Blue Bridge Coffee Stout | Coronado Brewing Company

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Blue Bridge Coffee StoutBlue Bridge Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +9.3%

I don't like that Beer Advocate has changed their format for reviewing. Not cool But here we go.

A (3/5)- Black with a red-ish hugh around the bottom of the glass. Has a thick tan head when poured down the middle of the glass, and just a fine rim when tilted. Looks like a traditional stout for sure.

S (4/5)- Dry for the most part, but it is semi sweet. It's got some milk chocolatey sweetness and dark roasted coffee in there. A swirl of the glass brings out the roasted coffee notes more. The scent is front and center, but it doesn't overpower at all. Has the dry roastyness like a Guinness or Murphy's as well.

T (4/5)- Coffee flavor is not as smokey/dark roasted as in the nose, but roasted coffee is there for sure. Sort of has a melted milk chocolate bar type flavor as well. Light dark fruit towards the end, but I might be stretching a tad to find that. Hops are not detectable, but I think that is just the style to not be hop forward. Outstanding! Drink this when cold!

M (3.75/5)- Body is towards the medium side. But it is still a very drinkable beer. Pretty crisp and carbonated as well. Finish really is dry and slightly watery like a Guinness, but not too thin. Can't complain on the mouthfeel.

Another awesome beer from San Diego. I'm convinced any beer brewed in San Diego is going to be amazing, and this one did not let up. This beer is absolutely amazing in every way possible. Would I want it on a hot day to cool me down? No. But it's a chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true. If you like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, this beer is very comparable to that, and that's my favorite beer of all time! GO GET THIS!

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bold coffee and cream, with some dry dark chocolate and smoky roasted barley.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and sweet cream and dry dark chocolate. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a good coffee stout with simple but solid scent and taste. The body wasn't right, but the finish was smooth, so it was fairly easy to drink. Nice to try, but maybe not top tier.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Orange Street brewpub location.

Pours black with a good, durable tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: black coffee with a trace of hops.

Taste: black coffee; touch of hops; faint dark roasted malts. Medium bitterness. Good coffee flavor. Very good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: thin body; smooth; medium carbonation.

O: Well-crafted, light version of the style that's is heavy on the coffee flavor

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light caramel, light nuttiness, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; with decent complexity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee stout. Good balance and robustness of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Pretty one dimensional, but nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


This pours a nice chocolaty malt brown with an off-white head tinged with light chocolate brown colors – A delight to look at


Chocaolate milk, roasted malt, coffee, and for some reason which made me smile, canned corn. Caramel


Velvety mouth- feel that lies on the heavier side and is quite welcomed. Initial dark roast flavors, malt and some slight fruit notes that fades into caramel and coffee flavors and eventually finishes slightly bitter and palate cleansing and yet leaves notes of coffee on the tongue which is really nice


This is a really good and enjoyable coffee stout. It’s not so heavy to where you’re full after drinking but also heavy enough to let you know it’s a stout. The roast flavors and coffee are rather subtle and it is balanced but perhaps a little one dimensional

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Photo of brureview
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark coffee color in a snifter with a 3F head. Very nice looking beer in a snifter.

Aroma is strong roasted coffee, which lingers for a while during the tasting.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated.

The taste is more mellow coffee than the aroma. I would have liked to taste the intense
roasted coffee of the aroma. There is also a light, almost vanilla-like quality to the taste which mixes well with the coffee.

The finish is quite good- roasted coffee on the back of my tongue.

Overall: a very good coffee stout. San Diego coffee works well in this style. I would like a heavier roasted coffee taste in future brews.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear with a ruby hue when held up to the light. The one inch cap fell relatively quickly to a thin skim of fine bubbles and a solid coating of lace on the sides of the glass. Coffee and roasted aroma, malt and brown sugar, a bit nutty with some chocolate character. Chocolatey flavour, moderate bitterness, brown sugar and roast, bittersweet, pretty straightforward. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, dry on the palate. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small tight-bubbled head. Leaves some ring and spotty lace. The liquid is dark brown but a bit of light comes through on the bottom of the glass.

Strong, harsh coffee ground aroma. Very bitter. I'm not a fan of coffee and I think this too much.

The flavor has the coffee dialed down. It's still strong and dominant but not overwhelming. The body is on the thin side and the carbonation on the high side. Overall, a bit of a one-dimensional beer--coffee without sugar or cream.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a one and half finger tan/mocha rocky head.

S: Aroma consists of coffee, dark chocolates and some earthy notes, maybe a little nuttiness in there too. Some dark malts are present as well.

T: Delicious. Notes of coffee are present but not overwhelming. Additionally, there are notes of dark roasted malts, some lactose I think, a very slight oatiness and like the nose, some earthy nuttiness.

M: Great on the tongue, not particularly carbonated, works very well with the flavors that are going on, a little slick, not too thick though.

O: Quite good. I very much enjoy this beer. This is the second beer from Coronado that I have had and it is very tasty, would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan colored small fizzy head, fades at a med pace with no lacing, leaves something to be desired, very dark molasses brown color.

