Café Royale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

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

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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coffee story. I am not a coffee drinker, still excellent coffee. A lace sheet. Wafting coffee aroma. Dry roast, sugar and milk, black body, coconut from barrel. Medium mouthfeel. Best is its not acidic.Cafe brulee and slight bourbon.
Radek's bottle.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a thick black looking brew with a tan colored head on top. The head fades rather quickly just leaving a foamy ring around the edges of the glass. The smell of this beer is pretty impressive. Lots of sweet caramel, vanilla and coffee notes. The taste is great. Lots of Vanilla and Chocolate notes with some sweet roasted malty caramel and coffee to bitter it out in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick feeling with a light carbonation level. Overall this is a damn good brew. I'm starting to like Williamsburg AleWerks more and more.

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with just a few tan bubbles on the surface that died down rather quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process. Not many chocolate or coffee flavors are present; these only become noticeable once the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a bourbon barrel aged ale, this beer is very aromatic and flavorful for a relatively lighter body stout so it is rather drinkable considering its strength. The only drawback is that the bourbon obscures the coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pour almost pitch black with a modest tan cap; some streaks are left behind

Smell: Coffee, caramel and milk chocolate buttressed by the Bourbon and vanilla tones

Taste: The coffee leads the charge, with the caramel and milk chocolate not far behind; by mid-palate, the Bourbon and vanilla add another dimension, with the flavors all merging into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the more nicely balanced barrel-aged stouts I have encountered; this is really good

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity to re-visit

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch from 2013. An unfortunate cherry tartness coming in and sourness taking over the aroma. Too bad as it seems the base beer is very good.

Just beware of aging. Seems like there are other reports of sourness beyond mine.

- Revised. Infected version was no bueno. New and fresh, this is solid.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of very nice aromatic coffee notes with some light bourbon notes and light vanilla. Taste is a very smooth mix of bourbon and aromatic coffee with well rounded roasted malt with light vanilla and bourbon finish. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and some good carbonation. Very well brewed with great balance and easily drinkable while being quite complex at the same time.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown + garnet highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of freshly brewed coffee. That is quickly followed by moderate flavors of milk chocolate which contributes a moderate amount of sweetness. There is a moderate to strong flavor of bourbon and vanilla with just a hint of oak. Minimal amount of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Hints of alcohol warming from the barrel-aging in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink, hiding the alcohol very well with the exception of the bourbon flavors. Wonderful aromas of coffee and bourbon which are quite complementary with the milk chocolate sweetness. So glad that I finally got distribution to this brewery as I have wanted to try this one for a while. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Poured into founders snifter

Pours a small layer of an head. Fades to a ring and leaves some thin lace rings on the glass.

Aroma: A big amount of bourbon with vanilla and chocolate up front. Very rich and smooth. Some oak flavors as well. Some roasted malt shows as well. The coffee in this beer is fairly rich, but it goes well with the bourbon.

Taste: Very bitter coffee up front, but as it fades away the bourbon and oak come in. A healthy dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Not as much roast shows here. The bourbon provides a nice warming feel to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, clean. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted, but clean.

Overall, a pretty solid coffee stout. The coffee is fresh and the bourbon shows enough but doesn't overpower the beer. It is pretty drinkable as well. This was a fun one to drink and I would recommend it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tick thanks to bifrostguard.

Blackened with a mocha head, appealing but typical of the style. Coffee and creamy sweetness are prominent on the nose. There's a ton of vanilla and brown sugar; it smells very sweet for the relatively low ABV. The coffee character isn't reminiscent of freshly roasted beans like Founders Breakfast Stout, it's more like brewed coffee; perhaps a bit stale smelling in contrast, and somewhat acidic. It's coffee forward on the tongue, but equally sweet and quite creamy. The combination of coffee and milky sweetness makes me think of one of those syrup-laden Starbucks espresso drinks. Bourbon barrel aging has contributed a ton of vanilla, though little oak or heat. It's a mellow beer, very sweet but not particularly heavy. The finish is mild, creamy, and never quite dries up. This is solid, but nothing special.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy head fades quickly, decent legs, pitch black.

Nose big fluffy nougat, caramel and candy bar, big spicy hops, little toasted coffee and roast, hint fudgey, little acrid.

Taste big caramel, fluffy nougat, candy bar, little coffee, fudgey, chewy oats, char, hint of vanilla barrel whisky thing, charred oak, bitter earthy spicy hops, nice barrel, vanilla coconut, toasted, little sweet malt. Little nougat biscuit toffee candy. Finish is dry but sticky hint of booze, little caramel, late is burnt charred coffee and malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod creamy, decent carb, just a hint of carb.

Overall pretty nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as an oil slick with a thinner creamy beige head.Chocolate covered nuts and sweet bourbon in the nose,very rich aromas.Creamy smooth in the mouth and quite chewy,very nice.Chocolate and dark fruit flavors abound with more of the nuttiness,the bourbon hits in the end giving a vanilla tinged finish.A rich dessert-like work of art,a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired from mtanoury74 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, some lactose and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and creamy with flavors of coffee, milk chocolate, lactose and some licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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