Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,019 Ratings
Coffee StoutCoffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,019
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
119
For Trade:
2
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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap with stylish blue label acquired in a trade from the very gracious Duff27 served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery - which makes some beers I really adore.

Allowed to warm nearly to room temperature in keeping with instructions on the label. I mean, it's slightly chilled as I start to pour it but I'm planning to savour this one. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a gorgeous light tan colour of great cream, amazing thickness, and fantastic retention. Light thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a very dark brown. I love the soft mocha head; it's near ideal in colour for the style methinks. Often, stouts go for that rich vibrant dark tan, but this one keeps the head colour a bit lighter, evoking a less boozy dark malty flavour and more of a restrained roast character. I'm excited to try it. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Evocative cold-pressed coffee, a bit of roast, soft cream, well executed dark malts, milky notes, mocha, light cola notes, marshmallow, light nutty notes, and some black coffee bitterness. Any hopping is so minimal as to be imperceptible. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Comes off subtle and pleasant. I'm excited to try it.

T: Delightfully integrated full-flavoured coffee; mocha, cream, light coffee bitterness, sinfully delicious roast - it's all here. Maybe even a dash of espresso. It's balanced near perfectly with some light cola notes, well executed dark malts, marshmallow, and light nuts. I'm not big on the cola notes; they weaken the body. It lacks the complexity and bold aggressive flavour I love in a coffee stout, but it compensates with impressive balance and notable subtlety. A bit of milk chocolate in the third act. I don't get any yeast or alcohol.

Mf: Silky smooth and refreshingly wet. Perfect carbonation. Chewy feel. Feels good on the tongue; not too overbearing, actually quite luscious. It's full bodied, but it might be a bit thin.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a coffee stout; it's more approachable than most offerings. I'll enjoy this bottle, and I'm impressed by the subtlety and balance New Glarus has brought to it. But I do want more complexity and boldness from a coffee stout. I love the experimentation and would definitely get this again - now knowing what it tastes like. Another solid brew from one of the best breweries around. Highly recommended for fans of the style; this pushes boundaries - just in a different direction than most.

B-

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Danmullens1
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a coffee break. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Foamy, tan head that goes away quickly leaving only nice lacing and a ring around the glass. Dark, opaque brown with a tint of amber where the light hits. Lookin' good.

Smells like black coffee, sweet mocha, toffee, malt, vanilla, and a very pleasant hint of booze.

Love coffee--love beer, and I have to say this is the best, most complex mix of the two I've had. Very sweet, malty character, yet so well-balanced with the bitterness of the coffee and hops. As this beer warms I get oak, toffee, bourbon, and almost forget about the coffee that hit me up front. Exceptional taste and drinkability. Wish I had a pot-full of this stuff.

Mouthfeel maybe leans light and fizzy for a stout but does not distract.

Overall an excellent beer. Another nicely done to New Glarus. On Wisconsin!

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tulip

A: Almost completely opaque, but somehow feels more brown than black. Dense and creamy tan head which forms nearly perfect rings with each sip.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas. Rich coffee aroma, dark chocolate. Toasted marshmellow, walnuts.

T: Strong roast dominates, a little acrid. Lingering like an uncut espresso shot. Some nuttiness creeps in as it warms up, but still takes a back seat. Trying to locate some of the sweeter aromas that I picked up, but they’re just not coming in the flavor.

M: Solidly medium. Not as full or creamy as one might expect.

O: Out of the bottle, seemed poised to amaze. Aromas were ridiculous. Gotta say it came up a little short on the finish. Nice beer, just ended up a little too one note in the end to be spectacular.

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Photo of four91
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JRBecks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of cradke
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours Dark with brown hues. Finger thick fine head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Dark Malts. A little bit of dark coffee and espresso notes thrown in there. Pleasant and very approachable. Maybe a little subdued than some other big coffee stouts.

Taste: Almost an identical copy to the smell. Very pleasant malts and chocolate. The coffee notes are nice and a little subdued. Acidic and sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but with some carbonation. Pleasant.

Overall: I enjoy this beer quite a bit but it's (unfortunately) pretty average. Enjoyable but pretty average.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(from 2/8/2013)
Dark black pour from 12oz bottle into pint glass with a creamy light brown head.
A-coffee and roasted malts., some chocolate
M- Light body and low carbonation.
T- bold coffee and dark malts.
O- easy drinking stout. Tasty but nothing too special

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Photo of Circleo12
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Pours dark brown with peripheral transparency and a moderate mocha head that soon settles into an attractive, patchy froth. Aroma, though mild, smells of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Flavor tastes of coffee with a fairly strong hop presence and prickly carbonation. The coffee itself is a little more muted than anticipated. The bottle suggests serving at room temperature, so I'm a long way off drinking this straight from the fridge. A little warming appears to be in order here...

With some warming, trace chocolate comes through in the aftertaste. Coffee flavor, while fairly black, is mild enough to avoid acridity. Mouthfeel is semi-creamy and easy to drink, but thinner than I'm looking for in a stout. Good balance serves the drinkability as well. The hops meld nicely with the bitterness of the coffee.

Overall, this coffee stout comes off as a safe and easy-drinking stout with little in the way of complexity or nuance. Not quite coffee enough for a coffee fan or stout enough for a stout fan, I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed in spite of this brew's adequacy.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tiburon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DeschutesFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dlello2
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - long time want. Excited to give this guy a try.

A - Looks very nice. Pours fairly full-bodied with a nice white head. Ring of head sticks around.

S - Not all that fantastic. Tastes like coffee that was brewed a few days prior and left out at room temperature. Some vegetal notes. As it warms some more sweetness comes out in the aroma along with some cocoa.

T - Sweet milk chocolate and coffee to start with. Wish that it had more roast flavor... and even some fresh hops would help. Still decent.

M - Quite creamy, but the carbonation balances that well. Medium bodied.

O - I liked this beer. I will probably not seek it out again as there are just so many other coffee beers out there that are more pleasing to my palate. There is something about this one that seems artificial--like hersey's syrup in dunkin donuts coffee. Counter-intuitive as I know New Glarus cares a whole lot more than that. Hmm.

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Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NSK79
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

A - Poured a jet black with a beautiful creamy head, nice residual lacing.

S - Light toasted notes, vanilla, and coffee

T - The coffee flavor was very hidden and underwhelming, I thought it might improve as the beer warmed up but I only got more vanilla as the beer warmed.

M - Very thin for a stout, I almost felt that I was drinking a Porter.

O - If this beer was billed as a Vanilla Porter, I would have given it better marks, but instead I ended up being very disappointed, and sad to say this was the first craft beer I poured down the drain. Coffee stouts are one of my favorite styles and unfortunately this beer fell flat for me. I have great respect for NG, especially their fruit beers, maybe this was a bad bottle and a second try will be better.

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Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,019 ratings.
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