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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 385
Gots: 71 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of uwmgdman


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

05-01-2011 01:13:02 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of ccrida


3.08/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

04-29-2011 00:52:36 | More by ccrida
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-19-2011 21:57:16 | More by koopa
Photo of Mississipping


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

04-18-2011 00:38:35 | More by Mississipping
Photo of hopsbreath


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

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

04-14-2011 05:47:44 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.13/5  rDev -26%

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.

04-12-2011 05:02:41 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

04-11-2011 02:27:42 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Paulydeets

New York

3.85/5  rDev -9%

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.

04-07-2011 01:33:57 | More by Paulydeets
Photo of zeledonia


3.28/5  rDev -22.5%

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?

04-05-2011 01:58:12 | More by zeledonia
Photo of ne0m00re


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

03-29-2011 22:14:06 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of mjpolzin


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

03-27-2011 02:52:19 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of tewaris


2.38/5  rDev -43.7%

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

03-26-2011 06:57:35 | More by tewaris
Photo of EgadBananas


4/5  rDev -5.4%

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!

03-26-2011 01:21:43 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of chilly460


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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

03-25-2011 23:19:29 | More by chilly460
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

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%.

03-22-2011 01:30:37 | More by Jwale73
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

03-21-2011 20:22:48 | More by n2185
Photo of gregshead


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

03-13-2011 06:52:13 | More by gregshead
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

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!

03-08-2011 22:53:09 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-27-2011 09:27:47 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of angelmonster


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-23-2011 06:00:23 | More by angelmonster
Photo of MarcatGSB


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-22-2011 23:25:33 | More by MarcatGSB
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-21-2011 04:11:18 | More by mjn5036
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

02-13-2011 01:56:57 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of pmccallum86


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

02-12-2011 07:51:12 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of July2Nov


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

02-12-2011 03:18:15 | More by July2Nov
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.