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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of dbexpert
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Dark, slight tan head with fat carbonation, 1/2 inch on subtle pour. this is looking good.
Smell. clean coffee roasted notes. exactly the aroma I expect from a coffee stout.
Taste. Rich roasted characteristics. Well balanced. Definitive flavor profile. Clean.
Mouthfeel. fair sweetness that drys out well. coffee is expressed well. mmm.
Overall. I would definitely seek this out!!!

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown. a bit more clear than I was expecting. a touch of light brown head. fairly pretty. Smells incredibly coffee-y. I really quite like the aroma on this one. The taste is solid but not out of this world. Its pretty tasty but I've had better coffee beers. The mouthfeel is very thick and sweet and overall a solid brew

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

12oz bottle thanks to Beerwolf77

Poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours dark as night with a fluffy 2 finger khaki head that pops away slowly. Decent head retention as at goes down and some solid legs for %8

S- Dark roasted coffee and burnt malts pretty much dominate the nose. The coffee they used in this beer is actually really pleasant smelling and can tell its of a higher quality. Slight alcohol but not much

T- Definitely a unique blend. Strong dark roasted coffee so much that its as if the grounds are in the glass. Creamy dark malts and a slight bit of alcohol tie this one together but not really get much more than that. But honestly who needs it with coffee that tastes this good.

M- Medium to lighter body with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly bitter finish.

Overall if you don't like coffee or even drinking your coffee black than you will NOT like this beer. But if you love it then this is definitely the brew for you. Could easily have one of these with breakfast every morning.


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Photo of wagenvolks
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MilwaukeeCrusher provided an excellent trade, and for this bottle I thank him. 12oz into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

Not the boldest-looking brew, CW's Coffee Stout looks more like a beefed-up brown ale or a robust porter than a true "Stout". Thin, sepia chestnut body with a wispy ring of tan foam. Below average head retention, but the aroma more than makes up for a lackluster appearance as it brims with bold espresso and sweet chocolate notes. Literally smells like a Mocha Frappucino. Gooey caramel malts and a kiss of herbal hops round out the aroma. One of the best-smelling coffee beers I've had recently, and the malt backbone is nothing to scoff at, either.

The flavor amplifies the roasted coffee qualities while laying down dense layers of earthy malt and bitter Baker's chocolate. Hops are floral and a bit grassy, while the finish lingers with more java and lots of graininess. Mouthfeel is, as expected, a bit thin, but nicely carbonated with a medium body. Overall, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is amazingly aromatic, but could use a few tweaks here and there with regards to the appearance and mouthfeel. Still, it's a must-try for any lover of coffee beers.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by october notched on the label. drank from my stone IRS snifter. traded to me in person at dark lord day by mishuggah. thanks steve!

A- the pour is an opaque very dark brown colored body with a small khaki colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown along the outside of my glass. little to no lacing left behind.

S- the coffee in this beer is jumping from my glass. as i get my nose closer, i get roasted malts and some cocoa powder. a little bit of caramel sweetness comes through also.

T- the taste starts out with some dark roasted malts and some caramel malts that add a quiet sweetness to this beer. after that i pick up some bittersweet chocolate (dark) that offers up a little more sweetness. the finish is all about the coffee. rich espresso notes seem to take this over.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a little lower than normal, which seems to work well and adds to the appeal. on the drier side with above average bitterness from the coffee.

O- this is one of the best american coffee stouts that ive had. very enjoyable. the alcohol is masterfully hidden. i had no idea that this was even close to 8%. i really hope to get the chance to purchase this myself this fall now that central waters gets sold in chicago. pick this one up if you get the chance. thanks again steve!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to LusciousJackson for this treat.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy, tan head with good retention (excellent for a coffee beer) and tons of lacing (impressive for a coffee beer).

5.0 S: This is incredibly nutty. I'm shocked at how nutty it is. After that there is a huge helping of milk chocolate and caramel. Only after that does the coffee come in. It mixes with the chocolate to give a cafe mocha vibe. Just a touch of roastiness to balance things out. This has a huge nose which is stronger than most beers twice the ABV.

