Café Royale | AleWerks Brewing Company

Café RoyaleCafé Royale
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Café RoyaleCafé Royale

Brewed by:
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: 749 |  Reviews: 182
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Ken. Thanks! Pours black with a half finger creamy mocha head. Aroma of bourbon, earthy coffee, chocolate, oak...a bit heavy on the sharp bourbon smell. Flavor is roast up front, a little sweet lactose, with a straight bourbon finish. Not much coffee to taste. There isn't much else going on here. Velvety smooth with medium carbonation, and medium bodied. Overall I am psyched I got to try this, but these lighter stouts and porters just can't stand up to the bourbon. I can't get into this one. Meh.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very light and creamy brown head. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black and appears a little slick on the surface. The beer smells tend to be distinct but mix very well.

The smells vary from milk chocolate, bourbon, cocoa, and a bit of an alcohol note as well. The alcohol note is very minor but the bourbon smell is fairly strong compared to the other notes. However, the milk chocolate taste takes over it as it warms up.

The taste is a different from the smell in that the bourbon taste is not as strong as the smell. The milk chocolate taste actually dominates the tongue instead with the bourbon complementing the taste. Other slight notes include cocoa and a bit of a dark fruit taste as well. The beer taste also has a very strong vanilla note and a little bit of oak as well. There is also a slight boozy taste to it as well.

The beer feels surprisingly smooth such that it also feels creamy and heavy bodied.

Overall, a pretty good sweet stout and worth getting when it's available.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bomber. Heard nothing but good things about it, excited to get it into my snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin tan head. Sone spotty lace sticks to the glass and tan clarity is seen around the edges.

The aroma for the most part is quite muted but as it warms and the glass is swirled notes of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and an oatmeal sweetness like freh grain emerge along with some caramel. This boasts an overall sweet fresh graininess about it and the other expected character is downplayed quite a bit.

The tastes includes plenty of oaky bourbon. Some coffee and burnt chocolate. A little raisony with dark fruity alcohol blending to something more along the lines of molasses. Caramel and toffee are noted more towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It was decent but not as good as I was expecting. All the advertised flavors are present in equal levels but nothing really stands out to make it memorable.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.6% out of 100 with 749 ratings
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