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Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 1,010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.14/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A very disappointing beer from New Glarus. I really want to like this. I wanted to like it the last time it was released. I’ve tried it over and over again but to no avail. I just have to admit that this beer is simply no good.

Darkish brown with a bubbly but short lasting brown head that dissipates to nothing in a less than a minute. Thin looking. Aroma of iron, stale weak coffee, oats and malt. Front is a blast of stale coffee, middle has some weak roasted malts that seem a bit off, finish is metallic and down right nasty. Light bodied and watery. If this had been released in July as some sort of Summertime stout, that would have been one thing but now? When it’s 35 below (It really was yesterday) I don’t want to be drinking a watery stout, especially one that tastes somewhat nasty.

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Photo of tjk135
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgoodship
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the singles that I picked up on my "make a six" fest at Steve's Liquors in Madison.

A: Reddish black. Very thick and dark - barely a bit of ruby red coming through on the edges against the light. Creamy tan finger head that dissipated to a spotty dusting but delivered some nice lacing.

S: Really lovely burnt/roasty malt, coffee and bitter cocoa.

T: Much like the smell. A really nice, simple pleasure. No bells and whistles. Just nicely done. Could have given more but I can't say it was badly lacking. I did expect the coffee to be dialed up a bit. That may be may main complaint considering it's in the name. As it warmed, there was definitely more coffee bite that made it into the finish and aftertaste but the coffee flavor remained mild but tasty.

M: Medium mouthfeel - much lighter than I expected. Low carbonation but quite active on the tongue. Pretty smooth in general, especially as it warmed.

D: I have a great deal of respect for New Glarus. This is a solid beer that I would drink on a regular basis if it was available to me. Not dynamite but just well done and appealed to the balance I like in a basic stout.

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Photo of blackearth
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee and sugary vanilla. Surprisingly, medium bodied, flavors of roast coffee explode first, then give way to malt sweetness at mid-tongue, and finishes again with coffee and slightly burnt flavors. I would consider this the perfect example of a coffee stout.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a black hue with dark brown edges and a fizzy, bubbly light tan head on top of the brew. Aromas start off with roasted malts and a sturdy brewed coffee. Some cocoa and some burnt, toasty notes are in there as well. Just a touch of hops. Good stuff.

First sip brings a roasty dark malt that's followed by a nice roasted coffee flavor along with hints of cocoa and a sorta sweet creaminess. A touch of caramel flows down with a slightly burnt toast aspect. Finishes with a touch of hops. Tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a stout, more along the lines of a porter or black bier to me. Good carbonation brings in some creaminess. This one is almost too easy to drink. In the end it's a tasty coffee brew that doesn't ever get too overpowering with the coffee flavors. Worth checking out.

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Photo of googs509
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jared14
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours light brown with a large-sized tan head. Pleasant smell of iced coffee, light roasted malt, and herbal/earthy hops. The taste follows closely but is less intense; malt, hops, and coffee. Subtle sweetness and not as bitter as other coffee beers. Thin body and average carbonation. Overall, the hops make it a very unique stout, but it might be better classified as a porter.

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Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher. No freshness date.

Thin layer of tan head holds its own and leaves some lacing on the glass. Opaque brown with amber hues when brought up to the light. Beautiful aroma of fresh brewed ice coffee with a bit of maltiness around the roasted edges. Big smoothness surrounds the medium body. Coffee flavors comes in slow but becomes a dominant flavor middle to end. I swear this is just a glass of really good carbonated ice coffee with a bit of maltose for sweetener. ;-) Modested hopping. The malt sweetness is pushed back down by the roasted grain and coffee flavors. Finishes semi-sweet with a mildly bitter coffee bean flavor.

Hands down this is the most drinkable coffee beer I have had to date. Not as dark as I expected but packed with a pleasant coffee tone throughout that plays well with the beer. We have a great beer here people.

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a deep brown body, opaque in the glass with a tall and creamy khaki head. Excellent retention and lots of splotchy lacing.

Aroma has an almond nuttiness, with notes of milk choclate, coffee, and citrusy hops.

Medium body has an appropriate low medium carbonation.

Coffee shows up more in the taste, but is still somewhat subtle. Chocolate and roasty notes share the spotlight with hints of citrusy hops and nuttiness in the background.

Don't know if there's actually coffee in this one but it's quite well done. Another excellent offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for another midwest treat...
Dark brown in color...bordering black but some light is able to pass thru along the edges.
Two fingers of light tan head...aerated and full of life, but fades to a thin skimming after a couple minutes...very spotty lacing.
Mostly yeast in the nose...some caramel, chocolate and very little coffee.
Mildly roasted coffee does make its way into the taste, thankfully. Too bad it is the only highlight of this beer. Besides the coffee, its fairly bland in all other aspects when I put it against other coffee stouts I've had.
Thin mouthfeel...more closely resembling a porter. I am not too surprised, as I was underwhelmed when I had the Cherry Stout...both good beers in themselves, but hard to rate higher then slightly above average.

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Photo of badbeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a tan head, retention is pretty good, some lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate, no hops in the nose. Taste starts of a bit bitter from roastiness and then becomes more chocolate-y with a roasted finish. Higher on carbonation, but not harsh, lighter side of medium bodied, dry finish. Overall I really liked this and will be drinking plenty while it's still around.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass 3 fingers of bubbly tan head atop a dark brown brew with dark red hues.
S-inviting aromas of medium roasted coffee with lightly toasted malts. Dark cooked sugar notes as well.
T-upfront nice flavors of lightly toasted/roasted malt followed up with more of a coffee note that finishes with just a hint of green coffee astringency.
M-smooth body upfront that transitions into moderate carbonation zing and finished with a hint of coffee bitter/astringency
O-a coffee stout that smells and looks better than it drinks. Could use more of a creamy mouthfeel with a more integrated taste experience. A bit rough in the backend. Still a nice coffee stout.

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Photo of Smidged
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of djwilson
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle that was aged for one year, under refrigeration.

poured into snifter, had a nice creamy off white/tan head that quickly disappeared into tiny bubbles clinging to side of glass.

smell was coffee, caramel, and alcohol. not sure of the alcohol content but smells like it's above 6%.

taste was brown sugar on the tip of tounge, and a nice coffee finish. suprisingly very smooth for the alcohol aroma.

Not a huge fan of all stouts but this one was really good, very well balanced, with a very slight hoppiness to help with the sweetness of the malt. The guys at New Glarus really know what they're doing!! This beer is great for a cool autumn night here in CLEVELAND.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark roasted and fairly sweet coffee infused aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, cereal grains, biscuit, milk, and nuts. Some fairly sharp hints of smoke and wood as well. Sweet burnt sugars add some more sweetness with a little vanilla. Subtle hints of grassy hops in the background. A pretty solid sweet stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a dark roasty stout that leans towards the sweet side. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, cereal grains, biscuit, lactose milk, and nuts. Mlats are rounded out by a nice taste of smoke and wood. Sweet burnt sugar and a little vanilla. Hop presence is pretty tame with a little earthy grass towards the finish. Definitely on the sweet dark malty side. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, slick, and smooth. Not overly syrupy.

Overall: A pretty solid coffee beer. Definitely not thick like an imperial stout. Its more like a sweet/milk stout, but a pretty good one.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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