Heine Brothers Coffee Stout
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

Heine Brothers Coffee StoutHeine Brothers Coffee Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
3.81 | pDev: 15.22%
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Heine Brothers Coffee StoutHeine Brothers Coffee Stout
Notes: An oatmeal stout brewed with English roasted barley and caramunich malt to impart a roasty and slightly sweet malt flavor. The addition of flaked oats lends creaminess and body. The Heine Brothers' specially roasted, organic, Mexican coffee is added in two doses; a ration is stirred into the hot unfermented beer to extract coffee flavor, then freshly brewed coffee is also added after fermentation is complete, to impart fresh coffee flavor and aroma.

25 IBU
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - starts with a dark, opaque pour into the glass. A slightly watery finger of mocha. Light lacing as it melts down to a creamy cover. Halfway through, the lace and head have disappeared.

Aroma - roasty malt, undercut a little by the snappy, spicy coffee beans. They are intense, almost pepper-like.

Taste - lots of roasty malt, a touch of char. The coffee is a bit too much on the swallow at first, coming across with that pepperiness. The swallow shows a much better profile of the beans as a good roasted coffee flavor slowly emerges. The finish is tasty with the coffee still lingering and the roast malt helping out. Some good dark chocolate notes come out with warming, very nice.

Mouthfeel - medium body, but feels a bit thin for the style. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - a drinkable coffee brew; the early pepper detracts a little, but overall I like it.

Aug 14, 2009
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice at Local Option.

Going from one coffee stout down the street to another here. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Unlike before the coffee is still the primary scent, but it compliments and draws out the others. Just like a leader ought. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and some light molasses in the background. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda thin feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, one that doesn't overdo it on the coffee and whose somewhat thin feel is really the only thing holding it back.

Jan 15, 2012
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Benjamin_Stewart from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great coffee and great beer separately; together...

Dec 27, 2014
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Brent from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Heine Brothers coffee grown in Chiapas, Mexico, I understand that coffee is added to the hot wort and brewed coffee is also added after fermentation. Bright, clean, clear coffee flavor dominates, but is well integrated into the sweetish malt. No acidity or oilyness - very smooth and drinkable. Not a coffee stout with "coffee notes" - the coffee here is the main attraction, but well managed - one of the best examples I've come across.

Feb 21, 2007
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pitch black color. An frothy head disappears a bit too quickly. A few spots of lace.

Nice aroma of fresh brewed, strong coffee. Coffee boarders on an espresso roast in the nose. Roasty malt as well. Just a hint of a sweet note.

Roasted malt, dark roast coffee with a bitter edge. A note of dark chocolate. Minimal fruity notes.

Body seems a bit thin. If this has oatmeal, it lacks that smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Not outstanding, but still nice.

Oct 23, 2010
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's really the perfect looking beer. It's midnight dark, with a thick head of brown bubbles.

Smells remarkable. There's a hint of flowers, but it's all coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love it in beer. This is what I want a beer to smell like.

Tastes great. You gets hints of coffee, but it's not overpowering, with just enough toffee to offset and balance the coffee.

Very creamy in the mouth. Like I said, I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is what I envision a mocha coffee drink to feel like. There's some substance with the coffee, but a little sweetness to counter the only slightly bitter taste.

This is so easy to drink. It smells and tastes great. It feels good in your mouth and goes down easy. It's somewhat above average in ABV, but almost the perfect beer.

Aug 22, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bluegrass Brewing has become much of a surprise lately with the newer and fresher taste of their beers along with the wider distribution for beers like these.

Heine Brothers has all of the qualities of a very well crafted Stout and then with infused coffee goodness. The base beer seems to resemble a classic American Stout more than an Oatmeal because of the pronounced hop flavor and bitterness and because of the low-lying body and silkiness from slight oatmeal additions.

The coffee addition has its signature all over this beer. From nose to finish, this beer is all about the coffee. Steering slightly away from espresso, a nutty Columbian style coffee gives hints of caramel, toasty, and mild oily bitter resins. These compliment the hops, bitter cocoa, and roasted grains of the Stout very well.

The key is in the balance, it's hard to tell if the Stout or the coffee takes precidence- varying in each sip. Clean, crisp, and basically error free, the beer is a supurb example of the style.

As the coffee notes are boldly noticed upfront, there seems to be a lull before the Stout qualities come in at mid-palate. This provides a long linger in the middle but with little evolution (not empiness, I just wanted a bit more transition and complexity here.) I'm probably being way to picky here.

Drink this one early in the session, lest pull an all-nighter against your will. There's a large caffeen kick in here.

