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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 844
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 411
Gots: 95 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 366 | Hads: 844
Photo of hopsbreath
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recognition for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this has to go out to "my main man!" Hey, its basketball season, we're getting hyped up for the Blazers chances as the sixth seed in the playoffs, and I've been watching too much Ahmad Rashad. Thanks zimmerbloke.

A: A bit thin looking medium brown in the glass. A finger of espresso looking head hangs out for a long time. It never loses a full clumpy cap and copious amounts of lacing clings to my glass. 4/5

S: Probably not as coffee driven at this point compared to fresher. Its more of a coffee-colla kind of thing right now. I wish there was some more earthy and robust coffee here. 3/5

T: Equal parts smooth french press and sweet milk chocolate. A dash of floral hops rounds out the flavor for some balance. 3.5/5

M: Thin, clean, brisk, and porter like. A little more body is needed here to propel the beer into the upper echelon. 3/5

O: If Founders Breakfast Stout and Terrapin Wake N' Bake are my bench marks for 8% coffee stouts, this would have to be more on the average side for my palate. I had a Brewhouse about a month ago and thought it might be up to the challenge of competing with the big boys. I had an FBS just a week ago though and now realize that this beer is not quite to that level. Its still enjoyable though, and you wouldn't catch me turning one down if offered. 3.5/5 (1,358 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black body with a creamy white head. Good coat of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Coffee and sweetness imparted from malts smells like caramel.

Taste: Stale coffee with bitterness imparted from the coffee and malty sweetness. Mild alcohol flavor as it approaches room temperature. Not much complexity here, mostly a flavor of premium coffee is what i think the brewer intended for in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think that i need to try this beer when it is fresh. The coffee tasted a bit stale to me and i think that it will make the beer much better when its fresh. i will have to try it in the fall of 2012. (763 characters)

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. (426 characters)

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. (504 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, looking rather light for a stout, with about a one-finger tan dense head that slowly relaxes to a layer on the surface. A few flakes of sediment floating around, despite a fairly careful pour. I don't mind a bit of sediment in my beer, but this is kinda chunky and flaky, and not that appealing.

Smell is a nice mix of coffee and bitter chocolate, with some lingering light fruity sweetness down there (peaches). The coffee is definitely dominant, but it's a good coffee aroma, and the rest of the smell is well-rounded.

Taste is, again, coffee with a bit of chocolate, but much less balanced than the smell. Unfortunately, the bitterness of the coffee comes through much more than the good coffee flavors. It's a bit light drinking espresso that's been over-extracted. The stout is there, but definitely plays second fiddle to the coffee. Which is unfortunate, as it could use some richness or oomph to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, pretty light for a stout, with medium-low carbonation.

This is a decent beer. But it's a stout? Could've fooled me. It's somewhat comparable to Surly's Coffee Bender (which is, yes, a brown ale), though not nearly as good. It's light, the coffee flavor is bitter, and there's not enough else to it. IMO, there are much better coffee stouts out there. As I write this, this beer is the top-rated American Stout on BA. Am I missing something? (1,420 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle of this dated October 2010, thanks to arvjunk.
A: Black with a slight brown hue, it poured with a decent one-finger tan head that quickly died to a collar with lacing.
S: A very enticing mix of barbeque roast and earthy citric coffee. There is some molasses, campfire, and strawberries.
T: More chocolate than you'd expect, with the taste of French-pressed full city roast. The roasted pig char surprises you at first, but then just becomes natural. This is really good.
M: Thicker at first, developing a slow froth that finally crisps on the finish. Good.
O: What to say? This is a good one. Grab it if you can. (642 characters)

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

I love this beer! It is very unique. It almost tastes more like a desert liqueur than a beer. I also really like stouts so my taste for this beer is a little biased. Its funny because my wife isn't a coffee drinker but she will drink mochas etc. so coffee drinks that are sweeter. She is also not a beer drinker but I told her if she ever would like a beer, this one might be it because it tastes almost like a sweet coffee drink. Don't think it is totally sweet though because there is just enough hoppiness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. I love the nice dark opaque color as well. I need to buy some more before they don't brew it again for awhile. (663 characters)

Photo of tewaris
2.43/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottled 10/2010 poured into a snifter. Reddish brown with a light tan colored head, this stout pours quite clear and looks good -- medium head retention and good lacing. However, it's just not dark enough.

