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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: 395
Gots: 65 | 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 PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brian23456 for hooking me up with this! 12 oz bottle.

A- Body is a dark, murky, nearly opaque maple brown hue. Body consistency is surprisingly dynamic. Pours with a frothy 2 finger creme brulee colored head that slowly fades to 1/2 finger and leaves a ton of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is good- and very rich, dark chocolate, toffee, a lot of caramel, and of course some roasted malt in the background.

T-Flavor is also good and rich-not as sweet and thick as the nose gives the impression of though. Upfront is some toffee, roasted malt, a hint of earthy hop, and a hint of chocolate and caramel. The highlight of the finish is roasted malt but there are nice accents of sweet caramel, chocolate, toffee, and molasses to balance it as well as a faint impression of herbal hops. What lingers on the palate is a moderate roasted malt bitterness as well as impressions of the rest of the palate.

M-High tingly carbonation and a relatively thick, smooth, body.

D- This is a good, drinkable, American Coffee stout. Great balance of sweet and black coffee notes. This brew is certainly a coffee stout-but is more well put together and less extreme than a lot of examples that I have had of this sub-style. It is deserving to be ranked among the best for the style. Also a pretty big flavor for a non-imperial ABV.

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

Thanks to levifunk for sending this out my way!

Pours a dark brown with a thin white film of a head across the top. Light lacing left behind.

The aroma is filled with rich, roasted coffee beans, bits of chocolate and toasty dark malts. Great aroma for a coffee stout.

Big coffee flavor on the tongue. Roasted malts, a touch of caramel and chocolate malt. Slight astringency from the coffee, but this beer is void of the metallic tinge that plagues many coffee stouts. Bitterness from the coffee beans counters the sweetness of the stout, creating a rich, yet balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel consists smooth malts and light coffee bitterness. Low carbonation, fitting for the style.

Drinkability is very good, especially for a coffee stout. Lots of great coffee flavor, smooth, not overly complex, but just a straight up tasty coffee stout.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best coffee stouts I have had. This brew and Peche Mortel are probably the best that I have had. I'm definitely looking forward to the other Central Water brews sitting in my cellar. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of jjanega08
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= My first CW offering. Got some high hopes for this one. The pour is a nice deep brown color appearing black in my glass but there are some nice highlights when held up to the light. The head is a beautiful two fingers high an off white tan color not too dark but off white for sure. The retention is really nice and leaves some great sticky lacing on the glass.

S= Smells a lot like my second favorite beverage. Nice coffee nose to it of course. Some great beans were used. Nice deep chocolaty coffee. Good little light vanilla sort of sweetness to it. The beans are some of the best I've ever smelled however. It says they come from Emy J's. Must seek out Emy's beans.

T= Just like the smell the deep coffe taste. The coffee however smells heavier than it tastes. This isn't a bad thing by any means. It actually complements the chocolaty roasty malts. The coffee takes on what I would describe as a more earthy "fruity" sort of taste. The underlying beer matches the coffee step for step in the complexity and power. Nice chocolate roasty malts with a good sweetness to it that sort of tones it all down just a touch. I'm a black coffee kinda guy and this beer tastes like a really nice black coffee with just a smigit of sugar added.

M= The only qualm with the beer is that it's not heavy enough. A little light.

D= Great brew. Glad CW came to MN and I'm really impressed with this coffee. This may be the best coffee I've ever had. Great beer I'll be seeking it out again.

Photo of Gtreid
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to mothman. Been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Really dark brown color. Not quite opaque, but definately not black. A quarter of sandy brown head receedes to a thick rim, and leaves nice sheets of lace.

A: Yummy! Coffee and chocolate all the way. A ton of roasted character with notes of dark malt, earthy hops, and more coffee and chocolate.

T: Again, very coffee forward, i guess what you would expect from a coffee stout. The sweetness from the chocolate hits next followed by roasted nuts, grassy hops, and notes of molasses and a bit of wood. Finishes slightly dry and sweet.

M: Medium body. I would have liked to see a little more viscosity here. I think it is a touch thin for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very high here. Coffee stouts are right up my alley, and this one is very good. Overall, a great beer by a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I will be seeking this one out again. Skal.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good coffee stout.

