Williamsburg Alewerks Coffeehouse Stout
A recent beer trade with Billy Broas brought Williamsburg Alewerks Coffeehouse Stout to my doorstep. Having never heard of this beer or brewery, I’m particularly fond of Coffee Stouts, I’m excited to try this beer. Disclaimer: I’ve been working on my taxes for the last 15 hours and I’m pretty fried, so my poor grammar and spelling will probably be worse tonight. Then it again it may make it better… Anyway, for me what makes a great coffee stout is a beer that is not overly acidic but has a strong coffee flavor and aroma.
Here is how Alewerks describes their Coffeehouse Stout:
This ain’t no Folgers! Our Winter seasonal has a nice coffee aroma and the flavor of cold Guatamala Antigua coffee with “a little “cream and sugar added. Delicious!
Style: Milk Stout
Bottle Size: 12oz Capped Bottle
Availability: Winter Seasonal
Dark through and through, black even when held up to the light. Although there is very little head on this beer even with a hard pour down the middle of my goblet, all I’m left with is a thin collar.
Aroma is what it should be, rich roasted coffee, roasted grains, and chocolate. Not much more then that, but really should a coffee stout be more?
Lets hope the flavor is as nice as the aroma. Lets just say I like my coffee black and strong. For me the lactose addition in this beer makes it a bit sweet for my palette. But, if you like your coffee with cream and sugar, this would probably be appealing. Other then the lactose, there is a good strong coffee flavor that isn’t acidic and a nice roasted character to the beer. Good mouthfeel and not much bitterness.
Glassware: Goblet, Nonic
Calories: With a sweet stout error on the high side, 5.4% abv beer would have about 180-200 calories per 12 oz (Calorie Chart)
I’m convinced I just can’t appreciate lactose in beer, I have yet to find a beer with lactose in it that I really like. The coffee was great in this beer, but if you like your coffee “regular” or “Light & Sweet” this could be the Coffee Stout for you.
Am I nuts? What do you think?