Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Photo of codsmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a light tan foamy head.

S: Amazing smell. It has very nice coffee and semi-sweet chocolate aroma. The roasted malts sit very light on the forefront of the beer. It has a very good hot alcohol aroma.

T: It has a very smooth taste upfront, but finishes off with a nice amount of coffee bitterness to finish it off. Not a whole lot of coffee upfront

M: Light to Moderate mouth-feel. Carbonation is perfect.

O: A very well balanced beer. I was hoping for a little more coffee... but still a very well done beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; no light came through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head dissipated slowly to leave trails along the glass, spots of foam, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very nice roasted character, which is not overpowering. The roasted coffee presence is well balanced by dark chocolate and caramel, and there is a light smokiness about it.

Taste: Mostly mirrors the aroma. Lots of roasted coffee, though it is perfectly balanced by dark chocolate and caramel. It also exhibits the smokiness from the smell, and there may also be a little plum or other dark fruit in there as well.

Drinkability: High quality stout, no doubt. As the first pint emptied, I think I got over my qualm about the mouthfeel.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, get a dark caramel along the edges of the glass when held to light. Two finger light tan head with good lacing.

S- Roasted malts, but primarily coffee.

T- Very similar to nose. Lots of coffee, not to bitter.

M- Thin. Easy drinking with a slightly dry finish to it.

O- Nice easy drinking coffee stout. Doesn't wow me, but still a good beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black with a half finger beige head.

S- Mostly a Mocha aroma which suggests a good balance of coffee, chocolate and roast flavors. As the beer warms more of the earthy coffee aroma comes through.

T- The flavors are well balanced throughout. Roast, chocolate, and coffee dominate, while some caramel sweetness brings just enough sweetness to balance things out.

M- Medium/full body, silky smooth with just the right amount to carbonation to break it up a bit.

O- I'm normally not a huge fan of coffee stouts, but this one was very enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in my Black Friday taster pint glass.

A - Pours with light tan foam that settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar. Body is near-black, and only reveals some brown coloration at the fringes. Spotty and minimal lacing.

S - Coffee, caramel and milk chocolate malts. Rather than having overwhelming coffee aroma, this is actually a stout with coffee merely being a contributing flavor. Some malted barley and dark fruit notes in there are well.

T - There's more dark chocolate and coffee featured in the flavor, although the bitterness seems to be mid-palate and doesn't linger. Definitely less sweet, but with some nutty notes in the finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean actually.

M - Carbonation is a bit to zesty for my liking, although if you let the beer warm to room temperature (as recommended on the label) it settles down significantly. Medium-light body, with some roasty dryness to the texture.

D - This is a coffee beer that is really easy to drink, thanks to the lack of harsh acidity or palate-raping bitterness. If you're looking for a lighter stout with some coffee kick to it, this is a fine choice. I'm told the coffee New Glarus uses varies, so I expect there's some variation from batch-to-batch. Still, another well-crafted brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmittance at the edges, with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prominent roasted barley cultivates as much chocolate in the smell as there is coffee. The smell is otherwise unctuous and slightly herbaceous.

T: Begins off-dry, with toffee-infused roasted grain and faint dark fruit. Acidity is moderate at its most intense, more than ideal but not really distracting. Chocolate pudding emerges into the middle, retaining what sweetness was present early. As unctuous chocolate fades, it gives way to drying coffee and tree-bark chicory, developing a deeply seated umami character that lingers through the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidity is lively on the palate constraining its advertised smoothness, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This coffee stout serves ably as a porter-style ale for all occasions, thanks to its coffee qualities being kept in check. Overall flavor and smell is found to be in copacetic agreement, suggesting cookies to the drinker.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark brown in the glass, topped by a lighter off-white head that lasts. Great aroma, grainy at the forefront along with coffee, toasted malt and cream. Smells semi-sweet, and the coffee is nicely integrated rather than dominant. Tastes close to the aroma, quite malty and grainy, coffee with cream at an even balance with the other flavors. Medium-bodied, lightly sweet in the finish and only mildly bitter. Great stuff, I'd drink this regularly if it were locally available.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a super dark brown that barely lets any light through it. Creamy toffee head that sticks around for a bit. Very little lacing.

Smells roasty, coffee-y, and sweet. Not a super intense nose, but delicious smelling.

Taste is very similar to nose, with a decent amount of bitterness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel is very unassuming - wish it had a bit more depth, but I suppose it's nice that it's such a quaffable brew.

