Coffee Cup
Common Roots Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #957
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,809
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
98
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Common Roots Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Notes: A double coffee stout made with cold brew coffee and flavors of chocolate and caramel.
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 98 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice coffee stout from Common Roots. Not super rich in its body, and not much head. It feels a bit thin going down, but for some people, that might be refreshing in a stout. It still manages to pack in a good amount of coffee flavor, which came through for me nicely in the smell when the can was cracked. I would definitely drink it again, but it wouldn't be the first stout I reach for. Personally, I preferred "Snowy Day" by the same brewer...

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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 12/27/19 so less than 2 months old. label indicates brewed with cold brewed Kru Coffee Roasters coffee.

pours inky black, tan colored head that fades to nothing rich coffee aroma that is bold but not overly roasty if that makes sense - like cold brew coffee. dark chocolate in there too. similar flavor - mildly sweet, a touch of dark fruit flavor too. medium to full bodied. mouthfeel is a little oily.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-ebony can pour with a thin foam cap and a light espresso aroma. The flavor is semi-sweet with dark chocolate, caramel and coffee throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body is relatively thin for the style. There is a touch of alcohol heat. I like it.

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Bluecrow from New York, Feb 21, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2d review of brewer, 27th of beer... Craft expected in Glens Falls! beautiful Valley town on way to Vermont.
a) Looks work, dotty lace over ample khaki head over brown-black opaque body.
s) Roast is in the smell, smokey, along with the coffee and caramel.
t) However, the taste is too sweet and lacks enough roast and/or hops to balance, so it's finely made dessert beer.
f) Thinner than the best Imp Stouts.
o) If wish dessert stout, challenge this to Carton Cosmonaut, etc. If wish imperial stout, better are roastier and fatter.
Still well enough crafted.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Feb 18, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a beer that's called Coffee Cup, I was rather let down by both the lack of coffee aroma and flavor. It smells much boozier than the 9% ABV suggests and tastes rather hot as well. As an imperial stout, it's fine, but as a "double coffee stout", it misses the mark.

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Antg8989 from New Jersey, Dec 27, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Spieglau stout glass. Looks jet black with a dark khaki colored head. Head is full and creamy. Smell is reminiscent of earth,malts,coffee,caramel. Taste espresso coffee,toffee,cola. Feels full to medium bodied, mildly viscous and chewy. Overall a very good coffee based stout. This beer is good but somewhat run of the mill. Coffee stouts are too common in my opinion.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Nov 14, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A pitch black color on the pour with a shallow head of off-white foam. Not terribly floral and I really only get malts. The drinking hits with lots of chocolate malt upfront. Nothing close to how coffee forward I expected this to be and I'm really finding the coffee note to be rather lacking which really takes away from the beers whole concept. Decently smooth on the flow with a semi-bitter finish. A moderate mouth feel that drinks dry and the abv is well hidden. Additional notes of cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt toast, anise, and cola.

Overall, just not impressed here. It drinks ok for a standard imperial stout but that is not what it's suppose to be.

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beerloserLI from New York, Nov 13, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Thick lacing.

Roasted malts and coffee in the nose. A little sweet.

Very similar taste. Roasted malts, breakfast-roast coffee, touch of chocolate and a kiss of caramel.

Medium bodied, slick feeling, with some fizz to the carbonation.

Nice, drinkable, middle-of-the-road coffee stout.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Aug 03, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why is it that I haven't reviewed a beer on this site for years? Is it the obvious grade creep where nearly everything is 'wonderful', rating 3.5 to 4.2? Rate beer, for all its bizarrely reconfigured ratings, is much more realistic. Or the obvious reluctance to ever rate anything more than .2 points lower than the average as agreed on by everyone else? Or is it a profound disgust at the fact that so few of us have the cojones to actually say what we think? In any event, I rate this stout as an average 2.5. It is unfortunately thin bodied, mild flavoured, generally having a modest flavor of the coffee urn although it hides its ABV quite well.

