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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: 751
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 396
Gots: 64 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.47/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

blind beer whatever number it is.... Thanks to MpBugeye for this bottle-- part of an awesome package he put together for me. Says to use a snifter.

Reviewed (initially) completely blind-- no knowledge of brewery, beer, or style.

Pours a dark brown with hues of red. As this fills my Darkness snifter, I am reminded of Bell's 9000... the thought of it makes me even smell some black licorice... but only for a moment. Big chocolatey malts and coffee with cream come flooding my olfactory. The head is small... and goes away quickly. Some spotty chunks of lace, but not much.

The body is really thin. This is probably a porter or a brown ale... Maybe a cheap rip-off of my beloved Surly Coffee-Bender? If that is what they were going for, they missed the mark! Don't get me wrong though-- this beer isn't bad by any means-- it just isn't anywhere near Coffee Bender (one of the finest coffee beers I've had).

The taste has some sweet malts, then a creamy sugary flavor, then coffee and bitter chocolate malts. hmmm. It is tasty, but the finish is weird. I can't say exactly what the problem is, but I can say it has to do with the beer being too dry. The finish has me feeling parched-- like I have been stuck in a desert for 3 days. The beer is overcarbonated I think, which really helps to make the body feel too thin. By the time the liquid reaches my throat, it has almost all dissolved. I've had this issue with a beer when it was infected before-- but I am certain that isn't the case here. The beer didn't foam and gush (hell, I only got about half a finger of head!) and the flavor hints at nothing that would indicate an infection.

This isn't one I would really want to drink again... The beer reminds me of soda-- chocolate coffee flavored soda. The coffee isn't good coffee, but cheap synthetic frozen Folgers type stuff. Meh.

---Reveals it to be: Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout--

Wow. Really? I had this before once at a tasting and didn't even bother to review it because I was so unimpressed... But this was even less impressive than I remember. The body is far too thin, watery, and overcarbonated to be a good stout. The coffee is lousy. The beer isn't horrible-- but it certainly isn't one I'll be trading for!

a- 2.5
s- 3
t- 2.5
m- 1
d- 2.5

Thanks to Seth-- I know this is a beer lots of people look for, sorry to rate so harshly!


Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Bomber received as an extra in a trade with ThomasHardy. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin one finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Strong roasted coffee/espresso bean aroma with a nice silky chocolate malt presence in the nose. Slightly smokey smelling with hints of caramel, toffee, oatmeal and tootsie roll. Complex nose but a bt overwhelmed by the overly roasted coffee presence.

Medium bodied with a huge roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor. I'm also picking up some silky lactic chocolate notes as well as some hazelnut, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Slightly acrid with a dry bitter finish.A bit unbalanced with a too strong of a coffee presence for my taste.

Photo of kk73
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown mahogany that lets light thru around the edges. Small off white head and disappeared quickly.

S - Big time roasted coffee nose with some chocolate and vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose to the tee. Starts with a bitter roasted coffee kick, sweet chocolate. Very little alcohol taste here.

M - Smooth and a little creamy. Mouthfeel almost seems a little light compared to some other stouts. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy drinking and a really good beer. Alcohol just about completely hidden. A solid coffee stout especially for those who love coffee.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

The Woodman's haul continues. This piece pours a mostly opaque deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises vanilla, sugary coffee, light roasted malts, and light dark chocolate. The taste runs very similarly, but the sweetness is cut down in favor of a nice smattering of molasses, and there's a bit more roasted character in there as well. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an easy-going feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, easily the highlight of the haul.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer looks a dark brown with a nice light beige head on the surface. The smell is of some of the finest roasted coffee in the nation. This is a lovely aroma, there is vanilla and some nutty spices added in with the coffee. The taste is nice and coffee filled there is the sweetness on the back-end like the coffee I drink (cream & sugar). The mouthfeel is like you would expect a heavy roasted drink to be. This is a highly drinkable beer. This would be a wonderful breakfast beer, who needs food...but seriously 2 thumbs up from me.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe Glass.

