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:
A coffee lover's delight! A wonderful stout infused with coffee that is specially roasted for us by Emy J's in Stevens Point, WI.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2007

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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 soughtbygod
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
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 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 nflmvp
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this at the brewery but this one comes from one of the growlers I brought home.

Poured aggressively into a tulip stout glass, this gave me a massive, creamy mocha head (and I brought this home 6 days ago) with a beautiful cascading effect, the likes of which I've never seen in a non-nitro tapped beer. The head takes it's time to fade away and leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is awesome, too. Coffee, java, and jo are all present. Seriously, this one is LOADED with aroma of black gold but there's some chocolate hiding in there too.

Taste follws very closely as you'll find the coffee right up front. If this one had any more coffee in it, I'd be drinking it for breakfast. Founders, get out of my way.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and full

Drinkability is awesome. I'd have given this one all 5's because I'm a sucker for a great coffee stout but then, the brewer wouldn't have anything to strive for.

I'm looking forward to the day that Central Waters bottles this one.


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Photo of gford217
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass with a tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves good lacing.

S: Well, as a coffee beer lover, the aroma is nothing short of stunning. It's freshly ground coffee...and in the best possible way. There are also some hints of roasted malts and dark fruits. I've had a ton of coffee stouts and this is without equal in terms of aroma.

T: The taste is dominated by a slightly bitter coffee taste, but there is definitely a more prevalent sweet malt background than in the aroma. Dark fruits are also present, but the coffee comes back to leave a bitterness in the finish. Spectacular tasting brew.

M: Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied with strong carbonation for the style.

D: I was really blown away by this one and would put it toward the top of my list of coffee stouts or any beers for that matter. It's a wonderful brew and highly recommended! Big thanks to James for sharing this beauty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this one up in a trade a while back and had been waiting to try it. This is another beer that gets a lot of hype recently, and being that the coffee stout is quickly approaching my favorite style, I figured it was about time I gave this one a shot and see what it was all about. Cool looking bird on the label, I served this twenty-two ounce bomber in my Terrapin snifter at cellar temperature right after dinner.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful, and it looked as though I was literally pouring out black coffee as it came out of the bottle. A rich, huge, extremely dark brown, bordering on black is what came out of the bottle. It was completely opaque, offering no chance at all for any of the light to escape this one. A nice two inch layer of off white colored foam then rose up from the bottom and quickly obscured the top of it, settling in for the long haul. Great retention as the tan foam was going nowhere fast on this one, and that was a good thing. Once it finally started getting rocky and broke up a little bit, it settled to a nice cushion about a half an inch high that stayed until the very end, evening leaving traces of it on the bottom of the glass throughout. Rich side glass lacing made this the capper on it, really very solid looking from the very onset.

Smell - Oh yeah, there it is. The aroma could be picked up from across the room. It was huge and loaded down with the most delicious coffee aroma I have ever picked up. My son even told me I should not be drinking coffee so late! You could tell this was no Folgers they put in here, it had a tremendously thick smell, rich brewed coffee that really dominated the aroma, but as it warmed it began to get a little more complex. Hints of cocoa and vanilla mixed in, only serving to sweeten it up and enhance the overall profile, just simply wonderful.

Taste - The flavor was so absurdly good, I can barely fathom the words to accurately describe it. It was simply divine in a word. Started out with a huge rush of finely brewed coffee. Really nice and not the burnt coffee flavor that you sometimes see in other coffee stouts. This was a rich, sweet coffee flavor, which was highlighted beautifully by hints of cocoa and vanilla. Swirling it in the glass really gets this one going, and makes it one of the strongest flavors you could imagine, but at the same time so delicate in nature. Wow, I was really floored by this one. It was just that good for me.

Mouthfeel - A little bit thinner then I would have liked but still done very well. The carbonation was good, giving it that slightly silk like feeling and being ridiculous smooth and easy to roll off the tongue, but there was just a touch of thinness to it, it could have been a little bit more creamy and filling to really push it over the top would have been great.

Drinkability - This could not have been easier to drink, just no way possible. The flavors were o big and the low ABV and the lightness of it. This disappeared way too fast on me. I would love to have this on tap in my house, everyday forever. It was just that good. I would love to do a side by side with Valdez and really see where the two stand up to each other, because it would be damn close.

Overall I was so happy to be enjoying this one. It really was tremendously good. Not really sure how it could have improved other then being a bit fuller, but still, it was sublime. You need to go out and try this stuff as this is exactly how the style should be done. The fact that it is a year round brew only serves to entice me more. Go get some, it is utterly fantastic.

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Photo of Skidz
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a silky stream of mud and sits a charred brown in the glass with a thick tan head.

Roasthouse coffee nose packed with notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, licorice and toffee--quite the candy store or aromatics. This seems to have a never-ending stream of fragrant imagery, close your eyes and you can almost the clanging glasses, screaming steam spouts and fluttering fingers across laptop keyboards.

