the intense mornig blend they brew for me. Extra shots, Heavy cream, 2 doses of raw brown sugar....well....this beer smells like THAT. Awesome. Also some faint greeny hops and a nice bready malt are also in the nose if you can get past all that coffee

T: Coffee up front a bit acrid and lactic with a nice caffeine coffee burn. Awesome stuff here. Complex malts with a small caramel blast and the green hops coming back tie it all together and make it tight and lean

M: A bit milky thin but perfect for the style.

D: Awesome, I can relive my morning and the reason I reach for a cup of joe IN the morning all over again. It breaks the day night night day cycle and realligns the stars...

hardy, har, har....This is quite possibly the best "coffee stout, coffee beer, coffee with beer in the name or name of the style beer" that I have ever had....EVER...


Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:48:19 | More by francisweizen
Photo of tpd975


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this treat.

A: Pours as black as they come, not a single ray of Florida sunshine can penetrate this brew. The head is rather puny and the retention is not so good.

S: Tons of coffee aroma. Reminds me of the coffee aisle at the supermarket after fresh beans had just been ground. Hints of chocolate and vanilla, but this one is all about the coffee.

T: Not my favorite coffee stout, but this is very good. Tons of fresh brewed coffee from start to finish. Even though this is coffee forward nice notes of bitter chocolate come thru. Hints of vanilla and a touch of creme can be detected as well.

M: Thick in body very smooth.

D: I love coffee and stout. I found the bomber to be a very nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 16:52:08 | More by tpd975
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.53/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a dark dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, and raisin. The flavor is all bitter coffee, along with some iced tea and a bitter nut finish. This beer was odd and the coffee flavor was very weak and bad. One of the worst coffee beers I've had. I'm surprised by the high ratings.
6/4/5/2/10 (2.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:53:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of seeswo. Served in my Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours the color of cola with a loose, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Some spots and strands of lacing, but weak legs. Nose reveals roasted coffee grounds and a trace of brown sugar or molasses. Taste follows nose - roasted character really comes out, as well as dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, lively effervescence. All and all a very drinkable coffee stout - not too sweet and the coffee character does not come off as being overly vegetal or charred. Abv is exceptionally well-hidden at 8.20%.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:30:37 | More by Jwale73
Photo of hopdog


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ughsmash (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, roast with some chocolate and tobacco. Nice coffee in the aroma. Tastes of coffee, roast, amd some bitter chocolate. I'm a sucker for coffee beers and this one didn't dissapoint me.

Notes from: 4/30/08

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 19:42:21 | More by hopdog
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 05:13:12 | More by AgentZero
Photo of maximum12


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this finally showing up again all over Wisconsin & now even close to the MN border, & I finally get to try it.

Black. Little to no head, just a ring. Smell is great, like a Starbucks at 5:30 AM - no, that would suck, make it 9:00 AM - that rich smell without the bitter edge. Mmmmm. Best imitation of coffee in the nose I've experienced to date.

Holy coffee cow. This...this is the standard that all other pure coffee beers should be judged by. The coffee is rich, smooth, luscious, backed up a by dollop of chocolate sweetness that rounds it out like sweet cream loveliness. Behind this ribald coffee parade I swear there's a gentle hop bite, just to make things interesting.

There's enough of a jolt here to make a coffee-head happy, but it's full enough to make those who really just like the smell (like me) happy, too.

Damn. This is a top-notch brew. Anyone who enjoys this combination should seek this one out. Best coffee beer I've had, & I'm not sure how much it can be improved on.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:25:07 | More by maximum12
Photo of mynie


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big ol bitch of a stout, right here. Giant ass soapy offbrown head that stretches a solid, dripless inch above the glass' rim.

Smells like cold coffee and lightly sour oatmeal. Not as bitter as your average coffee beer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Thing is, it's not very complex.

Tastes like coffee straight off--medium roast, little nutty and tangy and mildly bitter. This gives way to light, dry hops and roasted grain. Tastes really nice, but not really complex enough to get a World Class rating.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 03:08:57 | More by mynie
Photo of ffejherb


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured via 22oz. bomber on 11/1/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Very dark brown with hazlenut highlights and thin, bubbly mocha-colored head.

