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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Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 944
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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to EliteDigger for hooking us up with this as an extra at DLD.

Pours an opaque black, some red in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops some solid lacing, decent ring around the glass. Smell is nice, coffee roast, some chocolate, caramel, nice thick roast, quite rich, some biscuity malt, decent aroma, not too complex. Taste is weird, like a bad cup of coffee, bitter roastiness, chocolate, bread, not a whole lots of finish on it, coffee roast lingers. Mouthfeel is meidum bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not sure, wasn't too impressed, just didn't really like the coffee character, but still a beer to try. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this finally showing up again all over Wisconsin & now even close to the MN border, & I finally get to try it.

Black. Little to no head, just a ring. Smell is great, like a Starbucks at 5:30 AM - no, that would suck, make it 9:00 AM - that rich smell without the bitter edge. Mmmmm. Best imitation of coffee in the nose I've experienced to date.

Holy coffee cow. This...this is the standard that all other pure coffee beers should be judged by. The coffee is rich, smooth, luscious, backed up a by dollop of chocolate sweetness that rounds it out like sweet cream loveliness. Behind this ribald coffee parade I swear there's a gentle hop bite, just to make things interesting.

There's enough of a jolt here to make a coffee-head happy, but it's full enough to make those who really just like the smell (like me) happy, too.

Damn. This is a top-notch brew. Anyone who enjoys this combination should seek this one out. Best coffee beer I've had, & I'm not sure how much it can be improved on.

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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 Bung
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul. Oct 2010 bottling.
Murky brown accented black pour. Fairly thick looking, but quite a bit of carbonation present as well. Off white layer retains very well.

Aroma is good, especially after it warms a bit. Coffee, chocolates and quite substantial amount of them both.

Roast malt, coffee, anise and lighter cocoa and dark chocolate. The coffee bitter gets just a little harsh in the end. Finishes dry with the coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than it would appear. Goes down very easily though because of this. Carbonation is on the high end of moderate, which I could see people not liking, but for me it was fine.

This was pretty good, but just not quite as good as the Breakfast Stout, Depth Charge or Valdez.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Boring pour, light tan head no retention or lacing. The beer is very light colored for a stout, medium brown pretty clear...Aroma is a total one noter, all light smooth coffee. Its a really nice coffee smell but lacks complexity...The taste is the same as aroma, all coffee but again its light, smooth and incredible easy to drink. Just wish there was something else here but coffee.

Ovearll, a very good easy drinking coffee stout. To be great needs to add a little complexity, something besides coffee.

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

Whoaaa, Nelly Bell! This is one serious ass beer. The coffee qualities are at first so fresh and aromatic. Served with a fine, light tan nice head and some lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown or black. Aroma is totally dominated by the very fresh cofffee. Actually, in the aroma there's not a whole lot of beer character. Flavor's where it all comes together. Solidly. There's some dark ripe fruit, a little cocoa, some of the malt, hints of caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and toffee. There's a short period of a bittersweetness and then fades to slightly dry. No alcohol at all. Session beer if you're into coffee stouts.

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of whartontallboy. Bottled in February of what I assume was from last year. Usually I like my coffee beers fresh, so let's see.

Pours is super dark brown, almost black, but I can see some brown hues when held up to the light. Small minimal head that immediately recedes to next to nothing head wise. Slight agitation initiates a small brown head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begins with no surprise, coffee, but immediately and surprisingly, I get a large dose of dark bitter chocolate and equal milk chocolate. Black coffee is returns to overtake the dominant smell.

The tastes begin just like the nose, 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. Flavor is pretty straight-forward and less bitter and coffee dominant compared to what I was expecting, hoping for. Tastes more like black iced coffee with sugar than beer to be honest, good for some but not really how I like my coffee accented beers.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation. I would have guessed 6-7% ABV but not over 8. ABV is masked amazingly bu drinks mildly watered-down and light to be honest. I don't mind it because it works with the coffee flavor profile, but it falls a tad short for me here.

Overall, this was a pretty high quality coffee beer, but nothing amazing by any means. Even if this was fresh I do not think the flavor profile would have been remarkably different. Mouthfeel is still a lacking and there really seems to be a something lacking. No problems what-so-ever, but nothing world-beating. Would I turn it down, heck no, will I seek it out again, doubtful. After just having the Wake-Up Call Imperial Porter from Grand Teton over the holidays, this just falls short in the Coffee beer category.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost back in the glass except for the reddish edges when held up to the light. Topped with a finger of light beige head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee and lots of it, some molasses and a touch of cocoa. Really great coffee stout nose on this one.

