Brewhouse Coffee Stout
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #6
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,378
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
1,045
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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout
Notes: A coffee lover's delight! A wonderful stout infused with coffee that is specially roasted for us by Emy J's in Stevens Point, WI.
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Photo of Madman2001
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice stout, which a heavily pervasive coffee flavor which argues against multiple glasses. . For it's depth, there is surprisingly little bitterness or aftertaste.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, canned on 01/09/20. Dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Aroma is dark cocoa, coffee, and roast. A nice amount of coffee complements the roasted barley, dark chocolate, and earthy hop flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation, excellently balanced. Really good beer here.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Mar 21, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black color. No light passes. Lasting small beige head. Some thick streaks.

Bitter black patent malt upfront to the nose. There's a strong aroma of coffee. No notable sugar nor cream.

Smooth body with a nitro-like carbonation. The flavor is mostly coffee but there's a good dollop of Baker's chocolate in the mix. Not quite as dry as most stouts. Long, deep roast malt aftertaste.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2020
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3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look is black with tannish head. Fairly prominent lacing. Aroma light on coffee and taste followed which is somewhat disappointing for me. Chocolate taste came through more. Bitter aftertaste, but not too dominant. Canned in Oct of 2019. Not bad, but not my favorite stout.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours an opaque brownish-black (blackish-brown?) with a excellent three-fingered, big-bubbled, foamy tan head that lingers decently and gives way to an excellent ring of lacing.

The aroma is a remarkably balanced blend of roasted grains, caramel malt, and coffee in the foreground, with hints of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, dark chocolate, smoke/char, cashew, and dark fruit. A tasty aroma.

The flavor is excellent, but a bit of a letdown after the smells. Caramel and brown-sugar sweetness hits hard, but is quickly offset by roasted malts, and coffee--lots and lots of excellent cold-brewed coffee flavor. A variety of chocolate flavors--milk, dark, semi-sweet, cake batter. A shade of booze warming the background.

The brew is certainly full-bodied, yet it never feels heavy or sticky. The carbonation is superb, and it has a drying, instead of a sweet or sticky finish.

This is one of the best coffee-forwards I've had. The coffee is very strong and present, yet it never overpowers the other things that are going on.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Dec 21, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/24/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a balanced amount of coffee. Subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. The coffee shines and is the star without completely dominating. More hints of vanilla and chocolate. Some roasted characteristics. Low sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid coffee stout. Nice coffee flavors. Well done. I like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Nov 19, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter.
This nice brew pours a dark blackish brown with a thin
cola highlight and a nice head of khaki foam that settles
to a thin ring, thin dusty layer, and sports some rather
nice lacing. Nose of coffee, light char, and dark sweet
malts. Flavors nail it with dark coffee with moderate
bitterness, touches of dark cocoa, and a thin touch of
cream amongst and smearing of dark fruit jam of
blackberry and raspberry. Nice mouth feel; medium full
body, medium light carbonation, and a rich coffee and
dark cocoa bitter malt finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a new to me brewery!

NICE!

Cheers

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There are a few things that keep me here in Lancaster, PA. Two are my mother & the family home + her brother (my maternal uncle) & their family home. Another is our proximity to the major northeastern metropolitan areas & our (relatively) easy access to them, especially by/on public trans. The big one, though, is our insane distro! Goddam, we are the ONLY state outside of Wisco (my love) to get Central Waters! I met their owner/brewer many years ago during PHL Beer Week & it is only because of some connection of his that we see them at all. Obviously, we do not get everything, but I will take one of anything that we do get. This bomber was from The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Roseville Road & those guys could not be more accommodating! In this case, I merely needed to pluck a bomber from the shelf.

From the Bottle: "Made with Fair Trade coffee specially roasted for us by www.EmyJs.com Ice Cream*Smoothies*Coffee*Tea".

