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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz received in a great trade from zimmerbloke.. Thanks Matt.

Pours deep dark brown... verging on black.. very nice dark tan head.... good lacing and retention.

Nose is cold brewed coffee and dark malts... very well done. Soooo very fresh... the malts mix perfectly.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some light brown sugar.. cold astringent coffee is a bit high... the coffee and dark malts mesh perfectly... hints of malt sweetness... is there lactose in this brew? The coffee and sweetness barely qualify for a beer.... loving it.. nicely done and I want more.


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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ox. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion of the beer comes out dark (close to black) brown. Deeper brown highlights only where the liquid portion gets thinner. A hard pour gave an off-white to tan colored head. Not much in the lacing department and it doesn't stick around all that long. Regardless the darkness of the liquid makes it look pretty darn good.

The smell is really good and can be summed up in one word...."coffee." However I'm going to exercise my First Amendment Rights and explain it in a few more words. Not just coffee here, but dark roasted very fresh coffee. The roasted malts also provide hints of bittersweet chocolate and even slight hints of vanilla. For the style, I don't think you can get any better.

Taste is also excellent. There's no real way to describe it, except it's the perfect coffee stout. Even if this were a regular stout it would be extremely tasty. Hints of bitter chocolate, slight chocolate notes, ad the slightest bit of vanilla here, but coffee is the main event. Such a good coffee stout, any coffee drinker or coffee stout lover would thoroughly enjoy this guy.

Mouthfeel is as perfect as it gets. Pretty full flavored but a fairly lighter in body than I expected. Good carbonation level and no alcohol bite at all. Crazy good and ridiculously drinkable; really doesn't get any better. Overall this is the A1 top shelf coffee style stout. Gotta love this one.

Big props to bpfrush for the trade, thanks Brian!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an awesome extra from sonoma1 today.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours the darkest of browns with but the thinnest margins having any light pass through whatsoever. The head is a very thin tan variety that dissipates hastily and leaves scarcely any lacing at all. The smell is rich in lovely coffee. One of the best smelling coffee beers ever. Has some rich vanilla and toffee notes intermingling with the coffee aroma. I also get the faintest hints of caramel and maple. IT's really wonderful. The taste as expected is quite coffee forward, but it's not as bold or strong as say, Breakfast Stout. This to me is very well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with but the slightest tinge of astringency. Overall this is a strong beer. I had it on tap previously, and didn't review it. However, I can honestly say I like the bottled rendition better than the draft.

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Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark reddish-brown color with a peripheral ring of golden brown bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass and fine sediment is plentiful.

S: Medium-dark roast and unctuous dairy notes outpace actual coffee which only makes a minor contribution. Other minor characteristics include fennel seed and green herbaceousness. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with fairly husky roasted malt and earthy hop aromatics. Acidity is mild, keeping within appropriate boundaries. Flavors are dark and unctuous in the middle, slightly touched by carbonic acid but absent of any fruity qualities. The finish is kicked off with a mild briny thread that gives way to dry coffee-affected bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although this stout boasts of coffee presence on the label, it takes a metered and restrained approach to its execution. As a result this appears to be a respectable beer in which coffee is just one well-integrated component. The most troubling feature proves to be the pallid appearance, which is occasionally encountered in the field of strong stouts.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received as an extra from StayWhatYouAre2. My first Central Waters beer! Bottle was marked as being bottled in October, but I couldn't find a year associated with the month, so, I must assume October of 2011. Poured into a DFH Signature snifter...

A - Poured a rich dark brown that almost borders on being black. A nice, 1 finger, mocha head forms and retains for a bit before eventually receding to a cap of the same color. So far so good!

S - Aroma is full of rich, roasted coffee right out front, but not so much that everything else is overpowered. Fruity components come out like cherry and berries. Sweet cream and some nice milk chocolate come come through as well. A bit of licorice on the end. Really nice nose on this one.

T - Fresh roasted coffee that is slightly bitter, milk chocolate, sweet cream, some brown sugar and vanilla come out front. Some roasted malts and a nuttiness comes through as well. Nice mix of sweet and bitter. A really nice tasting coffee stout. Everything plays off each other and nothing overwhelms the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer that is soft and creamy on the tongue. Lower carbonation keeps it light and an easy sipper.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Ihaven't had a coffee stout in some time, and this one was a true pleasure to try. I can't wait to see how the other CW beers taste!

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a very dark brown almost black with a tan 2 finger head that is oh so creamy.

The smell is of bitter chocolate and vanilla i dont get a lot of coffee in the nose.

