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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: 727
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 385
Gots: 70 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
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Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

cdkrenz, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This baby pours like a milkshake. Looks viscous as it pours and creates a rich looking head of brown cream. Pitch black body. Lace comes in sheets. This smells like a cup of the finest joe. Scratch that. This smells like a cup of high quality coffee blended with a milkshake. And the flavor coats the mouth in layers. Layers of caramel, French roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla nougat, heavy cream and bitter deep roasted coffee bean. Lots of complexity and lots of flavor. The mouthfeel is damn smooth and creamy. There's a lingering bitterness derived from the coffee. Very slight alcoholic presence, but it really gets lost in the bitterness of the roasted malts and coffee grains. This is way too easy to drink. It's like putting back a coffee flavored milkshake.

This is just flat out phenomenal. Outstanding. I've had some great coffee beers in the past, but this takes the cake. Mark another notch on the bedpost for Central Waters....and give me a cigarette. This is the second beer from them that I've given straight 5's. (See Kosmyk Charlie for the first.)

Bighuge, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of WJVII
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At CW brewery had to have some Coffee Stout on tap. In a snifter this brew is black with a thin white cap. The nose is coffee, chocolate, and burnt caramel. The taste is fantastic, almost too much burnt malt, but the sweetness of the chocolate and the coffee flavor is dynamic and brings you back. Great or sipping on all night long!

WJVII, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - has a black with brown tinted color and gives a nice 1/4 inch tan colored head. and is leaving great lacing all the way down the glass.
S - It has a light coffee and cream type of smell almost like an irish latte
T - Just like the smell it has a almost milky coffee flavor for the start and continues to a bitter finish like a coffee
M - This is really my favorite part of the beer it gave me a real big surprise with a lot of carbonation but not too over-carbonated. with the carbonation you get a nice milky feel as well
D - The is an excellent beer I would love to be able to access it regularly especially for $7 a bottle though there are other beers in its class that are much better I highly recommend it

NoonanDBarbarian, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a buddy from another forum.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, big coffee/chocolate/toffee notes, with some vanilla. The taste is awesome, malty, sweet, with some nice dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty Coffee Stout.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a very thin tan head that disappears quickly even with a vigorous pour.

S - Strong, cold black coffee. I searched and searched and that is all I could find. Slightly one dimensional.

T - Strong black coffee with a touch of roasted malt, slightly sweet at the start but then turns very dry and chalky with a a good deal of bitterness from the coffee.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, chalkiness that lingers on the tongue.

D - This one seemed a little one dimensional to me focused on the coffee. Not bad at all but would be better with more stout qualities.

brewcrew76, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Sticket
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sticket, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

HopDerek, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

joepais, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dbtoe, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

akorsak, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dancinwillie, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Alkiser
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Alkiser, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

gford217, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Atron67, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

largadeer, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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...


francisweizen, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Homerbag, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Overlord, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Sammy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

aforbes10, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Derek, Jul 03, 2008
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.