1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

712 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 712
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 381
Gots: 73 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 712 | Reviews: 352 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gford217
gford217

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass with a tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves good lacing.

S: Well, as a coffee beer lover, the aroma is nothing short of stunning. It's freshly ground coffee...and in the best possible way. There are also some hints of roasted malts and dark fruits. I've had a ton of coffee stouts and this is without equal in terms of aroma.

T: The taste is dominated by a slightly bitter coffee taste, but there is definitely a more prevalent sweet malt background than in the aroma. Dark fruits are also present, but the coffee comes back to leave a bitterness in the finish. Spectacular tasting brew.

M: Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied with strong carbonation for the style.

D: I was really blown away by this one and would put it toward the top of my list of coffee stouts or any beers for that matter. It's a wonderful brew and highly recommended! Big thanks to James for sharing this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 02:00:45 | More by gford217
Photo of orbitalr0x
orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours dark brown bordering on black with a healthy creamy tan head on top. Aromas start with a well balanced mix of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Some roasted malts flow in and out with a mild creaminess. Good show.

First sip brings a solid dark roasted malt upfront followed by dark chocolate flavors and a nice kick of fresh ground coffee as well. The coffee and chocolate mix very well together and provide a great mix of flavors. Flows down with a touch of bitterness and a slight creaminess.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. This never gets overly heavy and makes it a treat to drink. Overall, a solid coffee stout and one I would not hesitate to drink again. Glad it didn't go overboard on the coffee and maintained good balance. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 21:07:22 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Atron67
Atron67

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice roasted black color with a solid tan head on top that had solid retention as well. looked clear through the pour, however the light doesn't reveal much. all and all what youd expect for a stout. i would also guess that the alcohol is not too high based on the head retention and thickness.

S- smooth much more rounded soft coffee scents as opposed to the other more intense coffee beers that ive had around. pretty smooth all around actually, the roasted and black malts are there but not especially intense, but do give the bulk of the scent.

T- mmmm.... another light roasted characteristics. smooth all around again. much lighter than i was expecting. solid all around, im actually really glad its at the level it is, just better for the hot weather right now. a lighter style of the stouts, not quite a milk stout in terms of heaviness. pretty tasty and this was well enjoyed. great balance with coffee, which is generally hard to do.

M- smooth light carbonation, thick and very drinkable

D- pretty good, especially as a stout

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 23:17:42 | More by Atron67
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick mocha head. Looks appropriately like coffee.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate in fairly equal portions, very mocha-like. I was expecting a stronger coffee aroma, but I'm not complaining - it's very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee up-front with a nice roasty twang beneath it. This one's got a big coffee flavor, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer; notes of chocolate and toasted grain are present and add some depth. This isn't overly complex though, it's definitely still a coffee showcase, and it works quite well as such. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice lingering java note.

Notes: Great stuff, I'd like to try this again some time. Thanks to autumnaldave for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 17:05:07 | More by largadeer
Photo of francisweizen
francisweizen

Alaska

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big ups to milwaukeesclassic for da trade!

A: Dark brown cola ruby with a small tan off white head of foam that is easily revived, provides excellent fizzy swishing audio and provides thin sheets of Wisconsin cum Belgium lacing.

A: Fresh coffee, like seriously, I get coffee at Poggio Trattoria which is the Italian restaurant located next door to my hotel in Sausalito, CA. And the intense mornig blend they brew for me. Extra shots, Heavy cream, 2 doses of raw brown sugar....well....this beer smells like THAT. Awesome. Also some faint greeny hops and a nice bready malt are also in the nose if you can get past all that coffee

T: Coffee up front a bit acrid and lactic with a nice caffeine coffee burn. Awesome stuff here. Complex malts with a small caramel blast and the green hops coming back tie it all together and make it tight and lean

M: A bit milky thin but perfect for the style.

