Alewerks Brewing Company

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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #416
Ranked #12,576
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Dec 25, 2021
Mar 28, 2009
Very Good
Notes: This Milk Stout is brewed with a generous amount of Guatemala Antigua coffee. There's a noticeably sweet character but we don't shy away from the coffee's bitter nature. It's the coffee drinker's coffee stout.
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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It's as close to black as any dark brown can get. Two brown twelve ounce bottles have been emptied into a clear glass liter mug for display. On top of the liquid is a modest and enduring khaki head. The smell of roasted coffee is very enticing. It smells as if a can of roasted ground coffee was just opened for the first time. That roasted black coffee character extends into the taste, but not as poignantly. Perhaps the milk stout medium takes a little of that edge off. Still, there's plenty of coffee to taste and the milk inclusion doesn't keep this from tasting more like black coffee than anything creamy. Unlike some in the category, there's no stickiness at the finish. It finishes toward the light side. If anything could improve this, it would be by adding just a little more body to the mouthfeel. Definitely, this is for coffee lovers.

Dec 25, 2021
4.08 by DrBass from Maryland on Feb 09, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a bottle, pours as opaque black with a frothy khaki colored head. The aroma is pretty modest but like dark roast coffee grounds. Malt-forward with mostly coffee but also chocolate flavors the back-end has milky-lactose sweetness. I love coffee and milk stouts, so this was a natural. But, overall, this one is "thinner" and more watery than some. Check out a Founders Breakfast Stout ... you can thank me later.

Dec 16, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by akaizer from Virginia

Poured a pitch black with a nice tan foam head that quickly recedes to leave a nice lace. Scent is roasted malts, a bit of sweetness, and a delightfully coffee-like coffee scent. Taste is well rounded, with malty sweetness and coffee bitterness interplaying nicely. The milk stout component also comes across nicely. Feel is medium bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced coffee aftertaste. Overall a superb pour that comes in nicely at 5.4% that you won't regret having a glass or two of.

Jan 10, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BillRoth from Maryland

Grabbed a bottle while at Alewerks LAB Taproom.
Very nice coffee stout. Not used to milk stout with coffee, but this worked very well. Good choice in coffee and roasters, well made brew.

Dec 15, 2019
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Dec 03, 2019
4.16 by robebo44 from Virginia on Nov 27, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

12oz bottle into a snifter

Look: Pours a deep opaque black, with no light penetration/lightening at the edges whatsoever. A tan, velvety head with good retention leaves behind some fine, spotty lacing.
Smell: Roast malt, light chocolate, roast coffee bean, and that milk stout sweetness.
Taste: Follows the nose but more robust. The roasted malt, toffee, and coffee bean all roll up into a delicious, complex roasty/toasty delight offset by lighter notes of sweet chocolate and lactose sweetness.
Feel: A smooth, soft, medium-to-full bodied beer with low carbonation.
Overall: A delicious beer. Incredibly well balanced with coffee and roast malt bitterness and faint chocolate and lactose sweetness.

Nov 25, 2019
3.89 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Feb 17, 2019
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
4 by Jason_cs from Florida on May 06, 2018
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2018
Photo of Almost_retired
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Almost_retired from Virginia

Good coffee stout. Always purchase when in season. Slightly bitter aftertaste makes it enjoyable. Recommend this for those that enjoy a strong black coffee.

Apr 07, 2018
Photo of degarmot
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by degarmot from Scotland

Excellent beer. A good coffee aftertaste, which is not overpowering. Very easy to drink. As a beer, it comes together very well.

Feb 23, 2018
Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 88caprice from Virginia

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, a great coffee stout with great flavor.

Looks super dark. Thin medium drown head. Smells of coffee grounds, dark roasted malts, tobacco, and charred coals. Taste is robust at first, but trails a bit as you swallow. Fairly low carb mouthfeel and fairly smooth. Really good and easy to drink.

Feb 08, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
Photo of edselg
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by edselg from Virginia

Ordered it on a whim. Glad I did. I’m fond of the stouts. This one is a winner for the wife and I!

Dec 27, 2017
3.82 by djembeist from Virginia on Dec 19, 2017
4.14 by tjmiller718 from Virginia on Dec 09, 2017
4 by MidloRapid from Virginia on Dec 01, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Dewsby from Kentucky

L) Pours a fantastic roasted brown with a coffee-like appearance. The head is a gorgeous tan that matches the label.

S) Coffee dominates the nose, with the toasty malts complimenting it culminating in almost a latte like sweet smell.

T) The taste is very coffee forward with the maltiness blending harmoniously with the roastiness, although the total sweetness is lower than the smell would lead one to believe.

F) The stout is a wee bit thin, but it is acceptable. It swirls nice and silky, but it doesn't seem to carry over to mouth feel.

O) This is a great 6 pack for the price, an easy recommendation for a seasonal coffee beer, especially in VA.

Nov 22, 2017
3.79 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2017
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of wood, and slight piney hops. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level and slight bitterness. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of wood, and slight piney hops. Overall, like a Milk / Sweet Stout and an American Black Ale combination. Good appearance, blend, complexity, and body.

Jul 09, 2017
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3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Cavanaghty from Maine

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with almost no head, what little head there was beige.

Smell: Coffee

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of coffee and malts.

Overall: Good stout

Jun 14, 2017
4.23 by allenson21 from New York on May 10, 2017
4.06 by csurowiec from Maryland on Apr 17, 2017
3.89 by petewheeler from Maryland on Mar 14, 2017
3.77 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 08, 2017
3.5 by Rick778 from California on Feb 01, 2017
3.24 by ledouge from Virginia on Jan 31, 2017
3.5 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia on Jan 31, 2017
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours very deep brown with almost immediately no head and just a ring. A tiny amount of brown light shows on the edges. Coffee and roasted malt in the nose. The mouth gets coffee and roasted malts. Enjoyable and easy to enjoy!

Jan 08, 2017
Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Riff from Virginia

Pours a deep black with about a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a ring around the top of the pour. Smells of coffee, sweet, and molasses. Tastes primarily of coffee, earth, brown sugar, and a little tartness that I don't recognize. Medium body, finishes fairly cleanly. Overall it's solid, nothing spectacular but easy drinking for the style.

Dec 28, 2016
3.89 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Dec 15, 2016
3.95 by LukeB from Virginia on Dec 14, 2016
4.68 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 11, 2016
3.96 by dsshuck from Delaware on Dec 04, 2016
3.5 by PprBurke from Virginia on Nov 26, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by alpinebryant from Connecticut

A: Pours a mahogany brown with visible light at the edges of the glass,

S: aromas of deep coffee and dark malts mixing with some light molasses.

T: Coffee, Molasses, dark malts, slightly bittered and well rounded.

M: Light body and medium to high carbonation, Rounding out with a sweet finish from crystal malts.

O: Overall this is pretty good. Its smooth and a little light coming off the heels of a 2012 bourbon county stout which is unfair to compare to , but this has much less sweetness to give heartburn and much less licorice flavor comparatively.

Oct 16, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

L: jet black, with a thin tan head
S: some roasty malts, some coffee, and a sweetness probably from the lactose
T: coffee, followed by roasted malts that are slightly muted by a sweetness
F: silky and creamy, rich and full bodied
T: this is a really good stout

Sep 27, 2016
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