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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 Lolli1315
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark black color that allows some light through around the edges of the glass, nearly opaque. Little over a finger of a tan head that gives way only a little and holds great.

S- An immediate punch of roasted chocolate malt, very refreshing. Fades into a coffee blend that gives way to a dark chocolate and slight bitterness.

T- A sweet chocolate begins the beer as it moves into a roasted malt and coffee flavor. The coffee flavor stays on in the beer as a bitter chocolate combines with it to make up the back portion of the beer as well the aftertaste.

M- Medium body, not quite chewy but pleasant nonetheless. Would have enjoyed if this had a fuller body.

D- This is an easy drink and a great beer all around. If I had this one locally it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown pour, practically black. About a finger of tan foam retains nicely. Nice stickage.

The nose doesn't feature nearly as much coffee as I expected. Sweet chocolate seems to be the dominant scent, with caramel coming in second. There's a roasty black coffee component that provides a very nice balance.

Flavor is essentially the same. Good mix of sweetness and lightly roasty bitterness. I wouldn't necessarily call this a coffee stout, as it reminds me more of a milk/sweet stout. Regardless, it's a tasty beer.

Medium bodied, with very lively carbonation, perhaps a bit overdone. Again, reminds me of a milk stout. Highly drinkable with great balance.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown brew with a khaki head that thinned out to a ring leaving waves of lacing.
S - caramel sweet malt with light coffee in the background.
T - sweet and tasty, the coffee flavor is subtle and far from overpowering which is nice.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - a very easy drinking brew.

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

A: Deep brown-black. Opaque when held to the light. Decent sized light tan head. Tons of bubbles. Good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some fresh brewed coffee, a fair bit of milk chocolate and soft roasted malts. Pleasant, but not particularly robust.

T: Mostly lighter milk chocolate tones. Some roasted and toasted malts. The coffee is there, but is not particularly profound for a beer named "coffee stout."

M: Quite a bit of carbonation keeps this beer fairly light on the tongue. Smooth and perhaps a little weak in the finish.

D: All said it was an easy drinking stout with an enjoyable, but not stellar, flavor profile.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: On first appearance looks black, but is more of a deep dark, chocolate brown. Nice creamy, almost tan one inch head that slowly fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a faint creamy top. Some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smooth, rich, milk chocolate hits the senses first. Then followed by a dark roasted coffee. This almost reminds me of a good hot cocoa livened up with some coffee liquor. It barely smells like a beer.,

T: Similar flavors continue from the smell - milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. THe chocolate seems a little less dominate on the taste, although it does impart a some sweetness to the beer. Starting in the middle and carrying through the end, a slight bitterness shows up, but not enough to detract from the overall taste. Finishes nicely, leaving some residual cocoa notes.

M: Medium to full body, a little high on the carbonation. This drinks a lot more like a light Double Stout with just an oily feeling on the tongue. But overall, the mouthfeel doesn't feel out of place with the richness of the coffee and chocolate.

D: Very drinkable coffee stout. I would like to see a little more coffee and tone down the chocolate malts a little. The beer comes across as just a touch sweet. But I didn't complain drinking it either.

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Photo of Stigs
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured with about a half in of bubbly and frothy khaki colored foam. the beer is a very deep brunt ruby color..bordering black. the head eventually settles to a very thin flim and ring around the edges.

S - a bit of toasted malts, a bit metallic. coffee is very well hidden here, just barely noticeable through the late second half...smells a bit stale. other notes of chocolate and grain.

T - kicks off with some strong toasted malts, caramel (actually very reminiscent of cracker jacks), and some dark fruits (raisins). coffee finally makes an appearance in the last quarter, coming in as very sweetened and creamed. overall this is more sweet than roasty.

M - a tad thinnish body, carbonation is mild but very active. leaves your mouth feeling a bit syrupy, sticky. finishes clean with some lingering sweetness.