The taste is more bitter chocolate and vanilla but it has a subtle coffee finish that is nice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, overall a nice beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the coffee aroma was very apparent. Giving only a slight head, the appearance was black with slight hints of amber amid the blackness. The coffee aroma was fresh and not overly bitter. Though I would not describe the aroma as sweet, it was certainly pleasant. Initial taste was a sweet malt flavor coupled with the bitterness of coffee. This lends itself to a very balanced flavor. If the sweetness peaked through a little more, this could potentially be an elite beer. The thickness of the stout coats the tongue nicely making the favor endure. The coating nature of the beer makes the bitter coffee and sweet malty flavors last long into the aftertaste. This is a well balanced coffee stout with a high level of drinkability.

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

12oz poured to a pint glass.

L- Chalky dark brown and cloudy. Light head with minimal lace. Coffee / cola esque in its appearance.

A- Huge coffee aroma, especially the fruitier, cherry smells of coffee. Roasted malts, and big toffee. Some milk chocolates and chocolate syrup notes.

T- Rich, syrupy chocolates and coffee dominate the flavor. Reminiscent of coffee ice cream. Sweet, with some burnt flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and creme brulee. Burnt marshmallows in there as well.

Texture is smooth, with hints of toffee and caramel. Actually a detectable hop bitterness, but buried behind the malts. The hops are slight grassy in flavor. Toffee is more dominant than the coffee flavors.

MF- Milky and creamy, like an iced latte with the texture of a root beer float due to the higher carbonation. Aftertaste heats the throat and middle of the tongue. Almost a herby or sprucey mouthfeel at times, likely coming from the bitterness of the coffee and hops.

O- Creamier and sweeter than I remember from previous years. Not nearly as bold of a coffee aroma or flavor, and really the toffee notes dominated my palate. Still tasty and easy to drink. A bit one dimensional at times. Alcohol is hidden well. Despite it being different from my memory, I still miss this one….

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Photo of mobius387
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

had on tap at CW brewery (from notes)

appearance: dark and thick, just like i like my stouts. pours a chocolate brown thin head

aroma: it smells like a coffee house with the some sweet malty chocolates mixed in

palate: nice full bodied stout. sits a bit like milk in the mouth, nice a creamy and full. gives you a warm feeling

taste: the most coffee flavor I've ever had (maybe tied with surly's coffee bender on-tap). deliciously rich coffee bean flavor with sweet chocolate tied in. i love it the beer tastes like it smells!

overall: one of the absolute best beers in wisconsin hands down. whoever reviewed this beer one below me either left his bottle in the sun for a week or was on a lot of drugs when he reviewed it. Its a shame when someone does that too since it really brings down the overall score of this beer. its an absolute delight drinking this beer, and i love finding it in bottles when i can. on tap it was even better. can someone say, growler?

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Photo of amphion1065
1.61/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle from October... something, poured into a Duvel tulip. Courtesy of therealnomayo's hookup. I'll admit that I was reticent going into this beer: just a few days earlier, I'd opened up a pretty revolting bottle of Peruvian Morning. Let's see what this coffee-forward Central Waters offering holds.

It's black, no light escapes the glass. A half-finger light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring of lace on the surface of the beer. Almost no residual lacing afterwards.

The aroma of this beer is oddly, sickeningly reminiscent of that Peruvian Morning I previously reviewed. Vegetables. Corn chips. Maybe some chocolate, but where is the coffee? Imagine if all of the aromatic descriptors that BAs throw around when reviewing Cantillons actually sucked – that’s sort of what this smells like. Fetid pond water, actual horse blankets, festering cabbage. I imagine that the Globe Theater smelled like this after particularly poor performances of Shakespearean works.

The taste is a slight improvement on the smell. Coffee and lingering bitterness, but that characteristic has clearly faded. There’s a strange, prune-like taste in the mix. The aftertaste is pretty rank, sour and bitter all at once. Again, this is a disaster.

I’ll give this to Central Waters: the mouthfeel is decent. For a beer this high in ABV it could stand a little more viscosity, but at least the carbonation is pretty on point.

Am I getting old bottles? Do Central Waters beers drop off incredibly quickly? The two coffee beers I've had from this brewery have both been among the worst beers I've drank. I will hold out hope for other non-coffee offerings from them.

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

A- Transloucent brown pour appears murky. Not much head. Whatever is there quickly fades away to a thin dark tan ring and thin layer.

S- Dark heavily roasted malt, earthy tones, coffee bean, slight chocolate.

T- The coffee bean here is delicious. It's refreshing tasting a coffee stout that stands out from the typical roasted bean flavors with a true java taste. Besides the coffee bean there is roasted malt, hints of vanilla and a touch of cocoa. Not the most complex overall. The 8% ABV is well hidden.