5.0 T: The taste is much like the nose. Tons of nuts, milk chocolate, and caramel. Coffee complements rather than dominates. The coffee and roasted malts team up to give only a mild roastiness. This is a fairly sweet beer overall. Perhaps a touch of dark fruitiness, but that all falls to the wayside.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy and super smooth.

5.0 D: I'm a pretty harsh rater and I've searched and searched for a reason to not give this beer the scores that I have. Obviously, I could not find any reasons. This is easily the best single stout I've had. Incredible amount of flavor and each component contributes positively to the whole. Time for an ISO.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
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 Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small lived head, good lacing, dark brown beer. Sediment on the bottom of the pint glass.

S- Smells straight coffee.

T- Robust coffee.

M- Very full mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- A real treat for any coffee beer lover guaranteed. Central Waters got it right...lives up to the hype.

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Photo of nhindian
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours a dark brown with chocolate highlights. Opaque for the most part but there's a ton of carbonation sticking to the glass. There's a 1.5-fingered, light tan head with good retention, and is it fades it leaves behind a ring and frothy cap. The lacing teases, but eventually crackles and falls apart.

S - Wow, this thing seems to chock full of espresso as it absolutely dominates the nose. It's incredibly roasty, bitter, and also slightly metallic. Behind the big coffee smells are bittersweet chocolate and other sweet malts.

T - Again, this coffee tastes like beer. I mean this beer tastes like coffee. It's probably the most coffee I've had in a stout and I actively try to seek out beers with tons of coffee. Kudos to Central Waters for that representation, but it also has some notes that really detract from the flavor. Again, it's almost overly bitter and the roast is actually a bit more tame here. As in the nose, it finishes with a strange metallic twang that is annoying. Besides those two things, check this out in case you want an iced coffee in a glass. The chocolate seems to fade a little from the nose, but it flitters here and there. Slight alcohol in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. This has above-average carbonation for the style, which is both good and bad. The liquid leaves a thin coating on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Big props for giving authentic coffee taste, but it needs a little refining in my opinion to reduce the metallic notes. I'd recommend drinking this in the morning instead of your favorite cup of Joe, as I can foresee myself being up for a while tonight now!

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Photo of Bennettrox
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hawks10 for this one!

Bottled on Oct 2010

A - Dark black with a nice khaki head that fizzes out rather sooner than I'd like.

S - Coffee up front, dark chocolate, espresso, dark malts.

T - Coffee is the star, but not in the way that I was hoping. You can taste it, but it's not really prominent in flavor. More chocolate and malts to follow.

M - This was easy to put down, felt great in the mouth. Right amount of carbonation with a simple body.

O - I would love to revisit a fresher batch of this. Eight months I believe has probably taken away the coffee presence that it once had. Overall I enjoyed this though.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, mini-head, nice lacing. Head eventually settles into some swirly islands.

Coffee, the coffee is smooth and delicate. Fudge.

Coffee bean, milk chocolate, a bit of honey. This is a very refined coffee stout. Not abrasive, bitter or exhausting.

Lighter mouthfeel which eventually thickens as it warms up, into a very smooth and filling dessert type stout. ABV mastered.

One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 4/23/11. On Tap at Capones served in a pint. This brew appears a very dark brown color with some clarity and lighter brown coloration around the edges. A tan cap forms and recedes holding close to the rim of the glass with spotty lacing that stays across the top of the surface and sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes a roasty grain smell coupled with chocolate and a bit of a nutty aspect before the onset of the coffee characteristics. As this brew warms up, it collectively forms a scent that is strikingly similar to the smell of fresh pretzels. Strangely interesting yet enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is roasty with malt which provides a flavoring similar to chocolate and the coffee comes in through the back tasting quite fresh. The aftertaste of this brew is lightly nutty and a flavor emerges just like the nose suggested which tastes like pretzels. Interesting, I've never run across this in a brew before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is lively and easy drinking with a fresh coffee taste. The pretzel character I was picking up on in both the flavor and aroma was a bit weird but overall enjoyable. I never would have guessed this brew was over 8% abv, the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into globe