S - Aroma is fresh ground coffee and a bit of coffee mixed with some coffee. There is a hint of chocolate sweetness and a mild sourness in the back.

T - Fantastic coffee flavor complemented by chocolate malty notes and an earthy bitterness. Simply delicious!

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Just a tad thin overall, but doesn't really detract from the overall mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter.

D - Very well-done coffee stout with exceptional drinkability and tons of fresh coffee flavor. I need to get more of this outstanding brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 22:10:07 | More by ffejherb
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to LusciousJackson for this treat.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy, tan head with good retention (excellent for a coffee beer) and tons of lacing (impressive for a coffee beer).

5.0 S: This is incredibly nutty. I'm shocked at how nutty it is. After that there is a huge helping of milk chocolate and caramel. Only after that does the coffee come in. It mixes with the chocolate to give a cafe mocha vibe. Just a touch of roastiness to balance things out. This has a huge nose which is stronger than most beers twice the ABV.

5.0 T: The taste is much like the nose. Tons of nuts, milk chocolate, and caramel. Coffee complements rather than dominates. The coffee and roasted malts team up to give only a mild roastiness. This is a fairly sweet beer overall. Perhaps a touch of dark fruitiness, but that all falls to the wayside.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy and super smooth.

5.0 D: I'm a pretty harsh rater and I've searched and searched for a reason to not give this beer the scores that I have. Obviously, I could not find any reasons. This is easily the best single stout I've had. Incredible amount of flavor and each component contributes positively to the whole. Time for an ISO.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 19:10:13 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Deuane


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp with the hookup on this one.

A-deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head adorns and then slowly recedes and leaves spotty lace.

S-Fresh ground dark roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Overall thou this one is all about the arabica!

T-Straight up coffee goodness accented with chocolate malt notes and a background bite of sublte spicy hops.

M-Medium body and smooth but not as creamy as I would have liked. This makes the brew come off a bit thin. Not thin enough to be a detractor but thin enough not to bump up the score into rarified air. Flavours are long lasting a lovely.

D-Well done, as good as hyped. I am impressed with this CW offering. I could easily see myself enjoying an entire bomber next time around. Bump up the body a tad and this one could challenge Pisgah Valdez as the champion of coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 07:39:29 | More by Deuane
Photo of cpetrone84


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

A-pours a black liquid, virtually opaque, with a dense creamy tan colored head.

S-the smell is quite nice, lots of roasted coffee, very refined nose, notes of milk chocolate and some roasted malts.

T-the flavors are huge, pretty much the same as the nose. the coffee seems a little more roasted or even slightly burnt. some creamy milk chocolate in there as well with a light coffee bitterness in the back.

M-smooth, creamy medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slick on the back of the throat.

D-pretty straight forward, lots of coffee, the taste seemed a little burnt but still pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 19:55:46 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of KarlHungus


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:53:36 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to LJArsenal for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with only a faint hint of cherry at the edges when the glass is tilted. Capping this is a creamy, khaki colored layer of foam that doesn't get much thicker than one finger. Lace is quite sticky and of the webbed variety. Carbonation is active.

S: Heavenly aroma of medium roast coffee that mixes nicely with cocoa, honey, molassas, vanilla, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: Follows the smell closely. As it warms, sweetish dark fruit, lactose, and dark chocolate emerge.

M: Mild coffee bitterness with layers of earthy sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, tangy cherry, and a dry and sticky finish that has to be felt to be believed.

D: Not a trace of alcohol. I think I would consider this to be the most sessionable coffee Stout I've ever had. Absolutely fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 03:15:05 | More by GbVDave
Photo of morimech


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head. A wispy layer of tiny bubbles linger on the surface. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass surface. Has a wonderful aroma of fresh coffee and chocolate. This is what a coffee infused beer should taste like. Has a freshly brewed coffee flavor with hints of mocha. Hints of caramel, roasted malt, and some earthiness. Has enough of a malt body to carry the coffee. I can think of a couple of other coffee beers that cannot compete in that department. Has a medium body with a nice carbonation that lends a soft texture that falls short of creamy. An outstanding flavored beer. A few areas could be improved upon but as of right now I am enjoying it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 13:06:22 | More by morimech
Photo of srandycarter


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

A - Very dark cola, almost black. Small head to ring, some cascading bubbles and lace.