Smells peppery with some notes of coffee, coconut, and cream. Still not a whole lot going on here! Bittersweet and yucky, second rate coffee comes to mind upon first sip. I don't have a great taste in coffee, I admit, but this still seems weird. The mouthfeel is not bad... carbonation is okay and the body is actually quite decent compared to how thin this stout looked. But overall this was a disappointment and a drainpour.

Score: Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 2/5 (714 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like mud. Dark brown. Tan head. Nice lace. Darker would have been better.

Big coffee notes, chocolate, and roast notes.

Coffee and milk chocolate, good roasted malt notes.

creamy, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drink is good. Great coffee stout over all! (267 characters)

Photo of chilly460
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black, with a solid two finger tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S- No surprise here, big roasted coffee aroma up front, with some sweeter chocolate.

T - Like the nose, roasted malt and coffee dominate, but there is also a smooth chocolate in there. No real bitterness

M - Little heavier then medium with a smooth creamy feel

O .- Very nice overall, bold balanced flavor and aroma (418 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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%. (592 characters)

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. (591 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this extra. Tasted on 2/20/11. Review from notes:

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan colored head.

S: A really crisp coffee smell. Some roasted grain smell in the background.

T: Sweet chocolate taste up front, stout/roasted grain taste follows, then some nice bitter earthy coffee finishes.

M: Strong carbonation for this high alc. of a stout. Not complaining. Feel is pretty standard for a stout.

D: Overall, I really appreciated this stout. Can't believe it is only a stout and not a double stout. The coffee may have been a tad overpowering for this beer but overall, this beer is a winner. (632 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown. Not much carbonation at all. Very thin layer of tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt and molasses.

T: Underwhelming coffee flavor and not much else. Tastes kind of watered down. Some bitter chocolate and burnt coffee in the finish.

M: thin and watery. I would prefer it to be a little thicker with more carbonation.

8% abv is really well hidden. This was disappointingly average. If you want a coffee stout from Central Waters go with a Peruvian Morning! (522 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: This beer pours black with little light shining through. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass, but the light tan head settles quickly.

S: Mostly coffee with dark roasted malt character. Some chocolate and dark fruit is present, with a slightly grassy hop note.

T: Talk about coffee! This espresso-laden brew is full of it! Malt gives some chocolate and toast character, along with some dried dark fruit and spice. Hops lend a nice dry finish with some floral notes.

Notes: This brew is full-bodied and robust. Flavor is intense. Not a session brew by any means, but extremely drinkable. This might be one of the best brews I have tasted from Central Waters. If I cam get more, I will certainly jump on the opportunity. (775 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice big 2 finger beige head. Body is an extremely dark brown. Head retention was above average and lacing was good.

Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate/caramel malts. There is a nice contrast of burnt/charred coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Hops are slightly present and alcohol is almost undetected.

Taste is bitter strong coffee at first. The malt comes through next with some bakers chocolate and smoked malts. Hops are in the background and the bitterness is amplified by the coffee. For over 8% alcohol, I could barely taste any booze.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. Carbonation levels are somewhat high and lighten up the beer some more. Head did thicken up the beer a little and give it some nice stout creaminess, finished abit dry though

Drinkability was pretty good. Got a 12 oz bottle in a trade and went through it very easily. Alcohol was masked nicely. The only drawback to the beer was that it was abit too coffee heavy. I love coffee stouts, they are my favorite style but I think this one needed something extra to balance it out. Unfortunately this beer doesnt make it to colorado but if you see it in your neck of the woods, definitely pick some up, very delicious stout. (1,216 characters)

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

Purchased at Woodman's in Madison WI in early February. Bottled in October 2010. Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip. Served at 55 degrees F.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, near black but not quite. A nice single finger light cream head. Slightly oily legs to it.

