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Coffeehouse Stout | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
503
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.96%
 
 
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63
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61
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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 503
Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour - nearly black - with a mid-sized, creamy, taupe head. Excellent mocha aroma with a generous measure of vanilla. Medium-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a sweet medley of coffee, chocolate crème and vanilla. Bittersweet mocha finish. It is a little thin but a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/25. Consumed on 12/5. Antigua coffee batch.

A - Simply black. Completely opaque. Can't see any carbonation or any hints of other colors when held up to a light. Cinnamon cocoa colored head. Light lacing.

S - Strong coffee with a slight chocolate and vanilla hint.

T - Roasted coffee, cola, vanilla, and a milky sweetness. Cannot taste any alcohol. Flavor is nice, but not very intense.

M - Best part of beer. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Makes an exquisite foamy texture in mouth. Smooth and creamy and too easy to drink. Slightly sticky.

O - Despite somewhat lower scores, I see this beer as a session beer. Relatively low ABV for style and easy to drink. I could happily go through several of these in an evening.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored head.
Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Some cream and roasted malt chime in as well. In the taste, coffee bean and vanilla cream. Mild leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Mostly like a good iced coffee, getting some mocha from this. Medium bodied feel, medium carbonation with waning retention. Overall, this is an enjoyable coffee beer I will have again.

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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 Ian_Petit
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Like fresh brewed coffee, black and opaque, subtle light tan head 1/2 inch or so
S-Coffee bean, slightly burnt, bitter, bread, light banana taste, espresso
T-Medium to high roasted coffee, slightly bitter, low alcohol warmth, lingering taste
M-Medium mouth feel, would have liked a slightly more dense mouth feel
Overall- I would give it a B-, Pretty good overall beer, the only deficiencies I felt were the mouth feel and I would have liked to have had a little more head retention. Very Drinkable

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- brewed with guatemala antigua coffee. batch 1/15/13. consumed 5/29/13.

A: Dark hersey chocolate pour shows a 2 inch dark walnut colored head that was creamy and loose. Small speckled lace.

S: Rich cocoa at first, quickly followed by a fresh roasty nature and some dark fruit skin there after. Good level of awareness.

T: Flavor is dark fruit first, followed by the chocolate and finally a roasty finale. Roasty bitterness, milky creamer, smooth.

M:, silky, rich fresh roasty coffee with a silky smooth texture and mouthful.

O: silky texture makes this so easy going down with a roasty freshness makes this a must try.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery. This is a little different - a coffee stout that tastes like actual coffee - not roasted espresso aromas, but the bitter, eye opening drip coffee taste. It makes for a nice change of pace from big, high abv stouts, and there is a decent amount of residual sweetness to balance out the bitter. Dark (surprise!) coffee color, light lacing. High points for originality but not necessarily a world-changer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1" tan head. Some trails and clumps of lacing remain in the glass.

S- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and light metallic smell.

T- bitter dark chocolate, coffee, a faint sweetness as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice body for a light beer with some chalkiness.

O- good coffee stout. I could drink a lot of these in a sitting with the combination of low abv, coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad milk stout. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head, good retention and some lacing. Decent smell, the coffee is very prominent. Very tasty. Smooth, lactose and coffee are most prominent along with bready malts.

mouthfeel is a hair thin but still substantial enough. A very pleasant drink.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I like my coffee black and my beer to have a decent malt presence, so coffee stouts are generally right in my wheelhouse. This one makes a fine but common first impression, with the pour producing a deep, nearly-black brown color, but it is topped by only a fine wisp of a coffee-foam head. The aroma drastically improves my expectations, with a rich, roasty, iced-coffee aroma over more subtle notes of bittersweet cocoa and caramel malts. The flavor lets me down, though, by being surprisingly sweet compared to the aroma, with a heavy caramel malt backbone that overwhelms the roast and coffee characteristics. The texture likewise detracts, with a low-level of carbonation that results in a moderately syrupy feel that further enhances the sweetness. Overall, the beer showed promise, but the over-sweetness and under-carbonation were harmful flaws to the experience.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee beer. Though, to be ornary, I would have guessed that this was a porter. I guess that's the milk stout thing though. Moving on though.

