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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 373
Hads: 875
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 411
Gots: 91 | FT: 12
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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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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Photo of Scotchboy
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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Photo of jmarsh123
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes into a wisp. Very light lacing.

Smells of coffee some roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Tastes like coffee as well. Not a ton of other flavors here. There is some good roasty malt and a touch of smoke, but it lacks body and I don't get much beyond the slightly astringent coffee.

Too light for my liking for a stout. If this were creamier, it could be something great.

I love coffee stouts and there's certainly nothing wrong with this one, but it's kind of one note and lacks body to really put it over the edge. I'd rather go for an FBS when I'm in the mood for coffee.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a half finger of light tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with some dark fruit as well. There is a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. The coffee smell is slightly burnt.

Taste: The coffee stands out a lot more here. There is a bitterness from the coffee and the roast up front. In the background there is a sweetness along with some nutty and creamy notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a lot of carbonation. The finish is dry and maybe slightly chalky.

Overall: A very nice coffee stout. Don't like this one quite as much as the Terrapin, but still good.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CWBC's Brewhouse Coffee Stout pours up with a moderate effervescence that creates a beige-brown head that neatly collars the burnt brown-light mahogany body. Nice looking beer, but the head retention suffers a bit from the oils as it collapses rather quickly. The complex aroma is a mixture of caramel e.g. molasses, black treacle, burnt toffee, toasted malt e.g. rye bread, coffee/espresso & chocolate e.g. cocoa nibs along with pronounced dark fruitiness e.g. bilberry, elderberry with just a touch of nuttiness e.g. cocoa roasted almonds. Negligible alcohol. The flavor starts off with a dark caramel maltiness that carries with it some of the aforementioned biscuity/nuttiness that combines with the coffee, light chocolate roastiness and the bitterness to create a well-balanced, dryish, bittersweet finish that shows finesse. This medium bodied specialty stout isn't as full as it could be and has just a touch of astringency that detracts from the overall impression, but approachable nontheless. Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a great "eye-opener" anytime!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of brystmar
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on my wants list for a long time, so big thanks to funkyaudio for the bottle!

Murky brown pour, minimal head and moderately active. Huge aroma of freshly roasted coffee hits me from afar, but isn't as potent as I hoped. Sweetness in the nose too.

An explosion of fresh coffee right off the bat. Not as dark & roasty as other coffee beers; holds more sweetness like a vanilla espresso drink would. But yeah, this is delicious and totally sessionable.

Extremely weak body that's simply unacceptable for a stout. Throw in some oats and we'll talk.

All in all, a fantastic beer that I'd happily drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of atone315
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, damn near black. Smell of coffe literally filled the room, probably helped that this beer was bottled only a week ago. Taste was stout first, coffe second. Good balance, the coffee is definitely present but not overpowering nor too bitter which can ruin a lot of coffee beers. As usual for CW's stouts, this one is a little thin...I would like a bit more body. This beer's one downfall. I love this beer, especially fresh. Will pickup every time it is released.

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Photo of pigc
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with two finger head that fades rather quickly. Lacing clings to side of glass.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel, hint of cocoa.

T - Coffee right away up front followed by a hint of fig and cocoa. Bitterness lingers on the tongue at the finish.

M - Medium body with oily mouthfeel.

O - Solid coffee stout. This bottle was a few months old. Wish I could have tried this one a bit fresher. Good middle stout between regular and the imperial. Not up to Founder's Breakfast stout complexity and standards in my opinion.

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Photo of yamar68
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10-2010

a - uh oh, serious goobers floating about - looks like a goddamn blizzard in there... great color and head though, a bit more clarity than one might expect (if it was as dark as most of its peers I probably wouldn't have noticed all these little sons a bitches dog paddling around in my beer!)

s - smells real nice, vanilla, caramel, instant coffee, cream

t - turned from coffee to caramel latte, very pleasant, bit of nutmeg maybe, vanilla, coffee grinds

m - too thin, really the downfall of this beer - lacking carbonation but there really is no need for it

o - overall, I'm glad I put a year on one of these, the coffee really evolved without getting bitter or becoming muted - just goes to show that you might not have to follow every little rule to have fun cellaring beer

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Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (I believe a Oct 2010 bottling) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark opaque brown, with lighter browns at the edges, with half a finger of tan color soapy head. Head dissipated quickly to a thin collar and a slick of film on the surface. Light lacing slides quickly back into the glass.

