Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The coffee is really nice, but the stout itself is too thin and carbonated more than I consider ideal for this type of beer. It's not bad but it's also not what I'd call enjoyable

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston, MA.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

Smells like cocoa powder, caramel, and roasty and fruity coffee.

This tastes like the classic coffee stout I always love. There's heavy coffee, fruity and roasty, but it doesn't dominate a wonderfully black and chocolatey base. This has perfect balance.

This is creamy with a good level of carbonation. It's super drinkable.

Central Waters doesn't mess around when it comes to dark beers.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one snuck up on me - unexpectedly pleasant coffee flavor blasts you, and stays through the finish. I really found this one to be a refreshing, pleasant drink that is truly a good breakfast-style stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout, 8.2% ABV, 30 IBU. Pours thin and black, with 4+ finger tan head, slight lacing. Nose is malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows, some sweetness, and without the coffee bitterness typically found in coffee stouts. Yes, you can have coffee taste without bitterness! Mouthfeel is just OK due to thinness, but overall one of the best stouts I've had, and I have tried a lot. Would love to have a BBA version of this - may try mixing this with a Cassian Sunset.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had it bottled but this is the first time having it on draft.
The appearance is an opaque reddish-brown. It's dark but not as much as I would expect an 8.2% beer to be.
Big coffee aromas obviously are upfront along with chocolate, malty sweetness, and some fruitiness from the coffee.
Tastes are coffee, chocolate and some malt sweetness.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer of this strength but it does linger well.
Overall another really good stout from CW.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with some brown where light hits the glass, it had a foamy 1+ finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated on the faster side for an imperial stout, hissing and crackling as it went down. It left minimal spotty lacing, pretty pedestrian looking for a Central Waters stout which is surprising.

The aroma makes up for the average looks as this is all coffee, all the time and I love coffee stouts. The nose is a mix of fresh ground coffee, very burnt coffee, campfire wood, dark chocolate, espresso beans, roasted Kona coffee beans, dark fruit, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, molasses, smoked malts and more chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla and mocha come through as well, but this is all coffee, chocolate and very roasted malts and I really like the way this smells.

Tastes like it smells with a lot of coffee hitting all sensory aspects which include fresh ground coffee, roasted Kona coffee beans, dark chocolate, burnt dark coffee, blackened campfire wood or ash, ground espresso beans, ground vanilla beans, dark fruit like cherry, toffee, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, molasses, smoked malts, Hershey's dark chocolate, more fresh used coffee grinds and a bitterness that could be from fresh piney hops or a Starbucks bold coffee. Quite complex, it got better as it warmed and resembles a smoked beer or actual cup of cold pressed coffee. The delicious coffee aftertaste just lingered forever and was perfect to me, just how I wanted each sip to end.

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Photo of FBarber
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark opaque brown - almost black its so dark. Thick frothy foamy head dissipates somewhat, but leave a decent one finger thick tan head.

Smell is lots of rich roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, and chocolate. Its a simple aroma, but quite nice.

Taste has flavors of roasted coffee, malts, and chocolate. Again, very simple, but its very well done in its simplicity. The aftertaste is really very nice. Its like a chocolate bar with roasted almonds. Lingering cocoa.

Feel is smooth, and light. Drinks more towards a porter on the porter - stout continuum. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice coffee beer. Very simple, but very well done.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found it a rather familiar take on the coffee stout - nothing about it struck me as particularly spectacular; that said, it delivered what you'd expect - ample coffee flavors nestled in a darkly roasty, chocolaty malt base. Smooth and easy drinking. I had hoped it would feel a little fuller on the body, but it was fairly "porter-like" in my estimation. Still absolutely worth a buy, especially if you're into coffee beers.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired from Halstead Whole Foods in beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: Initial pour has three and a half finger (!) quickly dissipating light khaki head, the color is a DARK brown. A bit of lacing, not too much. No visible, active down-up carbonation.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roast coffee beans, cappuccino, sweet vanilla.a touch of booze. I'm getting a bit of something I can only describe (embarrassingly) as Cocoa Puffs cereal, a bit of artificial chocolate flavoring.

Taste: Initial flavor is dark roast coffee, mildly bitter roast, organic chocolate milk, dry old chocolate. As the beer warms, a lot of room temperature cappuccino.

Feel: Nice medium-heavy body. Very slick and oily. A touch of a dry finish. Really nice mouthfeel.

