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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 396
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of 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
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of abents
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber with the heron jaccked up on java on the label.
Pours out a nice deep black with dark brown hints when held up to light. Not a pitch black imp stout pour by anymeans, looks on the lighter side. Nice light brown head however, that laces fairly well. Nos is of rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and sweet molasses. Taste is absolutely incredible, so creamy, smooth, inviting. I love this beer. Starts with a bang of coffee followed by a nice creamy/milky flavor, roasted burnt malts round out the finish with a slight coffee burn in there. Very smooth drinkable coffee stout, the light almost airy body leads to a fantastic smoothness that makes this coffee stout very unique. Plus, Central Waters in a bomber again! Nice all around beer, could drink this all the time.

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

A: A very dark liquid who appearance looked much thinner than what I was expecting. After finishing my pour into my brandy snifter, this beer exhibited a very frothy and appetizing head with great lacing. Carbonation was very evident as well...similar to coke.

S: A mix dark chocolate and coffee beans; alcohol is not present at all in the aroma.

T: Again, just like it smells. Rich in coffee character with subtle amounts of bitter dark chocolate...reminds me a lot like Founders Breakfast Stout.

M: Good amount of carbonation, full-body, with a subtle amount of residue left on the palate.

D: This beer possess the two most important qualities when determining drinkability....great taste with no alcohol presence, which makes for easy drinking.

Overall: A great beer that I highly recommend. A must try. Cheers!

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ughsmash (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, roast with some chocolate and tobacco. Nice coffee in the aroma. Tastes of coffee, roast, amd some bitter chocolate. I'm a sucker for coffee beers and this one didn't dissapoint me.

Notes from: 4/30/08

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

Deep russet color not quite black with a small off white head that fades quickly. Some light does make it's way through.

Fresh ground coffee, caramel, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark fruits but this is coffee dominated with a nice roast.

A damn tasty coffee stout with rich robust rosted coffee flavors and even a hint of smoke. Moderate finish with coffee tannins showing. I swear I can tast caffiene in this. Curious what type of coffee they used because it is very good. Such a great coffee flavor in this setting itself apart from the beer. Nice chocolate, cream and toffee flavors with sporadic black fruits.

Somewhat light in body but rich and full of flavor with good carbonation. Fits the beer well. Very easy drinking and would be a great breakfast.

Photo of badbeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, but brown around the edges. Beige head with good lacing and retention. Strong coffee aroma, seems like I also get a little cream or vanilla for some reason. Fresh coffee taste with maybe a touch of cocoa and cream as well as some caramel sweetness. Very nicely done. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very well done coffee stout. I'll pick up more of this next chance I get.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a dark dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, and raisin. The flavor is all bitter coffee, along with some iced tea and a bitter nut finish. This beer was odd and the coffee flavor was very weak and bad. One of the worst coffee beers I've had. I'm surprised by the high ratings.
6/4/5/2/10 (2.7/5)

Photo of wcudwight
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black coffee colored with a mocha colored head that rises to 1/2", slowly falls and holds as a tight film on top of the beer. Spiderweb like lacing sticks to the glass.
Smells like early morning rich high quality coffee. Aroma is pretty one demensional and I love it!
Flavor mirrors aroma pretty well. This beer is exactly what it says and it's a pretty damn good one. Taste like a blend of French roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, with just a small hint of cream. Flavor last a while and just sort of stays in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is great as this beer just coats the mouth with coffee flavors.
If you love coffee and coffee beers....I do! Then this is an absolute must try.

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

A: pours a nice dark rich brown, practically brown. lightly creamed coffee colored head with a low retention rate and nice light lacing.

S: wonderful roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, huge roasted coffee notes. light sweetness of cherries.

T: outstanding flavor. big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, like a mocha coffee drink with some espresso. wonderful balance with the hops. great coffee notes here with the fair trade coffee. aftertaste is pure coffee and chocolate.

M: full bodied, but not too thick. mild carbonation level. amazing palate. extremely smooth.

D: outstanding brew. great flavored stout. this shouldn't be a want once, this is an amazing beer that should be in my house permanently. If only they would come to Florida, life would be better.

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 22 fluid oz. bottle
Served in a tumbler
Acquired in a trade with dirtylou

The beer poured a brown/black color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A one-half finger, bubbly, caramel-colored head capped the liquid but quickly faded to a thin, flimsy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was dominated by coffee. Pure, freshly brewed coffee to be precise. A touch of roast was noticeable as well.

The taste was dark, roasty and super coffee-like. Slightly sweet up front. Creamed coffee with sugar came to mind. Black coffee and dark chocolate appeared in the center, along with notes of vanilla and sweet cream. Slightly boozy on the back end. The espresso-like finish was ultra dark and roasty. (I felt like I was chewing on coffee beans.) A touch of piney hops came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was hoping for something a bit more viscous and creamy.

