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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 383
Gots: 70 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

NJpadreFan, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mothman, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

bonkers, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

craytonic, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

GbVDave, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

JohnQVegas, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

drpimento, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working through a bunch of low-gravity brews to make some fridge space. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly transparent dark reddish-brown color. A finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves glass-coating lacing. One of the lightest colored stouts I've ever tried!

S - Roast coffee, caramel malt, milk chocolate, perhaps some lactose sugar. Takes a little time to warm up, but once it does it is quite excellent.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter and roasty than I expected from the nose. The cocoa is also of the darker, more bitter, variety. Mild residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but not as palate-wrecking as some coffee beers. I wish it was a little sweeter.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium-light smooth body, maybe a touch watery. Finish has light stickiness to it - also wish it was a little dryer.

D - One of the more sessionable coffee beers out there, thanks to the low alcohol and lower residual bitterness. It's a little to acidic to be perfect in this area though.

MasterSki, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich, solid black body with a large frothy khaki head. Nice retention keeps the head up before forming a nice, substantial skim. Fairly impressive lacing for the style.

S: Mellow roasted coffee. Smooth and subtle. Not burnt or charred. Some sweet caramel and chocolate in the background.

T: Compared to the nose, there is much more offered here. I really enjoyed the mellowness of the roasted coffee. Some stouts in this style have a potent coffee blast that masks all other flavors. Not so here. A rich, creamy sweetness of other roasted malts impart a delicate chocolate and caramel flavor.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Moderate carbonation maintains the delivery from start to finish. Nice, delicate finish.

D: I can't say enough about the mellow complexity of this offering. It was a pleasant, easy to enjoy experience and is completely deserving of the praise it gets. Just don't expect an all out coffee assault.

callmemickey, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've drank so much of this beer, I figured it was about time to finally review it.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is an opaque brown/black color topped with a beautiful foamy tan one finger head. Head retention was excellent and left wonderful sticky lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Fresh ground coffee abounds with hints of dark chocolate. Yum!

T & M - The taste of this brew certainly follows right along with what I smelled. Fresh ground coffee beans dominate, but not in an overpowering manner. That chocolate I smelled shows up in a very subtle manner. This is the best coffee stout I've ever had the pleasure of indulging in. Medium bodied, finishes very clean. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but the alcohol is very well masked. Yum!

D - A highly quaffable brew...this is THE coffee stout to measure all other coffee stouts against! If you haven't had the pleasure, pick one up and treat yourself to a superb brew.

drizzam, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another exceptional beer from FrankenBrew. Shared this one with my friend.

The smell on this beer is very strong. Like wet coffee grounds and a used coffee filter. There is some hops apparent underneath all the delicious coffee.

The taste is more coffee. Big roasted, bitter coffee. Very nice.

Dry finish with a warming swallow.

I was really excited to see this one in the box from FrankenBrew and I was not let down.

MbpBugeye, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark appearance. I didn't pour too hard and didn't get lots of head, but of what I did get was a nice roasty tan. There are some ruby hints of color if you hold the glass to the light, but otherwise it looks black as night.

S- Smell is big time coffee. Some chocolate notes too. Something about the sweetness makes me think of the lactose sweetness of a milk stout.

T - Very roasted and the coffee isn't quite as dominant as in the nose. This bottle doesn't have a big alcohol feel, or burn, but I think there's a little bit of age on it.

M - Mouthfeel is a little bit lighter at first and carbonation up front, but smooths out hand has more of a silky feel. Dry after taste. Roasted coffee seems to hang on your breath.

D - Overall very drinkable. Not sure what the ABV is. It's not on the bottle and I haven't been able to find it anywhere. I am a huge fan of coffee beers and this one is very good. I'd drink this again if given the chance.

Tolann, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jstilwell
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam Clary for this one!

