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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: 747
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 393
Gots: 67 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
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Photo of Soneast
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This initially appears to be a black color sitting on the table, but when held to the light is really more of a dark brown color with amber highlights. The pour creates a thick & dense, creamy, tan colored head that is a good 2 inches thick. The head very slowly recedes to a a thick creamy mat of very fine bubbles, layering thick trails of lace on the glass.

The aroma is, of course, very prominent coffee smells, roasted malts, and an underlying bitter chocolate aroma. Just an earthy and pungent smell to this.

The flavor is comprised of an intense coffee flavor backed up amazingly well by a bitter chocolate flavor, but hidden behind the upfront coffee/chocolate flavors is a very nice caramelized undertone and even some hints of cream and toffee.

Just a great creamy mouthfeel on this beer with enough carbonation to tickle the tastebuds but not overwhelm the overall texture. Quite a complex variety of flavors. Central Waters have really created a gem of a coffee stout with this beer. Probably one of my favorites of the style.

Photo of carps12
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my duck rabbit snifter. Thanks Brian!

This beer is pitch black. It makes my glass look like its painted black. A nice foamy head collected at the top, but dissipated due to the glass leaving a tan rim on the edges.

The smell is fantastic. I first detect loads of bakers milk chocolate that gives off this incredible sweetness, but not to sweet. It is more of an earthy sweetness. A great espresso roastiness is also detected. I'm loving this.

The taste is great. Lots of chocolate giving the beer a mild sweetness. I dont like when stouts are cloying and this one is spot on. The finish is incredibly smooth and leaves a strong cappuccino taste on the finish with slight bitterness. The sweetness and bitterness from the coffee are in perfect balance. The finish lasts forever. The carbonation is spot on. I guess it could be a little creamier in the front of the mouth. This is one terrific coffee stout. I cant stop sipping it writing this review and now its almost gone. I could definitely have more than one.

Photo of blackearth
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours black with dark amber corners and a tan head that falls to a nice cap of foam. Aroma is of coffee, coffee and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and tastes basically like coffee. There's some roasted malt in there too, but the bitterness in this beer seems to come soley from the coffee that was used, as I can't detect any hops. Good drinkability if this is what you're in the mood for.

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

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty as you would expect and then a strong burst of black coffee comes in quickly. As the bitterness fades a nice balance is left behind since there isn't a lot of sweetness like some coffee beers overdo. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although there are better ones that I've had, this is a really good coffee beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much love to alcstradamus for the extra!

Pours pretty black with just a few highlights around the bottom, a khaki quarter inch of head.

Smells great! Rich roasted coffee with some sweet, chocolate notes to offset the bitterness. Smells like iced coffee with cream & sugar, I like it.

The bitter hits in the taste like WHAM! At first like suckin' on a bean, the bitterness gives way to a malty sweetness a little, but not without keeping a strong hold on the reins. Like a cup of joe with a dash of sugar, the roast is the dominant flavor while letting the sweetness come in to play. The aftertaste is all roasty toasty bitter.

I notice just a slightly funky smell as the beer warms, & the chocolate comes out more. Mouthfeel is full & yummy.

This is a complex beer, & I don't think I'd want to finish more than two (if that) just cause I don't think I could taste anything after. Very enjoyable, worth savoring.

Again, thanks to alcstradamus for a delicious & sought-after extra!

Photo of MPLS
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black ass stout with a dark caramel head. The lace can dance on the glass too.

S: Chocolate, mild roasted coffee, roast.

T: Delicious. Good integration of coffee with a great stout base. I can imagine a non-coffee drinker could like this stout. The coffee is subtle, but the beer gives way to some roast and sweet chocolate like bitterness.

M: Dreamy, but not heavily creamy. Makes for an easy drinking stout.

D: Really hope I can pick up bombers of this on the west side of Wisconsin, especially considering that it's just under $6!? That's a mindblowing value.

Photo of infestaxion
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in my last trade with brian23456.

A - Pours weak coffee brown with very little head.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt. Just a hint of coffee. I really expected a lot more coffee here but it's still good.

