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Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout

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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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Ratings: 986 |  Reviews: 399
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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Photo of ncketchum
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours an opaque black, foamy mocha head which fades to a thin ring

S - wow, the nose is one of the most intense coffee aromas I've had from a beer. hints of crackery malt linger behind

T - Coffee again dominates, nice and roasty, but not overly so, with dark chocolate chips that follow

M - I'd have to say that this has a bit more body than I'm used to from CW, which is a good thing, as they often seem a bit thin

O - Great coffee stout, quite drinkable, and one heck of a deal (I think it was $6.99 for a bomber?). Glad I grabbed a couple of these.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Woodman's in Madison WI in early February. Bottled in October 2010. Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip. Served at 55 degrees F.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, near black but not quite. A nice single finger light cream head. Slightly oily legs to it.

Smell: The smell really is impressive. Heavy heavy coffee. Nice roasting. Good malt to support, but great coffee aromas.

Taste: Feels like I'm enjoying a nice cup of coffee fresh out of the percolator after waking up in a tent. Has interesting spiciness to it, and a nice maltyness.

Mouth: Drinks very well, with good amount of carbonation.

Drink and overall: I would have to say the first time I tried it, I wasn't impressed, but after a second and third chance, my taste buds have warmed up and am enjoying it more. Very drinkable, even with the higher alcohol. Unusually high ABV for this style. Good beer, one per sitting is fine with me. Central Waters is running on all cylinders.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working through a bunch of low-gravity brews to make some fridge space. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly transparent dark reddish-brown color. A finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves glass-coating lacing. One of the lightest colored stouts I've ever tried!

S - Roast coffee, caramel malt, milk chocolate, perhaps some lactose sugar. Takes a little time to warm up, but once it does it is quite excellent.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter and roasty than I expected from the nose. The cocoa is also of the darker, more bitter, variety. Mild residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but not as palate-wrecking as some coffee beers. I wish it was a little sweeter.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium-light smooth body, maybe a touch watery. Finish has light stickiness to it - also wish it was a little dryer.

D - One of the more sessionable coffee beers out there, thanks to the low alcohol and lower residual bitterness. It's a little to acidic to be perfect in this area though.

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of EliteDigger into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark brown body with a finger of frothy off-white foam; good retention and spotty lace. Not bad, but not great.

S: Rich, complex roasted maltiness: chocolate, caramel, and, of course, coffee. Enthralling.

T: Oh, wow. Big, bold interplay of everything from the nose. Solid roastiness (dark chocolate), grainy sweetness, and cleanly bitter coffee on the finish. Delicious, plain and simple.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little less substantial than I'd like, but not bad at all.

D: Great. While it's clear that this is a big beer, the alcohol doesn't get in the way of the tastiness. I could have multiple bottles, no problem.

Notes: Yet another stellar brew from CW. I just wish I could get my hands on a bottle of Peruvian Morning!


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Photo of Corey_Graven
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superbohl4
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It is very unique. It almost tastes more like a desert liqueur than a beer. I also really like stouts so my taste for this beer is a little biased. Its funny because my wife isn't a coffee drinker but she will drink mochas etc. so coffee drinks that are sweeter. She is also not a beer drinker but I told her if she ever would like a beer, this one might be it because it tastes almost like a sweet coffee drink. Don't think it is totally sweet though because there is just enough hoppiness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. I love the nice dark opaque color as well. I need to buy some more before they don't brew it again for awhile.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is strong black coffee as well as chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with coffee dominating. Creamy, medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I've written like 4 reviews of this beer or whatnot, but internet gremlins are just working overtime.

Anyways, deep brown pour, rich 1/2" tan head. Beautiful sumatra-esque (strong) coffee aroma, not bitter, really dominates the aroma department.

Wonderfully balanced chocolate, coffee, possibly some dehusked malt to compliment large amount of two row that stays out of the way, doesn't get all sweet or bitter, just lets coffee do all the work. Alcohol amazingly hidden, this being over 8% was amazing to learn, because you certainly could not taste it. It was like oatmeal and coffee together, that smooth, yet rich and exertive.

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF 2009, then again in a bottle received in a trade.

Darkest brown in color, damn near black, with a lasting tan head.

Aroma is loads of fresh-brewed coffee, roast, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is roasted and caramel malt, slightly sweet, with great high-quality coffee, dark chocolate, and a hoppy kick. Very well-balanced and not overwhelming on the coffee in the least. Nothing that blows you away, but just really good with no flaws.

Body is medium and a palate is fairly smooth, just a tiny bit astringent from the coffee, but really not to a fault.

Drinkability is high for the style. Excellent stout overall.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of kk73
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown mahogany that lets light thru around the edges. Small off white head and disappeared quickly.

S - Big time roasted coffee nose with some chocolate and vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose to the tee. Starts with a bitter roasted coffee kick, sweet chocolate. Very little alcohol taste here.

M - Smooth and a little creamy. Mouthfeel almost seems a little light compared to some other stouts. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy drinking and a really good beer. Alcohol just about completely hidden. A solid coffee stout especially for those who love coffee.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with some brown where light hits the glass, it had a foamy 1+ finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated on the faster side for an imperial stout, hissing and crackling as it went down. It left minimal spotty lacing, pretty pedestrian looking for a Central Waters stout which is surprising.

