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Alewerks Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #378
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,054
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
535
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Alewerks Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  61
Gots
  68
SCORE
89
Very Good
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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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Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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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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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 13, 2012
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CTJman from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 07, 2013
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rwf08 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black. Opaque, not light gets through this one. No head. I swirl it and I get a little, but it goes away fast. Looks like a cup of joe. That'd be great if this thing wasn't supposed to be beer.

S: Here we go! Nice roasted coffee, milk sweetness, roasted malt too. not much more but I don't want more. I want coffee.

T: Eh...not much here. Light coffee flavors, some milky sweetness. Some fruitiness and vanilla.

M: Silky, creamy, and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: Pretty darn good. I'd like more coffee roast in the flavor but it is still good and very drinkable.

Jul 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Jan 30, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Azurelimits for this dose o' short-range nostalgia!

I'm digging this newer label, what with the faux wax seal and all. Fancy. The beer inside pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of ashy-ecru foam. The nose comprises a sweet coffee mixed with a velvety rich dark chocolate. Some roasted malts, a clear prerequisite as per usual, finish things up in the back. There may or may not be a small amount of maple syrup in there as well. Just sayin'. The taste leans a bit more toward the chocolate end, but the coffee remains, staunch as ever. It's a very simple combination, but it's done to near perfection here. Very tasty. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, straight up.

Mar 08, 2011
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vtmel82 from Virginia

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

Sep 25, 2016
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Arenbeer from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours solid black with a nice 2 finger fluffy tan head. Sticky spotty lacing

S- Sweet malts with tons of coffee and some chocolate notes in there.

T- Really sweet like drinking coffee with tons of cream and sugar. Slight chocolate in there and maybe some toffee or nuts. Almost like a hazelnut coffee.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.

SkÅL!

Mar 06, 2011
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Mahoning

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Feb 09, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As black as any stout I've ever had. It took an aggressive pour to get a finger of muddy-brown head -- larger bubbles for the most part, but a thin layer of delicate bubbles on the top that lasted well after the big bubbles burst. Lacing was minimal and disappointing.

S: Initially burnt malt, followed by prunes. All subsequent sniffs were coffee, strong and earthy.

T: Sweet malt up front, then burnt malt following. After that, the coffee essence really kicked in. There was some mild hops bitterness, and some citrus & phenolic flavors, but they were drowned by the coffee.

M: Moist, with adequate (but not noteworthy) carbonation or crispness.

O: Certainly lives up to the coffee name, although it's more like someone mixed Guinness Extra Stout with cold coffee than a from-the-start coffee beer.
Just for fun, I mixed a little half & half in with the last couple of ounces, like I would with a strong cup of coffee; it actually helped...

Mar 18, 2012
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Cubatobaco from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 04, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.50. Not sure where they get a "97 points" on Rate beer since this is just an above average stout. Look is a fairly deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smell is much more exciting with fresh roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, and a touch of ashy roast. Taste is a bit letdown it is quite balanced for a milk stout with some cocoa flavors and caramel malts but coffee roast is very muted. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on with a creamy consistency and a medium body.

Overall I may have had better impressions with a fresh batch since this was bottled on 1/13. A few months may have really impacted the deep coffee flavor that MIGHT have been in this beer. May try it again sometime down the road.

Apr 16, 2013
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xseanprimex from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 14, 2014
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at barrel house - served in pint

Pours an opaque blacked out color with a thin crop of beige head. Fades out completely while leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

Eruption of sweet coffee scents with roasted beans, cream, vanilla and cocoa. Milk chocolate sweetness, dark malts and molasses.

Well balanced coffee and chocolate right up front with a milky kiss. Sweet, but not cloying, vanilla, cream and mild dark malts. Decent backbone riddled with nutty coffee beans and cocoa. Finishes clean with lingering coffee bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and silky on the tongue. Pretty impressive for a milk stout, especially with the coffee adding a completely new dimension to the profile. I'll definitely be drinking this again.

Jan 12, 2013
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fishrunner from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Apr 04, 2014
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with a red fringe. Has a very short mahogany head that is quickly reduced to nothing.

N: Rich dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate and roasted barley.

T: Sweet milky chocolate and rich dark roast coffee upfront. Mid-palate has more lactose and chocolate, roasted barley and caramel. Finishes with some slightly more bitter dark chocolate, coffee and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, silky, chewy and smooth with some subtle stickiness.

O: Sweet and easy drinking with plenty of coffee notes to go around. This is an excellent Sweet Stout!

Jan 24, 2012
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Fusion7777 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mar 05, 2013
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Shumania from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Have been looking forward to try a beer from Williamsburg.

a: Pitch black with minimal head which goes away very quickly.

s: Straight forward roasted coffee

t: Roasted coffee comes out further in the taste, along with bittersweet chocolate.

m: A little thin, but it is very smooth and it goes going down way to easily. The mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer.

o: Very enjoyable. Quality craft beer and it is a local which makes it even better. Very nice sweet, coffee stout. Could easily enjoy a couple of these on a cool evening like tonight.

Mar 25, 2011
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AMCPhD from Virginia

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

Dec 29, 2014
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smutty33 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Apr 29, 2013
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JasonTaverner from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Feb 13, 2014
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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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Abhorsen

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

I had been looking to buy some new stouts to try and a friend of mine told be to pick this one up, I wasn't terribly impressed. A very average to good stout. If your looking for something a little different don't look here. A little flat when it came to taste and feel, they could do better by adding something to give it more of a kick. Thin with almost no head, and I couldn't really taste any of the coffee notes, it was more sour than sweet. AVERAGE is the key word.

Feb 18, 2013
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DoctorB2B from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at near room temperature because that's just what I prefer with most of these coffee stouts.

A: A black hole of sorts ... no light coming through whatsoever. Very light brown head about 1/2 a finger high and quickly went away not leaving any lacing.

S: It's a coffeehouse for sure. In the glass, you can really get the fresh roasted coffee smell with just a hint of cocoa.

T: Again, it's all in the name. Coffee dominates with a little chocolate for balance and pleasure for the taste buds.

M: I expected thick and it's not what I got. Leaves the palate rather abruptly.

D: I enjoy this beer. It's great for breakfast or after dinner.

Jun 22, 2010
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Cee-Poe from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A -- Little to no head... I feel there should be better head retention for this style of beer

S -- This is a quintessential coffee stout with big coffee aroma

T -- Not bad, some mild sour notes. Not sour in a spoiled beer way, however.

M -- Too thin for my liking.

O -- not a bad beer, just not one I would seek out again.

I'm a fan of coffee stouts and this one, although passable, is not in the upper tier of this style.

Feb 12, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 535 ratings