Café Royale | 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): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We age a stronger version of our CoffeeHouse Stout in Virginia Gentlemen Bourbon Barrels for 3 months. This aging adds layers of complexity including notes of vanilla and bourbon to this big coffee beer.

Added by mcallister on 08-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#709
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
769
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off tap in a tulip style glass.

The more mature big brother of Coffeehouse Stout.

Pours black and shares many of the same cold pressed coffee and chocolate notes of the coffeehouse stout, but with the added complexity of barrel aging.

Boozy up front, but not overwhelming and very smooth finish.

A personal favorite.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked open on 24/10/2015 after being cellared for roughly 9 months.

Pours a thick pitch black with a light head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, subtle espresso, and toffee. Tastes very similar. I would record this as a heavy chocolate milk with a bourbon undertone. Delicious and sweet, but not to an overbearing degree. The bourbon helps refine the mouthfeel. Has a texture similar to a chocolate shake. Overall, a wonderful experience.

Aging this beer has toned down the bourbon nose and brought out milk chocolate and vanilla notes.

2 more aging in the cellar. Will update with a 1 and 1.5 year description.

Edit: 1 year tastes phenomenal. Coffee does not fade and the bourbon presence thickens.

2nd Edit: Adjusting this to a perfect 5. The bourbon gives this more texture over time as it thickens and adds more vanilla/dough flavor to the beer. Coffee does not sour or turn to soy sauce, but adds a richness to the beer. 1.5 year was phenomenal as well.

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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 769 ratings