Drinkability was quite good. This was an intensely flavored yet smooth stout that managed to keep its roasty, bitter flavors in check.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a phenomenal beer which is so coffee rich that it can serve as a substitute for the real thing. (The beer paired perfectly with chocolate chip cookies and I am sure it could do well with most baked goods.) If you are a fan of both stouts and coffee, you should definitely seek out this brew.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Constipated? This beer will do the trick. No sweetness, just capitalizes on the deep coffee flavors of their stout with the help of rich cold pressed fairtrade coffee beans. As heavy as you would expect, but the ample caffine will ward of the drowzies.

Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is light for a Stout, you can almost see through this beer in the light with its ruby hues. Head doesn't develop completely, just some light froth that leaves behind a thin ring. Roasted coffee dominates the smell with some notes of cherry and other dark fruits in the background.

The taste is a wonderful mix of sweetened chocolate cookie malt, with a strong coffee bitterness. Well balanced, the sweetness is never cloying, and the alcohol seems mild. The bitterness lingers on well after the finish and is quite heavenly. Medium bodied, with finely sharp carbonation.

This is the type of beer I love, loaded with flavor yet well balanced, mild in ABV (I'm assuming). I wish I had more than one bottle. Thanks to demcorhip for trading it to me...

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

"made with fair trade coffee specially roasted for us by www.emyjs.com"

solid dark brown pour with the faintest ruby glow when held up to the brightest light. coffee-like head, unsurprising. coffee and toffee in the aroma, more of the creamed variety ala dark lord etc. and less of the sharp, metallic bean-only type ala bell's java etc. toffee aroma gives way to caramel and cashew butter notes opening up a complex dessert array of smells. luxurious body which finishes with exaggerated burnt sugar brulee and a tinny twang all at once, reminding me of what i remember a starbucks caramel macchiato to be. extremely flavorful and at the same time drinkable with little-to-no sign of alcohol. i'm guessing this to be 6.5% but have no idea. central waters hits a home run with this beer. i think following batches will create a perfectly honed after-dinner coffee beer digestif.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours very dark...almost black with very light reddish highlights. The head is big and beautiful, all tannish and billowy and a very slow shrinker. A great looking brew.

The smell is big on coffee with lighter notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste...mmmm...very nice coffee flavour without going over the top, probably because of the delicious milk chocolate sweetness cutting the bitterness. I don't sense much more going on but, who needs more. As is, this is a delightful brew that is very drinkable and oh so smooth.

The mouthfeel borders on full, the carbonation is light and fits perfectly, and it finishes with the chocolate goodness. This a very very good.

The drinkability is great and the alcohol, what ever the abv may be, is very well hidden.

Head retention turned out to be excellent and the lacing is just as good.

Bottom line: I'm thinking this is in the top tier of Coffee brews I've tried. A definite "Highly recommended"!

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

Bomber received from the vicious nflmvp who mercilessly slayed my wants in a recent trade. Shit didn't hit the fan until I cracked the beers he sent, 'cos he darned near killed my liver too...

A: About as dark brown as you can get without being pitch black, there's barely any light coming through. With reddish highlights, there's a dark brown head that caps this beer that slowly recedes to a disk as about as thick as an iPhone (about time someone referred to one in a review, eh?) with a good bit of carbonation creeping up the side of the glass.

S: Smells like, eh, coffee. And the good kind too. Wonderfully roasty with just the hint of creaminess and bitterness. There's a pleasing coffee grounds-like aroma as well. Simply put, this is a tour de force with a lot of coffee up front balanced with a little bit of dark chocolate and a hint of raisin-like oxidation that's rather faint. Excellent

T: Tastes like coffee up front. And on the mid-palate as well. And finish. 'Nuff said. Actually not, 'cos there's some bittersweet chocolate to accompany the coffee. Maybe a little one-dimensional but in a good way, 'cos the coffee is simply beautiful in this beer. There is also a pleasing level of sweetness to this beer with some dark roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Mildly drying on the finish with more (surprise!) coffee.

M: Fairly light in body, this beer had great carbonation and an excellent finish that's heavy on coffee bitterness and flavor

D: This is the nightcap that will make me crack another. Great stuff.

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

A nice 22 oz bottle. I poured this into my La Binchoise glass(my favorite glass). It poured some very dark liquid with nice head that gets denser for a while then leaves a lace and small head. Very impressive.

Nose is very dark malt and strong coffee with bitter and burnt mixed in. Taste is bitter yet sweet with a very strong coffee flavor. Strong roasted maltand very very appealing. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had.

A little weak on the mouth feel but pretty drinkable for such a strong flavored beer. Initially, I can't tell how strong this beer is. Not real warm tasting. Probably around 6-7%

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Very dark, nearly black. Thin beige head recedes quickly into a halo leaving no lacing.

S: Well coffee for one, quite roasty. Touch of chocolate, as it warmed a faint whiff of licorice.

T: Coffee-centric, and how great it is, roasted malt, slightly sweet, slight bitter-spicey hop finish.

