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 beachbum1975
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't been said about this phenomenal beer already? Newtonty got this in an in person trade at DLD and was kind enough to share it with DrewOSU and I tonight.

The pour was dark brown to black with lots of reddish hints. Nice, ½ inch light tan and creamy head. Gorgeous to look at.

I get fresh, scrumptious coffee, vanilla and super tasty malts in the nose and mouth. This is a highly drinkable beer - it's so easy to put down. The malt and chocolate sweetness/smoky texture on this one is truly sublime...

Great mouthfeel. I didn't climax like roadhouse just did in his review below, but seriously - this is a very nice example for it's style (Worth the recent hype!!!)- seek it out and try it.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at an epic tasting hosted by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a ton Todd!

Appearance: Brown, semi-transparent body with thin, foamy, tan head. Tons of suspended, tan yeast within. Amber highlights around the edges. Not much head retention or lacing.

Smell: Medium to high-quality black coffee. I've never had a beer that mimicked black coffee as closely as this one.

Taste: Black coffee with very light touches of cream and sugar. Is that pudding? Tastes like coffee in the finish too: a little burnt, roasty, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, which doesn't seem right for a stout; but this is a coffee stout, and coffee is a pretty thin fluid. Gritty and warm. Wish there was more of a creamy character.

Drinkability: Coffee stout, no kidding! I'm a big coffee fan, and this was the most coffee-like beer I've ever had. Smell, taste, mouthfeel, the whole shebang. How often would I want a beer that so closely resembles coffee? I'm thinking not often. For what it is, this is very well done.

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly, but it's not as overpowering as many other coffee stouts, leaving plenty of room for roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is once again at the forefront, but does not overpower the other flavors. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through until the solidly bitter ending. Coffee flavors linger for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could go through a bomber without a problem.

Overall this is a nice coffee stout for those that aren't the biggest fans of coffee. The flavors integrate nicely and this is certainly worth a shot.

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

Pours pitch black completely opaque. Heavenly smells of super-fresh perfectly roasted coffee. First sip is roasted coffee with burnt malts, tobacco, bakers chocolate, and vanilla all supporting the beer's complexity. Medium bodied and bitter from start to finish, what a great way to begin a Monday morning.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like well worn motor oil, a brown tinged blackness in my mug. Nice two finger tan head, like espresso crema, with decent retention, but settles to leave a thin tan collar. Mildly carbonated. Not really leaving much for lacings, the intricate patterns succumb to gravity and return to the collar from which they came.

Nice aroma of creamy nougat and rich coffee aroma with just a hint of roasted malts, a whiff of smoke and earthy hops. This smells like a coffee stout for coffee fans. Im liking it.

The roasted malts make more of an appearance in the taste versus the aroma, otherwise things pretty much taste as above. The char of the roasted malts show up in the finish with a hint of anise. Very nice, clean coffee flavour here, reminding me of Coffee Bender, another coffee forward brew i really enjoyed.

Almost medium bodied, smooth, almost velvety, and slightly creamy. There is a very nice balance struck between the rich and nougaty malt, the tasty coffee, the more roasted malt and earthy hoppiness.

This is a damn tasty brew, and worthy of its reputation. Has me Jonesing for a peruvian morning.... Im not sure of the ABV, the alcohol is hiding from me, making this dangerously drinkable. Thanks to the wife for picking this up for me at the end of last summer, this is a top notch coffee stout that i would highly recommend to afficionados of coffee and coffee stouts. I will have to track this, and other Central Waters offerings, down.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DFH glass.

A: Pours like a standard black stout, quickly builds a thin tan head which dissipates just as quickly.

S: Freshly brewed coffee.

T: A nice stout base under a delicious coffee flavor. Finishes with some chocolate and roasted grain.

M: Standard viscosity for an average stout.

D:As the base for this beer is a lighter stout, this is pretty drinkable stuff. If your a coffee lover like me, you might like this for breakfast with some pancakes and maple syrup.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Large brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly with nice lacing. The beer is a very dark red-brown in color.

S- Lots of roasted malts and coffee up front, some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Little hop presence mostly in your face coffee.

T- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and molasses. Some roasted barley and light hops. This is not the most complex beer I have had but it is pretty good.

M- Medium bodied with a nice bite from the hops and carbonation.

Overall I would say this is a pretty darn good stout, not the most impressive but I would not mind having a few bombers of this sitting around.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter. Thanks to madtowndmb1 for trading me this!

Appears a jet black color but some mahogany highlights can be revealed next to a light source. A three-quarter inch tan head forms on top but quickly falls to a skim. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma just straight up blows my mind. The coffee is the richest, boldest, most delicious variety I have ever smelled. There's also a wonderful dark chocolate tinge to it to top it off. All other coffee beers must bow down to this nectar sent from heaven. Every time I take a whiff I get overly excited and almost experience a sexual climax. It's that good.

