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Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours dark and opaque deep brown with a thick tad head. Average retention and thick lacing. Coffee presence is much more subdued than other coffee stouts, but for a sessionable stout this is great, with a strong, smooth oatmeal stout like flavor with a mild coffee bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

We dig in to the haul from our Woodman's run. This first offering pours a nearly opaque ruby-tinted black-brown topped by about a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises soft coffee, roasted malts, and mild chocolate. The taste is mostly a showcase of roasted malts, but then an upsurge of light-ish coffee comes in, bringing with it a touch of vanilla. The finish, though, comes off as slightly stale-tasting. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice coffee stout, nothing overtly special, but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/light black, two finger head that drops down to skint size. solid lacing in the pint glass.

S: roasted nuts, coffee, nuts.

T/M: sweet toasted nuts, coffee, toffee, smoke flavor finish, med/light body, med-light carbonation.

D: Very amazing session beer. Enough flavor to keep your taste buds more than satisfied, but goes down with ease. I have visited the New Glarus brewery and have tried a ton of their beers, this is one of the best they make!


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Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

The appearance of this beer is sufficiently dark with a light beige head on the beer. The smell is a blend of mostly coffee (roast) and a little bit of vanilla not really strong or complex, but still good. The taste is pretty basic with there being coffee and roasted barley in the flavor. The mouthfeel is really nice and this is is a solid beer that is good to enjoy. It's highly drinkable, but just like many beers from NG, I think there is so much more that could be done, even though the beers are solid.

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Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to birchstick for the hookup with this offering.

Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with some deep ruby coloration and lighter brown murkiness around the edges. 2.5 fingers of tan creamy head forms and holds fairly well. As it recedes, it leaves a coating of lace and patches about the glassware that is quite sticky.

The aroma of this brew is strong roasted coffee with a solid fresh dark grain quality and even some chocolate notes thrown in there. Some grainy sweetness accents the chocolate and makes the nose of this brew very enjoyable. I have no idea how fresh this brew is but the fresh grain scent coupled with the coffee is perfect. The most faint citrus, herbal and mineral hop element is noted in the background.

The taste includes a mixture of flavors beyond the expected coffee and dark grain roastiness. There are fruity indications of alcohol, yeast and a fair amount of hops characteristics which are citrus, herbal and earthy. Surprisingly all the fresh grains and coffee that were so bold in the aroma are surpressed in the taste and only come out in the finish. For just under 6% the alcohol is quite evident with a fruity taste that is a bit of a let down. I would have expected more roastiness and coffee flavor instead of the estery alcohol with the coffee/grain taking a back seat in this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking but quite a let down compared to the aroma. The aftertaste of this brew is more enjoyable than the taste itself which is sad. I don't know if it is possible to tweak this recipe's flavor without changing the aroma but if that could be done this brew would be spectacular.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to portia99 for sending the wanted extra!

A - Black body, maybe brown around the edges with a light brown head.

S - Sweet milk stout like aroma, a light roast but really reminds me of cream. Not picking up much coffee or roast.

T - A light roast, some coffee notes but not much, on the sweeter side. A bit of a dark fruit flavor as well. Really lacking after having it after Central Waters Coffee Stout.

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable but doesn't have as much coffee flavor as I was hoping for. A decent beer but not notable. There are a lot of better coffee stouts out there. I had this right after Central Waters Coffee Stout however and have to say that one stomps all over this one. Glad to try this one and wouldn't mind drinking more but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Axic10
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Barrythebear. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate

Taste: Bold coffee, deep dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, some sweet cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy, wish it was a little more full bodied.

Drinkability: Definitely an enjoyable coffee stout, full of flavor, but lower in terms of abv to some of the other coffee stouts I've been drinking. I would get this again.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Tonight the D train makes another stop in New Glarus, Wisconsin to try the New Glarus Coffee Stout for the first time. Appearance is dark, java bean brown. Good aroma of dark roast, espresso beans, coco, and malts. Light to medium body with strong coffee flavor with sweet sugars, malts, dark chocolate, and finishes with mild bite.

