Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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408 Reviews
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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Reviews: 408 | Ratings: 1,018
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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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 gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with an off white big head that reduces slowly to leave heavy lacing and a layer of foam.

Aromas of coffee beans, vanilla, caramel,molasses, brown sugar, and maple come through... really nice, as I don't get straight coffee here but a multi-dimensional combination of aromas that work together.

The tongue follows the nose with lots of coffee, sweet caramel and molasses, vanilla and an aftertaste of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium-low carbonation.

This beer was great - I was pleasantly surprised. More than a coffee stout.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A standard, well-executed American stout. No bells and whistles of "impy" or what have you, but quite a tasty dark beer. Loaded with flavor for 5.75%. Moderate-heavy coffee, moderate dark fruits, light chocolate, medium body. Finishes somewhat dry. Insanely drinkable and refreshing. Will be getting this again (it's cheap!). Good job as always, NG.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Typical stout aroma. Nice dark color. Some coffee flavors. Its OK. Had higher hopes. I think its good, but I've if much better coffee stouts.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured Into snifter

A: pours very dark brown, almost black, with minimal light tan head and lacing

S: smells slightly of coffee and chocolate

T: not a really intense taste. A little roast but very bland taste. Nothing there. (Drank a little colder and a little warmer, did nothing for it)

M: lighter body, good amount of carbonation. A little dry on the finish

Overall: this brew is kind if a miss. There is not much taste to this one

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Photo of Zach136
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, light tan head with very little staying power and lacing.

S - Rich caramel and coffee hints of chocolate.

T/M - More coffee than the nose, but some harsh roast character also comes out from a relatively dry finish.

O - A bit one note, and too dry for my likes. A rare New Glarus miss for me.

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Photo of Desimoaj
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip snifter, served near (but not at) room temperature.

This stout pours a deep, opaque sienna. The head is beige and creamy; quite enticing. Coats the inside of the glass.

Smells faintly of coffee, as well as caramelized malts. Not as deep and rich of a smell as the appearance might suggest.

Tastes stronger than it smells. The coffee notes really come through, though not in an overpowering manner. Thick mouth feel. Coats the mouth the same way it does the glass.

Finishes fairly clean, with the coffee lingering only slightly.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It combines excellent balance with an understated sophistication. I rate it as comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout, though the two are quite distinct.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with minimal tan foam.

Nice freshly brewed coffee aroma and rich toasted malts.

Slightly nutty, coffee, roasted malts, light earthy hop flavor.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, roasty, bitter, a bit thin.

Overall, a nice coffee stout here, but I just wish it had a thicker feel.

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Photo of guityler83
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A light tan head, fine bubbles, moderate retention. The beer is a dark brown - almost black with a slight haze. No lacing, just a constant ring of foam around the edge of the tulip glass.

S: Moderate cold coffee aroma, mild fruity esters, earthy hop aroma. There is a faint chocolate and roasty character as it warms up.

T: Mild bitterness with earthy, herbal flavors coming through. Coffee flavor is mild and the is somewhat over powered by the malty sweetness. I'm flavors of toast, melenoidins, mild caramel, milk chocolate and raisins. The beer comes off very english to my pallet.

M: mild-moderate carbonation with a medium body. No astringency or alcohol warming. A somewhat chalky feel is left on the tongue after a few sips when warmed up.

O: An English oriented stout (almost porter like) with a mild coffee aroma and flavor that would be something that could be drank quantity. I expected this coffee stout to be bigger and more chocolate/roast forward – this isn't that. Not really my thing, but I could see this going over well with someone that isn't typically a stout fan.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Very dark black color with a caramel colored head which lingers around the edges of the glass.

Scent is nutty, with a nice amount of coffee.

Very light in the mouth with a good amount of coffee bitter in the taste. Has a small amount of carbonation. Coffee flavor is up front and then lingers lightly on the tongue.

Very drinkable as an after dinner drink, I could drink this at any point in the year because of how light it feels while drinking!

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