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Coffeehouse Stout - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Coffeehouse StoutCoffeehouse Stout

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very good

168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 471
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 55
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 03-28-2009

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 471
Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Extremely hard pour results in nearly no head (1/4 finger at best). Dark tan frothy head that dissipates very slowly but leaves only an extremely thin lacing once dissipated. Light to moderate carbonation based on bubbles clinging to sides of glass. Pitch black beer with only the slightest hint of mahogany at the base of the glass. 3.75/5

S - Dark roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate on the nose. Milk chocolate with almost a coconut note follows the dark chocolate note. Nice strong note of vanilla as well pairs with the coffee and chocolate nicely. Note of whole milk/lactate rounds out the aroma. 4.25/5

T - Deep dark chocolate and very dark malt up front along with a rich roasted coffee bean which is quickly followed by lactate and then even more coffee. The coffee expressed in this beer is not necessarily espresso strength coffee. It reminds me more of a medium to dark roast coffee from a local coffee shop than anything. Bitter finish but not overly so and bitterness does not linger for long. Bitterness is much more coffee based that hop based. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied from the chocolatiness and malt but somewhat light at the same time due to the coffee. Finishes dry but does not linger. Carbonation burn representative of a moderate carbonation is present (this actually brings out more of the coffee flavor in the beer). Lactate provides a creaminess to the beer a well. 4/5

O - Excellent coffee stout offering here. The dryness and the full bodied feel of a stout is retained while adding in a nice medium to dark roast coffee which actually slightly lightens the beer which could otherwise be very heavy. Nice duality between creamy and carbonated due to the lactate. 4/5

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOD 1/16/15. Pours pitch black. Below average head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of coffee, chocolate and roast over a malt background of biscuit and caramel.

Medium body with a smooth texture and a bit of oily slickness. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate. As the middle approaches, a balancing sweetness arrives that is biscuit and caramel. The middle brings a light bitterness with a bit of roast. The prickly finish is a slow fade of the aforementioned flavors and demonstrates the malt aspects. This one has a smooth flavor profile and avoids the harshness of some stouts

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Food Lion in Williamsburg Saturday for $9.99. Bottled on 1-15-15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head.

Nose is coffee and sweet malt.

Taste is a sweet malt backbone infused with a nice dose of cold pressed coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

Overall a very nice seasonal that I am glad to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of upton7418
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with small dark tan head that quickly dissipates that leaves a little lacing.

S: coffee and chocolate

T: Coffee and chocolate with a slight hint of the roasted malts. the taste is good and the coffee flavor is stronger than i expected from this.

M: Thin...not sure what i was expecting but it was a little thicker than this in the mouthfeel. I'm not going to complain with 5.4 ABV

O: I know there is not a difference really in a stout and a porter but if I were to define it I'd say this would be a porter more than a stout. I think the thin mouthfeel would classify it as such for me and with a stout it'd be thicker...overall it's a good beer especially if your looking for a coffee stout. i'm not disappointed and have really wanted to try this but there are better representations of this style on the market. Alewerks does produce some really good beer and I would pick those over this in their line-up.

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Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark black in the glass, and a small dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich coffee, and dark chocolate. Slight oak and a touch of licorice.

T: Coffee and chocolate, although there is a slight sharp flavor in the finish. Not nearly as rich as I would have wanted, but there the coffee notes are nice.

M: Medium, but the carbonation is a little high making it feel a lot lighter. In general I with the mouthfeel was creamer, or more smooth.

O: Overall a pretty good beer, but I don't think that is has the chew or richness I really want in the style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. There’s a touch of creamy lactose as well, but the aromas are mainly malt and coffee.

Taste: Very nice!! Tons of roasted malt up front, followed immediately by massive coffee flavor (but thankfully without that horrible coffee-like bitterness). I also get some lactose, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very, very creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer!! It has great flavors of malt and coffee, nicely balanced with some good sweetness. Very nice!

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Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is nice with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is slightly milder than I anticipated, with tastes of lightly roasted coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery which I have found a lot in milk stouts. Overall, a nicely flavored beer with the good creaminess and mouthful of a milk stout..

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee with light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate and fudge.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate and a touch of milk chocolate with only minimal amounts of sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Very easy to drink and it has a low enough ABV to be just about sessionable. I really enjoy coffee beers and this one did not disappoint. Definitely glad that I found it and got the opportunity to try it - and will gladly get it again in the future.

