Cherry Bean Coffee Stout | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

very good
22 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Cherry Bean Coffee StoutCherry Bean Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 02-09-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 53
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It arrives black with a thin tan head. Has rich coffee aromas and flavors with an astringent coffee finish. The coffee comes in on two levels – from the roast malts and from the added coffee and it is interesting to taste how they interweave on your palate.

 295 characters

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from kjyost, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours pretty much black, dirty dark brown head. Moderate lacing, and light retention. Nose has a beautiful coffee bouquet, creamy, vanilla and medium roast coffee. Some coffee cake/bread, mild hazelnut, good sweetness over a gentle roast. Almost smells like snickerdoodle cookies a bit. Very nice here. Taste is a bit lighter, but still fantastic coffee flavours. Lightly roasty, nutty, creamy and mild bitterness. Touch of tartness. Medium light feel, and relatively low carbonation. Really nice coffee stout, one of the better ones in recent memory.

 599 characters

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black with a dark brown head--somewhat thin but steady--and lacing is great

S: Lots of dark roasted coffee--nearly espresso; some other dark fruits mingle with the coffee including the cherry; some subtle booze notes finish the aromas fairly nicely

T: A dry bitter coffee stout and I really like it; so roasty with chocolate and coffee taking the show with just a touch of dark fruits behind

F: Creamy and rather thick--nice body for a bigger stout like this

O: I am really impressed by this beer; one of my favorites from them; really a solid roasty coffee stout

 576 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date
Hunahpu snifter

A: Pours black as night. I was surprised. Basically NO head for a beer that isn't that high in ABV. Nothing. Swirl causes a touch.

S: I get lots of coffee but that is really it initially. I was planning on pulling some dark cherry hints in there, but it's really just roasted coffee.

T: I get a good amount of coffee bitterness up front on the tongue. I don't taste a sweetness, at all. It's a lot of coffee and roast.

M: Full bodied stout.

 481 characters

Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

A nice pour into a pint glass yielded a half-inch of dark khaki foam over a opaque used oil brown-black body.

Roasted coffee and malt, chocolate comprise the nose.

More delicious coffee in the taste, along with roasted barley malt, chocolate. Some sense of dried dark fruits, not cherries. Slight sweetness is cut, and the finish is nice and dry. Good carbonation and a medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Coffee bean bitterness lingers into the long, dry finish. If you like coffee, you'll like this. It's not cherry flavored.

 570 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jakers90 for the bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours near-black with a thin light tan head that quickly subsides into a thin collar without leaving more than a spot or two of lace behind. The nose has a slight cherry presence along with a good dose of coffee and roast. Flavor has a nice combination of cherry and roast, finishing with some dark chocolate. Body is medium to a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good.

 418 characters

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another cup o' joe enjoyed in a nonic pint.

Appearance- There was maybe a half-finger of chocolate foam, before dying expediently into a ring, leaving behind no lace. The body looks as good as coffee stouts usually do, black and impenetrable.

Smell- Yes, definitely coffee roast in here. Not espresso, just good old roasted coffee beans. There is not much else to the malt, no sweet complexities to it.

Taste- A little better after it has warmed, but not by much. The positives about this beer, and the negatives, are the coffee aspect of the palate.

The positives being that yes, this beer very much has the flavor of black coffee, with cooked coffee beans making up the main portion of the flavor. Only after it has warmed does some chocolate play around at the beginning of the drink.

The back end, however, still has an overpowering roasted flavor that greatly detracts from the overall impression of what is going on on the palate.

Maybe I am just not one who truly enjoys a nice strong cup of coffee, but I feel like this could have been reigned in and maybe given more of that chocolate malt that is evident early on.

Mouth feel- This one borders on thin, and I never appreciate that in a stout, let alone a coffee stout. Yes, coffee rarely has a thick and creamy mouth feel, but this is ultimately a beer.

Something a little beefier would have been appreciated. Since it is so roasted, being thin does not help the overall impression of it's drinkability. I am not looking to take another sip as soon as possible.

