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 abents
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing better than cooking a big pot of chili and drinking a stout on day where the temperature is below zero. This beer pours out a midnight black in my pint glass. A nice big dark tan head accompanies this darkness and laces fairly well. Smells of roasted malts and a hint of coffee pretty mild nose on this one. Drinks very smooth, a creamy texture to this beer. Up front get big roasted/burnt malt flavor with a slight coffee hint, roasted bitterness through the finish. I've had coffee stouts with a much more prominent coffee flavor and this definitely reminds me of their first coffee stout they made, I heard they had changed the recipe, but it tastes similar to me. Pretty mild coffee flavors, but interesting nonetheless. VERY drinkable coffee stout that goes down smooth and warms the heart on a cold winter night.

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Photo of bound4er
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm a bit before pouring - dark brown beer with a one finger tan head that settles slowly to a well covered skim. Leaves an average amount of lacing. Smells of coffee, as the name would suggest, along with some cocoa maltiness and a slight hint of fruity sweetness. Tastes similar with bitter sweet chocolate being dominant. Finishes with a mild amount of bitterness on a medium bodied frame. This is a refreshing, very drinkable lighter style of coffee stout. It really showed its best on the warmer side. I will pick up another six pack for sure.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bit too aggressively. Black of course, with a HUGE sand colored creamy looking head. Very shimmery, and some nice lacing appears, as the head disappears.

Aroma is coffee, cream and sugar please.

Bitter up front, although whether from hops or roasted malts, I can't tell. Then a wave of silky sweetened coffee follows. Mmmmm... good. Smooth, creamy, bitter, sweet. Just like a good cup of coffee (Although I usually take mine black.)

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not bad. Long bitter finish, makes this a beer to savor.

Overall, a good coffee stout. Not overdone and extreme like some representations. Just a solid flavorful drinker, yet another jewel in the crown. Cheers!

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

Much thanks to the kind trader that provided this one to me as an extra recently. This is perhaps my favorite style of beer, so I was very excited to be able to get to try a new one in the style. Chilled down to cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass. This was consumed on 07/29/2008.

The pour was wonderful, thick, dark black with nearly no light at all shining through on this one. Rich tan colored head of about two inches quickly settled down to about a half inch of tan that thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. This was what the style is all about!

The aroma was just loaded down with coffee. Rich notes of mocha mixes in with a rich, and sweet coffee note. A tiny bit of bitterness and an earthy flare lying down underneath of it, but the majority of this one was hands down, rich brewed coffee. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes just rolled over the tongue in waves and thoroughly coated the inside of the mouth. Sweet with touches of chocolate and vanilla to highlight the coffee notes, this was a very nicely done brew here. Rich and creamy feel with a decadence that you look for in this style. A smooth drinker that was effortless to put down.

Overall this was just what the doctor ordered, a smooth drinking, richly flavored coffee stout, just the way it should be. Nothing overblown, or overdone. Just simple, and straight up flavors that work very well. I really do love this style and this is a fine example of it.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful black pour with a mocha head.

S - Coffee. Coffee. Oh, did I mention coffee? Deep roasted, serious coffee, mixed with dark malt and some hops in there somewhere.

T - Mocha. That says it all. Starbucks Mocha.

M - Coating, full, but the carbonation fails... Not enough.

D- Nice beer, but the carbonation kills the experience.

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Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the one and only Gillard for providing this gem, it is much appreciated!!!

A: Pours a deep flat black hue with a huge three finger head. The head builds quickly and the retention is off the charts. The carbonation is wonderful with tiny bubbles showing until it is almost gone. Spotty lace is noted, this is a beautiful brew.

S: Tons of deep dark roast coffee right from the start. Hints of roasted barley, hazelnuts, and dark chocolate. A touch of grassy hops can be noted but this one is all about the roast. Coffee and chocolate regin supreme.

T: I love coffe and I love stouts. Anytime a wonderful brewer marries the two I am in heaven I am a sucker for New Glarus and this beer is just another reason why. The Chocolatey coffee flavors are off the charts here. Tons of fresh roasted coffee topped with melted chocolate. Tinges of hazelnuts can be tasted along with some green hops. It is a very tasty full flavored brew.

M: It is well balanced smooth and somewhat creamy brew. The mouth feel is medium in body and oh so enjoyable.

D: Very. I love this brew.

Overall: It does not pass peche mortal or bell's java as my favorite java stouts, but this one is soo tasty and drinkable nonetheless. I really like it and wish I had a few more in the cellar.

Thanks Ryan (Gillard) for such a wonderful treat!

