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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 513
Photo of scurtisbic
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The best milk stout I have ever tasted after Ma Kesson's Triple Stout from England was retired. Very smooth and no bitter aftertaste. The coffee from Guatemala is an excellent choice to flavor this coffee stout along with the cocoa flavor. Not too high of an alcohol content either...just right. Excellent!

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Photo of raverjames
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours viscous with a creamy brown head. There isn't much head there, and the retention seems low. May just be too cold.
S: Nothing amazing. Hints of cocoa and coffee. Maybe a touch of roasted barley.
T: WOW! Smooth coffee flavor with loads of roasted cacao and molasses. Reminds me of a light version of Breakfast Stout.
M: Goes down smooth. Not to dry. It is on the sweet side of the chart, but not too sweet that it is cloying. Carbonation is low, which I think fits the style perfectly.
D: This tastes great and is so smooth. I could easily drink a few pints without even feeling full.

I think this is a great beer and I was very surprised at the flavor. I have heard horror stories about Williamsburg Ale Works beers, but every one I have tried so far has been fantastic. I am really falling in love with this small brewery. I think their current beers could easily take on the top breweries in the US.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty black for a low abv stout. A nice tan head poofs up, followed by decent lacing.

S: This is really heavy on the coffee, with burnt malts coming through at the end. The coffee is very appealing.

T: A blast of coffee on the front end. It quickly mellows, but is still prevelant. It blends with the burnt malt as it mellows. I'm getting milk with the malt and coffee. Semi-bitter chocolate is there, but not really a key player, since it plays second fiddle to the coffee.

M: Creamy, well carbonated, smooth! Well done and certainly a milk stout's body.

O: This is no doubt the best low abv-less than 7% abv- coffee stout I've had to date. It tastes like a mini breakfast stout with a milkier body. Outstanding.

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Photo of MrMegaton09
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Selected this brew as a trial from a local craft beer provider. First look the beer is beautifully dark with a chocolate cream colored head on pour.

Aroma is very nice, sweet with a hint of coffee coming in shortly after, with a little hop peeping through coming from the fuggles.

Taste starts out of that of a nice milk stout but fairly quickly transfers into light premium coffee notes and finishing with slight bitterness from the hops, not over the top though.

Overall a very drinkable evening beer that can be enjoyed well into the spring, especially for all of you fellow devout stout fans.

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Photo of Crazyale
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Motor oil black with a small tan head.

S: The coffee hits you right away, also getting some lactose sugars and deep intense roasted malt. This beer has a very strong, intense aroma that you can almost taste.

T: I was worried that the coffee would overwhelm based on the aroma, but instead it is incredibly well balanced. There's coffee bean, brewed coffee, milk, sugary malts. Amazing taste.

M: Just a bit on the thin side, but in a good way - it's incredibly creamy, smooth and easy drinking.

This is among the best I've had in the style, if not the best. With Cafe Royale selling out so quickly, it's nice to have this beer available as well, since it actually sits on the shelves for a couple weeks/months during the winter.

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Photo of hornsup
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Hard Rock Cafe pint glass straight from Boston,MA at 55 degrees.

A: Has a dark dark brown hue to it, almost transparent when looking through any angle of the glass, but still maintains that its brown and not "pitch black" as many stouts.

S: Smells like high quality cold black coffee on ice. Also get a dark chocolate characteristic on the nose.

T: Tastes like perfect cold/vanilla/wood coffee. Its just fantastic if your a coffee drinker and love beer. Its the first time I'm enjoying Guatemale antigua coffee beans, but I likey.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but very suitable for the beer's ABV and what it is trying to achieve.

O: Guatemala needs to be noted by craft breweries who want to pump out a sweet and savory coffee stout. The antigua coffee beans put a new characteristic into this brew that is hard to parallel. Its one of my favorite light stouts on the market and the bonus factor goes to that its only an hour from me. Keep pumping out the stouts, AleWerks...they far surpass anything else you make.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Completely opaque black brew with reddish highlights when held up right in front of a lightbulb. Smallish brown head.

Smells great. Huge coffee, slight roasted grain, but it's very hard to distinguish the two.

Taste: Some barley, but mostly delicious smooth coffee. Some milky, creamy sweetness. Balanced with some bitterness at the end. So delicious and roasty. Slight dark chocolate.

MF: medium body, smooth, lower-than average carbonation, but I like the feel.

Drinkability is extremely high. Such huge taste but pretty low abv. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes stouts brewed with coffee. The best thing from Williamsburg AleWerks that I've tasted. I wonder if it's because of the new head brewer.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my recently "acquired" old Rasputin pint glass

A- pours a dark brackish brown That settles into an opaque bog black. Very little head. Wispy beige head that disappears before it really appears.

S- very toasty and sweet. Pretty good smell. Very good coffee smell, almost like a cappuccino That has had one too many

T- huge chocolate coffee tastes that are amazing. A really premium tasting coffee without harsh bitterness that usually accompanies it. If actual coffee tasted like this I would drink it more often.