Very good coffee stout at the good price tag. Well worth picking up a 6-pack.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, a very dark shade of brown, just short of black. Billowing tan head is pretty well retained. Initial smell is lightly roasted barley followed by light coffee - more cold pressed than espresso or java. A touch of pale malt is also distinguishable.

Flavor is a pretty simple. Dark barley with a touch of hops. There's a little coffee and a light bitterness on the finish, but for the most part, it's just your standard roasted stout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a heavy carbonation that is too much in my opinion given the lighter flavor. As with most NG beers, it's highly drinkable.

Well-made, but not a standout by any means. Graded next to the better coffee stouts out there, this is somewhat bland and mediocre. But as a sub 6% American Stout, it's pretty solid. Definitely a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of lester619
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with faint hints of red. Thin but solid dark tan head. Very deep fresh coffee smell. You can tell that it's beer, but it smells more like a cup of fresh strong coffee or espresso. Strong dark coffe taste at first obviously, but some robust bitter and malty beer flavors mix with the coffee. You don't forget you are drinking beer. After you swallow though, the strong espresso flavor is what stays behind.A lot of coffee beers taste they brewed the beer first and then just mixed it with coffee. This one seemed to take the natural bitter chocolate and coffe flavors of a stout and enhance them with a fresh coffee flavor. Very smooth and fresh tasting beer. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for a big thick beer. Very nicely flavored beer overall.

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Photo of nhindian
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously sent by JamesK123, thanks James!

12oz bottle poured into a large goblet.

A - Pours a dark brown stream which builds a body that is a dark oak, almost black color. Has nice chocolate highlights and builds about a 1-fingered tan head that dissolves quickly into bubbly islands. Not much lacing at all.

S - Smell is refreshingly chock full of fresh pressed espresso, a welcome change from other coffee stouts that seem to have a more astringent, day-old smell to it. Smell is also fairly sweet and malty, which almost no appearance from chocolate. This is an unabashed coffee stout, that's for sure.

T - Taste is akin to drinking a nice, iced coffee, black as night. The malts add a creamy body that helps everything go down smooth and add only a smidge of sweetness upfront before being washed away by the espresso. As in the nose, pretty much absent of chocolate besides a touch of bitterness, smoke, or any other typical stout stand-bys. Definitely lives up to the name, as the flavor profile pretty much consists of coffee, hops, and a slight alcohol bite at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is light and the finish is pretty short given the concentration of coffee flavors. Only problem I have with this beer, as with some other stouts, is that the aftertaste is a bit watery and thin. This beer could definitely benefit from a bit of a beefier body, but given the low price and ABV of this, I'm sure New Glarus didn't produce or market this beer that will fill you up and kick your ass.

D - Drinkability is high. Given the short finish, I mentioned myself going back to the glass shortly after taking a sip. I feel this would be a great introduction to more coffee-forward stouts, as this beer really blends well with the hops, and although the coffee is the main attraction, it doesn't overwhelm and assault.

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Photo of rka758
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with one-finger tan head. Nice lacing.
S: Great coffee notes.
T: Nice coffee flavors.
M: Sips with a nice creaminess to it.
D: A very enjoyable beer. A coffee stout that I think can stand with the best of them.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a dark brown with a creamy one finger light tan head that leaves big islands of residual lacing.

S. Mostly coffee with dark roasted malts and roasted bitterness.

T. Brimming with coffee flavor and roasty bitterness. A breakfast beer for sure.

M. Thin body with a medium level of creamy carbonation. Perfect for this beer.

D. Very drinkable. I would enjoy this on a cold winter (Christmas) morning if readily available.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown, like a super concentrated cup of coffee

S - coffee is by far the most dominate scent on the nose. Some sweet milk chocolate and a touch of smoke from the roasted malts also cut into the aroma. There is also a bit of sweet nutiness, akin to a cup of hazelnut coffee.

T - starts off with with sweet malts that is quickly pushed aside by the organic Just Coffee Co-op coffee. The coffee quickly melds into some rich milk chocolate flavors and ends with burnt malt / coffee - really nice. I was expecting this to have a stronger coffee flavor based on the nose, but was surprised when it translated to a sweeter taste. Usually coffee stouts have either too much coffee, or not enough coffee. Fortunately, this one has just the right amount to make it a multi-dimensional beer.

