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Brewhouse Coffee Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

747 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 393
Gots: 67 | 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)
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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize how highly this was rated. Thanks to Levifunk for this one, bottled in October.

An aggressive pour yields a small 1/4 finger head covering of a dark rich creamy head that fades semi slowly, over a velvety looking very dark molasses brown almost black colored beer.

Nose is loaded with fresh roasted coffee, it only seems to have the nice coffee aspects too, no burnt roast or acidic grinds, etc. Nice coffee, some light espresso, roasted malts, and bit of a dark malty aroma, a bit of sweetness, hint of a nutty malt and brown sugar.

Taste starts a little creamy, with a slight oatmeal stout taste, bringing some roasted malts, plenty more fresh brewed coffee, some bitter stout flavors, a slight bit of minerality, some bitter earthy hops, a slight bit of chocolate, a nice malty base under that all with some caramel, bringing just a hint of booze. It finishes with a long bitter finish, some from earthy hops and some from the roasted malts and coffee, lingering coffee and a bit of an acidic hit here finally, and a bit of a caramel malt taste.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, somewhat creamy, and good carbonation.

Drink is OK, a light booze, some bitterness on the finish lingers for a while, just a hint of acidic taste, and mostly dry on the finish. Just a bit of minerality too which seems to be kept in control well.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a half finger of light tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with some dark fruit as well. There is a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. The coffee smell is slightly burnt.

Taste: The coffee stands out a lot more here. There is a bitterness from the coffee and the roast up front. In the background there is a sweetness along with some nutty and creamy notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a lot of carbonation. The finish is dry and maybe slightly chalky.

Overall: A very nice coffee stout. Don't like this one quite as much as the Terrapin, but still good.

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

Working through a bunch of low-gravity brews to make some fridge space. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly transparent dark reddish-brown color. A finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves glass-coating lacing. One of the lightest colored stouts I've ever tried!

S - Roast coffee, caramel malt, milk chocolate, perhaps some lactose sugar. Takes a little time to warm up, but once it does it is quite excellent.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter and roasty than I expected from the nose. The cocoa is also of the darker, more bitter, variety. Mild residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but not as palate-wrecking as some coffee beers. I wish it was a little sweeter.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium-light smooth body, maybe a touch watery. Finish has light stickiness to it - also wish it was a little dryer.

D - One of the more sessionable coffee beers out there, thanks to the low alcohol and lower residual bitterness. It's a little to acidic to be perfect in this area though.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Bottle sent to me in a trade by beerwolf77. Thanks, again, this is part of my #1 beer series, the best American Stout on beeradvocate. Also, this is an old list top 100 beer that I had not reviewed, double bonus.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice mocha head that falls away to a ring, that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low. Looks good.

Chocolate, coffee, mild roast, sweet, YUM. I have to say it, this beer smells fucking awesome.

Smooth, creamy, the ending is a little rough. Medium bodied, the beer leads off with some minimal sweetness, gives way to a creamy chocolaty midpalate and a bitter ending that finishes a little to dry for the accompanied bitterness. Its good, very good, but if it were a little less dry I would love it even more. A very awesome beer. My wife will love this.

Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review #666 for this beer. \m/
Anyway.

Poured into a CW bell tulip of course. Dark brown-black stout color, with a foamy marshmallow white head that receded to a wispy layer, and laced the glass randomly. The aroma was definitely the highlight of this one for me, the coffee flowing out as soon as I uncapped it, lesser notes of caramel malts, toasted bread. Roasty taste, dark malts, smooth coffee, that was neither too overpowering nor too subtle, nicely balanced; a little sensation of herbal hops gave a dry and somewhat tea-like finish. Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinkability, medium mouthfeel that wasn't quite as full as I'd like for the style. Overall a nice coffee beer.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/13/10 notes. 12 oz. bottle shared by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pure coffee grinds, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

t - Tastes again of straightr up coffee, with light bitter chocolate, roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good stout, but not one of my favorites. The smell and taste are pure coffee grinds to me. While some people probably love that, it isn't quite for me; I tend to like stouts that have more balance and chocolate in them. Either way, I could still appreciate a good stout, but there are many others I'd prefer to this.

Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1 pt, 6 oz bottle:

Pours black with a tan head that slowly becomes a thin cover that eventually settles to a lasting large island. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is rich and robust. Wonderful! Strong black coffee with dark grain and earthy/rooty notes - especially anise/licorice. Some plum mixes in.

The taste is also rich. Black coffee is powerful, but is balanced enough to let a complex imperial stout come through. Earthy, dark fruity, chocolate-like flavors mix with the coffee very well. The alcohol mixes in well, also - giving some mild warmth that enhances the layers of complexity. Sweet and roasty balanced finish. Root-like notes linger.

It has a silky, smooth body.

Rich and complex, yet very easy-to-drink. Coffee mixes very well with the strong stout character. This is a great brew! (And, well-priced, to boot!) Great example of the style!

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is strong black coffee as well as chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with coffee dominating. Creamy, medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange-red label, fun label art, and a standard unbranded brass pry-off cap acquired in a trade with the gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery (which has made some beers I've quite enjoyed) and its current rating. Reviewed as a coffee stout becuase it identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2013 vintage.

Served chilled - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of yellow-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not much frothiness. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black; the bottom of the glass is a cola-brown. It's certainly not a jet black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style. The head colour is a bit atypical of the style, but I've seen this hue in other Central Waters stouts. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Definite coffee, with a bit of roast and also some capuccino-like cream; the cream is a bit too too much in my opinion, and I'd like more coffee roast. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Cream. A hint of vanilla. On the sweeter side. Coffee is definitely dominant. But it doesn't seem to have the depth of coffee that the best coffee stouts do, and seems like iced coffee or cold-brew coffee, not like actual hot roasty donut-shop coffee. I hope to stand corrected after tasting it. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable. There are no off-flavours.

T: Has a pleasant creamy open before the coffee hits. The coffee brings your usual coffee been/coffee grain notes with a hint of roast and sweetening cream/condensed milk. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the second act and body nicely. There's some coffee bitterness as well. A hint of vanilla with some accompanying sweetness. Any hop presence is minimal and is there purely for preservative purposes. On the sweeter end. Vague liqueur - perhaps kahlua. Where's the roasted barley?

I'd definitely like more of an evocative coffee presence, with more depth and diversity of flavour. The coffee here is good, but it isn't as multifaceted as something like Kopi Luwak or the like.

It's nicely balanced for the most part, but there is some coffee roughness about the climax and in the third act (see below as it's more of a texture issue). Decent complexity and subtlety; more is always welcome. It's a nice build for a coffee stout, and I like it. But it's far from world-class. It's an inspired brew, but the best beers in the style have far more nuance and balance. This is quite cohesive, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. It's a bit rough around the edges for what it is.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for a coffee stout.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There aren't any off-notes.

Mf: The coffee bean does lend it a certain light roughness/harshness which is buried beneath the texture's smoothness and wetness but is still noticeable beneath the surface, and which dries out and coarsens the finish; for this reason, it has subpar presence on the palate. A biteen buttery. Good thickness and body. Slightly overcarbonated. Creamy. The texture complements the flavour profile well, though I wouldn't quite call it custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, boozy, gushed, or hot.

Roughness faded as it warmed, allowing the creaminess to take over. This helped the beer.

Dr: The mouthfeel holds this one back; they need to get that coffee roughness in check. It's quite drinkable, but the ABV isn't really well hidden - nor is it overly-present; I'd guess this was about 8% if I tried it blind. The best beers in the style always seem less boozy than they are. I like this, and I'll have no trouble killing the bottle alone. I understand the price point is pretty reasonable; I could definitely see myself picking this up again if I lived in its distribution area - especially in order to age it. I wouldn't trade for it again. As much as I like it, I can't say it's on par with the best coffee stouts I've had. There're a lot of good elements here, but it seems to be a running trend that Central Waters' beers fall into the "quite good, but not great" category for me. I look forward to continuing to try their other heralded offerings, and this one is quite satisfying, but I don't think its current 94 rating is warranted. I'd recommend this one to friends and I'd love to try it aged or on draught/nitro.

