Kewl Beans
New England Brewing Co.

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #25
Ranked #3,453
4.14 | pDev: 6.76%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Formerly Coup Beans

The flaked oats added to the eight malts and grains in this brew add a creamy, near sweetness that cuts the sharpness of the coffee without eliminating the rich, robust flavor. A blend of Dominican and Costa Rican coffees from our friends at One World Roasters give you that "morning cup" flavor in an easy going pint of beer.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 162
Photo of Momma_Knapp
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another delicious beer by New England Brewing Co. every beer they make is created with passion! This is a great stout to have on the last night (HOPEFULLY) of stout season. YUM

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had last night at Cask Republic on tap, poured into a nonic pint glass. The beer pours out a super dark brown with a light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing. The head has great retention and takes awhile to die down.

Smell is a big roasted malt note with a little sweetness, strong coffee and espresso notes underlying. This beer has an awesome flavor, big malt notes upfront with a bit of sweet fruit. Next is just a wave of coffee, subtle sweetness throughout here. Finishes with some cocoa and a hint of char, but not much at all.

The body is superb, medium body in the stomach and silky mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the better coffee beers I've had in some time. New England really kicked ass with this one.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Wasn't a big fan of this. The coffee flavor tasted artificial and weak. It was very grainy and bitter to me. Perhaps an off-batch.

It wasn't bad, just not nearly what I expected. I enjoy Coffee Breath significantly more.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown with lighter brown around the edges; 1 finger mocha head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing, but it dissipated quickly;

S: coffee, coffee, and coffee;

T: coffee with bittersweet chocolate all the way through; finish is mildly bitter and almost all coffee;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: if you like coffee, this is your beer!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Glossy black pour. Choco milk colored head.

S: Charred, cinnamon sweetness. Grainy oats. Earthy coffee and cocoa fruitiness.

M: Nailed it. Med-body. Smooth, silky and a little light in feel.

T/O: A not so sweet Regular Coffee w/half the alc. Great coffee taste, roasted grain, choco bar, lactose sweetness. Coffee with light cream.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

A really solid amount of flavor packed into a basically sessionable beer (I guess 5.2% is a bit over the session line, but my point still stands.)

Pours a deep dark black, with only slight tinges of brown when held up to the light. One inch mocha-colored head, with very little lacing down the glass.

Tastes very nice. Fairly roasty, with tons of coffee flavor. The coffee flavor is nutty, and fairly bittersweet. The roasty bitterness mixes with the coffee bitterness for some complex bitterness, whatever that means. There's a bit of vanilla, and a small amount of chocolate.

Medium bodied, insanely drinkable. Low carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel.

A pretty great coffee oatmeal stout. It's nothing insane, just tasty and dependable.

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Photo of Bud_Man
4.96/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The next step in the evolution of Stout Trooper. New England's finest offering yet. Everything about this excels from beginning to end. A Stout hunters must have. Even the folks with different palates have been shocked by it's coffee goodness when shared...

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler straight from the brewery. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet with some roasted malts, coffee chocolate, milk, and brown sugar. The taste is dark chocolate and roasted malts upfront followed by some sweet milk and oats. Coffee throughout. Silky, light mouthfeel. Very drinkable with a light alcohol presence. Overall, a tasty, easy drinking Oatmeal Stout with a good amount of coffee flavor.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 64 oz. growler.

A: Pours an oily black with a light brown head that rises quickly with an aggressive pour. Head retention is a lot better than described in other reviews, borders on puffy.

S: Incredible full bodied coffee, the smell of rich chocolate appears as you make your way through the coffee.

T: Taste follows the aroma, coffee first followed by roasted chocolate. Real nice beer if there is any complaint it is probably my feeling towards all coffee flavored beers where as I hit my 2 & 3 glasses out of the growler I start to get the favors of old diner coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is perhaps a little thinner then I like but acceptable for the low ABV.

O: Overall very nice and one I will drink everytime they make it.

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Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler. Filled on 3/20/13.

Dark inky brown to almost black. Pinkie finger of gauzy, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Dark chocolate, full city roast coffee, peat, and licorice on the nose. Nice.

Roasted coffee and cocoa nib bitterness up front. Notes of dark fruit and caramel mid-palate. Nice coffee flavor and bitterness mixes with dark chocolate bitterness into the finish. Lingering caramel. Medium body with a nice, creamy feel. Very well made and would be a great addition to the canning line!