I Pop!ped the cap & sat in rapt fascination & contemplation for a moment or two before moving on. When was the last time that I indulged in a bomber? How to handle one? What if it does not bond with me & wants to go home to its fermenter? Eh. I snapped out of it & went with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the now anxious glass. Ooh, my, did it foam forth! Am I having Stout or cappuccino? The former. It created two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention, but without much in the way of lacing. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose was definitely of coffee, but not in an intense, overwhelming way. Instead, it was more towards a light roast, the kind of thing that I blend with the dark roasts to achieve a more mellow blend, Mouthfeel was big, soft & creamy. Wow! It was like having a well-endowed gal unleash the assets, except in the mouth & on the tongue. Hello. The taste was much like the nose - definitely of coffee, but in a lighter, mellower roasty way than so many of its contemporaries. It was not as rich or robust as my morning coffee, but that was fine. Mine uses several scoops of grounds & has to be coaxed into dripping through the filter. This was a much lighter, less roasty blend that was actually counterintuitively mellow. A mellow Coffee Stout?!? Holy sacrilege, Batman! But wait, Robin! It was a relatively big beer in a bomber (22-fl oz) format. Would you want intensity in quantity? Not me! This was like that mid-afternoon cuppa coffee that I often crave but do not have out of fear of lack of control. All I need is one of my coffees mid-day & I will be orbiting the Earth until well after Midnight. Ugh. This was just so pleasant as I drank it that I almost began to think that it may have been tea-infused. No, this was definitely coffee, but fatigue was setting in. It finished with a pleasant dryness that made me want an amuse-bouche or a small cake-like snack as an accompaniment. Perhaps a Tastykake of some stripe … YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, May 04, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found but this has been in my refrigerator for awhile.
Dark brown colored body, with medium brown back lit highlights. One finger of light tan head, which settles back to an interrupted cap and ring. Some minor lacing but most slides back down into body.
Aroma of roasted malts and coffee.
Taste express a lot of the coffee flavor along with the roasted malts.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
I have enjoyed this beer over several years for its coffee flavor, and this pour exemplifies this. Rather straightforward, but done well.

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Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A little on the flat side, small head that dissipated quickly. No date so not sure if fresh. Poured in tulip and the wonderful coffee nose flowed out. Brewhouse is right - bright coffee bean nose, chocolate and a hint of raisins. Nice mouthfeel, hops pres t for plate cleansing. Balanced, flavorful and complex.

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sweethome from Illinois, Oct 27, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released spring/summer 2018; drank 8/10/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice tan head; minimal lace.

Light roast coffee bean, mild cream & faint chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & mild cream flavors up front; chocolate syrup & faint hop bite notes on the finish.

A tasty, easy to drink coffee stout; not mindblowing but worth a quaff.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Aug 11, 2018
Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A: Small khaki colored tiny bubbled head that settles to less than a film. Body is your ubiquitous black, no light getting through.

S: Lots of the roasted coffee, nuts, earthiness, and maybe hints of licorice and malts hiding at the edges.

T: tons of coffee, sweet, lots of roasted coffee notes, nutty, a little green pepper. A little chocolate.

M: Medium bodies leaning toward full but not thick.

O: solid coffee stout, lots of the coffee flavor tends to mask the underlying beer, but if you like coffee stouts this one will be up your alley.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring clear cola brown and filling to opaque dark brown, a large tan foam settles in airy compactions.

Smell is earthy coffee, brown toast, nuts and cola.

A nice acidic yet earthy coffee brings nutty and woody flavors through a slight twang of cola. A smoothing, softening pumpernickel develops in the swallow.

This is closer to a lighter Porter body with a minimal airy carbonation and a tingly semi-dry finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 14, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. It forms an inch or so of a tan head that seems to be staying around for a bit.

The smell is pretty much coffee, with a slight hint of sweetness.

Coffee is the prominent flavor here, but seems to be a very smooth type. There are also hints of chocolate and maybe raisin, adding a hint of sweetness to it. There is just a slight lingering bitterness at the finish.

Fairly smooth feel to it, although a touch thin for the style.

This is one of the easier drinking coffee stouts I have had. Usually the coffee is very intense and bitter, it is more laid back here, and seems to blend nicely with the underlying sweetness. Definitely a nice beer, one I'd have again.

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Vixie from Illinois, May 07, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown and sits black in the glass.

