Coffeehouse Stout | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up thinking it was a coffee stout/ now I see it's a sweet/milk stout. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A hiss with a pry, this liquid comes out black and settles in the glass blacker. A very short lived cap that leaves nothing. Kinda flimsy.

Smell is dank chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla. Roast is up there and malts galore. Smell is bigger than it's counterparts though. Pungent, easy to detect.

The sweet kicks in and dominates the coffee in taste. Sweet lactose/milk, with milk chocolate and a faint bitter roast at the end. Some coffee in the aftertaste, that's about it.

The feel comes off a bit watery on each sip. I would say this is the smallest step up from light bodied as imaginable. The carb is not very pronounced and comes off kinda dead, but for some reason it works in the style. More bubbles please.

All in all a decent beer to kick back and relax to, without having to overthink anything about the beer. One was plenty for me. Glad to tick another brewery.

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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 57md
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black with no real head at all. As advertised, the nose smells like coffee. Definite coffee flavor along with mild sweetness and some roasted malt. It ends a bit thin and weak, but this is a good offering notwithstanding the finish.

As a confessed coffee addict, my biggest pet peeve on most "coffee beers" is that the coffee flavor is too hidden to discern. This is one of the few "coffee beers" that actually delivers!

I'd like to see the brewer pump this offering up into a double - it would have the potential to be outstanding if Williamsburg kicked it up a notch.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a much bigger beer then it actually is, almost RIS like. A standard pour yields a creamy and thick one finger head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Creamy milk chocolate and a pot of morning blend.

T: Close your eyes and you'd literally think that you're drinking an iced coffee. Freshly harvested and unroasted coffee beans. The lactic acid is kept masterfully in check, as it balances the coffee to near perfection. This is a delicious beer.

M: Top shelf. AleWerks hits this out of the damn ballpark. Thick and rich beyond a 5.4% ABV beer should be. This is bigger and better then many a 10% ADIS. Seriously.

O: Killer stuff. Williamsburg AleWerks has set the bar for Milk Stouts, as this is easily the best non-BA'ed MS I've had. Between this and their Cafe Royale, they literally own the style.

Seek this out with haste.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly enough, I had no idea that this was a sweet/milk stout when I bought it. I'm glad, because I don't think there are enough of those around, as they are very delicious.

On the nose I defiantly get some of that lactose sweetness.. it's an unmistakably a good scent. Behind that, I get a good bit of roast, however no coffee per-se. It smells so good, though, that I don't care about the lack of coffee in the aroma.

Coffeehouse Stout is india ink black in color with a tan head and nice (large) lacing. No light gets though this beer. It looks great!

The flavor is where the coffee comes in. It's the first thing that I taste. Beyond that is a wonderful sweet roast flavor. Like chocolate covered coffee beans sans-chocolate. Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall this is quite drinkable and really really good. Williamsburg Alewerks surprises me again (first surprise was their Pumpkin Ale) with another solid beer.

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Photo of n2185
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of robust and roasted coffee aromas on the nose. Underneath lie sweet and creamy chocolate notes, blending well with the more robust coffee aromas. Smells quite good.

T: Roasted malts up front followed by robust coffee flavors. There are some bitter chocolate notes that follow with a finish that is lightly bitter with char flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could use either more carbonation or a thicker body.

O: A pretty decent coffee stout overall. It smells great, though the flavor doesn't quite match up to the aroma. Still, it's an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of ChefHopMeister
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of nesarebad
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of berserk4886
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with a small mocha colored head that faded quickly

Smell: Strong dark roast coffee aroma

Taste: Again, strong coffee presence with a lingering roasted/toasted aftertaste. I didn't pick up on the "creamy" taste that other reviewers have discussed.

Mouthfeel: Most disappointing part of this beer. I thought it was too thin. Watery would be a bit of an overstatement, but it's close

Overall: If you're looking for a coffee-forward beer, I would say that this one is slightly above average. The mouthfeel was too thin for me and detracted overall.

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Photo of williahd
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of nickhiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dcellis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TechTriumph
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch code: 12/12/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1/2" of creamy mocha colored head that diminishes pretty quickly; Very dark brown color; No lacing to be found

S - This smells almost exactly like a fresh cup of nice roasty, aromatic coffee with a dash of sweet cream in there

T - Freshly roasted coffee is definitely present, but is more balanced in the taste with hints of caramel, chocolate, and lactose sweetness; Grassy and earthy hops step forward a bit from mid-taste into the finish

M - Good amount of carbonation; Just a notch below medium bodied; Smooth, wet and just a little thin in the mouthfeel that finishes a shade on the dry side

O - I have enjoyed every brew that I've tasted from Williamsburg AleWerks and this one continues that trend. While the taste and feel of this beer are solid, the smell is definitely the highlight for me. I have never been one to drink coffee, but I don't think I could ever get sick of this aroma. This is a beer that I will certainly try again, and one that's getting me excited to try another AleWerks offering - Cafe Royale.

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Photo of mjaggers
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a really deep opaquee brown/black. The smallish head is mocha colored and substaining to a degree. Aroma is rich black coffee beans, roasted malts and hints of cream from the lactose probably. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate. The sweetness of the lactose in this milk stoudt help to mellow out the acidic bitterness. I like that the coffee essence smells like fresh roasted coffee beans instead of black coffee. Richly roasted malts add to the flavor as well as a milky creaminess. It drinks smooth with a velvetty thickness. Pretty good beer more towards a sipper or desert say with a creame burlee.

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Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 Zraly
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark, tan head. Head diminishes quickly. Predominate nose is the smell of dark coffee beans.

It is very clear that this is a sweet stout made with coffee. The nose and the note that really comes through is a cup of coffee. There is a hint of cream on the palate, lending some smoothness. The carbonation lifts a bit more than I'd like, but seems still within range. Light-medium bodied.

A decent session ale for those who like their stouts sweet and also like coffee. This could go well in a vanilla milkshake or with some muffins (blueberry would be interesting for some flavor contrast).

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Photo of pavpav12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Heff19
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer last year, and it has changed very much (for the better) so I am doing a re-review.

A: Dark in the glass. Very minimal tan head with spotted lacing.

S: Very strong coffee scent, a slightly "spoiled" smell like spoiled milk...but it's very faint. Mostly the coffee dominates the flavor and it smells good.

T: is in the forefront. It tastes like a coffee energy drink with lots of carbonation. I gave it a 4 because it tastes just like the label would suggest..."coffee".

M: The mouthfeel feels too bright. It has a lot more carbonation than I'd expect out of a stout. It's to the point where it makes me burp up bubbles.

O: Overall I think it's a pretty good tastes more like coffee than anything. Unfortunately it feels over-carbonated but that's about it. I would probably drink it again, but it's a toss-up. It tastes more like a coffee stout than it did last year, but it has a soda-like carbonation which makes it hard to drink.

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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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