Nose brings a lot of coffee, just like pure coffee extract almost, a bit of a roasty toasty coffee, little earthy, quite nutty with a bit of a peanut butter note, a bit of a roasty malt and hint of char, hint of an acrid black malt note, mild chewy malt as well.

Taste brings more coffee syrup, a bitter tannic coffee, with sweet syrupy flavors and a little chewy creamy oat feel, mild fluffy nougat but not much. Lots of nutty flavors again, peanut butter, bit of a roasty malt and hint acrid black malt, mild char, and just a touch of a chocolatey fudgey note. Finish is sticky and syrupy, little acrid coffee roast, bit of an earthy hop bitterness late, more fudgey notes as well.

Mouth is med bod but chewy and a bit creamy, lighter carb through all that.

Overall mixed, coffee seems almost like coffee syrup or extract but has a roasty tannic note as well like hot brewed and condensed, the fudgey chewy and creamy oat aspect is nice, but the sticky syrupy isn't, some nice flashes and some not so nice.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear deep brown (not black) with a what I initially thought was a fizzy head. The head however settled into a creamier consistency and had great retention and some nice lacing. The aroma was fairly weak, with only some mild coffee notes and a slight earthiness to it. Taste-wise, there was a little more coffee flavor, especially up front, with some more pronounced earthy hops towards the finish. There was a decent fullness on the palate and a little bit of a crisp hops bite on the finish. Not a mind-blower but a decent beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours a very dark, molasses-brown coloring with no head. There was no sound of carbonation when I pried the cap, either. This beer pours smooth and slick. Aromas of rich toffee, bitter coffee notes, some molasses highlights, subtle roast character, and a creamy sweetness. The nose leans a bit more to the sweet side than I was expecting, but smells good regardless. Flavors are slightly roasted forward, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the backbone. Some sweet highlights throughout, but mostly the coffee notes shine through on the palate. Very dry and smooth bodied, with no frills to distract. The aftertaste is a building roasted coffee bitterness as you go. The finish is slick and dry at the same time. Like I said, no frills, but this is a solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of theteleman
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Sprouts in Poway CA. Pours very dark blackish color. Decent lacing and a whiteish head that faded quickly. Smell is really great. Coffee, faint hints of chocolate, some nice earthy undertones too. Taste is very coffee forward, kinda reminds me of those chocolate espresso beans some people like to eat for a dessert. I found the coffee flavor on this stout really nice, its the first thing that really hits the palate and its bitterness, followed by some malts and chocolate to balance it out, makes for a very pleasent drinking experience. Not a particularly thick stout, with a pretty thin mouthfeel(very much like a cup of coffee) but even a russian imperial stout enthusiast can find a enjoyable beer in this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 ounce growler purchased this evening at Carmine St. Beer in NYC, NY.

Pours dark dark brown, loose dark mocha head, that stays decently, and then goes to a frothy film and leaves ample high tongues of stick.

Milk chocolate and cafe au lait nose.

Medium to lighter bodied for a stout.

More chocolate and muted coffee notes. Smooth, quite easy and pleasant drinking.

More coffee grounds come out as it warms up a bit. Nice stout, that worth trying...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber shared with me by @LaitueGonflable. I believe I may have given him the bottle originally, but I can't remember where I bought it from, if so.

Pours fairly dark, solidly brown in the body, but thin at the edges. Body is fairly thin. Head forms a bubbly faint ring around the edge of the glass, in a faint beige hue. Lace forms only in specks. Looks decent, no better.

Nose is great though. Lots of brewed coffee characters, slightly sweaty, but bitter with roast notes. Pleasant and bright, perhaps a very faint hint of sulphur, but it just adds some complexity. Light but very pleasant.

Light clean entry on the palate, with a slight spice character. This mellows into more roasted notes on the mid, but it's really lacking solidity, and the coffee just feels a bit reedy by this point. Finish is a little crisper, and has a touch of roast.

Feel is a bit weak, which underlines the thinness of the mid and back palate.

Overall, it's quite drinkable for its weakness, and it's pleasant enough overall. There's certainly at least some interest there. It feels a bit like it's neither committing to being light, nor is it being really rich. One way or the other and it'd be very good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 22oz into a large chalice. Black bodied with a one finger, light mocha tan head. Head retention is pretty good as it falls eventually to a frothy ring. Lacing starts off thick and tapers towards the bottom of the glass.

S- Coffee and Brown-ale like toasted malts seem to be mostly up front for me with a nice toasted nutty note. The coffee has a dark feel but not deep like espresso. Roasted grains round it all out.

T- Roastiness and coffee seems to take over here and make up most of the flavor. The dark coffee beans and deep roast barley work together to create a drinkable, lower ABV stout. Hints of toasted nuts, caramel and slight dark fruits. Slight hops to round it out.

MF- Medium bodied thickness with a moderate amount of carbonation. Silky and somewhat creamy overall texture on the palate. Finishes with a hint of roasty bitterness.