M: Creamy, smooth, a little thin, however that is a virtue in this case: coffee need not be thick, nor does this stout. This is one smooth operator.

D: Quite drinkable, a bomber of this is a breeze to finish. This stout is a good example of a beer that is stronger than the sum of its parts. Highly recommended. Good thing that Central Waters is expanding its operations, more lovely beers for Wisconsin.

Photo of SykDoc
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. It pours deep dark, almost black, with a 3/4 inch light brown head that dissipates into a thin lace along the edges. Held to the light, it is opaque.
The aroma is significantly coffee, primarily dark roast. There are some hints of dark chocolate.
The initial taste is dark chocolate, immediately followed by intense coffee flavors. It has the finish of a great dark chocolate also. Some tastes seem to include a bit more hops, but minimal.
The mouthfeel is one of the weaker parts, if you can call it that. It is medium bodied, although it seems like it should be very thick. It has a strong flavor that sits on your palate for a long period.
This beer is easy to drink. The blend makes it goes down nicely and covers the alcohol. About the one thing that keeps it back is the body, but it is still a phenomenal beer.

Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, thanks for the opportunity Wendall to try this Top 100 brew, split with my dad last night, poured into my Rubicon snifter

A-Very dark brown but almost black with some highlights, thin 1/2 inch creamy beige head that stayed around for a couple minutes, some retention, not much lacing
S-Fresh coffee beans that are mostly roasted espresso, dark chocolate, also some grassy accents, some faintly sweet malt, half and half, and leather
T-This stout was obviously coffee infused but near as intense as the aroma point to or you would think after brews like Speedway and Arctic Rhino, this started off with some slightly sweet dark cocoa, that faded into some roasted malts and espresso in the middle, finish was dry with mild hops and more coffee but not much, flavor was not overpowering, instead the coffee enhanced the malts flavors and really brought out the roastiness in this brew, by the end it got creamy and milky like somebody put some dairy in the beer when I was not looking to give it an even more coffee-like flavor and desirable sweetness
M-Medium bodied, slightly thin for how big of a beer it is, roasty, chewy, and dry mouthfeel, taste lingers, nice low level of carbonation that fit this brew
D-Could have drank the bomber but would have been limited after that, bit heavy on the stomach, do not know the ABV but it does not seem like it could be higher than eight percent, and if it was then it was well hidden

First beer I have tasted from Central Waters but now I look forward to trying others, thought the coffee was going to be more aggressive but it was fairly mellow and worked well with the other flavors, one thing is for sure and that is that it tasted very fresh, would drink again, recommended

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

Thanks to nflmvp with the hookup on this one.

A-deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head adorns and then slowly recedes and leaves spotty lace.

S-Fresh ground dark roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Overall thou this one is all about the arabica!

T-Straight up coffee goodness accented with chocolate malt notes and a background bite of sublte spicy hops.

M-Medium body and smooth but not as creamy as I would have liked. This makes the brew come off a bit thin. Not thin enough to be a detractor but thin enough not to bump up the score into rarified air. Flavours are long lasting a lovely.

D-Well done, as good as hyped. I am impressed with this CW offering. I could easily see myself enjoying an entire bomber next time around. Bump up the body a tad and this one could challenge Pisgah Valdez as the champion of coffee stouts.

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

Poured via 22oz. bomber on 11/1/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Very dark brown with hazlenut highlights and thin, bubbly mocha-colored head.

S - Aroma is fresh ground coffee and a bit of coffee mixed with some coffee. There is a hint of chocolate sweetness and a mild sourness in the back.

T - Fantastic coffee flavor complemented by chocolate malty notes and an earthy bitterness. Simply delicious!

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Just a tad thin overall, but doesn't really detract from the overall mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter.

D - Very well-done coffee stout with exceptional drinkability and tons of fresh coffee flavor. I need to get more of this outstanding brew!

Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this lovely bottle packed away in my beer fridge for months now. Since I purchased it I've made a number of trips out to the CW Brewery. On those trips I've sampled the Brewhouse Coffee Stout straight from the tap and have been very pleased every time. I'm hoping for the same satisfaction from the bottle. I guess I'll find out. I too wanted to wait for a chance to crack this brew for breakfast, which today I have the luxury of doing.

A - It pours very thick into a stark black body. Its head is medium brown and stands about a half inch at its tallest before slowly tapering away. The head is frothy and looks sticky.

S - Coffee and chocolate make up the firm and distinguishable aroma.

T - The coffee flavor is definitely the focus. There are other flavors such as dark cocoa and a bit of hops in the finish.

M - The feel of this beer is soft and satin. It goes down very well, which may actually be a problem if you put it back to quickly. This is a brew to be savored with each pull.

~ I have to admit I think this beer is better from the tap. I've had at least a half dozen samples prior to this one and all but today's have been on draft. Don't get me wrong. The bottled form is good but a tap poured at the brewery, exceptional! This may seem like an obvious and well-known difference but I wanted to make the distinction here. I will likely re-review this brew after taking some notes while sipping a tapper.

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