S - MAJOR dense coffee, bitter chocolate and roasty malt.

T - Taste spot on for smell. Yum. Flavors are pretty thick and satisfying.

M - Medium body, good carb and pretty good coating.

D - For the style, very drinkable.

Been focusing on thinner beers lately, this was a nice surprise. Wish I knew the ABV, but I am guessing it must be between 7-9.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 06:27:29 | More by srandycarter
Photo of oline73


3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 19:19:20 | More by oline73
Photo of Pencible


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh roasted coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice.
T: It tasted like strong and delicious coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice. It had a smooth and clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had an amazingly strong coffee sense, especially considering I sampled it 10 months after bottling. Great scent and taste, with acceptable body. Alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Is this imperial? Delicious either way, among the top coffee beers. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:16:31 | More by Pencible
Photo of billab914


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a thin white lacing covering the top of the beer. The head faded out and didn't leave much of anything for lacing. It was a little lighter in color then I expected and would have liked a little more head on it.

The aroma has a good amount of coffee present with some roasted malt and a little chocolate coming through as well. The coffee is strong but it's not overdone, there are still some good flavors besides coffee coming through.

The taste is also not surprisingly coffee centered. The coffee leaves a nice long bitter flavor on the palate in the finish. There is some chocolate and cocoa coming through in the finish that seems to help balance out the bitterness some. It has a very smooth and good coffee flavor though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the lower side. Personally I like my stouts a little thicker but that's pretty minor considering how good it tastes.

Drinkability is good, it has a lot of coffee flavor for sure but is still very good tasting and drinkable. Overall an excellent beer that has some very nice coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:16:48 | More by billab914
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:15:21 | More by cosmicevan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 04:49:43 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Floydster


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, thanks for the opportunity Wendall to try this Top 100 brew, split with my dad last night, poured into my Rubicon snifter

A-Very dark brown but almost black with some highlights, thin 1/2 inch creamy beige head that stayed around for a couple minutes, some retention, not much lacing
S-Fresh coffee beans that are mostly roasted espresso, dark chocolate, also some grassy accents, some faintly sweet malt, half and half, and leather
T-This stout was obviously coffee infused but near as intense as the aroma point to or you would think after brews like Speedway and Arctic Rhino, this started off with some slightly sweet dark cocoa, that faded into some roasted malts and espresso in the middle, finish was dry with mild hops and more coffee but not much, flavor was not overpowering, instead the coffee enhanced the malts flavors and really brought out the roastiness in this brew, by the end it got creamy and milky like somebody put some dairy in the beer when I was not looking to give it an even more coffee-like flavor and desirable sweetness
M-Medium bodied, slightly thin for how big of a beer it is, roasty, chewy, and dry mouthfeel, taste lingers, nice low level of carbonation that fit this brew
D-Could have drank the bomber but would have been limited after that, bit heavy on the stomach, do not know the ABV but it does not seem like it could be higher than eight percent, and if it was then it was well hidden

First beer I have tasted from Central Waters but now I look forward to trying others, thought the coffee was going to be more aggressive but it was fairly mellow and worked well with the other flavors, one thing is for sure and that is that it tasted very fresh, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:35:14 | More by Floydster
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters- Coffee Stout

A- Dark brown, almost pitch black, with a thick frothy tan head. Solid messy lacing down the whole glass.
S- Big sweet black coffee beans with hints of vanilla and cream.
T- Delicious sweet creamy black coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla cream, and fudge.
M- Thick sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweet body with a slightly astringnt bitter feel.

Overall- So good! The best I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 22:58:15 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of flexabull


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:13:06 | More by flexabull
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.