Taste. Big coffee taste, like the smell. Good dark roast coffee too, not old supermarket coffee like in other beers I've had. There's some roasted malts and a bit of high quality, high cocoa % chocolate with just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Not as much body as I would like in a beer like this, around medium+. Medium carbonation which may be a touch high, but much less of a whine than the body.

Overall. Great stuff. I wasn't expecting this to be so tasty simply because it hasn't been on my radar. Thanks for the excellent choice, Steasy66.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, extra from Brian23456 (big thanks to Brian for a beer I've been after for a while). The beer is murky reddish brown with floating sediment/yeasties and a thick foamy tan head that laces into fingers on the glass. The aroma is bipolar. While I definitely get the coffee and sweet roasted malts, this beer also had a metallic smell to it, a little like a penny. Second whiffs bring chocolate malts more than coffee, this is super complex. The taste is, without a doubt, the best coffee stout I've yet tried. This has just enough java to flavor without getting bitter, more than the usual amount of sweet chocolate, and more sweetness from the malts than bitterness. Very balanced and delicious, a perfect blend of flavors for the style. The body is just as good as Founders Breakfast Stout, silky smooth and just a little more thick than water. This is so good that it will now have a permanent place on my WANTs. Get it when you see it.

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly, but it's not as overpowering as many other coffee stouts, leaving plenty of room for roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee is once again at the forefront, but does not overpower the other flavors. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through until the solidly bitter ending. Coffee flavors linger for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could go through a bomber without a problem.

Overall this is a nice coffee stout for those that aren't the biggest fans of coffee. The flavors integrate nicely and this is certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for hooking this up in the good people don't need rules FARM system BIF. enjoyed in my cigar city snifter.

a - popped the bottle and poured the brew...a watery brown black which settled in the glass much darker. a thin mocha head that left the scene quickly leaving a thin film of a head.

s - strong dark chocolate flavored coffee, smells like a champ. milk chocolate, deliciousness. touch of vanilla. roasted malt backbone.

t - flavor follows the nose. some fizziness overtakes the flavor and taste takes a backseat to the mouth. i wish i could turn up that coffee chocolatey taste i got in the nose since it is so nice, but much tamer than the nose. roasted malts are also there.

m - surprisingly over carbonated for my tastes. felt it in my nose. very porter-like in the feel. leaves a tingle. bready finish.

o - overall, feels like a chocolate/coffee porter to me and not a stout. tis a good beer, but there are many other coffee stouts that i enjoy far more than this one, but worth checking out if you are a fan.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big ol bitch of a stout, right here. Giant ass soapy offbrown head that stretches a solid, dripless inch above the glass' rim.

Smells like cold coffee and lightly sour oatmeal. Not as bitter as your average coffee beer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Thing is, it's not very complex.

Tastes like coffee straight off--medium roast, little nutty and tangy and mildly bitter. This gives way to light, dry hops and roasted grain. Tastes really nice, but not really complex enough to get a World Class rating.

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Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head which fades into a thin cap with some lacing.

S: A little roasted malt presence followed by sweet, creamy chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a small roasted malt presence at first followed by semi-sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. Very little bitterness on the finish.

M: Very creamy body with medium-low carbonation, this beer lacks the bitter coffee finish many coffee stouts have and opts for creamy sweetness instead.

O: Overall, one of the better coffee stouts out there. Not the best, but still quite good.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Brewhouse Coffee Stout is dark brown with a light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, but with a distinct tinge of acrid coffee grinds.

Taste is pretty heavy on the coffee, with a sweet stout/porter base. The coffee comes off a bit angular, metallic, sharp, not really working for me.

Mouthfeel is off-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it clearly tastes of coffee, but not really in a good way. Eh, not impressed, although it is smooth, and the alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, picked one up at barriques on PD...sweet label

appearance: pours into my bells tulip, dark as night body, big creamy tan head with great retention...commanding little beer

smell: roasty, coffee beans/grounds, dark chocolate. the aroma is of fierce coffee - spot on

taste: better than the aroma i would say, creamy espresso, medium-dark coffee roast, smooth dark chocolate. huge flavour profile on this beer - by far the best beer i have tried from central waters which is saying a bit. I think i'm going to barriques on monday to get more!

mouthfeel: super creamy, roasty, with a light bitter kick, strong coating, very robust feel

drinkability: good

exceptional beer

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip the deepest shade of brown with a thinner tan head that retains pretty well.