D: Awesome, I can relive my morning and the reason I reach for a cup of joe IN the morning all over again. It breaks the day night night day cycle and realligns the stars...

hardy, har, har....This is quite possibly the best "coffee stout, coffee beer, coffee with beer in the name or name of the style beer" that I have ever had....EVER...

YES

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:48:19 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Homerbag
Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with brown head. Head reminds me of an aggressive pour of black coffee at a diner.

Smell is overwhelmly of strong coffee. Some roasted malts but otherwise a big cold glass of coffee. Some bittersweat chocolate peaks through from time to time, but this is a cup of coffee if there ever was one. Problem is, is that this is beer. Not a lot of complexity, but it is what it is. I would guess the ABV to be somewhere in the 6 to 7% range, so it is not something you would want before work, but with dessert this would be good.

With so many coffee stouts out there, this is not with the best, even though it is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 07:00:52 | More by Homerbag
Photo of Overlord
Overlord

California

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Homerbag for the trade.

Pours a dark cola-like brown with a big light brown head. Smells like coffee. That's it. Just like coffee.

I'm not a coffee connoisseuer, so perhaps this beer isn't targeted at me. It tastes just like coffee. Like chilled coffee, with a bit of roasted malt. Not even particularly good, espresso-esque coffee (like Peche Mortel, for example). Just alcohol, coffee, some roasted malt, and a biting bitter aftertaste.

I suppose if you're looking for coffee beer, this puppy will hit the spot exactly.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 07:13:00 | More by Overlord
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee aroma. Derek's bottle. Black colour with brown bubbly head. Roast, chocolate,mollasses also some c-hops.Great balance between all of these elements, but coffee rules above all.Very good for what it is, but I would prefer less coffee and more chocolate personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 22:50:33 | More by Sammy
Photo of aforbes10
aforbes10

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shiny brown body, ¼ inch light brown head, well retained. Sticky lacing. Smells of wet coffee grounds, dark chocolate, odiforous truffles. Soft smooth coffee and chocolate body. Coffee flavor is creamy without being bitter at all. Creamy, foamy mouthfeel is perfect. A very nice, professional American stout, right up there with Founders Breakfast, maybe even better.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 11:53:57 | More by aforbes10
Photo of Derek
Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with chestnut highlights, light-moderate tan head, some retention, good lace.

S: Coffee, nuts, brown sugar & chocolate.

T: Coffee, nuts, good bitterness, slight alcohol warmth & a touch of roasted acidity. Well-rounded (it doesn't knock your socks off).

M: Moderate-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly chalky.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:21:19 | More by Derek
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Daily espresso drinker here...

Damn. This is the most mellow, yet rich coffee stout I have come across. Really better than most I have tried, and the most approachable for sure.

Pours jet black, with a few fingers of tan head. Lacing abounds, and retains a skim of foam for a long time.

Straight up delicious coffee aroma, maybe some mild roasted malts and tobacco too.

Mellow coffee richness, light mouthfeel, but full of flavor. Not the acrid or bitter character of so many extreme beers. Very delicious, obviously very high quality ingredients. Light carbonation, easy drinking.

I'll be seeking this out whenever i'm in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 03:02:51 | More by emerge077
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a nice off white head.

Aromas are very coffee dominant. Not a lot of traditional stout characteristics. Mostly just wet ground dark coffee, smells a little sweet as well.

Taste is coffee dominant too, but not as overwhelming as the smell. And that's a good thing to me. Taste like iced dark coffee, crisp, with some slightly sweet creamy malts as well. A bit of a roasted oak flavor thrown in there too. Finish is crisp with a bitter chocolate bite. Good tasting, but still would like a bit more stout flavors here, and not as much coffee.

Mouthfeel is ok, but seems a little too thin and watery for a stout.

