Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of amphion1065
1.61/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle from October... something, poured into a Duvel tulip. Courtesy of therealnomayo's hookup. I'll admit that I was reticent going into this beer: just a few days earlier, I'd opened up a pretty revolting bottle of Peruvian Morning. Let's see what this coffee-forward Central Waters offering holds.

It's black, no light escapes the glass. A half-finger light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring of lace on the surface of the beer. Almost no residual lacing afterwards.

The aroma of this beer is oddly, sickeningly reminiscent of that Peruvian Morning I previously reviewed. Vegetables. Corn chips. Maybe some chocolate, but where is the coffee? Imagine if all of the aromatic descriptors that BAs throw around when reviewing Cantillons actually sucked – that’s sort of what this smells like. Fetid pond water, actual horse blankets, festering cabbage. I imagine that the Globe Theater smelled like this after particularly poor performances of Shakespearean works.

The taste is a slight improvement on the smell. Coffee and lingering bitterness, but that characteristic has clearly faded. There’s a strange, prune-like taste in the mix. The aftertaste is pretty rank, sour and bitter all at once. Again, this is a disaster.

I’ll give this to Central Waters: the mouthfeel is decent. For a beer this high in ABV it could stand a little more viscosity, but at least the carbonation is pretty on point.

Am I getting old bottles? Do Central Waters beers drop off incredibly quickly? The two coffee beers I've had from this brewery have both been among the worst beers I've drank. I will hold out hope for other non-coffee offerings from them.

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Photo of tewaris
2.43/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottled 10/2010 poured into a snifter. Reddish brown with a light tan colored head, this stout pours quite clear and looks good -- medium head retention and good lacing. However, it's just not dark enough.

Smells peppery with some notes of coffee, coconut, and cream. Still not a whole lot going on here! Bittersweet and yucky, second rate coffee comes to mind upon first sip. I don't have a great taste in coffee, I admit, but this still seems weird. The mouthfeel is not bad... carbonation is okay and the body is actually quite decent compared to how thin this stout looked. But overall this was a disappointment and a drainpour.

Score: Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 2/5

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.47/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

blind beer whatever number it is.... Thanks to MpBugeye for this bottle-- part of an awesome package he put together for me. Says to use a snifter.

Reviewed (initially) completely blind-- no knowledge of brewery, beer, or style.

Pours a dark brown with hues of red. As this fills my Darkness snifter, I am reminded of Bell's 9000... the thought of it makes me even smell some black licorice... but only for a moment. Big chocolatey malts and coffee with cream come flooding my olfactory. The head is small... and goes away quickly. Some spotty chunks of lace, but not much.

The body is really thin. This is probably a porter or a brown ale... Maybe a cheap rip-off of my beloved Surly Coffee-Bender? If that is what they were going for, they missed the mark! Don't get me wrong though-- this beer isn't bad by any means-- it just isn't anywhere near Coffee Bender (one of the finest coffee beers I've had).

The taste has some sweet malts, then a creamy sugary flavor, then coffee and bitter chocolate malts. hmmm. It is tasty, but the finish is weird. I can't say exactly what the problem is, but I can say it has to do with the beer being too dry. The finish has me feeling parched-- like I have been stuck in a desert for 3 days. The beer is overcarbonated I think, which really helps to make the body feel too thin. By the time the liquid reaches my throat, it has almost all dissolved. I've had this issue with a beer when it was infected before-- but I am certain that isn't the case here. The beer didn't foam and gush (hell, I only got about half a finger of head!) and the flavor hints at nothing that would indicate an infection.

This isn't one I would really want to drink again... The beer reminds me of soda-- chocolate coffee flavored soda. The coffee isn't good coffee, but cheap synthetic frozen Folgers type stuff. Meh.

---Reveals it to be: Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout--

Wow. Really? I had this before once at a tasting and didn't even bother to review it because I was so unimpressed... But this was even less impressive than I remember. The body is far too thin, watery, and overcarbonated to be a good stout. The coffee is lousy. The beer isn't horrible-- but it certainly isn't one I'll be trading for!

a- 2.5
s- 3
t- 2.5
m- 1
d- 2.5

Thanks to Seth-- I know this is a beer lots of people look for, sorry to rate so harshly!