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migwell from Massachusetts, Mar 05, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with with a creamy brown head. Great retention. A silky film covering the top remains. Lots of lacing is left along.
Smells like fresh dark roasted black coffee, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt toast, toffee, some nuttiness and smokiness.
The taste is a lot of silky dark chocolate with some dark roast coffee backing it up. Lots of burnt toast, bitter chocolate, chewy caramel, nuts, smoke, and a hint of vanilla.
Silky and soft mouthfeel with light carbonation. Feels almost nitrogenated, except not watery.
A superb double coffee stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very heavy coffee taste in this beer. Not overly viscous with a medium body taste. Drinkable at levels of ABV, but pretty thin compared to other similar profile beers.

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npolachek from New York, Feb 11, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent roasted double coffee flavor from local Kru roasters. Might be the best offering from Glens Falls, NY brewer Common Roots. Slightly thinner profile than Founder's Breakfast Stout, but no less enjoyable. A solid coffee stout.

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JdubsNY from New York, Jan 26, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan colored head that died down, leaving a very thin film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a little stronger flavors of coffee beans and chocolate along with slight hints of caramel-like sweetness. Only a faint amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a very nice balance between the coffee and chocolate flavors. It also does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol. This is a nice way to start your morning.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Nov 11, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018-11-06
16oz can served in a pint glass. There is something stamped on the bottom of the can, but I can't read it.

Pours black -- thick and black -- with a smallish head that fades quickly to a ring. Medium amount of very fine, slow carbonation. Smell is coffee with a hint of caramel.

Taste is strong coffee, with more than a hint of caramel. Roasty, almost smokey.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall, very nice.

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snaotheus from Washington, Nov 07, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Midnight black (well, an opaque dark brown) with an initially thick, creamy light brown head, but that soon faded to a bare wisp with no staying power or lacing. The aroma exuded strong coffee ground notes riding atop a sweet chocolate base. The flavor mimics the aroma but in a slightly subdued manner; sweet, bitter; coffee. Heavy body; silky and smooth.

Despite the head limitations, the overall appeal of the beer is exceptional. It does a find job melding the coffee and rich dark grain sweetness into a well-balanced and pleasing combination.

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beergoot from Colorado, Jul 08, 2018
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3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$11.99 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.749/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 7/8/18.
Stamped on bottom of can “05/01/18”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, opaque.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.3 cm, aggressive center pour), brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Aroma – 3.5 - Coffee and roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, a lingering roasted maltiness.
Flavor – 3 – A little coffee, a bit of chocolate. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25 - Another unremarkable coffee brew. It looked OK but had no lacing. It smelled OK but was weak. The flavor was indeed a mixture of coffee and chocolate with a bit of roasted malt but wasn’t markedly different than any other coffee stout. The palate was as expected. Overall, overpriced at $7/can before adding shipping.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jul 08, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am really starting to get excited when my newest Tavour box is ready to be delivered! I signed up shortly after the beginning of the year & while I was initially kind of indiscriminate, I am now (mostly) limiting myself to CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm). This is another one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Double Coffee Stout"; "Made with Kru Coffee"; "Double Coffee Stout infusd with local cold-brewed coffee from Kru Coffee Roasters. Brewed with specialty malts to create rich chocolate flavors and balanced caramel notes."; "keep cold[,] drink fresh[,] share with friends".

As to that last, my Tavour bombers get shared, but only the empty CANs get passed on to Jeff Lebo for his CAN House.

The Crack! upon opening the vent was nice & loud, but it was still a Pint CAN & I am gun-shy about cleaning up messes, especially as the evening wears on. I went with a slow, steady Glug, but it was still inclined to perform a pseudo-cascade as I poured. It slowly settled in to two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head. Color was stygian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was nice - a balance of medium-to-dark roasted coffee with drying tobacco. No smoke, no chocolate, no fudge. This was VERY close to my morning drip coffee as a U.S. Navy retiree. I like my coffee fairly roasty, but commingled with some flavored coffees. This was like taking a mixture of roasts and running them all through the same filter. Definitely coffee, but unadulterated. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, a little on the thin side for the style. The taste was undeniably coffee, bit as I postulated on the nose, it was like a blend of roasts from mild/light up to French Roast. I will occasionally brew up a pot like this, especially of Giant Eagle house brand coffee, but I am currently out. It takes a bit of playing around to get the right ratios, but if I do not fell like oversampling with French Roast and light roast just isn't going to do it, then something like this is great. If it is over the weekend, I will add some flavored coffees to change things up. This just had such a perfect coffee taste throughout that I was sorry to be finishing it. It was not too faint, not too bitter, but just coffee. I did not really get a sense of the alcohol, so kudos for keeping it in the background. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. I suppose that it depends on how much you like coffee as to how much you will like this beer. It seemed to mask its ABV well and the mouthfeel was a little thin, but are those worth really dunning the beer? I am probably going to be a high outlier, but as usual, YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, May 31, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/20/18

