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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 384
Gots: 72 | FT: 6
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 ptykozoon
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ptykozoon, May 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, May 10, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into globe

This beer pours a nice black/brown with decent tan head formation. Some lacing but not much. Smell is strong coffee to mocha due to a chocolate element I am picking up. Some dark fruits and vanilla. Taste is mainly coffee (no surprise) with a backup of chocolate, vanilla and some molasses. Very similar to smell. Mouth is medium-heavy with noticeable carbonation (perhaps a touch too much). This is a tasty cold-coffee brew that I'd like to try again but won't go out of my way to obtain.

OakedCanuck, May 09, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from zimmerbloke in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Matt!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Pours a clear, dark brown, with a tan head of about two fingers that is slow to drop. Leaves some nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate covered cake doughnut. I don't know, just my first impression. Lots of milk chocolate, roast coffee, and roasted malt. No real hop aromas.

Flavors of a mocha cafe, tons of roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa. Finish is long, roasted, with bittersweet coffee that lingers.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, silky smooth, creamy.

Overall a fantastic beer. It's like dessert in a glass. A scoop of ice cream would be a great finishing touch.

JamnesCameron, May 07, 2011
Photo of TK5150
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown/purple with a 2 finger beige/light brown colored head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of light roasted coffee, raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Some powdered sugar. Pretty good aroma, but could be a bit more bold.

T- Roasted coffee (with roasted nuttiness), raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The first couple of sips were dominated by powdered chocolate drink mix, but that went away fairly quickly. I wish it had stayed around. It says this is released in the fall; and I am just trying it now in spring. I'm sure this would be best fresh at release.

M- Full medium body with quite a bit of carbonation (though not out of control by any means).

O- I like this beer. Not a bad beer if it is relatively cheap and comes in a 6 pack. Would not seek this out as the main component of a trade, but it makes for a nice extra.

TK5150, May 01, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours near black with a deep garnet hue when held to a light with a thick, sticky tan head. The aroma is highly roasty and malty--very coffee and a bit sweet. The flavor is highly roasty with abundant coffee, beneath the roast and coffee is a subtle pleasant alcohol flavor as well as some bittersweet chocolate. The beer finishes perfectly, just a tad dry with plenty of flavor left dancing all over. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a wonderful coffee stout, definitely worth buying.

uwmgdman, May 01, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is dark brown with a light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, but with a distinct tinge of acrid coffee grinds.

Taste is pretty heavy on the coffee, with a sweet stout/porter base. The coffee comes off a bit angular, metallic, sharp, not really working for me.

Mouthfeel is off-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it clearly tastes of coffee, but not really in a good way. Eh, not impressed, although it is smooth, and the alcohol well hidden.

ccrida, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with chestnut and honey folds. The crown is 2 fingers, medium khaki, shows pretty good retention and some lace.

Smell: Roast malt, a hint of coffee, a bit of black molasses, and a dash of american citrus hops.

Taste: Same notes as the smell but with a big chocolate addition.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation helps the slightly heavy body keep from weighing you down too much.

Overall: Wow what a nicely rounded and flavorful coffee stout! The american citrus hops and carbonation really help give the slightly thick chocolate malt base an edge and crispness that aid the drinkability.

koopa, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy dark brown (almost black, but not quite). Small khaki head that dissipates slowly leaving behind fair lacing.

S: Coffee is certainly dominant, as one might expect. There is also a big roasted malt aroma, with subtle chocolate, caramel, toffee, and hops. The malt profile found within all of this is pretty large, providing a biscuity smell that holds everything else together.

T: Wow, bitter! The coffee used is extremely bitter. The roasted aroma comes through more closely matched to burnt coffee in the taste, adding to the bitterness. There is roasted barley, which adds even more to the bitterness. In the middle, there is subtle chocolate and toffee, but they come and go quickly, leaving a biting bitter finish as well.

M: Body is on the heavier side of medium with very little carbonation. Creamy and slightly coating. The bitterness leaves a slightly drying effect on the tongue and mouth.

D: This isn't very well balanced, in my opinion. There is a slight sweetness in the middle, but it is far outweighed by the bitter beginning and finish. Alcohol is hidden very well through everything that is going on in the flavor, but not particularly easy to drink. Enjoyable, but unexpectedly bitter.

Mississipping, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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

hopsbreath, Apr 14, 2011
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Paulydeets
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

Paulydeets, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
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?

zeledonia, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

ne0m00re, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

mjpolzin, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of tewaris
2.38/5  rDev -43.7%
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

tewaris, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

EgadBananas, Mar 26, 2011
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

chilly460, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
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%.

Jwale73, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

n2185, Mar 21, 2011
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.

gregshead, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
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!

IdrinkGas, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

WYVYRN527, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of angelmonster
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

angelmonster, Feb 23, 2011
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.