Drinkability is one of this beers strong suits. Very easy to drink. A nice coffee stout that has a few minor flaws. But all in all, it's tasty, (especially for coffee lovers) and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:13:06 | More by flexabull
Photo of younger35
younger35

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this pretty little lady at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. This will officially be my second brew from Central Waters. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a darkish brown with hues of red breaking through the bottom of the glass where it narrows. Decent one finger light brown head forms that seems to stick around for quite some time before dying down and leaving a thin cap, thick collar and a small bit of lacing.
Smell- Coffee. I could stop right there and it would be by far the most accurate nose I've ever described. But I'll continue and F it up! Very deep dark coffee but nothing super roasted, it's just right. A bit of dark baker's chocolate and a light dollop of Cool Whip tops off the perfectly simple nose.
Taste- The coffee is there from the start but sweeter than most coffee stouts I've tried. Way more cream and sugar in this cup-o-joe than I expected! A lightly roasted maltiness sticks around for days and days and fills up my entire mouth. Tinges of caramel and toffee jump in and lends an almost vanilla/bourbon like flavor that's been in a lot of the barrel aged brews that I've had lately. This thing isn't barrel aged but sure tastes like it. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is roasty and dark and somewhat licorice-ee.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that I could tell wasn't going to be as full as I wanted when I poured it but overall not bad. Almost has a thin oatmeal like smoothness with medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a damn tasty brew that is full of coffee but the sweetness really reminds me of Kate (yes KTG). It has the same caramely goodness that made Kate stick out in my mind. I think this is a vastly underrated (or maybe just under sought) brew that is really, really good. Find this and try it before everyone wants one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 01:24:40 | More by younger35
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to EliteDigger for hooking us up with this as an extra at DLD.

Pours an opaque black, some red in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops some solid lacing, decent ring around the glass. Smell is nice, coffee roast, some chocolate, caramel, nice thick roast, quite rich, some biscuity malt, decent aroma, not too complex. Taste is weird, like a bad cup of coffee, bitter roastiness, chocolate, bread, not a whole lots of finish on it, coffee roast lingers. Mouthfeel is meidum bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not sure, wasn't too impressed, just didn't really like the coffee character, but still a beer to try. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 00:41:01 | More by Viggo
Photo of drumrboy22
drumrboy22

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from EliteDigger. I've been looking to trying this one for a while. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Beer was dark brown in color with a very small, sandy colored head. Light lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, burnt wood and grains.

Taste was probably the closest I've had to coffee. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and this one is probably the best I've had. All coffee in flavor with notes of vanilla, espresso beans and chocolate.

Fairly full flavored with a moderately bitter finish. One of the best coffee stouts around. Not easy to track down, but well worth the extra effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 01:05:45 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of tpd975
tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this treat.

A: Pours as black as they come, not a single ray of Florida sunshine can penetrate this brew. The head is rather puny and the retention is not so good.

S: Tons of coffee aroma. Reminds me of the coffee aisle at the supermarket after fresh beans had just been ground. Hints of chocolate and vanilla, but this one is all about the coffee.

T: Not my favorite coffee stout, but this is very good. Tons of fresh brewed coffee from start to finish. Even though this is coffee forward nice notes of bitter chocolate come thru. Hints of vanilla and a touch of creme can be detected as well.

M: Thick in body very smooth.

D: I love coffee and stout. I found the bomber to be a very nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 16:52:08 | More by tpd975
Photo of grub
grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EliteDigger gave this to Viggo and I as an extra for our trades at dark lord day. thanks scott!

