Café Royale
Alewerks Brewing Company

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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #50
Ranked #1,324
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Yesterday at 11:09 PM
Aug 21, 2010
Café RoyaleCafé Royale
Notes: Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

Brewed with locally roasted coffee and aged in VA & KY Bourbon barrels anywhere from three to twelve months. Each barrel is tasted individually to determine the vintage's unique blend; the sought profile is a palatable booziness softened by a dense, creamy sweetness with loud notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Strong coffee/ espresso taste overpowered the bourbon barrel.

Yesterday at 11:09 PM
4.16 by sd123 from Georgia on Sep 29, 2021
4.18 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

500ML bottle, born on 2/11/20, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F:
L - dark with a hazelnut head that mostly faded
S - coffee and bourbon
T - bourbon, chocolate, coffee, a bit of vanilla
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - probably the best milk stout I've ever had, very nice with balanced flavors and not too sweet

Jul 06, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has a strong coffee aroma to start with vanilla and bourbon. There is a low level of sweetness in the nose with some roast and chocolate.

Taste: It has bold flavors of coffee and chocolate. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial flavor and throughout. It has low levels of vanilla and bourbon. There is a very low level of wood in the background. There is some subtle roast.

Feel: It has a silky, creamy texture with a lightly sweet finish.

Overall, the bold flavors really make this a flavorful beer with some nice alcohol warming.

Jun 18, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a large bottle into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of light brown head before soon fading to light lacing. Deep brown color, effectively opaque. Smells of bourbon, but gently and not in-your-face. Taste is malt background, slightly sweet coffee, and bourbon. Not boozy or extreme bourbon. Very yummy. Just shy of medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall a really great coffee/bourbon stout, probably need to find another.

Jun 07, 2020
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 19, 2020
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 27, 2020
4.25 by mflamar from New York on Feb 08, 2020
4.43 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Oct 04, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by akaizer from Virginia

Pour has a luxurious 1/2 dark foam head that quickly settles down to leave a dark black-brown that beckons. The scent is deep with bourbon with a hefty bit of sweetness. The taste follows with a full bodied and smooth bourbon and vanilla flavor profile that is pretty equally balanced. A bit surprisingly, nothing lingers too long, leaving plenty of room for another sip.

Aug 13, 2019
4.62 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jun 30, 2019
5 by Blueskyac from North Carolina on May 31, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

I've had six Virginia brews and they've all been a hit. What are the chance? Do the brewers in VA really know what's up?
This treat in particular I would trade for again!

Apr 21, 2019
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by 2blikehim from Virginia

I’m new to the whole beer thing, but this is a sweet(?), creamy stout, with a very pleasing aroma and a wonderfully smooth flavor. Bitterness isn’t even in the vocabulary here; totally nonexistent. I do love my stouts and porters and this definitely ranks right at the top.

Apr 10, 2019
4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 22, 2019
3.93 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Mar 17, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Deep, opaque black with a dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing
S - a solid amount of roasted coffee notes along with roasted malt and sweet chocolate
T - Follows the nose: roasted coffee and roasted malt followed by sweet chocolate and a sweetness from the lactose. Slight hints of nuts and vanilla as well. Not really getting too much bourbon - maybe a little extra sweetness from it.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, smooth
O - A really nice coffee stout, but I'm not really sure this one needs the bourbon barrel aging as it doesn't really enhance the flavor profile.

Mar 17, 2019
4.52 by Fusion7777 from Virginia on Mar 16, 2019
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Jan 19, 2019
4.24 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 13, 2019
4.18 by MJSFS from Florida on Jul 20, 2018
4.47 by mnine from California on May 27, 2018
4.63 by Ddeck212 from Virginia on May 27, 2018
4.49 by markjknowles from Oregon on May 22, 2018
4.72 by BrookW from Virginia on May 17, 2018
4.43 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 05, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Radcpa from Washington

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a very nice bourbon with an equal amount of coffee. Taste is also a pleasant blend of bourbon and coffee.

Apr 24, 2018
3.81 by hophugger from Virginia on Apr 23, 2018
4.1 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Apr 22, 2018
4.25 by McBraniel from Virginia on Apr 21, 2018
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 13, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Almost_retired from Virginia

This is a very good stout. Good nose and very satisfying flavor. Alcohol bite well hidden. Outstanding mouth feel. Tried this stout in the brewery and subsequently purchased a growler.

Apr 07, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

Cafe Royale - Williamsburg Alewerks
BBA Imperial Coffee Milk Stout - 8.4% abv
Purchased for $6.49 at Growlers to Go, Richmond, VA

L - 2-finger hazelnut head atop a dark brown opaque body.

S - chocolate milk, coffee, nuts, vanilla sweetener, roast.

T - follows the nose. Moderately sweet, zero booziness, zero bitterness.

F - medium body with medium-low carb.

O - very good, but a bit too sweet and the barrel doesn’t have much of an influence.

Mar 29, 2018
5 by ryanmextorf from Virginia on Mar 17, 2018
4.5 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 20, 2018
4.28 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 31, 2017
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by TijuanaTovar from North Carolina

Poured at 50F from a 01/17 bottle. At almost the 1-year mark this is drinking SUPERB!

I like to compare brews and this is identical to BCBS. At 8% + it drinks like a bigger beer but def taste like an 8% but the alcohol is well hidden. Full body. Fudgy brownies dipped in bourbon. Need to find more ASAP!

Dec 25, 2017
4.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Dec 21, 2017
4.34 by SBlobaum from Illinois on Dec 21, 2017
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