Taste is not quite as explosive as the aroma but it's still probably the best tasting coffee beer I've had. The coffee is not overly astringent, but comes across as a nice mellow brew. The dark chocolate tinge reappears slightly in the finish for a bit of an encore.

Mouthfeel is really nice as well. Medium body with a very creamy texture. I docked a half point because there's a kind of strange coating/drying feel after the swallow that's hard to describe.

Not that it has any hype really, but the A rating is completely deserved. Seek this one out if you like coffee beers. Great stuff.

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Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro Onslow for this tastey burger...

This brew pours up a solid black color with a nice big, brown head. great lacing. the nose is coffee beans, rich malts, subtle hops. the taste is big malts!, very bitter, bitter hops, coffee jazz, chocolate. leaves a "cocaine drip" taste in the back of my mouth. weird...full bodied, low carbo, A very nice Coffee Stout! Easily one of my new fave Coffee Stouts.

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

Review from notes about a month ago that I just found.

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with no transparency. Decent sized light brown head with okay retention and some initial lacing.

S: Smells of strong coffee with roasted mats and chocolate.

T: Very similar to the smell, Strong coffee and roasted malts with a bittersweet chocolate finish. There's a bit of a dark fruit taste to it.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, perfect carbonation and not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well, not too overpowering which is something that coffee stouts often struggle with. My first by Central Water, what a great first impression.

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

A - Very dark cola, almost black. Small head to ring, some cascading bubbles and lace.

S - MAJOR dense coffee, bitter chocolate and roasty malt.

T - Taste spot on for smell. Yum. Flavors are pretty thick and satisfying.

M - Medium body, good carb and pretty good coating.

D - For the style, very drinkable.

Been focusing on thinner beers lately, this was a nice surprise. Wish I knew the ABV, but I am guessing it must be between 7-9.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear dark brown color with an average brown creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate ground coffee,chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy roasted coffee balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This beer would go well with a cigar.

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

Thanks to MasterSki for getting this one too me.

Pours a very dark red that looks black away from light. Head is mild and looks like a coffee.

Smells unsurprisingly very coffee forward. Hints of cream, chocolate, an toffee are present.

Taste is surprisingly good, with the coffee not hitting until the

Drinkability is high and I will trade to get this one again.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich dark coffee brown, near black in the glass with a few garnet highlights. A solid mocha head has pretty decent retention, slowly fading leaving behind some fairly impressive lacing down to the bottom. for the style, some impressive head and lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Fresh roasted french roast coffee. Aroma reminds me of fresh Graffeo Dark Roast... this is definitely a coffee stout if there ever was one. A hint of dark fruit and a touch of alcohol along the lines of a strong RIS. A hint of bittersweet cocoa, and some dark roasted malt.

Taste is incredibly coffee-forward, which is outstanding (and somewhat rare). Fresh brewed coffee, bittersweet cocoa, roasted malt, a touch of dark cherries and a bit of alcohol, rum and sherry... delicious. There's a pleasant bitterness, seemingly from both coffee and hops. As the brew warms, the bitterness grows stronger, almost lemon-pine-metal... off-balances as it warms... otherwise, the taste is just about perfect.

mouthfeel is interesting... the powerful aroma and taste leave me wanting a fuller, chewier stout. This one sits on the lighter, thinner, and slightly slick side, more like a cup of coffee than a chewy stout. It works nicely, and is definitely solid and incredibly smooth.

Wow. this may be the gold (or black gold, if you will) standard for coffee stouts. The coffee is impressively balanced yet present, without significant bitter/vapid/sour/burnt notes. Smooth, solid, flavorful, and beautiful. If you are a true lover of coffee and/or stout, this is a must!

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Photo of abents
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber with the heron jaccked up on java on the label.
Pours out a nice deep black with dark brown hints when held up to light. Not a pitch black imp stout pour by anymeans, looks on the lighter side. Nice light brown head however, that laces fairly well. Nos is of rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and sweet molasses. Taste is absolutely incredible, so creamy, smooth, inviting. I love this beer. Starts with a bang of coffee followed by a nice creamy/milky flavor, roasted burnt malts round out the finish with a slight coffee burn in there. Very smooth drinkable coffee stout, the light almost airy body leads to a fantastic smoothness that makes this coffee stout very unique. Plus, Central Waters in a bomber again! Nice all around beer, could drink this all the time.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A very dark liquid who appearance looked much thinner than what I was expecting. After finishing my pour into my brandy snifter, this beer exhibited a very frothy and appetizing head with great lacing. Carbonation was very evident as well...similar to coke.

S: A mix dark chocolate and coffee beans; alcohol is not present at all in the aroma.