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a dark dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, and raisin. The flavor is all bitter coffee, along with some iced tea and a bitter nut finish. This beer was odd and the coffee flavor was very weak and bad. One of the worst coffee beers I've had. I'm surprised by the high ratings.
6/4/5/2/10 (2.7/5)

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Photo of johnkale
2.66/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - ruby hued brown, pretty opaque, very nice head to start, a finger of thick tan foam that dissipates within a couple minutes, very nice lacing

S - chocolate, burnt malt, stale coffee, caramel, maple syrup. coffee notes are not pleasing, but only one part of the nose

T - charred, overextracted coffee is primary flavor, tastes like that "Black Silk" crap from Folgers, roasted malt and slight hop bittering come through in the finish. Some nice malty sweetness is present along with some molasses, but it doesn't balance out the astringent French Roast characteristics. A lighter roasted Indonesian coffee would have probably helped this out, providing body without all the unpleasant burnt coffee flavors. I also suspect the coffee used in the brewing might have oxidized a bit, which sucks. I drink a lot of coffee (a lot) and this tastes a lot like the coffees I try to avoid. As I drink more my palate adjusts but it doesn't ever really get over the off flavors

M - pretty thick, not too carbonated, nice mouth coating qualities

D - burnt coffee does not go down very well, plust the thickness of the beer limits my ability to quaff this completely

I like coffee, I like stouts, and I like a lot of coffee stouts (New Glarus and Founders Breakfast Stout for instance). This tastes like a coffee I would hate as the main ingredient in a solid but not very exciting stout.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one last summer, but can't remember who from. Cheers to the mystery trader!

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed in October 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a really thin, transparent brown and produces a small, looser looking, light tan head with lousy retention. Transparent dark brown body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp, but only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass. Way too thin, and head was lack luster.

SMELL: Coffee is there, some light notes of sweet cream and roasted malts. Mild, but nothing is wrong per se.

TASTE: Better than the nose for sure. Roasted and coffee notes with some nice sweet cream and vanilla at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, bitter roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Not bad.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, slightly creamy, goes down alright but burns a touch at the swallow and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A little light and thin for the style.

OVERALL: There were a lot of things missing in this beer, but luckily the flavor was enjoyable enough. Really too light and thin for the style. In all honesty, I've yet to be impressed with any Central Waters stuff, but I still hold out hope. Thanks again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is dark brown with a light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, but with a distinct tinge of acrid coffee grinds.

Taste is pretty heavy on the coffee, with a sweet stout/porter base. The coffee comes off a bit angular, metallic, sharp, not really working for me.

Mouthfeel is off-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it clearly tastes of coffee, but not really in a good way. Eh, not impressed, although it is smooth, and the alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black body with a creamy white head. Good coat of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Coffee and sweetness imparted from malts smells like caramel.

Taste: Stale coffee with bitterness imparted from the coffee and malty sweetness. Mild alcohol flavor as it approaches room temperature. Not much complexity here, mostly a flavor of premium coffee is what i think the brewer intended for in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think that i need to try this beer when it is fresh. The coffee tasted a bit stale to me and i think that it will make the beer much better when its fresh. i will have to try it in the fall of 2012.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faux jet black. More like mahogany. The head dissipates rather quick for my liking, edges reveal quite a bit of singular tiny bubble stream. Not microscopic, just mini. Barely a collar left. Edging reveals a standard brown hue.

Gentle roast, toasted grass, some background char, small hits of ethanol, small hits of raisin. Its very minor in terms of aroma strength. Not the greatest, not the worst. Its there, but I gotta work at it to find it.

First impressions are tasty roast. Like a standard folgers coffee roasted flavor. This flows forth to percolate, grind itself around, and reveal some charred grain flavor. Finish has mostly burnt flavors, occasionally a dark bitter chocolate taint, and always a wooden toothpick like grainy flavor.

Full bodied, thin at times. Carbonation off the bat is light and well placed. Medium stickiness. Feels like your everyday average American stout.

Not bad, not amazing. I like it, but its similar to my favorite style as of right now. Could use some contrasting flavors, thicken itself up, perhaps take some of the acrid nature back a bit, oh and increase that coffee flavor wherever its coming from! Just things I'd like a minor change of.

And reveal is.. Fudgeee... Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout!... Why isn't this more coffee forward? Why is it so hidden and mild? Oh... I see. Bottled in October from the side. That can definitely explain that aspect of it I suppose. Still, quite nice to try!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, looking rather light for a stout, with about a one-finger tan dense head that slowly relaxes to a layer on the surface. A few flakes of sediment floating around, despite a fairly careful pour. I don't mind a bit of sediment in my beer, but this is kinda chunky and flaky, and not that appealing.

Smell is a nice mix of coffee and bitter chocolate, with some lingering light fruity sweetness down there (peaches). The coffee is definitely dominant, but it's a good coffee aroma, and the rest of the smell is well-rounded.

Taste is, again, coffee with a bit of chocolate, but much less balanced than the smell. Unfortunately, the bitterness of the coffee comes through much more than the good coffee flavors. It's a bit light drinking espresso that's been over-extracted. The stout is there, but definitely plays second fiddle to the coffee. Which is unfortunate, as it could use some richness or oomph to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, pretty light for a stout, with medium-low carbonation.