Overall- Brau Brothers do not fail in brewing a stout full of coffee flavor. There is more than enough of that in the glass. It is how that coffee is delivered bare bones, with no frills, that leads to some trouble.

Maybe more creamer-like qualities and a bigger body would have helped me enjoy this offering more. As it stands, it is a serviceable beer, but not one I will be pining for again.

 1,935 characters

Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice deep black color with a thin brown head on it and some sketchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S= A nice coffee aroma to it with a stout sweetness left behind. I don't know if they used any cherries in this... I'm not really picking any up. Nice roasty coffee aroma that compliments the roasted malt in it as well with some nice sweetness.

T= The coffee comes through great in the taste. One of the best coffee stouts I've had in a while actually really well balanced in coffee and stout flavors. The cherries aren't coming through at all which makes me believe they didn't use any... pretty sure cherry bean is a coffee brand name. Could be mistaken. If your looking for cherries this isn't the place for you. The stout behind the coffee is again a nice sweeter stout with a bit of a roast but the most dominate flavor is definitally the coffee flavor.

M= A nice lighter feel to it for a slightly more drinkable stout. The carbonation is a bit on the lower side which works well for the stout.

O= This is a great coffee stout from the Brau Bros. I may be close to my last bottle on this one and I'm likely gonna pick up more. This was a homerun in my opinion if your looking for coffee. As far as coffee flavor goes I would say this rivals the coveted Coffee Bender.

 1,312 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Decent one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Lots of lacing hanging around the glass.

Smell: A fairly strong aroma of coffee up front with lots of dark chocolate. Dark roasted caramel malts with a nice underlying hint of dark cherries. A little candied sugar and wheat grains round it out. The coffee smells great, like holding some fresh gourmet beans to my nose.

Taste: A very roasty and nicely sweet taste. Lots of coffee beans and dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate up front. Some caramel, toffee, sugar, and wheat blends with a very noticeable presence of dark cherries. Light presence of hops add some bitterness towards the finish. Fairly sweet but enough bitterness to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel: Body on the thicker side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Sweet and sticky but manages to finish somewhat dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a coffee stout. The cherry flavor blends in very well with the coffee and dark malts.

 1,116 characters

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tan head. Fades to a ring. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Lots of coffee and roast. Reminds me of coffee bender. Chocolate and lots of it. The cherry beans show a bit?

Taste: Again, a lot of coffee roast. Chocolate and espresso. Vanilla and creaminess. Caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little roasty/dry.

Overall, this was the best thing to ever come out of lucan. This beer was pretty solid and enjoyable. I haven't had much that I have enjoyed from Brau, but this was tasty. A little too roasty, but other than that it was good.

 627 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark brown with a rocky mocha head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Very fruity; I know that Cherry Bean is the name of the coffee company but there is a fruity character to the aroma that complements the coffee and chocolate elements

Taste: Although the aroma was rather fruity, the taste is more traditional; starts out with roasty dark bread and chocolate elements and adds a modest dash of coffee by mid-palate; the coffee is a bit acidic and that slight flaw lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; this is not a big bodied stout nor was it intended to be, apparently

Overall: A decent enough stab at the style though there is not enough coffee and the acidity is problematic

 751 characters

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. Look great.

S - Nice earthy roasted coffee aroma, with a bit of smoke and other roasted malts. Also smells a bit like coffee with cream. Faint bittersweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Taste follows the aroma pretty closely, b ut with a stronger chocolate presence and a bit more deep roasted/slightly burnt malt. Coffee presence is string and mildly creamy. Definitely need to be a coffee fan to enjoy this, and I am.

M - A bit thinner than I would like, and a little too much acidity. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - An enjoyable coffee stout. Not as complex or creamy as my favorite coffee stouts, but I enjoyed this.

 725 characters

Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking stout with one finger of tan head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Handsome lacing is left down the entire glass.

Smells nice as well. Good amount of coffee aroma with hints of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and Milk Duds.

