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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

716 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 383
Gots: 72 | 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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Bighuge

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:45:04 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

I think I've written like 4 reviews of this beer or whatnot, but internet gremlins are just working overtime.

Anyways, deep brown pour, rich 1/2" tan head. Beautiful sumatra-esque (strong) coffee aroma, not bitter, really dominates the aroma department.

Wonderfully balanced chocolate, coffee, possibly some dehusked malt to compliment large amount of two row that stays out of the way, doesn't get all sweet or bitter, just lets coffee do all the work. Alcohol amazingly hidden, this being over 8% was amazing to learn, because you certainly could not taste it. It was like oatmeal and coffee together, that smooth, yet rich and exertive.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:32:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-16-2013 10:00:57 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz received in a great trade from zimmerbloke.. Thanks Matt.

Pours deep dark brown... verging on black.. very nice dark tan head.... good lacing and retention.

Nose is cold brewed coffee and dark malts... very well done. Soooo very fresh... the malts mix perfectly.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some light brown sugar.. cold astringent coffee is a bit high... the coffee and dark malts mesh perfectly... hints of malt sweetness... is there lactose in this brew? The coffee and sweetness barely qualify for a beer.... loving it.. nicely done and I want more.

4/4.5/4.5/4/5

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 08:32:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly, but it's not as overpowering as many other coffee stouts, leaving plenty of room for roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is once again at the forefront, but does not overpower the other flavors. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through until the solidly bitter ending. Coffee flavors linger for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could go through a bomber without a problem.

Overall this is a nice coffee stout for those that aren't the biggest fans of coffee. The flavors integrate nicely and this is certainly worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:00:55 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-25-2013 22:49:13 | More by PEIhop
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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
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billab914

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a thin white lacing covering the top of the beer. The head faded out and didn't leave much of anything for lacing. It was a little lighter in color then I expected and would have liked a little more head on it.

The aroma has a good amount of coffee present with some roasted malt and a little chocolate coming through as well. The coffee is strong but it's not overdone, there are still some good flavors besides coffee coming through.

The taste is also not surprisingly coffee centered. The coffee leaves a nice long bitter flavor on the palate in the finish. There is some chocolate and cocoa coming through in the finish that seems to help balance out the bitterness some. It has a very smooth and good coffee flavor though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the lower side. Personally I like my stouts a little thicker but that's pretty minor considering how good it tastes.

Drinkability is good, it has a lot of coffee flavor for sure but is still very good tasting and drinkable. Overall an excellent beer that has some very nice coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:16:48 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra received in a trade with the generous eyncognito. Thank Ian. Consumed in the wee hours of 11/30/2009 and poured into a snifter. A hard pour yields a dark brown body (near black) that's crowned by a one inch beige head.

The nose is aromatic espresso with an upper moderate level of roast and a moderate astringency. It smells great, as coffee stouts go. The coffee is quality. It's no Kopi Luwak, but it's quite nice. There's some dark chocolate, but it's behind the roast and coffee.

The taste is espresso with cocoa and a moderate roasted malt quality. There's more chocolate than in the flavor than the aroma suggested. The various aspects are well balanced and quite delicious. There's just a dash of astringency and a touch of dark fruits. Overall, a very nice coffee beer with a high quality coffee character. The flavors meld together quite nicely. With Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Peruvian Morning, and now this, Central Waters is slowly becoming a Midwest favorite for me. I find it slightly ironic that I fell asleep drinking a coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 09:37:31 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

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

22oz bottle, picked one up at barriques on PD...sweet label

appearance: pours into my bells tulip, dark as night body, big creamy tan head with great retention...commanding little beer

smell: roasty, coffee beans/grounds, dark chocolate. the aroma is of fierce coffee - spot on

taste: better than the aroma i would say, creamy espresso, medium-dark coffee roast, smooth dark chocolate. huge flavour profile on this beer - by far the best beer i have tried from central waters which is saying a bit. I think i'm going to barriques on monday to get more!

mouthfeel: super creamy, roasty, with a light bitter kick, strong coating, very robust feel

drinkability: good

exceptional beer

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:12:00 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, extra from Brian23456 (big thanks to Brian for a beer I've been after for a while). The beer is murky reddish brown with floating sediment/yeasties and a thick foamy tan head that laces into fingers on the glass. The aroma is bipolar. While I definitely get the coffee and sweet roasted malts, this beer also had a metallic smell to it, a little like a penny. Second whiffs bring chocolate malts more than coffee, this is super complex. The taste is, without a doubt, the best coffee stout I've yet tried. This has just enough java to flavor without getting bitter, more than the usual amount of sweet chocolate, and more sweetness from the malts than bitterness. Very balanced and delicious, a perfect blend of flavors for the style. The body is just as good as Founders Breakfast Stout, silky smooth and just a little more thick than water. This is so good that it will now have a permanent place on my WANTs. Get it when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:32:21 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-14-2014 21:34:59 | More by drummermattie02
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-29-2014 03:05:14 | More by liamt07
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ccrida

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is dark brown with a light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, but with a distinct tinge of acrid coffee grinds.

Taste is pretty heavy on the coffee, with a sweet stout/porter base. The coffee comes off a bit angular, metallic, sharp, not really working for me.