The color is a very dark black with brown edges and a very fluffy two finger head when poured vigorously. The head stays around and leaves a medium thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, sweet chocolates and grainy burnt roasted grain.

The taste has a great coffee sweetness that is really tasty. It is paired with some chocolate and nice roasted grain that pushes the sweetness out. The coffee is really forward, but not in a bitter espresso way. Its like a coffee with milk and sugar, really enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is strongly carbonated, and would a little less would be beneficial. A little light, but no worries for the characters in the tastes are delicious.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with substantial amber/red tints around the edge. Tan 3/4 inch head disippated quickly.

S: Immediate, intense coffee aroma with a substantial amount of chocolate for good measure. Pleasant and smooth. Slight hints of vanilla.

T: Tastes like good, well-roasted coffee. Just a hint of bitterness, but not detracting from the rich coffee flavor. Chocolate is there, but less prounced than in the smell. Continue to get hints of vanilla. Very smooth and well balanced. Long mellow finish.

M: Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. In style for an American stout.

D: This was a nice example of a coffee stout. Not overly complex, but the coffee and chocolate shine without getting bogged down by too many side flavors. Unlike some coffee stouts, it seems like the quality of bean used and amount of roasting applied was really good. Overall, a nice beer that I would certainly enjoy again.

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

Another one from my secret bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. The stout appears a translucent dark chestnut color with about a finger of light tan foam. Aromas and flavors are made up of notes of molasses, caramel, bittersweet cocoa, fresh roasted good quality coffee, espresso, a bit earthy, mocha, a touch of vanilla. Nice and pleasantly bitter like a good coffee stout should be and at the same time, smooth and very drinkable. Great medium body, maybe a bit fuller, with ample carbonation. Certainly one of the better coffee stouts to cross my lips. Thanks again for the chance to try this Rob!

Photo of sweemzander
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- pours a deep & dark black color that really looks like a cup of hot coffee(minus the hot part). Produced a good tan colored head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lots of rich coffee grounds that seem to ooze with oily molasses, raisins, & vanilla creaminess. Awesome aroma that makes me want to continue smelling it. Possibly one the best coffee smells in a beer I have experienced.

(T)- Great roasted coffee with bits of raisins. A light vanilla creaminess.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A great roastedness with minimal bitterness. Just the right amount of creamy sweetness.

(D)- A great stout, particularly in its coffee profile & feel. Rich, but actually is rather medium-body in strength. An good drinker; great stuff!

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights and a 1 finger foamy head with good retention. Smell is dark roasted coffee, and good coffee at that.

The taste is a surprise. Of course dark roasted coffee is present, but so is chocolate and vanilla. The beer has a slightly sweet flavor with a bitter coffee kick at the end. Very good, and unexpected based on the aroma.

Smooth and easy to drink. Nicely carbonated, and nicely drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a thin white lacing covering the top of the beer. The head faded out and didn't leave much of anything for lacing. It was a little lighter in color then I expected and would have liked a little more head on it.

The aroma has a good amount of coffee present with some roasted malt and a little chocolate coming through as well. The coffee is strong but it's not overdone, there are still some good flavors besides coffee coming through.

The taste is also not surprisingly coffee centered. The coffee leaves a nice long bitter flavor on the palate in the finish. There is some chocolate and cocoa coming through in the finish that seems to help balance out the bitterness some. It has a very smooth and good coffee flavor though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the lower side. Personally I like my stouts a little thicker but that's pretty minor considering how good it tastes.

Drinkability is good, it has a lot of coffee flavor for sure but is still very good tasting and drinkable. Overall an excellent beer that has some very nice coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel

Photo of Stigs
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, part of a very gracious box from BA user brian23456, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured about a third of an inch of tight bubbly khaki colored foam, within a minute or so, fell to a thin film with a few floating islands of bubbles. the beer itself is quite dark, black turning a deep brown when held up to a bright light.

S - yum! strong coffee flavored with some chocolate syrup. some slight nuttiness, vanilla, oak scents. smells like dessert in a glass without being too over the top.

