Coffee Stout | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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
Reviews by daledeee:
Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from an Iowa beer company.

This pours very black with a nice light tan head and lacing.

Nose is coffee.

Very strong bitter coffee taste. Malts contribute to this I am sure but the bitterness is really up front.

Mouth feel is a little thin, but I hate to discount it much since it should not be compared to the big 10% stouts. Overall, this is a well done beer and quite affordable and available for us.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean dark brown with highlights of dark copper along the bottom edge. A Texas toast-thick slice of caramel nougat colored foam looks pretty good up top and is doing a wonderful job in the glass decoration department.

Even though coffee dominates the nose, there is definitely some roasted malt peaking through. Power is fine as well. If CS can bring it home on the taste buds, this might be the best beer that these guys brew.

My opinion of Mad House took a major nosedive after the abomination that was Iowa Grown IPA. Thankfully, Coffee Stout does some major repair work on their reputation. This is a tasty ale that does the sub-style proud.

As in the aroma, java is large and in charge, though far from over-the-top. Bittersweet chocolate is right beneath the surface, adding that crucial second flavor element. Hop flavor is on the low end, which is fine for the style, but the little green cones contribute just the right amount of countering bitterness.

A bit more barley ballast would have helped. That said, this is MBC's best mouthfeel beer, hands down. It gains a hint of light creaminess over time, and the bubbles are good from first ounce to (haven't yet reached, but I'm guessing) last.

If deciding to round up both the taste and the overall scores makes me a homer, then guilty as charged. Kudos to Madhouse for showing that they actually do know how to brew good craft beer (Pastime Pale Ale is worthwhile too). My suggestion would be to forget about a seasonal release and make this one year-round.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin tan head and a single lacing ring.

Smell: Caramel-flavored coffee, chocolate and molasses. Smells a little sweet.

Taste: Starts off sweet with caramel, milk chocolate, molasses and light touches of coffee, but then becomes fairly bitter with espresso, dark chocolate, spicy English-style hops and a roasted bite.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. A little harsh, and not nearly as smooth as desired.

Overall: This is a pretty full flavored Coffee Stout. However, the abrupt shift from sweet to very bitter is a little harsh and makes it hard to want to return to this.

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Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of bditty187
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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 emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color, and appears black in the glass. Long lasting retention and plenty of drippy lacing crowning the glass. A generous skim remains on the surface for the duration of the glass.

Earthy roast coffee, dry bittersweet chocolate, mellow roasty aroma.

Creamy feel, no astringency, a light bitterness lingers from the earthy roast and bakers chocolate notes. This beer is fairly dry actually with a dominating dark chocolate and coffee combo. Pleasant and tasty, rich in flavor and thankfully mellow without the sweetness and astringency that coffee stouts can occasionally have. Reminds me a little of Founders Porter with coffee.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Garvey
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with an average sized, frothy, smooth, creamy, sandy beige head. Decent retention leaving a thin, creamy lace.

S - Definitely dominated by roasted black coffee. Touches of roasted malt and chocolate but it plays second fiddle to the coffee. A faint smokey/peaty and earthy aroma.

T - Like the nose suggested, the flavor is dominated by dark, roasted coffee. There is a slight coffee astringency, but not too much. Slight creamy and mocha flavors along with the normal coffee. Mid sip to finish there is more of the slight smokey/peaty flavor along with a slight tartness. Slight bittersweet chocholate toward the finish as well.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very slick and smooth.

D - Goes down easy with a good body and nice taste. A little too much coffee to have me want it on a regular basis, but nice enough flavor.

Notes: Tons of coffee flavor. Not bad flavor, although it is a little too unbalanced toward coffee. As I was really disappointed in the IPA, I wasn't expecting much, but it ended up being a decent beer. Still could use some tweaking, but it seems like they learned a bit from the IPA. I liked it, but can't see myself getting it regularly (both for the price and the unbalanced coffee).

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Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a sexy, opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head developed and dissipated to leave trails along the glass, a bubbly film, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: I could smell the coffee when I popped the cap. And, yes indeed, the smell delivers on the namesake: there is a backbone of roasted coffee. It is a cross between straight black and mocha, and it induces wonderful flashbacks of Stockyard Stout. Chocolate malts balance the roasted character nicely.

Taste: Massive coffee presence. Just massive. It gives the beer a taste comparable to straight black coffee -- albeit with a much more beer-like body and mouthfeel. Though I love it, it may be a little too much. Mid-pint, though, sweeter chocolate and caramel malts dampen the bitterness. Each sip leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste lingering on the very back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is probably the best coffee-infused stout I have had to date. It is tasty stuff, but an affinity for coffee characteristics is required.

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Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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 JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bill_rue
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of birchstick
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a brownish color without much of a head on it

S - the nose consists of rich coffee and chocolate malts without much else.

T - starts off with dark chocolates that fade to a nice roasted malt. Coffee is strongly mixed in at this point as well. On the finish I got some piney hops that I didn't detect in the nose. Ends with coffee lingering for a while. Pretty good.

M - thin body would some burning carbonation on the backend

D - this is a decent coffee stout. Nothing too crazy but delicious in its own right. It was everything I expected it to be and a bit more. Worth a shot if you are in the Hawkeye state.

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Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mdcrouser
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cpolking
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a seasonal release from the Madhouse Brewing Company of Newton, Iowa and is made with mocha java coffee from the U.S. Roasterie in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 6.0% ABV beer pours pure black with a tall and thick head of foam that is light brown in color and leaves uneven lacing, thick on one side and light on the other. The aroma is dark roasted malt and coffee with a hint of sourness on the end. The taste is intense, dark, roasted malt and coffee, just a hint of sourness, with a dry finish and just a bit of bitterness compared to the intensely roasted flavor. I am not a fan of stouts that are overly sweet. This is strongly flavored and finishes dry. A very good American stout.

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