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 klikger
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +12.3%
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 -7.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +7.2%
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 -8.5%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of Lolli1315
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -18.8%
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 -11.8%
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%
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 +11.3%
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 +0.8%
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%
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 +4.1%
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 +13.9%
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 -2.1%
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 +8%
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 -6.7%
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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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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