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Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of IowaHerkeye. Thanks!
Pours black with a light tan head. Hangs around for a bit. Smell is nice and dark roasty malt and some moderate strength coffee. Some creaminess in the nose as well. Taste is well balanced between creamy milkiness, roasty malt, and coffee with an almost hazlenut flavor to it. Very drinkable with a nice rich body on it for a sweet stout. Appropriate carbonation. This is a solid sweet stout.

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Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
Dark brown with some slight mahogany highlights, it has an average tan head with decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts, coffee and perhaps chocolate. Body is a bit thin for a stout, and taste, if not overly complex or impressive, is quite nice with the same notes from the aroma.
Simple but good offering, and quite good if you are looking for a relatively low alcohol stout. Wortwhile.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The brew is a deep thick black. The head is a dark brown and pretty thin. It fades quickly to leave wisps of brown clouds on top of the surface.

Smell - Chocolate and malt.

Taste - Very dark chocolate flavor in the middle and black licorice in the finish. The beginning is actually somewhat empty.

Mouthfeel - Coarse on the tip of my tongue. Smooth though as it reaches back.

~ I can tell you, this is not really my cup of tea... or should i say, coffee. The flavor does actually get better as the beer warms and my palette becomes more aquatinted with the flavor. I will recommend it to friends seeing as it is unique and interesting.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for providing this via BC2!
Clear and dark brown with ruby highlights and a fine, light tan foam that receded quickly, leaving some lacing. Malty aroma, roasty, coffee grounds. Low bitterness and malty, with pleasant roast, lingering coffee, clean yeast and mild, lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. A solid stout with restrained coffee character.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a light tan head that stays for a while.

S - All you can smell is coffee, that's it.

T - Wow that's good. Great coffee flavor. Actually has a light feel to it.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is a stout first with coffee flavor second. That's how a coffee stout should be. I'm tired of beers that have it the other way around. Drink this beer!

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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 mcallister
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicate light brownish liquid pours from the bottle. Head is small and unyielding and leaves much to be desired.

Aromas of milk and dark chocolates with a creamy folgers coffee type scent. Slightly sweet aromatics with hints of undestinguishable dark fruits.

A fine, solid, easy drinking coffee stout. Not what you would call complex by any means but tasty nonetheless and straight to the point. A good amount of carbonation keeps things lively and a fresh roasted coffee flavor keeps you awake. More dark chocolate with heavy cream and vanilla, with a bit of RS on the finish. A stout that is easily sessionable as everything is in great balance.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a while and flyingbison threw this one in as an extra, thanks man! I love me some New Glarus.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a just about pitch black with a big two finger fluffy light tan head that slowly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is spotty but good, here and there. Smell is more smokey than coffee, but pleasant. Some wood like aromas blended with a nutty scent. I really don't detect a whole lot of coffee in the nose what so ever. Taste at first is a sweet nut like flavor with a hint of caramel. The coffee flavor emerges in the middle, but it's very weak. Aftertaste is a bit of a burnt brown sugar flavor with some roasted barley. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit disappointed this wasn't more "coffee"-like, but still a pretty solid stout. Lot's of nut flavors in this one, still very enjoyable. Still have yet to drink a NG beer that has let me down. Keep up the good work ya'll!

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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 akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.

A: The stout opens with a great deal of carbonation, slowly bubbling out of the bottle at a very slow, but steady, rate. That carbonation creates a 3 finger head on pour and necessitates several breaks until the glass is full and the bottle is empty. The stout lives up to its name, with a black coffee color.

S: The nose is coffee grounds, a cold toddy softened up with some roasted malts that have a note of lactic sweetness, as if some milk or oatmeal stout qualities are present.

T: The front of the sip is a nice coffee stout, slightly roasted malts paired with a robust, slightly bitter, ground coffee flavor. The middle of the sip seems to slip a bit, opting for a watered down flavor instead of continuing to build up the coffee body. Luckily, the end of the sip brings back the coffee flavor as well as a slightly sour lactic milk flavor.

M: The coffee is a nice addition, really shining at two separate points of the beer. That middle could use a boost though.

D: The flavor is solid and the coffee element is really nice. This is a sippin' stout that I could enjoy in an early morning tailgate or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a cola color from the bottle, but once in the glass it is totally opaque. A decent light mocha cover forms up and drops back a bit too soon. A bit lacking on the lace but it is a good start.

Aroma - nice aroma of roasted malts putting out some fine coffee aromatics. Some light smokiness too, along with some distant chocolate. Lighter levels but persistently fragrant.