Nose is astringent roasted coffee, bordering on burnt, along with some light milk chocolate and dark roasted grain. Some sweeter caramel in there as well.

Taste of the coffee is a more medium roast on, fruity and earthy, with lightly bitterness. Some milk chocolate and roasted malt joins up mid tongue. Finishes medium, some burnt flavor on the back end and sweet and fruity coffee.

Medium to full body with mild carbonation, soft on the tongue. Coffee has held up pretty well after all this time, which is impressive.

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of whartontallboy. Bottled in February of what I assume was from last year. Usually I like my coffee beers fresh, so let's see.

Pours is super dark brown, almost black, but I can see some brown hues when held up to the light. Small minimal head that immediately recedes to next to nothing head wise. Slight agitation initiates a small brown head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begins with no surprise, coffee, but immediately and surprisingly, I get a large dose of dark bitter chocolate and equal milk chocolate. Black coffee is returns to overtake the dominant smell.

The tastes begin just like the nose, plenty of coffee on the front end with a bit of roasted malt in the middle, along with an ever so slight sweetness of chocolate. The finish is even more coffee along with a slight bitterness. Flavor is pretty straight-forward and less bitter and coffee dominant compared to what I was expecting, hoping for. Tastes more like black iced coffee with sugar than beer to be honest, good for some but not really how I like my coffee accented beers.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation. I would have guessed 6-7% ABV but not over 8. ABV is masked amazingly bu drinks mildly watered-down and light to be honest. I don't mind it because it works with the coffee flavor profile, but it falls a tad short for me here.

Overall, this was a pretty high quality coffee beer, but nothing amazing by any means. Even if this was fresh I do not think the flavor profile would have been remarkably different. Mouthfeel is still a lacking and there really seems to be a something lacking. No problems what-so-ever, but nothing world-beating. Would I turn it down, heck no, will I seek it out again, doubtful. After just having the Wake-Up Call Imperial Porter from Grand Teton over the holidays, this just falls short in the Coffee beer category.

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

I think I've written like 4 reviews of this beer or whatnot, but internet gremlins are just working overtime.

Anyways, deep brown pour, rich 1/2" tan head. Beautiful sumatra-esque (strong) coffee aroma, not bitter, really dominates the aroma department.

Wonderfully balanced chocolate, coffee, possibly some dehusked malt to compliment large amount of two row that stays out of the way, doesn't get all sweet or bitter, just lets coffee do all the work. Alcohol amazingly hidden, this being over 8% was amazing to learn, because you certainly could not taste it. It was like oatmeal and coffee together, that smooth, yet rich and exertive.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz received in a great trade from zimmerbloke.. Thanks Matt.

Pours deep dark brown... verging on black.. very nice dark tan head.... good lacing and retention.

Nose is cold brewed coffee and dark malts... very well done. Soooo very fresh... the malts mix perfectly.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some light brown sugar.. cold astringent coffee is a bit high... the coffee and dark malts mesh perfectly... hints of malt sweetness... is there lactose in this brew? The coffee and sweetness barely qualify for a beer.... loving it.. nicely done and I want more.


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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ox. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion of the beer comes out dark (close to black) brown. Deeper brown highlights only where the liquid portion gets thinner. A hard pour gave an off-white to tan colored head. Not much in the lacing department and it doesn't stick around all that long. Regardless the darkness of the liquid makes it look pretty darn good.

The smell is really good and can be summed up in one word...."coffee." However I'm going to exercise my First Amendment Rights and explain it in a few more words. Not just coffee here, but dark roasted very fresh coffee. The roasted malts also provide hints of bittersweet chocolate and even slight hints of vanilla. For the style, I don't think you can get any better.

Taste is also excellent. There's no real way to describe it, except it's the perfect coffee stout. Even if this were a regular stout it would be extremely tasty. Hints of bitter chocolate, slight chocolate notes, ad the slightest bit of vanilla here, but coffee is the main event. Such a good coffee stout, any coffee drinker or coffee stout lover would thoroughly enjoy this guy.

Mouthfeel is as perfect as it gets. Pretty full flavored but a fairly lighter in body than I expected. Good carbonation level and no alcohol bite at all. Crazy good and ridiculously drinkable; really doesn't get any better. Overall this is the A1 top shelf coffee style stout. Gotta love this one.