Pours jet-black with a short, caramel-colored head

Smells of raw coffee beans, freshly roasted and earthy; creamy, hazelnut sweetness

A jolt of strong coffee balanced beautifully by soft notes of vanilla cream and wild berries really strikes nicely; milk chocolate comes in for the finish to help temper the roasty bitterness of the coffee base

Feels slick and mouth-coating; thins out before becoming truly creamy and shows absolutely no trace of that 9% ABV

Dynamic and full of flavor, with coffee taking the leading but never becoming too overwhelming; awesome balance of roasty bitter and milky sweet; this is amazingly easy-drinking, and a coffee stout I really could have for breakfast.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, May 16, 2018
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special. I was a bit surprised. No overwhelming coffee, aroma and taste were on the lighter side. So despite the excellent reviews, it’s a good Coffee Stout but not a standout.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Apr 09, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown-black pour, obsidian in the glass, with a dark finely-bubbled head a finger or two high - didn't lace much but persisted just about to the end... Lotsa roasty coffee and dark malt on the nose, followed by much of the same on the sip... Bittersweet with some molasses on the sweet end - not too syrupy or anything, but just interms of sweetness... drying char on the finish, but it finishes about equal parts sticky sweet and roasty dry... Medium-light weight - kinda fluffy, soft, and creamy... A very nice beer, and you'd have no idea it packs a 9% abv... 12/14/17 canning...

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Greywulfken from New York, Jan 09, 2018
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3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from the brewery.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with an ominously active head, and no lacing.

This smells quite nice, with huge coffee notes, light smoke, dark chocolate, and roast.

The taste betrays the aroma, but confirms my fears based on the appearance. This is wildly overcarbonated, and it very much overshadows the seemingly good flavors here. The coffee flavor is killer, but diluted by the prickly feeling. There's lots of chocolate and bitterness, but again- this is all diluted. It's really too bad because I can tell something is good here underneath the carbonation issues.

It's medium bodied, and quite prickly on the palate. It's one of the most carbonated beers I've ever had.

This is disappointing- this has to be a bad bottle.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, May 09, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with light tan head.
Coffee, sweet cream and chocolate, roasted malts, light toffee and roasted malts, light dark chocolate. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice sweet coffee stout.

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mdfb79 from New York, Apr 06, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical but good coffee stout, starting with the opaque black body and dark brown head. Smell melds the chocolate and coffee together more seamlessly than the taste does, but both bring in great roast, slight caramel and earth. Feel is thick, frothy but elevated by the coffee and general roast.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jun 05, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the brewery and liked it so much I ordered it again and bought four 750s to bring home with me. If you've had Double Shot by TH, it's just a tick below their brew. I'm thoroughly impressed.

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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts, Apr 29, 2016
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4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10oz tulip at the brewery

Look: obsidian black, opaque with a diminishing beige, light caramel colored head

Smell: overwhelmingly smooth coffee, with a hint of chocolate and some vanilla

Taste: well balanced malts flavors, smooth and creamy. Coffee and roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toast, no real hop presence, clean frementation. Some alcohol warmth, which is lesser than expected and dangerous, it's possible to drink a few of these. Glad it's served in 10oz pours.

Feel: creamy and smooth with a slight lingering bitterness,

Overall: it's an awesome imperial stout with coffee, I'm a fan. Will definitely get it again. I'm sorry I didn't get to try it before hand

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DWBoca57 from New York, Mar 11, 2016
Coffee Cup from Common Roots Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 98 ratings