M- not alot of carbonation in this one, explains the small head. Kind of slick on the tongue but coats nicely. Medium bodied that feels enjoyable.

D- with such a tasty taste and sweet mouthfeel on top of a 6% brew this is a great session stout with lots of flavor

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Photo of TAMU99
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Wow!

Right up there with Samuel Smith's. This is a GREAT oatmeal stout. A black, nearly opaque beer with a tan head and thick, sticky lace. It smell deliciously of chocolate and Italian coffee. There is a heavy malt aroma from the head. A smooth mouthfeel is the background for a dark chocolate mocha flavor. Very drinkable - I could order this all night long.

Great! Pick up a pint or 12.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some of this at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour yields a black brew that is completely opaque. A very small head forms initially and then falls down quite quickly. There is a very thin collar and a few spots of lace from where the head was momentarily. The nose is beautiful with really strong notes of semi0sweet and dark chocolate. Very heavy. Great roasted coffee hitting in the background.

The flavor is not quite good as the nose, but is quite extravagant. The chocolate is layered and reminds me of virtually everything chocolate-related that I could possibly enjoy. Loads of chocolate cake and a good amount of coffee as well. Mouthfeel is quite thick and lovely with lowish levels of carbonation. Love, love, love the fact that this is only 5.4% ABV. Damn is this drinkable and overall, I can't get enough of this.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours espresso black with a thin tan head that reduces mostly to a ring on top. A few suds cling to the tulip glass.

Cracking the cap and pouring the brew releases a magnificent wave of fresh coffee aroma. The dark roasted Guatemala Antigua beans smell great. No metallic notes, just fresh roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate and roasty malts. Really captures the coffee well.

Rich, smooth coffee and light chocolate on the tongue. Roasted dark malts mixed with a decent amount of sweetness that cuts the majority of the bitterness and leaves a well balanced stout. The coffee level is about perfect.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, with ample carbonation. The body is pretty good for a 5% stout. I wish it was a little thicker, but then you would probably be encroaching on the imperial category.

This beer is extremely drinkable for a coffee stout. The bottle went down much too quickly. Great coffee aroma and flavor. Well balanced with a smooth body. Williamsburg has a winner on their hands with this brew. One of the best sessionable coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark, all but black, with a finger of creamy foam head. Head dissipates to a persistent lacing on glass.

The smell screams coffee. I can find some malty notes around the edges, but they are eclipsed by the coffee. I love the smell and taste of coffee, so this bodes well.

Taste is mainly of coffee with a little chocolate thrown in. I am in coffee heaven.

This beer says coffee, smells of coffee, and tastes of coffee. My love of coffee may have me biased to think highly of this beer, but wow, i really like it. I truly wish i had bought more than one bottle. I will definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of ncaudle
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.
pours dark black with thin head that left no lacing.

coffee. I hope so considering its name is "coffeehouse stout".
sweet, sweet coffee... taste brings again, coffee, but there's a nice oatmeal and caramel sweetness. nicely balanced.

nice thickness. light to medium while slightly viscous.
one of the better coffee stouts I've had.

easily drinkable.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last one from Blind BIF Round 4.

A-Deep dark brown, opaque, with a little bit of mocha head that settles into a nice pool.

S-Sweet chocolate dominates the roast though a hint of roast shines through. Yummy.

T-Sweet chocolate and caramel, quite delicious. The sweetness is nicely done, well balanced with the roast.

M-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Yeah, we all like this one a lot. I would like a few.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black tinged with brown around the edges. Aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of tan head, which dies back to a ring fairly quickly. Very small amount of lacing left.

Smell- Nose is primarily composed of rich medium roast coffee grounds, roasted malts, and perhaps just a tiny whiff of dark chocolate.

Taste- Similar to the nose, this beer starts off with a solid amount of medium roast coffee that is very well represented and not overly burnt tasting. Lots of roasted malt flavors in the body of the beer and finishes on a very mild note of lingering dark chocolate. Not an overpowering flavor but excellently blended I thought.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for the style and just substantial enough. The combination of rich but not overpowering flavors and a creamy but not too thick body made this beer extremely drinkable, especially for a coffee/milk stout. Finished the bottle I had quite quickly and wished I had more.

Overall, a very good stout if you're looking for a flavorsome, drinkable, and refreshing beer. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of ZenPanda69
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed the flavor. One try and I was hooked. During a one week visit I Enjoyed two samples and two pints. As I only drink on occasion this is my limit. Wanted to take a growler home and would have if I wasn't traveling so far. I will definitely be looking for a way to get more.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting on this particular beer for some time and it was finally bottled recently (and this one will be my 100th review).

S = A very sweet smell upfront of caramel with roasted malts in the background.