Big props to bpfrush for the trade, thanks Brian!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an awesome extra from sonoma1 today.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours the darkest of browns with but the thinnest margins having any light pass through whatsoever. The head is a very thin tan variety that dissipates hastily and leaves scarcely any lacing at all. The smell is rich in lovely coffee. One of the best smelling coffee beers ever. Has some rich vanilla and toffee notes intermingling with the coffee aroma. I also get the faintest hints of caramel and maple. IT's really wonderful. The taste as expected is quite coffee forward, but it's not as bold or strong as say, Breakfast Stout. This to me is very well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with but the slightest tinge of astringency. Overall this is a strong beer. I had it on tap previously, and didn't review it. However, I can honestly say I like the bottled rendition better than the draft.

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Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark reddish-brown color with a peripheral ring of golden brown bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass and fine sediment is plentiful.

S: Medium-dark roast and unctuous dairy notes outpace actual coffee which only makes a minor contribution. Other minor characteristics include fennel seed and green herbaceousness. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with fairly husky roasted malt and earthy hop aromatics. Acidity is mild, keeping within appropriate boundaries. Flavors are dark and unctuous in the middle, slightly touched by carbonic acid but absent of any fruity qualities. The finish is kicked off with a mild briny thread that gives way to dry coffee-affected bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although this stout boasts of coffee presence on the label, it takes a metered and restrained approach to its execution. As a result this appears to be a respectable beer in which coffee is just one well-integrated component. The most troubling feature proves to be the pallid appearance, which is occasionally encountered in the field of strong stouts.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received as an extra from StayWhatYouAre2. My first Central Waters beer! Bottle was marked as being bottled in October, but I couldn't find a year associated with the month, so, I must assume October of 2011. Poured into a DFH Signature snifter...

A - Poured a rich dark brown that almost borders on being black. A nice, 1 finger, mocha head forms and retains for a bit before eventually receding to a cap of the same color. So far so good!

S - Aroma is full of rich, roasted coffee right out front, but not so much that everything else is overpowered. Fruity components come out like cherry and berries. Sweet cream and some nice milk chocolate come come through as well. A bit of licorice on the end. Really nice nose on this one.

T - Fresh roasted coffee that is slightly bitter, milk chocolate, sweet cream, some brown sugar and vanilla come out front. Some roasted malts and a nuttiness comes through as well. Nice mix of sweet and bitter. A really nice tasting coffee stout. Everything plays off each other and nothing overwhelms the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer that is soft and creamy on the tongue. Lower carbonation keeps it light and an easy sipper.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Ihaven't had a coffee stout in some time, and this one was a true pleasure to try. I can't wait to see how the other CW beers taste!

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a very dark brown almost black with a tan 2 finger head that is oh so creamy.

The smell is of bitter chocolate and vanilla i dont get a lot of coffee in the nose.

The taste is more bitter chocolate and vanilla but it has a subtle coffee finish that is nice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, overall a nice beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the coffee aroma was very apparent. Giving only a slight head, the appearance was black with slight hints of amber amid the blackness. The coffee aroma was fresh and not overly bitter. Though I would not describe the aroma as sweet, it was certainly pleasant. Initial taste was a sweet malt flavor coupled with the bitterness of coffee. This lends itself to a very balanced flavor. If the sweetness peaked through a little more, this could potentially be an elite beer. The thickness of the stout coats the tongue nicely making the favor endure. The coating nature of the beer makes the bitter coffee and sweet malty flavors last long into the aftertaste. This is a well balanced coffee stout with a high level of drinkability.

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Photo of suncrust
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured to a pint glass.

L- Chalky dark brown and cloudy. Light head with minimal lace. Coffee / cola esque in its appearance.

A- Huge coffee aroma, especially the fruitier, cherry smells of coffee. Roasted malts, and big toffee. Some milk chocolates and chocolate syrup notes.

T- Rich, syrupy chocolates and coffee dominate the flavor. Reminiscent of coffee ice cream. Sweet, with some burnt flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and creme brulee. Burnt marshmallows in there as well.

Texture is smooth, with hints of toffee and caramel. Actually a detectable hop bitterness, but buried behind the malts. The hops are slight grassy in flavor. Toffee is more dominant than the coffee flavors.