M - watery with a silky thin body. Not bad, but could be improved.

D - this is a fantastic coffee stout here. As previously mentioned, many coffee stouts are pretty one-dimensional in their palate. New Glarus provides a rich, flavorful coffee stout. Well done!

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Photo of mariposafan
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Minimal head, though what is there is resilient. The body is dark, dark brown - you almost have to hold it up to a light to see anything to indicate it's not black.

The smell is roasty malts and coffee. Nice!

The taste is coffee and malt. Some roastiness but nothing overpowering. Pretty much no bitterness. Reading the bottle it does mention cold-pressed coffee so the lack of bitterness isn't too great a surprise. Wonderful, wonderful flavor.

The mouthfeel is light, not the heaviness of some stouts. The carbonation is ultra-creamy - perfectly appropriate for a coffee stout.

Easy, easy drinking. The first stout that I've really loved. Pretty much the New Glarus trademark taste profile - very flavorful but not overbearing.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice coffee like ebony Body with a creamy tan head.

S- Smell of Sweet cream and Coffee and sugar. With lots of malts notes that get loss to my nose.

T- Sweet taste of coffee and sugar no bitterness what so ever. Also a hint of chocolate and dark malts in the background.

M- Very Creamy and smooth like drinking your favorite cup of coffee in the morning just in a beer bottle.

D- This is not your average coffee stout. This is a true coffee stout meaning it drinks more like a coffee then a stout. My first coffee stout that actually taste like I'm drinking my morning coffee with cream and sugar. From NG site it was cold press infuse which I love press coffee gives it a settle taste not to bitter taste from other coffee almost like a cafe or french press style which I love.

True coffee drinkers will appreciate this beer.


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Photo of klikger
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Dexter's

A - Dark, dark brown with a hint of red. Small brown head, decent lacing.

S - Coffee and roasted grains

T - Bitter coffee, touch of lactose, and some floral hops --> bright coffee, a small amount of dark chocolate --> dry, acidic coffee finish

M - Medium-bodied, yet creamy; fair carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable - despite the acidic finish, it's not as devastating as some coffee stouts

All in all, a very good brew worth a purchase or three on an annual basis. It's not the very best coffee stout out there, but for the price, it's hard to top.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a robust 1 finger, semi-fine light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is frothy with great legs and stick.

S: Nose is... what else? Coffee... with a touch of liquorice and roasted malt. Sweeet and subtle for the most part. Not the most aromatic.

T: Opens coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, and roasted malt. Sweetens towards the middle as the chocolate takes center stage and coffee gradually fades out. Simple but incredibly well balanced. Finish is a soft touch of coffee and chocolate. Aftertaste is a slight coffee sourness.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. This one's very rich, robust, and smooth all the way down. One of the best I've come across in a regular stout. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers just a bit.

D: Definitely one of the best beers in its style. Great balance and awesome mouthfeel. This is comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout but with almost half the ABV. Quite an achievement. Try it!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours black with a nice mocha head. The nose really brings forward a strong amount of coffee along with some slight roasted malt. The taste is coffee, roasted malt, hints of vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. Really great and smooth body. Drinks quite well overall and is one of the better coffee beers I've had in awhile.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown black color with a medium tall tan brown head and some residual lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some dark chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts for bitterness, some bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee for bitterness, and some caramel for some ending sweetness. Body is light to medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gratefulbeerhead for this bottle. Cheers Eric!

Pours a very deep brown, nearly black. Slight bits of yeast sediment can be seen floating about. Two finger malted milk colored head. Retention is pretty decent. Heavy lacing left blanketing the side of the tulip.

Java certainly comes through in the nose though not a strong as I had hoped. Chocolate and roasted malt sneak past the bean and make it to the nose.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are immediately picked up on the tongue. To be quite honest the chocolate comes through a bit stronger. Moderate roasted grain contributes a slight bitterness, when combined with the coffee the overall bitterness is moderate but pleasant. Caramel flavors open up midpalate which transition to a creamy sweetness toward the back. A lingers coffee bitterness is left clinging to the back of the palate.