This is a decent beer. But it's a stout? Could've fooled me. It's somewhat comparable to Surly's Coffee Bender (which is, yes, a brown ale), though not nearly as good. It's light, the coffee flavor is bitter, and there's not enough else to it. IMO, there are much better coffee stouts out there. As I write this, this beer is the top-rated American Stout on BA. Am I missing something?

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Photo of jale
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Eric for this treat.

A: Pours brown with a slight head.

S: Chocolate and some good coffee, not the gas station type. A little roasted malt.

T: Bitter coffee flavor with hint of bitter chocolate. The coffee taste does'nt come through as the smell suggests. Slight alcohol finish.

M: Medium thick feel with adequate carbonation.

D: Could drink just 1 more

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recognition for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this has to go out to "my main man!" Hey, its basketball season, we're getting hyped up for the Blazers chances as the sixth seed in the playoffs, and I've been watching too much Ahmad Rashad. Thanks zimmerbloke.

A: A bit thin looking medium brown in the glass. A finger of espresso looking head hangs out for a long time. It never loses a full clumpy cap and copious amounts of lacing clings to my glass. 4/5

S: Probably not as coffee driven at this point compared to fresher. Its more of a coffee-colla kind of thing right now. I wish there was some more earthy and robust coffee here. 3/5

T: Equal parts smooth french press and sweet milk chocolate. A dash of floral hops rounds out the flavor for some balance. 3.5/5

M: Thin, clean, brisk, and porter like. A little more body is needed here to propel the beer into the upper echelon. 3/5

O: If Founders Breakfast Stout and Terrapin Wake N' Bake are my bench marks for 8% coffee stouts, this would have to be more on the average side for my palate. I had a Brewhouse about a month ago and thought it might be up to the challenge of competing with the big boys. I had an FBS just a week ago though and now realize that this beer is not quite to that level. Its still enjoyable though, and you wouldn't catch me turning one down if offered. 3.5/5

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown. Not much carbonation at all. Very thin layer of tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt and molasses.

T: Underwhelming coffee flavor and not much else. Tastes kind of watered down. Some bitter chocolate and burnt coffee in the finish.

M: thin and watery. I would prefer it to be a little thicker with more carbonation.

8% abv is really well hidden. This was disappointingly average. If you want a coffee stout from Central Waters go with a Peruvian Morning!

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Photo of Vierenner
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the most coffee-like stout I've ever tasted ... unfortunately it's a one trick pony. It's smooth, and the first sips are very flavorful, but by the 5th or 6th sip the magic disappears. The coffee flavor goes into hiding and there's not much else there.

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Photo of Overlord
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Homerbag for the trade.

Pours a dark cola-like brown with a big light brown head. Smells like coffee. That's it. Just like coffee.

I'm not a coffee connoisseuer, so perhaps this beer isn't targeted at me. It tastes just like coffee. Like chilled coffee, with a bit of roasted malt. Not even particularly good, espresso-esque coffee (like Peche Mortel, for example). Just alcohol, coffee, some roasted malt, and a biting bitter aftertaste.

I suppose if you're looking for coffee beer, this puppy will hit the spot exactly.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Buery tulip, no freshness info, and a big 'ol thank you to Dunt.

This is definitely black booty, the beer is exceptionally dark brown with a quarter to half an inch of khaki head that fades to a cap of froth.

Dark chocolate and an exceptionally roasty nose. Ash, almost pungent wood smoke, blunt burnt coffee beans, and sweetened espresso. There's something quite unique. That's it, roasted smokey paprika, not spicy but earthy. Hardly any coffee in the nose, but that doesn't keep it from being enjoyably interesting.

Sweet, dark caramel and general malt up front and some medium semblance of brewed coffee in the middle. The finish again brings an unexpected paprika and campfire smokiness with black malt bitterness.

Medium-light body with fine, tickling carbonation. Slight astringency that lends a dryish balance. Slight linger overall.

It doesn't seem like 8.2% in any way, and therefore I have a hard time seeing why it needs to be or is such a big beer. Since freshness dating is lacking I don't know how old this bottle is and whether that is why there is little coffee. I find the flavors very earthy and interesting. More novelty than solid coffee beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a very thin tan head that disappears quickly even with a vigorous pour.

S - Strong, cold black coffee. I searched and searched and that is all I could find. Slightly one dimensional.

T - Strong black coffee with a touch of roasted malt, slightly sweet at the start but then turns very dry and chalky with a a good deal of bitterness from the coffee.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, chalkiness that lingers on the tongue.

D - This one seemed a little one dimensional to me focused on the coffee. Not bad at all but would be better with more stout qualities.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice coastered 1/2 finger head. Pretty solid aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some vanilla. Creamly medium mouthfeel. Nice and smooth coffee flavor that ends a little bitter like drinking straight light roast coffee. Some alcohol notes in the taste as well. Not quite the best coffee stout I have had before but certainly not the worst either. Good lace left on the glass.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy dark brown (almost black, but not quite). Small khaki head that dissipates slowly leaving behind fair lacing.

