Café Royale
Alewerks Brewing Company

Café RoyaleCafé Royale
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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #55
Ranked #1,305
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Jun 24, 2022
Aug 21, 2010
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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Ratings by Oh_Dark_Star:
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Rated by howardnss from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Strong coffee/ espresso taste overpowered the bourbon barrel.
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by sd123 from Georgia

Sep 29, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Aug 12, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 19, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by mflamar from New York

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.62 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 5 by Blueskyac from North Carolina

May 31, 2019
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Reviewed by 2blikehim from Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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
Rated: 4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.52 by Fusion7777 from Virginia

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jan 19, 2019
Café Royale from Alewerks Brewing Company
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