D - honestly a bit disappointed with this one, after being very impressed with every other New Glarus beer i've had until now. being a big fan of strong and bitter coffee, this is just too sweet and subdued, drinks more like an American Porter with some coffee notes.

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Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, pretty much black with dark brown edges. Light and frothy head that is a light brown/tan. Nice lacing, ring style all the way down.

S: Light toasted malt, light carmel malt, maybe just a hint of coffee. Pretty weak nose actually which surprised me.

T: Big toasted malt up front, a little bit of carmel/sweet bready malt as well. A little bit of hops to provide a touch of bitterness and again, not much coffee, it is there, but not as much as I expected.

M/D: Lighter to medium body. medium to high on the carbonation. Somewhat smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is average at best.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a thin mocha head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt. Mouthfeel on this one is somewhat thin, and the flavors are somewhat muted. Some roasted coffee flavors, and a bit of chocolate. Overall this one was a bit lacking and somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of Josievan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Coffee Stout pours a nearly black color. The head is quite craggy, with pockets forming here and there.

Smell: The aroma is very laid back, with mild notes of coffee.

Taste: The beer's taste is mellow as well, although it becomes more complex as it warms. For something named Coffee Stout, the coffee flavor is subdued. However, this is not a complaint, seeing as the taste is quite pleasant. It's kind of like a milk/sweet stout with a pinch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side for a stout, but still smooth a slightly creamy. It manages to not be at all heavy, while still being substantial.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable for a coffee stout. This is because the coffee aspect is not overwhelming in this beer, which means the bitterness level is relatively low.

Notes: Wow, New Glarus really can succeed at brewing anything. This was the first New Glarus stout I've tried, and I admit I was a little skeptical that this beer could live up to my high expectations for any New Glarus beer, since the brewery is known more for its wheat and fruit beers.

My worries have been alleviated! New Glarus has crafted a coffee stout that is a nice change of pace from the big and bad coffee stouts that define the style. I love pretty much any stout that has coffee, but never has there been one so drinkable. Coffee Stout stands out for being mild and easy going, but still plenty flavorful. Think of it as coffee with a little cream and sugar instead of coffee black.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brian23456 for sending this brew my way! 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Body is a quite murky dark brown with some steady bubbles rising to the top. Pours with a small <1/2 creamy creme brulee colored head. Head actually has perfect retention although very little traces are left behind in the glass.

S-Smells like my coffee in the morning. Strong roasted malt comes through initially but a sugary, creamy vanilla sweetness of equality matches it.

T-Roasted malt is the highlight of the flavor all around. Initially there is a big dose of it which is complimented by toffee and a hint of vanilla for the finish. What lingers is a moderate amount of roasted malt bitterness.

M-Low to medium carbonation and medium to heavy weight smooth body.

D-As the bottle states this one is best at room temperature. Its a good coffee stout-would be a great coffee stout but the roasted malt bitterness that lingers is just a bit out of check for me. Overall another good beer by New Glarus.

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Photo of camp0474
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a light brown/tan head.

S: Mainly picking up roasted malts, maybe slight sweet caramel smell. Hardly any notes of coffee if at all.

T: Roasted malts with a touch of coffee. I was personally expecting more of a coffee flavor but the mildness keeps the bitter coffee aftertaste down. Overall well balanced between the sweet malts and the bitter coffee. Flavor got much better as it warmed in the glass; more coffee came out.

M: Medium Body and good amount of carbonation. Good finish, smooth. Somewhat creamy/velvety.

D: Good balance makes this beer pretty drinkable.

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

Acquired in trade from TRBERGMAN . Poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours dark brown in color. A 2 inch off white head that quickly disapates. Leaves minimal lacing.

S- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and just a hint of chocolate.

T- Big coffee and roasted malts. The flavors come out more as the beer warms. I'm liking more and more as it warms up.

M- Pretty nice but I'd rate it higher if it was more creamy. I thought it was just a little to thin.

D- Gr8 drinkability. Very happy here. I would def like to revisit this one.