Overall, I really like this brew. It's best fresh, but isn't terrible if it has a bit of age. A nice light coffee stout that doesn't punch you in the face.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lactose, coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with creamy flavors of coffee and vanilla followed by a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not quite the best in the style but it’s a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

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

Appearance was dark dark brown with tan head. Good head that stayed with me for nearly the whole drink.

Smell was that of roasted coffee. Taste was nearly spot on to the smell. Tasted very roasty and sweet. Slightly bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is a good stout (not great), but I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Bennettrox
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sam for this one!

A - Deep dark brown with an easy one finger pillow like head.

S - Light chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The coffee isn't as strong in the nose as I'd like, but still solid.

T - Much stronger coffee taste on the tongue. Milk chocolate, toasted malts, and bread notes.

M - Really love the mouth-feel. Creamy, medium carbonation, goes down easy but still coats the mouth well.

O - A nice coffee stout. Very easy to drink and reminds me of a coffee milk stout due to the creaminess and milk chocolate. Enjoyed this one - the low abv is a perk due to most coffee bombs hitting at 8%+.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a deep brown/black, with a two fingered tan head that drops slowly, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of coffee, cocoa, and dark roasted malt. No hops to speak of.

Flavors are closer to a milk stout, with coffee added, some sugar sweetness, dark roast malt. Finish is short, with sweetened iced coffee in the fade.

Mouthfeel is light, not quite watery. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a good beer, I would seek this out again. But I agree with some of the criticism that it is a little light in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of ddahlen
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz glass with a three inch head and a darkened black hue.
The nose has hints of coffee and chocolate, with the coffee not as prominent as I'd like. This could be due to timing as I've had this beer in my fridge for two months now.
The taste has some nice chocolate and some better coffee notes than I had expected from the nose. I also get a bit of toffee-like sweetness, but it's faint.
The mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated with a very nice creamy medium body to it.
Overall, I think this is a pretty solid approach to the style. I'd certainly love to get my hands on one of these fresh to maximize on the coffee aromatics and flavors.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from backlog

A - Pours a surprisingly thin opaque brown-black hue, and is capped with a filmy off-white head. Though it does not look bad, nothing about this beer, aside from color, suggests Stout to me.

S - The nose has a bit of coffee, and perhaps some mineral-y malt underlying. I do not get any significant roast, or much of anything at all; the coffe is even very subdued for my palate. There are a number of Stouts that have almost no aroma (Guinness draft, for one...) so I am not terribly distressed by the mildness.

T - The taste is a little closer to disappointing; it really tastes okay, but it does not taste as advertised by its moniker. There is coffee, sure, a bit of it, but it is quite mild. Stout? Where? I am not really getting Stout here. The body isn't there, nor the roast, or the depth either. If this were called 'Coffee Brown Ale' I'd be much happier with it. In fact, now that I think about it, this tastes like Fat Squirrel with coffee added.

M - Too thin to be called Stout.

O - I am hung up on this misnomer, but the brew is decent, though quite underwhelming.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown color and ends black with two fingers if light tan head. The nose has light coffee notes but is quite faint. An odd sour scent is noticed. The taste is malty and tinted with coffee. The coffee bean taste lingers for quite some time. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp level if carbonation. Not too sure this one is that fresh due to faint characteristics but its okay either way.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight to the punch you want anyway.
For a basic stout with coffee this one is pretty solid. While i am a bit biased to the Just Coffee beans they use for this beer(my work gets custom roasts from them) i don't actually think the coffee flavors are super strong, it really comes through more in a roasted malt may to me. There is a bit of a coffee+cream flavor but roasty and light cacao notes and all the typical stout flavors are whats on display here. A good standard stout in every aspect, just expect more roast then coffee onslaught.

Hope this helps you.
Love, Chad.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/11/11- Review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy of a generous trader.
A: Murky very dark brown, thin near-white cream film and collar with some lacing.
S: Nutty vanilla brown sugar, very mild earthy coffee.
T: Mild, nutty, caramel, smooth coffee, subtle rum alcohol in the finish. Nice.
M: Frothy, and lighter.
O: Pretty good, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of harrymel
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

A: Pours a dark, near black stout. Light toasted cream, single finger head falls quickly to a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. difficult to asses clarity.

S: cocoa more than anything. Quite lightly creamy. Coffee and roasted malts come thru. Hints of soil.

T: Overly roasted IMO. Very strong toasty flavor. Some hints of dark fruits. Woody hints. The coffee flavors are burnt and dry with nutty tones.

M: Medium to light body with high carbonation for the genre. Dry. Out of line for style IMO.

