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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 384
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of iDrinknewglarus


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours near black (very dark brown) with a dark tan head that fizzles away to form a ring around my glass that sticks around and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Coffee, you can't miss it. Sweet, roasted dark malts.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells, loads of coffee compliment a very nice stout base. It leaves some of that black coffee bitterness and you can taste the acidity from the coffee. The coffee itself tastes like a high quality, medium roast that is very bright and very fresh. The back of my tongue clings onto coffee and dark chocolate. This is 8.2%??? Alcohol is NOWHERE in sight.

M: Medium. Not super thick, but not thin either. Coats the mouth well. Good carbonation.

One of the best, if not the best, coffee stouts I've had. It tastes remarkably similar to New Glarus's Coffee Stout, but bolder, stronger, and thicker. This is a coffee lovers beer all the way.

09-15-2011 18:12:30 | More by iDrinknewglarus
Photo of Klym


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Big thanks to klikger for this bottle! Lovely and much desired extra!

This is probably as good as you can possibly make a coffee single stout. The smell is just a decadent piece of milk chocolate absolutely packed with top-notch coffee bean grinds. The taste is an extremely well-crafted, delicious, coffee dominant taste with a hint of chocolate and various spice. A near sinful pleasure to drink-- wish I had some for the mornings!

08-28-2011 06:35:40 | More by Klym
Photo of Vierenner


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Probably the most coffee-like stout I've ever tasted ... unfortunately it's a one trick pony. It's smooth, and the first sips are very flavorful, but by the 5th or 6th sip the magic disappears. The coffee flavor goes into hiding and there's not much else there.

08-26-2011 21:14:17 | More by Vierenner
Photo of alpinebryant


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Pour is an unimpressive dark brown with a light tan head. Just a tiny hiss when opening.

S: Strong Coffee, sweet malt and a mild hop presence along with some licorice.

T: After having two cups of regular coffee, I jumped right onto this after drinking some water to cleanse my taste palate. The coffee flavors in this beer were stronger than both of the cups of coffee that I had prior. The flavors come together to drink more like a coffee brown ale than a stout. There are thick brown ale characteristics , some caramelized sugars and lots of coffee with maybe a bit of lactose to sweeten it up.

M: Medium to light body with a medium to light carbonation. Right to style for an American Stout.

O: This is a very good Coffee stout. It doesnt quite have the strong black roast flavors that I am used to in an American stout, but it is a nice beer to sip on and was well made.

08-14-2011 16:13:00 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Pencible


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-13-2011 03:16:31 | More by Pencible
Photo of crewfan16


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

poured from a bottle marked 10/10 into a pint glass on 8/10/11.

a-poured pitch black with a huge light tan head rising at least an inch or so. it slowly fell down leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. no light seems to be getting through this brew

s-as expected there is alot of coffee. this is strong, like fresh coffee grounds. there is a bit of sweetness as well, maybe vanilla and a bit of cocoa. deep roasted malt as well

t- obvious coffee ground flavors at first seem to melt away to some sweetness and then a nice chocolate finish with some more bitter coffee. finish lingers with coffee, as it should

m- feels slightly heavy on the carbonation, but actually has a creamy texture. the flavors linger nicely without showing any booze at all.

overall, I like this brew. Another nice seasonal from Central Waters. I dont know if this is anything spectacular, but certainly a great brew for what it is.

08-10-2011 05:54:16 | More by crewfan16
Photo of jnn4v


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Brewed October 2010. Tasted 8/4/2011.

A: Black and very stout-like. Moderate viscosity from the appearance. Not much head. No visible sediment.

S: I can't comprehend that this is 10 months old. It smells fantastic. Coffee, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and artificial "scratch-n-sniff" chocolate / cocoa scents.

T: Nice, rich coffee flavors without being overly bitter or "burned" tasting at all. Very smooth and balanced flavors, while keeping the coffee at the center of the profile. Additionally some cocoa powder, milk chocolate and some hop bitterness.

M: Viscous and somewhere between a stout and a cup of coffee. Oddly similar to what you'd expect from the flavors. Moderate sized bubbles and medium density.

O: Very good overall coffee stout. One of the best I've had - better than Peche Mortele and closer to Founder's Imperial Stout or Pigsah Valdez in flavor.