Medium bodied brew with lively carbonation. I typically like my stouts to have a bit more body but that is just my preference. Texture is very smooth. Finish is moderate, flavors linger on the tongue but not for too long.

Very solid beer, certainly sessionable. Although the java flavors are not quite intense enough to simply be called "Coffee Stout", it is quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

Thanks to Shango42 for hooking me up with this one!

A - Poured two fingers of foam, nice creamy froth which was tan in color, to dark to tell if any carbonation was present

S - Sweet chocolate malts, coffee bean, hints of caramel and vanilla. Not a lot of hops present

T/M - Medium bodied and smooth roasted malt flavor, taste the coffee, chocolate and vanilla, was a little thin at times even with the coffee

D - Very drinkable brew, one of the better brews that I have had from New Glarus. One for sure I would pick up next time I am cross the border. I highly recommend this brew!

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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: There is a nice layer of head with good retention, as the head drops it leaves a little patterned lacing down the sides of the glass, dark brown that edges towards black in color, seems slightly cloudy to opaque - 4.00, S: The nose is chock full of coffee and toasted nuts, I also pick up a good dose of raisins or some other dark dried fruit such as dates, there's quite a bit of ash and even a little chalk, the nose finishes with a hint of lactose and a sweet mocha latte - 4.50, T: Given the name (and the nose) it is not surprising to find that coffee plays the largest role on the palate, there is also a dry brownie like sweetness and some plum, hop bitterness is present but subdued, nice and roasty - 4.25, M: Medium or a little lighter mouth feel, would benefit from a little more body, quite silky - 3.50, D: A solid stout all around, coffee is unquestionably present but not over-the-top, very drinkable and one I would gladly enjoy again - 4.25

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Tonight I pulled out another one of my favorite glasses and this is probably the most frequently used, my trusty English pint glass. I made sure to tilt the glass quite hard to test the carbonation while I was pouring it, and as I continued there was a nice creamy milk chocolate colored head coming on quite quickly and about three fingers thick but then dissipated slowly by the time I could take the picture. I held the glass up to the light and this baby pours a deep dark brown, not quite black because I can see some hues shining through the edges of the glass. As I gave the glass a nice swirl I am not getting any legs to mention of which is a tell tale sign that this is a thinner beer.


Right of the start I am pulling out loads of bitter chocolate and toasty ash, while copious amounts of coffee are shining though with a touch of something fruity in the end. I am smelling something that reminds me of milk chocolate like elementary school lunch and a Starbucks iced coffee with caramel thrown in.


Ahh, another great beer from New Glarus! This is as easy drinking as they come, with coffee and caramel notes wrapped around the roasty malt without being too heavy and this is just excellent. I can taste a fair amount of lactose sugar in there which gives some sweetness but not overdone. Some other coffee stouts I had were just loaded with too much coffee and nothing else, in this style of beer particularity I feel like there needs to be complexity and balance and you can't just depend on the coffee to do all the work. In the finish there is nothing but creamy maltiness that leaves a clean taste and I really wish I had more than one bottle.


This is great beer that can be enjoyed anytime of the year even though it is a fall/winter seasonal. It was exceptionally smooth and light on the palate with not a overabundance of coffee and it made me think of eating some french toast while I drank this! If you are a coffee lover like me I would say that this is a no brainer and you should definitely give this a shot if you can find their beers in your area or if you are willing to trade for it like I did.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with translucence at the edges. A light tan head caps the beer and remains there for almost a minute. Unfortunately, it vanishes into nothing after that, though some agitation can muster it once more and deposit some lace.

S: Coffee, of course. Just the slightest hint of a vegetal nature, which I don't enjoy in coffee stouts, but it's not so strong that it's off-putting. Roasted grain, as well.

T: Roasted coffee and chocolate: there's an unmistakable burnt tint to the taste. The lightness of the body accentuates a milk-chocolate like sweetness (lactic twang).

M: Falls from the mouth a bit faster than I like, and it tends to be unsatisfying in that regard.

D: Fairly tasty, but not a hit.

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings
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