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Coffee Stout | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Coffee Stout is rich and smooth with just a hint coffee flavor. It is crafted using five different malted grains, which results in dark color and flavors of chocolate and heavily roasted malt. We then partnered with Des Moines based U.S. Roasterie to select a Mocha Java coffee to add depth and flavor to beer. We think it turned out great and hope you will agree!

40 IBU

Added by FreshHawk on 02-27-2011

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes; drank several years back.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black hole; no light passes.

Small dark khaki head which dissipates; thick lacing throughout.

Creamy smell with notes of coffee. Smells good!

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste is of coffee & cream; light hops on the back end add an edge. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Solid entry in the genre.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into clear glass coffee mug. Deep brown color, with a substantial dark tan head that lasts quite a while and leaves a touch of spotty lacing. Aroma and taste are very coffee forward (the "just a hint..." in the brewer's notes notwithstanding). Dark roasted espresso bean, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and nice coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky and full, finish is clean with a little lingering bitterness. There is a bit of acidic tartness that is right in the coffee drinker's wheelhouse. Overall, this is an excellent brew. The strong coffee presence might be off-putting, but you can't say you weren't warned!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2.99/5: Dat bitterness doe...

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled yesterday on 11/28/15. This one came in a 650ml (22 ounce) single bottle from Hy-Vee for $5.49. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "STORZ" 12 ounce snifter.

Brew pours a pitch-black in color with a good 1+-finger creamy beige head. Lots of sheet-like lacing is seen after each sip that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of fresh brewed black coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste pretty much follows the nose with the first 2 sips being slightly bitter but was much better after that with maybe a very light hint of some cocoa powder also. Not much at all if there was actually. Medium to full-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdcrouser
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Garvey
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coffee Stout pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong fresh coffee aroma. The taste has a nice mellow coffee flavor, with very mellow toasted notes. Weaker flavors overall, but noticeable coffee flavors. Overall its an easy drinking coffee stoutl

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Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GFG
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour out of a bomber bottle. Dark black pour with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of coffee is instant with a little dark chocolate on the nose. First few sips were a bit too much bitter coffee but the longer that this one sits the better it starts to taste. Would buy again.

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Photo of QCABeerTour
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hedgepigtails
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A regular offering from one of the dozen or so promising breweries that opened up in Iowa just as soon as I moved out of state. Just my luck...

Pours very thick, and a little aggressively fizzy for a coffee stout. Still, it's a pretty pour: jet black with a big mocha head.

Smells rough and burnt, like a nice porter. No real coffee nodes of which to speak, instead there's smooth chocolate, bitter barely, and some bittersour grain. Nothing too strong, and a little atypical for the style, but it's still nicely balanced.

Tastes a bit sweeter and smoother than it smells. The coffee is muted but there, and backed up nicely by sweet milk chocolate, and it all ends on a combination of bitter barley and dry hops.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a three finger head of bubbly, light brown foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee and chocolate. Neither aroma was dominant.

T - It tasted of coffee, mocha-like flavors. Some toffee flavors with touches of caramel.

M - It was a little soft and creamy. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a a very good tasting coffee stout. The best of the 3 Madhouse beers that I've tried.

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2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn’t expecting much… pours dark brown, near black with some coppery-ruby highlights. Beige foam was short-lived but a soapy collar lasted the entire “consumption.” So far the beer looks the part.

The first sniff of the nose impressed me, lots of roasted coffee goodness. It wasn’t weak, it wasn’t watered down. It was full on coffee, very nice. At the back I got the faintest hint of metal and some off aroma. I let it warm up more before I smelled it again. The off aroma was clearer, sort of a grassy/hay/gerbil food aroma. Kind of gross and ultimately hurt the depth of the nose.

On the palate the toasty, roasty coffee characteristics shined upfront but the finish was polluted with a grassy/gerbil food taste plus an off-putting charred flavor. I wasn’t impressed with the flavor profile. Yes, the coffee flavors were likeable but overall I didn’t find this beer enjoyable and was unable to finish the bomber.

Decent mouthfeel, medium-full with the right amount of carbonation; probably the best aspect of this beer.

Madhouse has yet to impress me. Maybe this beer is off but I don’t think so. I’ve had it before, on-tap, and was left underwhelmed. Okay at best.

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Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near black with a thick and steady light brown head--frothy and billowing; lacing is great

S: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and of course coffee; some subtle dark fruits lingering beneath, as well as something metallic

T: Coffee up front and then something a bit medicinal, herbal, and slightly metallic comes in--the roasty malts, chocolate, and coffee shine but there is something a bit odd beneath the surface

F: Nice medium body up front--though it is a touch thin on the back side

O: A decent coffee stout that I would like to try a bit fresher (though this one was hardly old)

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Coffee Stout from Madhouse Brewing Company
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