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 TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soapy, tan head that collapses softly and leaves nice lacing. Huge, toasted aroma of coffee. Black. Starts with an intense, almost overwhelming coffee flavor; acidic, roasted, earthy coffee beans. Moves into a nice medium bitterness; the transition of the hops is seamless. The coffee comes back, peaks in acidity, and then the finish begins; wonderfully aromatic coffee floats atop of floral hops and toasted malt.

I really, really like this one. This is EXACTLY what I think of when I think of a coffee stout; tons of coffee merged seamlessly with a deeply toasted stout.
Just superb.
I fell in love with this one years ago, and I still love it.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with garnet hue in the sunlight with dense mocha head that jiggles when roused.

Smells incredible. Smells like walking into a coffee bistro with a quality mild roast blend coffee brewing. On the back end I'm getting sticky buns with pecans.

Taste is sweetened coffee with cocoa quality bitterness. Some vanilla.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky sweet. My glass is stained brown. Coffee lingers well.

CW delivers as advertised. I was gun shy after their Peruvian Morning debacle two years in a row. I bought this fresh and drinking now. A tremendously tremendous craft at thankyou prices!

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Photo of Jaycase
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: black as night. thick, frothy 2 1/2 finger mocha colored head. lacing subsides quickly

s: big, heavy coffee aroma (slightly charred/burnt). dark bitter chocolate. hint of vanilla

t: following on from the aroma, big, heavy coffee flavor (slightly charred/burnt). some bitter dark chocolate.

m: medium carbonation. Body is slightly thin. creamy & smooth. finishes a touch dry.

o: Solid coffee stout. Coffee aroma/flavor comes big & bold. This is not a coffee stout in name only where the coffee is heavily muted in all aspects. Is it one dimensional? Perhaps but being a coffee stout it has the coffee aspects down in spades. Only complaint is I wish the body was a touch thicker. Would love to have tried fresh FBS next to this as I think the CW could win the battle. A must try for coffee lovers. And a reasonably priced bomber to boot!

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

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout

Pour from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Pours out a very, very dark brown. No light getting through this one. A full finger of creamy tan head is produced. Nice retention, and lacing. Quite attractive....

S) The first scent I picked up after cracking this one open was not the coffee, but rather a very pleasing aroma of chocolate. There is a good amount of roasted coffee bean as well, and that works well with the chocolate. There is a faint hop bitterness in the background.

T) I find myself saying over and over that this beer or that beer follows the nose, when it comes to taste, but this one really does quite well. The hop bitterness is perhaps a little more assertive from a taste perspective, but that's all I got... Very nice....

M) Medium body, with moderate carbonation. This is supple, kind of creamy. It's quite smooth, and just a pleasure to sip on....

O) This is a fantastic stout... As far as I'm concerned, this is my favorite coffee stout, aside from Founders Breakfast Stout, which is my personal gold standard. Central Waters continues to impress. Keep up the good work folks....

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Photo of awakeavast
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep dark dark brown. As dark as brown can get. Persistent light tan head with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, and faint coffee notes. Not a whiff of hops or alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell. Strong taste of roasted malt on the front mellows into a bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavor. Finishes up with a touch of hops and bready malt while the bittersweet notes linger. Alcohol flavor is completely masked.

M: Very decadent. Creamy and smooth. The medium body and just enough carbonation keeps it from being very sticky.

O: A very good stout from central waters. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of guityler83
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A dense mocha colored head formed one finger tall in the snifter glass. The head retention was low but enough to produce some spider web like lacing on two sides of the glass. The beer, a black opaque color with only a shimmer of dark brown on the top edge when backlit.

S: At cooler temperatures a roasty cocoa and coffee aroma are prominant, but as it warms up the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans comes out and it hides the roastyness. Low hop aroma with no alcohol detected. also a bit of a toffee and molassas aroma as it warmed up.

T: Iced coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and toast malt flavors come through in differing levels (roughtly that order). The hop bitterness is firm and noticable though all the malt but not quite enough to keep down the sweetness (ok for a Imp Stout imo). As it warms up i think the flavors become more enjoyable and meld better with the beer overall.

