Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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

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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Reviews:
388
Ratings:
950
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1 pt, 6 oz bottle:

Pours black with a tan head that slowly becomes a thin cover that eventually settles to a lasting large island. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is rich and robust. Wonderful! Strong black coffee with dark grain and earthy/rooty notes - especially anise/licorice. Some plum mixes in.

The taste is also rich. Black coffee is powerful, but is balanced enough to let a complex imperial stout come through. Earthy, dark fruity, chocolate-like flavors mix with the coffee very well. The alcohol mixes in well, also - giving some mild warmth that enhances the layers of complexity. Sweet and roasty balanced finish. Root-like notes linger.

It has a silky, smooth body.

Rich and complex, yet very easy-to-drink. Coffee mixes very well with the strong stout character. This is a great brew! (And, well-priced, to boot!) Great example of the style!

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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 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 drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me in a trade by beerwolf77. Thanks, again, this is part of my #1 beer series, the best American Stout on beeradvocate. Also, this is an old list top 100 beer that I had not reviewed, double bonus.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice mocha head that falls away to a ring, that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low. Looks good.

Chocolate, coffee, mild roast, sweet, YUM. I have to say it, this beer smells fucking awesome.

Smooth, creamy, the ending is a little rough. Medium bodied, the beer leads off with some minimal sweetness, gives way to a creamy chocolaty midpalate and a bitter ending that finishes a little to dry for the accompanied bitterness. Its good, very good, but if it were a little less dry I would love it even more. A very awesome beer. My wife will love this.

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

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston, MA.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

Smells like cocoa powder, caramel, and roasty and fruity coffee.

This tastes like the classic coffee stout I always love. There's heavy coffee, fruity and roasty, but it doesn't dominate a wonderfully black and chocolatey base. This has perfect balance.

This is creamy with a good level of carbonation. It's super drinkable.

Central Waters doesn't mess around when it comes to dark beers.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a buddy from another forum.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, big coffee/chocolate/toffee notes, with some vanilla. The taste is awesome, malty, sweet, with some nice dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty Coffee Stout.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

4/4.5/4.5/4/5

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Photo of yourefragile
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for oach (I think? I can't remember, I have no idea) for sending this.

Dark, but barely lucid mahogany brown color with a thick mocha head that quickly fades to a thick ring and minimal lacing. Balanced, complex rich aroma of roast coffee ground, roast malt, mild chocolate. The coffee notes in particular are very rich, fresh and distinct from other coffee stouts. Medium bodied, with strong light carbonation creating a soft, fluffy full body. Flavor is more roast coffee predominant than other flavors. Finish is slightly bitter and sour. Much less chocolate or sweet malt flavors than the aroma. A good coffee beer, not the best I've had. I feel like if I was more of a coffee drinker I would think this is exceptional (if that makes sense) but I still prefer founders or planet bean to this for my tastes.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with chestnut highlights, light-moderate tan head, some retention, good lace.

S: Coffee, nuts, brown sugar & chocolate.

T: Coffee, nuts, good bitterness, slight alcohol warmth & a touch of roasted acidity. Well-rounded (it doesn't knock your socks off).

M: Moderate-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly chalky.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee, creamy, some dark chocolate bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel. Higher carb. Lingering bitterness, but light with a short finish. Flavor doesn't stick with you. Pretty good.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra received in a trade with the generous eyncognito. Thank Ian. Consumed in the wee hours of 11/30/2009 and poured into a snifter. A hard pour yields a dark brown body (near black) that's crowned by a one inch beige head.

The nose is aromatic espresso with an upper moderate level of roast and a moderate astringency. It smells great, as coffee stouts go. The coffee is quality. It's no Kopi Luwak, but it's quite nice. There's some dark chocolate, but it's behind the roast and coffee.