08-05-2011 02:37:05 | More by jnn4v
Photo of Janderson91


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

This was just one of a BUNCH of extras sent to me by hawks10, great guy and a great trader. Bottled in October 2010. Enjoyed on 07/22/11.

A - 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a very very dark red, almost black but not quite. A one finger tan head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves splotchy lacing.

S - This is my favorite part of the beer. Freshly ground coffee, roasted malts, a light hoppiness and some dark chocolate. Smells great.

T - Wow, this is really an excellent beer. Layers of dark chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted malts and some sweet cocoa powder. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor on the palate as if I just drank a fresh cup in the morning.

M - Mouthfeel is good four a regular stout. Medium with somewhat prickly carbonation keeping it relatively light and drinkable.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Only my second Central Waters beer (loved Peruvian Morning). I wish I had access to their beer all the time!

07-23-2011 01:41:08 | More by Janderson91
Photo of Phelps


3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Shared by whiterascal and poured into small taster glass.

Dark, opaque mahogany with some ruby edges when held to the light. The half-finger head of khaki quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

The nose is dark and coffee-like. Espresso, hints of cocoa, tangy sourdough every now and then.

At the front of the flavor, I get sourdough and old medium roast coffee. The good stuff doesn’t hit until after the swallow — that’s when the deeper, darker roasted beans roll in. There’s also some dark chocolate and toasted bread.

Fairly light body, quite fizzy with medium bubbles and light, massaging carbonation. Slight hints of booze as well.

This here stout almost tastes more like a cup of joe than a beer, which I’m totally cool with. Big, roasty and pretty delicious.

07-20-2011 23:13:30 | More by Phelps
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

07-14-2011 02:15:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of elgiacomo


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Acquired via trade with bennettrox, thanks Ryan!

12oz bottled in October 2010. Served at around 60-65F. A bit old for a coffee stout but lets see how this holds up.

Pours dark brown with a large tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is a nice blend of premium coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla and caramel. Some nuts, bread and toast as well. Smells like a coffee ice cream sundae topped with fudge, caramel and nuts. Very inviting and very good strength.

Flavor pretty much follows suit. Coffee ice cream sundae with plenty of delicious toppings. Premium coffee, milk chocolate/cocoa, caramel, vanilla, some roasted malts, nuts and bread. Some sweetness, low bitterness. Minimal alcohol. As it warms/progresses, the chocolate, caramel, etc step back a bit and becomes more straight up coffee and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and creamy with low to moderate carbonation.

Well the coffee is still holding on strong and this is quite the treat. Literally a dessert in a glass. I could only imagine what a fresh sample would be like. Also, the coffee used reminds me a lot of the coffee in Terrapin’s W-n-B which is one of my favorites. Nice one!

07-03-2011 03:03:29 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of kawilliams81


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Dark brown, near black. Lots of sediment in this bottle. Big tan/cream head with lots of lacing.

S- Roasted malts and a LOT of coffee.

T- Some sweet malts, maybe a little molasses. Coffee flavor is huge with a little bitter dark chocolate at the finish.

M- Medium body almost a little thin. Alcohol his hidden fairly well.

O- Has a nice coffee flavor, but wish there was a little more body to this beer. Will look for this one again.

07-03-2011 02:46:33 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of badboyrsl84


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours cola colored in a glass with a fizzy white head.

Smells - smells like a bag or coffee beans, sweet cream, vanilla, hint of chocolate.

Taste - a karate chop to the face with coffee. Lots of bitter coffee with some hints of sweet sugar. Mostly bitter though but great coffee taste. It finish crisp.

Overall - its a solid coffee beer and its shows off its coffee strongly in both the smell and taste. Very tasty

06-29-2011 02:49:39 | More by badboyrsl84
Photo of dbexpert


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearence: Dark, slight tan head with fat carbonation, 1/2 inch on subtle pour. this is looking good.
Smell. clean coffee roasted notes. exactly the aroma I expect from a coffee stout.
Taste. Rich roasted characteristics. Well balanced. Definitive flavor profile. Clean.
Mouthfeel. fair sweetness that drys out well. coffee is expressed well. mmm.
Overall. I would definitely seek this out!!!