Smells like your in a coffee house! Rich and bold fresh roast coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

Coffee just explodes in flavor as well, but a little one dimensional.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, leans a little on the thin side for my preference, but smooth.

Overall, I wish this had a thicker mouthfeel, but a must try for any coffee lover!

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Apr 28, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown with a finger of caramel-colored head. Head retention is fair, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is medium-roasted coffee, with a semi-dark, bitter bite. Milk chocolate adds a little extra dimension to the aroma. Flavor profile is medium-roasted coffee that starts out small, but swells into a beautiful display of coffee. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and molasses add a little dry, sweetness to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is fizzy and slightly effervescent, with a medium thickness. Overall, coffee notes here are nice. Well constructed stout that isn't overly dark, or bitter.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Sep 22, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light brown foam head that quickly recedes. Almost no lacing left on glass.

Aroma as strong of coffee as I've ever seen in a beer, and I like coffee stouts. Definitely smells more like coffee than beer, with just a slight hint of alcohol. Really nothing else here going on, which normally bothers me, but they nail this one right on the head.

Taste is once again dominated by coffee. A bit thin for an 8% stout. Evolves a bit as it warms, revealing some roasted malt and very subtle roasted chocolate notes.

Medium bodied. As mentioned, surprisingly thin for the style and ABV. That quality, however, actually makes it a very fun and dangerous beer to drink.

Overall, an excellent coffee stout but don't expect anything complex. Very straightforward, a great bet if you like coffee or coffee stouts.

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majorbase2 from Wisconsin, Aug 11, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at Pounders into a shaker pint. Very nice roasty nose lead to a delicious coffee-forward but not overwhelming taste. If this was on my local distro I'd add it happily to my breakfast beer list. Would happily revisit!

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jakecattleco from California, Jul 28, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well. My fovorite beer style and it is Friday morning after an long, stupid week of my Mon - Thu 4 10 hour days 1:00 - 11:30 PM shift yes that's beyond stupid but hey it's an job and this is an beer ...

But no, reminds me very much of this years canned WnB failure, dumbed down for the amateurs coffee stout. Lacking in aroma, flavor but most importantly texture, or mouthfeel I guess if that makes any sense.

Standard coffee, chocolate hooray I've seen this before. Missing that certain something, that makes a beer great. Grainy I suppose is what I'm looking for. Yea, grainy. As in too much grain, not enough speciality.

When will this year's Breakfast Stout be out? When will Saucony Creek make their fantastic, local best in class coffee beer again? Hopefully soon ...

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Jul 28, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is cold brew coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and some light light nuttiness in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a great cofffee stout. The flavors are right on par with a cold brewed coffee. Perfect breakfast beer.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Jul 08, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: toasted coffee bean, chocolate malt, toffee smooth finish. Mild nose of the same. Black, opaque, tan foamy head, some broken ring lattice. Medium to med/full body. Easy drinker.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic. The appearance was a dark brown color close to black with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. No lacing. The smell took rich dark and milk chocolate to boot at roasty and sweet coffee bean (somewhat espresso-like). Light cake underneath. The flavor takes the previously mentioned flavors to combine nicely. Lingering chocolate cake-like to cocoa rich aftertaste. Quick sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation rides nicely along - slight stickiness, but acceptable. Overall, really nicely done American stout with coffee and chocolate to boot

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a dark brown with a one-finger, tan head that dissapates quickly. Just a little carbonation.
S- Brilliant coffee ant toffee malt smell. Also milk chocolate.
T- wonderful medium coffee bitterness that really stays around. Sweet carmel malts and milk chocolate. Slight vanilla mid way and nuttiness to end.
F- Thinner to medium mouthfeel in which it smoothly runs down the shoot. No hint of alcohol.
O- Amazing coffee stout especially $5 a bomber!

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a short light tan head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by moderate to strong flavors of cold brew coffee and dark roasted coffee beans. There are subtle hints of chocolate from the underlying stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has intense aromas and flavors of coffee—it would make for a good breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, May 29, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent roasted flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from herbal/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Awesome vibrant coffee character with great balanced malt complexity that is never overly roasty, bitter, or charred. Great showcase of the coffee. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, May 27, 2017
Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1045 ratings