T - follows the nose with coffee, mild roasted and not too strong. immediately followed by a slight chocolately sweetness. surprised by the amount of oak in the taste as well, adds a nice touch of balance. toasted nuts are very present, along with some hazelnut and cream. mild earthy hops at the end add some extra bitterness. just a touch of burnt toast near the end.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is a bit active but tight, actually worths pretty well with the number of flavors in this one. finishes a bit dry.

D - solid stout for sure, on the more complex end of coffee stouts, and good drinkability. would go great with a slightly hearty breakfast of an omelet and bacon.

Photo of yourefragile
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for oach (I think? I can't remember, I have no idea) for sending this.

Dark, but barely lucid mahogany brown color with a thick mocha head that quickly fades to a thick ring and minimal lacing. Balanced, complex rich aroma of roast coffee ground, roast malt, mild chocolate. The coffee notes in particular are very rich, fresh and distinct from other coffee stouts. Medium bodied, with strong light carbonation creating a soft, fluffy full body. Flavor is more roast coffee predominant than other flavors. Finish is slightly bitter and sour. Much less chocolate or sweet malt flavors than the aroma. A good coffee beer, not the best I've had. I feel like if I was more of a coffee drinker I would think this is exceptional (if that makes sense) but I still prefer founders or planet bean to this for my tastes.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is strong black coffee as well as chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with coffee dominating. Creamy, medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big ol bitch of a stout, right here. Giant ass soapy offbrown head that stretches a solid, dripless inch above the glass' rim.

Smells like cold coffee and lightly sour oatmeal. Not as bitter as your average coffee beer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Thing is, it's not very complex.

Tastes like coffee straight off--medium roast, little nutty and tangy and mildly bitter. This gives way to light, dry hops and roasted grain. Tastes really nice, but not really complex enough to get a World Class rating.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black. Decent light tan head dissapated to a ring. No lacing.

Man, the aroma of the coffee came from the bottle before I even poured it in the glass. Tons of coffee and roasted grains. That's pretty much it.

Tastes just as it smells but with a little maltiness. A little too much coffee IMO. Tastes good though.

Overall the coffee makes it hard to drink alot of this. It tastes good but I probably won't drink a ton of these.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian for the bottle via Coffee BIF. Had this earlier tonight, review from notes.

Pours a deep brown color with some red hues when held to light. Pretty dark though. Lightly tanned foam fades quickly to a foam but is easily revived to a sturdy level and provides some nice lacing.

Smells of fresh coffee beans primarily. A nice coffee aroma but not quite pungent enough for my tastes. It's pure and a very nice nutty roast (hazelnut....?) but not too intense. Cocoa powder and a considerable chocolate component here as well to round out the profile. Low roasted notes mix with a general chocolate sweetness.

The taste mimics the aroma in this nutty coffee flavor, great roasted beans and a toasted hazelnut praline thing going on. Low-moderate bitterness with a little residual malt sweetness rounding things out in the form of medium-dark chocolate.

This beer is medium bodied and has a certain silkiness to it that really helped it earn points for me. Low level of carbonation to a perfect level and a very pleasant beer to drink. Not sure how fresh this bottle was, but maybe the coffee has faded a bit? A bit more intensity in the aroma and taste would have done wonders for me. Glad to have tried it!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously coffee-like, bringing to mind a high-quality cup of joe. It pours a deep, rich, warm coffee brown that is nearly opaque and has a nice tan head. Rich coffee dominates the mouth-filling flavor as it does the aroma, and there is an undertone of unsweetened chocolate, so drinking this coffee is like more like drinking some cold quality mocha than drinking beer - and I love mocha. The smooth, lively, fizzy texture assures you that this is indeed beer, and a very good one at that. Recommended to all stout fans, especially if they love good coffee as well.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with an amber hue. Quarter inch tan head that remains.
Excellent, assertive aroma to this one. Roasty coffee dominates, with dark chocolate, cream, cocoa, and some tofee.
Dark chocolate and coffee are heavy on the front, with some milk chocolate, cream, cocoa, and toffee at the finish.
Smooth, with some crisp bitterness carrying out the finish. Medium body.
This one is very drinkable. The taste is excellent; this is a very well-rounded beer.
About the sixth time I've had this one and I think it gets a little better every time, as I learn to appreciate it a little more with each sampling.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters- Coffee Stout

A- Dark brown, almost pitch black, with a thick frothy tan head. Solid messy lacing down the whole glass.
S- Big sweet black coffee beans with hints of vanilla and cream.
T- Delicious sweet creamy black coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla cream, and fudge.
M- Thick sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweet body with a slightly astringnt bitter feel.