Dark Brown, light black cola colored pour, into my chalice. The thin off white head and carbonation bubbles disappear quickly. The scent is heavenly, with mild roast coffee with a strong nuttiness and caramel accent. Taste here is nice, a good mix of coffee and malt. It is lightly creamy but finishes a little on the harsh side with some black pepper and much stronger alcohol than I would think. Mouthfeel is rather thin. I enjoyed this overall, and can see why many think this is the example for the style. My rating won't be as high as others, but still a fine effort.

jstilwell, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black with ruby red highlights. A thick, long-lasting head of light brown foam sat atop the brew. A series of thin rings of frothy lace remained when the glass was emptied.

S - Amazing aroma. Fresh java! There was a roasted malt smell hidden underneath the wonderful aroma of coffee beans.

T - Tempted to give this category a 5...this is the best tasting coffee stout I've come across. Of course, it delivered with the great coffee flavor and was backed up by subtle chocolate and toffee notes with a slightly floral presence.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied ale that was hard to put down.

D - Very, very good coffee stout. There might be a better one out there but I haven't found it yet.

zeff80, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade. As an extra, no less!

A: The pour is black and somewhat viscous into my snifter with only a thin ring of tan foam.

S: The nose is pretty much all coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but these are definitely secondary to the coffee.

T: Like the nose, this one is coffee forward all the way. 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.

M: The beer has a medium body with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I have no idea what the ABV is on this one, but the booze certainly doesn't show up in the flavor. And the fact that it's pretty much like drinking a cup of coffee makes this one easy drinking beer.

womencantsail, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of PhxHorn
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a half inch tan head, leaving lacing all the way down. Smells of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Tastes moderately of coffee with some chocolate thrown in, but coffee leads the charge. A nice combination of flavor, with some toffee thrown in, maybe a hint of licorice. Not much to complain about here, a very fine beer and very drinkable for the style.

PhxHorn, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire. I have no idea how fresh this beer is.

A: pours dark brown with some light passing through. Very small amount of white head.

S: bold coffee grounds on the front along with roasted barley, tobacco, oatmeal, and dark chocolate. A good amount of roasted notes.

T: sweet malts on the front in the form of molasses and licorice followed by coffee which seems somewhat subdued. This tastes like it may have more age on it than it should as the coffee is rather tame for a coffee stout. The finish is dark chocolate. Overall, has very nice balance.

MF: somewhat on the thin side for a stout with medium carbonation

D: easy drinking coffee stout with great flavor. i could knock a few of these back as it has a nice light body with a full flavor. I wish I could tell when this beer was bottled so I would know if it was fresh or not. I could imagine it would be tastier with more coffee.

homebrew311, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a very dark brown color that produced a fluffy tan head which had a great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma of this beer was dominated by an intense, roasted coffee bean scent, bittersweet chocolate is in the background

T - The taste of this beer had a some of the toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate that one would expect from a good Stout, but a great coffee smooth, creamy taste that is the focal point of this beer

M - The mouthfeel of the had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is a great example of a Coffee Stout, where the coffee in the beer really shines, I expect good things from the other Central Waters beers in my possession

cvfish, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beavers for sharing this one.

transparent brown, lighter than expected, one of the lightest stouts i can remember. has a thin head of swirled bubbles.

smell is just incredible, milky/creamy, sugary, sweet coffee, marshmallowy, cola-y. in about that order.

bitter in taste, no sweetness from the nose is found in the taste. coffee dominant.

predictably thin mouthfeel from the transparent appearance. slightly prickly on the tongue in the beginning, but the prickliness goes away as it warms and loses carbonation. ends up completely smooth and nearly flat.

way easy to drink, one of the most sessionable stouts ive had.

Crittervision, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BTPete
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, recieved as an extra in trade a few months ago. Stored in fridge and not in cellar. Poured to a pint glass and consumed on my own ;)

A: Dark dark brown with minimal head that dissipates to none.

S: Robust roasted coffee, malts, and chocolate undertones. Very robust and the coffee has a really great bitter smell.

T: Bitter coffee up front. Some nice hints of chocolate like the smell. SMooth except for the coffee bitterness. Not sure if some of that is from hops also?

M: Smooth and low carbonation. Medium bodied, maybe a little thin? Not a complaint, just different from other coffee stouts.