22oz bottle. sampled june 14/08.

pours deep brown with a small very fine light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is good. lots of coffee. bit of milk chocolate. light espresso. bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. bit of almost ashy character without really seeming roasty.

taste is good. lots of coffee here too. bit of caramel. light espresso. light milk chocolate. bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. touch of molasses.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. more like coffee than beer, but i'd be happy to have this each morning rather than a coffee. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:33:42 | More by grub
Photo of SPLITGRIN
SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An easy three fingers of toasted brown head creeps to the top of my Sam Adams globe glass. Retention is good and turns rocky as it slowly fades leaving a lot lace. Body is beautiful and shiney black much like a black opal. Nose is amazing with tons of fresh ground coffee, so vibrant and right on for the style. Slightly sweet but super creamy on the first sip. This is quickly meet with a smooth bitter coffe feel. Lots of chocolatey coco notes are laced nicely all throughout the palate. Flavor wise this is every thing you look for in a coffee stout. Mouthfeel is big and thick with a slight dry bitter feel. Alchol is completely hidden. Wonderfully drinkable. This one is flying under the radar a bit so get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 02:24:55 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this one up in a trade a while back and had been waiting to try it. This is another beer that gets a lot of hype recently, and being that the coffee stout is quickly approaching my favorite style, I figured it was about time I gave this one a shot and see what it was all about. Cool looking bird on the label, I served this twenty-two ounce bomber in my Terrapin snifter at cellar temperature right after dinner.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful, and it looked as though I was literally pouring out black coffee as it came out of the bottle. A rich, huge, extremely dark brown, bordering on black is what came out of the bottle. It was completely opaque, offering no chance at all for any of the light to escape this one. A nice two inch layer of off white colored foam then rose up from the bottom and quickly obscured the top of it, settling in for the long haul. Great retention as the tan foam was going nowhere fast on this one, and that was a good thing. Once it finally started getting rocky and broke up a little bit, it settled to a nice cushion about a half an inch high that stayed until the very end, evening leaving traces of it on the bottom of the glass throughout. Rich side glass lacing made this the capper on it, really very solid looking from the very onset.

Smell - Oh yeah, there it is. The aroma could be picked up from across the room. It was huge and loaded down with the most delicious coffee aroma I have ever picked up. My son even told me I should not be drinking coffee so late! You could tell this was no Folgers they put in here, it had a tremendously thick smell, rich brewed coffee that really dominated the aroma, but as it warmed it began to get a little more complex. Hints of cocoa and vanilla mixed in, only serving to sweeten it up and enhance the overall profile, just simply wonderful.

Taste - The flavor was so absurdly good, I can barely fathom the words to accurately describe it. It was simply divine in a word. Started out with a huge rush of finely brewed coffee. Really nice and not the burnt coffee flavor that you sometimes see in other coffee stouts. This was a rich, sweet coffee flavor, which was highlighted beautifully by hints of cocoa and vanilla. Swirling it in the glass really gets this one going, and makes it one of the strongest flavors you could imagine, but at the same time so delicate in nature. Wow, I was really floored by this one. It was just that good for me.

Mouthfeel - A little bit thinner then I would have liked but still done very well. The carbonation was good, giving it that slightly silk like feeling and being ridiculous smooth and easy to roll off the tongue, but there was just a touch of thinness to it, it could have been a little bit more creamy and filling to really push it over the top would have been great.

Drinkability - This could not have been easier to drink, just no way possible. The flavors were o big and the low ABV and the lightness of it. This disappeared way too fast on me. I would love to have this on tap in my house, everyday forever. It was just that good. I would love to do a side by side with Valdez and really see where the two stand up to each other, because it would be damn close.

Overall I was so happy to be enjoying this one. It really was tremendously good. Not really sure how it could have improved other then being a bit fuller, but still, it was sublime. You need to go out and try this stuff as this is exactly how the style should be done. The fact that it is a year round brew only serves to entice me more. Go get some, it is utterly fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 22:59:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of CaptainIPA
CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Central Waters' Tap Room on 5-24-08.

P: Presented in an 8 oz. snifter.

A: Pours an opaque anthracite with a cream-colored miniscus rimming the glass and a swirled, head veil in the center. Gorgeous appearance: coffee and cream, how appropriate.

S: Freshly-ground Columbian beans. Like diving into a coffee roaster.

T: Bold coffee infusion with sweet, caramelized malt and notes of floral hops, toast and smoke. Hints of earthy peat, butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla.