MF- Milky and creamy, like an iced latte with the texture of a root beer float due to the higher carbonation. Aftertaste heats the throat and middle of the tongue. Almost a herby or sprucey mouthfeel at times, likely coming from the bitterness of the coffee and hops.

O- Creamier and sweeter than I remember from previous years. Not nearly as bold of a coffee aroma or flavor, and really the toffee notes dominated my palate. Still tasty and easy to drink. A bit one dimensional at times. Alcohol is hidden well. Despite it being different from my memory, I still miss this one….

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Photo of mobius387
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

had on tap at CW brewery (from notes)

appearance: dark and thick, just like i like my stouts. pours a chocolate brown thin head

aroma: it smells like a coffee house with the some sweet malty chocolates mixed in

palate: nice full bodied stout. sits a bit like milk in the mouth, nice a creamy and full. gives you a warm feeling

taste: the most coffee flavor I've ever had (maybe tied with surly's coffee bender on-tap). deliciously rich coffee bean flavor with sweet chocolate tied in. i love it the beer tastes like it smells!

overall: one of the absolute best beers in wisconsin hands down. whoever reviewed this beer one below me either left his bottle in the sun for a week or was on a lot of drugs when he reviewed it. Its a shame when someone does that too since it really brings down the overall score of this beer. its an absolute delight drinking this beer, and i love finding it in bottles when i can. on tap it was even better. can someone say, growler?

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Photo of amphion1065
1.61/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle from October... something, poured into a Duvel tulip. Courtesy of therealnomayo's hookup. I'll admit that I was reticent going into this beer: just a few days earlier, I'd opened up a pretty revolting bottle of Peruvian Morning. Let's see what this coffee-forward Central Waters offering holds.

It's black, no light escapes the glass. A half-finger light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring of lace on the surface of the beer. Almost no residual lacing afterwards.

The aroma of this beer is oddly, sickeningly reminiscent of that Peruvian Morning I previously reviewed. Vegetables. Corn chips. Maybe some chocolate, but where is the coffee? Imagine if all of the aromatic descriptors that BAs throw around when reviewing Cantillons actually sucked – that’s sort of what this smells like. Fetid pond water, actual horse blankets, festering cabbage. I imagine that the Globe Theater smelled like this after particularly poor performances of Shakespearean works.

The taste is a slight improvement on the smell. Coffee and lingering bitterness, but that characteristic has clearly faded. There’s a strange, prune-like taste in the mix. The aftertaste is pretty rank, sour and bitter all at once. Again, this is a disaster.

I’ll give this to Central Waters: the mouthfeel is decent. For a beer this high in ABV it could stand a little more viscosity, but at least the carbonation is pretty on point.

Am I getting old bottles? Do Central Waters beers drop off incredibly quickly? The two coffee beers I've had from this brewery have both been among the worst beers I've drank. I will hold out hope for other non-coffee offerings from them.

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Photo of Yesac
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transloucent brown pour appears murky. Not much head. Whatever is there quickly fades away to a thin dark tan ring and thin layer.

S- Dark heavily roasted malt, earthy tones, coffee bean, slight chocolate.

T- The coffee bean here is delicious. It's refreshing tasting a coffee stout that stands out from the typical roasted bean flavors with a true java taste. Besides the coffee bean there is roasted malt, hints of vanilla and a touch of cocoa. Not the most complex overall. The 8% ABV is well hidden.

M- Medium/thin bodied and medium/high carbonation. Not to dry on the finish, leaves a good after taste.

O- Very well balanced and just a great brew overall. Great sipper.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this at the blue dog.

Appears deep dark brown with a smallish tan head but well maintained throughout. There is some lacing here and there. By tilting the glass this way and that I was able to rustle up some more foamy head and also to gage the attenuation which appears to be well carbonated.

The aroma is as one might expect: rich malts highly roasted, bittersweet chocolates and black coffee. The coffee aroma is the most pronouned, but aroma is also well balanced.

Taste is again what you might expect, highly roasted malts almost to the put of being burnt, rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee, rich black coffee. Hints of nuts and molasses too can be tasted.

A thick bodied beer here with a hint of creaminess before turning slightly dry. Towards the end soft alcohol warming is present.

A good coffee stout not a show stopper but good.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.