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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

725 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 384
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007)
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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kelp, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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

billab914, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

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

JohnGalt1, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PEIhop, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

liamt07, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

HopHead84, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

glid02, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Jul 03, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

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

dirtylou, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drummermattie02, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

ccrida, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

jrallen34, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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"!

Bitterbill, Nov 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

chippo33, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

AgentZero, Jul 02, 2010
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.