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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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370 Reviews
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Reviews: 370
Hads: 861
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 413
Gots: 94 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Reviews: 370 | Hads: 861
Photo of garymuchow
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle dating, so I'm assuming this is a recent bottling as it just seemed to appear at a store that tends to have fresh and not one to take on old. This is rated highly, so I'm trying to determine what makes coffee stouts better or not so much.
Nice looking. Fairly big tan head with dripping lacing. Fresh ground coffee with hints of what seems like hops. Roast (malt or coffee?).
Well balanced coffee flavor. No sense of excess and still holds the ground bean flavor. Bitterness is mild but it lays on the tongue for a good long time on the finish. Nice blending with the malts so the flavor in well rounded. Takes on a slight sweetness as it opens up.
Lighter body than I would have expected. Carbonated moderately.
This is better than many because there are no misses in the drink. Alcohol at a nice level, increasing drinkability.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost back in the glass except for the reddish edges when held up to the light. Topped with a finger of light beige head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee and lots of it, some molasses and a touch of cocoa. Really great coffee stout nose on this one.

Taste. Big coffee taste, like the smell. Good dark roast coffee too, not old supermarket coffee like in other beers I've had. There's some roasted malts and a bit of high quality, high cocoa % chocolate with just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Not as much body as I would like in a beer like this, around medium+. Medium carbonation which may be a touch high, but much less of a whine than the body.

Overall. Great stuff. I wasn't expecting this to be so tasty simply because it hasn't been on my radar. Thanks for the excellent choice, Steasy66.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and a huge fan of Central Waters so this seems right up my alley. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a frothy 1.5 finger light mocha head with moderate retention. Lacing is thick, layered and stringy with great stick. Beer is pitch black. Thin legs. Pretty sweet.

Nose is dank coffee beans, mocha, dark chocolate, cocoa and roast. Sweet and robust. Real rich too.

Opens chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder and coffee beans. Roast and more chocolate and mocha in the middle. Iced coffee and a slight syrup-y goodness at the end. Finishes semi-sweet and roast with a slick, sweet coffee aftertaste. This is really good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and silky. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. My favorite part about this beer.

A coffee imperial stout from one of my favorite dark beer breweries seemed right up my alley and Brewhouse Coffee stout doesn't disappoint. This one's robust, rich, and super drinkable. One I'd revisit for sure!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Year old bottle? Thank Matt!

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a thick dark brown head that faded into a very rocky film. Minimal lace.
S: Mellow notes of black coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Lightly acidic (coffee).
T: Coffee is rich and smooth with a light acidity. Chocolate is the next prominent flavor, with vanilla, roasted, and caramel in the finish. The aftertaste is full of more coffee and roasted, toasted flavors.
M: Medium-full body, fairly soft mouthfeel with a sharp bite to it (but in a good way), soft carbonation.
O: A very delicious and enjoyable coffee stout. Definitely better than most non-barrel aged ones I’ve had. Huge thank you, Matt. Cheers!

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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 MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very roasty and rich stout aroma with big hints of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Dark roasted barley malts with a big presence of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream, lactose, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, and biscuit. Also some hints of grains, oatmeal, and nuts along with some brown sugar and molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with some hints of raisin, plum, and dark cherry. Hops are very subdued. A pretty good coffee stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a rich and roasty dark stout taste with a big presence of coffee beans and sweet chocolate. Rich dark roasted malts with big upfront notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream, milk, lactose, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some notes of oatmeal, nuts, grains, and a little smoke. Sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of plum, raisin, and dark cherries. Slight earthy hop presence towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy and silky smooth. Slightly syrupy. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good imperial coffee stout. Good roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavors with a nice oat like bready presence.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and moderately thick. Head is tan foamy, about 2 fingers and retains nicely.

Smell has notes of bitter dark chocolate and slight hints of vanilla. Notes of fresh brewed medium roasted coffee comes through as well as some toffee life malt. Coffee is a little more mild then I was expecting.

Taste is great fresh brewed coffee is forward followed by a mild vanilla sweetness and balanced nicely with some chocolate caramel like malt and mild herbal hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is good carbonation bubbles are small and the body is medium to full which gives is a creamy milkshake like feel.

Overall really great coffee stout. I may have to grab another to put away.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up the last one from Cork & Bottle. A handsome, if watery-black, pour into a tulip glass, with a thin tan head that dissipates and leaves a only a bit of lacing that slides completely off the glass.

Coffee in the nose. Coffee with sugar. Maybe some quiet dark fruit.