Taste - solid roasty malts providing some mild char and heavily roasted malt flavor. Some good coffee flavors, rich and yet a little plain at the same time. The flavor is good just not especially full or complex. The aftertaste has mostly the same profile in lesser form.

Mouthfeel - notably thin, though the flavor manages some nice residual despite. Carbonation is a little too high I think; some lower levels might imply a little more smoothness which would improve things.

Drinkability -no problem knocking back a few of these. Reasonable abv but I'd take my time just to savor the flavor. Thanks to thefatkid13 and Erdinger2003 for hooking me up with this at DLD07.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear black color stout with a nice big foamy brown color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not to the point of being gross. Body is a bit light with some great carbonation. Definitely not en extreme example of a coffee stout but a well balance example that I wouldnÂ’t mind having access to on amore regular basis.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JeffKrenner for sending me this for BC2!

Pours an opaque brown, some red edges, huge thick tan head forms, slowly settles leaving lots of sticky lace, good retention. Smell is nice and stouty, roast, chocolate, nice hit of coffee, caramel and dark fruits, very nice roast though. Taste is sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate, light roast, cherries, bit of dry coffee grinds in the finish but not really coffeeish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very easy to drink. More like a dry stout than American stout, but pretty tasty. Thanks Jeff!

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild coffee scent as well as a nice black and chocolate malt presence. It has a wonderful mixture of everything. The taste is good also. It's very tastey, not overdone. It has a nice chocolate malt taste with a smooth, dry earthy coffee finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great coffee stout. It's full flavored and easy drinking. Some coffee stouts are bolder than others. This one is mild and delicious.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is courtesy of Jay23, thanks!

The beer is dark. The head is minimal. In appearance it is average but where this one appears more interesting is in the aroma. I get a wonderful mixture of coffee, espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. I also detect a sweet aroma that appears like vanilla to me. The taste is less than expected compared to the aroma. Coffee taste is good in this one but it seems a bit one-dimensional. Carbonation is good, the mouthfeel is a bit lacking, but I would rate it slightly above average. I think that without the coffee flavor this stout would be pretty bland.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin tan foam arises atop the coffee colored brew. Light can almost get thorugh the whole thing so it isn't real dark for a stout. The aroma is dry and roasty with a good mix of chocolate and coffee. Lightly nutty also it smells quite inviting.

The taste is a bit of a letdown though. Lightly tangy and somewhat watery, there are only weak notes of chcolate and only a bit of bitter coffee roast toward the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty average, perhaps a little thin for style with fair carbonation.

I wasn't too impressed by this offering from New Glarus, but it was still decent. I don't think I've tasted a truly bad beer from them ever. I preferred the Road Slush to this one however...

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 2, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Salty coffee roast and chicory, bark-like aroma. Some nice deep malt sugar cream and roast interaction. Inviting. Deep black-brown pour, with a silky soap of aged ivory. Flavor is in vein with the aroma, finding a mellow roasted intensity and a lot of sweet char, bourbon oak, barbeque and a nip of dark chocolate. Intergrated and smooth. Somewhat evaporative. Palate dissipates quickly. A rush of flavor quickly becomes a salted oak bite, with a long dry coffee grains smack. Nipped with a little chocolate mint brush. Could use some more density and staying power perhaps, but the palate is crisp and drinkable for the style. Northern Brewer really becomes signature in the smack further down the beer. Nice.

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Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$6.49 6-Pack
Roy's Market New Glarus

New Glarus Coffee Stout pours the darkest of browns with glowing garnet highlights when held to the light. A one finger khaki head formed and quickly faded to a solid skim coat. Drink lacing after each sip. Good looking brew.

Aroma is what was expected. Roasted malts with welcoming hazelnut drifting throughout. Freshly ground coffee beans on the backend. Slight lactic quality.

Flavor is much like the aroma. Lightly roasted malts start things off but fall to a backdrop fairly quickly. Hazelnut shows up around mid palate along with a hint of spicy hops. The fresh coffee shows up on the finish with a few drops of cream. Very good flavor

The mouthfeel is just a little on the thin side. A creamier mouthfeel would go perfect with the flavors. The thinner body does make this beer an easy drinker.

Good drinkability for a stout. Thinner body makes this go down incredibly easy.

Very flavorful enjoyable stout. The coffee is subdued and in no way overpowering like some other coffe infused beers I've sampled in the past. A sessionable coffee stout. Another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout was dark brown and not black which surprised me. It had a faint "stouty" smell to it but no coffee that I can detect. Taste was also standard stout but no coffee. My friend said he could taste it so maybe my palate is deficient. In any case, this was a good stout but didn't live up to the label for me.

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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