Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
1,020 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pitmonkey for the extra. Unfortunately, I am not a coffee drinker and not a big fan of it either hence the lower ranking. Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The pour is a dark brown color with a rather thin tan colored head. The nose offers up a decent stout aroma with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts with a slight acidity. Picks up some coffee. There’s some nice roast and nutty qualities to the flavor with the same caramel sweetness. The body is the usual medium (maybe a touch on the thin side) with a moderate level of carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink but not my style.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a very light brown finger of head. Dissipates to a light film, and leaves a few lace splotches along the way.

Aroma has a very pleasant coffee smell to it. It's not intense, but it's very nice. Some roasted notes, malts, and toffee add a bit to it.

Taste has a bit more pronounced coffee taste and bitterness. Plenty roasted malts, bits of caramel, chocolate and toffee are present. Overall, very nice.

The feel is a hair crisp, and lighter in body. There is a bit of slickness to it, and a little creaminess, but for the most part it lacks a bit in this department.

Overall, a very pleasant coffee stout. Aromas are nice, as is the taste. It's not stellar, but I wouldn't mind having this available to me on the regular.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a spot on cola brown with a fluffy head that leaves no noticable lacing. Nice notes of smoky roasted grain, chicory coffee, dusty wood and coffee berries. Taste and mouthfeel is a little thin and diluted though some nice coffee and dark red fruits come out. Also a touch of fruity caramel and some foresty hops shows up at the end. My first new glarus good for what it is but not overly impressed.

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very dark, muddy brown color. Pretty opaque, but with light edges. The pour dropped a small finger of tan head that left some spotty lace.

A: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The coffee is not overpowering as I would've hoped. I do get some earthy hops, but the malt backbone is where this shines.

T: More of the roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Coffee again present, but not overpowering. There is a distinct bitterness from the brew, more than likely from the combination of bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops. Finishes slightly dry, bitter, with no hint of the ABV.

M: Just a bit thin. Light to medium body, carbonation is spot on.

O: Pretty happy with this one. I wish it had a bit more coffee flavor, but all in all pretty good. The toasted malt is quite nice and the bitterness from the coffee is welcomed. Nice. Skal.

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Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark black with a large foamy light tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is a full bodied stout with a good amount of roasted coffees beans. Taste is a well rounded dark roast coffee flavour, creamy on the palate. Nove dark malts compliment the cocoa and java notes. A full bodied stout that uses a strong coffee profile for an expected taste profile. One of the better and decent coffee infused stouts ice had.

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Photo of koopa
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Vito at the Coppermine Pub thanks!

Appearance: Pours a medium brown to chestnut with a 1 finger off white (khaki) crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Strong coffee notes over roasted malt. Fairly straight forward but the limited dimensions it offers are good in their own right.

Taste: Fairly waterly coffee rinds.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking when it comes to a coffee beer.

Overall: Not the best New Glarus offering I've had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired via Tumpster trade. Another dark brown beer, ruby hued edge to it, tan head, not much lace sticks around. Smell is shockingly, coffee.

Taste again, coffee, a little milder and smooth to it. Doesn't have to be the biggest, boldest coffee flavor to be good, this one is right down the middle. Viscosity wasn't as thick as I expected, but this is more of a sessionable coffee stout rather than a massive alcohol bomb to it. Slight chocolate malt flavor peaks out downbottle in the mouthfeel.

Wheras New Glarus makes some beers that it is the world leader in (cherry, raspberry) here, the coffee stout is merely a very good example of the style. Great morning beer.

Taste, coffee not as pronounced

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Pours a dark brown, black center, lighter brown edging. Half inch tan head, minor lacing

S - The coffee wasn't as strong in the nose as the roasted barley was. Grainy, bitter, slight smoke and chocolate

T - Much the same as the nose. I would have liked the coffee to play a stronger role in the flavour. It was mainly the roastiness of the barley with the chocolate and coffee in the background.

M - Kinda thin

O - A pretty middle of the pack Coffee Stout. I am sure the coffee they infused into the beer was of high quality, I just wish I could taste more of it!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Picked up on my last run to Hudson, WI. Poured into a DFH tulip a pretty dark brown color with a slight 1/2 finger head of mocha tan. Head settles to slight collar around the glass. Medium/dark roast coffee notes in the nose along with some chocolate. This is not the most "coffee" coffee stout I have had but it drinks nice. It has a sublte sweetness in the beginning with a roasted coffee flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a mixture of roast bitter and sweet. Slightly dry.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights. Head is dense and soapy.

Aroma is rich dark grain malt, with an oatmeal sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar to the nose. Oatmeal sweetness matched with dark grain roasted bitterness. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Finishes with smokey charred dark grain and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I felt that this stout was surprisingly sweet. More oatmeal stout than coffee stout. In fact, there was very little coffee to be found.

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Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark black with no highlights, a light tan soap ring head. Just a touch of lacing.

Has a big chocolate malt and roasted barley smell, no real coffee notes here.