M: Large amounts of body in the beer with low to moderate carbonation. Enough body to keep it malty and flavorful but not so much that it becomes filling quickly. No noticable alcohol warming and very low astringancy.

O: Coffee and chocolate forward double stout that gets better as it warms up.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I got this beer from a recent trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, since I've never seen this beer offered near me in Illinois. I haven't had a beer from Central Waters in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy mocha froth, on top of an opaque black colored body. Maybe just the slightest hint of cola brown around the edges when held to the light.

S - Smells the way an imperial coffee stout should smell. Fresh brewed iced coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some roasted malty notes, & a hint of vanilla. Iced coffee is super authentic; it literally smells like a cold cup of coffee at times.

T - Taste follows the nose. Everything a well brewed coffee stout should be. Bitter roast from the coffee beans, fresh iced coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, some sweet vanilla extract, even a bit of piney hop presence to round things off. No alcohol heat; big 8.20% abv is expertly well hidden.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, sticky, and bitter, with roasted coffee beans & some powdery chocolate lingering on the palate. Hint of piney hops hanging in there also.

Overall, a very enjoyable stout from Central Waters; it appears these guys certainly know how to brew up the coffee stouts. While not as amazing as Central Waters Peruvian Morning, it is still delicious and just as authentically well made. A must have beer for all stout enthusiasts.

Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a moderate tan head. Ok retention and really nice lace.

Nose is a terrific blend of coffee and liquid chocolate. Quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick.

Taste has a really nice fresh coffee flavor. The chocolate is not as sweet as it smelled at first. It is really smooth and the bitterness is not as bold as it could be. I like it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work ok with the strong coffee flavors.

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Photo of joe1510
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Steve's Madison

Brewhouse Coffee Stout leaves the bottle chestnut brown but as it collects in the glass becomes the darkest of browns bordering on black. A finger and a half worth of beige head formed on the pour and although it fell to a thick cap had really good staying power. Leaves intricate sticky drink lines down the glass. This is a very good looking stout.

This is a coffee bomb but I can really appreciate dark chocolate and cocoa in the background. Freshly brewed coffee hits hard right away and lasts throughout the smell. The chocolate adds a great depth and makes for a delicious smelling beer. After giving the glass a slight swirl there's even some vanilla present.

There is an incredible depth of flavor in this beer. The coffee is more of component of the whole instead of stomping over all other flavors like some other coffee infused brews tend to do. It's loaded with the freshest brewed highest quality coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and hazelnut all in that order of intensity. The finish is like rich fudge. This is so close to getting a perfect score.

The mouthfeel was decent upfront but as this beer continues to warm the overall feel becomes much better. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and slow moving.

The lower abv, moderate mouthfeel, and deliciousness make this a pure joy to put away. The glass and bottle are disappearing much quicker then I'd like but I can't help myself gulping it down.

This is another excellent beer from Central Waters. Another one of Wisconsin's great breweries. Every time I head up North I'm sure to pick up as many Central Waters products as monetarily possible.

Reviewed: 6/1/08

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Photo of ERRL710
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into my snifter. Bottled 07/18/13

Pours jet black with a light head, exactly as you would expect from a stout. First taste on the tongue is coffee bitterness, and then dark roasted malts. I would say i get very light bakers chocolate, and vanilla tones as it warms. As far as mouthfeel, This is a Lightly carbonated, very smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Great introduction into Imp stouts. I enjoy how well the Alcohol is very well hidden in the coffee bitterness as well.

Id love to age this but my question is how long?

I also think this would benefit a lot from being barreled. It would add to the complexity, and really bring out the vanilla/chocolate tones. Hope to see a barreled version sometime.

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Photo of vic21234
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date but it is the 2013 vintage.

A- Pours very cola-like. A thin dark brown/ black color with a small amount of cream colored head that quickly fades. Some lacing is noted along the sides of the glass.

S- Rich coffee notes overwhelm the aroma. Maybe some chocolate in there too. Nice smelling beer.

T- Tons of coffee flavors on the taste. Really nothing else here aside from some chocolate and espresso.