Mouthfeel is off-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it clearly tastes of coffee, but not really in a good way. Eh, not impressed, although it is smooth, and the alcohol well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:52:36 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
8.2% ABV

A - A tall pour results in a tan head cascading beautifully to a stable dollop of thick foam leaving dots of tan lace above the clear, dark brown beer.

S - Chocolate covered espresso bean and freshly brewed dark roast coffee comprise the bold aroma of Brewhouse Coffee Stout. A small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzle of warm, gooey caramel gives the nose an inviting twist!

T - Brewhouse Coffee Stout is rich with robust-yet-smooth black roasted coffee topped with whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with that same gooey caramel in the nose, finishing out with a dribble of molasses and roasted malt bitterness.

M - Smooth and robust starting with a creamy texture and medium-full body, this lightly carbonated stout finishes with a decently balanced dry roasted bitterness for the perfect coffee and stout blend!

O - Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout is undeniably one of the best coffee beers around, masterfully blending bold black coffee with a smooth, rich stout base for a beer that makes for an exceptional cold day treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 15:56:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Boring pour, light tan head no retention or lacing. The beer is very light colored for a stout, medium brown pretty clear...Aroma is a total one noter, all light smooth coffee. Its a really nice coffee smell but lacks complexity...The taste is the same as aroma, all coffee but again its light, smooth and incredible easy to drink. Just wish there was something else here but coffee.

Ovearll, a very good easy drinking coffee stout. To be great needs to add a little complexity, something besides coffee.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:28:59 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but not completely opaque. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Creamy milk chocolate. Some deeper roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee is prevalent, but not domineering. Slightly sweet. Chocolate malts. Creamy. The finish loses its creaminess and bitter coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. No coffee acidity. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very flavorful. Extremely well made stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:51:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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"!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 15:43:19 | More by Bitterbill
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-12-2014 02:15:56 | More by iL0VEbeer
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from jrallen34 in a trade.

A - Pours a deep, deep brown with a nice two finger head. It was a light brown and left sheets on the side with the stick, but no real lacing.

S - Very strong and deep espresso smell and some roasted bitter cocoa. That's really all I get on this one. It's a lot of coffee, with cocoa malts. Smells nice and tasty, but very on the nose.

T - Well, guess they weren't kidding when they named this "Coffee Stout." Bitter coffee taste with some notes of dark/bitter chocolate. A bit of a milky taste that is broken up nicely with some carbonation bite. This tastes good, it's a coffee load, but it gets less overbearing as you drink it. Somewhat sour after a while, this tastes good, but it's not world class in my opinion.

M - Heavied bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation which balances out a nice creamy feel.

D - Good for the ABV, but could only get the one 12 oz bottle down. This is a good beer, but there's it ranks toward the bottom of the top coffee stouts for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 05:13:12 | More by AgentZero
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deeply stained mahogany brown color. A finger high top of tan foam lifts its way to a favorably firm setting of lather. It keeps a steady firm skimming across the top the whole time as thick gobby strings of lacing catch the edges.

Nicely set tone of coffee on the nose with bruising roastibility that's frothy, deep, creamy, dark, and bold. What makes gives it a bit more interest is a slight sweetness of molasses and maple nut hint underneath giving a unique, rich tone within deeper wiffs.

Whoa! And Wow! Holy crap this is a damn nice taster! What a super fine and balanced display of deep, bold, coffee roast mixing with some finely blended amounts of cocoa cream pie filling, maple nut, almond, tenderized and caramelized sugar sweetness, nudged in vanilla pods, and even some tobacco-like hints. It has just the perfect amount of earthy roastyness, mixing with all sorts of coffee added extras that boost the intensity and impact of every sip with coffee shoppe flavors. Superb!

The body is insanely smooth and creamy with an intense hold of tone and flavor the whole time thru. What sets it apart is this buttery fluffyness to its backing that really is immaculately woven into the structure of the flavors. The carbonation of a beer is there but somehow it has the impression of drinking a flavored coffee with maple, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa all wrapped on top of some whipped cream fluff while immersed in a full pressed, whole bean, dark Sumatra roasted coffee. It's unwholely easy to drink without a whole lot of thickness like that of the Southern Tiers' Mokah or Choklat. Which are just as complex and delish. But alas this keeps the edgyness of its boldness right on the perfect brink of being able to drink! And drink alot of it you will...
Outstandingly yummy!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:40:49 | More by tavernjef
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a moderate tan head. Ok retention and really nice lace.

Nose is a terrific blend of coffee and liquid chocolate. Quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick.

Taste has a really nice fresh coffee flavor. The chocolate is not as sweet as it smelled at first. It is really smooth and the bitterness is not as bold as it could be. I like it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work ok with the strong coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:47:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously coffee-like, bringing to mind a high-quality cup of joe. It pours a deep, rich, warm coffee brown that is nearly opaque and has a nice tan head. Rich coffee dominates the mouth-filling flavor as it does the aroma, and there is an undertone of unsweetened chocolate, so drinking this coffee is like more like drinking some cold quality mocha than drinking beer - and I love mocha. The smooth, lively, fizzy texture assures you that this is indeed beer, and a very good one at that. Recommended to all stout fans, especially if they love good coffee as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:22:38 | More by Cyberkedi
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-05-2013 07:13:36 | More by chippo33
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:33:19 | More by DefenCorps
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.