Overall- So good! The best I've had this year.

Photo of mothman
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bells tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of burnt coffee tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep bronze hued brown when held up to the light. Color is a dark brown otherwise.

Aroma: Massive amounts of fresh coffee with a perfect amount of roasted malts. A perfect amount of coffee. Absolutely delish. I don't know if I have smelt a better coffee stout.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and fresh coffee. Straight up coffee in your face. It has a lot of roasted malt with fresh earthy hops. Everything about this beer is fresh. Some chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and crisp. A medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, this coffee stout is solid goodness. If you enjoy coffee, this is your beer. Fresh coffee, roasted malts, and fresh hops. Very smooth drinking and easy to drink. I am really enjoying this beer.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this from Dunt. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours like black coffee. It has a 2 finger white head that sticks around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is like walking in a Starbucks. The flavor is very heavy on coffee, but it is balanced and not overdone. The beer is medium in body and very well carbonated. Overall a very solid beer that melds coffee with beer perfectly.

Photo of craytonic
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahagony with a creamy head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans, dark malt, dark chocolate

Taste: Harsh acidity, burnt coffee bean and used grounds, also some dark bitter chocolate. Hit of vanilla. Something makes me think of cigarette butts.

Mouthfeel: A bit harsh and overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I wasn't that impressed, another coffee stout. Perhaps with a notch higher grade of coffee.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to LJArsenal for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with only a faint hint of cherry at the edges when the glass is tilted. Capping this is a creamy, khaki colored layer of foam that doesn't get much thicker than one finger. Lace is quite sticky and of the webbed variety. Carbonation is active.

S: Heavenly aroma of medium roast coffee that mixes nicely with cocoa, honey, molassas, vanilla, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: Follows the smell closely. As it warms, sweetish dark fruit, lactose, and dark chocolate emerge.

M: Mild coffee bitterness with layers of earthy sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, tangy cherry, and a dry and sticky finish that has to be felt to be believed.

D: Not a trace of alcohol. I think I would consider this to be the most sessionable coffee Stout I've ever had. Absolutely fantastic!

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into big red wine glass. Huge thanks to Greg (tpd975) for this stellar extra.

Pours dark red-brown, translucent around the edges. Not even a hint of a head from the pour.

Nose is phenomenal - ridiculously fresh light-roast coffee, wrapped in a big, nutty, chocolate presence that just doesn't stop. Hazelnut. Interesting lack of roasted, stout-like qualities - if I had to guess, I would have pegged this as closer to a big, rich brown instead. Interested in seeing how the taste translates.

Taste seems to follow suit, with a bigger emphasis on the roastiness from the coffee. More light-roast coffee, though this time with a bigger emphasis on the roastiness; again with the big nuttiness, hazlenut presence is lighter now, cocoa there but drier, and with a bit of a bright but mild acidity. There's some lactic sweetness in there also - milk stout? Crazily flavorful, this is all coffee, but without any big harshness - robust but without any real overly harsh bite. Finish is long, dry, roasty coffee, beautiful.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate to light carbonation that fits the whole experience perfectly. Dry. Drinkability is off the charts - all flavor, no bite. Near perfect.

Photo of drpimento
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoaaa, Nelly Bell! This is one serious ass beer. The coffee qualities are at first so fresh and aromatic. Served with a fine, light tan nice head and some lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown or black. Aroma is totally dominated by the very fresh cofffee. Actually, in the aroma there's not a whole lot of beer character. Flavor's where it all comes together. Solidly. There's some dark ripe fruit, a little cocoa, some of the malt, hints of caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and toffee. There's a short period of a bittersweetness and then fades to slightly dry. No alcohol at all. Session beer if you're into coffee stouts.

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