S: Coffee is certainly dominant, as one might expect. There is also a big roasted malt aroma, with subtle chocolate, caramel, toffee, and hops. The malt profile found within all of this is pretty large, providing a biscuity smell that holds everything else together.

T: Wow, bitter! The coffee used is extremely bitter. The roasted aroma comes through more closely matched to burnt coffee in the taste, adding to the bitterness. There is roasted barley, which adds even more to the bitterness. In the middle, there is subtle chocolate and toffee, but they come and go quickly, leaving a biting bitter finish as well.

M: Body is on the heavier side of medium with very little carbonation. Creamy and slightly coating. The bitterness leaves a slightly drying effect on the tongue and mouth.

D: This isn't very well balanced, in my opinion. There is a slight sweetness in the middle, but it is far outweighed by the bitter beginning and finish. Alcohol is hidden very well through everything that is going on in the flavor, but not particularly easy to drink. Enjoyable, but unexpectedly bitter.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 10/10. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: As black as black coffee with a 1" light mocha colored head that receded within a minute with pour lacing.

S: Smelled exactly like an iced dark roast - no other aromas. Simple and inviting.

T: Only tasted mildly like coffee, with perhaps a hint of...cherry? I'm not sure, but it's a kind of tart tone to it. Had a kind of dry finish. It almost tasted like nothing.

M: Has a very thin mouthfeel with more carbonation than I'd like for a coffee stout.

D: This is difficult for me to decide. For being over 8% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink. However, I don't feel this is an especially good representative of the style (too much carbonation, not enough coffee flavor), and as such, I probably wouldn't order one and would only drink one and only one if it was being bought for me/served at a friend's house. As a result, I will rate it good only due to how easy it goes down.

Overall notes: I prefer my coffee stouts to taste like cold coffee with a hint of alcohol taste to it. This tastes like...barely-coffee-flavored cola? I feel there are much better representatives of the style out there.

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Photo of crossovert
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a deep dark brown with a foamy light tan head. It doesn't look as good as th Peruvian Morning.

The aroma is top-notch though, absolutely. It smells like a coffee house in the area surrounding the bottle, it is super-fragrant. If you sniff from the bottle you get a thick hit of caramel. From the glass it is kind of because there is a hint of metallic scent. For this i have to dock it a little. Sniff th bottle, you will enjoy it more than our of the glass, which I find interesting.

The flavor is also coffee to the full, but again I'm getting the metallic character. It is a bit too coffee-oriented for me, it pretty much tastes like metallic coffee. I prefer their Peruvian Morning so much more.

I know this is a coffee stout and i don't like coffee, but that hasn't held me back from loving other coffee infused beers, but this is for coffee lovers only.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Bomber received as an extra in a trade with ThomasHardy. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin one finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Strong roasted coffee/espresso bean aroma with a nice silky chocolate malt presence in the nose. Slightly smokey smelling with hints of caramel, toffee, oatmeal and tootsie roll. Complex nose but a bt overwhelmed by the overly roasted coffee presence.

Medium bodied with a huge roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor. I'm also picking up some silky lactic chocolate notes as well as some hazelnut, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Slightly acrid with a dry bitter finish.A bit unbalanced with a too strong of a coffee presence for my taste.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent by laymansbeerfan, I love me some coffee stout. 12oz bottle states that it was brewed in October, served in a pub nonic.

A: Dark brown with transparent blood red hues, two solid fingers of creamy light tan head had decent retention and leaves some solid lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate dominate, lighter roast characters, toasted grains, bits of sweetness, faint nuttiness and earthiness.

T: More of the same as the nose, coffee and definite dark malt, breadiness, toasted grains and nuts, some earthy hops maybe, faint caramel and mocha, roast on the finish.

MF: Dry finish, medium body, aftertaste is coffee & coffee grounds.

O: Surprised by how much breadiness there was in this beer. Its a decent coffee stout but not my favorite. Don't know how the age affected this one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes into a wisp. Very light lacing.

Smells of coffee some roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Tastes like coffee as well. Not a ton of other flavors here. There is some good roasty malt and a touch of smoke, but it lacks body and I don't get much beyond the slightly astringent coffee.

Too light for my liking for a stout. If this were creamier, it could be something great.

I love coffee stouts and there's certainly nothing wrong with this one, but it's kind of one note and lacks body to really put it over the edge. I'd rather go for an FBS when I'm in the mood for coffee.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured hazy deep brown color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry and aromatic coffee with nice roasted malt with slight bitter aftertaste. Taste is also a nice mix with some quite dry bitter note of coffee with some aromatic notes of coffee and light roasted malt. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. Well brewed and easily drinkable without too much complexity.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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