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Brewhouse Coffee Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewhouse Coffee StoutBrewhouse Coffee Stout
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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 Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from GBVDave so a BIG THANK YOU goes out to him for this one!

A: This beer pours a nice deep chocolate brown, with chestnut hues around the edges when held to the light. About a 1/4 inch of head danced on top with a slightly rigorous pour and receded to a light film quickly. Slight lacing left on the edges.

S: Nose is bitter espresso, charred malts, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and maybe, just possibly hints of grassy hop notes?

T: Taste is roasted malts at the forefront, followed by hints of bitter chocolate and then sweet milk chocolate comes through - milk chocolate carries through to the finish. Mild vanilla flavoring mingles in as well. Charred malts mixed with espresso begin to fill out the back end with a linger grassy hop note in finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rather crisp and clean body at first, then gets creamy with a touch sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not very filling for a stouts, mild kick, nicely blended, quite bitter but not of hop bitterness. Damn enjoyable and I'd have a few more pints if given the chance.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark bvrown with a half finger of bone colored head with a little bit of spotty lacing.

S: Bitterness from the coffee rinds. A little bit of chocolate thrown in as well. Like fresh ground coffee.

T: Bitter. Tastes like coffee rinds which is the whole point.

M: Surprisingly very light mouthfeel. Well carbonated as well.

D: Easy drinking and a good beer. Not something I would reach for every day but a damn well made beer.

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

Bottle courtesy of afausser, split and poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise. Many thanks!

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown - transparent (barely) only around the edges, and then complete with a fine haze that may or may not have something to do with the temperature at which it was served - capped by half a finger or more of moderately tanned head, almost pinkish in places, that has average if not spectacular retention. It's likely retarded by coffee oils, a suggestion reinforced by the general runniness of the lacing. This one's effervescent enough, however, that the head never really fades beyond a thin sheen, maintaining a surface dusting and a relatively dense collar throughout.

Aroma: Coffee is - surprisingly - the dominant note, and it's a lighter, fruitier roast, probably African in origin. I get currants, raspberries, some more "general" berriness, but also a fair amount of earth and dirt for a roast this light (at least, I assume its relatively light given how many esters remain with it). Dark bitter chocolate, toast, caramel, dark toffee, and - though this may be me filling in the olfactory gestalt - a slight lactic presence which adds rather than distracts.

Taste: What starts out as a relatively neutral tasting stout explodes after a few fractions of a second in your mouth, revealing a wonderful and complex array of flavors and textures. The chocolate is much more pronounced in the mouth, giving a wonderfully dark, bitter chocolate note, adding to and enhancing the base malts, which themselves are very dark, relatively dry, and very earthy. It gets a little sweeter as it gets warmer, showcasing some nice caramel and other highly-caramelized malts note, too. The fruit notes are a little more subdued, faintly cherry-like, though with a fair amount of the currants discussed above. The coffee is - as discussed above - wonderfully done, fruity, with overtones of citrus, berries, and cherries, but also earthy and just very traditionally "coffee-esque." There's also a slight amount of alcohol heat in the finish, but I have no idea whether or not that's appropriate, given that it's not published.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner - perhaps - than I'd like, but it does a good job of maintaining an evenness despite the obvious amount of effervescence. So while it's not quite creamy, it is nonetheless solidly even. It actually grows on me a little as it warms, given that it enhances a lot of the traditional "stout" notes that keep this beer from being a coffee-infused novelty and more a traditional, enjoyable beer with a twist.

Drinkability: A treat and a pleasure. I'm borderline on a 4.5 right now, but without knowing the abv% (and going on feel and heat alone), I don't know if I should go higher. Regardless, this one was a real joy, authentic and moderate on nearly all fronts. A real easy-going and uniformly-impressive brew, I'd recommend this to near anyone who enjoys stouts, coffee beers, or, well, good beer. Cheers!

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3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crossovert
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a deep dark brown with a foamy light tan head. It doesn't look as good as th Peruvian Morning.