M- Medium/thin bodied and medium/high carbonation. Not to dry on the finish, leaves a good after taste.

O- Very well balanced and just a great brew overall. Great sipper.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this at the blue dog.

Appears deep dark brown with a smallish tan head but well maintained throughout. There is some lacing here and there. By tilting the glass this way and that I was able to rustle up some more foamy head and also to gage the attenuation which appears to be well carbonated.

The aroma is as one might expect: rich malts highly roasted, bittersweet chocolates and black coffee. The coffee aroma is the most pronouned, but aroma is also well balanced.

Taste is again what you might expect, highly roasted malts almost to the put of being burnt, rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee, rich black coffee. Hints of nuts and molasses too can be tasted.

A thick bodied beer here with a hint of creaminess before turning slightly dry. Towards the end soft alcohol warming is present.

A good coffee stout not a show stopper but good.

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

A: Pours near black (very dark brown) with a dark tan head that fizzles away to form a ring around my glass that sticks around and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Coffee, you can't miss it. Sweet, roasted dark malts.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells, loads of coffee compliment a very nice stout base. It leaves some of that black coffee bitterness and you can taste the acidity from the coffee. The coffee itself tastes like a high quality, medium roast that is very bright and very fresh. The back of my tongue clings onto coffee and dark chocolate. This is 8.2%??? Alcohol is NOWHERE in sight.

M: Medium. Not super thick, but not thin either. Coats the mouth well. Good carbonation.

One of the best, if not the best, coffee stouts I've had. It tastes remarkably similar to New Glarus's Coffee Stout, but bolder, stronger, and thicker. This is a coffee lovers beer all the way.

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Photo of Klym
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to klikger for this bottle! Lovely and much desired extra!

This is probably as good as you can possibly make a coffee single stout. The smell is just a decadent piece of milk chocolate absolutely packed with top-notch coffee bean grinds. The taste is an extremely well-crafted, delicious, coffee dominant taste with a hint of chocolate and various spice. A near sinful pleasure to drink-- wish I had some for the mornings!

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Photo of Vierenner
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the most coffee-like stout I've ever tasted ... unfortunately it's a one trick pony. It's smooth, and the first sips are very flavorful, but by the 5th or 6th sip the magic disappears. The coffee flavor goes into hiding and there's not much else there.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is an unimpressive dark brown with a light tan head. Just a tiny hiss when opening.

S: Strong Coffee, sweet malt and a mild hop presence along with some licorice.

T: After having two cups of regular coffee, I jumped right onto this after drinking some water to cleanse my taste palate. The coffee flavors in this beer were stronger than both of the cups of coffee that I had prior. The flavors come together to drink more like a coffee brown ale than a stout. There are thick brown ale characteristics , some caramelized sugars and lots of coffee with maybe a bit of lactose to sweeten it up.

M: Medium to light body with a medium to light carbonation. Right to style for an American Stout.

O: This is a very good Coffee stout. It doesnt quite have the strong black roast flavors that I am used to in an American stout, but it is a nice beer to sip on and was well made.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh roasted coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice.
T: It tasted like strong and delicious coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice. It had a smooth and clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had an amazingly strong coffee sense, especially considering I sampled it 10 months after bottling. Great scent and taste, with acceptable body. Alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Is this imperial? Delicious either way, among the top coffee beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle marked 10/10 into a pint glass on 8/10/11.

a-poured pitch black with a huge light tan head rising at least an inch or so. it slowly fell down leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. no light seems to be getting through this brew

s-as expected there is alot of coffee. this is strong, like fresh coffee grounds. there is a bit of sweetness as well, maybe vanilla and a bit of cocoa. deep roasted malt as well

t- obvious coffee ground flavors at first seem to melt away to some sweetness and then a nice chocolate finish with some more bitter coffee. finish lingers with coffee, as it should

m- feels slightly heavy on the carbonation, but actually has a creamy texture. the flavors linger nicely without showing any booze at all.

overall, I like this brew. Another nice seasonal from Central Waters. I dont know if this is anything spectacular, but certainly a great brew for what it is.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed October 2010. Tasted 8/4/2011.

A: Black and very stout-like. Moderate viscosity from the appearance. Not much head. No visible sediment.

S: I can't comprehend that this is 10 months old. It smells fantastic. Coffee, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and artificial "scratch-n-sniff" chocolate / cocoa scents.