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Photo of GreatMNFlyer
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I purchased this beer in Mount Horeb Wisconsin, the Troll capital of the United States of America, I will do my best to not have a Troll-like review.

I shared this beer just last night (3/15/10) with my girlfriend and we had some hamburger pasta (NOT hamburger helper) just before enjoying this beer.

A: It was as dark as oil, with a medium to rich head on top. This was poured from a bottle to a standard mug.

S: It smelled like coffee, not over powering, but the coffee scent was unmistakable. A slight bit of chocolate as well, as with most stouts.

T: I got a lot of coffee in this one. My girlfriend even said it felt like it was morning, because of the coffee taste to it. I had sipped some from the bottle before pouring, and it was not as noticed in the bottle, but once poured it was there in full force. At first taste, being the first stout I had had in a little while, it hit strong, and above all delicious.

M: There wasn't a lot of carbonation in this brew, which made it quite smooth to drink. I had a bit of a sore throat at the time, and usually too much carbonation doesn't feel good with that, but this beer felt great going down. Not quite as thick as most stouts, this one actually felt pretty lite, making it very drinkable.

D: As I said, very drinkable. Even though it was a stout, it felt like you could get a couple of them down quick, being so full of good taste and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of stangski83
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

saved this bottle for about 6 months from a 6 pack I got for my birthday (back in September). Poured into a standard pint glass and, if memory serves, it has mellowed slightly from my first impression. Still a tasty New Glarus brew and an excellent Coffee Stout, although not my all-time favorite. Jet black with a small bit of creamy head that retains throughout. Sort of looks like a glass of used motor oil but tastes much better!

Decided I would have some mild cheddar cheese to contrast it. Reminds me of having an omelette and coffee in the morning. Tasty stuff but I can't say that the short aging period did much to improve it.

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

pours a dark brown color with a head that dissipates quickly to a beige-cherry ring with some good sticky lacing ...i smell the roasted coffee with some toast and caramel and semi-sweet chocolate..the taste is roasted coffee that is smooth with some roasted and toasted malts mix in some nice caramel some chocolate some nutmeg and fig and wow you have a full bodied mouth feel that is smooth and delicious NG makes some of the top beers in the nation for the styles and innovations so glad i can buy anytime ,,highly recommended for the style and the brewer excellence

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jer or Jacob (can't remember who) on 2/3/10.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a rather thin tan colored head.

S: The nose offers up a decent stout aroma with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts with a slight acidity. There is no coffee to speak of, however.

T: Like the nose before it, the coffee is non-existent in this beer. There's some nice roast and nutty qualities to the flavor with the same caramel sweetness.

M: The body is the usual medium (maybe a touch on the thin side) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was a decent enough beer, but I was really expecting some coffee flavor and aroma to it. I can't really complain however, it was easy to drink.

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beerwolf for the generous extra!

Super Sunday! Poured into a snifter..lets party

A--Some lacing opaque black.

S--Smell the coffee in this one, likin it.

T--Kona coffee? I am liking this flavor.

M--Nice mouthfeel, very velvety

D--Enjoyable brew...Highly recommended for style.

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Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to KRAMER17801.

Pours dark brown with an off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is coffee, sweet caramel, and very subtle roast.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - sweet caramel malt balanced with smooth roast and coffee flavors, with a little chocolate.

Body is medium, maybe just ever so slightly thin.

Drinkability is high. Overall this isn't anything that will wow you, but it's a well-crafted and nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark ruby brown with a nice fluffy tan two finger lasting head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Coffee, roasted malt,carmel, leaves, earthy.

T. Coffee up front, sweet roasted malts, rasin, slightly peppery. Nice bitter, slightly sour finish.

M. Creamy texture, small bubbles, not overly carbonated.

D. A really nice stout, I liked the coffee flavor and the bitterness, it was balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Liefmans glass. Thanks portia99 for the extra!

A: Dark, mahogany brown with a thin coat head.

S: Noting too special here. Light hints of wood and coffee.