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Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a 1 finger tan head that recedes quickly leaving light lacing.

Aroma of rich dark roast coffee and toasted malt with light milk chocolat.

Tastes of ightly sweetened coffee with a bit of milk and vanilla. A little smoky and a decent bitterness of burnt malt.

Medium in body. Milky except for the light prickle of carbonation.

Pretty decent brew. Full flavored and easy drinking.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate aromas emanate from the glass. There's also an earthy must that's hard to identify.

T- The coffee comes through nicely at first but then is abruptly swept aside by metallic and burnt flavors. Not nearly as tasty as the nose would imply.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A bit disappointed since the aroma and feel are both there but the flavor just does not deliver. I'm actually starting to believe that the house yeast might be at fault here since I've had similar experiences with other beers of theirs.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with notes of black.

The smell has a strong coffee smell with a slight milk chocolate smell as well. The smell also a slightly roasted smell to it as well but acts to balance out the milk smell.

The taste is a little bit different from the smell. The beer taste has the same notes as the smell but in different strength. The coffee notes are a bit weaker and there are greater roasted notes that come out and there also is an overall milk chocolate taste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth to the point where it is almost creamy and biting carbonation. The beer is heavy bodied.

Overall, a great cream stout and one I enjoy having every year. The notes really feeel and taste like a nice cup of coffee.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. You bought the milk stout... yes I did... but hey it's Alewerks.. and if they make Cafe Royale.. say no more.

This is easily one of the darkest milk stouts I've seen. Thick black walnut color out of the bottle matching to fill the body. A simple off creamy to foamy head, manages three finger tall and settles to a flat puck of two fingers with ease. A nice capped looking stout.

Bouquet on this is solid, just not amazing. Simple light roasted malts, hints of small chocolate and charing. Strangely not much sense of coffee, but a good milky bent that hints to style. It's actually a nice subtle and pleasant aroma. It's also not overly sweet.

Palate comes nicely. Slightly light and with a bit of prickly carbonation, but the mouthfeel doesn't distract the palate too much. Light hints of milk and hinting to bitter roast and chocolate angles. Kind of waffery and very light. Real easy drinking mouthfeel and slight milk but not creamy thickness which is alright.

It's a good milk stout in my realm, a style I am not usually a fan of. But it's not overly sweet, has a good waffery light cookie quality, and chocolate hints. Strangely though of all the things it should hint at, coffee isn't one of them. But I don't care, it drinks well either way.

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Photo of dtivp
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a half of a finger dense dark tan head that fades qucikly into a thin ring with very little lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt and dark coffee.

Taste starts with a roasty malt and some smoke, followed by sweet chocolate that over takes the hints of coffee.

Mouth Feel is medium body, very little carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel that leaves a sweet after taste. As the beer comes to room temperature it becomes sweeter.

Overall this is a good beer, I was expecting as much sweetness since it was labeled as a coffee stout. It is classified correctly as a milk sweet stout, I believe it would be a much better beer with a touch more coffee.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark mocha tan head on top of pitch black oblivion. The head doesn't stick around long and leaves no trace of any lacing.

S- a milky cream roast espresso with a sugary chocolate undertone. Vanilla hints and then more coffee.

T- coffee and cream up front with a syrupy cola like finish. The roast and the vanilla come through deep into the finish of the beer.

M- Feels like it tries to foam up to a medium bodied beer but it still is a bit thin. Really not a ton going on here.

O- The smell on this one was deep and complex. The flavor seemed to linger on for a really long time. I could drink this one again, but I wouldn't rank it as outstanding. Just a good solid above average beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a very thin tan colored head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- nice balance of day old coffee and chocolate, slightly smoky and roasty, rounded out with a lactose sweetness

T- chocolaty roasted malt up front with a hint of smoke, the coffee kicks in mid-palate with some herbal & earthy flavors and continues into the finish, eventually meshing with a milky lactose sweetness, more coffee on the linger

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth, sweet finish

O- you don't see a lot of coffee flavored milk stouts, but I think that this one worked well. The sweetness of the milk stout mixes nicely wight he bitterness of the coffee

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/23/2014. Thanks Matt for extra'ing me this treat. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 2/23/2014.

App- Pours a viscous, thick dark black body, one finger mocha head that retains quite well, fading eventually into a thin collar. Not much leg or lacing though.

Smell- Needs to warm up a bit, but I get a strong freshly ground and french pressed coffee flavour. But not much else from the base even as it warms up more. Perhaps a hint of baker's chocolate.