Jun 29, 2009
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ltjska04 from Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a big 25 oz. bottle I purchased from The Party Source the night BBC was there for Burgers & Beers. They had just gotten it in so this is pretty fresh. It pours nice and dark with a brown head with a great smell of coffee with a hint of chocolate. Coffee stouts have some of my favorite smells. The taste has more coffee and chocolate, but the coffee wasn't overwhelming. Overall it's very drinkable as I went through the whole bottle myself while sitting around a campfire with friends, but I wish I had more. One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

May 03, 2009
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler of this brew from Liquor Barn, Louisville, KY (Springhurst location). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with a small brown head. Head retention is low, lacing is decent. The aroma is very nice, you can definitely tell this is a coffee stout! Other than coffee, I can also smell roasted malt and a smoky/burnt aroma. The taste is the same as the aroma, coffee, roasted malt and a burnt/smoky flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, seems a bit thin for a stout, but it is very smooth. It's also quite enjoyable and easy to drink. All in all I have to say this is a good brew, I'll definitely have to pick some more up on my next trip to Louisville. If you like coffee stouts, then you should like this beer.

May 07, 2009
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beveritt from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a foil wrapped wine bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is very simple, no picture, just the name of the beer. Picked this up at the Louisville brewpub.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a thin, yet complete coating of foam. Nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, with just hints of light coming through the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Creamy oatmeal smoothness with hints of a lactose sweetness. Mild coffee aroma.

Taste: Creamy flavors upfront, lactose and oatmeal. Middle of medium roastiness and a mild coffee bitterness. Dry acrid finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is decent. Not watery, but not mouth-coating.

Drinkability: I like this one. Nothing over the top or spectacular, but this is another solid offering from BBC. This could be an everyday, go to beer.

Nov 14, 2009
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice watery black, with a solid 2 finger head. Some lacing fairly good presentation.

Coffee jumps out at you from the get go. Sweet but somewhat thin burnt malt to follow.

The flavor is that of a stout with coffee. Nothing is really jumping out here. It's not overly bitter, it's not overly sweet. Coffee, burnt malt, a touch of dark fruit,

This beer is like water. It's not strong on the alcohol or body. It's way too thin for a stout imo,

Then there's the price. 9 bucks for a 25.4 oz which works out to about 4.25 for a 12 oz serving. Or a touch over 25 bucks for a 6 pack.
The Family Reserve I felt was too thin and too light in body, but it had some depth and complexity to it. This is just a middle if not below average stout with a nice coffee aroma and not much else to speak of. Nearly a drain pour as this isn't the kind of beer you want to get people together to share so you're stuck with way the heck more beer than you'd ever want. (It's a bit too good to throw out, I mean BBC may make some below average beers, but it's still beer and beer is tasty).

If you like coffee stouts, give it a try. If you've from Louisville and you have a special place for the Heine Brother's coffee you should seek it out. Being from Lexington and rarely going up to Louisville all I can say is this was a disappointment. I wanted to discover that the bourbon barrel aging covered up a much stronger coffee flavor. I could really dig a strong coffee flavor in a nice non imperial stout.

Sep 27, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Jul 23, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We got a random shipment of Bluegrass in Chicago, and my wife picked this up because she digs coffee stouts. Served in a pint glass.

A - A fairly aggressive pour yields two fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a solid cap and leaves a few fingers of lace. The body is a near-black that's consistent throughout the glass. With a bit more lace this would be a picture-perfect oatmeal stout.

S - Very dark roast coffee, that also contributes some earthy aromas. The backbone is heavy in vanilla and baker's chocolate.

T - The taste is more bitter and slightly astringent. More of a mix of slightly stale coffee grounds, earthiness, and charred malts. The light smoke flavor is evocative of a old-school diner.

M - Carbonation is zesty and perhaps verging on harsh, but it's not totally out-of-place for a lower ABV stout. Body is more gritty than I expected from a beer with oatmeal. Finish is sticky and slightly smoky as well.

D - This went down easy enough. The coffee flavor isn't palate-destroying, but the flavor could use a touch more balancing sweetness. The feel is pretty middling, but otherwise it's a decent, fairly enjoyable coffee stout.

Nov 19, 2010
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is mainly of quality coffee with a firm hint of unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque coffee sable with a decent tan head. Mainly mocha flavor, like fine coffee and unsweet chocolate, has a hint of licorice. Texture is smooth, fizzy and slightly grainy.

Mar 06, 2010
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lightindarkness from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nearly black color with dark brown edges. A full burnt tan head rises on top, but settles a bit thin, leaving a swirly galaxy of froth on top and a nice collar. Little lace. In thinking coffee, it actually looks really really good.

Smells like a coffee stout, but a little Christmasy too. Roasted malts, mild light coffee, marshmallow, and burnt wood, cedar, and spice.

Taste has some round roasted malt, full and dry, with a mildly bitter coffee filling in through it. Coffee is strong, but not too much so. Some chocolate. Other flavors accompany that are typical of such a beer, including a slight vegetable taste and a distant woodiness. Leaves a resounding floral background in the coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Very oily, thick, and smooth, almost creamy. It's perhaps even thicker than I'd really like.

Drinkability is hindered by body, but not too badly. Drinks smooth and easy, but a little full. Taste is nice, as is smell, but neither stand out to me as being outstanding beyond some of the other well done examples of the style. I like this beer, especially as a coffee beer, but I don't know that I'll find myself craving it like some others. I do like that it's rather palatable without overdone alcohol.

