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

A breakfast beer to go with my eggs and bacon. From Grape & Gourmet.

A: The milk stout is pitch brown, an all-encompassing vortex that sucks out nearly all distinguishable color. A tan head, a stark contrast to the beer, sits patiently.

S: Primarily dark malts and sweet lactose, the coffee needs to some to perk its way through to the surface. When it does, it adds a nutty java element.

T: Much more coffee in the body of the ale, a pick-me-up after getting in at 3AM. The coffee, mildly bitter, complements the lactic sweet of the milk stout. Dark, burnt grains provide a strong foundation for the sweet bitterness, a toasted and roasted combo. Taken as a whole, the ale has a nice zing to it. Lactose defines the finish.

M: Well-rounded. The coffee is ever-present but it doesn't get in the way. Plenty of lactic goodies to go around.

D: Wishing I had picked up more than one bottle right about now. A solid milk stout, one of the better ones that I've had on a long time.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate aromas emanate from the glass. There's also an earthy must that's hard to identify.

T- The coffee comes through nicely at first but then is abruptly swept aside by metallic and burnt flavors. Not nearly as tasty as the nose would imply.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A bit disappointed since the aroma and feel are both there but the flavor just does not deliver. I'm actually starting to believe that the house yeast might be at fault here since I've had similar experiences with other beers of theirs.

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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 avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A huge amount of coffee in the aroma, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, first and foremost, with malt, light hops, and a creamy quality in the finish. A much more robust flavor than I was expecting given the style. Pretty good.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, likeable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/23/2014. Thanks Matt for extra'ing me this treat. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 2/23/2014.

App- Pours a viscous, thick dark black body, one finger mocha head that retains quite well, fading eventually into a thin collar. Not much leg or lacing though.

Smell- Needs to warm up a bit, but I get a strong freshly ground and french pressed coffee flavour. But not much else from the base even as it warms up more. Perhaps a hint of baker's chocolate.

Flavour- Better than it smells. Freshly roasted cold pressed coffee. Milk chocolate sweetness. Lactose. Black coffee bitterness on the backend. Nicely balanced coffee stout.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, not too watery but is certainly a bit thinner bodied than I'd like. Good carbonation, coffee-forward aftertaste, no indication of ABV at all. Nicely drinkable, slick and sweet finish.

Overall- Very nice coffee milk stout that brings a nice sweetness on the backend. Nice VA local beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with quick rush of bubbly brown head, gone quickly leaving little spots. Smell combined notes of spent coffee grounds and melted semi-sweet and milk chocolate - not the best notes individually but pleasant. Taste brings an initial dry and roasty coffee character but it is quickly covered up by notes of mocha and chocolate fudge. Fuller side of medium bodied, solid creamy feeling combines with a light powdery quality. A nice sweet stout with some quality flavor notes.

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Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty much black, brown around the edges. Just barely a ring of light tan head.

Aroma, strong roast, malt and coffee. Maybe some cocoa.

Taste, much more malty here. Roast malt, sweeter caramel and chocolate. Finish is a little thin, mostly chocolates and mocha latte.

Light side of medium bodied. Adequate carbonation and drinks quite easy because of the lightness for the style.
Really overall it's pretty good, but could use a little "more". I would buy a sixer, probably would be a nice warm weather dark brew.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance dark brown, black with a mocha lacing head.

Smell: coffee, roasted malts,

Taste: coffee,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, oily texture, full body

Drinkability: Decent coffee stout, not anything outstanding. Rise Up stout from Evo is better.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle as an awesome extra in trade. Thanks! First Virginia rate pours black with a small light brown or off white head. Huge coffee aroma just like a cup o' joe, some lactose like sweetness, a little cocoa, roasted malts. Mmmm. Flavor is very espresso forward, some lactose sweetness to balance out the super earthy bitter coffee, light chocolate and roast. This is sweet but nicely integrated with the earthy espresso. Loving the coffee and lactose sugar combo. Medium mouthfeel on the thinner side (not a knock, as this isn't an impy--plus I burned the shit out of my mouth today so it may be the carbonation on the burns that make it feel thinner as it is super smooth and rich on my lips and given the low ABV this has a nice body going on) with a nice velvety mouthfeel. There is some nice prickly carbonation on this.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at barrel house - served in pint

Pours an opaque blacked out color with a thin crop of beige head. Fades out completely while leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

Eruption of sweet coffee scents with roasted beans, cream, vanilla and cocoa. Milk chocolate sweetness, dark malts and molasses.

Well balanced coffee and chocolate right up front with a milky kiss. Sweet, but not cloying, vanilla, cream and mild dark malts. Decent backbone riddled with nutty coffee beans and cocoa. Finishes clean with lingering coffee bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and silky on the tongue. Pretty impressive for a milk stout, especially with the coffee adding a completely new dimension to the profile. I'll definitely be drinking this again.