A. 1 finger of off white head. Pretty thick lacing left. Really good head retention. Left an almost permanent collar of foam. Color is all black.

S. Smell is about the coffee. Can smell the coffee some distance away. Has a roasty smokiness beneath the coffee. Not really anything that smells sweet. Almost an all bitter smell. Coffee is definitely the predominant smell. A little alcohol smell.

T. Taste is again bitter coffee. Maybe a touch of sweetness though. Some faint dark chocolate hints. Tastes close to an Imperial stout.

M. Medium bodied. Could be a little thicker. Finishes pretty dry. Has some lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. Smooth. A really good stout. Has some qualities and characteristics that make it almost border on an Imperial Stout for me. Mouthfeel and drinkability bring it back into the regular stout realm.

Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for bringing this one back, Dan. I wasn't expecting much, as this is far from my favorite style, but alas, I was pleasantly surprised. Poured a huge black color, with a rich brown head that lingered throughout. Aromas of good coffee, heavy cream and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one was fairly full bodied, creamy, with cold pressed coffee and roasted malt.

Photo of GabrielM
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SteveFinny for this brew! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black body + creamy coffee-colored hear = awesome!

S - coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Then some vanilla, some brownsugarcandy-type aroma. Really nice,

T - here's a surprise - COFFEE! But really delicious coffee, with just enough bite, some vanilla sweetness and absolutely no trace of alcohol.

M - good carbonation, great viscosity to it, and leaves my mouth coated in delicious coffee.

D - I would drink this all night if it weren't for the fact that I only have one bottle :/

Photo of jsh420
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

extra form newk340

bottled in oct.

pours brown with a thin film of tan bubbles that left no lacing

smell - gave it a big swirl and coffee milk cocoa - reminds of a tootsie roll with coffee

taste is like the nose but with more coffee - this is a coffee with milk sugar and a good chocolate cocoa finish

mouthfeel was on the thin side but that only added to the drinkability

drinkability is scary good if this beer is really 8.2%

Photo of jpmclaug
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks goes to BarrytheBear for this wanted extra.

A - Dark brown body with a small light tan head

S - Sweet coffee aroma. Reminds me of a nice latin american coffee. Real strong nice coffee aroma.

T - Really heavy on the coffee flavor. Light roasted notes at the finish. Reminds me of an iced coffee with a bit of sugar and a healthy dose of cream. The coffee really dominates ove the stout flavors.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A bit thinner bodied than I'd like but still solid

D - A solid beer for sure. I love the coffee flavor and the aroma is top notch. However the body is a bit thin and the normal stout notes don't stick out to much. I really wouldn't guess that this is as high in alcohol as it is. I like this one and wouldn't mind drinking more of these.

Photo of acurtis
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewhouse Coffee Stout, 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Currently ranked #1 American Stout on BA. Pours dark brown, I can actually see through it when holding it up. Appearance is almost cola like, lots of carbonation with a small bubbly beige head. A hard pour on my second bottle created a much larger and more appealing head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk. Taste is complex, very heavy on the chocolate with a roasted coffee middle but almost no harshness or bitterness in the finish. As it warms the roasted coffee becomes more dominate. Taste more molasses and vanilla and the finish becomes slightly bitter. Very enjoyable beer but in my opinion is more like a brown ale than a stout. I really want to crack open a November right now and compare. Very similar but this has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Doesn't taste like 8.2%, but it is starting to feel like it is. More drinkable than you would expect and more than some similar 6% offerings. I still think this is a american brown ale and am going to rate it as such. Otherwise I wouldn't give it as high of a score as the beer deserves.

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

thanks to zimmerbloke for this one.

poured cold from the bottle near black to a dogfish head signature glass with a short lasting mocha head and nice retention.

great big roasted espresso aroma on this one to the exclusion of all else. it's all about the coffee.

as advertised, it's seriously coffee. deep dark creamy espresso roast.

creamy, big bodied, toasty, very subtle bitter.

drinkable - yep.