T: Nice, rich coffee flavors without being overly bitter or "burned" tasting at all. Very smooth and balanced flavors, while keeping the coffee at the center of the profile. Additionally some cocoa powder, milk chocolate and some hop bitterness.

M: Viscous and somewhere between a stout and a cup of coffee. Oddly similar to what you'd expect from the flavors. Moderate sized bubbles and medium density.

O: Very good overall coffee stout. One of the best I've had - better than Peche Mortele and closer to Founder's Imperial Stout or Pigsah Valdez in flavor.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was just one of a BUNCH of extras sent to me by hawks10, great guy and a great trader. Bottled in October 2010. Enjoyed on 07/22/11.

A - 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a very very dark red, almost black but not quite. A one finger tan head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves splotchy lacing.

S - This is my favorite part of the beer. Freshly ground coffee, roasted malts, a light hoppiness and some dark chocolate. Smells great.

T - Wow, this is really an excellent beer. Layers of dark chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted malts and some sweet cocoa powder. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor on the palate as if I just drank a fresh cup in the morning.

M - Mouthfeel is good four a regular stout. Medium with somewhat prickly carbonation keeping it relatively light and drinkable.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Only my second Central Waters beer (loved Peruvian Morning). I wish I had access to their beer all the time!

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by whiterascal and poured into small taster glass.

Dark, opaque mahogany with some ruby edges when held to the light. The half-finger head of khaki quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

The nose is dark and coffee-like. Espresso, hints of cocoa, tangy sourdough every now and then.

At the front of the flavor, I get sourdough and old medium roast coffee. The good stuff doesn’t hit until after the swallow — that’s when the deeper, darker roasted beans roll in. There’s also some dark chocolate and toasted bread.

Fairly light body, quite fizzy with medium bubbles and light, massaging carbonation. Slight hints of booze as well.

This here stout almost tastes more like a cup of joe than a beer, which I’m totally cool with. Big, roasty and pretty delicious.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for hooking this up in the good people don't need rules FARM system BIF. enjoyed in my cigar city snifter.

a - popped the bottle and poured the brew...a watery brown black which settled in the glass much darker. a thin mocha head that left the scene quickly leaving a thin film of a head.

s - strong dark chocolate flavored coffee, smells like a champ. milk chocolate, deliciousness. touch of vanilla. roasted malt backbone.

t - flavor follows the nose. some fizziness overtakes the flavor and taste takes a backseat to the mouth. i wish i could turn up that coffee chocolatey taste i got in the nose since it is so nice, but much tamer than the nose. roasted malts are also there.

m - surprisingly over carbonated for my tastes. felt it in my nose. very porter-like in the feel. leaves a tingle. bready finish.

o - overall, feels like a chocolate/coffee porter to me and not a stout. tis a good beer, but there are many other coffee stouts that i enjoy far more than this one, but worth checking out if you are a fan.

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

Acquired via trade with bennettrox, thanks Ryan!

12oz bottled in October 2010. Served at around 60-65F. A bit old for a coffee stout but lets see how this holds up.

Pours dark brown with a large tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is a nice blend of premium coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla and caramel. Some nuts, bread and toast as well. Smells like a coffee ice cream sundae topped with fudge, caramel and nuts. Very inviting and very good strength.

Flavor pretty much follows suit. Coffee ice cream sundae with plenty of delicious toppings. Premium coffee, milk chocolate/cocoa, caramel, vanilla, some roasted malts, nuts and bread. Some sweetness, low bitterness. Minimal alcohol. As it warms/progresses, the chocolate, caramel, etc step back a bit and becomes more straight up coffee and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and creamy with low to moderate carbonation.

Well the coffee is still holding on strong and this is quite the treat. Literally a dessert in a glass. I could only imagine what a fresh sample would be like. Also, the coffee used reminds me a lot of the coffee in Terrapin’s W-n-B which is one of my favorites. Nice one!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Dark brown, near black. Lots of sediment in this bottle. Big tan/cream head with lots of lacing.

S- Roasted malts and a LOT of coffee.

T- Some sweet malts, maybe a little molasses. Coffee flavor is huge with a little bitter dark chocolate at the finish.

M- Medium body almost a little thin. Alcohol his hidden fairly well.

O- Has a nice coffee flavor, but wish there was a little more body to this beer. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola colored in a glass with a fizzy white head.

Smells - smells like a bag or coffee beans, sweet cream, vanilla, hint of chocolate.

Taste - a karate chop to the face with coffee. Lots of bitter coffee with some hints of sweet sugar. Mostly bitter though but great coffee taste. It finish crisp.

Overall - its a solid coffee beer and its shows off its coffee strongly in both the smell and taste. Very tasty

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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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