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Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured nearly pitch black, with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like strong roasted coffee, with some cream and dark chocolate and molasses. Basic but delicious.
T: It tasted like strong coffee with bitter dark chocolate, and a little molasses and cream. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a bit of carbonation. Too thin.
D: This had a fantastic coffee scent and taste, but weak body. It was easy to drink, but it was ultimately only "really good". (It would have been among the top of the style if it had fuller body.) Still definitely recommended.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Daniellobo
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good coffee stout, leaning on the lighter side but rather pleasing.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple brown label perfunctorily designed with the image of a bag of coffee beans and the name of the brew. Notes brewing with Guatemala Antigua Coffee. Shows batch code 7 29 11. Served in a snifter.

A - Very dark brown, almost black pour, short and short lived head, laving a minimal surface ring, with some isolated touches of lacing.

S - Fair coffee nose, pleasing without being too rich or complex.

T - Flavor takes it a step up without much fanfare. Fair coffee notes, a bit of lactose/milk chocolate, minimal bitter dash with a sweet layer.

M - Medium body, leaning sometimes on medium/light, with soft carbonation that provides a good tingle in the finish.

O - It actually flows pretty well and makes for a nice light coffee stout.

Notes: Nothing extraordinary but rather quaffable. The coffee itself without being extraordinary feels good and adequate and all in all it comes together nicely. Glad to have tried this one, in particular in light of some recent flops with coffee stouts.

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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 AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that looks slightly brown-hued with a tan head that faded to a very nice looking ring around the side of the beer.

S - Slight bit of toffee, some roast, caramel and a bit of coffee. Smells pretty nice.

T - Not as good as the nose. There's a bit of slight astringency at first, but it fades into a decent coffee taste. There's a bit of milk, lactose, and sweetness. It's not a world beater, but it's a solid beer.

M - Creamy, close to full bodied, lower carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Not a bad beer, but not particularly memorable. Easy to drink, could use a little bit more coffee flavor if it's calling itself a coffeehouse stout.

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Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Brown-black with ethereal beige 1/2-finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Cold cafe-au-lait aroma with strong milky, lactose component and milder espresso note. Dark maltiness plays token sweetness. Hoppiness is minimal.

T: The flavor is good but merely that with sweet latte dominating and some additional dark fruit notes.

M: Low-medium body with low carbonation and a reasonably thin feel.

D: Decent sweet coffee flavor but not much else to recommend it.

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

a: minimal head over a very deep brown ale the color of cola concentrate

s: smooth, creamy roast body with a highly caramelized malt center, residual sugar sweetness, melted dark chocolate and toffee, the coffee influence is mild - iced coffee style, delicately hopped

m: low carbonation and full, smooth body...the thickness is nice but a touch more carbonation would really help to carry it

t: smooth roasts dominate, supported by a caramel malt backbone and full dextrinous sugars, creamy chocolate presence, lingers with a mild bitterness and astringent roasts

d: a great little (heavy) stout from Williamsburg, an enjoyable drink all around

single bottle from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Food Lion in Williamsburg Saturday for $9.99. Bottled on 1-15-15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head.

Nose is coffee and sweet malt.

Taste is a sweet malt backbone infused with a nice dose of cold pressed coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

Overall a very nice seasonal that I am glad to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a very thin tan colored head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- nice balance of day old coffee and chocolate, slightly smoky and roasty, rounded out with a lactose sweetness

T- chocolaty roasted malt up front with a hint of smoke, the coffee kicks in mid-palate with some herbal & earthy flavors and continues into the finish, eventually meshing with a milky lactose sweetness, more coffee on the linger

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth, sweet finish

O- you don't see a lot of coffee flavored milk stouts, but I think that this one worked well. The sweetness of the milk stout mixes nicely wight he bitterness of the coffee

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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 ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/31/11.

A - Black carbonated liquid with deep burgundy highlights around the edges and a dark tan head that receded quickly, leaving very little lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Moderate roasted malt character with a pleasant coffee aroma. Hints of chocolate and lactic notes round out the nose.

T - Initial flavor blends mild coffee and lactose. This stout is not overly roasty as one would expect from a coffee beer. Instead, the flavor is quite sweet with just mild coffee bitterness and earthy, herbal hop notes. Finishes with just a hint of astringency in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily texture and quite a bit of bristly carbonation. Finishes with faint bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Solid coffee stout, although it's on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Still, there is enough of a coffee presence to please. Overall, this was a nice introduction to this brewery.

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Photo of hophugger
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is nice with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is slightly milder than I anticipated, with tastes of lightly roasted coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery which I have found a lot in milk stouts. Overall, a nicely flavored beer with the good creaminess and mouthful of a milk stout..

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