T = Very sweet upfront like an iced caramel coffee. The sweetness hangs around for a little bit until the coffee bitterness arrives to bring a wonderful balance of flavor. The finish was fantastic with a mixture of quality coffee bean roastiness and caramel sweetness. This flavor lingered for a long time...which was great!

As the beer warmed, the sweetness became more pronounced and delicious without being cloying or syrupy.

MF = The body was on the thin side and carbonation was very low. However, it was buttery smooth and incredibly easy to drink.

On a side note, this beer was brewed with fresh Guatemala Antigua coffee.

Overall, this is quite tasty and very sessionable. In fact, I can envision my historic relative, Patrick Henry, sitting in a Virginia tavern truly enjoying this beer while talking about events of the day...LOL

As far as "coffee stouts" go, it's not the most coffee dominating stout...but, it's well balanced and tasty!

I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours jet freaking black with a one finger brown head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is minimal

S- even with a shot nose, I get some nice strong coffee with some cocoa sweetness and a little bit of the milk in there

T- this isn't your typical milk stout...huge burst of strong coffee, balanced nicely with milky sweetness and a little bit of chocolate too. Very tasty

M- nothing special going on here, about what you'd expect from a milk stout. A tad bit on the thin side

D- this is dangerously drinkable...well, not dangerously since the ABV is low, but you get the point. Really, really good.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin brown head which quickly evaporated to nothing... no haze layer, no collar, no lacing. The body was a filtered opaque super-dark brown color, which exhibited no visible carbonation.

S- A tremendously rich nose... particularly given it's 5.4% ABV... deep, dark, roasty, coffeelike... There's an undercurrent there of semi-sweet malt and mild hop aromas there as well.

T- Rich, semi-sweet candy and roasted malts dominate the palate, and the coffee flavor, while prominent, does not dominate... rather plays a supporting role, wonderfully complimenting the malts. A mild hop bitterness emerges in the finish to accompany the echo of semi-sweet malts and coffee. Again, a VERY impressive richness of flavor, given the 5.4% ABV.

M- A medium body, textured with unattenuated sugar and a moderately soft carbonation... almost a *slight* chewiness to it as well... again, very impressive given its low alcohol content.

D- Smells and tastes like an 8% imperial stout, but drinks like a common English Sweet Stout. This one is very, very quaffable... and deserves a place in the mainstream market.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of engagechad
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond VA - fresh - poured into tulip

Pours beautifully but unfortunately under carbonated, even for a stout. Not much of a head but this beer is as black as black can get.
Smells of dark malts and coffee (duh), sweet on the nose.
Tastes of sweet malts and slight bitterness of the coffee, this beer is smooth as silk and overall it is a fantastic beer.

I can confidently say that this is the best beer I've ever had from my home state of Virginia.

Get it!

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown-black and completely opaque. Awesome coffee-colored head that rises to about 1 and a half fingers, then quickly dissipates. No lacing or carbonation to speak of. 4.0

S - Smells like freshly brewed coffee, pipe tobacco, and firewood. Great smell that gives you just a hint of what's to come. 4.0

T - Oh the coffee I love thee. Seriously, this brew does a fantastic job of not tasting too sweet, too bitter, or overpowering. It's a very good blend of coffee flavors with beer. Initial sweetness is immediately countered by a subtle bitter/sourness from the hops. Malty, coffee flavors remain afterwards and there is a strong aftertaste of coffee. I think this beer, if anything, tastes friggin amazing. 4.5

M - Smooth and somewhat creamy. No carbonation whatsoever. 4.5

O - Man, this is a damn tasty beer! I'm seriously impressed, and this is the first brew I've ever tried by Williamsburg Alewerks. I'll be sure to try some of their other beers in the next few weeks. 4.5

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a LIF from blackie. 12oz. bottle.

Dark pour with minimal head. Smells strongly of dark roasted malts and a good amount of coffee aroma. Taste is good- very good. Smooth coffee flavor- just a bit of bitterness, but softer than most coffee beers. Not too much. Mouthfeel is medium-thick- a decent stout feel to it. Drinkability is high. Not an overwhelming coffee flavor- very smooth, not too strong of an ABV. A session-coffee-stout.

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Photo of ksurkin
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours slightly thick and utterly black as night with a thin, light beige head and sheet lacing. aroma blew me away. huge dark roasted coffee, praline, cocoa, and a hint of dark fruit. flavor was amazing as well and truly matched the aroma. tastes of rich black coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and hints of vanilla,with a lingering bitter coffee finish. mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery which is the only true knock on this beer. overall, a delicious brew. like a poor-mans breakfast stout. Geoff is certainly doing solid work at AleWerks and if this one is any indication, i can’t wait for the new brewmasters series. *UPDATE* new batch from January 2010: wow, has this one gotten even better. much more expresso-like on the nose and the flavor boasts new subtleties of toffee, cinnamon, graham cracker, and ash. the palate, which may have been a bit thin in the first batch, is much silkier and rich on the tongue. great work, geoff!

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