Coffee Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 408 | Ratings: 1,016
Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass 3 fingers of bubbly tan head atop a dark brown brew with dark red hues.
S-inviting aromas of medium roasted coffee with lightly toasted malts. Dark cooked sugar notes as well.
T-upfront nice flavors of lightly toasted/roasted malt followed up with more of a coffee note that finishes with just a hint of green coffee astringency.
M-smooth body upfront that transitions into moderate carbonation zing and finished with a hint of coffee bitter/astringency
O-a coffee stout that smells and looks better than it drinks. Could use more of a creamy mouthfeel with a more integrated taste experience. A bit rough in the backend. Still a nice coffee stout.

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

Pours a black with brownish hues and 1 finger of creamy head. Aromas of roasted coffee and malts, black licorice, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Tastes like an iced coffee with a touch of creaminess on the back end. Doesn't end bitter or hoppy. Medium body, creamy, and very carbonated for a stout.

On the lighter end of the coffee stout spectrum. Easy drinking and has good balance. With beers like Breakfast Stout and Cup A Joe available throughout my state, I am not sad that I don't have access to this. However, a well made brew for those trying to get into coffee stouts.


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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice stout with an ample , almost luxurious mouthfeel for a 5.75% beer
It looks and smells like a more substantial beer with the coffee & a roasted malt both prominent
Not every stout has to be 10% plus

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a tan thin head. Smells of light coffee and chocolate malt.
Taste of nice, not overpowering coffee that allows for ther asters to come in. Slight chocolate blends well with the slight hop. I am detecting a slight banana, I think it s from the Carmel malt combining with everything else. Los of stuff coming together very well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black. If you get it in the light you see Brown around the edges. Mostly roasted malts on the nose. Taste is slight coffee buried beneath the roasted malts, hints of vanilla, a little this in the body. Strikes me more as a porter but either way it's a good easy drinking stout that won't kick your ass like some of the bigger ones on the market.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours light brown with a large-sized tan head. Pleasant smell of iced coffee, light roasted malt, and herbal/earthy hops. The taste follows closely but is less intense; malt, hops, and coffee. Subtle sweetness and not as bitter as other coffee beers. Thin body and average carbonation. Overall, the hops make it a very unique stout, but it might be better classified as a porter.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with an off white big head that reduces slowly to leave heavy lacing and a layer of foam.

Aromas of coffee beans, vanilla, caramel,molasses, brown sugar, and maple come through... really nice, as I don't get straight coffee here but a multi-dimensional combination of aromas that work together.

The tongue follows the nose with lots of coffee, sweet caramel and molasses, vanilla and an aftertaste of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium-low carbonation.

This beer was great - I was pleasantly surprised. More than a coffee stout.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A standard, well-executed American stout. No bells and whistles of "impy" or what have you, but quite a tasty dark beer. Loaded with flavor for 5.75%. Moderate-heavy coffee, moderate dark fruits, light chocolate, medium body. Finishes somewhat dry. Insanely drinkable and refreshing. Will be getting this again (it's cheap!). Good job as always, NG.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Typical stout aroma. Nice dark color. Some coffee flavors. Its OK. Had higher hopes. I think its good, but I've if much better coffee stouts.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured Into snifter

A: pours very dark brown, almost black, with minimal light tan head and lacing

S: smells slightly of coffee and chocolate

T: not a really intense taste. A little roast but very bland taste. Nothing there. (Drank a little colder and a little warmer, did nothing for it)

M: lighter body, good amount of carbonation. A little dry on the finish

Overall: this brew is kind if a miss. There is not much taste to this one

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Photo of Zach136
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, light tan head with very little staying power and lacing.

S - Rich caramel and coffee hints of chocolate.

T/M - More coffee than the nose, but some harsh roast character also comes out from a relatively dry finish.

O - A bit one note, and too dry for my likes. A rare New Glarus miss for me.

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Photo of Desimoaj
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip snifter, served near (but not at) room temperature.

This stout pours a deep, opaque sienna. The head is beige and creamy; quite enticing. Coats the inside of the glass.

Smells faintly of coffee, as well as caramelized malts. Not as deep and rich of a smell as the appearance might suggest.

Tastes stronger than it smells. The coffee notes really come through, though not in an overpowering manner. Thick mouth feel. Coats the mouth the same way it does the glass.

Finishes fairly clean, with the coffee lingering only slightly.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It combines excellent balance with an understated sophistication. I rate it as comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout, though the two are quite distinct.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with minimal tan foam.

Nice freshly brewed coffee aroma and rich toasted malts.

Slightly nutty, coffee, roasted malts, light earthy hop flavor.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, roasty, bitter, a bit thin.

Overall, a nice coffee stout here, but I just wish it had a thicker feel.

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Photo of guityler83
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A light tan head, fine bubbles, moderate retention. The beer is a dark brown - almost black with a slight haze. No lacing, just a constant ring of foam around the edge of the tulip glass.

S: Moderate cold coffee aroma, mild fruity esters, earthy hop aroma. There is a faint chocolate and roasty character as it warms up.

T: Mild bitterness with earthy, herbal flavors coming through. Coffee flavor is mild and the is somewhat over powered by the malty sweetness. I'm flavors of toast, melenoidins, mild caramel, milk chocolate and raisins. The beer comes off very english to my pallet.

M: mild-moderate carbonation with a medium body. No astringency or alcohol warming. A somewhat chalky feel is left on the tongue after a few sips when warmed up.

