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

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque brown with small khaki head.
The aroma is stale coffee rich toasty malts and cocoa.
The flavor follows the nose, except the coffee is better. I get largely rich malt and cocoa, with the coffee coming in mid palate.
Overall this is very average, I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 3/10/16 @ California Split.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth, raspberry, mild coffee & faint chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream & fresh earth flavors up front; mild coffee notes on the finish. This was OK, but smelled better than it tasted. Not much coffee character at all.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass; 11/20/15 per the date code
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a 1.5 finger head that lingers
S: Lots of chocolate/roasted malts and coffee
T: Matches the nose. Malty with chocolate malts and coffee
M: Medium-bodied, a touch bitter
O: Not as much coffee flavor or complexity as I anticipated coming from New Glarus. I'll have to try to find a fresher one to see if it's more intense

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very large head, close to three fingers, deep tan to lighter brown , good density as well as retention, likewise has pleasing breadth and length in the lacing, very sticky. The liquid has a filminess which serves as opacity, not the pitch black night many stouts can be, hint of yellow at the edges where you can see a swirl of pinprick bubbles sizzle upwards. Very steady but not insufferably thick nose of cocoa powder, caramel, American roast coffee and charcoal to campfire accents, there’s also a strong lactose to vanilla edge, light plum and dark fruits, nothing comes close to the general roast for effect. Remarkably lighter bodied, results in a fluid mouth feel and soft, fresh finish. The carbonation provides a consistent caress rather than prickle. The chocolate, whipped cream and coffee are all sweet in a powdery fashion, flavorful without overindulgence. As in the nose, minimal fruit presence. Slightly grainy at the end, not quite bready nor yeasty. Freshness and drinkability among its strongest attributes although this is not to say it is a weakling.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tends to the remarkable but it still packs a ton of coffee flavor. Light chocolate malts, roasted coffee, burnt coffee grounds, light lactose cream and a tinge of hop bitterness.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A- Pours a small, tan head. Not soapy. Color is very dark - looks like coffee. Characteristic of the style.

S- Smells of rich malt. Dark fruits are there. A little cocoa. Coffee, too, but not overly pronounced.

T- Strong coffee presence up front. Fades to dark fruits and then another wave of coffee on the aftertaste. Complex for the style. Getting some dark chocolate there as well as I move through it.

M- Fairly wet. Full-bodied. Light carbonation. Like others of the style here.

O- Pretty good. Definitely would be a better option for colder weather, but I knew that before I tried it. Better than others of its style. Doesn't blow me away like some of the offerings at New Glarus, but it is solid. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled given as an extra by Tony/Anthony -- thanks again.

Pours pretty much black with some red tinges around the bottom of the glass. Nothing but a ring of head, with no lacing left behind. Looks the part of a stout -- black.

This smells of roasted malt and some dark fruits. There's a milky sweetness in there, too. Coffee? Not at all, really. I'm not sure why this is called a coffee stout, at least if the aroma is any indication... to me, this smells more like a porter. This lacks the bolder notes I associate with stouts.

Exactly like the aroma, I'd say: roasted malt, and a nice balance of dark fruit flavors. Again, there's a milky sweetness... the bottle doesn't say there's lactose in this, but it really tastes like it. It just has that milky sort of sweet flavor that I get in many beers that have lactose. The feel is also porter-esque. There's a nice bit of heft to it for the ABV that I'd expect from stouts, but there's actually a bit of a strong prickling carbonation that's a trademark of porters (at least in my experience. I know many people think stouts=porters).

So, this is a fairly interesting beer. In terms of being a coffee stout, that's a bummer. There's no coffee specifically that I'm tasting in this -- I suppose if I pretend that the roast tastes like it, sure, but it doesn't taste like it's brewed with any. Also, this drinks like a porter. By that I mean the flavors aren't as bold as I expect from a stout, and the carbonation is a bit high.