Nice coffee tones. More of a mellow ride than a blast in the mouth. Consistent, which I appreciate, since a lot of coffee beers seem to drop off too quickly. Feels good going down, though the carbonation was a bit excessive at certain points. Nice drinker. Liked this one.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch: 15JAN13

Black with a very fine point rim of light tan foam, black mirror atop otherwise. Smells of coffee, cocoa, more coffee and pretty much just cold coffee. Flavor is coffee, soil, some bitterness, a little bit of bread, some bits of unsweetened chocolate. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish; a little less body and a little much carb for the style. Overall decent, quite a bit of coffee which makes it one dimensional.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - Classic black color with brownish bubbly head. Lots of lacing left on glass.

S - Not overly sweet or chocolatey. Fairly mild smell.

T - Nice milk stout flavors, with hints of chocolate, coffee, mild roasted chestnuts. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweet. Well done.

M - Maybe just a tad thin, but not overly so.

O - This is a very satisying milk stout that I'll have again. Another solid offerring from Aleworks.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with nice opacity. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I had to pour really aggressively in order to get just one finger; and even worse is the fact that it retains itself poorly.

S: The coffee here is more of a subtle add-on than the main focus - in other words, this isn't Wake-n-Bake, nor does it try to be. It's actually the qualities of cream and milk chocolate that are strongest; underneath that is roasted barley and the aforementioned coffee presence. Really a pleasant aroma in general.

T: The first wave of flavor that's unleashed on the tongue is a lot of milky cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee will gradually build on the midtaste and climax on the finish. The coffee comes across a little stale, and that's my biggest beef here by far. Luckily, it's not a huge problem - since this isn't a coffee-first, everything-else-second kind of stout, the subtle note can get away with being a mild deterrent behind a rock-solid cream stout.

M: I'd like just a touch less fizz to allow the creaminess of the texture to shine through better. Once allowed to fade, the softness of the texture does come through decently; but the finish isn't dry enough to allow the more bitter/roasted qualities to balance the sweetness some. The syrupy linger makes it a bit hard to drink.

O: Pretty solid. Once I realized this wasn't designed to be a coffee-bomb FBS killer, I could appreciate its subtleties a lot more thoroughly. Hardly my favorite coffee beer, but good enough where I'd considering getting a 6 pack of in the future.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin, 2-finger, tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace, leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Good malt aroma with a solid coffee and chocolate background.

T: Smooth blended flavors of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good coffee stout – not overpowering with the coffee, but rather blended in nicely.

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Photo of Abhorsen
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Cee-Poe
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a deep brown pour (almost black) with a finger of tan colored head. smells of coffee, cocoa, a slight cherry hint, molasses. the taste is excellent.. a sweet, easy drinking stout full of chocolate and nutty flavors. slight wood charred taste as well. the coffee is so subtle but constant.
medium body with low carbonation making it an easy drinking beer.

this is an excellent stout. great tasting and goes down TOO easy!

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got as an extra in a trade.

Poured into my Allagash tulip black with a thin head.

The nose is sweet, coffee of course, but more like a cappuccino than black coffee. The sweetness lingers and presents an almost caramel and toffee nose

The taste matches the nose sweet, with a big coffee flavor and an almost toffee finish.

Overall a solid coffee stout, I can't say I've every had a coffee milk stout. Nice

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/15, consumed 2/4.

Pours a very dark brown, near black, thin but attractive head.

Smell is all rich coffee at first, backed up by lightly roasted malt. Give it some time and some sweet chocolate and vanilla appear, but the coffee is front and center.

Taste is more of a balance, still plenty of coffee but there's also milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet lactose. Well balanced, good coffee flavor but not a coffee bomb.

Slightly less carb than I'd like but still a nice and silky mouthfeel and good drinkability.

A great coffee stout that isn't totally dominated by coffee. Very good!

7.9/10

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Photo of Roland45s
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The antigua coffee gave this a great smell and a seepingly black look. less than 1" head, the beer while looking thick and creamy as a traditional stout was suprisingly light and smooth. Less carbonation than a Surly Coffee bender and smooth finish. Almost appeared as a leftover coffee sitting cold in the pot from the morning.

If you aren't a coffee fan, i wouldn't recommend this beer....

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark coffee, some roastiness, deep earthiness.

L: Dark black, dark tan creamy head that dissipates. Some lacing.

T: Bitter coffee up front with some chocolate notes. Low bitterness with a very pleasant, almost milk sugar note along with milk chocolate. Finishes semi-sweet with chocolate and some roasty bitterness.

M: Medium full body, medium bodied.

Not bad, coffee was pretty subdued except in the aroma. I actually like the lactose/milk chocolate notes better than the coffee.

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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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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
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