The taste is espresso with cocoa and a moderate roasted malt quality. There's more chocolate than in the flavor than the aroma suggested. The various aspects are well balanced and quite delicious. There's just a dash of astringency and a touch of dark fruits. Overall, a very nice coffee beer with a high quality coffee character. The flavors meld together quite nicely. With Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Peruvian Morning, and now this, Central Waters is slowly becoming a Midwest favorite for me. I find it slightly ironic that I fell asleep drinking a coffee beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed with Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light coffee, faint nuttiness, nice chocolate, rich roast, nice and balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, coffee is smooth, darker roast, loads of nice non bitter roast, light chocolate, good malts, creamy mellow roasts. Alcohol non-existent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy, no real alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was quite good. Great choice notes, light chocolate loads of roast. Central Waters can really make some great stouts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours very dark...almost black with very light reddish highlights. The head is big and beautiful, all tannish and billowy and a very slow shrinker. A great looking brew.

The smell is big on coffee with lighter notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste...mmmm...very nice coffee flavour without going over the top, probably because of the delicious milk chocolate sweetness cutting the bitterness. I don't sense much more going on but, who needs more. As is, this is a delightful brew that is very drinkable and oh so smooth.

The mouthfeel borders on full, the carbonation is light and fits perfectly, and it finishes with the chocolate goodness. This a very very good.

The drinkability is great and the alcohol, what ever the abv may be, is very well hidden.

Head retention turned out to be excellent and the lacing is just as good.

Bottom line: I'm thinking this is in the top tier of Coffee brews I've tried. A definite "Highly recommended"!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- pours a deep & dark black color that really looks like a cup of hot coffee(minus the hot part). Produced a good tan colored head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lots of rich coffee grounds that seem to ooze with oily molasses, raisins, & vanilla creaminess. Awesome aroma that makes me want to continue smelling it. Possibly one the best coffee smells in a beer I have experienced.

(T)- Great roasted coffee with bits of raisins. A light vanilla creaminess.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A great roastedness with minimal bitterness. Just the right amount of creamy sweetness.

(D)- A great stout, particularly in its coffee profile & feel. Rich, but actually is rather medium-body in strength. An good drinker; great stuff!

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Bomber received as an extra in a trade with ThomasHardy. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin one finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Strong roasted coffee/espresso bean aroma with a nice silky chocolate malt presence in the nose. Slightly smokey smelling with hints of caramel, toffee, oatmeal and tootsie roll. Complex nose but a bt overwhelmed by the overly roasted coffee presence.

Medium bodied with a huge roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor. I'm also picking up some silky lactic chocolate notes as well as some hazelnut, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Slightly acrid with a dry bitter finish.A bit unbalanced with a too strong of a coffee presence for my taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real dark brown pour, over half an inch of head on it, tan in color, big rich deep dark coffee kind of aroma, hits that sweet spot, good coffee aroma, nothing too exotic or fancy about it in a commercial tugjob sense.

Not a ton of malt roast, the coffee roast and dark chocolate and two row make for a real good meld in this coffee beer. Amazingly hides the alcohol, this is a big beer that would drink like an every day 6% porter. Well balanced, not overly sweet, bitter or roasted. Think breakfast stout with less chocolate. Its really up there in that grouping.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a black body with a faint red light that glows through the bottom. There is a big bubbly dark tan head that thins before disappearing after a few sips. There is no sign of carbonation in this dense body except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of light roasted fresh coffee has a faint hint of old coffee ground and a nice earthy finish. There are notes of black roasted malt that come through more as the beer warms.

T- The soft iced coffee flavor has a light tangy flavor to it with a soft roasted black malt finish. There is a chalky hint to the coffee that adds some nice depth and a faint spice hint in the finish. There is a nice bitterness of coffee and black malt that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D-This beer has a nice coffee flavor but the smell is a bit faint. It is very smooth and drinkable with a nice bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of akorsak
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncvbc for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout is midnight black, dark and ominous with a white head that is in stark contrast to the body. The head neared a finger on pour and is quick to recede.

S: The nose heavy with roasted coffee, a cold toddy that has imparted a rich aroma. The ale's malt body is reserved, adding chocolate and roasted aromas but no booze.

T: Excellent coffee flavor that rivals the best coffee stouts. The aromas are slightly bitter, overroasted coffee (a la Starbucks) that is surprisingly smooth. Lactic, milky flavors add to the smoothness, almost a cafe au lait taste. The stout's chocolate body adds to the intensity with a baker's chocolate bite. The coffee flavors linger.

M: The coffee keeps the taste lively, throwing bitter wave and bitter wave at the tastebuds. If you like coffee, this is a beer to try.

D: I first tried this beer at Dark Lord Day 2007 and have been pining for it since. A perfect example of a coffee stout, I could drink this all day long.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black body with a creamy white head. Good coat of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Coffee and sweetness imparted from malts smells like caramel.

Taste: Stale coffee with bitterness imparted from the coffee and malty sweetness. Mild alcohol flavor as it approaches room temperature. Not much complexity here, mostly a flavor of premium coffee is what i think the brewer intended for in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think that i need to try this beer when it is fresh. The coffee tasted a bit stale to me and i think that it will make the beer much better when its fresh. i will have to try it in the fall of 2012.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown. Not much carbonation at all. Very thin layer of tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt and molasses.

T: Underwhelming coffee flavor and not much else. Tastes kind of watered down. Some bitter chocolate and burnt coffee in the finish.

M: thin and watery. I would prefer it to be a little thicker with more carbonation.

8% abv is really well hidden. This was disappointingly average. If you want a coffee stout from Central Waters go with a Peruvian Morning!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received from the vicious nflmvp who mercilessly slayed my wants in a recent trade. Shit didn't hit the fan until I cracked the beers he sent, 'cos he darned near killed my liver too...

A: About as dark brown as you can get without being pitch black, there's barely any light coming through. With reddish highlights, there's a dark brown head that caps this beer that slowly recedes to a disk as about as thick as an iPhone (about time someone referred to one in a review, eh?) with a good bit of carbonation creeping up the side of the glass.

S: Smells like, eh, coffee. And the good kind too. Wonderfully roasty with just the hint of creaminess and bitterness. There's a pleasing coffee grounds-like aroma as well. Simply put, this is a tour de force with a lot of coffee up front balanced with a little bit of dark chocolate and a hint of raisin-like oxidation that's rather faint. Excellent

T: Tastes like coffee up front. And on the mid-palate as well. And finish. 'Nuff said. Actually not, 'cos there's some bittersweet chocolate to accompany the coffee. Maybe a little one-dimensional but in a good way, 'cos the coffee is simply beautiful in this beer. There is also a pleasing level of sweetness to this beer with some dark roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Mildly drying on the finish with more (surprise!) coffee.

M: Fairly light in body, this beer had great carbonation and an excellent finish that's heavy on coffee bitterness and flavor

D: This is the nightcap that will make me crack another. Great stuff.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of seeswo. Served in my Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours the color of cola with a loose, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Some spots and strands of lacing, but weak legs. Nose reveals roasted coffee grounds and a trace of brown sugar or molasses. Taste follows nose - roasted character really comes out, as well as dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, lively effervescence. All and all a very drinkable coffee stout - not too sweet and the coffee character does not come off as being overly vegetal or charred. Abv is exceptionally well-hidden at 8.20%.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black with tan cap of decent size and retention. Frothy cloud dies down eventually and leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Dark coffee grounds with some burnt or very roast feel to them. Some caramel and dark roast malt as well. Slight vanilla even.

T- Nice coffee and dark fruit hits me up front. Some hop flavor in there as well. Caramel and vanilla with a bit of raisin in the finish.

MF- Drinks like a regular stout a bit of a lighter feel. High carbonation.

DB- Nice coffee use in a beer that drinks like it is 5-6%. Authentic and flavorful feel, somewhat like a smaller Breakfast Stout.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 950 ratings.
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