The flavor is mild with some roasty and smoked malt notes along with hints of chocolate, any coffee flavors are fairly subdued by the black malts.

The mouthfeel is where I really get the coffee, it really seems to thin the mouthfeel and viscosity of stouts in which its added and really seems to be the case here in a bit of a negative way. The mouthfeel is very thin and oily.

Overall its a pretty average stout.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in a trade, poured into my Goose Island wine glass.

Pours a deep brown, with black in the middle, lighter brown around the edges. A little bit of rocky head quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is as-advertised with notes of roasted coffee and some earthy dark chocolate. A lot of coffee beers can take on a stale coffee taste, but this one smells fresh despite the fact that I've had this bottle for several months.

Taste starts off with some bitter roast before finishing with some sweet almost cherry-like flavors mixed in with some earthy coffee.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too far off the average for a 5.75% stout. Carbonation is moderate. Overall this is a very approachable and drinkable coffee stout. For my money, I'd take this over any other coffee stout I've had to date.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and opaque body with a 1/4" of dense tan head. It has good retention on the head.

Very aromatic. Obviously, coffee is the focus and it smells like fresh-brewed coffee. I've had many coffee stouts that have the bitter-left-over scent/flavor, but not this one. There's also a sweet touch of rootbeer.

The coffee dominates this beer and in a good way. It also has a creamy sweetness to it. It's slightly bitter. It gets way better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, yet creamy. Moderate carbonation.

This is a very good beer overall. A relatively low abv, thin body, and fresh coffee taste gives it great upside with no downside.

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Photo of sugit
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown / black pour. Big head, but vanish to nothing quickly.

S: Not the strongest of noses. Very faint coffee. Very bitter smell as well.

T: THe taste is of old coffee sitting around from the day before. The coffee is present a bit, but just not an enjoyable flavor. Dry roasted malty for the most part with bitter coffee.

M: Too thin for a stout.

O: A bit dissapointed by this one. Since it's not a double stout, I wasn't expecting the massive flavor profile for some others, but this just came up a bit short in all areas.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a .5 inch head that falls off quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roast and sweet malt, with a bit of stone fruit. Some coffee in the background, but not overpowering.

T - Roast and coffee most forward. Slight fruitiness mid-palate, and a hint of liquorice. Nice crisp finish.

M - On the lower end of medium for me.

Overall - The beer doesn't really come together for me. Flavors not integrated well, and I get an old drip coffee aftertaste that lingers. I'll attribute this to age and re-review with a fresh bottle when time allows. I'd never say no to a bottle of New Glarus, and I am happy to have tried this.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Big, moussy dark tan head (about two fingers tall) which lasts for two to three minutes before falling to the sides. Deep mahogony with ruby highlights on edge of glass.

S - Coffee evident upon pouring but not overwhelming, along with dark roasted malt. Light chalkiness and floral hops. Clean yeast character. Would like a little bolder coffee aroma.

T - Coffee aroma seems light after discovering how strong the coffee comes through in the flavor. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors are distinct from the coffee, which is quite a trick; most coffee beers I've had the coffee completely overshadows teh malt. Grassy hop flavor in the aftertaste with a firm bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a medium dry finish. Moderate carbonation aids to creamy texture. Smooth and quaffable.

D - The first beer I had out of this six pack I couldn't taste the coffee at all, but that beer had been in the fridge for a couple of days. This one was barely chilled, probably around 55F. Drink this beer on the warm side if you want to taste the coffee. If you can't stand drinking your beer that warm, then you might as well buy something else since you won't taste the coffee anyway. I think I still like Coffee Bender better, but this is still one of the best coffee beers I have had.

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Photo of kenpo23
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours almost black with a thick head that is still hanging on at the end.

S: the only smells i got were roasted coffee and alcohol... sometimes its nice to have it just smell like what its supposed to. i find i'm not missing any of the vanilla or chocolate that usually comes with coffee brews.

T: what can i say, its pretty much the same as the smell. it really is just straight up nice to have a coffee brew that just tastes like coffee.

M: its a bit high on the carbonation but that does not bother me and its a little on the thin side but im not seeing those as complaints because it still all works for me. nicely rounded out.

D: because it actually does taste like very good coffee i can't say i'd want more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting but i think i could drink that many every day. i wish i had more of them.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Praise be to UMNbeerhunter for the opportunity to try this.

A: Man, this thing is dark. When I held it up to light, there was very little brown showing around the edges and I could clearly see my reflection in the glass. Big, tan colored head that sticks around for a while. Lots and lots of lacing. Almost like a spider web around the glass. Not that it means as much as it used to, but this gets a 5. Well done.

S: Bitter coffee smells mixed in with bits of cocoa and yeasty notes. Roasted and biscuty.

T: Tastes a bit like FBS without the chocolate. Loads of bitter coffee with biscuit and toffee. Bitterness at the end, but it's hard for me tell if it's from the coffee or if there's some bittering hops at play. Either way, this is a pretty tasty beer.

