Alewerks Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #402
Ranked #9,462
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
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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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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akaizer from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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BillRoth from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Almost_retired from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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88caprice from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Tone from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner, the beer is jet black and creamy thick on the pour, with a low profile, light tan head. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, dark and bitter, with subtle highlights, both earthy and creamy, providing depth on the nose. Flavors are bitter roasted coffee forward, with slight creamy sweet notes blending throughout. Earthy and woody highlights in there, as well. Smooth, creamy, light body, with a coffee bitter aftertaste. Smooth, slow, finish with a solid coffee linger. Good beer.

Feb 15, 2016
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look; Deep black with almost no head. A thin ring of mocha scrim rings the glass just 30 seconds after the initial pour.
Smell; Wow, this smells like a great cup of coffee. Rich and roasty.
Taste; Coffee of course, but nicely integrated with the malt base. Sweet more than bitter and very tasty.
Feel; Silky smooth.
Overall; A very enjoyable Stout, especially if you are a coffee lover.

Dec 29, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with an aggressive pour needed to coax a quarter inch beige head. That head ran away like a schoolkid asked to spend a night in the old haunted mansion on the hill and left no trace that it was ever there. It smells straight up like a sweetened french roast iced coffee. The taste is the same but with the malt showing up and at least making taste like a beer. The finish is sweet and coffee bitterness. I wish there were a little hop bitterness to cut through the sugared coffee taste but if you are looking for a beer that is all coffee and less beer than this is the one for you.

Dec 23, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger light mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black but thin. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate to low stick and thin, wide legs. Decent.

Nose is coffee, roasted malt, a touch of tartness and some dark chocolate. Very aromatic. Aroma is right on point.

Opens coffee, lactose, chocolate and roasted malt. Some smokiness in the middle mixed with more chocolate and some mocha. Ends lactose sweetness mixed with some fudge, honey and milk chocolate. Really delicious!

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth and goes down slightly dry with just a touch of bubbles. Finishes soft with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Excellent!

In a world of Imperial this and Double that, this subtle little coffee stout really comes through. Great balanced flavor with an excellent mouthfeel. I could drink cases of this stuff!

Dec 16, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour with copious light brown head and deep brown body. Light effervescence. Smells strongly of espresso, carob, coconut and roasted malts. Tastes of dark roast coffee with a hint of unsweetened chocolate moving into a malty molasses sweetness, some caramel with a bit of smoke and smooth transition to a rather clean finish. Medium bodied with a good amount of effervescence (surprising for a stout).
Overall, a very well balanced and smooth coffee stout – might make for a great eye opener on a Monday morning meeting. . . solid beer and I would pick up again.

Dec 11, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Extremely hard pour results in nearly no head (1/4 finger at best). Dark tan frothy head that dissipates very slowly but leaves only an extremely thin lacing once dissipated. Light to moderate carbonation based on bubbles clinging to sides of glass. Pitch black beer with only the slightest hint of mahogany at the base of the glass. 3.75/5

S - Dark roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate on the nose. Milk chocolate with almost a coconut note follows the dark chocolate note. Nice strong note of vanilla as well pairs with the coffee and chocolate nicely. Note of whole milk/lactate rounds out the aroma. 4.25/5

T - Deep dark chocolate and very dark malt up front along with a rich roasted coffee bean which is quickly followed by lactate and then even more coffee. The coffee expressed in this beer is not necessarily espresso strength coffee. It reminds me more of a medium to dark roast coffee from a local coffee shop than anything. Bitter finish but not overly so and bitterness does not linger for long. Bitterness is much more coffee based that hop based. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied from the chocolatiness and malt but somewhat light at the same time due to the coffee. Finishes dry but does not linger. Carbonation burn representative of a moderate carbonation is present (this actually brings out more of the coffee flavor in the beer). Lactate provides a creaminess to the beer a well. 4/5

O - Excellent coffee stout offering here. The dryness and the full bodied feel of a stout is retained while adding in a nice medium to dark roast coffee which actually slightly lightens the beer which could otherwise be very heavy. Nice duality between creamy and carbonated due to the lactate. 4/5

Oct 30, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOD 1/16/15. Pours pitch black. Below average head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of coffee, chocolate and roast over a malt background of biscuit and caramel.

Medium body with a smooth texture and a bit of oily slickness. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate. As the middle approaches, a balancing sweetness arrives that is biscuit and caramel. The middle brings a light bitterness with a bit of roast. The prickly finish is a slow fade of the aforementioned flavors and demonstrates the malt aspects. This one has a smooth flavor profile and avoids the harshness of some stouts

Jun 09, 2015
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arizcards from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Food Lion in Williamsburg Saturday for $9.99. Bottled on 1-15-15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head.

Nose is coffee and sweet malt.

Taste is a sweet malt backbone infused with a nice dose of cold pressed coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

Overall a very nice seasonal that I am glad to have had the opportunity to try.

May 13, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours of very brown to black in color. Coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Medium to thin bodied. Medium, slightly bitter finish. Pretty good coffee stout. Not bad for an everyday offering.

Mar 25, 2015
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upton7418 from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with small dark tan head that quickly dissipates that leaves a little lacing.

S: coffee and chocolate

T: Coffee and chocolate with a slight hint of the roasted malts. the taste is good and the coffee flavor is stronger than i expected from this.

M: Thin...not sure what i was expecting but it was a little thicker than this in the mouthfeel. I'm not going to complain with 5.4 ABV

O: I know there is not a difference really in a stout and a porter but if I were to define it I'd say this would be a porter more than a stout. I think the thin mouthfeel would classify it as such for me and with a stout it'd be thicker...overall it's a good beer especially if your looking for a coffee stout. i'm not disappointed and have really wanted to try this but there are better representations of this style on the market. Alewerks does produce some really good beer and I would pick those over this in their line-up.

Mar 06, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark black in the glass, and a small dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich coffee, and dark chocolate. Slight oak and a touch of licorice.

T: Coffee and chocolate, although there is a slight sharp flavor in the finish. Not nearly as rich as I would have wanted, but there the coffee notes are nice.

M: Medium, but the carbonation is a little high making it feel a lot lighter. In general I with the mouthfeel was creamer, or more smooth.

O: Overall a pretty good beer, but I don't think that is has the chew or richness I really want in the style.

Feb 18, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. There’s a touch of creamy lactose as well, but the aromas are mainly malt and coffee.

Taste: Very nice!! Tons of roasted malt up front, followed immediately by massive coffee flavor (but thankfully without that horrible coffee-like bitterness). I also get some lactose, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very, very creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer!! It has great flavors of malt and coffee, nicely balanced with some good sweetness. Very nice!

Jan 14, 2015
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