06-25-2011 01:24:59 | More by dbexpert
Photo of Urbancaver


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

pours a dark brown. a bit more clear than I was expecting. a touch of light brown head. fairly pretty. Smells incredibly coffee-y. I really quite like the aroma on this one. The taste is solid but not out of this world. Its pretty tasty but I've had better coffee beers. The mouthfeel is very thick and sweet and overall a solid brew

06-19-2011 23:10:57 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of Arenbeer


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle thanks to Beerwolf77

Poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours dark as night with a fluffy 2 finger khaki head that pops away slowly. Decent head retention as at goes down and some solid legs for %8

S- Dark roasted coffee and burnt malts pretty much dominate the nose. The coffee they used in this beer is actually really pleasant smelling and can tell its of a higher quality. Slight alcohol but not much

T- Definitely a unique blend. Strong dark roasted coffee so much that its as if the grounds are in the glass. Creamy dark malts and a slight bit of alcohol tie this one together but not really get much more than that. But honestly who needs it with coffee that tastes this good.

M- Medium to lighter body with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly bitter finish.

Overall if you don't like coffee or even drinking your coffee black than you will NOT like this beer. But if you love it then this is definitely the brew for you. Could easily have one of these with breakfast every morning.


06-19-2011 19:46:06 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of wagenvolks


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

MilwaukeeCrusher provided an excellent trade, and for this bottle I thank him. 12oz into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

Not the boldest-looking brew, CW's Coffee Stout looks more like a beefed-up brown ale or a robust porter than a true "Stout". Thin, sepia chestnut body with a wispy ring of tan foam. Below average head retention, but the aroma more than makes up for a lackluster appearance as it brims with bold espresso and sweet chocolate notes. Literally smells like a Mocha Frappucino. Gooey caramel malts and a kiss of herbal hops round out the aroma. One of the best-smelling coffee beers I've had recently, and the malt backbone is nothing to scoff at, either.

The flavor amplifies the roasted coffee qualities while laying down dense layers of earthy malt and bitter Baker's chocolate. Hops are floral and a bit grassy, while the finish lingers with more java and lots of graininess. Mouthfeel is, as expected, a bit thin, but nicely carbonated with a medium body. Overall, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is amazingly aromatic, but could use a few tweaks here and there with regards to the appearance and mouthfeel. Still, it's a must-try for any lover of coffee beers.

06-14-2011 23:55:59 | More by wagenvolks
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle with best by october notched on the label. drank from my stone IRS snifter. traded to me in person at dark lord day by mishuggah. thanks steve!

A- the pour is an opaque very dark brown colored body with a small khaki colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown along the outside of my glass. little to no lacing left behind.

S- the coffee in this beer is jumping from my glass. as i get my nose closer, i get roasted malts and some cocoa powder. a little bit of caramel sweetness comes through also.

T- the taste starts out with some dark roasted malts and some caramel malts that add a quiet sweetness to this beer. after that i pick up some bittersweet chocolate (dark) that offers up a little more sweetness. the finish is all about the coffee. rich espresso notes seem to take this over.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a little lower than normal, which seems to work well and adds to the appeal. on the drier side with above average bitterness from the coffee.

O- this is one of the best american coffee stouts that ive had. very enjoyable. the alcohol is masterfully hidden. i had no idea that this was even close to 8%. i really hope to get the chance to purchase this myself this fall now that central waters gets sold in chicago. pick this one up if you get the chance. thanks again steve!

06-07-2011 04:55:29 | More by jwinship83
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.97/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

Faux jet black. More like mahogany. The head dissipates rather quick for my liking, edges reveal quite a bit of singular tiny bubble stream. Not microscopic, just mini. Barely a collar left. Edging reveals a standard brown hue.

Gentle roast, toasted grass, some background char, small hits of ethanol, small hits of raisin. Its very minor in terms of aroma strength. Not the greatest, not the worst. Its there, but I gotta work at it to find it.

First impressions are tasty roast. Like a standard folgers coffee roasted flavor. This flows forth to percolate, grind itself around, and reveal some charred grain flavor. Finish has mostly burnt flavors, occasionally a dark bitter chocolate taint, and always a wooden toothpick like grainy flavor.

Full bodied, thin at times. Carbonation off the bat is light and well placed. Medium stickiness. Feels like your everyday average American stout.