Taste is not as impressive as the aroma however. The coffee is a little harsh and astringent. Thankfully there is a solid roasted malt flavor to back up the coffee. Hints of bitter chocolate and burnt toast. This beer definately could benefit from some sweetness. Alcohol is not detected.

The body is weak and a little thin. Carbonation is of the fine, fizzy type.

Not the best coffee beer on the shelves but there are definately many a lot worse. Probably will not replace Redband Stout as an affordable coffee beer.

 788 characters

Photo of malty
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with absolutely no edges of highlights. Just plain black. The extra fluffy and creamy, loose head is a perfect khaki color that settles to around an inch. Lots of wide, prutruding rings of lace all the way down.

My nostrils are awakened by freshly ground premium coffee. Malted milk and a pinch of root beer are also present. Dark chocolate shavings atop whipped cream play a part in the background.

Robust coffee with a friendly bite great the palate immediately. The burnt malts are nearby to remind you this is beer. A bit acrid and acidic - like a strong premium coffee.

Mouthfeel is watery. Not at all stout-like. Carbonation is ultra fine and a bit lacking.

Overall a beer that looks and smells great, then kind of wanes. A bit jagged and disconnected, but does have quality framework. I'm glad I tried it, and only bought a single ($3).

 868 characters

Photo of frogships
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with about a half finger worth of a tan frothy head that dissipates rather quickly. Light does not get through, but it is a nice looking brew overall. Just less than moderate lacing.

S: Rather bland. The first thing I thought of when smelling this beer was a smoked porter, not a coffee stout. The coffee is very minimal alongside a slight chocolatey smell. Not very impressive.

T: Similar to the smell, the coffee is very mild, I can hardly taste it. I actually kind of have to concentrate to tell that it is a coffee taste. This fades quickly into undertones of chocolate and raisins and other dark fruits then finishes off with a bitter coffee taste. Not great.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel and it does go down pretty easy.

O: I'm rather disappointed in this beer. Surly coffee bender or bell's java stout both annihilate this. It's not even close. The coffee is way too bland to be called a coffee stout. It's not an entirely gross beer, but there are 1,000 other stouts I would rather have. I do not recommend this beer if coffee bender is an option.

 1,153 characters

Photo of elshaggy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I missed the Brau Bros. Moo Joos w/ coffee at the local beer expo, so I was very happy to see this at the store recently. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Deep black colored pour with a nice dark tan head which dissipated quickly, left minimal lacing.

My nose gets hit with that great sweet coffee scent I've only experienced in coffee beers.

The coffee dominates the taste. There is a balance of sweetness and bitter. Coffee-black with two sugars. As the beer warms it opens up fruity banana flavors, and I notice more maltiness.

It feels light for a stout, moderate carbonation and ends appropriately dry.

I like to say all the best things to drink are brewed; Teas, Coffee, and Beer. Coffee Beers are a great combination of two great beverages. Brau Bros has a solid rendition of this, compared to the Breakfast Stout I had days ago, I feel the Bros missed the stout mark. It was more like a Coffee Bender with a bit higher ABV.

 936 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Cherry Bean Coffee Stout, ale brewed with cherry bean coffee. Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Lucan, Minnesota, Population 220.
No gobbledygook, only logos, government warnings, one of those obliquitous whatchamajiggers, and the phrase, "Keep this Beer Cold!"

Solid black, fizzy tan head, trims down to a tight ring.

Aroma: rich, expressive, bitter and sweet. First comes the coffee, with cherry showing up second. Very vibrant coffee nose, in this.

Taste: fruit comes first, matched perfectly with the coffee buzz. Stout lurks below. Medium bodied, long fruity finish. Cherry stands on top throughout, coffee sits second. Bittersweet remains the foremost characteristic.

Only flaw for me is, it could be fuller bodied. A bit more thickness would go a long way. Ain't nothing wrong with it, it just has a little bit to go.

 841 characters

Photo of lurpy1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have yet to find a Brau Bros beer I enjoyed, and after a particularly bad experience with Forgotten Flem I swore off the Braus for a while. Then they wave a coffee stout in my face, and here I am picking one up. This is why I don't do casinos. I am always the guy willing to get $40 more from the ATM, because my luck is about to change.

