Clay County Coffee Stout | Bee Creek Brewery

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Clay County Coffee StoutClay County Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Bee Creek Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JamesS on 03-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Lukafer for this one. Luke I owe ya!

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color. One finger tan head shows good retention and finally caps the beer. Light spotty lacing left on the glass with some of it falling back into the beer.

S- Roasted malts and cold black coffee dominate the entire beer. I also get a light oatmeal aroma toward the end of the beer just in hints though.

T- Roasted malts and coffee from start to finish. The coffee is more of a espresso flavor in the front which turns into cold black coffee by the finish. There is a light sour tone that comes in quick and leaves just as quickly in the middle.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate with a long coffee finish in the aftertaste. Alcohol has some light drying on the palate. This is a coffee forward beer that is balanced in that favor. Clean tasting overall.

D- I really liked this beer. Although, I really like the taste of coffee both warm and cold. The ABV is well hidden. I would love to drink a six pack of this on a colder day. Another great creation from Bee Creek Brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

A bit rough around the edges, the mix of roasted malt and fully expressed coffee flavor is slightly demanding on the palate, but we survive for the next sip. Burnt flavors take away from the potential of any true fresh- coffee flavor. A good stout nonetheless.

LOOK: Black, minimal head

SMELL: Freshly spent coffee grounds, burnt sugar, roasted grain

TASTE: Smooth, slick, highly roasted coffee, burnt grain, dark chocolate, hop bitterness, yeast, charred raisins, mildly acrid

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Pours black, but on the lighter side of black with a tanish white head. Nice sticky lacing. Malt and coffee on the nose, with a bit of chocolate. Lots of coffee on the pallet. This beer is on the sweet side. I taste a bit of sweet chocolate and malt. Mouthfeel isn't very heavy at all, pretty thin actually, medium carbonation, but very creamy. There's really no complexity to this one, but it's very drinkable. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of sigtau200ws
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of mondegreen
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a Stone Tulip. Received as an extra in a recent trade (Thanks!)

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of head on a hard pour. Head fades quickly into a thin ring.

Nose is malty & sweet. Slightly roasty, sort of like stale coffee.

Taste is pretty sweet. A touch of bitter roast from the coffee.

Mouth is somewhat thin, but not overly so for the style.

This beer is decent, but it seems that coffee really benefits from a bigger base beer. I'm glad I got to try a brew from Bee Creek, but this one rings as moderately above average at best.

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Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a friend who wanted me to try a genuinely local brew from a little guy. I do like me some coffee.

The color's quite close to black; it doesn't look viscous, just dark. A tan head just under a finger tall is creamy but a little loose. Lacing is spotty and dropped in moderation.
The coffee in the aroma is fresh and accompanies a sturdy roasted malts backbone. A bit of wood with some char come out secondarily and almost accentuate the coffee.
The flavor offers the same roasted malts backbone and plenty of coffee with wood, though a bit of a lactic element also comes into play. There's a lightly astringent and acidic character that seems to build off the char a bit, however.
The body is about medium and a little thin for a stout. It's got some character and is pretty smooth, but creaminess is edged out by an overly persistent carbonation.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in complexion and heavy of body, this stout pours with almost no carbonation and no lace, either.

The nose is pleasantly coffee -- sweet with some chocolate hints somehow.

Taste is heavy on the coffee, with some bittersweet chocolate and even a faint hint of mild tart berries. Quite enjoyable, really, and so far my favorite from the Bee Creek stable.

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Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black. A little thin for my liking, but meets the stout profile well. A small head forms, but doesn't stick around long.

Smells like a cup of coffee, almost overwhelming. No other smells are present.

The taste is like the smell, except some hints of chocolate are there.

If you sip fast, it's very pleasant in the mouth as there's almost a chocolatey sweetness. However, let it sit for a second before the swallow to take it in, and it gets bitter quick.

Pretty good stuff, even if you're not a coffee drinker like me. Good alcohol, but no heat. Good flavors.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, picked up a single of this at Keg Liquors. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, but there isn't much lacing left on the glass at all. Aroma is pretty straight forward, it's all coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. The brew mostly tastes like coffee, burnt/charred and roasted malt, and the chocolate flavor shows up in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it is pretty thin for a stout. With that being said, it's also easy to drink. I think it's a decent enough overall brew, and I'd try it again in the future.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Tom Tap room city market indianapolis.

No head to speak of, just a few mocha bubbles around the edges. Dark as you would expect. Definitely a bit thin.

Smell is not as overpowering, yes a little coffee as expected, more just roasted goodness.

Taste is very well balanced, nothing too noteworthy in any particular area, just an easy drinking beer for those who like porters/stouts. I really like the finish on this, a bit of a caramel taste. Perfect for dark beer fix when you don't want the more robust options out there.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info so not sure how fresh. Was bought warm. Was a brown tinged black color with some surface evidence of carb streams. It had a good sized brown head that settled into a good collar and some film. Good slow sliding lace but not much sticking.

The aroma was kinda subdued for a coffee stout. The coffee ground aroma was definitely there and was the lead aroma but wasn't very strong. Not much beyond the coffee grounds except some toasted/burnt (in a good way) malt. The taste was similar with coffee leading the way as expecting. Good flavor but didn't jump out among the dozed or so coffee stout/porters that I've had in last 6-9 months. Watery tasting as well. Both the aroma and taste issues could be due to freshness but since no date on it I can't tell. Mouthfeel was light and watery. Needed more carbonation.