Sweet malty chewiness, with pleasantly overt mildly bitter coffee with sugar. Some semi-sweet chocolate. None of the tinny tartness of so many other, lesser stouts. (I'm looking at you, Guinness Foreign Extra.)

Reasonable carbonation, lighter-bodied than expected, even with the thin appearance. This is a good thing. I'm drinking a really good, fizzy ice coffee with sugar. A mild essence of alcohol in the throat reminds you it's 8.2%, but almost entirely hidden.

Somewhat simplistic, but wonderfully so. Coffee lovers will love this. Wish the store had ten more bottles. Now gonna have to go on a liquor store hunt for others.

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Photo of kevanb
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color with just a hint of cola brown around the edges, very opaque, with a khaki head that rises about 2 fingers high and has good retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is heavy on cold pressed coffee, slightly roasty with some toasted dark grains, bitter dark chocolate and some light pitted stone fruit. It's simple, but straightforward and the coffee is great. The flavors are right in line with the nose, wonderful cold pressed coffee, perfectly roasty with some nice fruit accents, bitter dark chocolate, toasted dark grain with pitted stone fruit and slight alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation, it's fairly full bodied, slightly thinner than I'd like, coats the mouth decently well and finishes crisply.

Verdict: A very nice coffee stout from Central Waters. It's thin, like many of their beers, which I'm not overly fond of, but the flavor profile is quite nice. Certainly one of the most drinkable coffee forward stouts I've come across and one I'd love to enjoy many more times.

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

Pours a nice, soapy, tan head that collapses softly and leaves nice lacing. Huge, toasted aroma of coffee. Black. Starts with an intense, almost overwhelming coffee flavor; acidic, roasted, earthy coffee beans. Moves into a nice medium bitterness; the transition of the hops is seamless. The coffee comes back, peaks in acidity, and then the finish begins; wonderfully aromatic coffee floats atop of floral hops and toasted malt.

I really, really like this one. This is EXACTLY what I think of when I think of a coffee stout; tons of coffee merged seamlessly with a deeply toasted stout.
Just superb.
I fell in love with this one years ago, and I still love it.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with garnet hue in the sunlight with dense mocha head that jiggles when roused.

Smells incredible. Smells like walking into a coffee bistro with a quality mild roast blend coffee brewing. On the back end I'm getting sticky buns with pecans.

Taste is sweetened coffee with cocoa quality bitterness. Some vanilla.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky sweet. My glass is stained brown. Coffee lingers well.

CW delivers as advertised. I was gun shy after their Peruvian Morning debacle two years in a row. I bought this fresh and drinking now. A tremendously tremendous craft at thankyou prices!

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Photo of Jaycase
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: black as night. thick, frothy 2 1/2 finger mocha colored head. lacing subsides quickly

s: big, heavy coffee aroma (slightly charred/burnt). dark bitter chocolate. hint of vanilla

t: following on from the aroma, big, heavy coffee flavor (slightly charred/burnt). some bitter dark chocolate.

m: medium carbonation. Body is slightly thin. creamy & smooth. finishes a touch dry.

o: Solid coffee stout. Coffee aroma/flavor comes big & bold. This is not a coffee stout in name only where the coffee is heavily muted in all aspects. Is it one dimensional? Perhaps but being a coffee stout it has the coffee aspects down in spades. Only complaint is I wish the body was a touch thicker. Would love to have tried fresh FBS next to this as I think the CW could win the battle. A must try for coffee lovers. And a reasonably priced bomber to boot!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout

Pour from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Pours out a very, very dark brown. No light getting through this one. A full finger of creamy tan head is produced. Nice retention, and lacing. Quite attractive....

S) The first scent I picked up after cracking this one open was not the coffee, but rather a very pleasing aroma of chocolate. There is a good amount of roasted coffee bean as well, and that works well with the chocolate. There is a faint hop bitterness in the background.

T) I find myself saying over and over that this beer or that beer follows the nose, when it comes to taste, but this one really does quite well. The hop bitterness is perhaps a little more assertive from a taste perspective, but that's all I got... Very nice....

M) Medium body, with moderate carbonation. This is supple, kind of creamy. It's quite smooth, and just a pleasure to sip on....

O) This is a fantastic stout... As far as I'm concerned, this is my favorite coffee stout, aside from Founders Breakfast Stout, which is my personal gold standard. Central Waters continues to impress. Keep up the good work folks....

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Photo of awakeavast
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep dark dark brown. As dark as brown can get. Persistent light tan head with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, and faint coffee notes. Not a whiff of hops or alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell. Strong taste of roasted malt on the front mellows into a bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavor. Finishes up with a touch of hops and bready malt while the bittersweet notes linger. Alcohol flavor is completely masked.