O: A little too dry, light, bubbly. Coffee is subdued and burnt.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whats this? Two beers in one night?! This guy must be Kuh-raaa-zeee. But I'm not. I promise. I'm just thirsty.

Another fine beer poured into my pint glass for gentle loving consumption....slow...luxurious... loving... consumption.

Anyway, inky darkness hides all its secrets until my LED flashlight blasts into it. Many singular, tiny bubble streams come from the base to populate the top. Decent head formation, needs a bit more retention, and the lacing is average. All around so far a good start.

Hints of roasted pork. Has that dried leather, pigskin memory. Bit of sweetness... nothing saccharin or sucrose like... more brown sugar and peat moss. Once more tonight I find cardboard somewhere, and this is in the nose. Mesquite, slight hickory woodchip aroma. Not overwhelming, not nauseating. Just kind of nice actually. Some caramel sweetness and roasted malt on the last hits.

It hits me in the mouth with a mixture of sweet malts and pig back. Its pork-ish without being roasted pork. The sweetness is odd and distracting to be honest. I don't know if I like it or hate it. Its just... there.... At first brown sugar, then earthen peaty brown sugar. It has some roasted malt character, but nothing overwhelming. This finish is mostly a barnyard cured leather flavor with some bitterness. Not really hops, but something....

Full bodied, bit creamy, the carbonation is minor and not necessarily missed. Slick, not watery. I like it. There are some areas where it could be improved... flavors that could be toned down while others are brought out more. Its a great start, but I think it has some work to be done. I think of it as a porter... ya, a porter.

A-3.5 S-3.5 T-3.5 M-4.0 D-3.5

Reveal... New Glarus Coffee Stout!?! Shut the front door. THIS had coffee infused into it? THIS beer? The one right in front me... Lemme take another sip. Ya.. no. Barely a coffee tone on it. I can see some of the roast and bitterness being coffee-related but I would never have guessed that off of the flavor they present.

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Photo of korguy123
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Oily black pour, totally opaque, dark brown around edges when held to the light. Three finger khaki head slowly recedes to finger width cap. Lacing is good.

S- Dark roasted coffee, brownie batter, brown sugar, chocolate milk. Slight nut smell with bready notes.

T- Almonds, toasted malts, bitter roasted coffee. Vanilla sweetness in the back end. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, slight carbonation.

O- Good coffee stout. Coffee isn't too over powering. Creaminess resembles an oatmeal stout.


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Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up for review is a bottle of Coffee Stout from New Glarus. Poured into a pint glass at room temp. Nice dark pour, thin head. Well balanced coffee presence over a hearty stout. Not too much coffee, which is nice. Medium body is a bit light, but drinks well.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter on 4/11/11.
Black body with dark brown edges. Significant, small bead head. Tan in color, recedes quickly leaving slight lace. This one smells of coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste follows suit with notes of black coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Full bodied with low carbonation. This was a great coffee beer and my first offering from New Glarus- Ill be back!

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Photo of ejeffer11
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of several extras from caseyk (much thanks to a great BA)

Pour is a little less dark than I expected, but certainly not a negative. Nice head appearance and an overall tasty looking brew. Smell is pleasant, and typical of most standard porters - roasted malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The coffee is there, but certainly not overpowering. If you are looking for a strong coffee taste, this is probably not your guy. This is, however, very enjoyable and even more so as it warms. Some chocolate and roasted malts in the flavor.

Have not met a NG beer that let me down yet. A very easy drinking example of the style and one I would revisit.

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in my glass. Forms a brilliantly hued crema of a head. Thin, but with good retention. Little lacing. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells quite bright and refreshing, like a fresh cup of brewed black coffee even though there is not a strong coffee aroma. Some dark fruits and mocha round it out.

T: Mildly sweet chocolate. Dark malts. Raisins, plums, port. Coffee on the finish. Finish is long and quite complex - really hangs on the tongue.

M: Medium in body and a bit acrid. Low carbonation.

O: A solid stout with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent BIF. Let's see. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice dark black with no light shining through. A 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a bubble lake atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of roasty coffee upfront with a creamy lactose in the middle. Some nice malty chocolate on the backend. Good.

T: A light roasty coffee upfront followed by a nice earthy grain in the middle. A mild bitter chocolate on the backend. Very good.

M: Light body with a good carbonation. A creamy roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great session stout! If you like an easy beer that you can put down a few and like roasty dark beers, this is for you. Try if you like session stouts! Top of the line for a session stout.

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