Smell: The smell really is impressive. Heavy heavy coffee. Nice roasting. Good malt to support, but great coffee aromas.

Taste: Feels like I'm enjoying a nice cup of coffee fresh out of the percolator after waking up in a tent. Has interesting spiciness to it, and a nice maltyness.

Mouth: Drinks very well, with good amount of carbonation.

Drink and overall: I would have to say the first time I tried it, I wasn't impressed, but after a second and third chance, my taste buds have warmed up and am enjoying it more. Very drinkable, even with the higher alcohol. Unusually high ABV for this style. Good beer, one per sitting is fine with me. Central Waters is running on all cylinders. (956 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This beer pours dark brown, oh-so-close to black. A large, voluptuous head rises up from the pour. Two toned in color, mocha and caramel; the head is thick and viscous looking. After a few minutes the head retreats to nothing more than a thin coating over the surface. Really nice looking brew. Nice soapy lacing is left all of the sides of the glass with a good swirl.

Nose is chock full of coffee; bitter dark roasted coffee, but not overpowering stuff. This is how a coffee stout should smell. Roasted grains, baker's chocolate, dark malts, espresso and faint alcohol are also noticed.

Taste is right along the same lines as the nose on this one. Coffee dominates with faint chocolate, dark fruits and a nice earthiness takes over. Faint smoky flavor lingers in the background with wood tenors and more slightly acidic coffee grounds. Yum.

The mouthfeel is where this beer falls slightly short for me. It is a little thin for the style but I suppose this makes it more drinkable. Prickly carbonation is satisfying and again adds to its drinkability. (1,098 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Buery tulip, no freshness info, and a big 'ol thank you to Dunt.

This is definitely black booty, the beer is exceptionally dark brown with a quarter to half an inch of khaki head that fades to a cap of froth.

Dark chocolate and an exceptionally roasty nose. Ash, almost pungent wood smoke, blunt burnt coffee beans, and sweetened espresso. There's something quite unique. That's it, roasted smokey paprika, not spicy but earthy. Hardly any coffee in the nose, but that doesn't keep it from being enjoyably interesting.

Sweet, dark caramel and general malt up front and some medium semblance of brewed coffee in the middle. The finish again brings an unexpected paprika and campfire smokiness with black malt bitterness.

Medium-light body with fine, tickling carbonation. Slight astringency that lends a dryish balance. Slight linger overall.

It doesn't seem like 8.2% in any way, and therefore I have a hard time seeing why it needs to be or is such a big beer. Since freshness dating is lacking I don't know how old this bottle is and whether that is why there is little coffee. I find the flavors very earthy and interesting. More novelty than solid coffee beer. (1,187 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a light brown colored head.

Smell is of big coffee and roasty malts.

Taste is of smooth coffee, almost silky smoothness, and roasty chocolate malts. Light hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, such a wonderful beer.

Awesome drinkability, awesome beer. (310 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Wisconsinality For sharing this beer.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with just a slight amount of light allowed along the edges. Finger width head that soon dissipates to a thin lacing on top of the beer and around the edge of the glass. A few "floaties" in the glass.

Smell: Now that is a coffee stout! The coffee come out immediately and something akin to sweet cream is also present. Very inviting!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Man that is so good. Just like a strong cup of java, this beer immediately awakens the tastebuds. Rich in it's robust coffee flavor, there is also a bit of a sweet syrup flavor. The ending of this beer tends to have what I would consider an overload of carbonation feeling to it. Medium overall in body, it's surprising that this beer has a 8.20 abv because it is very well hidden. If coffee is your thing, then this is the stout to try.