T: Again, just like it smells. Rich in coffee character with subtle amounts of bitter dark chocolate...reminds me a lot like Founders Breakfast Stout.

M: Good amount of carbonation, full-body, with a subtle amount of residue left on the palate.

D: This beer possess the two most important qualities when determining drinkability....great taste with no alcohol presence, which makes for easy drinking.

Overall: A great beer that I highly recommend. A must try. Cheers!

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ughsmash (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, roast with some chocolate and tobacco. Nice coffee in the aroma. Tastes of coffee, roast, amd some bitter chocolate. I'm a sucker for coffee beers and this one didn't dissapoint me.

Notes from: 4/30/08

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

Deep russet color not quite black with a small off white head that fades quickly. Some light does make it's way through.

Fresh ground coffee, caramel, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark fruits but this is coffee dominated with a nice roast.

A damn tasty coffee stout with rich robust rosted coffee flavors and even a hint of smoke. Moderate finish with coffee tannins showing. I swear I can tast caffiene in this. Curious what type of coffee they used because it is very good. Such a great coffee flavor in this setting itself apart from the beer. Nice chocolate, cream and toffee flavors with sporadic black fruits.

Somewhat light in body but rich and full of flavor with good carbonation. Fits the beer well. Very easy drinking and would be a great breakfast.

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Photo of badbeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, but brown around the edges. Beige head with good lacing and retention. Strong coffee aroma, seems like I also get a little cream or vanilla for some reason. Fresh coffee taste with maybe a touch of cocoa and cream as well as some caramel sweetness. Very nicely done. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very well done coffee stout. I'll pick up more of this next chance I get.

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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 wcudwight
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black coffee colored with a mocha colored head that rises to 1/2", slowly falls and holds as a tight film on top of the beer. Spiderweb like lacing sticks to the glass.
Smells like early morning rich high quality coffee. Aroma is pretty one demensional and I love it!
Flavor mirrors aroma pretty well. This beer is exactly what it says and it's a pretty damn good one. Taste like a blend of French roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, with just a small hint of cream. Flavor last a while and just sort of stays in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is great as this beer just coats the mouth with coffee flavors.
If you love coffee and coffee beers....I do! Then this is an absolute must try.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice dark rich brown, practically brown. lightly creamed coffee colored head with a low retention rate and nice light lacing.

S: wonderful roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, huge roasted coffee notes. light sweetness of cherries.

T: outstanding flavor. big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, like a mocha coffee drink with some espresso. wonderful balance with the hops. great coffee notes here with the fair trade coffee. aftertaste is pure coffee and chocolate.

M: full bodied, but not too thick. mild carbonation level. amazing palate. extremely smooth.

D: outstanding brew. great flavored stout. this shouldn't be a want once, this is an amazing beer that should be in my house permanently. If only they would come to Florida, life would be better.

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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 22 fluid oz. bottle
Served in a tumbler
Acquired in a trade with dirtylou

The beer poured a brown/black color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A one-half finger, bubbly, caramel-colored head capped the liquid but quickly faded to a thin, flimsy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was dominated by coffee. Pure, freshly brewed coffee to be precise. A touch of roast was noticeable as well.

The taste was dark, roasty and super coffee-like. Slightly sweet up front. Creamed coffee with sugar came to mind. Black coffee and dark chocolate appeared in the center, along with notes of vanilla and sweet cream. Slightly boozy on the back end. The espresso-like finish was ultra dark and roasty. (I felt like I was chewing on coffee beans.) A touch of piney hops came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was hoping for something a bit more viscous and creamy.

Drinkability was quite good. This was an intensely flavored yet smooth stout that managed to keep its roasty, bitter flavors in check.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a phenomenal beer which is so coffee rich that it can serve as a substitute for the real thing. (The beer paired perfectly with chocolate chip cookies and I am sure it could do well with most baked goods.) If you are a fan of both stouts and coffee, you should definitely seek out this brew.

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Constipated? This beer will do the trick. No sweetness, just capitalizes on the deep coffee flavors of their stout with the help of rich cold pressed fairtrade coffee beans. As heavy as you would expect, but the ample caffine will ward of the drowzies.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is light for a Stout, you can almost see through this beer in the light with its ruby hues. Head doesn't develop completely, just some light froth that leaves behind a thin ring. Roasted coffee dominates the smell with some notes of cherry and other dark fruits in the background.

The taste is a wonderful mix of sweetened chocolate cookie malt, with a strong coffee bitterness. Well balanced, the sweetness is never cloying, and the alcohol seems mild. The bitterness lingers on well after the finish and is quite heavenly. Medium bodied, with finely sharp carbonation.

This is the type of beer I love, loaded with flavor yet well balanced, mild in ABV (I'm assuming). I wish I had more than one bottle. Thanks to demcorhip for trading it to me...

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 943 ratings.
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