T: Very impressive coffee flavor. A little oaky and finishes with bitter chocolate.

M: Foams up once it your tongue. Has a rather creamy texture.

D: On point. I could sip this like iced coffee all day.

Overall, a good representation of the style from NG.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint glass. Black with a nice fluffy tan head. Great retention throughout.

Definite coffee is present up front. Not over powering. Mixes well with the slight chocolate. There's a sweet, roasted nose in the background. Very nice.

I drank this at about room temperature. Noticed the coffee right away. Not over bearing. Perfectly balanced sweet and bitter. A little more carbonation then I expected. Works well and adds to the drinkability.

I really liked this stout. Dangerously drinkable. This could replace the morning cup of coffee! Thanks to nappie for the hook up.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that my friend Wally gave me. Thank you so much Wally. I would not likely have had the chance to enjoy this beer if you had not given it to me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Fabulous, volumtuous light brown creamy head that leaves great lacing on the inside of the glass, is 4 inches in height upon my first pour. That is over a very dark brown body that only shows a dark shade of mohagany when held in front of direct light. Very nice look indeed. 4.5

S This might sound overly simple but dark roast malt and coffee smells waft up from the great big head. The coffee smells here are softer, like cream with coffee, as compared with other coffee stouts like Founder's Breakfast Stout. I really like this smell. 4.5

T Well apparently my ability to smell beer and determine what it might taste light has rapidly improved. Very good, softened coffee tastes over a nice dark roast malt. I love the comination of roasted coffee and roasted barley malt. Some hops there but they play a supporting role. Very nice indeed. 4.0

M Thinner than other coffee stouts that I have had but there remains a palpable smoothness that is really pleasing. The slightly thinner feel contributes to a more drinkable brew. 3.5

D Good for the style, coffee aspect which would tend to drive the drinkability down for me. 4.0

Notes: Very impressed with this, the final of 4 New Glarus beers that I rated this week.

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black as coke, medium tan head, some floaties. Bottle is about a year old..

S: Iced coffee, some maltiness.

T: Chocolate is the first up to bat, about the middle, and certianlly the back, coffee rolls in. Nice malts, very slight hops in the backround.

M: Medium, coats mouth with bitter/sweet goodness.

T: Easy to quaff. Wierd for me to say that for a coffee stout.

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Photo of RRC87
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark tar color that just lets the faintest hints of light permeate it. There is a surprising contrast between the color of the beer and light almond color of the head which pours about one finger thick and retains very well.

S: Smells of freshly roasted coffee, perhaps a little burnt but not unpleasant as it mixes well with the undertones of toasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Not as strong coffee as the aroma would suggest but it is still strong enough to compete with the powerful roasted malt. There is also a bit of chocolate identifiable and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter than I would have expected but has just enough carbonation. Still a bit more body would have been nice.

Drinkability: This beer is very enjoyable and even more drinkable. It would be easy to drink these every day all day long.

Surly coffee bender took the bronze at the GABF but for my money this beer is far better.

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Photo of drizzam
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 18th New Glarus review in a continuing effort to review every beer New Glarus brews.

A - Poured a DARK opaque brown with a huge fluffy two finger fluffy tan head. Head retention is excellent, slowly receding to a tan frothy cap. It left a nice sticky wall of lace down the inside of my pint glass.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malts and bitter bakers chocolate. Not as heavy on the coffee as I would have expected.

T & M - The taste largely mimics the nose. Nice roasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish. The coffee, however, is a little bigger in the taste than it is on the nose, especially as it warmed. I expected maybe a little more coffee flavor in this brew, but maybe it's the simplicity that makes this a good beer. Nice full bodied and creamy mouthfeel that finishes clean.

D - I've had some over the top coffee brews, and this one is not one of them. The coffee flavor is excellent, but it doesn't overpower the brew. This is a brew that could be enjoyed even by people that don't necessarily love coffee as much as I do. An excellent beer...and one I would recommend to anybody that likes a good American Stout. Very drinkable!

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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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