Coffee Cup
Common Roots Brewing Company

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Common Roots Brewing Company
New York, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,265
Ranked #5,368
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Sunday at 01:48 AM
May 16, 2015
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Notes: A double coffee stout made with cold brew coffee and flavors of chocolate and caramel.
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3.85 by festizio from California on Sunday at 01:48 AM
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Captain69 from Illinois

malty full of cofffee flavor great beer to enjoy

Jun 17, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by izraelc from New York

Pours very dark. Dark brown foam. Rich coffee aroma. Heavy roasted coffee body. Slight chocolate sweetness. Smooth bitter finish. A little dry. One of the better coffee stouts I've had.

Feb 19, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

very tasty imperial stout here with cold brew coffee, my first dark beer from these guys and a darn good one, simple in a good way, like not a ton of frills here, no barrel or vanilla or whatever, just a big strong stout with all kinds of body and smoothness, and a high quality coffee, brewed strong and added liberally, lots of cohesion here, and this was great on a hangover with the caffeine jolt. deep and dark in the glass from the can, creamy headed but rather short there, mocha colored, some lace. it smells great, the coffee is strong and fresh, a hint of hazelnut and baking chocolate to it, maybe just a little bit of a yeast element adding depth. the flavor is great, bitter and darkly roasted through the whole thing, mildly rich and brown sugary sweet in the center, dark chocolate, earthy cereals, warming java and alcohol, its delicious and the finish is relatively clean. hearty and satisfying, very professionally made, and the overall quality is exceptional. special thanks to the bartender for hooking this up for me, they were not doing draft and he went out of his way to pull a can for me to try, super kind, didnt have to do that at all, but so glad he did, this is really good, coffee beer for coffee beer drinkers, yum.

Aug 02, 2021
3.73 by Mikexw from New York on Aug 02, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

This beer pours black and is black in the glass, permitting no light to penetrate, and allowing no highlights. (SRM 44+). A three-quarter inch, rock, dark brown head settles to a thin, fine, dark-khaki blanket after about a minute. Surprisingly, there is no lace, though it does produce a weak, viscous film that quickly washes down the wall of a PNGC Imperial 2 snifter.

Sweet black coffee wafts out of the glass, dragging milk chocolate around the edges. Sweetness seems to be more akin to lactose, much like coffee ice cream. Even slight warmth intensifies the roast of black coffee. A hint of some berry, possibly currants, is also perceptible.

Yup! Just as I had suspected, this is coffee in the guise of beer. And high quality coffee at that. While sweeter than expected, the aroma did pave the way. The coffee ice cream comparison completely holds. Mild coffee roast keeps things in balance. Dark chocolate shows especially with warmth, which is surprising, given the aroma was more akin to milk chocolate. A long, mild finish beckons one to another sip.

A full body and slick, chewy texture. Alcohol is well controlled. Fine carbonation is present and quickly forgotten. Residual sugar cakes on the lips.

One should treat this similarly to an after-dinner cup of coffee. I recommend chocolate cake or Tiramisu if you want to be decadent. Otherwise, enjoy it next to a crackling fire with a book. Heck! Just on its own, this is a fine beer which I intend to seek out again.

Feb 13, 2021
3.98 by caffeinelogic from New York on Jan 06, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Andrew_NYC from New York

Coffee and cream on the nose.

Taste is big on the coffee with chocolate and malt undercurrent. Not much booze flavor for being 9%.

If you like strong coffee notes in your stout then this one is a solid bet. I would definitely get it again.

Dec 21, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by BeerBaronBear from New York

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...

Apr 01, 2020
4.13 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 19, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 24, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-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.

Feb 21, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Act25 from New Jersey

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.

Feb 18, 2020
4.44 by Khaack from New York on Jan 23, 2020
4.01 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

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.

Dec 27, 2019
4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Dec 07, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by deleted_user_995920

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.

Nov 14, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by beerloserLI from New York

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.

Nov 13, 2019
3.93 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 09, 2019
4.13 by dsm45 from Massachusetts on Nov 07, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 03, 2019
4.1 by alexsergio from New York on Jul 05, 2019
4.35 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jun 17, 2019
4.14 by cambabeer from New York on Mar 17, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by migwell from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 05, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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.

Mar 03, 2019
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Feb 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by npolachek from New York

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.

Feb 11, 2019
3.92 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Feb 10, 2019
4.19 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jan 28, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JdubsNY from New York

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.

Jan 26, 2019
4.12 by TomWight from New York on Jan 20, 2019
4.29 by Sewercap from New York on Jan 13, 2019
4 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on Jan 08, 2019
4.25 by yuno from New York on Jan 01, 2019
3.98 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 31, 2018
4.26 by SHMD_Brewing from New York on Dec 24, 2018
4.23 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

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

Nov 11, 2018
Coffee Cup from Common Roots Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 106 ratings