And maybe my luck is about to change. What a beautiful, classically stout pour. And the smell, num. Great coffee profile, a little scorched in the back but very inviting.

Of course, taste is really where the Brau beers have lost me, basically with a vague dirty water taste. That dirty water taste does creep into the picture, but it doesn't completely befoul the experience. I still pick up on a bit of coffee, roast, other bittering flavors. And combined with the flavors, that earthiness isn't appealing. But at least it doesn't render the flavor terrible as it has with other beers. It just renders it OK.

Could use a bit more thickness, but well representing of a stout.

Finally, finally, I have had a beer from Brau that I enjoyed. I am still not sure about the earthy, soily taste in the beer, but I would buy Cherry Bean Coffee Stout again.

 1,192 characters

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is nice balance of roasted malt, graham cracker, coffee, and hints of chocolate. No one aspect of the aroma stands out as overpowering any other aspect which creates some nice complexity. The taste is similar to the aroma with the coffee coming through slightly stronger, but still not over powering any of the other flavors. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a really good coffee stout that I will be drinking a lot of.

 650 characters

Photo of Greggy
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours pitch black color, dark tan head. A very small amount of lacing is present.

S- Coffee, black olives, coffee.

T- Starts off with some acidic chococlate, a tiny bit of coffee and finishes slightly dry and a bit acidic.

M- Subtle carbonation works. Body overall, a bit thin per style and ABV

O- Need more coffee... a little disappointing.

 350 characters

Photo of TwinButte
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from my recent trip to Old Chicago in Sioux Falls. Served on tap, sadly in a standard pint glass.

I've been waiting for this release since I got the email from Lucan about its release and seen it at Taylors Pantry in town so I knew it was available and couldn't wait to try it. Being situated in between Brau Brothers and the source of the coffee beans in Parker SD, I really felt a local connection with this brew.

Tap arrived to my table with a lovely 3/8 inch mocha brown head. Color of the beer itself was very dark. My drinking partner could smell the coffee from across the table! Very strong dark coffee aroma but no hint of cherry at all. Mouthfeel was smooth. This is very tasty. Didn't have a chance to see or ask what the ABV was but the listing on BA confirmed my suspicion that it had a substantial alcohol content (7.5%) as I began to "feel it" after the second one.

Very impressed by this brew as I am with all from Brau. Very smooth and too easy to drink as it has no booziness at all. Highly recommend and I will be making a trip to Taylors to pickup six of these real soon!

 1,104 characters

Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Brau Bros.:
"Black, strong, and early in the morning. That describes our preference for coffee and beer. Fortunately for us, our good friends at Cherrybean Coffee Co. have helped us fuse the two into a mighty tasty beverage. Just across the border in tiny Parker, South Dakota, Cherrybean Coffee Roasters roast 100% organic and fair trade beans in extremely small batches. The coffee is hand-selected by our brewers and carefully added to this stout at several stages, from mash tun to maturation tank. Finished with an authentic Brau Bros Strain, Cherry Bean Stout is truly a unique ale!"

Just to be clear, this is NOT brewed with anything CHERRY. Just the name of the coffee roasters.

Pours a quite viscous looking solid black into a tulip. A mocha brown head leaves some small rings of lacing on the glass.

Fresh brewed coffee fills the nose. A very nice roast component to go along with some light fruit and dark chocolate notes.

Definitely a roasted coffee flavor that dominates. A light to moderate sweetness with some dark chocolate notes. The coffee is present from beginning to end. Very roasty finish with lingering coffee bean.

The mouthfeel is a little confusing to me. The carbonation is low, but the body is really dry. Kind of makes for a body that is lacking. Hard to explain.

This is definitely a beer that highlights coffee well. Drinks very well also. I think I would like this beer better if the malt and sweetness were bumped up a hair. As it stands though, this is a very well done coffee beer.

 1,527 characters

Cherry Bean Coffee Stout from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
3.84 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.