The aroma is top-notch though, absolutely. It smells like a coffee house in the area surrounding the bottle, it is super-fragrant. If you sniff from the bottle you get a thick hit of caramel. From the glass it is kind of because there is a hint of metallic scent. For this i have to dock it a little. Sniff th bottle, you will enjoy it more than our of the glass, which I find interesting.

The flavor is also coffee to the full, but again I'm getting the metallic character. It is a bit too coffee-oriented for me, it pretty much tastes like metallic coffee. I prefer their Peruvian Morning so much more.

I know this is a coffee stout and i don't like coffee, but that hasn't held me back from loving other coffee infused beers, but this is for coffee lovers only.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Norseman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours dark brown bordering on black with a healthy creamy tan head on top. Aromas start with a well balanced mix of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Some roasted malts flow in and out with a mild creaminess. Good show.

First sip brings a solid dark roasted malt upfront followed by dark chocolate flavors and a nice kick of fresh ground coffee as well. The coffee and chocolate mix very well together and provide a great mix of flavors. Flows down with a touch of bitterness and a slight creaminess.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. This never gets overly heavy and makes it a treat to drink. Overall, a solid coffee stout and one I would not hesitate to drink again. Glad it didn't go overboard on the coffee and maintained good balance. Yummy.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.47/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

blind beer whatever number it is.... Thanks to MpBugeye for this bottle-- part of an awesome package he put together for me. Says to use a snifter.

Reviewed (initially) completely blind-- no knowledge of brewery, beer, or style.

Pours a dark brown with hues of red. As this fills my Darkness snifter, I am reminded of Bell's 9000... the thought of it makes me even smell some black licorice... but only for a moment. Big chocolatey malts and coffee with cream come flooding my olfactory. The head is small... and goes away quickly. Some spotty chunks of lace, but not much.

The body is really thin. This is probably a porter or a brown ale... Maybe a cheap rip-off of my beloved Surly Coffee-Bender? If that is what they were going for, they missed the mark! Don't get me wrong though-- this beer isn't bad by any means-- it just isn't anywhere near Coffee Bender (one of the finest coffee beers I've had).

The taste has some sweet malts, then a creamy sugary flavor, then coffee and bitter chocolate malts. hmmm. It is tasty, but the finish is weird. I can't say exactly what the problem is, but I can say it has to do with the beer being too dry. The finish has me feeling parched-- like I have been stuck in a desert for 3 days. The beer is overcarbonated I think, which really helps to make the body feel too thin. By the time the liquid reaches my throat, it has almost all dissolved. I've had this issue with a beer when it was infected before-- but I am certain that isn't the case here. The beer didn't foam and gush (hell, I only got about half a finger of head!) and the flavor hints at nothing that would indicate an infection.

This isn't one I would really want to drink again... The beer reminds me of soda-- chocolate coffee flavored soda. The coffee isn't good coffee, but cheap synthetic frozen Folgers type stuff. Meh.

---Reveals it to be: Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout--

Wow. Really? I had this before once at a tasting and didn't even bother to review it because I was so unimpressed... But this was even less impressive than I remember. The body is far too thin, watery, and overcarbonated to be a good stout. The coffee is lousy. The beer isn't horrible-- but it certainly isn't one I'll be trading for!

a- 2.5
s- 3
t- 2.5
m- 1
d- 2.5

Thanks to Seth-- I know this is a beer lots of people look for, sorry to rate so harshly!


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3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by whiterascal and poured into small taster glass.

Dark, opaque mahogany with some ruby edges when held to the light. The half-finger head of khaki quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

The nose is dark and coffee-like. Espresso, hints of cocoa, tangy sourdough every now and then.

At the front of the flavor, I get sourdough and old medium roast coffee. The good stuff doesn’t hit until after the swallow — that’s when the deeper, darker roasted beans roll in. There’s also some dark chocolate and toasted bread.

Fairly light body, quite fizzy with medium bubbles and light, massaging carbonation. Slight hints of booze as well.

This here stout almost tastes more like a cup of joe than a beer, which I’m totally cool with. Big, roasty and pretty delicious.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 987 ratings
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