Coffee stout? Uh, yeah, all the way. Fresh brewed coffee dominates the nose. Rich and delicious roasted coffee.

Roasty toasty coffee makes up the vast majority of the flavor. Hints of dark chocolate and hops can also be had. Substantial bitterness from both the coffee and the hops.

Smooth and fluffy due to the carbonation. A bit more than medium bodied with a dry finish.

A quality non-imperial stout that is sure to please any coffee fan.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
8.2% ABV

A - A tall pour results in a tan head cascading beautifully to a stable dollop of thick foam leaving dots of tan lace above the clear, dark brown beer.

S - Chocolate covered espresso bean and freshly brewed dark roast coffee comprise the bold aroma of Brewhouse Coffee Stout. A small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzle of warm, gooey caramel gives the nose an inviting twist!

T - Brewhouse Coffee Stout is rich with robust-yet-smooth black roasted coffee topped with whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with that same gooey caramel in the nose, finishing out with a dribble of molasses and roasted malt bitterness.

M - Smooth and robust starting with a creamy texture and medium-full body, this lightly carbonated stout finishes with a decently balanced dry roasted bitterness for the perfect coffee and stout blend!

O - Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout is undeniably one of the best coffee beers around, masterfully blending bold black coffee with a smooth, rich stout base for a beer that makes for an exceptional cold day treat!

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh roasted coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice.
T: It tasted like strong and delicious coffee, with a little brown sugar and cream and licorice. It had a smooth and clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had an amazingly strong coffee sense, especially considering I sampled it 10 months after bottling. Great scent and taste, with acceptable body. Alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Is this imperial? Delicious either way, among the top coffee beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of papat444
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a dark brown body with a fair head but retention is average and there's no leftover foam; not much lacing either. Aroma is fresh roasted coffee beans. Flavor is a prolonged robust coffee with sugar and cream to a minimum. Flavor is raw but body doesn't quite match up. I wouldn't peg this as an imperial stout but rather a regular one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a black liquid, virtually opaque, with a dense creamy tan colored head.

S-the smell is quite nice, lots of roasted coffee, very refined nose, notes of milk chocolate and some roasted malts.

T-the flavors are huge, pretty much the same as the nose. the coffee seems a little more roasted or even slightly burnt. some creamy milk chocolate in there as well with a light coffee bitterness in the back.

M-smooth, creamy medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slick on the back of the throat.

D-pretty straight forward, lots of coffee, the taste seemed a little burnt but still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously coffee-like, bringing to mind a high-quality cup of joe. It pours a deep, rich, warm coffee brown that is nearly opaque and has a nice tan head. Rich coffee dominates the mouth-filling flavor as it does the aroma, and there is an undertone of unsweetened chocolate, so drinking this coffee is like more like drinking some cold quality mocha than drinking beer - and I love mocha. The smooth, lively, fizzy texture assures you that this is indeed beer, and a very good one at that. Recommended to all stout fans, especially if they love good coffee as well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish-black color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is balanced between coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The taste begins like the aroma, but quickly turns into a lingering coffee sharpness that has a bitterness that just doesn't agree with me. The mouthfeel is both creamy and highly carbonated which is an odd combination, but I like it. Overall, this beer has a lot of really good qualities, and I can certainly see how people could love it. I, however, must not like something with about the coffee they use. Anyway, I could drink this again without any complains.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a moderate tan head. Ok retention and really nice lace.

Nose is a terrific blend of coffee and liquid chocolate. Quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick.

Taste has a really nice fresh coffee flavor. The chocolate is not as sweet as it smelled at first. It is really smooth and the bitterness is not as bold as it could be. I like it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work ok with the strong coffee flavors.

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Photo of atone315
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, damn near black. Smell of coffe literally filled the room, probably helped that this beer was bottled only a week ago. Taste was stout first, coffe second. Good balance, the coffee is definitely present but not overpowering nor too bitter which can ruin a lot of coffee beers. As usual for CW's stouts, this one is a little thin...I would like a bit more body. This beer's one downfall. I love this beer, especially fresh. Will pickup every time it is released.

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Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 944 ratings.
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