Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
953
Reviews:
388
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
410
Gots:
118
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 953 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee aroma. Derek's bottle. Black colour with brown bubbly head. Roast, chocolate,mollasses also some c-hops.Great balance between all of these elements, but coffee rules above all.Very good for what it is, but I would prefer less coffee and more chocolate personally.

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Photo of acurtis
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewhouse Coffee Stout, 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Currently ranked #1 American Stout on BA. Pours dark brown, I can actually see through it when holding it up. Appearance is almost cola like, lots of carbonation with a small bubbly beige head. A hard pour on my second bottle created a much larger and more appealing head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk. Taste is complex, very heavy on the chocolate with a roasted coffee middle but almost no harshness or bitterness in the finish. As it warms the roasted coffee becomes more dominate. Taste more molasses and vanilla and the finish becomes slightly bitter. Very enjoyable beer but in my opinion is more like a brown ale than a stout. I really want to crack open a November right now and compare. Very similar but this has more of a roasted coffee flavor. Doesn't taste like 8.2%, but it is starting to feel like it is. More drinkable than you would expect and more than some similar 6% offerings. I still think this is a american brown ale and am going to rate it as such. Otherwise I wouldn't give it as high of a score as the beer deserves.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewhouse Stout is a seamless marriage between coffee and beer. Medium in body, the balance of coffee, cocoa, caramel malts give a non-compicated, yet rich flavor that remains consistent from nose to finish. The quiet confidence of the malts never allow the coffee to dominate, while allowing the mmore delicate nuttiness, earthiness, buttery, and creme notes to sing and dance. Bitterness has a brilliant part-coffee, part-hop variety that keeps me guessing. Though the American Stout base makes the beer highly drinkable, it gives up some complexity that a larger stout may hold.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange-red label, fun label art, and a standard unbranded brass pry-off cap acquired in a trade with the gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery (which has made some beers I've quite enjoyed) and its current rating. Reviewed as a coffee stout becuase it identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2013 vintage.

Served chilled - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of yellow-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not much frothiness. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black; the bottom of the glass is a cola-brown. It's certainly not a jet black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style. The head colour is a bit atypical of the style, but I've seen this hue in other Central Waters stouts. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Definite coffee, with a bit of roast and also some capuccino-like cream; the cream is a bit too too much in my opinion, and I'd like more coffee roast. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Cream. A hint of vanilla. On the sweeter side. Coffee is definitely dominant. But it doesn't seem to have the depth of coffee that the best coffee stouts do, and seems like iced coffee or cold-brew coffee, not like actual hot roasty donut-shop coffee. I hope to stand corrected after tasting it. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable. There are no off-flavours.

T: Has a pleasant creamy open before the coffee hits. The coffee brings your usual coffee been/coffee grain notes with a hint of roast and sweetening cream/condensed milk. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the second act and body nicely. There's some coffee bitterness as well. A hint of vanilla with some accompanying sweetness. Any hop presence is minimal and is there purely for preservative purposes. On the sweeter end. Vague liqueur - perhaps kahlua. Where's the roasted barley?

I'd like more of a coffee presence, with more depth and diversity of flavour. The coffee here is good, but it isn't as multifaceted as something like Kopi Luwak.

Nicely balanced for the most part, but there is some coffee roughness about the climax and in the 3rd act. Decent complexity and subtlety. Nice build for a coffee stout. I like it. But it's far from world-class. It's an inspired brew, but the best beers in the style have far more nuance and balance. This is quite cohesive, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. A bit rough around the edges.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-notes.

Mf: The coffee bean does lend it a light roughness/harshness which is buried beneath the smoothness and wetness but is still noticeable beneath the surface, and which dries out and coarsens the finish; for this reason, it has subpar presence on the palate. A biteen buttery. Good thickness and body. Slightly overcarbonated. Creamy. The texture complements the flavour profile well.

Not oily, astringent, boozy, gushed, or hot.

Roughness fades as it warms, allowing the creaminess to take over.

Dr: The mouthfeel holds this back; they need to get that coffee roughness in check. It's quite drinkable, but the ABV isn't well hidden - nor is it overly-present; I'd guess this was 8% if I tried it blind. The best beers in the style always seem less boozy than they are. I like this, and I'll have no trouble killing the bottle alone. The price point is reasonable; I could definitely see myself picking this up again.

There're a lot of good elements here, but it seems Central Waters' beers fall into the "quite good, but not great" category for me. I look forward to continuing to try their other offerings, and this one is quite satisfying, but I don't think its current 94 rating is warranted. I'd recommend this one to friends and I'd love to try it on draught/nitro.

Low B+

***
05.19.15: 2nd impressions.

Brown-black body. Foamy khaki-tan head.Retains well.

Sm: Great coffee: impeccable roast, cappuccino cream, bitter espresso.

Moderate intensity.

T: Great balance. Great coffee. Ideal malt backbone. Cream. The coffee dominates - as well it should. Hints of hazelnut. The coffee is intricate as hell, and it's rather subtle and nuanced.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, soft, medium-bodied.

Undeniable harmony of texture and taste.