T - Big roasted malt and milk chocolate. Huge coffee flavor. Pretty damn good.

M - Not very thick but I like the carbonation.

D - Very, very drinkable. I could go through this bottle in a hurry.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glossy mahogany that *barely* falls short of opacity when bright sunlight is allowed entry. The initial pour produces a mochacchino colored crown that is rich and creamy. The foam is sticky enough to decorate the glass with attractive sheets of tattered lace. Good show.

The aroma will be pure heaven to anyone who loves coffee (count me out) or coffee stouts (count me in). Even though roasted beans are uppermost, roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate are easily identifiable and give the beer an extra measure of complexity.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout may be this brewery's best offering... and I don't say that lightly. Central Waters puts out damn good beer and is one of America's most underappreciated craft breweries. That's probably because New Glarus, Tyranena, Lake Louie and Capital are in the same state. With the possible exception of the first name on that list, these guys can hang with the Badger State's best.

Fantastic. Delicious. Fantastically delicious. The beer's best feature might be the exquisite balance between coffee and stout. BCS tastes like a chocolate liqueur-added iced coffee drink that is still clearly... proudly... uncompromisingly... damn good... beer. I paid only $5.49 for the bomber?! Are you kidding me?!

The flavor profile is appropriately simple and is right on the money: roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a smoky char, a shot of molasses and a half-shot of vanilla. This is one of the most well-integrated, harmonious coffee stouts I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. An estimated one year in the bottle might have had a little something to do with that. An ABV of 8.0%? Fuggedaboutit.

Time and warming have taken the mouthfeel score from a tentative 4.0 to a rock solid 4.5. Bigger might have been better, but it's hard to argue with the glassy smooth silkiness and the perfect bubblation. The mouthfeel has a lot to do with why this brew is so ridiculously drinkable.

No wonder Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout is (currently) #67 on the Best Beers On Planet Earth. It's a lip-smacking humdinger that any fan of the sub-style should seek out. Especially if you're also a java junkie. Believe the hype.

Photo of Flippindiscs
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an awesome coffee stout. Many times brewers go to heavy on the coffee note. This I feel is a great mild coffee stout and is very drinkable.

Nose is obviously coffee but also has a deep caramel smell that is so awesome it makes you want to stop smelling and drinking! The beer has a pretty long aftertaste, but with a good stout you already expect this.

I would totally recommend this beer to others that don't normally like coffee stouts. I just wish you could get this in Illinois!!

Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a near black with deep ruby red highlights when held to light. About a half finger of quickly settling head that doesn't leave lacing on my 16 oz. snifter

S--Fresh roasted coffee beans, a mild variety. Nice and roasty without smelling burnt. There seems to be some chocolate in the background, as well as cream.

T--Big roasted coffee flavor without the usual coffee bitterness. This is so fresh, the coffee profile itself is as good as Peche Mortel although there isn't that awesome creaminess to go along with it.

M--Medium bodied, washes down clean with a sharp sting of carbonation.

D--Goes down very quick. One more dimension would have put this one over the top, perhaps some cocoa, creamer, or a little thicker body. As it stands though, it is a great beer and Central Water impresses me again with another stout. I did like the Peruvian Morning better than this one for the record.

Photo of DrewOSU
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Newtonty. Thanks Man!

A: Pours a coffee brown with minimal, light tan head.

S: I get more chocolate, then lightly roasted malt on the nose then coffee. However, no one in the room I am in agrees with me.

M/T: A lighter medium body, huge roasted malt and coffee presence, followed by a chocolate aftertaste. Finishes very sweet and malty, with a vanilla presence.

D: This is a very fine example of a coffee stout. I have no criticism except that it finishes a little sweet and kind of kills the pallet. Other than that, this beer is great.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't been said about this phenomenal beer already? Newtonty got this in an in person trade at DLD and was kind enough to share it with DrewOSU and I tonight.

The pour was dark brown to black with lots of reddish hints. Nice, ½ inch light tan and creamy head. Gorgeous to look at.

I get fresh, scrumptious coffee, vanilla and super tasty malts in the nose and mouth. This is a highly drinkable beer - it's so easy to put down. The malt and chocolate sweetness/smoky texture on this one is truly sublime...

