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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: 721
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 384
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of Sticket


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours dark, nearly black, with little to no light penetration. Tan colored head has good retention, really good, and decent lacing.

S- roasted barley and roasted coffee beans.

T- well balanced roasted grains with dark chocolates and coffee, and a mild finish of alcohol.

M- creamy medium body that is light-moderately carbonated.

D- a great stout overall.

10-10-2008 00:29:39 | More by Sticket
Photo of HopDerek


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Biggest of thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours a deep black with 1 finger of creamy tan head, with good retention and lacing. Smells incredibly of coffee along with chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and even citrus. Tastes of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt with a finish of espresso beans, citrus, and floral hops. Full bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and creamy with lots of bitter coffee flavors, but less abrasive thanks to a firm sweetness from chocolate and molasses. A coffee beer lover's dream come true, very easy to drink and hiding much of its alcohol impressively. Contends well with the other well-known coffee stouts out there, and makes me curious to try other Central Waters brews.

10-06-2008 23:44:51 | More by HopDerek
Photo of joepais


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to Joe1510 for this treat
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a nice finger worth of coco colored head that turned to a thick lace. The body on this stout is pitch black in color.

The aromas remind me of walking into a quant little coffee shop downtown that roasts it own coffee. This has a great nose glad I decided to do this one for Sunday brunch I would have kicked myself if I wasted this one on anything else. There is also a little malt sweetness wafting off of this as well.

Flavor is the same as the nose in a lot of ways. You get that big coffee flavor up front. Yes I say it again this is a great beer for brunch. Just enough caramel malt sweetness so it feels like there is some sugar in that coffee and a light bitter finish for us espresso nuts. Good medium to thick feel on this brew

I will say if you don't like coffee you won't like this brew but I could drink this stuff all day. Thanks again Joe this is truly a good cup of Joe (bad pun intended LOL)

10-05-2008 16:17:09 | More by joepais
Photo of Kegatron


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to Jw347 for hooking me up with this in the recent Virgin BIF.

Pours a pitch black with a finger of slightly fizzy mocha colored head. Peters down pretty quickly, bunching up around the edges with some thin wisps across the center. Fires up nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is Wow! A big ole' bouquet of roasted coffee greats the nose. Just like freshly ground coffee beans. I'm also picking up some underlying malt sweetness and even a touch of hop character towards the back.

The taste is just THICK with straight up roasted coffee character that is well balanced by some sweet notes of chocolate and caramel that helps pull back some of the bitterness. There is also just a touch of citrus and floral hops in the back that helps finish things with a smack. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation that spreads out across the palette but there is also a good bit of slickness mixed in there as well.

Very impressive, this is definitely up there for me as far as Coffee Stouts are concerned. Rich coffee profile that is well balanced by some softer sweet notes and this went down the hatch exceptionally easily. Easy recommendation and good work here from Central Waters.

10-03-2008 22:09:15 | More by Kegatron
Photo of dbtoe


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a pint glass

Look is black with a nice finger of head that reduces to a good cap, very good looking pours.

Smell coffee chocolate and sweet roasted malts. I love the smell of this beer.

Taste big coffee taste with roasted malt chocolate sweet flavors and some bitterness at the end. Big smack of all flavors all through the drink.

Feel full body chewy with lively carbonation. A party in your mouth.

Drink very drinkable but for me 1 22 oz bottle is enough and 2 of them becomes too much flavor wise.

Comment I really like this beer a lot and I'm not even a coffee drinker. Temp is important don't drink it too cold.

09-30-2008 21:22:59 | More by dbtoe
Photo of akorsak


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Thanks to ncvbc for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout is midnight black, dark and ominous with a white head that is in stark contrast to the body. The head neared a finger on pour and is quick to recede.

S: The nose heavy with roasted coffee, a cold toddy that has imparted a rich aroma. The ale's malt body is reserved, adding chocolate and roasted aromas but no booze.

T: Excellent coffee flavor that rivals the best coffee stouts. The aromas are slightly bitter, overroasted coffee (a la Starbucks) that is surprisingly smooth. Lactic, milky flavors add to the smoothness, almost a cafe au lait taste. The stout's chocolate body adds to the intensity with a baker's chocolate bite. The coffee flavors linger.

M: The coffee keeps the taste lively, throwing bitter wave and bitter wave at the tastebuds. If you like coffee, this is a beer to try.

D: I first tried this beer at Dark Lord Day 2007 and have been pining for it since. A perfect example of a coffee stout, I could drink this all day long.

09-28-2008 18:54:05 | More by akorsak
Photo of dancinwillie


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Thick, khaki head rests on an opaque, black beer. Head drops to a centimeter in a few minutes, and remains.

Strong, dark, roasted coffee dominates the aroma. A sweetness presents itself as well.

Robust coffee flavor is present throughout, but is especially bold towards the end of each taste. A little cream flavor gives a slight sweetness. Some chocolate creaminess too. And a faint spiciness, pepper maybe?

I think I'm getting some hop bitterness, but I'm not able to differentiate it from the coffee bitterness.

Fairly pronounced alcohol bite, a little hot for my tastes, although, this seems to mellow with some warming. The cream sweet flavors also seem to intensify with a little warmth, and the overall bitterness seems to lesson as well. Certainly balances itself out after about 15 minutes of warming. I'm glad I didn't rush this review, I would have scored the taste somewhat lower.

The mouthfeel is creamy, astringent, and a dry finish.

Drinkable as hell. A little wait would decrease the bite, and mellow this out a bit. But do I have the willpower? Probably not.
No matter. A very good coffee stout, and I always feel good buying beer from a Wisconsin brewery, especially one that's this good. I will be buying this again, the sooner the better.

09-27-2008 04:21:59 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Alkiser


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Courtesy of EliteDigger in the Java LIF

P - Opaque black body with minimal light bleeding ever so slightly on the edges. About a finger and a half tan head sticks to the top of the beer but evaporates within the first few sips.

S - Roasted Coffee and coffee grounds play on the nose like a fine tuned instrument, the smell is neither lacking nor overpowering as some can be in this category. A slight hint of a dark fruit (cassis?) is present as well, but not making its presence fully known.

T & M - Superbly done, the coffee constrains its self while making its presence fully known. A light cream and chocolate flavor round out the coffee making for a superb mouthfeel as the beer literally slides across the palate while the carbonation makes the flavors dance.

D - Scary how quick this 22 oz went down, split amongst a two friends the beer was finished very quickly. If I had ready access to this it would easily become a weekly treat.

08-28-2008 23:55:57 | More by Alkiser
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev -5.4%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a black body with a faint red light that glows through the bottom. There is a big bubbly dark tan head that thins before disappearing after a few sips. There is no sign of carbonation in this dense body except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of light roasted fresh coffee has a faint hint of old coffee ground and a nice earthy finish. There are notes of black roasted malt that come through more as the beer warms.

T- The soft iced coffee flavor has a light tangy flavor to it with a soft roasted black malt finish. There is a chalky hint to the coffee that adds some nice depth and a faint spice hint in the finish. There is a nice bitterness of coffee and black malt that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D-This beer has a nice coffee flavor but the smell is a bit faint. It is very smooth and drinkable with a nice bitterness at the finish.

08-18-2008 18:02:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of gford217


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

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...


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


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

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!

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


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

06-21-2008 16:52:08 | More by tpd975
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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