Low B+

Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for oach (I think? I can't remember, I have no idea) for sending this.

Dark, but barely lucid mahogany brown color with a thick mocha head that quickly fades to a thick ring and minimal lacing. Balanced, complex rich aroma of roast coffee ground, roast malt, mild chocolate. The coffee notes in particular are very rich, fresh and distinct from other coffee stouts. Medium bodied, with strong light carbonation creating a soft, fluffy full body. Flavor is more roast coffee predominant than other flavors. Finish is slightly bitter and sour. Much less chocolate or sweet malt flavors than the aroma. A good coffee beer, not the best I've had. I feel like if I was more of a coffee drinker I would think this is exceptional (if that makes sense) but I still prefer founders or planet bean to this for my tastes.

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 4/23/11. On Tap at Capones served in a pint. This brew appears a very dark brown color with some clarity and lighter brown coloration around the edges. A tan cap forms and recedes holding close to the rim of the glass with spotty lacing that stays across the top of the surface and sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes a roasty grain smell coupled with chocolate and a bit of a nutty aspect before the onset of the coffee characteristics. As this brew warms up, it collectively forms a scent that is strikingly similar to the smell of fresh pretzels. Strangely interesting yet enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is roasty with malt which provides a flavoring similar to chocolate and the coffee comes in through the back tasting quite fresh. The aftertaste of this brew is lightly nutty and a flavor emerges just like the nose suggested which tastes like pretzels. Interesting, I've never run across this in a brew before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is lively and easy drinking with a fresh coffee taste. The pretzel character I was picking up on in both the flavor and aroma was a bit weird but overall enjoyable. I never would have guessed this brew was over 8% abv, the alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Bomber received as an extra in a trade with ThomasHardy. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin one finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Strong roasted coffee/espresso bean aroma with a nice silky chocolate malt presence in the nose. Slightly smokey smelling with hints of caramel, toffee, oatmeal and tootsie roll. Complex nose but a bt overwhelmed by the overly roasted coffee presence.

Medium bodied with a huge roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor. I'm also picking up some silky lactic chocolate notes as well as some hazelnut, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Slightly acrid with a dry bitter finish.A bit unbalanced with a too strong of a coffee presence for my taste.

Photo of mothman
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bells tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of burnt coffee tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep bronze hued brown when held up to the light. Color is a dark brown otherwise.

Aroma: Massive amounts of fresh coffee with a perfect amount of roasted malts. A perfect amount of coffee. Absolutely delish. I don't know if I have smelt a better coffee stout.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and fresh coffee. Straight up coffee in your face. It has a lot of roasted malt with fresh earthy hops. Everything about this beer is fresh. Some chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and crisp. A medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, this coffee stout is solid goodness. If you enjoy coffee, this is your beer. Fresh coffee, roasted malts, and fresh hops. Very smooth drinking and easy to drink. I am really enjoying this beer.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This coffee stout appears a very dark brown color, bordering on black.Atop the beer sits a nice looking beige head that hangs out for a while and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Whoa! Coffee. I sure do appreciate my coffee, so this is already shaping up to be my kind of beer. The coffee scents are really fresh and inviting. Very nice.

T: A truly delicious beer. In addition to the gourmet coffee taste, notes of vanilla and roasted malt round out this beer quite nicely. It's slightly sweet, but this is counter-balanced very well by the natural bitterness of coffee.

M: Nice feel. I didn't realize that this was over 8% abv. I found no astringency or undesirable bitterness that can accompany such a coffee bomb.

D: I'd have this for breakfast. Very impressive. I would trade for this.

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.

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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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