This beer pours a nice black/brown with decent tan head formation. Some lacing but not much. Smell is strong coffee to mocha due to a chocolate element I am picking up. Some dark fruits and vanilla. Taste is mainly coffee (no surprise) with a backup of chocolate, vanilla and some molasses. Very similar to smell. Mouth is medium-heavy with noticeable carbonation (perhaps a touch too much). This is a tasty cold-coffee brew that I'd like to try again but won't go out of my way to obtain.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from zimmerbloke in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Matt!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Pours a clear, dark brown, with a tan head of about two fingers that is slow to drop. Leaves some nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate covered cake doughnut. I don't know, just my first impression. Lots of milk chocolate, roast coffee, and roasted malt. No real hop aromas.

Flavors of a mocha cafe, tons of roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa. Finish is long, roasted, with bittersweet coffee that lingers.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, silky smooth, creamy.

Overall a fantastic beer. It's like dessert in a glass. A scoop of ice cream would be a great finishing touch.

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Photo of TK5150
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown/purple with a 2 finger beige/light brown colored head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of light roasted coffee, raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Some powdered sugar. Pretty good aroma, but could be a bit more bold.

T- Roasted coffee (with roasted nuttiness), raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The first couple of sips were dominated by powdered chocolate drink mix, but that went away fairly quickly. I wish it had stayed around. It says this is released in the fall; and I am just trying it now in spring. I'm sure this would be best fresh at release.

M- Full medium body with quite a bit of carbonation (though not out of control by any means).

O- I like this beer. Not a bad beer if it is relatively cheap and comes in a 6 pack. Would not seek this out as the main component of a trade, but it makes for a nice extra.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours near black with a deep garnet hue when held to a light with a thick, sticky tan head. The aroma is highly roasty and malty--very coffee and a bit sweet. The flavor is highly roasty with abundant coffee, beneath the roast and coffee is a subtle pleasant alcohol flavor as well as some bittersweet chocolate. The beer finishes perfectly, just a tad dry with plenty of flavor left dancing all over. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a wonderful coffee stout, definitely worth buying.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
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 koopa
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with chestnut and honey folds. The crown is 2 fingers, medium khaki, shows pretty good retention and some lace.

Smell: Roast malt, a hint of coffee, a bit of black molasses, and a dash of american citrus hops.

Taste: Same notes as the smell but with a big chocolate addition.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation helps the slightly heavy body keep from weighing you down too much.

Overall: Wow what a nicely rounded and flavorful coffee stout! The american citrus hops and carbonation really help give the slightly thick chocolate malt base an edge and crispness that aid the drinkability.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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 hopsbreath
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.13/5  rDev -26%
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 Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -13%
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 Paulydeets
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan 1 finger head and decent lacing

S: Lots of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, cant wait to drink this one

T: Not as much coffee as I thought would be there, a lot of chocolate and roasted malt coming through with a nice coffee bitterness.

M: Creamy, smooth, light carbonation

O: Not bad at all, was hoping for more coffee and the aroma led me in that direction, but not as much of the coffee flavor as the bitterness of the coffee. Still a great brew.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
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 ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle of this dated October 2010, thanks to arvjunk.
A: Black with a slight brown hue, it poured with a decent one-finger tan head that quickly died to a collar with lacing.
S: A very enticing mix of barbeque roast and earthy citric coffee. There is some molasses, campfire, and strawberries.
T: More chocolate than you'd expect, with the taste of French-pressed full city roast. The roasted pig char surprises you at first, but then just becomes natural. This is really good.
M: Thicker at first, developing a slow froth that finally crisps on the finish. Good.
O: What to say? This is a good one. Grab it if you can.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 935 ratings.
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