M: Smooth.

D: Surprisingly sessionable. Unbelievably good - world-class, in fact. Worthy of its #3 ranking on BA's list of Top American Stouts.

Hey, don't forget to tip your barrista.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 03:20:05 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the brew is still black but lacks the great carbonation of last years growler.

The smell is excellent great coffee and a thick semi sweet dark chocolate.

The taste is really great, this years is very nice. The roasty coffee could be the best I have had and the chocolate notes are excellent. I do really like this brew.

The mouthfeel is very good yet carbonation is a tad off.

The drinkability is excellent, still a great coffee stout. MK

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 04:50:19 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of IntriqKen
IntriqKen

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark coffee brown with a nice 2 finger head of dense foam that leaves a very sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is roasted coffee and mild chocolate but not as intense as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and creamy.

Taste is black coffee with roasted chocolate...only a mild sweetness but no bitter black coffee bite.

Aftertaste is roasted coffee that lingers in your mouth forever.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:26:31 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of blackie
blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a little intimidated by the jacked-up heron on the label, I've been waiting for an opportunity to get an early start on this one

a: pours a low dark khaki head with moderate but excellent retention, subtle lacing, a quick swirl rouses a pretty head, the stout is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: rich, fresh, medium-roast coffee bean pervades the aroma, immediately brings to mind Big Boss's also excellent version, barley roasts add depth and perhaps some bittersweet chocolate, a touch of sweet, toasted toffee goodness in the back, hop aroma light and evergreen, nearly a perfect 5

m: light-medium carbonation and a body on the light side of full, pretty creamy

t: strong, fresh coffee bean carries over from the aroma, backed by roasted barley that starts with dark chocolate and turns astringent and earthy in the finish, notes of burnt toffee, light-moderate hop bitterness, not as good as the aroma but excellent nonetheless

d: a pleasure

courtesy of dirtylou, good lookin' out

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:01:20 | More by blackie
Photo of ohmybock
ohmybock

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Are you looking for a beer with a strong coffee flavor? If so, then this is probably your beer.

These days, I'm not a huge drinker of porters and stouts. However, some of the stronger Impy Stouts like Abyss, Expedition, or GL's Blackout Stout have been quite good. On the contrary, I didn't enjoy Dark Force, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, or Black Hole. Still, if I'm gonna drink a stout/porter these days, I personally prefer a coffee-flavored stout/porter more than anything else. With that being said, this Central Waters brew is one of the best coffee flavored brews I've ever tried. Other memorable coffee beers I've tried and liked in the recent past include Bell's Java Stout, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Five Seasons ICO (Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout), the original version of Great Divide Yeti with Espresso on tap, or Péché Mortel among others.

I poured this CW brew (which I just picked up in Madison, WI last week) at arms length, but could still immediately smell the overwhelming coffee aroma...wow! Upon tasting, the strong coffee character becomes even more omnipresent, yet it still balances well with the dark, roasted, stout flavors. Check this one out if you're a lover of potent coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. This is the first coffee brew I've had which might actually be more coffee than beer...but that's not a bad thing at all considering how good this one tastes! Yum...give me some more!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 23:49:26 | More by ohmybock
Photo of BeerBelcher
BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Flyer for splitting this with SurlySober and me.

This beer struck me in appearance as more of a brown ale, but maybe "coffee brown ale" doesn't roll off the tongue as well as "coffee stout." It was brown and translucent, with abundant off-white head. Unlike most beers with coffee-notes, this beer really tastes like coffee! A lot of beers with coffee flavor taste like an approximation of coffee, and are sweet, so they come off tasting to me like coffee-flavored ice cream rather than actual coffee. This one tastes like coffee...period. Smell is lots of coffee, and not much else, maybe some caramel malt. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but good.

I would recommend this beer. I thought it quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 20:48:24 | More by BeerBelcher
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.