Coffeehouse Stout | AleWerks Brewing Company

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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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Added by Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of sisuspeed
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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 kbutler1
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with minimal head. What head there is is a chocolate milk color that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is brewed with roasted Guatemala Antigua coffee and the aromas of that are pretty evident in the nose. Other aromas include chocolate, vanilla, and leather. Strong coffee flavor to this one for sure! pretty much just like drinking an iced coffee. Bitterness throughout. Medium mouthfeel. Not the best coffee stout our there but definitely a solid performer.

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Photo of raverjames
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass an opaque black with a wispy tan head. A bit of lacing clings to the glass.

Nice aroma. When a beer has the name "coffee" in it's title, it better damn well have some coffee in the flavor and aroma. This one delivers on the aroma for sure. Not really freshly brewed coffee but a cold pressed coffee aroma. Smells seasonal.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma. The coffee is a bit more subdued but is still up front and very worthy. Coffee and some toasty notes make up the majority of the flavor. I wanted coffee and I got it!

This is a wonderful coffee stout. Plenty of coffee without tasting like cold, carbonated coffee. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of rwf08
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with a slowly developing and very thin, yet dark tan head that quickly gives way to a thin layer that floats atop the beer.

An extremely rich coffee aroma wafts from the glass, also featuring sweet milk chocolate and subdued roasted malt.

The flavor is very similar with greater roasted malt, followed by the pleasant coffee with slight bitterness and again just a touch of sweet milk chocolate.

This brew is actually on the lighter side, perhaps why it is more of a milk stout with lighter carbonation, but also a bit creamy mid-palate, yet finishing with pleasant bitterness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and felt it was packed with great character while being easy to drink. I would certainly try this again.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 DoctorB2B
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky tan cap that hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of splashy foam and viscosity around the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Rich mocha, with coffee, lactose and chocolate elements

Taste: Mocha flavor dominates, up front, with coffee and milk chocolate galore; by mid-palate, there is some welcome bitterness but, after the swallow, the sweeter aspect of this beer returns to the fore

Mouthfeel: A little flabby on the tongue as it is moderately heavy with relatively little carbonation

Drinkability: Straightforward coffee; I rather like that in this beer

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pitch black liquid - totally light gets thru this. A thin collar of off-white bubbles guards the edge of the glass, but leaves no lacing behind.

S - Coffee, sweet cream, a bit of licorice, light alcohol, burnt malt. Nicely balanced all around.

T - Flavor closely resembles the aroma. Coffee and burnt malts right up front. Just a hint of licorice and a very light astringency enter the flavor too. Burnt and dark roasted flavors dominate. A very nice coffee beer.

M - Medium to full bodied, like prickles on the tongue from the fine carbonation, but overall the feel is quite creamy. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

D - I could easily settle in for a night and have a good number of these. The coffee is the highlight and definitely is what carries this beer...big surprise, given the name.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Brewridge Beerfest at Mountain Lake in VA.
Poured into a mason jar.

A - Very dark brown color, tan head, bit of lacing formed

S - lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, bit of toffee

T - very dark roasted coffee hits initial, the smooths to some milk chocolate and caramel, no hit of hops at all

M - bit thick, almost syrupy but im ok with that for the type, decent carbonation

D - went back at least 3 times to drink this beer, one of the better ones at the beer fest, coffee was never over powering, great balance, would love to see this barrel aged ala KBS

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Photo of Pinto21
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very little head that dissipated very quickly. Very dark brown.

Heavy malts, but sweet with definite coffee smell

taste is heavy coffee with sweet malts and a bit of roasty to a bitter hop finish. Very nice. it's balanced and still complex. It's got some bitterness from the malts too.

mouth and drink are both really good. I could drink a few. there is some bitter astringent in the finish, but not much.

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Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice deep brown with some nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice deep scent with roastd grains and a noticable coffee aroma. Good taste, a nice stout with roasted grain flavors; a bit too much coffee for me and it did have some astringency. Went down fine, if slightly dry.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bboyshatter in a recent BIF, gracias! Pours black with virtually no light around the edges. Towering cap of light brown foam that grew on the pour like one of those ash-growing snake things from a fireworks stand. Retention is great, as is the lacing.

Nose is heavy on the coffee, smells like a fresh bin of roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweet malts in the background along with some rye bread, but the coffee is downright dominant here.

Tastes strikes a much different balance, however. Sweet, lactose maltiness screams milk stout and combines with the roasty coffee to provide a Frappaccino-esque tasting beverage. Very rich, very creamy and nearly decadent. Chocolate, both dark and milk are there aplenty. Packs a helluva lot of flavor for a 5.4%'er. Interesting and tasty beer, but probably could only tank one in any given sitting.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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 mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on 3/12/10 at Galaxy Hut.

a - Pours black with 2 inches of brown head. No retention.

s - Smells mostly of coffee, although it is not as strong as I would have thought. Also has a certain sweet smell to it.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and cream. A little bit of sweetness to it; pretty enjoyable.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body.

d - A pretty good stout. Had a nice sweet vanilla taste that mixed well with the coffee. Would try it again.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious and authentically coffee-like.