Really nice coffee stout, especially for the price. Those CW boys sure do know how to make a solid stout. Definitely let it warm though, the complexity comes out as it warms.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks thin,but that is perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer, that it looks so thin but feels so thick, incredible. The coffee is strong and spot on.....just another incredible central waters beer, they are slowly but surely becoming my favorite brewery .excellent as always.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours nearly black with two finger tan head, some lacing. Pure coffee in aroma and taste, mouthfeel a bit thin for stout but since I love coffee this one is a winner.

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Photo of scream
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was very nice although a bit on the lighter side for a stout. It has a wonderful coffee nose to it. If beer were meant to be for breakfast I would not turn this one down. Definitely one to have again

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Photo of Webzombie
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best coffee stout I have had (not that I have had tons). Overall very pronounced, but good, coffee taste. Did not have that nasty burnt taste like some lesser coffee stouts I have tried. If you enjoy coffee, would definitely check this one out. Cool label too.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a tan head.
The aroma is roasty-toasty. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate.
Coffee is up front in the taste with dark chocolate following, a touch of sweetness and a bit of char.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Very good.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer is almost black. I dot of ruby light shines through when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a nice fresh ground coffee aroma. I even get a little chocolate in there as well.

The coffee taste is wonderful. This is not a fresh bottle, but the coffee is still very upfront, but it has mellowed some. It lets some of the roasted malt and chocolate flavors come through without being completely drowned out.

Full, rich, velvety smooth

This is a fantastic coffee stout. I would love to have another, but it is not distributed in Ohio. I am glad I got the privilege of trying it.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't warm the beer like I usually do, but the beer is probably about 40 degrees or so. There was no sign of a bottling date.

Look: the beer pours a dark dark brown, almost black, but you can see the brown ness on the edge. There's about an inch of tan, beautiful head.

Smell: coffee, and unfortunately I am not sending much else. Maybe some maple?

Taste: coffee, and that faint maple flavor.

Feel: the beer seems a little thin, but not bad. There's an ever slight bitterness in the finish.

A nice coffee stout, but in curious on the freshness. I'll grab another during the next release

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real dark brown pour, over half an inch of head on it, tan in color, big rich deep dark coffee kind of aroma, hits that sweet spot, good coffee aroma, nothing too exotic or fancy about it in a commercial tugjob sense.

Not a ton of malt roast, the coffee roast and dark chocolate and two row make for a real good meld in this coffee beer. Amazingly hides the alcohol, this is a big beer that would drink like an every day 6% porter. Well balanced, not overly sweet, bitter or roasted. Think breakfast stout with less chocolate. Its really up there in that grouping.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee, creamy, some dark chocolate bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel. Higher carb. Lingering bitterness, but light with a short finish. Flavor doesn't stick with you. Pretty good.

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, a little hazy, with a small head and a small ring of foamy cling throughout. Roasted malts lead the aroma until it really warms up- then it's like smelling a cup of coffee. Also some chocolate, a little vanilla, a touch of molasses. Taste brings lots of coffee, good amount of roasted malts and again, some chocolate and vanilla. Fair amount of bitterness hits in the middle. Smooth, kind of creamy, coffee taste lingers. Could use a little more body.

Very flavorful and enjoyable. Great price point, too, so it's definitely one to try.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kevinpiits to the rescue again. Poured out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Brown/black on the pour. Bit of a creamy tan head that settles and left spot lacing.
S – Heavy roasted malt, coffee, chocolate
T – Bitter bite of coffee flavors up front. Heavy roasted malts. Chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Just a touch of smokiness.
M – Medium bodied. Smooth on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O – Very nice stout here. Has a great mix of coffee bite and sweetness. Easy drinker.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed with Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light coffee, faint nuttiness, nice chocolate, rich roast, nice and balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, coffee is smooth, darker roast, loads of nice non bitter roast, light chocolate, good malts, creamy mellow roasts. Alcohol non-existent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy, no real alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was quite good. Great choice notes, light chocolate loads of roast. Central Waters can really make some great stouts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black head disappears pretty quick

Smells mostly malt hint of coffee

Dry very expresso/black coffee like,easy to drink

Smooth, not heavy but a bit of substance

Altogether a very nice coffee stout, glad I got to try this

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid, low cost offering from Central Waters Brewing Company. Good, solid stout backbone with a wonderful coffee flavor. Not a coffee drinker and I found it really good. Can't beat it for the price and availability.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no bottle date. Pours somewhat opaque black with a medium/large-sized tan foamy head, some lacing on the glass. Smells mostly of coffee with some roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt and solid medium roast coffee. Above average carbonation and somewhat thin body. Although the coffee is tasty, it doesn't nail the style as a stout.

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Photo of TooGood
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very straight forward coffee stout. Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. The only thing that it's missing for me is feel, it's very thin and a little watery. If you like coffee you will like this beer.

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