M- Thinner bodied than I would have thought, medium carbonation, coffee-forward, good dessert beer.

A very nice flavorful coffee stout, but I would have liked it to be a little thicker.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber from the 2013 release opened up today, 7/31/2013. Poured into a Goose Island half-pint glass.

This beer pours a dark brown body with a small <1cm mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin collar and not much else. Not much lacing to speak of. A fairly typical, almost unimpressive looking stout.

Luckily the rest of the beer is outstanding. The nose gives off a heavy coffee bitterness overhanging a sweet vanilla, mocha and bitter dark chocolate forefront. All I can say is that it smells potent and appetizing.

And of course the flavour profile is really something. Tastes like a shaken latte with a small half-shot of vanilla and chocolate syrups and of course alcohol, but without any kind of overwhelming sweetness at all. It is actually a fairly bitter brew probably because of the coffee. Basically mocha, dark chocolate, bits of vanilla and tons of coffee. Drinks very easily, rather well without any hint of booze. Its a medium bodied brew that has high drinkability and solid carbonation.. the feel of it is actually quite resinous and sticky. Aftertaste is a black coffee bitterness accentuated by a sweet milk chocolate flavour. Love it!

Very, very tasty coffee stout.. really more of an American Stout than an Imperial Stout. Reminds me of my first coffee stout homebrew, but so much better. Its a very complex yet an unassuming looking brew that will please anybody who likes their coffee black. For the price and flavour profile, this is awesome. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. bottled about 3 weeks ago.

A - Dark coffee color (go figure) with a half finger mocha head that fades into oblivion. No lacing is apparent.

S - Dark Coffee, French latte, mocha, and hints of bitter bakers chocolate. Roasted malts and light caramel round it off.

T - Nice coffee forward stout. Roasted coffee beans and malts, espresso and bakers chocolate. Sweetened with mellow caramel and mocha.

M - A light bodied stout that is okay. Nice to have in the summer time. Still smooth and creamy feeling with light carbonation.

O - Good coffee forward lighter stout that is nice to enjoy in the hot summer months. At only $5 a bomber, I'll grab a couple more.

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

It had been a while - at least 3 years - since I had this so I ran out and picked up a bottle of this year's release. I remember it being excellent. Is it as good as I recall? Not quite.

Not sure of the bottling date but pretty fresh. Just came to MN this week.

Appears a bit thin. Not much lacing. But it does pour with couple fingers of creamy head.

Coffee on the nose of course. Not a whole lot else on the nose.

Tastes of coffee and big malt sweetness. Feel like it could use more roast/ chocolate malts. Not extremely complex but I do love my coffee.

It is a bit thin for the style.

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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 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 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 Beertracker
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CWBC's Brewhouse Coffee Stout pours up with a moderate effervescence that creates a beige-brown head that neatly collars the burnt brown-light mahogany body. Nice looking beer, but the head retention suffers a bit from the oils as it collapses rather quickly. The complex aroma is a mixture of caramel e.g. molasses, black treacle, burnt toffee, toasted malt e.g. rye bread, coffee/espresso & chocolate e.g. cocoa nibs along with pronounced dark fruitiness e.g. bilberry, elderberry with just a touch of nuttiness e.g. cocoa roasted almonds. Negligible alcohol. The flavor starts off with a dark caramel maltiness that carries with it some of the aforementioned biscuity/nuttiness that combines with the coffee, light chocolate roastiness and the bitterness to create a well-balanced, dryish, bittersweet finish that shows finesse. This medium bodied specialty stout isn't as full as it could be and has just a touch of astringency that detracts from the overall impression, but approachable nontheless. Brewhouse Coffee Stout is a great "eye-opener" anytime!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of brystmar
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on my wants list for a long time, so big thanks to funkyaudio for the bottle!

Murky brown pour, minimal head and moderately active. Huge aroma of freshly roasted coffee hits me from afar, but isn't as potent as I hoped. Sweetness in the nose too.

An explosion of fresh coffee right off the bat. Not as dark & roasty as other coffee beers; holds more sweetness like a vanilla espresso drink would. But yeah, this is delicious and totally sessionable.