M: Very decadent. Creamy and smooth. The medium body and just enough carbonation keeps it from being very sticky.

O: A very good stout from central waters. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of guityler83
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A dense mocha colored head formed one finger tall in the snifter glass. The head retention was low but enough to produce some spider web like lacing on two sides of the glass. The beer, a black opaque color with only a shimmer of dark brown on the top edge when backlit.

S: At cooler temperatures a roasty cocoa and coffee aroma are prominant, but as it warms up the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans comes out and it hides the roastyness. Low hop aroma with no alcohol detected. also a bit of a toffee and molassas aroma as it warmed up.

T: Iced coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and toast malt flavors come through in differing levels (roughtly that order). The hop bitterness is firm and noticable though all the malt but not quite enough to keep down the sweetness (ok for a Imp Stout imo). As it warms up i think the flavors become more enjoyable and meld better with the beer overall.

M: Large amounts of body in the beer with low to moderate carbonation. Enough body to keep it malty and flavorful but not so much that it becomes filling quickly. No noticable alcohol warming and very low astringancy.

O: Coffee and chocolate forward double stout that gets better as it warms up.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I got this beer from a recent trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, since I've never seen this beer offered near me in Illinois. I haven't had a beer from Central Waters in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy mocha froth, on top of an opaque black colored body. Maybe just the slightest hint of cola brown around the edges when held to the light.

S - Smells the way an imperial coffee stout should smell. Fresh brewed iced coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some roasted malty notes, & a hint of vanilla. Iced coffee is super authentic; it literally smells like a cold cup of coffee at times.

T - Taste follows the nose. Everything a well brewed coffee stout should be. Bitter roast from the coffee beans, fresh iced coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, some sweet vanilla extract, even a bit of piney hop presence to round things off. No alcohol heat; big 8.20% abv is expertly well hidden.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, sticky, and bitter, with roasted coffee beans & some powdery chocolate lingering on the palate. Hint of piney hops hanging in there also.

Overall, a very enjoyable stout from Central Waters; it appears these guys certainly know how to brew up the coffee stouts. While not as amazing as Central Waters Peruvian Morning, it is still delicious and just as authentically well made. A must have beer for all stout enthusiasts.

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a moderate tan head. Ok retention and really nice lace.

Nose is a terrific blend of coffee and liquid chocolate. Quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick.

Taste has a really nice fresh coffee flavor. The chocolate is not as sweet as it smelled at first. It is really smooth and the bitterness is not as bold as it could be. I like it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work ok with the strong coffee flavors.

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Photo of joe1510
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Steve's Madison

Brewhouse Coffee Stout leaves the bottle chestnut brown but as it collects in the glass becomes the darkest of browns bordering on black. A finger and a half worth of beige head formed on the pour and although it fell to a thick cap had really good staying power. Leaves intricate sticky drink lines down the glass. This is a very good looking stout.

This is a coffee bomb but I can really appreciate dark chocolate and cocoa in the background. Freshly brewed coffee hits hard right away and lasts throughout the smell. The chocolate adds a great depth and makes for a delicious smelling beer. After giving the glass a slight swirl there's even some vanilla present.

There is an incredible depth of flavor in this beer. The coffee is more of component of the whole instead of stomping over all other flavors like some other coffee infused brews tend to do. It's loaded with the freshest brewed highest quality coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and hazelnut all in that order of intensity. The finish is like rich fudge. This is so close to getting a perfect score.

The mouthfeel was decent upfront but as this beer continues to warm the overall feel becomes much better. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and slow moving.

The lower abv, moderate mouthfeel, and deliciousness make this a pure joy to put away. The glass and bottle are disappearing much quicker then I'd like but I can't help myself gulping it down.

This is another excellent beer from Central Waters. Another one of Wisconsin's great breweries. Every time I head up North I'm sure to pick up as many Central Waters products as monetarily possible.

Reviewed: 6/1/08

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Photo of ERRL710
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into my snifter. Bottled 07/18/13

Pours jet black with a light head, exactly as you would expect from a stout. First taste on the tongue is coffee bitterness, and then dark roasted malts. I would say i get very light bakers chocolate, and vanilla tones as it warms. As far as mouthfeel, This is a Lightly carbonated, very smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Great introduction into Imp stouts. I enjoy how well the Alcohol is very well hidden in the coffee bitterness as well.

Id love to age this but my question is how long?

I also think this would benefit a lot from being barreled. It would add to the complexity, and really bring out the vanilla/chocolate tones. Hope to see a barreled version sometime.