O: An English oriented stout (almost porter like) with a mild coffee aroma and flavor that would be something that could be drank quantity. I expected this coffee stout to be bigger and more chocolate/roast forward – this isn't that. Not really my thing, but I could see this going over well with someone that isn't typically a stout fan.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Very dark black color with a caramel colored head which lingers around the edges of the glass.

Scent is nutty, with a nice amount of coffee.

Very light in the mouth with a good amount of coffee bitter in the taste. Has a small amount of carbonation. Coffee flavor is up front and then lingers lightly on the tongue.

Very drinkable as an after dinner drink, I could drink this at any point in the year because of how light it feels while drinking!

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, no light getting through even around the edges. Beige head builds up nicely and lingers, leaving ample lacing.

S - A bit of coffee, but not as much as I expected. Smells a touch acrid, with some roasted grains, charcoal and oak aromas rounding it out

T - Coffee is again pretty mild, but you can tell it's there. Some candied dark fruits come through more so than in the aroma, along with some dark tobacco cigar type flavors

M - About what you'd expect for a medium ABV stout, smooth and only slightly viscous, just light enough to make it sessionable

O - A solid, drinkable stout that I could (and will proceed to) session. This would make an interesting Imperial stout if it was beefed up. Come to think of it, When is the last time New Glarus made anything stout-related on the thumbprint series??? It would be nice to see them go nuts and make a monster stout.

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Photo of VStarWalt
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. Rode the bike to Wisconsin and picked up a variety of New Glarus.

Appearance: Nice dark black coffee color with a nice head.
Smell: Ok to very good.
Taste: Not truly a stout, but more of a porter. Very nice taste.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is espresso black with a two finger black head that leaves behind some lace.

S: Aromas of coffe,chocalte malt and a little roast.

T: Taste is light coffee, hint of chocate, roasted malt with a mild bitter finish.

m: Decent carbonation, medium body and a little oily.

O: A nice light stout that has some porter like characteristics and worth trying again. reminds me of another light coffee stout that I enjoy and that is Fuel Cafe from Lakefront brewery also from Wisconsin.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a black color with hints of brown in the light. The head comes in a light brown foamy head.

The aroma immediately smells like a porter. It has milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malt, a bit of coffee, hints of dark fruit, and some hops in the back.

The flavor follows in the of milk chocolate with a bit of sweetness, a robust roasted malt, creaminess, a bit of lightly roasted coffee, some dark fruit, and then an earthy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and quite full for a beer at a 5.75% ABV.

The beer tastes almost nothing like “coffee” nor “stout,” but intstead literally like a porter. And for that, it is a good one at that. If one wants their roasted malt fix at a smaller ABV, then this is a very good brew.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into a pint glass.
L: nice khaki head 1-2" with a dark brown/black color. On the this side for a stout.
S: malty smell some coffee, but not over powering.
T: Sweeter than I expected. Nice hints of chocolate and non-bitter coffee. Pretty mellow for a stout.
F: thin for a stout and a bit much carbonation for a stout.
O: As I finish this first bottle I realize this is a very drinkable beer, different than my first impression.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, black pour into a tulip glass, with an inch of khaki head. Serious lacing.

Smells of coffee and Pepsi and aluminum can.

In the mouth the coffee flavor is just about right, as opposed to seeming tacked-on or gimmicky. There's a chocolate roastiness in the finish that's not unwelcomed.

I'm kind of distracted by the high carbonation and somewhat watery mouthfeel. I know those are New Glarus attributes that perform well in other small beers of theirs, such as Moon Man and Blacktop. But I'd prefer a creaminess for a coffee stout, and there's none of that, here.

I think this is more for the iced-coffee lover than the stout lover.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been sitting around for while and its finally time to give it a try. Too bad I waited because this is a nice brew. The beer pours a deep dark brown with a decent-sized ecru cap of foam. The aroma is a rich chocolate and coffee character. Not much of a hops presence to of. The beer is so smooth, velvety. Its almost like a chocolate liqueur but much better. Coffee and dark chocolate malt are at the forefront. As the collective entity moves rearward the bitterness from the roasted malt is nicely complemented by subtle hops presence. Deep, rich and very tasty.

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Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Black coffee with a light 1 finger mocha head. Normal retention with almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a pleasant coffee aroma. Some chocolate with cream and sugar.

T - Roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, cream and some sugar.

M - Lighter body, which is okay for this stout. It is easy to drink and has nice carbonation.

O - Simple, delicious, and a great price. When you want a lighter, tasty coffee stout, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of d5001986
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours black with medium tan-colored head.

S: Coffee mostly. Sweet, with perhaps a touch of chocolate.

T: Pretty simple. Burnt coffee and some roastiness. Slightly tart finish.

M: As far as stouts go, the body feels quite thin. There seems to be a little too much carbonation.

O: Underwhelmed by this one. The smell/taste lack complexity and the body is too thin.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into glass pours a darker brown from the bottle but reaches a nice opaque dark brownish black in the glass with substantial lacing.

Smells of grains and light malts and milked coffee.

Sugared and lightly roasted coffee with just a bit of bitterness and nice bean presence on the finish. Lighter bodied though creamy and accessible.

Another very well made beer from New Glarus. Those looking for a huge stout or a big drinking beer should look elsewhere. Those looking for a ridiculously drinkable beer with a very pleasant coffee presence that just encourages multiple beers in a single sitting should seek this out. In no ways an extreme or life changing beer, but a rapidly vanishing six pack tells me I'm digging this.

*please drink this near room temperature where this beer really shines*

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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