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black with tan cap of decent size and retention. Frothy cloud dies down eventually and leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Dark coffee grounds with some burnt or very roast feel to them. Some caramel and dark roast malt as well. Slight vanilla even.

T- Nice coffee and dark fruit hits me up front. Some hop flavor in there as well. Caramel and vanilla with a bit of raisin in the finish.

MF- Drinks like a regular stout a bit of a lighter feel. High carbonation.

DB- Nice coffee use in a beer that drinks like it is 5-6%. Authentic and flavorful feel, somewhat like a smaller Breakfast Stout.

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

A - Translucent brown with tints of rust with a thin tan head.

S - acidic coffee, caramel, nutty, slight alcohol presence.

T - Espresso with mild chocolate, coffeee grounds, a touch of molasses, brown sugar and some nut and bread characteristics.

M - thin, semi slick with low carbonation.

D - ultra drinkable, this would be an amazing breakfast beer thanks to the slew of coffee.

Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd of four bottles thanks to jmp485.

Very dark brown with a nice solid beige head, orange highlights when held to the light. Retains easily at half a finger leaving great lacing.

Smell is coffee, cream, milk chocolate, milky in general. Has a slight oat-ness. Enticing.

An extremely solid coffee with cream flavor, milk chocolate and vanilla. Very slight caramel and molasses provide some sweetness but are kept on the down low which is great for this beer. Not much hop presence at all. Seriously reminiscent of an iced coffee with some cream and sugar.

Carbonation is pretty low, this is damn smooth and light, frighteningly drinkable. Leaves a nice coffee bean aftertaste

Just feels so fresh, clean and smooth all the way through. Coffee isn't overpowering at all. At 8.2% this still drinks like a non-imperial which works wonders for this beer.

Photo of pdoran10
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nice viscous black with very little head but some lacing left behind still.

smells of earthy hops with a touch of singed bread a hint of coffee. earthy hops biggest smell here.

taste is decidedly dull on first inspection then opens up into a mostly roasty flavor giving way to just enough coffee flavor. not a coffee bomb like many other coffee stouts. works well. finishes a bit dry.

smooth and dry with low to moderate carbonation. I like the dryness in this beer.

A really delicious and smooth coffee stout comparable to Founders Breakfast stout and that is a world class brew.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a coffee brown look with a caramel head.

S- Smell of coffee and dark malts.

T- Taste of coffee and malts and brown sugar.

M- gritty and creamy flavors of coffee through out sip.

D- Good beer just not blown away but a good session beer.


Photo of Arbitrator
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Wisconsinality. Thanks, Kiley!

A: Pours a nearly opaque (but ultimately translucent) mahogany body that lets some light through, especially at the edges. Generates 2 fingers of huge, light tan head. It's very fluffy, retains very well, and leaves outstanding lacing behind.

S: Coffee, quite strongly! But creamy (almost milky) chocolate, vanilla, and a roasted grain aroma aren't far behind. I admit the aroma isn't that complex, but I do enjoy it. It doesn't bring out that cooked vegetable nose that some coffee stouts have. That, in itself, is impressive.

T: It's a beautiful, pure coffee flavor. Vanilla, cream/milk chocolate, a hint of smoke and molasses to round it out. I don't pick up any particular hop flavors, but there's an undercurrent of earthy bitterness that is lovely and balancing. When I first had this, I was told it was around 5% by the ever-accurate largadeer. At 8% it's approaching imperial territory, though I don't find that a major ding.

M: Light-bodied, and not very viscous. It's a relatively dry stout. There is no trace of the ABV. The finish is clean and brings out vanilla, with exhalations of cream and coffee. Very smooth, pure, filling flavor.