O: High quality. As drinkable as a coffee stout can be. This is truly one of the best go-to coffee stouts I've had.

Low B+

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The liquid looks like coffee as it fills the pint glass, producing a rocky, two-finger head; excellent stickage and some shards of lace

Smell: Smells like I have stuck my nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans

Taste: Right from the outset, tastes just like a nice, dark roast coffee; by mid-palate, hints of chocolate, vanilla and a touch of cream add a bit of complexity that tones down the roast and persists through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the top coffee beers out there, for sure

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a half finger of light tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with some dark fruit as well. There is a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. The coffee smell is slightly burnt.

Taste: The coffee stands out a lot more here. There is a bitterness from the coffee and the roast up front. In the background there is a sweetness along with some nutty and creamy notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a lot of carbonation. The finish is dry and maybe slightly chalky.

Overall: A very nice coffee stout. Don't like this one quite as much as the Terrapin, but still good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Daily espresso drinker here...

Damn. This is the most mellow, yet rich coffee stout I have come across. Really better than most I have tried, and the most approachable for sure.

Pours jet black, with a few fingers of tan head. Lacing abounds, and retains a skim of foam for a long time.

Straight up delicious coffee aroma, maybe some mild roasted malts and tobacco too.

Mellow coffee richness, light mouthfeel, but full of flavor. Not the acrid or bitter character of so many extreme beers. Very delicious, obviously very high quality ingredients. Light carbonation, easy drinking.

I'll be seeking this out whenever i'm in Wisconsin.

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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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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick mocha head. Looks appropriately like coffee.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate in fairly equal portions, very mocha-like. I was expecting a stronger coffee aroma, but I'm not complaining - it's very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee up-front with a nice roasty twang beneath it. This one's got a big coffee flavor, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer; notes of chocolate and toasted grain are present and add some depth. This isn't overly complex though, it's definitely still a coffee showcase, and it works quite well as such. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice lingering java note.

Notes: Great stuff, I'd like to try this again some time. Thanks to autumnaldave for the bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black with ruby red highlights. A thick, long-lasting head of light brown foam sat atop the brew. A series of thin rings of frothy lace remained when the glass was emptied.

S - Amazing aroma. Fresh java! There was a roasted malt smell hidden underneath the wonderful aroma of coffee beans.

T - Tempted to give this category a 5...this is the best tasting coffee stout I've come across. Of course, it delivered with the great coffee flavor and was backed up by subtle chocolate and toffee notes with a slightly floral presence.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied ale that was hard to put down.

D - Very, very good coffee stout. There might be a better one out there but I haven't found it yet.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle of this at Steve's in Madison, WI in August 2009.

Pours a dark brown with an espresso head. The nose is overwhelming coffee and dark malts, and this is exactly how the taste follows it up. The true highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel--it's so utterly thick and creamy that it's unlike most other coffee stouts. This has the mouthfeel of a Russian Imperial, and I really wish that I could give this a 5.5 for MF and that other brewers would follow. Drinkability is way up there as well, as the creamy mouthfeel makes you want sip after sip.

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Photo of mothman
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bells tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of burnt coffee tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep bronze hued brown when held up to the light. Color is a dark brown otherwise.

Aroma: Massive amounts of fresh coffee with a perfect amount of roasted malts. A perfect amount of coffee. Absolutely delish. I don't know if I have smelt a better coffee stout.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and fresh coffee. Straight up coffee in your face. It has a lot of roasted malt with fresh earthy hops. Everything about this beer is fresh. Some chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and crisp. A medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, this coffee stout is solid goodness. If you enjoy coffee, this is your beer. Fresh coffee, roasted malts, and fresh hops. Very smooth drinking and easy to drink. I am really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize how highly this was rated. Thanks to Levifunk for this one, bottled in October.

An aggressive pour yields a small 1/4 finger head covering of a dark rich creamy head that fades semi slowly, over a velvety looking very dark molasses brown almost black colored beer.

Nose is loaded with fresh roasted coffee, it only seems to have the nice coffee aspects too, no burnt roast or acidic grinds, etc. Nice coffee, some light espresso, roasted malts, and bit of a dark malty aroma, a bit of sweetness, hint of a nutty malt and brown sugar.

Taste starts a little creamy, with a slight oatmeal stout taste, bringing some roasted malts, plenty more fresh brewed coffee, some bitter stout flavors, a slight bit of minerality, some bitter earthy hops, a slight bit of chocolate, a nice malty base under that all with some caramel, bringing just a hint of booze. It finishes with a long bitter finish, some from earthy hops and some from the roasted malts and coffee, lingering coffee and a bit of an acidic hit here finally, and a bit of a caramel malt taste.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, somewhat creamy, and good carbonation.

Drink is OK, a light booze, some bitterness on the finish lingers for a while, just a hint of acidic taste, and mostly dry on the finish. Just a bit of minerality too which seems to be kept in control well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty as you would expect and then a strong burst of black coffee comes in quickly. As the bitterness fades a nice balance is left behind since there isn't a lot of sweetness like some coffee beers overdo. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although there are better ones that I've had, this is a really good coffee beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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