D: Wonderful brew. Great extra in a trade. Glad I got to try this one out of the blue. I wish I had more and will seek it out in the future to share with friends.

BTPete, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of drseamus
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer side by side with the Stone Kona Coffee Porter collaboration (which was amazing) so some of the scores may have suffered as a result.

A: Dark garnet body. Thin tan head.

S: Light coffee aroma with good richness. Some alcohol apparent. Tons of bitterness and dark cocoa.

T: Medium coffee with plenty of cocoa. A good amount of sweetness plus some good bitterness from the roast.

M: Pretty light bodied for a stout, and especially for a coffee stout.

D: If I didn't drink it next to the Stone/Kona beer it would be amazing.

drseamus, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark bvrown with a half finger of bone colored head with a little bit of spotty lacing.

S: Bitterness from the coffee rinds. A little bit of chocolate thrown in as well. Like fresh ground coffee.

T: Bitter. Tastes like coffee rinds which is the whole point.

M: Surprisingly very light mouthfeel. Well carbonated as well.

D: Easy drinking and a good beer. Not something I would reach for every day but a damn well made beer.

aerozeppl, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of afausser
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark, creamy very thin but persistent mocha head that appears almost foamy, starting out with some clusters of larger bubbles and then changing to a fine consistent stream as the fine, slow moving carbonation continues. Almost opaque due to volume (the same way that coffee gets darker as you pour it into the mug, though in a stream it is quite translucent), but light shines through the top giving the appearance of bubbly, watery coffee. Not much lacing.

Smell: strong hints of very dark chocolate, heavy, burnt, smoky coffee grounds, toast, both sweet and tart cherries, ripe strawberries, raspberries, and sweet cream. Smells like...breakfast, and not just coffee. Also a metallic hint as it warms.

Taste: Strong, bitter, complex. Very interesting as far as coffee stouts go--I wouldn't expect this much fruit. Heavy coffee, smoke, and metallic tastes, but also cherries, raspberries, caramel, toffee, molasses, slight hint of earth. I get a lot more of a sugary, molasses candy taste, whereas the smell was more chocolaty. Slight alcohol taste that increases as it warms. I'm also getting a slight hint of pure sugar, and quite a bit of grapefruit, particularly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Really thin and fizzy, high carbonation. Really warm in the aftertaste. But for the amount of carbonation and warmth it blends surprisingly well and pops on your tastebuds. Gets better as it warms.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Seems to have a decently high ABV--but it's not published, so it's hard to tell.

afausser, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in trade with cvaypai. Big thanks for this one Craig! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a totally opaque almost pitch black with a finger of a somewhat thin and soda-ish cappuccino colored head. After the initial pour the head tightens up and dissipates to a thin cover with a nice collar on the edges. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells of fresh roasted coffee and dark roasted grains. Dark chocolate and maybe just a hint of vanilla.

T - Coffee dominates the flavor...almost like drinking a coffee soda. Fairly astringent with tons of dark roasted flavors, burnt bitterness and dark chocolate. A faint fruity taste sits in the background and a hint of caramel enters as the beer warms a bit.

M - Mouthfeel is thin to medium in body. Carbonation is medium also. Slight astringency tends to dry the mouth a bit. A coffee bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

D - Very smooth and quite easy drinking beer. Not sure what the alcohol content is, but it does not seem to be very high...guessing ~6%...nice coffee flavor...close, but not quite a breakfast drink...

portia99, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF 2009, then again in a bottle received in a trade.

Darkest brown in color, damn near black, with a lasting tan head.

Aroma is loads of fresh-brewed coffee, roast, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is roasted and caramel malt, slightly sweet, with great high-quality coffee, dark chocolate, and a hoppy kick. Very well-balanced and not overwhelming on the coffee in the least. Nothing that blows you away, but just really good with no flaws.

Body is medium and a palate is fairly smooth, just a tiny bit astringent from the coffee, but really not to a fault.

Drinkability is high for the style. Excellent stout overall.

nickd717, Dec 20, 2009
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.