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Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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986 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,028
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
986
pDev:
8.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
409
Gots:
123
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 986 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty as you would expect and then a strong burst of black coffee comes in quickly. As the bitterness fades a nice balance is left behind since there isn't a lot of sweetness like some coffee beers overdo. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although there are better ones that I've had, this is a really good coffee beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle of this at Steve's in Madison, WI in August 2009.

Pours a dark brown with an espresso head. The nose is overwhelming coffee and dark malts, and this is exactly how the taste follows it up. The true highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel--it's so utterly thick and creamy that it's unlike most other coffee stouts. This has the mouthfeel of a Russian Imperial, and I really wish that I could give this a 5.5 for MF and that other brewers would follow. Drinkability is way up there as well, as the creamy mouthfeel makes you want sip after sip.

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

Review #666 for this beer. \m/
Anyway.

Poured into a CW bell tulip of course. Dark brown-black stout color, with a foamy marshmallow white head that receded to a wispy layer, and laced the glass randomly. The aroma was definitely the highlight of this one for me, the coffee flowing out as soon as I uncapped it, lesser notes of caramel malts, toasted bread. Roasty taste, dark malts, smooth coffee, that was neither too overpowering nor too subtle, nicely balanced; a little sensation of herbal hops gave a dry and somewhat tea-like finish. Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinkability, medium mouthfeel that wasn't quite as full as I'd like for the style. Overall a nice coffee beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to Jw347 for hooking me up with this in the recent Virgin BIF.

Pours a pitch black with a finger of slightly fizzy mocha colored head. Peters down pretty quickly, bunching up around the edges with some thin wisps across the center. Fires up nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is Wow! A big ole' bouquet of roasted coffee greats the nose. Just like freshly ground coffee beans. I'm also picking up some underlying malt sweetness and even a touch of hop character towards the back.

The taste is just THICK with straight up roasted coffee character that is well balanced by some sweet notes of chocolate and caramel that helps pull back some of the bitterness. There is also just a touch of citrus and floral hops in the back that helps finish things with a smack. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation that spreads out across the palette but there is also a good bit of slickness mixed in there as well.

Very impressive, this is definitely up there for me as far as Coffee Stouts are concerned. Rich coffee profile that is well balanced by some softer sweet notes and this went down the hatch exceptionally easily. Easy recommendation and good work here from Central Waters.

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a thin white lacing covering the top of the beer. The head faded out and didn't leave much of anything for lacing. It was a little lighter in color then I expected and would have liked a little more head on it.

The aroma has a good amount of coffee present with some roasted malt and a little chocolate coming through as well. The coffee is strong but it's not overdone, there are still some good flavors besides coffee coming through.

The taste is also not surprisingly coffee centered. The coffee leaves a nice long bitter flavor on the palate in the finish. There is some chocolate and cocoa coming through in the finish that seems to help balance out the bitterness some. It has a very smooth and good coffee flavor though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the lower side. Personally I like my stouts a little thicker but that's pretty minor considering how good it tastes.

Drinkability is good, it has a lot of coffee flavor for sure but is still very good tasting and drinkable. Overall an excellent beer that has some very nice coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel

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Photo of smithj4
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZEB89
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Glossy mahogany that *barely* falls short of opacity when bright sunlight is allowed entry. The initial pour produces a mochacchino colored crown that is rich and creamy. The foam is sticky enough to decorate the glass with attractive sheets of tattered lace. Good show.

The aroma will be pure heaven to anyone who loves coffee (count me out) or coffee stouts (count me in). Even though roasted beans are uppermost, roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate are easily identifiable and give the beer an extra measure of complexity.

Brewhouse Coffee Stout may be this brewery's best offering... and I don't say that lightly. Central Waters puts out damn good beer and is one of America's most underappreciated craft breweries. That's probably because New Glarus, Tyranena, Lake Louie and Capital are in the same state. With the possible exception of the first name on that list, these guys can hang with the Badger State's best.

Fantastic. Delicious. Fantastically delicious. The beer's best feature might be the exquisite balance between coffee and stout. BCS tastes like a chocolate liqueur-added iced coffee drink that is still clearly... proudly... uncompromisingly... damn good... beer. I paid only $5.49 for the bomber?! Are you kidding me?!

The flavor profile is appropriately simple and is right on the money: roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a smoky char, a shot of molasses and a half-shot of vanilla. This is one of the most well-integrated, harmonious coffee stouts I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. An estimated one year in the bottle might have had a little something to do with that. An ABV of 8.0%? Fuggedaboutit.

Time and warming have taken the mouthfeel score from a tentative 4.0 to a rock solid 4.5. Bigger might have been better, but it's hard to argue with the glassy smooth silkiness and the perfect bubblation. The mouthfeel has a lot to do with why this brew is so ridiculously drinkable.

No wonder Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout is (currently) #67 on the Best Beers On Planet Earth. It's a lip-smacking humdinger that any fan of the sub-style should seek out. Especially if you're also a java junkie. Believe the hype.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/13/10 notes. 12 oz. bottle shared by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pure coffee grinds, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

t - Tastes again of straightr up coffee, with light bitter chocolate, roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good stout, but not one of my favorites. The smell and taste are pure coffee grinds to me. While some people probably love that, it isn't quite for me; I tend to like stouts that have more balance and chocolate in them. Either way, I could still appreciate a good stout, but there are many others I'd prefer to this.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but not completely opaque. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Creamy milk chocolate. Some deeper roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee is prevalent, but not domineering. Slightly sweet. Chocolate malts. Creamy. The finish loses its creaminess and bitter coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. No coffee acidity. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very flavorful. Extremely well made stout.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade. As an extra, no less!

A: The pour is black and somewhat viscous into my snifter with only a thin ring of tan foam.

S: The nose is pretty much all coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but these are definitely secondary to the coffee.

T: Like the nose, this one is coffee forward all the way. 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.

M: The beer has a medium body with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I have no idea what the ABV is on this one, but the booze certainly doesn't show up in the flavor. And the fact that it's pretty much like drinking a cup of coffee makes this one easy drinking beer.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This coffee stout appears a very dark brown color, bordering on black.Atop the beer sits a nice looking beige head that hangs out for a while and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Whoa! Coffee. I sure do appreciate my coffee, so this is already shaping up to be my kind of beer. The coffee scents are really fresh and inviting. Very nice.

T: A truly delicious beer. In addition to the gourmet coffee taste, notes of vanilla and roasted malt round out this beer quite nicely. It's slightly sweet, but this is counter-balanced very well by the natural bitterness of coffee.

M: Nice feel. I didn't realize that this was over 8% abv. I found no astringency or undesirable bitterness that can accompany such a coffee bomb.

D: I'd have this for breakfast. Very impressive. I would trade for this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

The Woodman's haul continues. This piece pours a mostly opaque deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises vanilla, sugary coffee, light roasted malts, and light dark chocolate. The taste runs very similarly, but the sweetness is cut down in favor of a nice smattering of molasses, and there's a bit more roasted character in there as well. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an easy-going feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, easily the highlight of the haul.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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