Drinkability: Just like a cup of coffee, I wouldn't want to overdo this beer. I probably would halt after one or two of these, as the rich flavors should be savored and enjoyed. Would be perfect as an after dinner beer. (1,102 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours out looking a light-to-medium brown color, and appears dark brown with ruby highlights when it settles in the glass. About 1.5 fingers of very nice tan head forms, which has pretty nice retention. Lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: Chocolate malts and coffee are prevalent right off the bat, with maybe a hint of vanilla. A nice dose of floral hops as well to provide some balance. I like it.

Taste: Chocolate malt and coffee are quite strong up front in this beer. Vanilla and caramel back that up, with some nice florals on the back end for balance. This beer tastes phenomenal....until the finish that is. Not quite sure what to make of it but the coffee flavor turns smoky and acrid on the finish, and it just doesn't combine well with the hop character. Was on the way to giving the taste a great score, but now not so pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with nice fine carbonation. Great mouthfeel. I was going to give this beer a great score until the finish hit. Drinkability is decent but not great due to my issues with this beer. Still, overall it's pretty solid. Definitely worth a shot. (1,139 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/coffee color with 2 fingers of tan head that recede to a quarter inch layer of froth on the surface.

Aroma is lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hints of earth and some caramel. Fairly straight forward but pleasant.

Taste is very smooth and chocolatey, almost like chocolate milk mixed with iced coffee. Begins very chocolatey with some sweetness to it, ends with lots of coffee and roasted flavors, the finish leaves chocolate and coffee on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/low carbonation and a very smooth feel to it and a mouth-coating sensation.

Overall this is a very well crafted stout with a very drinkable nature and a balanced profile. I would love to drink this again but I will have to wait as it is not sold in my state. (781 characters)

Photo of johnkale
2.66/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - ruby hued brown, pretty opaque, very nice head to start, a finger of thick tan foam that dissipates within a couple minutes, very nice lacing

S - chocolate, burnt malt, stale coffee, caramel, maple syrup. coffee notes are not pleasing, but only one part of the nose

T - charred, overextracted coffee is primary flavor, tastes like that "Black Silk" crap from Folgers, roasted malt and slight hop bittering come through in the finish. Some nice malty sweetness is present along with some molasses, but it doesn't balance out the astringent French Roast characteristics. A lighter roasted Indonesian coffee would have probably helped this out, providing body without all the unpleasant burnt coffee flavors. I also suspect the coffee used in the brewing might have oxidized a bit, which sucks. I drink a lot of coffee (a lot) and this tastes a lot like the coffees I try to avoid. As I drink more my palate adjusts but it doesn't ever really get over the off flavors

M - pretty thick, not too carbonated, nice mouth coating qualities

D - burnt coffee does not go down very well, plust the thickness of the beer limits my ability to quaff this completely

I like coffee, I like stouts, and I like a lot of coffee stouts (New Glarus and Founders Breakfast Stout for instance). This tastes like a coffee I would hate as the main ingredient in a solid but not very exciting stout. (1,382 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of urwithdave (thanks Dave!).

A - Pours a solid dark brown, with auburn highlights around the edges. Maybe a finger or so of off-white head, that fades to a thin cap. Just a bit of lacing, and even that slides down the glass quickly. Pretty average for the style.

S - Lots of rich, roasty coffee. A bit of lactose, almost like a milk stout. Overall impression is that of a latte. Definitely improves as it warms.

T - When cold, it's pretty muted. The coffee notes seem stale and it's fairly bland. Once it gets closer to room temperature, the coffee really comes forward and opens up. That milk stout quality is still there, with a sweetness that compliments the coffee very well. Vanilla and milk chocolate are lurking in there somewhere as well.

M - Thick and creamy, with nice carbonation and viscosity. Outstanding.

D - I like it, but the coffee flavors aren't quite as nice in the finish. The alcohol, while I can't taste it, is there after I'm done with the bottle. But I'd still like to have another one.

O - Very nice beer overall. Like I mentioned a couple of times above, it's a different beer once it warms up. I'd recommend drinking this one just below room temperature for best results. It's not quite as good as what I consider the standard-bearer for the coffee stout style, Peche Mortel (although I haven't had Peruvian Morning yet), but it's right up there. (1,405 characters)

Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.