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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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 RunForYourBeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a thin, brown head.

S: Lots of coffee with some chocolate with some sweet caramel.

T: Lots of coffee here. Also has a bit of chocolate with some caramel in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin, but I like the amount of carbonation.

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular but has some nice coffee flavor. I don't like coffee, but still enjoyed this.

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Photo of timherremans
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep dark brown with a fairly thin, not so creamy head.

S - A fairly nice aroma of roasted coffee beans and malt. Pretty basic. Not to strong. Nice.

T - Not to complex. The roasted coffee bean is not overpowering but is bold. Some malt and maybe a hint of chocolate. The coffee is not that bad tasting in this stout, but could be improved. It is also pretty one layered tasting due to the pronounced roasted coffee bean flavor. I think it could use more malt perhaps. I have had much worst java stouts /porters.

M - Fairly thin and not creamy. Not to carbonated but it was there, felt a bit like water on the palate. One of my biggest negatives on this stout. Just to thin.

D - It's drinkable, but I would not want to drink more than 2-3 before I got tired of it. It's a bit boring and to thin for me. Does not have enough going for it to be a session drinker.

Worth a try. You may enjoy it.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin but flavorful, sweet, chocolaty Coffee Stout.


A: Opaque deep brown with the faintest ruby brown highlights. One finger persistent creamy khaki head. There was a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle which stained the last bit of the head chocolate sauce brown.

S: Pretty convincing big roasted cocoa bean up front with coffee and cinnamon notes behind, and maybe some indeterminable hops a distant third.

T: Following the nose closely... big, sweet, roasty chocolate and coffee with a now clearer dryish hopping. Finish is on bitter hops and coffee.

M: Unfortunately quite a bit thin for the style, but typical and expected of smaller operations.

D: With the thinner body body and pleasant aftertaste, I'd say on the high side for the style.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Bourbon and Canal in Terre Haute!

Appearance- Deep black with some faint mahogany glimmers on the edges. Fizzy, loose, dark beige head quickly builds and fades just as fast. No lacing.

Aroma- Light/medium roast coffee grounds, slightly acrid, dusty black malt, very slight roast, and powdered cocoa. Some earthy, herbal hops hiding in the mix too.

Flavor- Seems to lack the bigger flavor that I anticipated out of a stout to start, but powdered dark cocoa and light roast coffee flavors intensify in the middle and linger well into the after taste. Nice lingering finish brings you back for another sip...Not too sweet or overwhelming of a beer, and actually quite drinkable for a stout. Coffee flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but thats just my personal preference.

Mouthfeel- Moderate warming in finish. Med-high CO2. Starts off a bit thin but finishes with a medium-full body. Slightly astringent from darker grains that leaves the mouth a bit dry feeling in finish. Low residual sugars.

Overall- Not the big, viscous, intense coffee experience that I was hoping for after a long day of working outside in the cold, but a respectable and very drinkable coffee stout nonetheless. Theres definitely something to be said about a subtle coffee stout, and this brew speaks that language well! Almost wish I had a second bottle to chase the first with...

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Photo of JKIRBY
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this on a whim while in Southern Indiana visiting family. Knew I liked the style and wanted to purchase something local while in the area. It was worth a shot, right??

I was skeptical at first as I poured to see almost no head form. Uh Oh, what's wrong here....Color is right, no light coming through.

Hmmm, in the nose I get very strong coffee, smells wonderful.

Taste followed the smell, strong coffee, roasty, tasty!

Mouthfeel was great stout, not too thick, but plenty chewy.

I rate the drinkability really well. I'm looking forward to the rest of this 6!

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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 JoePat
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pour pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring at the edge of the glass pretty quickly.

I get a huge aroma of freash ground coffee beans and a light chocolatey malt sweetness in the aroma.

The flavor doesnt really resemble the aroma at all. I get a little chocolate but no real coffee or sweetness to speak of. It has a kind of thin sourness to it.

The mouthfeel is very thin like it is really over attenuated. On the other hand it is a very drinkable beer because of that.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in trade from khumbard- thanks!

A: beer pours a tad thin for a stout, dark brown appearance with no light passing through, thin light brown head, okay retention

S: nice roasted and coffee notes up front along with some cocoa. The grains become slightly astringent towards the end.. the finish is a little messy

T: sweet malts up front backed by heavy roast, the coffee flavor is thin and acidic, some of the less desirable coffee characteristics are dominating.

MF: this beer feels thin for the robust flavors. Perhaps a bigger body would round this beer out a little nice.

D: this beer is not bad by any means, but given the other coffee stout I have to compare it to, it falls short of many.

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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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Photo of Lukafer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Extremly dark brown/black with 3 fingers of dark tan head. Smells are coffee and that's about all I can smell. Taste is roasty malts and coffee. The finish is nothing but coffee, so if you don't like coffee you won't like this, but if you do, it's rather tasty!

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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 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 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 TheGordianKnot
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass...

A- Completely black beer that poured into a glass looking like no head would be apparent, then out of the the abyss a caramel/mocha foamy head rises to over an inch (I'm talking some X-Files shit going on here)... Then it quickly dies down to nothing and leaves a single thin ring of foam where it once was.

S- Definitely smell the coffee come through and then more or a very dark chocolate malt aroma, rather than the more overpowering black patent or roasted malt... Not too much to the nose really

T/M- To be honest, the mouth really follows the nose closely. Nice coffee presence, but it is followed by a chocolate/hint of roasted malt then almost nothing. Also, this tastes/feels like they brewed a 5gal batch of a stout (for simplicity sake) then added 5gal of water. This has a watery flavor and mouth feel. Minimal carbonation and too light of a feel round out this beer.

D- Eh, yeah... I mean, its fairly light and I could see myself being able to drink quite a few. Probably even more than some other stouts that I really like, but I think it alludes to the light factor of this beer; which though it shows higher drinkability- isn't a highly regarded feature in my eyes.

Overall, this one is kind of hard for me. I mean, it doesn't have the main components it needs to be seen as this style in my own eyes- but it isn't a bad beer per se.

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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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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 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 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 kylehayworth
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours a deep/deep brown with hazelnut highlighting the edges. No head it first, but one muster through on the end of the pour, and fades just as quickly. It was a dark tan head while it lasted.

S: Deep and roasted, but more of the grainy variety, and not roasted coffee.

T: I definitely tasted coffee, but not in a good way, it tastes like stale coffee. This would explain why you can't pick up the coffee notes in the nose.

M/D: Very thin, and flat. I can say it looks and smells decent, but the taste is not great, especially in comparison to other coffee stouts, this will be a solo performance.

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Photo of JamesS
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black/brown color with excellent initial head, but no lacing. Light scent for a stout, with some decent roasted grains coming through. Good taste, this is where the coffee flavors come out; full coffee flavor (side note: coffee is from Greencastle, Indiana) with a bit of roasted grains underneath; without the coffee, it may have scored less as the general stout flavors were weaker, but it's billed as a coffee stout and a coffee stout it definitely is; very bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit rough in the aftertaste, from the coffee and from a slight alcohol tinge.

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