As a coffee stout, this is a relatively poor beer. As a regular stout, it's a decent beer. As a porter, it's a very respectable beer. My rating reflects how I think it tastes, more than what I think the style should be. Most definitely the weakest New Glarus beer I've had, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blackish brown body, tan slightly creamy head. Nose has a charred bread crust aroma, with roasted malt and faint coffee acidity behind it. Taste is more roasted malt, burnt chocolate, floral hops, a bit of coffee. Dry. Body is light-medium, somewhat over-carbonated.
Lacks body and coffee, the stout notes were on the more mild side of things although their flavors were good, just not especially deep. Yahhhh.... naw.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with moderate creamy khaki head that dissapeared quickly but retained just enough to keep lacing. Scent from bottle was coffee and milk chocolate, though this scent didn't linger well in the glass. Flavor is smooth coffee with subtle cream and milk chocolate notes. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is thin, but feels balanced with the beer. Great offering, worth trying if you are passing through Wisconsin!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 3155.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Medium-roasted coffee aroma that's slightly sweet and a tad nutty.

T- Dark roasted malt character melds well with the coffee. Again, slightly sweet with mild bitterness from the malt and a dry finish.

M- Typical for the style with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A straightforward coffee stout that's tasty enough but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, lighter brown head 1/5". Develops a deep red crimson like hue toward the edge of the glass. Aroma was coffee, not the heaviest or lightest, a good 2nd tier level amount and quality.

Taste hit the coffee notes, not a coffee bomb, nor is it inconsequential. Plenty of brown malt. Thinner viscosity than a lot of stouts out there. Even less chocolate malt. Good and sessionable in small amounts.

Solid tailgating option. Not quite elite coffee beer, but plenty good.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this one a little late in the season, but it is still good for these cool, early spring nights. The pour is almost black, with some brown and red hues barely peeking through.The head is a light tan in color with pretty good retention and lacing. The scent of the beer is mostly coffee and burnt malts, although the coffee is faded a little (I suspect from the assumed age of the beer). Taking a drink, the coffee and burnt malts are again prominent in the flavor of the beer. The coffee is a little subdued, just like the scent, but that just makes this one taste and drink like a dry porter. It is very drinkable and smooth, yet sits fairly light in the stomach. No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, this is just another great example of New Glarus knowing their craft and doing it very well. Nothing especially stands out about this beer, but it is a very good example of the style, displaying dry and bitter flavors from both dark malts and a dark coffee brew.

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Photo of FBarber
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish black - for a stout it looked watery right from the pour. Almost no head.

Smelled roasted malts and cocoa with barely noticeable coffee notes. Taste was immediately noticeable for the bland minimal coffee flavor. Did get some notes of cocoa and the malt flavor, but the coffee was just not there. Feel was very watery - for a stout distractingly slow. This was more of a porter in consistency.

Overall, really disappointing offering from New Glarus. Usually love their stuff, but this was the first time I drank something of theirs and did not like it.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Near black, creamy brown head.
Smell: Not very strong. Roasted malt, chocolate, little bit of grassy or herbal hops, little bit of coffee
Taste: Follows smell. Toasty, slightly sweet (caramel), slightly bitter. The eponymous coffee is more apparent in the taste.
Feel: lower carbonation, medium/heavy body. Creamy. Somewhat dry finish.
Overall pretty good, but there are better coffee stouts and New Glarus offerings. Very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of hardysf
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So surprised to see the high ratings when I logged in to rate this one. Nice extra in a trade and I was super excited to try another New Glarus beer. Second time I've been let down by them; havent tried a R&D beer though.

This beer looked like a coffee stout, and thats about it. Hardly any nose of coffee. Lots of malt present in the aroma. Taste was so malty and sweet. No balance and very little coffee. Tasted like a homebrew that used malt extract. Super thin and watery. Did not finish this one.

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Photo of pbgnar
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin watery and no balance with the coffee flavor. If the bottle cap wasn't sealed, I would have thought someone took a few sips and filled it back up with water.

