Coffee Cup | Common Roots Brewing Company

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Common Roots Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double coffee stout made with cold brew coffee and flavors of chocolate and caramel.

Added by linkes on 05-16-2015

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of jcoleMA66
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of snaotheus
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
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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Photo of rkarimi
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wheels2532
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sulty
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of brentblack1
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MrDarcy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Larueminati
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Coffee Cup from Common Roots Brewing Company
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