D: Very tasty, very drinkable. As a buddy said, "If I could get this locally in six-packs, I would drink this all the time." Me, too. And I generally hate coffee beers.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/13/10 notes. 12 oz. bottle shared by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pure coffee grinds, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

t - Tastes again of straightr up coffee, with light bitter chocolate, roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good stout, but not one of my favorites. The smell and taste are pure coffee grinds to me. While some people probably love that, it isn't quite for me; I tend to like stouts that have more balance and chocolate in them. Either way, I could still appreciate a good stout, but there are many others I'd prefer to this.

Photo of bound4er
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Almost black in appearance with a two finger tan head.

S. As expected, coffee takes center stage here. Roasted malts fill in the edges. Smells quite rich.

T. Bitter chocolate and coffee dominate. The flavors really linger on the palate.

M. Full bodied but not syrupy. Low carbonation. Goes down easily.

D. By no means a session beer, nonetheless this is quite drinkable. I've been searching for this beer for awhile now - glad to see this out in 4-packs now. Highly recommended, especially if you like coffee.

Photo of TheDTrain
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Mmmm this medium bodied coffee stout pours a dark brown. The aroma is bursting out of glass. Dark roast coffee, malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Heavy coffee taste mixed with molasses, sugar, molasses. The coffee gives it a excellent bite. If you like coffee, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a must pick-up.

Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me in a trade by beerwolf77. Thanks, again, this is part of my #1 beer series, the best American Stout on beeradvocate. Also, this is an old list top 100 beer that I had not reviewed, double bonus.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice mocha head that falls away to a ring, that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low. Looks good.

Chocolate, coffee, mild roast, sweet, YUM. I have to say it, this beer smells fucking awesome.

Smooth, creamy, the ending is a little rough. Medium bodied, the beer leads off with some minimal sweetness, gives way to a creamy chocolaty midpalate and a bitter ending that finishes a little to dry for the accompanied bitterness. Its good, very good, but if it were a little less dry I would love it even more. A very awesome beer. My wife will love this.

Photo of khumbard
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerwolf77 for this very solid extra!

Pours a murky brownish black, with a small dissipating head. Kind of an odd looking stout. Smell is big coffee. Some roasted malts behind, but mostly coffee... I like coffee so this gets a good number from me. Taste is very nice. Lots of coffee again, not a lot of sweetness. Finishes with a bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate or black coffee. This is a very coffee forward beer, just as the name suggests. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but this plays well into the drinkability. I had to look up the ABV since it's not on the bottle, and was pretty surprised to find out it was 8.2%. Very solid beer, that I would like to have again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Derek for offering this up at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with rusty red highlights and one finger of bubbly beige head.

Smell -- Very aromatic. Coffee, roasted malt, and caramelized sugar dominate. Rich, robust. My interest is piqued.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well. Coffee with cream, vanilla bean, medium roast malt, dark unrefined sugars. Robust, pretty sweet, but not nearly to the point of cloying.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate, pretty thin for the style, especially given the abv.

Drinkabiltiy -- Don't get me wrong, this is a tasty beer. However, the roast character and body would suggest more of a sweeter brown ale than a coffee stout. Great coffee beer definitely, great stout is not as certain.

Photo of crossovert
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a deep dark brown with a foamy light tan head. It doesn't look as good as th Peruvian Morning.

The aroma is top-notch though, absolutely. It smells like a coffee house in the area surrounding the bottle, it is super-fragrant. If you sniff from the bottle you get a thick hit of caramel. From the glass it is kind of because there is a hint of metallic scent. For this i have to dock it a little. Sniff th bottle, you will enjoy it more than our of the glass, which I find interesting.

The flavor is also coffee to the full, but again I'm getting the metallic character. It is a bit too coffee-oriented for me, it pretty much tastes like metallic coffee. I prefer their Peruvian Morning so much more.

I know this is a coffee stout and i don't like coffee, but that hasn't held me back from loving other coffee infused beers, but this is for coffee lovers only.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.