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Photo of bwood06
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark khaki head that is 1 finger in height and frothy in appearance with a bit of cream around the edges. The head dissipates to a thin lacing that has a rim of cream around the edges of the glass. Beer itself is opaque and black with a good amount of visible carbonation around the edges of the glass that rise quickly towards the surface. 4/5

S - The aroma consists mainly of a dark roasted coffee as well as a burnt toast aroma. There is also a quite a bit of vanilla and dark chocolate as well as a bit of cream to the nose. An herbal hop profile backs up the strong dark aromas to this beer. 4.25/5

T - Caramel and a very dark toasted bread make up the initial quality to the flavor. This transitions into a dark roasted coffee ground flavor that is backed up by dark chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. The last third of the beer is quite leathery and herbal with a hint of tobacco and hazelnuts. No lingering bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Good sized carbonation burn up front along with an associated lightness which then leads into a chewiness that persists throughout the rest of the sip. Slightly drying on the last third of the sip which lingers ever so slightly before disappearing. Full bodied overall, despite the lightness up front. 4/5

O - This is a stout that is well balanced between sweet, bitter, and earthy. The caramel and brown sugar notes really balance out the bitterness from the coffee and vanilla which could easily overpower any beer. This is a full bodied stout that drinks fairly light despite the heavy flavors due to the carbonation. 4/5

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mild coffee, but a tad thin and watery. The thin and watery mouthfeel really detracts from the flavor. Also the coffee is mild, making it almost iffy to call this a coffee stout.

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Photo of Beric
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 7 Jan 2016

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a tan head the collapses to a ring of bubbles around the top. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, so the nucleation points on the bottom of the glass keeps a light sheen of bubbles percolating up through the beer. Looks pretty great.

Smell: Definitely can smell the coffee in this one, which complements the natural roastiness of the malts. Light sweetness present as well.

Taste: Really great balance in the taste- the coffee complements the roastiness of the beer and adds an curious dimension to the beer without over dominating.

Mouthfeel: Medium high body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic coffee stout, and one I find underrated by the broader BA community and slightly overrated by the Bros. I'd place this one more as a 93 overall- a very great beer that doesn't rely on anything gimmicky (or additional adjuncts to soften the flavors). Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Served in a New Glarus Glass
Bottled on: November 11th, 2015
Reviewed on January 9th, 2016

Poured a dark brown body capped off with a tan head, roughly three fingers deep. Frothy head retention. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

Iced coffee. Roasted malts. Creamy notes of chocolate added a touch of sweetness. Overall, the aroma seemed a bit tame.

Roasted malts hit the tongue first. Notes from the coffee quickly broke through. Dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetened the roast-heavy flavor profile. Coffee notes peaked in the finish.

Exceptionally creamy. Dangerously drinkable. Full-bodied. Moderate/low carbonation.

Very nice stout. Very nice flavor profile... Having said that, I would have liked a stronger presence of coffee in both the aroma and taste. Extraordinary mouthfeel. Great stout!

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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 Vogie
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with brownish hues and 1 finger of creamy head. Aromas of roasted coffee and malts, black licorice, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Tastes like an iced coffee with a touch of creaminess on the back end. Doesn't end bitter or hoppy. Medium body, creamy, and very carbonated for a stout.

On the lighter end of the coffee stout spectrum. Easy drinking and has good balance. With beers like Breakfast Stout and Cup A Joe available throughout my state, I am not sad that I don't have access to this. However, a well made brew for those trying to get into coffee stouts.


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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice stout with an ample , almost luxurious mouthfeel for a 5.75% beer
It looks and smells like a more substantial beer with the coffee & a roasted malt both prominent
Not every stout has to be 10% plus

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a tan thin head. Smells of light coffee and chocolate malt.
Taste of nice, not overpowering coffee that allows for ther asters to come in. Slight chocolate blends well with the slight hop. I am detecting a slight banana, I think it s from the Carmel malt combining with everything else. Los of stuff coming together very well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black. If you get it in the light you see Brown around the edges. Mostly roasted malts on the nose. Taste is slight coffee buried beneath the roasted malts, hints of vanilla, a little this in the body. Strikes me more as a porter but either way it's a good easy drinking stout that won't kick your ass like some of the bigger ones on the market.

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