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Photo of vic21234
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date but it is the 2013 vintage.

A- Pours very cola-like. A thin dark brown/ black color with a small amount of cream colored head that quickly fades. Some lacing is noted along the sides of the glass.

S- Rich coffee notes overwhelm the aroma. Maybe some chocolate in there too. Nice smelling beer.

T- Tons of coffee flavors on the taste. Really nothing else here aside from some chocolate and espresso.

M- Thinner bodied than I would have thought, medium carbonation, coffee-forward, good dessert beer.

A very nice flavorful coffee stout, but I would have liked it to be a little thicker.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber from the 2013 release opened up today, 7/31/2013. Poured into a Goose Island half-pint glass.

This beer pours a dark brown body with a small <1cm mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin collar and not much else. Not much lacing to speak of. A fairly typical, almost unimpressive looking stout.

Luckily the rest of the beer is outstanding. The nose gives off a heavy coffee bitterness overhanging a sweet vanilla, mocha and bitter dark chocolate forefront. All I can say is that it smells potent and appetizing.

And of course the flavour profile is really something. Tastes like a shaken latte with a small half-shot of vanilla and chocolate syrups and of course alcohol, but without any kind of overwhelming sweetness at all. It is actually a fairly bitter brew probably because of the coffee. Basically mocha, dark chocolate, bits of vanilla and tons of coffee. Drinks very easily, rather well without any hint of booze. Its a medium bodied brew that has high drinkability and solid carbonation.. the feel of it is actually quite resinous and sticky. Aftertaste is a black coffee bitterness accentuated by a sweet milk chocolate flavour. Love it!

Very, very tasty coffee stout.. really more of an American Stout than an Imperial Stout. Reminds me of my first coffee stout homebrew, but so much better. Its a very complex yet an unassuming looking brew that will please anybody who likes their coffee black. For the price and flavour profile, this is awesome. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. bottled about 3 weeks ago.

A - Dark coffee color (go figure) with a half finger mocha head that fades into oblivion. No lacing is apparent.

S - Dark Coffee, French latte, mocha, and hints of bitter bakers chocolate. Roasted malts and light caramel round it off.

T - Nice coffee forward stout. Roasted coffee beans and malts, espresso and bakers chocolate. Sweetened with mellow caramel and mocha.

M - A light bodied stout that is okay. Nice to have in the summer time. Still smooth and creamy feeling with light carbonation.

O - Good coffee forward lighter stout that is nice to enjoy in the hot summer months. At only $5 a bomber, I'll grab a couple more.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It had been a while - at least 3 years - since I had this so I ran out and picked up a bottle of this year's release. I remember it being excellent. Is it as good as I recall? Not quite.

Not sure of the bottling date but pretty fresh. Just came to MN this week.

Appears a bit thin. Not much lacing. But it does pour with couple fingers of creamy head.

Coffee on the nose of course. Not a whole lot else on the nose.

Tastes of coffee and big malt sweetness. Feel like it could use more roast/ chocolate malts. Not extremely complex but I do love my coffee.

It is a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.01/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one last summer, but can't remember who from. Cheers to the mystery trader!

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed in October 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a really thin, transparent brown and produces a small, looser looking, light tan head with lousy retention. Transparent dark brown body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp, but only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass. Way too thin, and head was lack luster.

SMELL: Coffee is there, some light notes of sweet cream and roasted malts. Mild, but nothing is wrong per se.

TASTE: Better than the nose for sure. Roasted and coffee notes with some nice sweet cream and vanilla at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, bitter roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Not bad.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, slightly creamy, goes down alright but burns a touch at the swallow and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A little light and thin for the style.

OVERALL: There were a lot of things missing in this beer, but luckily the flavor was enjoyable enough. Really too light and thin for the style. In all honesty, I've yet to be impressed with any Central Waters stuff, but I still hold out hope. Thanks again.

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3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent by laymansbeerfan, I love me some coffee stout. 12oz bottle states that it was brewed in October, served in a pub nonic.

A: Dark brown with transparent blood red hues, two solid fingers of creamy light tan head had decent retention and leaves some solid lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate dominate, lighter roast characters, toasted grains, bits of sweetness, faint nuttiness and earthiness.

T: More of the same as the nose, coffee and definite dark malt, breadiness, toasted grains and nuts, some earthy hops maybe, faint caramel and mocha, roast on the finish.

MF: Dry finish, medium body, aftertaste is coffee & coffee grounds.

O: Surprised by how much breadiness there was in this beer. Its a decent coffee stout but not my favorite. Don't know how the age affected this one.

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