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Photo of davey101
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 64 oz growler into a 668 tulip glass.

A - Pours a nearly jet black body, just a hint of light passes through the very edges exposing a dark brown color. Two fingers of light khaki foam settles down quickly. Great lacing and retention.

S - This is an absolute coffee bomb. Just a huge rush of fresh cold roasted coffee beans. Throw in a bit of milk chocolate, oats and some light roasted malts and that is about it. Its eerily similar to Founders Breakfast Stout. The coffee is just so damn intoxicating with a smooth oat finish.

T - Fresh and intensely bitter coffee beans, sweet milk chocolate, smooth oats and lightly bitter roasted malts. Very basic but again, huge coffee presence. This is incredibly tasty stuff if you're a fan of coffee. The chocolate sweetness on the end seems to cut through perfectly.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation, somewhat syrupy and sticky. Rather drinkable given its low abv and single stout status.

O - Wow, this is a very impressive beer. Just an unrelenting force of coffee goodness. Its just so damn fresh and strong with a solid albeit overpowered chocolate and roasty backbone. The oatmeal element also provides a smooth and grainy body. I could just drink this every morning....

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Photo of woosterbill
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery. Thanks to Matt, Rob, and everyone who else at NEBCO who made this happen.

A: Nearly black body glows a rich, deep brown when held up to light. On top is a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention, light lace. Decent. According to the brewer the oils from the multiple coffee additions hurt the head retention, but it's still not unattractive and certainly not a high price to pay.

S: Big, roasty, nutty coffee dominates, with a hint of sweet chocolate malt underneath. Simple, powerful, and absolutely terrific.

T: Decadent coffee up front, in the middle, and on the finish. Some faint chocolate malt and fainter dark fruit notes add complexity without distracting from the coffee. Bitersweet coffee bean aftertaste. Amazing.

M: Solid, creamy medium-full body. Incredible for the strength. A couple people have complained about this beer being thin, but it finished at 6º Plato and is among the thickest 5% stouts I've ever encountered. It's perfect in this respect.

O: What a beer! My expectations were sky-high given the stunning quality of Coffee IST, and this did not disappoint. It's exactly what I want out of a non-imperial coffee stout: huge coffee aroma and flavor with enough malty body to prevent the coffee from getting the least bit bitter or astringent. Beautifully done!


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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours near black. There is some light penetrating the bottom of the glass. Skinny top of tan cream. Islands of lacing.

S-Loaded with coffee beans and burnt oatmeal. Baker's chocolate. More coffee. Roasty and slightly burnt. Hershey's syrup and vanilla.Smells more like coffee beans than actual brewed coffee which is awesome. Java bomb.

T-A cupped palm-full of fresh coffee beans. More Hershey's syrup and burnt oats. The tiniest hint of tobacco. Carbonated coffee. All the flavors mesh into one delicious amalgam of roast and vibrance.

M-Despite the rather low ABV, this ale boasts some great body and creaminess. Tantalizing carbonation. Roast-imparted bitterness. Everlasting aftertaste.

O/D-Another gem from NEBCO. Like a non-imperial Founders Breakfast Stout (a tall compliment). All about the coffee beans here. I really think NEBCO is the most underrated brewery in the nation. They are brewer-assassins; any style can be conquered by this group of fine, young gents.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a treat to have a new NebCo beer. Poured into a snifter. Color is jet black with a nice tan head. The nose is slight coffee with also a bit of cocoa (bitter). Love the taste of this one, charred coffee, the aforementioned bitter chocolate and I do believe I am getting a bit of vanilla. I think that sweetness balances this nicely. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is mild.

One of the better sessionable stouts that I have had. Well done!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black body allowing no light through beneath the thick, dark tan head which dissolves to leave a thin ring of lacing around the perimeter.

Immediately the aroma offers generous, dark roasted coffee beans combined with the roasted oat aromas one would expect of the style. As it warms there may be hints of milk chocolate as well.

The flavor offers abundant roasted malt and oats as well as copious amounts of fresh brewed coffee. There is also a touch of woody or earthy hops if I am not mistaken nd some char in the finish.

Medium carbonation and a full, chewy body highlight the mouthfeel.

Overall another tasty New England brew. These guys always seem to do a great job of sticking to the style, just pronouncing some of the character more.

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Kewl Beans from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 162 ratings