Flavour- Better than it smells. Freshly roasted cold pressed coffee. Milk chocolate sweetness. Lactose. Black coffee bitterness on the backend. Nicely balanced coffee stout.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, not too watery but is certainly a bit thinner bodied than I'd like. Good carbonation, coffee-forward aftertaste, no indication of ABV at all. Nicely drinkable, slick and sweet finish.

Overall- Very nice coffee milk stout that brings a nice sweetness on the backend. Nice VA local beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head. Smells of coffee and more coffee, and slight raisin. Tastes of coffee with slight fruit taste, such as grapes. Beer is a tad over carbonated but light bodied and finishes well. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle as an awesome extra in trade. Thanks! First Virginia rate pours black with a small light brown or off white head. Huge coffee aroma just like a cup o' joe, some lactose like sweetness, a little cocoa, roasted malts. Mmmm. Flavor is very espresso forward, some lactose sweetness to balance out the super earthy bitter coffee, light chocolate and roast. This is sweet but nicely integrated with the earthy espresso. Loving the coffee and lactose sugar combo. Medium mouthfeel on the thinner side (not a knock, as this isn't an impy--plus I burned the shit out of my mouth today so it may be the carbonation on the burns that make it feel thinner as it is super smooth and rich on my lips and given the low ABV this has a nice body going on) with a nice velvety mouthfeel. There is some nice prickly carbonation on this.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour - nearly black - with a mid-sized, creamy, taupe head. Excellent mocha aroma with a generous measure of vanilla. Medium-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a sweet medley of coffee, chocolate crème and vanilla. Bittersweet mocha finish. It is a little thin but a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/25. Consumed on 12/5. Antigua coffee batch.

A - Simply black. Completely opaque. Can't see any carbonation or any hints of other colors when held up to a light. Cinnamon cocoa colored head. Light lacing.

S - Strong coffee with a slight chocolate and vanilla hint.

T - Roasted coffee, cola, vanilla, and a milky sweetness. Cannot taste any alcohol. Flavor is nice, but not very intense.

M - Best part of beer. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Makes an exquisite foamy texture in mouth. Smooth and creamy and too easy to drink. Slightly sticky.

O - Despite somewhat lower scores, I see this beer as a session beer. Relatively low ABV for style and easy to drink. I could happily go through several of these in an evening.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored head.
Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Some cream and roasted malt chime in as well. In the taste, coffee bean and vanilla cream. Mild leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Mostly like a good iced coffee, getting some mocha from this. Medium bodied feel, medium carbonation with waning retention. Overall, this is an enjoyable coffee beer I will have again.

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Photo of ZenPanda69
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed the flavor. One try and I was hooked. During a one week visit I Enjoyed two samples and two pints. As I only drink on occasion this is my limit. Wanted to take a growler home and would have if I wasn't traveling so far. I will definitely be looking for a way to get more.

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Photo of Ian_Petit
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Like fresh brewed coffee, black and opaque, subtle light tan head 1/2 inch or so
S-Coffee bean, slightly burnt, bitter, bread, light banana taste, espresso
T-Medium to high roasted coffee, slightly bitter, low alcohol warmth, lingering taste
M-Medium mouth feel, would have liked a slightly more dense mouth feel
Overall- I would give it a B-, Pretty good overall beer, the only deficiencies I felt were the mouth feel and I would have liked to have had a little more head retention. Very Drinkable

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- brewed with guatemala antigua coffee. batch 1/15/13. consumed 5/29/13.

A: Dark hersey chocolate pour shows a 2 inch dark walnut colored head that was creamy and loose. Small speckled lace.

S: Rich cocoa at first, quickly followed by a fresh roasty nature and some dark fruit skin there after. Good level of awareness.

T: Flavor is dark fruit first, followed by the chocolate and finally a roasty finale. Roasty bitterness, milky creamer, smooth.

M:, silky, rich fresh roasty coffee with a silky smooth texture and mouthful.

O: silky texture makes this so easy going down with a roasty freshness makes this a must try.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery. This is a little different - a coffee stout that tastes like actual coffee - not roasted espresso aromas, but the bitter, eye opening drip coffee taste. It makes for a nice change of pace from big, high abv stouts, and there is a decent amount of residual sweetness to balance out the bitter. Dark (surprise!) coffee color, light lacing. High points for originality but not necessarily a world-changer.

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Coffeehouse Stout from AleWerks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.