Acrid twinge of dark roasted coffee beans floods the tastebuds upon impact. Mellowed hops round out the overall bitterness, lending a leafy green spirt of vitality. Mild malty sweetness, lends faint hues of bittersweet cocoa. Finish is just as coffee-forward as it was from the start, leaving your mouth coated and devoted to this highly addictive breakfast-themed rendezvous.

Full bodied, tiny tightly packed bubbles of carbonation and an overall mouth and throat packing sense of fulfillment.

There is only one other Coffee Stout that has come any closer to perfection than this (Founders BFS), but the margins are very narrow. This is one incredibly delicious, highly nutritious [source missing] and certainly ambitious brew. One of CWBC's best!

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Wisconsinality. Thanks, Kiley!

A: Pours a nearly opaque (but ultimately translucent) mahogany body that lets some light through, especially at the edges. Generates 2 fingers of huge, light tan head. It's very fluffy, retains very well, and leaves outstanding lacing behind.

S: Coffee, quite strongly! But creamy (almost milky) chocolate, vanilla, and a roasted grain aroma aren't far behind. I admit the aroma isn't that complex, but I do enjoy it. It doesn't bring out that cooked vegetable nose that some coffee stouts have. That, in itself, is impressive.

T: It's a beautiful, pure coffee flavor. Vanilla, cream/milk chocolate, a hint of smoke and molasses to round it out. I don't pick up any particular hop flavors, but there's an undercurrent of earthy bitterness that is lovely and balancing. When I first had this, I was told it was around 5% by the ever-accurate largadeer. At 8% it's approaching imperial territory, though I don't find that a major ding.

M: Light-bodied, and not very viscous. It's a relatively dry stout. There is no trace of the ABV. The finish is clean and brings out vanilla, with exhalations of cream and coffee. Very smooth, pure, filling flavor.

D: Very tasty, very drinkable. As a buddy said, "If I could get this locally in six-packs, I would drink this all the time." Me, too. And I generally hate coffee beers.

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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 The_Beer_Shark
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dfillius
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of tan head with okay retention. Translucent dark brown liquid is too light for a stout. Maybe a light colored porter or a dark nut brown - minus points for this.
S: Strong coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Delicious smelling and complex. Mmmm!
T: Wowzers. Very balanced. The sweet is the perfect foil to the bitter roast and coffee. Great coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavors. Tastes very similar to a mocha.
M: It just floats over my tongue. Smooth and silky with a lingering light bitterness. Very nice and creamy. A tad of warmth.
D: Delightful. I want another sip, another pint, another 4-pack!

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Photo of redliner8
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deeply stained mahogany brown color. A finger high top of tan foam lifts its way to a favorably firm setting of lather. It keeps a steady firm skimming across the top the whole time as thick gobby strings of lacing catch the edges.

Nicely set tone of coffee on the nose with bruising roastibility that's frothy, deep, creamy, dark, and bold. What makes gives it a bit more interest is a slight sweetness of molasses and maple nut hint underneath giving a unique, rich tone within deeper wiffs.

Whoa! And Wow! Holy crap this is a damn nice taster! What a super fine and balanced display of deep, bold, coffee roast mixing with some finely blended amounts of cocoa cream pie filling, maple nut, almond, tenderized and caramelized sugar sweetness, nudged in vanilla pods, and even some tobacco-like hints. It has just the perfect amount of earthy roastyness, mixing with all sorts of coffee added extras that boost the intensity and impact of every sip with coffee shoppe flavors. Superb!

The body is insanely smooth and creamy with an intense hold of tone and flavor the whole time thru. What sets it apart is this buttery fluffyness to its backing that really is immaculately woven into the structure of the flavors. The carbonation of a beer is there but somehow it has the impression of drinking a flavored coffee with maple, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa all wrapped on top of some whipped cream fluff while immersed in a full pressed, whole bean, dark Sumatra roasted coffee. It's unwholely easy to drink without a whole lot of thickness like that of the Southern Tiers' Mokah or Choklat. Which are just as complex and delish. But alas this keeps the edgyness of its boldness right on the perfect brink of being able to drink! And drink alot of it you will...
Outstandingly yummy!

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Photo of boralyl
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an inch of creamy tan head. It has great retention and even leaves behind some sticky lacing. The beer itself is pretty dark. It's black, but there are some brownish hues visible when held to the light. Opaque, not seeing through this one.

S - This one has a wonderful nose. At first I got hints of milk chocolate, but then a nice roasted coffee aroma appears. It smells very similar to a coffee ice cream I had a few days ago, but more potent.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got a nice dry finish. I mostly like the feel, but would have preferred for it to be a bit heavier. That's really nitpicking, though.

T - Very light chocolate notes up front followed by toffee which fades into a nice coffee flavor. There are hints of vanilla before it finishes roasty and dry.

This is one amazing beer. I've never even heard of the brewery before, but I will certainly be seeking out more of their brews now. If you are a coffee or stout lover, it's hard to not fall in love with this beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter on 6/21/10

Many thanks to levifunk

Medium dark brown. Looks murky on the pour but settles too dark to notice. Two fingers of tan foam held on for a good several minutes but has dropped to an 1/8th inch leaving decent lacing. Hardly any lace by the end.

Roasted coffee & sweet milk chocolate are the main feature. The balance between the two is very impressive. No less so is the blend of coffee; Emy J's has it down pat, at least for this beer. Sweet malt undertones - maybe a little caramel. Mild earthy hints.

My initial suspicion was that Brewhouse Coffee Stout would taste too sweet; not at all the case. Rather, chocolaty sweetness is at a reasonable & supportive level. Indeed, roasted coffee is well-situated & dry. All the more enjoyable are burnt overtones that creep in here & there. Earthy hoppiness offers a mild bitterness. So tasty.

Full bodied with carbonation shy of moderate. The feel is spot-on in relation to the flavors. Dry, roasted coffee & chocolate notes linger on the finish. Again, no alcohol heat.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout is truly an excellent beer. Drinkability? Awesome. I'd definitely put it in regular rotation if I could. This is pretty much my ideal breakfast. Recommended if you like coffee or stouts. Seek it out if you like both.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks go out to Akorsak for this gem.

Wow, this has been one of my top wants for some time now and I'm finally pouring a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin tulip. This beer pours an oily, India ink black with a tight brown cap that leaves spotty, soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. As I was pouring this beer, I stuck my nose down in it to get a good whiff of the aroma as it was pouring and damn, I'm in for a treat. It smells like perfectly roasted espresso beans wrapped in decadent dark chocolate, and sprinkled with a hint of vanilla bean. It's literally making my mouth water as I patiently wait for it to warm a little before enjoying. The flavor is even better then I would have imagined. It's an explosion of exquisitely roasted coffee beans melded with bitter bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, layered between more coffee. It's a coffee one-two punch. It smacks you in the face, then leaves everything else to saturate on the palate and finishes with a oily espresso residue, leaving the mouth craving another sip. Absolutely superb. The mouthfeel is perfect. Oily, silky smooth, and perfectly carbonated. This is the consummate coffee stout. A coffee stout to measure all other coffee stouts against. I actually had to use a thesaurus to come up with synonyms for the word perfect. Otherwise it would have been a rather monotonous review.

The only negative I can think of is that this is my only bottle

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters- Coffee Stout

A- Dark brown, almost pitch black, with a thick frothy tan head. Solid messy lacing down the whole glass.
S- Big sweet black coffee beans with hints of vanilla and cream.
T- Delicious sweet creamy black coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla cream, and fudge.
M- Thick sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweet body with a slightly astringnt bitter feel.

Overall- So good! The best I've had this year.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the brew is still black but lacks the great carbonation of last years growler.

The smell is excellent great coffee and a thick semi sweet dark chocolate.

The taste is really great, this years is very nice. The roasty coffee could be the best I have had and the chocolate notes are excellent. I do really like this brew.

The mouthfeel is very good yet carbonation is a tad off.

The drinkability is excellent, still a great coffee stout. MK

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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 Zatch90
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ohmybock
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Are you looking for a beer with a strong coffee flavor? If so, then this is probably your beer.

These days, I'm not a huge drinker of porters and stouts. However, some of the stronger Impy Stouts like Abyss, Expedition, or GL's Blackout Stout have been quite good. On the contrary, I didn't enjoy Dark Force, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, or Black Hole. Still, if I'm gonna drink a stout/porter these days, I personally prefer a coffee-flavored stout/porter more than anything else. With that being said, this Central Waters brew is one of the best coffee flavored brews I've ever tried. Other memorable coffee beers I've tried and liked in the recent past include Bell's Java Stout, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Five Seasons ICO (Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout), the original version of Great Divide Yeti with Espresso on tap, or Péché Mortel among others.

I poured this CW brew (which I just picked up in Madison, WI last week) at arms length, but could still immediately smell the overwhelming coffee! Upon tasting, the strong coffee character becomes even more omnipresent, yet it still balances well with the dark, roasted, stout flavors. Check this one out if you're a lover of potent coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. This is the first coffee brew I've had which might actually be more coffee than beer...but that's not a bad thing at all considering how good this one tastes! Yum...give me some more!

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Photo of HopHottie
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was dark brown. It pours very smooth with min. head.
the aroma was out of this world. It smelt like a fresh brewed pot of coffe on a sunday morning.
The taste of a strong black coffee hits your tounge. It is not a bitter taste nor is to overpowering. A welcoming of a hint of chocolate and a soft cream helps finish. The mouthfeel, soft and silky. As if the malt knows where it needs to touch to make you feel it's orgasmic flavor.
I feel that this is a wonderful time of the year to indulge in this brew because it is a heavier brew. The coffee flavor and the creamy chocolate taste makes this brew a great one to drink after dinner.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I live for coffee stouts and this has to be a top two coffee stout for me. I wish this was easier to get my hands on this, I could drink this beauty year round!

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

Photo of elkabong
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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