Coffeehouse Stout | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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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Reviews:
177
Ratings:
512
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 512
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 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 MetalHopHead6
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Williamsburg AleWerks Coffeehouse Stout has strong coffee aroma and flavor but a flat fleeting feel.

It poured black with no head and left no lace. The smell was very strong freshly brewed coffee. It had one of the best coffee aromas I've experienced. The flavor was also good, but more muted and with a slightly artificial finish. The feel was light and weak, a little bubbly and short-lived.

Coffeehouse Stout has great coffee character but lacks the kind of feel that makes great stouts memorable.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A: Pours an opaque brown/black with a reddish tan head that fades fairly quickly to a cap of foam.

S: The first scent I get is brewed coffee. This is fairly potent and makes up the majority of what I can pick up. There is also some malty sweetness, caramel and molasses.

T: Much like the scent, the taste opens with nice brewed coffee. This is followed by milk and bittersweet chocolate. There is a definite roasted flavor, maybe even slightly smoky. A lactose character backs everything up.

M: Mouthfeel is both thick and smooth at the same time. Mild, soft carbonation. Pretty much everything a milk stout should be.

O: A good milk stout. Coffee is very strong in the aroma but more balanced in the flavor. Sweet as it should be, but nicely balanced with some more bitter flavors.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

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Photo of TheMistler
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 chilly460
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black topped by a cap of light brown cream that hangs in for a long time. Oily residue sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Medium roast coffee some neutral sweet malts, and hints of burnt sugar in there. Grassy hops at the end.

T - Immediate coffee and lighter chocolate flavor, just a hint of yeastiness. Some floral hops that really fade to more of the pure high quality cup of coffee flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation. Could be a touch thicker for the style.

O - Very nice brew, does everthing as expected. Needs more robust flavor profile to be considered elite.

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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 Jesstyr
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was definitely an interesting beer, and in full disclosure I'm not a coffee fan, but this beer mixed an interesting flavor with some lacking characteristics.

This beer pours dark black with little or no dark brown head. Head fizzes out almost immediately after pouring. Nose is heavy in coffee, with a lot of toastiness in there.

The best part of the taste is the chocolate and malt which is quite plentiful. Downside is the coffee which can be overpowering and also the flat nature of the beer - it just misses on mouthfeel. Overall this one is fine, but not one I would go back to...

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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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 stckhndlr
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark mocha tan head on top of pitch black oblivion. The head doesn't stick around long and leaves no trace of any lacing.

S- a milky cream roast espresso with a sugary chocolate undertone. Vanilla hints and then more coffee.

T- coffee and cream up front with a syrupy cola like finish. The roast and the vanilla come through deep into the finish of the beer.

M- Feels like it tries to foam up to a medium bodied beer but it still is a bit thin. Really not a ton going on here.

O- The smell on this one was deep and complex. The flavor seemed to linger on for a really long time. I could drink this one again, but I wouldn't rank it as outstanding. Just a good solid above average beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottling date is 11/16/12.

A: Very black with small amounts of light getting through at the glass edges. Less than half a finger of medium khaki head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Pretty interesting smell. I get the aroma of a cup of coffee that's had a creamer added along with roasted notes and some chocolate.

T: The coffee is not quite as prominent in the taste as the aroma but still has a decent presence. I definitely like the balance between the sweetness/lactose followed by the coffee.

M: It's not quite medium bodied but it's got enough to keep it from feeling too thin. Carbonation feels just right.

O: I really liked this one and it makes me anxious to try to the cafe royale. Definitely would recommend if you are into milk stouts.

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Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with about a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a ring around the top of the pour. Smells of coffee, sweet, and molasses. Tastes primarily of coffee, earth, brown sugar, and a little tartness that I don't recognize. Medium body, finishes fairly cleanly. Overall it's solid, nothing spectacular but easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter on 1/5/11.

Pours a watery black with an inch of light brown head that dissipates to no lacing.

Smells like a cappacino from a Starbucks. Lots of coffee and bitter sweet dark chocolate. Lots of brown sugar and toffee as well. Very nice smell.

Taste is roasted malts and light coffee business. Some bitter but not much. I would have liked to see more complexity but it does a good job at the attempt.

Mouthfeel is nice through the pallet leaving a tingling but nothing else.

Overall this is a great beer. Some richness problems.

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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 ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black into a pint glass with minimal head. The aroma is overwhelmingly coffee and sweetness. The taste is again mostly coffee. It's very sweet, but not very heavy. Certainly a tasty beer, and because of the light body, I could drink several at a time.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This cost $1.49 for a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

Gave a hard pour into a pint glass which gave a big 4 finger brown head wit a black body.

Bringing the glass close to the nose gave lots of espresso. I was hard pressed to pick anything else out of the fragrance profile.

The flavors were more of the same espresso, espresso, espresso. On the positive side, it was an enjoyable flavor of quality coffee. If you are looking for something with complexity you should look elsewhere.

Straight forward, nothing fancy, nice texture, superb value.

I prefer both the Left Hand Milk Stout and the Lancaster Milk Stout to this offering

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Photo of Pinto21
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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 rwf08
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 mountsnow1010
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - beautiful dark brown with a thin white head. minimal lacing, expecting a bit more.
s - Coffee coffee coffee. A hint of chocolate with honey as well.
t - Coffee again, with a nice sweetness and chocolate followed by a slight fruitiness, perhaps cherry?
m - very low carbonation and quite creamy. medium body, a bit less than expected
d - one or two max, I found that this was very very filling.

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