Ashlawn Coffee Stout
Fox Farm Brewery

Ashlawn Coffee StoutAshlawn Coffee Stout
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Fox Farm Brewery
Connecticut, United States
American Stout
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,413
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Mar 13, 2022
Dec 08, 2017
Ashlawn Coffee StoutAshlawn Coffee Stout
Notes: Locally roasted beans from Ashlawn Farm Coffee.
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 2 tight fingers of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & roastyness

T: Coffee, roastyness & dryness up front. Dryness & coffee along with some woody hops as this beer warms, just a touch of vanilla as well. Finishes dry, roasty with plenty of coffee, just a touch of acidity & a little bit of hazelnut & vanilla

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation

Coffee is the star here & it is showcased nicely
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice black with light brown head. Tons of lacing.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, roasted malts, wet oak, and some nice dark fruit. Very nice. Can't wait to take a sip!

The taste nicely follows the nose. Tons of amazing coffee (dark roast), pipe tobacco, roasted malts, charred wood, leather, and a bit of burnt rubber. Lots of depth and complexity. Fantastic. The bitterness is dominant, which is to be expected.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Very nice, with little alcohol to be found. Overall, this is absolutely fantastic.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark inky brown with tan head. Roast on the nose without any hint of sweetness. It's coffee forward, lots of roasted malt, and high percentage cacao chocolate. A touch of astringency on the finish.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours an inky, plum-tinted black with a finger-and-a-half of soupy, dark mocha head. Moderate retention and thick, sloppy lacing.

Rich coffee, chocolate and a hint of peanut butter in the nose.

Acerbic, black, dark-roast coffee dominates the taste, with just a hint of chocolate behind. I’m not getting any of the peanut from the nose here, but maybe a touch of fruit. Dark coffee grounds remain in the foreground through the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but maybe a bit too much coffee. At least when served cold, it’s a bit too bitter and acidic for my taste.
Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by lic217 from Connecticut

May 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by McSeal from Connecticut

Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown. Aroma is singularly heavy roasted coffee. Almost smelss like burnt coffee. Taste is more dimensional. Significant roasted coffee taste but not overdone. Also, complementary bitter chocolate & malts. Mouthfeel is dry and light to medium. Above average stout.
Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a solid two fingers of large-bubbled brown head that retains superbly. Collar of lacing.

S: Roasted hazelnuts, fudge, sticky toffee, plenty of roasted malt, great top note of freshly ground coffee beans, whiffs of earthy/piney hops. Really great nose that pops in all the right ways.

T: Waves of roast. First it hits with a roasted nuts sort of impression, then it goes woody and smokey, then it hits with a lot of freshly ground coffee beans, then a little bit of soot makes its way in there. Fair amount of roasty/coffee acidity. Bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Earthy hops are reminiscent of pine bark. There’s some fudgey/chocolate sauce sweetness underneath all the roast and bitterness, and it brings things into balance just enough to keep things from going over the top. Instantaneous flash of red fruit that’s gone as soon as it’s noticed. Long finish of smokey roast and lingering earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, silky. Gentle but ample carbonation. Mild roast astringency.

O: Solid stuff. The nose in particular is great. In taste, it trends very much more toward the roasty/smokey/bitter side, but it is has dimension and complexity and it’s balanced well enough that it’s not overbearing. It certainly delivers on fresh coffee flavor too. The dryness and drinkability are most welcome. I’m glad to have a stout that isn’t rife with residual sugar and/or crammed with desserts to the point of being absolutely cloying.
Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16oz can dated 01/20/21 at room temp. The date stamp ends with "Ethiopian Yirgacheffe" which I assume is the variety of coffee used. Not sure if they change the variety with different batches. Some Google results list Volcanic Yirgacheffe as "the best" Ethiopian coffee.
Pours dark (duh) with a small dark tan head that fades soon. Not much lacing but a swirl of the glass creates a temporary brown oily coating.
Aroma is hard to describe some coffee, but mostly pepper astringency? Some volatiles for sure but I just can't describe it and neither can my table mates.
Taste is amazing if you like great unsweetened dark roast coffee (I do). Very dry finish.
Mouthfeel is good, but lighter than the oily glass coat effect suggested it would be.
I really liked this.
Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by allenson21 from New York

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by smi69 from New York

Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by EMH73 from New York

Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 9/9/20. Pours more or less jet black with a very attractive, pillowy coffee ice cream colored head. Head retention was a little less than I would have hoped for. Aroma is nice, but fairly one dimensional, as it's all coffee. I'm sure more experienced reviewers can pick up additional notes, but not I. I don't drink coffee, so maybe regular coffee smells different than this, but if you put this in front of me blindfolded I would guess it was a cup of coffee, not a beer. That said, still smells good. Taste is coffee forward, but not as overwhelming as on the nose. This has a nice balance of roasty malt, coffee, and chocolate. Feel is on the heavier side of medium, and this is all kinds of smooth going down. Good beer.
Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz. can served in a tulip. This beer is beautiful in the glass. Pours one shade shy of black with a tight, 1/8th inch mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates towards the edges. A tight band forms around the shoulders and a soapy slick swirls across the surface. Nose expresses a big it of cold-brew coffee as well as a subtle nuttiness at the back. Taste somewhat consistent with nose; however, there's a latte-like quality to the flavor profile and a hint of char at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, well-crafted and easy drinking.
Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This coffee stout is a rich, dark mahogany color with a dark tan head. The can is barely open and coffee aromas are literally FLINGING themselves from at you. There’s also roasty char aromas in abundance.