Great mouthfeel. I didn't climax like roadhouse just did in his review below, but seriously - this is a very nice example for it's style (Worth the recent hype!!!)- seek it out and try it.

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

Sampled this at an epic tasting hosted by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a ton Todd!

Appearance: Brown, semi-transparent body with thin, foamy, tan head. Tons of suspended, tan yeast within. Amber highlights around the edges. Not much head retention or lacing.

Smell: Medium to high-quality black coffee. I've never had a beer that mimicked black coffee as closely as this one.

Taste: Black coffee with very light touches of cream and sugar. Is that pudding? Tastes like coffee in the finish too: a little burnt, roasty, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, which doesn't seem right for a stout; but this is a coffee stout, and coffee is a pretty thin fluid. Gritty and warm. Wish there was more of a creamy character.

Drinkability: Coffee stout, no kidding! I'm a big coffee fan, and this was the most coffee-like beer I've ever had. Smell, taste, mouthfeel, the whole shebang. How often would I want a beer that so closely resembles coffee? I'm thinking not often. For what it is, this is very well done.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly, but it's not as overpowering as many other coffee stouts, leaving plenty of room for roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is once again at the forefront, but does not overpower the other flavors. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through until the solidly bitter ending. Coffee flavors linger for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could go through a bomber without a problem.

Overall this is a nice coffee stout for those that aren't the biggest fans of coffee. The flavors integrate nicely and this is certainly worth a shot.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black completely opaque. Heavenly smells of super-fresh perfectly roasted coffee. First sip is roasted coffee with burnt malts, tobacco, bakers chocolate, and vanilla all supporting the beer's complexity. Medium bodied and bitter from start to finish, what a great way to begin a Monday morning.

Photo of demcorhip
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like well worn motor oil, a brown tinged blackness in my mug. Nice two finger tan head, like espresso crema, with decent retention, but settles to leave a thin tan collar. Mildly carbonated. Not really leaving much for lacings, the intricate patterns succumb to gravity and return to the collar from which they came.

Nice aroma of creamy nougat and rich coffee aroma with just a hint of roasted malts, a whiff of smoke and earthy hops. This smells like a coffee stout for coffee fans. Im liking it.

The roasted malts make more of an appearance in the taste versus the aroma, otherwise things pretty much taste as above. The char of the roasted malts show up in the finish with a hint of anise. Very nice, clean coffee flavour here, reminding me of Coffee Bender, another coffee forward brew i really enjoyed.

Almost medium bodied, smooth, almost velvety, and slightly creamy. There is a very nice balance struck between the rich and nougaty malt, the tasty coffee, the more roasted malt and earthy hoppiness.

This is a damn tasty brew, and worthy of its reputation. Has me Jonesing for a peruvian morning.... Im not sure of the ABV, the alcohol is hiding from me, making this dangerously drinkable. Thanks to the wife for picking this up for me at the end of last summer, this is a top notch coffee stout that i would highly recommend to afficionados of coffee and coffee stouts. I will have to track this, and other Central Waters offerings, down.

Photo of CoalCellar
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DFH glass.

A: Pours like a standard black stout, quickly builds a thin tan head which dissipates just as quickly.

S: Freshly brewed coffee.

T: A nice stout base under a delicious coffee flavor. Finishes with some chocolate and roasted grain.

M: Standard viscosity for an average stout.

D:As the base for this beer is a lighter stout, this is pretty drinkable stuff. If your a coffee lover like me, you might like this for breakfast with some pancakes and maple syrup.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Large brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly with nice lacing. The beer is a very dark red-brown in color.

S- Lots of roasted malts and coffee up front, some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Little hop presence mostly in your face coffee.

T- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and molasses. Some roasted barley and light hops. This is not the most complex beer I have had but it is pretty good.

M- Medium bodied with a nice bite from the hops and carbonation.

Overall I would say this is a pretty darn good stout, not the most impressive but I would not mind having a few bombers of this sitting around.

Photo of roadhouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter. Thanks to madtowndmb1 for trading me this!

Appears a jet black color but some mahogany highlights can be revealed next to a light source. A three-quarter inch tan head forms on top but quickly falls to a skim. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma just straight up blows my mind. The coffee is the richest, boldest, most delicious variety I have ever smelled. There's also a wonderful dark chocolate tinge to it to top it off. All other coffee beers must bow down to this nectar sent from heaven. Every time I take a whiff I get overly excited and almost experience a sexual climax. It's that good.

Taste is not quite as explosive as the aroma but it's still probably the best tasting coffee beer I've had. The coffee is not overly astringent, but comes across as a nice mellow brew. The dark chocolate tinge reappears slightly in the finish for a bit of an encore.

Mouthfeel is really nice as well. Medium body with a very creamy texture. I docked a half point because there's a kind of strange coating/drying feel after the swallow that's hard to describe.

Not that it has any hype really, but the A rating is completely deserved. Seek this one out if you like coffee beers. Great stuff.

Photo of stumac
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro Onslow for this tastey burger...

This brew pours up a solid black color with a nice big, brown head. great lacing. the nose is coffee beans, rich malts, subtle hops. the taste is big malts!, very bitter, bitter hops, coffee jazz, chocolate. leaves a "cocaine drip" taste in the back of my mouth. weird...full bodied, low carbo, A very nice Coffee Stout! Easily one of my new fave Coffee Stouts.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes about a month ago that I just found.

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with no transparency. Decent sized light brown head with okay retention and some initial lacing.

S: Smells of strong coffee with roasted mats and chocolate.

T: Very similar to the smell, Strong coffee and roasted malts with a bittersweet chocolate finish. There's a bit of a dark fruit taste to it.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, perfect carbonation and not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well, not too overpowering which is something that coffee stouts often struggle with. My first by Central Water, what a great first impression.

Photo of srandycarter
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark cola, almost black. Small head to ring, some cascading bubbles and lace.

S - MAJOR dense coffee, bitter chocolate and roasty malt.

T - Taste spot on for smell. Yum. Flavors are pretty thick and satisfying.

M - Medium body, good carb and pretty good coating.

D - For the style, very drinkable.

Been focusing on thinner beers lately, this was a nice surprise. Wish I knew the ABV, but I am guessing it must be between 7-9.

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

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear dark brown color with an average brown creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate ground coffee,chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy roasted coffee balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This beer would go well with a cigar.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki for getting this one too me.

Pours a very dark red that looks black away from light. Head is mild and looks like a coffee.

Smells unsurprisingly very coffee forward. Hints of cream, chocolate, an toffee are present.

Taste is surprisingly good, with the coffee not hitting until the

Drinkability is high and I will trade to get this one again.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich dark coffee brown, near black in the glass with a few garnet highlights. A solid mocha head has pretty decent retention, slowly fading leaving behind some fairly impressive lacing down to the bottom. for the style, some impressive head and lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Fresh roasted french roast coffee. Aroma reminds me of fresh Graffeo Dark Roast... this is definitely a coffee stout if there ever was one. A hint of dark fruit and a touch of alcohol along the lines of a strong RIS. A hint of bittersweet cocoa, and some dark roasted malt.

Taste is incredibly coffee-forward, which is outstanding (and somewhat rare). Fresh brewed coffee, bittersweet cocoa, roasted malt, a touch of dark cherries and a bit of alcohol, rum and sherry... delicious. There's a pleasant bitterness, seemingly from both coffee and hops. As the brew warms, the bitterness grows stronger, almost lemon-pine-metal... off-balances as it warms... otherwise, the taste is just about perfect.

mouthfeel is interesting... the powerful aroma and taste leave me wanting a fuller, chewier stout. This one sits on the lighter, thinner, and slightly slick side, more like a cup of coffee than a chewy stout. It works nicely, and is definitely solid and incredibly smooth.

Wow. this may be the gold (or black gold, if you will) standard for coffee stouts. The coffee is impressively balanced yet present, without significant bitter/vapid/sour/burnt notes. Smooth, solid, flavorful, and beautiful. If you are a true lover of coffee and/or stout, this is a must!

Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.