M: Light and fluffy which is very unexpected from such a dark and bold beer. I actually like the change up..way to catch me off guard.

D: Excellent. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. The lighter mouthfeel only adds to the drinkability.

Thanks Joseph. This was tasty.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- the darkest brown you can imagine. Not black, very very dark brown. Light beige head quickly falls to only wisps of scattered color. Nice cascading lace after each sip.

S- very large coffee smell. I could smell this when my snifter was 6ft away. Right behind the huge coffee is very hidden ripe fruit. Great complexity.

T- taste starts with sweet fruits and a little bit of chocolate then is balance excellently by fresh bitter coffee. I usually don't drink anything coffee but I would grab this beer every chance I got. Great balancing act of flavors.

M- a bit carbonated for a stout. Very light bodied for the style. I would prefer more heft and some more coating. Taste makes up for this though.

D- pretty easy drinking stout. The only thing that is wrong in my eyes is the harsh carbonation.
Thanks to wisconsinbeer1 for letting me try This great Brewery for the first time

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Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. This was an extra in a trade, so no idea on origin or price.

New Glarus Coffee Stout is the beer I was drinking when the Packers won the Superbowl! Proof positive this is the stuff of champions!

The beer is black with a nice off-white head and really nice lace. The head subsides to just a ring but still has presence. The beer is mostly opaque.

The smell is brilliant! The nose is full of coffee and caramel, taking me to Cafe Eau Lait in New Orleans. As the people stroll around Jackson Square, the air is thick with roast and the coffee is sweetened. The taste continues the experience is a great way! I love the way this beer presents a fresh, premium coffee flavor without the acidity. There's not a huge stout underneath, but some nuttiness and mild chocolate exists from sip to sip. This finishes with some moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a touch skimpy for a stout, but the carbonation comes across as creamy and the beer is very drinkable. I could enjoy a few of these back to back, and I like that in a coffee stout.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JenD2676 for this bottle! Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown with one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that slowly dissipated.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee, come light toasted nut flavours and a nice overall caramel sweetness.

T - Dark roasted coffee and toasted nuts dominate the palate. There is nice overall sweetness as well. The finish has a bitterness that lingers a little bit. A very good balance for a coffee stout. I often find that coffee stouts and porters can be either overly sweet or are overdone with the bitterness/coffee flavour. This one strikes a great balance.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation.

D - A very good coffee stout. Would get this one again if it were available near me.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from Sonoma01 in a huge box of all NG bottles, thanks again!

I hate to say 'underwhelmed' because this is certainly a fine brew and one I'm happy to be able to drink tonight. I was sent 6 and I waited until my third bottle (not tonight) before reviewing it so that expectation wouldm't sway the rating too much.

A: fine, deep brown, tan head. Interestingly, I noted that it moves easily in the glass. The mouthfeel is not watery, but the liquid does slosh easily. Moderate lacing.

S: For a 'coffee stout' there is not much there but for just being a 'stout' there is a nice malt/roast aroma with very light notes of cafe au lait.

T: Again, this is a very nice and above average stout. It hits all the correct notes, it is easy on the palate and there is the hint of coffee at the outset and the bitterness of the last sip of the cup right on the death.

M: Really the best feature of this brew, well weighted and doesn't stick in the mouth at all despite having a fuller mouthfeel.

D: Happy to have had it, happy to still have a few bottles left but something I'll likely only drink when I'm in Wisconsin.


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

Part of a sampler six pack

Pours a nice dark color with medium tan head and good lacing

Nose is coffee, vanilla.

Taste is pretty balanced with a medium coffee taste and some creaminess. A little sweet yet bitter. Interesting. A little dry on the finish but a nice drinkable stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color, with very little head, that disapated very quickly. There is a coffe aroma but it is weak. The taste starts malty, then the coffee flavors show up at the end. A nice strong overall flavor, but lacking just a bit of the coffee. Overall a real nice taste, and nice blend with the coffee, it isnt over powering, its overall pretty good, and would have another.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to levifunk for this 12oz bottle. Into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a very deep brown, verging on black with a khaki colored head about half an inch thick that recedes quite quickly to an island of bubbles in the center of the glass. A few clingy spots of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Initially, I get a wet dog smell but that fades quickly into a nice nutty coffee flavor. The coffee flavor is more of a lighter roast from the smell. Underneath that is a decent note of milk chocolate. Not too bad but the wet dog note I get at first is just weird.

T: Nice coffee flavor, quite roasty and nutty. Underneath the awesome coffee note are some notes of chocolate as well. Just a touch of bitterness at the back end, but this is pretty sweet as a whole. I'm really enjoying the coffee notes here, everything balances and works very well here. I'll go ahead and round up on my 4.25 score in my mind. Very nice.

M: Maybe a little bit on the thin side in the mouth for me. Finishes fairly sweet. Carbonation is right where I like it.

D: If I had a six pack of this, I would have no problems drinking it in one sitting, as this has a lot of the notes that i really enjoy in an imperial stout toned down to a single stout. Very nicely done, minus the wet dog smell in the nose.

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