Not bad, not amazing. I like it, but its similar to my favorite style as of right now. Could use some contrasting flavors, thicken itself up, perhaps take some of the acrid nature back a bit, oh and increase that coffee flavor wherever its coming from! Just things I'd like a minor change of.

And reveal is.. Fudgeee... Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout!... Why isn't this more coffee forward? Why is it so hidden and mild? Oh... I see. Bottled in October from the side. That can definitely explain that aspect of it I suppose. Still, quite nice to try!

06-02-2011 00:03:05 | More by Khazadum
Photo of Duff27


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Small lived head, good lacing, dark brown beer. Sediment on the bottom of the pint glass.

S- Smells straight coffee.

T- Robust coffee.

M- Very full mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- A real treat for any coffee beer lover guaranteed. Central Waters got it right...lives up to the hype.

05-31-2011 02:59:16 | More by Duff27
Photo of nhindian


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours a dark brown with chocolate highlights. Opaque for the most part but there's a ton of carbonation sticking to the glass. There's a 1.5-fingered, light tan head with good retention, and is it fades it leaves behind a ring and frothy cap. The lacing teases, but eventually crackles and falls apart.

S - Wow, this thing seems to chock full of espresso as it absolutely dominates the nose. It's incredibly roasty, bitter, and also slightly metallic. Behind the big coffee smells are bittersweet chocolate and other sweet malts.

T - Again, this coffee tastes like beer. I mean this beer tastes like coffee. It's probably the most coffee I've had in a stout and I actively try to seek out beers with tons of coffee. Kudos to Central Waters for that representation, but it also has some notes that really detract from the flavor. Again, it's almost overly bitter and the roast is actually a bit more tame here. As in the nose, it finishes with a strange metallic twang that is annoying. Besides those two things, check this out in case you want an iced coffee in a glass. The chocolate seems to fade a little from the nose, but it flitters here and there. Slight alcohol in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. This has above-average carbonation for the style, which is both good and bad. The liquid leaves a thin coating on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Big props for giving authentic coffee taste, but it needs a little refining in my opinion to reduce the metallic notes. I'd recommend drinking this in the morning instead of your favorite cup of Joe, as I can foresee myself being up for a while tonight now!

05-28-2011 01:30:36 | More by nhindian
Photo of Bennettrox


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks Hawks10 for this one!

Bottled on Oct 2010

A - Dark black with a nice khaki head that fizzes out rather sooner than I'd like.

S - Coffee up front, dark chocolate, espresso, dark malts.

T - Coffee is the star, but not in the way that I was hoping. You can taste it, but it's not really prominent in flavor. More chocolate and malts to follow.

M - This was easy to put down, felt great in the mouth. Right amount of carbonation with a simple body.

O - I would love to revisit a fresher batch of this. Eight months I believe has probably taken away the coffee presence that it once had. Overall I enjoyed this though.

05-26-2011 03:01:38 | More by Bennettrox
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Dark brown, mini-head, nice lacing. Head eventually settles into some swirly islands.

Coffee, the coffee is smooth and delicate. Fudge.

Coffee bean, milk chocolate, a bit of honey. This is a very refined coffee stout. Not abrasive, bitter or exhausting.

Lighter mouthfeel which eventually thickens as it warms up, into a very smooth and filling dessert type stout. ABV mastered.

One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

05-15-2011 19:42:52 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of stakem


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Review from notes taken on 4/23/11. On Tap at Capones served in a pint. This brew appears a very dark brown color with some clarity and lighter brown coloration around the edges. A tan cap forms and recedes holding close to the rim of the glass with spotty lacing that stays across the top of the surface and sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes a roasty grain smell coupled with chocolate and a bit of a nutty aspect before the onset of the coffee characteristics. As this brew warms up, it collectively forms a scent that is strikingly similar to the smell of fresh pretzels. Strangely interesting yet enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is roasty with malt which provides a flavoring similar to chocolate and the coffee comes in through the back tasting quite fresh. The aftertaste of this brew is lightly nutty and a flavor emerges just like the nose suggested which tastes like pretzels. Interesting, I've never run across this in a brew before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is lively and easy drinking with a fresh coffee taste. The pretzel character I was picking up on in both the flavor and aroma was a bit weird but overall enjoyable. I never would have guessed this brew was over 8% abv, the alcohol is hidden very well.

05-10-2011 19:35:28 | More by stakem
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.