Extremely weak body that's simply unacceptable for a stout. Throw in some oats and we'll talk.

All in all, a fantastic beer that I'd happily drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of atone315
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, damn near black. Smell of coffe literally filled the room, probably helped that this beer was bottled only a week ago. Taste was stout first, coffe second. Good balance, the coffee is definitely present but not overpowering nor too bitter which can ruin a lot of coffee beers. As usual for CW's stouts, this one is a little thin...I would like a bit more body. This beer's one downfall. I love this beer, especially fresh. Will pickup every time it is released.

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Photo of pigc
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with two finger head that fades rather quickly. Lacing clings to side of glass.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel, hint of cocoa.

T - Coffee right away up front followed by a hint of fig and cocoa. Bitterness lingers on the tongue at the finish.

M - Medium body with oily mouthfeel.

O - Solid coffee stout. This bottle was a few months old. Wish I could have tried this one a bit fresher. Good middle stout between regular and the imperial. Not up to Founder's Breakfast stout complexity and standards in my opinion.

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Photo of yamar68
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10-2010

a - uh oh, serious goobers floating about - looks like a goddamn blizzard in there... great color and head though, a bit more clarity than one might expect (if it was as dark as most of its peers I probably wouldn't have noticed all these little sons a bitches dog paddling around in my beer!)

s - smells real nice, vanilla, caramel, instant coffee, cream

t - turned from coffee to caramel latte, very pleasant, bit of nutmeg maybe, vanilla, coffee grinds

m - too thin, really the downfall of this beer - lacking carbonation but there really is no need for it

o - overall, I'm glad I put a year on one of these, the coffee really evolved without getting bitter or becoming muted - just goes to show that you might not have to follow every little rule to have fun cellaring beer

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Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (I believe a Oct 2010 bottling) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark opaque brown, with lighter browns at the edges, with half a finger of tan color soapy head. Head dissipated quickly to a thin collar and a slick of film on the surface. Light lacing slides quickly back into the glass.

Nose is astringent roasted coffee, bordering on burnt, along with some light milk chocolate and dark roasted grain. Some sweeter caramel in there as well.

Taste of the coffee is a more medium roast on, fruity and earthy, with lightly bitterness. Some milk chocolate and roasted malt joins up mid tongue. Finishes medium, some burnt flavor on the back end and sweet and fruity coffee.

Medium to full body with mild carbonation, soft on the tongue. Coffee has held up pretty well after all this time, which is impressive.

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of whartontallboy. Bottled in February of what I assume was from last year. Usually I like my coffee beers fresh, so let's see.

Pours is super dark brown, almost black, but I can see some brown hues when held up to the light. Small minimal head that immediately recedes to next to nothing head wise. Slight agitation initiates a small brown head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begins with no surprise, coffee, but immediately and surprisingly, I get a large dose of dark bitter chocolate and equal milk chocolate. Black coffee is returns to overtake the dominant smell.

The tastes begin just like the nose, plenty of coffee on the front end with a bit of roasted malt in the middle, along with an ever so slight sweetness of chocolate. The finish is even more coffee along with a slight bitterness. Flavor is pretty straight-forward and less bitter and coffee dominant compared to what I was expecting, hoping for. Tastes more like black iced coffee with sugar than beer to be honest, good for some but not really how I like my coffee accented beers.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation. I would have guessed 6-7% ABV but not over 8. ABV is masked amazingly bu drinks mildly watered-down and light to be honest. I don't mind it because it works with the coffee flavor profile, but it falls a tad short for me here.

Overall, this was a pretty high quality coffee beer, but nothing amazing by any means. Even if this was fresh I do not think the flavor profile would have been remarkably different. Mouthfeel is still a lacking and there really seems to be a something lacking. No problems what-so-ever, but nothing world-beating. Would I turn it down, heck no, will I seek it out again, doubtful. After just having the Wake-Up Call Imperial Porter from Grand Teton over the holidays, this just falls short in the Coffee beer category.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 944 ratings.
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