Overall, a fair to good coffe stout that just needed to amp the coffee a bit and then add something else to the mix so not a one horse show. Not available here in TX so I picked it up during my Indy trip - gotta support the local Indy brewers. Rotation - glad to try a new brewery but one is enough for me unless I could get an easy re-sample. Look forward to trying their flagship honey wheat next. [N;N]

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Photo of MichaelBurns
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Another6Pack
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a very thin, tan head. Leaves very little lacing. Coffee prevails in the nose with a little sweet cream and a bit of chocolate.

First taste has some sour tartness without the coffee blast I was hoping for. The relatively thin body of this fizzy stout seems to prevent the coffee flavor from standing out front. Flavor improved with warming, but not beyond average.

Overall a pretty typical coffee stout that would improve with a bigger stout to better support the quality Greencastle Jameson coffee.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high light mocha colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas coffee beans in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has mild flavors of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth but foamy on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but would taste better if it had less carbonation.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a pretty good coffee-centric stout. Poured the expected black with thin tan head. Up front was black coffee tinged with cream. Quickly following behind was a bit of sharp coffee acidity that threw things off balance for a second. Some malt sweetness crept in toward the end. But for the unbalanced acidity, would have bumped the rating a bit.

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Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rosewood colored body with an inch of cocoa colored foam. Roasty coffee grounds smell. Similar in style to an Irish dry stout with roasty malt and coffee flavors, kind of like a lighter, coffee spiked Guinness extra stout. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Any okay beer but lacks the real depth of character that the best of the style offer. I hope Bee Creek tries a few more styles suited to the more serious beer drinker, an IPA or RIS perhaps?

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Photo of Cresant
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Duvel glass. No date. The tan head sat on an opaque, dark brown body. The modest head faded to a ring and island pretty quickly.

The smell was cocoa powder and maybe brown sugar. All malts.

The taste was a bit metallic. Light coffee flavor. Hints of brown sugar.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin. The carbonation was fine and full enough. Underwhelming really.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black in color and an aggressive pour yields a full 3 fingers of mocha head. After the head receeds, you're left with sparse film and a good amount of thick lacing.

S: Big time coffee, I think brown sugar. The roasted smells are very well balanced by the sweetness. No hop presence in the smell.

T: Sharp coffee, some chocolate, roasted malt flavors. The taste is just a little let down from the smell. It's hard for me to put my finger on it, but something doesn't quite come together here. With that said, it's a tasty enough beer.

M: On the thin side of medium. Leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue and leaves behind a nice aftertaste.

O: This isn't a bad beer at all. The next time I'm in IN, I won't seek this out, but I'll gladly pick up another bottle if I come across one.

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Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with little transparency. Little, caramel tinged head. Resembles Coke Zero. A little bubbling from the carbonation.

Smell: Smells very strongly of coffee grinds, almost like coffee beans after a pot of coffee has been brewed. Very beany. Is very aromatic.

Taste: Great coffee flavor. Not complex by any means. Is very up front with the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Is pretty smooth with light carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I enjoyed the overpowering coffee flavor. It was almost like drinking a cup of coffee and was different than other coffee stouts. I couldn't definitely drink multiples of this beer but don't know if I'd enjoy a full six pack at once.

I was impressed by this coffee stout. It won't blow you away or anything but for the price I'd say it's a good buy and worth trying.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into standard pint. Thanks to some random guy at DLD.

A- Pours a deep brown with a little bit of light shining around the edges of the glass. Only about a quarter finger worth of head which recedes to nothing. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Once I cracked the bottle a burst of heavy malt to go along with a small amount of coffee. A hint of brown sugar rounds this one off.

T- The taste is a lot more subdued than the nose. The toasted malt is present to go along with the coffee but the coffee almost seems like its old. Nothing really else to speak of.

M- A lot thinner than I would normally expect. It almost seems to have a watery finish. Top that off with almost no carbonation, basically flat.

D- Probably a good thing I only had one of these, because I would have no reason to have another. Kind of wish I didn't trade a CW Coffee Stout for this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Got this from a friend during the pre-DLD times. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises coffee, coffee, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee. Damn, that's a lot o' coffee! The taste holds notes of coffee (and lots of it, boyo!), roasted malts, smoke, dark wheat, and bitter dark chocolate. The coffee remains thoroughly dominant, but in a good way. Trust me. The body is nearing a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a decent, drinkable stout, but you'd better like the coffee in your stouts if'n yer gonna try this brew...

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm over a half an hour span.

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Brown edges through the glass. No head at all. Leaves a lacing that stays around for about half the glass.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans are the dominant note here obviously. Not much else, but the coffee aroma is balanced and even a little sweet.

Taste: Bitter coffee beans and espresso upfront. Drops off drastically after the first burst of coffee flavor. Relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with some light carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: The ABV is manageable and the coffee flavor is nice, but can be a bit bitter. Pretty good drinkability.

Overall, a pretty good coffee stout. Can be a little bitter at times and is a definitely one note overall. Still a good example of the style.

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Photo of Mark000
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jthahn
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type - bottle, poured into tulip glass

A - black with a brown head, exactly what you expect from a coffee stout

S - smells more like chocolate than coffee, although these two smells tend to stick close to one another when you're talking about full coffee beans vs. grinds.

T - strong coffee/chocolate flavor

M - my biggest knock on this otherwise good beer, its a bit thin. i would expect a stout like this to be a bit more syrupy. I think the flavor might be a bit more enjoyable if it stuck with you a bit as well. the flavor does dissipate quite quickly.

D - because the flavor dissipates you could certainly drink several, but it really is a one serving type beer.

If you like coffee stouts its worth trying

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Clay County Coffee Stout from Bee Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 46 ratings