Coffee & Cream Stout
Triumph Brewing Company

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American Stout
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Triumph Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 12
Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black color with a cap of stiff, offwhite head, good retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted coffee beans, hints of ash with a cream like sweetness. Taste brings the components of scent, dark roasted coffee and sweet cream and combines them into a wonderful drink - hints of chocolate and dark roasted nuts also present. Fuller side of medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. A very nice and highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the darkest brown (near black) color with a deep fresh ground coffee nose that's reminiscent to the amazing aroma of a newly open can of gourmet fresh dark roast coffee. An upfront sweetness moves into a smooth mild malty center and a bold but creamy cocoa grain accented finish. This is a beer for the coffee drinker like myself who appreciates the qualities of a dark roast brew but can't drink it "black."

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Photo of boatshoes
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap when I visited with a friend who was out on spring break. Probably the best beer I have ever had off of a nitro tap, though I am a sucker for both coffee and milk stouts. Turns out I'm a sucker for the combination of the two as well.

Appearance-Very pretty beer and a color that I'd really never seen before in a beer as well. Long pour off of the nitro tap by the bartender left with about a half finger of very creamy looking tan head that settled down and left decent lacing as I drank. What was most striking about this beer for me though was the color, which I found very impressive. I'm used to having coffee stouts that come out very dark looking and opaque, similar to normal stouts. However, this guy came out a very nice medium brown that was opaque. I'll be damned if it didn't pretty much look exactly like a latte. I don't know what it was, but this beer's look exuded a silky smooth coffee creaminess. Couldn't wait to give it a taste.

Smell-Smell was pretty much exactly what I would expect for a cross between a coffee and a milk stout. Lots of roastiness in the nose with mild but very prominent medium ground coffee freshness. Not terribly complex, but extremely pleasant nonetheless.

Taste-Beautifully subtle. The combination of the coffee and lactic qualities in this beer was a real winner. Lots of roasted malt and bitter coffee in this one, but at the same time an almost sweet milky creaminess to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. Much as I say below for the mouthfeel, the taste is also reminiscent of drinking a coffee milkshake. In the same way, the bitterness of the coffee is balanced by a sweet lactic creaminess. I could drink these all night.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-Oh man, this beer was an easy drinker. The taste was complemented beautifully by the mouthfeel on this beer. Coming out of the nitro tap, it was genuinely silky smooth. Without a doubt, the creamiest, silkiest beer that has ever crossed my lips. The best I can describe it is that the experience was like drinking a coffee milkshake but in the best way possible. The beer was creamy and substantial, but at the same time the beautifully controlled carbonation made it go down easy. Would have loved to have the time and cash to put back three or four of these.

Overall, one of the best coffee/milk stouts I have ever had. While I wasn't terribly impressed by the other beers I tasted at Triumph that evening, this one was a home run.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours sexy off the nitro tap. That's all I'll say to that. Nose is mild. Flavor is smooth and there are nice chocolate tones. Not real thick or abrasive; smooth and nice. Mature malt backbone. Real smooth liquid feel. Great level of carbonation. This is super easy and nice to drink. Couldn't have picked a better stout (or better beer for that matter). Period.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep dark black color with a short one finger head that lasts a bit.

Smell: coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, a heavily creamed coffee flavor, some bitter chocolate, and a prunes. The bitterness is mild and there is a creaminess that arrives late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is short but full of the flavor components.

Drinkability: very nice creamy stout that a few pints could be enjoyed in a single session. Nice beer worth trying if on tap.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Triumph Philadelphia on 8/6/08.

A - Deep black body with garnet highlights around the edges. Beautiful cascading effect from the nitro tap transformed into a creamy light tan head that retained exceptionally well and left thick, decorative lacing all around the glass. Perfect!

S - Nice blend of sweet cream and java in the nose. While the aroma is predominantly roasted malt and coffee, there are also some mild chocolate and vanilla notes, as well as some lactose.

T - Nothing too complex, but this doesn't need to be. This hybrid brew perfectly balances the sweetness of a milk stout with the bitterness of a coffee stout. Mild roasted malts mingle with chocolate and vanilla notes. Wonderful!

M - Medium body with super creamy, silky texture, courtesy of the nitro pour. Velvety and smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Mild coffee bitterness in the finish.

D - This one definitely surpassed my expectations! This is a beautiful looking brew that backs it up with all of the wonderful flavors of a milk stout and coffee stout. Cheers to Triumph for brewing this masterpiece!

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Photo of Riggsy
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to enjoy this gem with lunch on recent trip to Triumph brewpub in Olde City.

A: Dark brown to black, not quite opaque as some ruby highlights are noted. Creamy, dense, tan head is very inviting like a chocolate milkshake.

S: Coffee at first with backing of dark chocolate, roasted grain.

T: This is truly delicious. Coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit undertones combine with silky smooth mouthfeel to give an impression of drinking a milkshake. Some vanilla gives impression of actual cream in the coffee. Slighty dry in the finish to bring you back that you are really drinking a beer in a brewpub.

M: Medium bodied, velvety smooth mouthfeel.

D: Absolutely a winner. A little on the sweet side to enjoy more than... uh, two in a row. I need to get back there before they kick this one.

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Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours what appears to be a velvety, inky black, but slivers of deep ruby shine through at the most marginal margins. Two fingers of light tan mousse head drop to a quarter inch that remains even at the bottom of the glass. Thin caterpillars of lacing creep along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is nothing short of blessedly homey, with mocha roasted coffee, hints of dark chocolate, burnt bread, and dark roasted grain. Cocoa and a light lactic bite lay a frothy richness across the air.

Upon sipping, the coffee is the early leader, fresh ground, medium roasted, and rife with unsweetened chocolate and dusted with licorice. A credible sweetness then swings through, carrying dark cherry, charred sugar, and the sour/sweet paring of milk sugar. Creamy cocoa and baked dough maintain a measure of residual sweetness before a valiant attempt at dryness falls just short of crisping the finish. This is a thick, rich profile that belongs in a bigger beer, and the easy complexity is a sheer winner.

Medium bodied, it feels frothy and creamy and sweet and crisp and alluring on the palate.

The nose on this one grabbed me, with gusto, and then it all continued to pat me down and mellow me out and make me happy to be a beer geek who pressed his friends to go to Triumph when this was on tap. It's rich, dense, and extremely pleasant, and no matter where you drink it during a meal, should you be so inclined, it fits like a kid leather glove, soft and sumptuous. The flavor profile would lead one to expect a bigger ABV, but it comes in at 6%, and that makes it all the more drinkable. The only thing that stopped me from taking a growler home is the fact that it was still early when we left and we had hours to go and blocks to walk before we headed home. Still, next time I will gladly bear the burden, because having this close by would be a fine salve on any ache or pain.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm entering this from notes and submitting it as a new beer. Sorry about the time delay.

This beer pours a dark brown with dark ruby flashes when held to the light. The head is a centimeter of creamy tan that left sheets of sticky lace. Nice.

Smells of a soft and smooth coffee, toasty malts and a touch fo fresh wheat blended into a heavy cream. The balance here is enticing and delectable.

Tastes of sweet nips of French vanilla and coffee with a creamy sweetness rounded off with hints of peach. Wow. This is smoooth! Finish off clean with a sweet coffee and no bite.

Feels big and glassy, but with a silky creaminess.

As tasty as this one was, it was a little too sweet and heavy to have more of.

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Coffee & Cream Stout from Triumph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 12 ratings