Pours a deep brown with a slight tan head. The aroma rings like a bell - clear and crisp and coffee-like. It smells exactly like a well-roasted dark bean cracked with a hammer. The flavor is sweet and strongly, authentically coffeeish, with a creamy mouthfeel, like an extreme dark roasted cafe au lait. The alcohol and bitterness are in excellent balance, the coffee flavor perfectly counterpoised with the roasted malt. This is an excellent coffee-based beer.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow!! I poured this black beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was opaque and poured a really dark head. The smell was like pecan pith. The beer tasted like COFFEE. It had great lacing but tasted like COFFEE. Very dry mouthfeel. If you like cold coffee you will like this. I did not.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffehouse Stout pours an almost opaque black-brown body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan - almost brown, nope, let's call it light brown... it's the color of creamy coffee. The head drops shortly to an average collar and whispy surface covering; and only minor spots and splashes of lace are left behind.

The nose is rich and full, delivering a massive display of freshly roasted and oily coffee beans and dark chocolate. It's roasty, but not char-like, and also a bit sweetish; and there's also a hint of berry-like yeasty fruitiness to it as well.

The same is true for the flavor. It's coffee-like, but sweetish. I get the oiliness of fresh-roasted beans, and lots of semi-sweet dark chocolate. It's smooth and creamy in the mouth, and that helps to bring out the flavors: fudge, milk chocolate, and golden caramel. It's not particularly bitter, but it doesn't need to be - the dark malt acidity and roasty flavors balance it. And amidst all of this, at the center, is a delicate note of yeasty berry-like fruitiness that takes on an almost floral character due to its surroundings. Hops follow, delicately along the edges of the malt, and it finishes surprisingly dry given the richness of the malt. It lingers gently, with notes of raspy, gently grassy hops and flowers.

Overall, I think I'd enjoy one of these as a regular beer out at the pub with the lads, but more than that would be way too much - and I also think its complexity and nuances would be lost and wasted. This is a beer to sit with. A sipper. A nightcap. A dessert beer. It should be enjoyed slowly. Well worth trying!!!

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 TheMistler
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, so dark a ruby brown as to be black. Dark tan head, not too much of it, delayed appearance. Slight lacing.

I'm a bit surprised - not upset - to detect dark fruit on the nose before the coffee aroma. Sweet but also slightly tangy berries comprise the fruit. Dark chocolate. Nice roasted coffee. A full nose, nicely and thankfully not limited to coffee.

Roasted coffee taste builds upon a milk chocolate base. Dark toast. Hint of cream. Finish is slightly dry, with a roasted quality.

Fairly thick, and yet simultaneously light bodied. Something like a soda that gone the teensiest bit flat - which sounds unpleasant but felt appropriate. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is the last of four bottles, and I've seen different results on pours. This one didn't yield much of a head, but it's creamy and sticking around. Some of the others had a little more foam to them.

S: The aroma is a highlight of this brew. A sweet coffee scent, paired with chocolate aromas - but not so much in a sense of being a mocha. They manage to be two distinct scents, if that even makes sense.

T: Much like the aroma, with a little more subdued chocolate - though they blend a little more on the palate than I found they did in the nose. Iced coffee with a liberal cream and sugar added, chocolate, and some roasted malts that are buried away a little.

M + D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's a tasty example of a coffee stout, and loaded with flavour. Yet it still manages to be a fairly light bodied, smooth and a little slick with a sparkling carbonation. Quite good... I just wish their seasonals were available in individual six-packs, as it's one I'd like to pick up alone from time to time!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, thanks barrrrt

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany body into a tyranena pint, looks like motor oil, very little head and some light chocolate lacing

smell: nice roasted coffee aromas, milky sweetness, a touch of chocolate, very nice

taste: high-quality milk stout, milk chocolate and roasted coffee, a touch of smoke. roasted malts, mild bitterness

mouthfeel: something seems off here - hard to articulate but just not very smooth

drinkability: good

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try a sample of this at the AleWerks Brewery from their filling tap. Poured a very dark brown with a quickly receeding tan head. Light-to-medium bodied and slightly oily, but still smooth and creamy with a dryness thanks to the roasted and coffee malt sensations but not overly drying or rough. Not overly sweet, and I like stouts that go sweeter, but this is still good nonetheless and it goes down easy and tasty.
The rare coffee stout that doesn't ruin your tastesbuds so you can keep drinking it or have something else.

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