On the lighter side compared to modern day stouts but does not lack in the flavor department at all. Smooth roasty coffee and barley leads the way in a drinkable stout.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an 8 oz. glass nearly jet black except for a some ruby highlights when held up,a thinner beige head atop.Dry earthiness and french roast coffee in the nose,very dry.Dry and earthy on the palate,maybe to dry,tated almost dirty with no sweetness to counter-balance dry earthiness and roast.I like a dryer earthy stout but this may have been a little over the top in the category for me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown; head is a bit lacklustre: beige, rim of small bubbles. Lace is a bit thin and bland.

Big coffee aroma. Burnt, spicy espresso, hints of herbs, black pepper, pepperberries and juniper. Nice coffee; smells tasty.

Taste is similar to other coffee stouts I've had. Sweet, with caramel malt, touch of roast but swimming in a bit of watery malt base. Bit of spice and a touch of espresso at the back, but subdued. This coffee seems nice enough, it could totally dominate the palate and I'd be on board.

Not a bad body. Bit thin, but fair amount of texture. Good presence.

Nice flavour. Could use a bit more coffee character in there.

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Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured spent coffee grains and a touch of charcoal.

The taste consisted of dry coffee and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was light and astringent.

Overall a tasty easy drinking stout.

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Photo of taveerin
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Smooth pour, beautiful burnt walnut color, with very little head.

Strong coffee aroma very appealing and promising, can sense caramel and spice.

Taste was disappointing, a little astringent, leaving a bitter aftertaste with very thin/watery mouthfeel. Beer didn't match it's aroma. Tried it chilled and at room temperature, did not develop much character.

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Photo of Omnium
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bocktown Monaca

A - Poured a nice coffee color (go figure) nice dark brown, not your typical blacked out stout, nice light khaki color 1 finger head, medium lacing.
S - Bold coffee aroma, a little roasty malt, a hint of smokiness, some mild earthy tones, a touch of pine.
T - If you're looking for coffee flavor this is it people. From start to finish you get a rich smooth coffee flavor theres some nice touches vanilla alont with the malt, and even a low hop profile thats hidden, but welcomed.
M - Not as thick and full as you'd think, which is a nice change of pace.
O - Powerful coffee flavor and aroma in this, make this a great go to if you're into coffee, but its another good mark in the book for me as far as Corodado goes.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Time to head back to the states... not literally (I wish)... although that is what will be happening in a sense to the taste buds once I crack open this bottle of Blue Bridge Coffee Stout. Now Coronado Brewing Company has a chequered past with me since I reviewed the Orange Avenue Wit... well one cheque if we're going to be honest with ourselves, which we are, and it was with hesitation that I grabbed this at The Archive cellars, maybe we should give Coronado a second chance, he's alright that lad.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a deep dark brown espresso body with a fluffy tan half centimetre head, which dissipates to a light lacing.

S: A distinct and delightful overpowering coffee aroma from the moment beer hit the bottom of the glass. Damn straight! A coffee beer that smells like a shot of espresso was dropped straight into my pint of stout, as bad as it sounds this is exactly what one imagines when they buy a coffee beer. Other than that there is little else detectable in the aroma - espresso coffee is one powerful aroma after all.

T: Taste is a let down. And there's that realisation: it tastes like a shot of espresso dumped into my pint of stout. As in the stout is a stout like Guinness is today (i.e. with hardly any flavour at all) and the espresso shot is any espresso shot you would get from a cafe. Combine the twain and there is little beer flavour left. Like your coffee black, and your beer not tasting like beer? Congratulations - you've found your perfect beer. Want to try another taste analogy? Buy a can of the Taiwan made "Mr. Coffee", same flavour QEDB! (the 'B' stands for 'Bitch').

M: Slight watery medium body and near flat carbonation.

D: Really this is nothing special. Buy Guinness and drop an espresso shot into it - I contend you to find any difference between a glass of this and Blue Bridge Coffee Stout. Not a beer I would buy again, I feel sorry for that Coronado lad, he is a good kid after all.

Food match: If you want to drink beer in the morning like some sort of loser then this is a good replacement for coffee. Along with the bacon/egg/toast/Sunday edition newspaper (the last one to read not eat) you might be on to a winner you morning-beer-drinker loser.

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Photo of leaddog
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a jet black with one and half fingers of creamy mocha head.

Smell- coffee bean, dark chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts.

Taste- Roasted malts and coffee bean, with hints of the dark chocolate. Coffee flavour is not as strong as in the smell, but very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- A well executed coffee stout Coronado Brewing. The taste leans towards a bitter cup of black coffee as opposed to a sugary mocha latte. A smoother, creamier body could make this stout even more special.

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Photo of ADZA
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark kola hue with a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is strong coffee with tobacco and port,the mouthfeel is light bodied and over carbonated with tastes of chocolate,coffee,tobacco and finished with a roasted malty sweetness and overall it's average and would not buy again cheers.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly chilled into snifter.

Pours a deep rich brown, so dark as to be black color with half an inch of light brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of bitter coffee and ashy smoke.

Very strong flavors of bitter coffee and smoke.

Light bodied for the style with light carbonation and lingering aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer but a little to light in body and a little to heavy in smoky flavor for me. Add some oats or malto dextrin and you've got yourself a better beer.

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Blue Bridge Coffee Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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