Feb 19, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ding - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted coffee, solid roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the coffee isn't as well fleshed out. Strong roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by heavily roasted coffee flavors with hints of char. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good coffee stout however the flavors weren't quite as smooth as I'd hoped given the smell. Still, worth a shot.

Mar 15, 2010
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served overly-chilly, and pretty well pitch black in the BBC pint glass, with no foam or lace.

Nose is chocolate, with some coffee grounds in the background. Appealing.

Nice and smooth oatmeal stout, with heavy chocolate tones alongside the coffee flavors, and a definite nutty hint as well. Integration among flavors well done.

A superb drink, and seemingly (from the other scores) much better on draft than bottled.

New review from 3 years later:
Enjoyed on tap at BBC St. Matthews, before the Slint "Breadcrumb Trail" film premiere in town.

Pint poured a deep black. Limited tan head, with little discernible lacing on the glass.

Smells like cold coffee, pure and simple. Which is certainly not a bad thing! It must be noted, too, that this was served at a proper temperature (almost room temp). Perfect!

Tastes like smooth, sweet coffee. Little hint of burnt or even roasty malts. Absolutely delicious and delightful. For coffee lovers, this is a real treat.

May 18, 2011
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TJustice from Kentucky

4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Went to BBC and picked up a half gallon growler for $9.00. Brought it straight home, and here I am.

Appearance = Poured it into a pint glass, beer was black with no light getting threw. Head was about a finger and a half chocolate colored, and slowly disappeared into just covering the top of my drink.

Smell - Plain and simple this smelled like fresh coffee. I loved it.

Taste - Tasted as a dark stout normally would, but infused with probably the second best beverage in the world, coffee. Not over powering the beer at all, and quite a refreshing combination. I wonder if this is what Drew Carey brewed in his garage?

Mouth feel - Really wasn't too much, or too little to drink. A bit malty, but considering this is a coffee beer, it really went well with the theme. Something different.

Drinkability - If your looking for a beer to wind down after a hard days work, this is the one to do it. Relaxing, great aroma, and most of all very tasty. This beer gets nearly a perfect score from me!

Jan 23, 2008
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BEERchitect for shipping this north in a wintertime trade. After an afternoon of drinking Cigar City growlers with friends, time for one last beer before beddy-time.

Pours dark. Smell is strong on the coffee & light on the chocolate.

Heine Brothers taste follows the nose to a T. The coffee is hard & fast up front, but with a bitter, over-roasted edge to it. Hops fly open at the end & add another layer of bitterness without adding much in the way of flavor. The smoothness I'd expect from an oatmeal stout is present, but beaten down by the bitterness. Chocolate is noplace to be found, perhaps I imagined it.

Decent enough brew. The coffee, roast, & hops are begging for balancing sweetness, but in vain. Nothing makes it stand out from the pack.

Apr 04, 2010
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JoePat from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
Dark brown if not black pour with a tan head that disipates farly quickley leaving a little lacing on the glass.
Huge smell of coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet malts. Great aroma and really inviting.
Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malt same as smell but something else like a sweet cigar. After taste leaves the bitter coffee flavor blanketed by the sweetness of the malt.
Mouth feel is thin pretty characteristic of BBC's beers which makes this a really drinkable session stout with a lot of flavor. Would be great to see this in 12ozs and distributed to Bowling Green.

Dec 12, 2009
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spycow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jan 13, 2013
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.12/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: First pour yielded about half head. Fortunately the head fell quickly and the second pour filled my glass. Black color. Fizzy soda-pop head, which falls quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

3.5 S: Exceedingly dry with surprisingly low amounts of coffee. The roastiness and oatmeal comes through well along with chocolate. I like it. I would have given a higher score if it wasn't slightly acrid.

1.5 T: Oh boy, I see where the acrid part of the nose comes from. Exceedingly acrid day old stale coffee taste dominates giving a this beer a puckering aspect. This flavor is so strong that anything outside of general roastiness cannot be perceived.

2.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Despite constant swirling, I couldn't get the carbonation down to a reasonable level. Not particularly creamy and certainly not smooth.

1.5 D: I don't know why I gave this brewery another chance after being disappointed time and again by their products. Unfortunately, I bought two other BBC brews when I bought this. Hopefully they will be better. Avoid this at all costs.

Oct 10, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Megan for bringing this one the other night. You almost have me craving these coffee beers at this point. This one was packaged in a capped 750, with gold foil wrapped on the cap. Very impressive look. As for the beer, it poured a nice dark brown color, with some cappuchino colored foam on top. Big aromas of freshly brewed coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Somewhat full bodied and sweet, creamy and rich. Coffee is the dominant flavor here, but chocolate is still present. Overall, a very nice example of the style.

Aug 30, 2010
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cwd from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Nov 07, 2014
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ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 30, 2012
Heine Brothers Coffee Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings