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 mcgwire756
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle received as a generous extra in a trade with from Biniek13. Poured into my KBS glass.

It pours a brownish black color with a slight head. The light color and carbonation makes it look like there are small particles floating in the body. It might be some coffee particles. The smell is of coffee and quite a bit of chocolate. The taste is very smooth and one of the most drinklble 8% plus beers you can have. It was hard to not down it in 5 minutes. This beer drinks like a much more refined Founders Breakfast Stout. And that is saying a lot. The taste is much more refined. I highly recommend rying this one and getting it regularly if you can.

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

Pitch black with brown head. Head reminds me of an aggressive pour of black coffee at a diner.

Smell is overwhelmly of strong coffee. Some roasted malts but otherwise a big cold glass of coffee. Some bittersweat chocolate peaks through from time to time, but this is a cup of coffee if there ever was one. Problem is, is that this is beer. Not a lot of complexity, but it is what it is. I would guess the ABV to be somewhere in the 6 to 7% range, so it is not something you would want before work, but with dessert this would be good.

With so many coffee stouts out there, this is not with the best, even though it is good.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 dancinwillie
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, khaki head rests on an opaque, black beer. Head drops to a centimeter in a few minutes, and remains.

Strong, dark, roasted coffee dominates the aroma. A sweetness presents itself as well.

Robust coffee flavor is present throughout, but is especially bold towards the end of each taste. A little cream flavor gives a slight sweetness. Some chocolate creaminess too. And a faint spiciness, pepper maybe?

I think I'm getting some hop bitterness, but I'm not able to differentiate it from the coffee bitterness.

Fairly pronounced alcohol bite, a little hot for my tastes, although, this seems to mellow with some warming. The cream sweet flavors also seem to intensify with a little warmth, and the overall bitterness seems to lesson as well. Certainly balances itself out after about 15 minutes of warming. I'm glad I didn't rush this review, I would have scored the taste somewhat lower.

The mouthfeel is creamy, astringent, and a dry finish.

Drinkable as hell. A little wait would decrease the bite, and mellow this out a bit. But do I have the willpower? Probably not.
No matter. A very good coffee stout, and I always feel good buying beer from a Wisconsin brewery, especially one that's this good. I will be buying this again, the sooner the better.

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Photo of garbercury
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for his usual generosity...Thanks Todd!

A--Laced up and good carbonation. The lacing retention is solid on this one.

S--Nice. This guy has the smell of a stout brewed with some seriously excellent coffee. I am loving the smell of this. Just a hint of chocolate which compliments the brew nicely.

T--Excellent, malty goodness with the coffee tones coming through in the finish. I would enjoy getting some of the coffee they used in this guy.

M--Very silky and smooth, not too carbonated.

D--I struggled with this a bit but due to the coffee and high abv, I settled with a 4. However, this is a great brew by Central Waters and would gladly drink it again. Seek it out.

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Photo of afausser
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark, creamy very thin but persistent mocha head that appears almost foamy, starting out with some clusters of larger bubbles and then changing to a fine consistent stream as the fine, slow moving carbonation continues. Almost opaque due to volume (the same way that coffee gets darker as you pour it into the mug, though in a stream it is quite translucent), but light shines through the top giving the appearance of bubbly, watery coffee. Not much lacing.

Smell: strong hints of very dark chocolate, heavy, burnt, smoky coffee grounds, toast, both sweet and tart cherries, ripe strawberries, raspberries, and sweet cream. Smells like...breakfast, and not just coffee. Also a metallic hint as it warms.

Taste: Strong, bitter, complex. Very interesting as far as coffee stouts go--I wouldn't expect this much fruit. Heavy coffee, smoke, and metallic tastes, but also cherries, raspberries, caramel, toffee, molasses, slight hint of earth. I get a lot more of a sugary, molasses candy taste, whereas the smell was more chocolaty. Slight alcohol taste that increases as it warms. I'm also getting a slight hint of pure sugar, and quite a bit of grapefruit, particularly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Really thin and fizzy, high carbonation. Really warm in the aftertaste. But for the amount of carbonation and warmth it blends surprisingly well and pops on your tastebuds. Gets better as it warms.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Seems to have a decently high ABV--but it's not published, so it's hard to tell.

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Photo of drewba
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Translucent brown with tints of rust with a thin tan head.

S - acidic coffee, caramel, nutty, slight alcohol presence.

T - Espresso with mild chocolate, coffeee grounds, a touch of molasses, brown sugar and some nut and bread characteristics.

M - thin, semi slick with low carbonation.

D - ultra drinkable, this would be an amazing breakfast beer thanks to the slew of coffee.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.46/5  rDev -18%
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 NewGeneric
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki for hooking it up.
Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights around the edges. About a finger of foam faded pretty quickly leaving thin wisps of lacing around the edges and a thin film on top.

S: Coffee! A little bit of chocolate and roasted goodness beyond that, but really hard to get past the coffee aroma.

T: Again, plenty of coffee. Nice and chocolatey too, with touches of vanilla and cream.

M: Thick and creamy. Just slightly overcarbonated. Mmm.

D: Very smooth and delightful. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for sharing this beer. I believe he got it as an extra from jojomdma.

A - Pours black, with about a finger width of head and had very nice lacing.

S - Smell is of a deep coffee with some espresso in there. There's plenty of roast, and I get just a faint hint of ash and/or charcoal.

T - the taste is similar to the nose, but I swear I got a tinge of a metallic taste at first. It left as the beer opened up a bit, though. Coffee and the roast is the overriding taste in this beer.

M - Medium body and high carbonation...slightly off for a stout, but it works, I guess, with the coffee flavor.

D - OK on drinkability. Glad I got to try it, but I'll stick with Speedway Stout if I want a coffee-style stout.

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

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, nearly jet black body that omits very little light through. The head is frothy, tan and about a finger thick. After a couple of minutes, the head fades to a ring around the glass with small groupings of foam in the center as well. Ten minutes into the review nothing has changed in relation to the head. Very impressive.

S - Roasted coffee notes smack you right in the nose. A deeper whiff brings about creamy, toffee, and chocolate notes. As someone who doesn't drink coffee or anything related to it, this beer has my mouth watering. Very rich, full and intense smelling beer.

T - Lots of roasted coffee notes combined with a nice blend of chocolate, toffee and cream notes make the beer smooth and very enjoyable. All aspects are fully accented and compliment each other especially well. And even better, no overbearing bitter taste that usually comes with a coffee stout.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The beer entering the mouth has a strong blast of coffee notes that is fuller than other coffee stout I've had. Next comes a nice subtle blast of carbonation to cleanse the palate. Next comes the chocolate, cream and toffee notes that make for a silky smooth finish.

D - Extremely high for a coffee stout. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This beer pours dark brown, oh-so-close to black. A large, voluptuous head rises up from the pour. Two toned in color, mocha and caramel; the head is thick and viscous looking. After a few minutes the head retreats to nothing more than a thin coating over the surface. Really nice looking brew. Nice soapy lacing is left all of the sides of the glass with a good swirl.

Nose is chock full of coffee; bitter dark roasted coffee, but not overpowering stuff. This is how a coffee stout should smell. Roasted grains, baker's chocolate, dark malts, espresso and faint alcohol are also noticed.

Taste is right along the same lines as the nose on this one. Coffee dominates with faint chocolate, dark fruits and a nice earthiness takes over. Faint smoky flavor lingers in the background with wood tenors and more slightly acidic coffee grounds. Yum.

The mouthfeel is where this beer falls slightly short for me. It is a little thin for the style but I suppose this makes it more drinkable. Prickly carbonation is satisfying and again adds to its drinkability.

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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 Cfred371
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't warm the beer like I usually do, but the beer is probably about 40 degrees or so. There was no sign of a bottling date.

Look: the beer pours a dark dark brown, almost black, but you can see the brown ness on the edge. There's about an inch of tan, beautiful head.

Smell: coffee, and unfortunately I am not sending much else. Maybe some maple?

Taste: coffee, and that faint maple flavor.

Feel: the beer seems a little thin, but not bad. There's an ever slight bitterness in the finish.

A nice coffee stout, but in curious on the freshness. I'll grab another during the next release

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Photo of abents
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber with the heron jaccked up on java on the label.
Pours out a nice deep black with dark brown hints when held up to light. Not a pitch black imp stout pour by anymeans, looks on the lighter side. Nice light brown head however, that laces fairly well. Nos is of rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and sweet molasses. Taste is absolutely incredible, so creamy, smooth, inviting. I love this beer. Starts with a bang of coffee followed by a nice creamy/milky flavor, roasted burnt malts round out the finish with a slight coffee burn in there. Very smooth drinkable coffee stout, the light almost airy body leads to a fantastic smoothness that makes this coffee stout very unique. Plus, Central Waters in a bomber again! Nice all around beer, could drink this all the time.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, a great thank you to one of BA's best, wisconsinbeer1 for passing this along to me. Much sought after, finally able to try this one.

Second off, with the # of coffee infused stouts, who else thinks that they should have their own category or classification? I find myself drawn to these even though I am not a coffee drinker. I find myself comparing all coffee stouts to the two bench marks, Peche Mortel and Breakfast Stout.

A - As I was pouring, I was slightly surprised to see the color. Some have said that it pours jet black. I did not see that at all, more of a dark brown ale pour that produces a tan creamy head.

S/T - OK, back to the comparison to Peche and Founders. With each of those, I find their smell and taste to be a bit more burnt when compared to the Central Waters. The nose is predominantly coffee, with a bit of chocolate coming through as well. The taste is slightly smoother than the Peche and Breakfast Stout as well. Whereas, I have always tasted a bit of ashtray with Peche and a pronounced bitter/burnt taste with the Breakfast Stout, the Central Waters is simply smoother and less harsh around the edges. Make no bones about it, it gives you a nice shot of Joe up-front, with a secondary appearance of chocolate and hops taste. Not harsh, but no mamby pamby stuff either. I loved it.

M - Not as thick a feel as the Peche and Founders but still a delightful drink.

D - Very good. I would guess that the ABV is slightly lower here than compared to Peche and Founders. I could have had a couple, but I was only so lucky to snag two and want to keep one for another time.

Thanks again to my good buddy wisconsinbeer1 for this special treat. With all the coffee beers that I have tried, this one certainly sits at the top. I would love to have this one as a stable. Jason, please show mercy on me, more, more, more!

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Photo of GabrielM
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SteveFinny for this brew! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black body + creamy coffee-colored hear = awesome!

S - coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Then some vanilla, some brownsugarcandy-type aroma. Really nice,

T - here's a surprise - COFFEE! But really delicious coffee, with just enough bite, some vanilla sweetness and absolutely no trace of alcohol.

M - good carbonation, great viscosity to it, and leaves my mouth coated in delicious coffee.

D - I would drink this all night if it weren't for the fact that I only have one bottle :/

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

A - Pours pitch black with two finger head that fades rather quickly. Lacing clings to side of glass.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel, hint of cocoa.

T - Coffee right away up front followed by a hint of fig and cocoa. Bitterness lingers on the tongue at the finish.

M - Medium body with oily mouthfeel.

O - Solid coffee stout. This bottle was a few months old. Wish I could have tried this one a bit fresher. Good middle stout between regular and the imperial. Not up to Founder's Breakfast stout complexity and standards in my opinion.

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Photo of BTPete
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, recieved as an extra in trade a few months ago. Stored in fridge and not in cellar. Poured to a pint glass and consumed on my own ;)

A: Dark dark brown with minimal head that dissipates to none.

S: Robust roasted coffee, malts, and chocolate undertones. Very robust and the coffee has a really great bitter smell.

T: Bitter coffee up front. Some nice hints of chocolate like the smell. SMooth except for the coffee bitterness. Not sure if some of that is from hops also?

M: Smooth and low carbonation. Medium bodied, maybe a little thin? Not a complaint, just different from other coffee stouts.

D: Wonderful brew. Great extra in a trade. Glad I got to try this one out of the blue. I wish I had more and will seek it out in the future to share with friends.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter type glass.

Appearance - A very deep dark brownish black poured with a very thin layer of tannish head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Smells of coffee right away and aggressively, awesome deep coffee smell, deep roasted malts and chocolate. No hints of alcohol.

Taste - Delicious, tons of coffee and mocha qualities just shine, this beer tastes amazing. Malty, sweet and chocolatey background with a bit of finishing hops. Very earthy taste. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel - A bit sharp on the tongue, not sure why because there wasn't a lot of carbonation. Other than that it feels pretty full and silky but is lacking just a bit of something, cant put my finger on it.

Drinkability - Decent but nothing you can drink a sixer of. Just a few of these will do the tongue and stomach well.

Awesome beer that I am going to try and get more of asap.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
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 jstilwell
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam Clary for this one!

Dark Brown, light black cola colored pour, into my chalice. The thin off white head and carbonation bubbles disappear quickly. The scent is heavenly, with mild roast coffee with a strong nuttiness and caramel accent. Taste here is nice, a good mix of coffee and malt. It is lightly creamy but finishes a little on the harsh side with some black pepper and much stronger alcohol than I would think. Mouthfeel is rather thin. I enjoyed this overall, and can see why many think this is the example for the style. My rating won't be as high as others, but still a fine effort.

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Photo of khumbard
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerwolf77 for this very solid extra!

Pours a murky brownish black, with a small dissipating head. Kind of an odd looking stout. Smell is big coffee. Some roasted malts behind, but mostly coffee... I like coffee so this gets a good number from me. Taste is very nice. Lots of coffee again, not a lot of sweetness. Finishes with a bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate or black coffee. This is a very coffee forward beer, just as the name suggests. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but this plays well into the drinkability. I had to look up the ABV since it's not on the bottle, and was pretty surprised to find out it was 8.2%. Very solid beer, that I would like to have again.

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Photo of TK5150
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown/purple with a 2 finger beige/light brown colored head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of light roasted coffee, raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Some powdered sugar. Pretty good aroma, but could be a bit more bold.

T- Roasted coffee (with roasted nuttiness), raisin, and dark fruit syrup. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The first couple of sips were dominated by powdered chocolate drink mix, but that went away fairly quickly. I wish it had stayed around. It says this is released in the fall; and I am just trying it now in spring. I'm sure this would be best fresh at release.

M- Full medium body with quite a bit of carbonation (though not out of control by any means).

O- I like this beer. Not a bad beer if it is relatively cheap and comes in a 6 pack. Would not seek this out as the main component of a trade, but it makes for a nice extra.

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Photo of brow1901
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown bordering on black with thin tan head. Minimal head retention, no lacing.

S- Loads of coffee, nice malt backbone. Some times reminds me of maple syrup. Mostly the coffee overpowers, I can say theres hints of bitter chocolate.

T- The taste is a bit too sweet for me but it grows on you as the beer warms. Obviously the coffee flavors are strong. But the beer isn't overly strong from a coffee aspect.

M- Pretty light for a stout, but it works to this beers advantage. Any thicker and the coffee would be way to strong and would kill the palate.

D- Pretty drinkable, good beer overall. Not my favorite stout but it ranks 2nd to coffee bender in coffee stouts. Definetly worth a try.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 943 ratings.
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