This beer is all about the coffee on the taste - it’s mainlining coffee. There are some char notes, but the coffee runs the char out of town.

The mouthfeel is absolutely decadent - rich and creamy. If this had a little more balance between the coffee and other flavors, it would be world-class. As it is, it’s an excellent coffee stout.
Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a growler. Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big dry dark coffee, Medium-light bodied, low carbonation, roasty. I am not a coffee drinker and this is a straightforward coffee without sweetner beer albeit a good one. A rare instance where I am glad I got a growler of a coffee beer.
Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by Joesapp from Connecticut

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 5/6/20

Pours a clean, deep oily black body topped with a dense, creamy two fingers of mocha head; good retention yields a thick, frothy cap/collar and strands of dense, wenby lacing ringing around the glass.

Aroma initially shows delicately smoked malts and tobacco ash fused with fresh coffee upfront, fading steadily into a heavy yet subdued char over the middle; malted milk chocolate brings a delicate sweetness on the back end of a rounded, understated bouquet.

Taste brings a mildly acidic front of dark berries into soft, medium roast coffee beans; a stiff, malty mid-palate fades effortlessly into details of bakers chocolate and further dark fruits (with a particular blueberry tone), with a finish highlighting a lingering, semisweet smoke.

Mouthfeel presents a medium-full body paired with a pillowy, comprehensive moderate carbonation dispersing a steady malty char along an otherwise oily mid-palate; rounded malt roast on the back end offers a subtle grit through a slick, easy finish.

Sincere in its calm and composed design, this stout offers none of the typical intensity of the modern (sub)style, instead favoring an exceptionally thorough balance of flavor alongside a top-notch malty body; one of the rare coffee stouts where the coffee doesn't completely dominate, this is an understated beer at a comprehensively superior level.
Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like roasty coffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

This just a really solidly done coffee stout - with a fresh roasted coffee thing going, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, even some creamy vanilla. It's not a super bold coffee flavor, but it's all just well balanced and with no absolutely off-flavors.

This is really creamy and silky, and a really high drinkability.

It's hard for me to dislike something like this. It's up to Fox Farm's usual standard of excellence.
Jun 01, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 13, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16 oz can into a harmony glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan head. The head leaves a ring of sticky lacing as it dissipates into a ghostly thin sheet.

The aroma. Sweet baby Jesus the aroma. There are huge notes of fresh coffee beans, coffee ice cream, brown sugar, and baker's chocolate. There's some roasted malts and faint dark fruits on the back end.

The flavor is straight up cold brew iced coffee with notes of baker's chocolate, brown sugar, fudge, dark roast malts and subtle caramel. The finish brings the faintest hints of dark fruit and hops.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Very soft and creamy with a dry finish. Lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic coffee stout. I want to say the coffee is far too strong but it just works so damn well here. This is definitely one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. If you like coffee, you will love this beer.
Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by EtOHMD from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by Magnapinna from Connecticut

Nov 13, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 5 by pwrussett from Connecticut

Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by RichD from Rhode Island

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
the coffee profile on this is both unique and very robust, its roasty and earthy and distinctive, and it smells and tastes like its almost equal parts beer and coffee. this is the first dark beer i have had from these guys, and its absolutely excellent! the beer is a little bit still from the tap, not much head on it, and pretty flat when i drink it, but there is lots of body and a slickness to it that keeps it from being heavy, as dark as it is, and i dont really mind the absence of carbonation, more would probably speed it up, perhaps this is an intentional property. the coffee has chocolate and raisin notes, but is also very dark, almost charred to me, at least as roasty and deep as the grain in this, specialty dark malts abound here, mild black pepper and licorice nuance, as well as an extended warming coffee finish, oily like a good espresso crema, beautifully dosed. i would love to try this coffee by itself, seems unique and high quality to me. there is a ton of coffee on this, but the base beer is well made too, rich feeling and full for its modest abv, perfectly built for the coffee. i have been impressed with fox farm overall so far...
Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampling a cold growler poured into my snifter. The growler was filled about 7 hours ago.
Beer pours a jet black hue with no light passing through the glass. I get a dense creamy tan head of 1 cm from the pour. This foam fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer that sticks around the entire sampling.
The aroma is pretty bold from the pour. I get roasted malt notes and deep espresso bean hits immediately, this mixes with some dark cacao and almost a bit of charred wood note. Just a hint of brown sugar is buried for some sweet profile. I dont get any hop character and the ABV is well hidden. Nice robust nose on this stout.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected and smooth texture with mild and gentle carbonation. The beer is an easy drinker based on physical traits. I would really like a slightly bigger body to bump up my scores for this brew.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose, but may be even more coffee note than anticipated! A little dark chocolate and some roasted malt notes with a heavy dose of espresso bean and some lingering bitterness on each sip. The bitterness is most certainly not from hops and is sort of like a black coffee sitting on my palate. Finishes very dry after each swallow.
Again the booze is well hidden and overall the beer drinks easy, even with the fairly bitter coffee flavor. A nice coffee stout that is balanced more towards the espresso side than the beer side. There is a bit of acidity that comes up from the coffee as I am finishing up the growler. This is a little ding, but otherwise definitely worth a fill when visiting Fox Farm!
Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by dogdrule from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sadly my growler was pretty under-carbed but even so I could tell this is an outstanding coffee stout - hope to have a draft pour at the brewery soon to give it a fair shake!
Nov 01, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Ultra-Plinian from Connecticut

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Aug 30, 2018
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