The aroma makes up for the average looks as this is all coffee, all the time and I love coffee stouts. The nose is a mix of fresh ground coffee, very burnt coffee, campfire wood, dark chocolate, espresso beans, roasted Kona coffee beans, dark fruit, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, molasses, smoked malts and more chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla and mocha come through as well, but this is all coffee, chocolate and very roasted malts and I really like the way this smells.

Tastes like it smells with a lot of coffee hitting all sensory aspects which include fresh ground coffee, roasted Kona coffee beans, dark chocolate, burnt dark coffee, blackened campfire wood or ash, ground espresso beans, ground vanilla beans, dark fruit like cherry, toffee, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, molasses, smoked malts, Hershey's dark chocolate, more fresh used coffee grinds and a bitterness that could be from fresh piney hops or a Starbucks bold coffee. Quite complex, it got better as it warmed and resembles a smoked beer or actual cup of cold pressed coffee. The delicious coffee aftertaste just lingered forever and was perfect to me, just how I wanted each sip to end.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a near black with deep ruby red highlights when held to light. About a half finger of quickly settling head that doesn't leave lacing on my 16 oz. snifter

S--Fresh roasted coffee beans, a mild variety. Nice and roasty without smelling burnt. There seems to be some chocolate in the background, as well as cream.

T--Big roasted coffee flavor without the usual coffee bitterness. This is so fresh, the coffee profile itself is as good as Peche Mortel although there isn't that awesome creaminess to go along with it.

M--Medium bodied, washes down clean with a sharp sting of carbonation.

D--Goes down very quick. One more dimension would have put this one over the top, perhaps some cocoa, creamer, or a little thicker body. As it stands though, it is a great beer and Central Water impresses me again with another stout. I did like the Peruvian Morning better than this one for the record.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much love to alcstradamus for the extra!

Pours pretty black with just a few highlights around the bottom, a khaki quarter inch of head.

Smells great! Rich roasted coffee with some sweet, chocolate notes to offset the bitterness. Smells like iced coffee with cream & sugar, I like it.

The bitter hits in the taste like WHAM! At first like suckin' on a bean, the bitterness gives way to a malty sweetness a little, but not without keeping a strong hold on the reins. Like a cup of joe with a dash of sugar, the roast is the dominant flavor while letting the sweetness come in to play. The aftertaste is all roasty toasty bitter.

I notice just a slightly funky smell as the beer warms, & the chocolate comes out more. Mouthfeel is full & yummy.

This is a complex beer, & I don't think I'd want to finish more than two (if that) just cause I don't think I could taste anything after. Very enjoyable, worth savoring.

Again, thanks to alcstradamus for a delicious & sought-after extra!

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Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

S- Smells straight coffee.

T- Robust coffee.

M- Very full mouthfeel, creamy.

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

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: This beer pours black with little light shining through. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass, but the light tan head settles quickly.

S: Mostly coffee with dark roasted malt character. Some chocolate and dark fruit is present, with a slightly grassy hop note.

T: Talk about coffee! This espresso-laden brew is full of it! Malt gives some chocolate and toast character, along with some dried dark fruit and spice. Hops lend a nice dry finish with some floral notes.

Notes: This brew is full-bodied and robust. Flavor is intense. Not a session brew by any means, but extremely drinkable. This might be one of the best brews I have tasted from Central Waters. If I cam get more, I will certainly jump on the opportunity.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brez07
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last weeks notes. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Dark brown pour. Leaves a small amount of head which quickly turns into a ring

S: Starts with baking chocolate and some cocoa, but these are overshadowed by a pleasant roasted coffee smell

T: A nice creamy coffee flavor with a good amount of bitterness from the roasted malt. Aftertaste is similar to drinking actual coffee. Some bitter chocolate and vanilla notes. Becomes a little cloying after a while

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Good amount of carbonation for the style. As mentioned above, aftertaste is similar to actual coffee

D: Good coffee stout that I would definitely drink again. Alcohol is hidden very well. Only issue is the sweetness catches up to me towards the end of the glass

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Photo of jnn4v
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Atron67
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice roasted black color with a solid tan head on top that had solid retention as well. looked clear through the pour, however the light doesn't reveal much. all and all what youd expect for a stout. i would also guess that the alcohol is not too high based on the head retention and thickness.

S- smooth much more rounded soft coffee scents as opposed to the other more intense coffee beers that ive had around. pretty smooth all around actually, the roasted and black malts are there but not especially intense, but do give the bulk of the scent.

T- mmmm.... another light roasted characteristics. smooth all around again. much lighter than i was expecting. solid all around, im actually really glad its at the level it is, just better for the hot weather right now. a lighter style of the stouts, not quite a milk stout in terms of heaviness. pretty tasty and this was well enjoyed. great balance with coffee, which is generally hard to do.

M- smooth light carbonation, thick and very drinkable

D- pretty good, especially as a stout

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 986 ratings
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