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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our Coffee Stout is rich and smooth with just a hint coffee flavor. It is crafted using five different malted grains, which results in dark color and flavors of chocolate and heavily roasted malt. We then partnered with Des Moines based U.S. Roasterie to select a Mocha Java coffee to add depth and flavor to beer. We think it turned out great and hope you will agree!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! Pours a dark coffee brown with a small tan head. Straightforward aroma of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and burnt toast. Flavor of coffee, cream, milk sugar, and fudge. Medium-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a smooth, roasty mouthfeel. Very simple, and struck me as more of a coffee porter than coffee stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin tan head and a single lacing ring. Aroma: Caramel-flavored coffee, chocolate and molasses. Smells a little sweet. Taste: Starts off sweet with caramel, milk chocolate, molasses and light touches of coffee, but then becomes fairly bitter with espresso, dark chocolate, spicy English-style hops and a roasted bite. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. A little harsh, and not nearly as smooth as desired. Overall: This is a pretty full flavored Coffee Stout. However, the abrupt shift from sweet to very bitter is a little harsh and makes it hard to want to return to this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22oz bottle from John’s Grocery in Iowa City, IA. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is really nice with lots of fresh coffee and milky sweet chocolates. A touch of earthy peat and grain with a light roast. Flavor is similar. Lots of fresh coffee up front with plenty of milky chocolates to balance. A nice roast alongside the coffee with a light earth as well. Finishes dry with lots of coffee, roasts, and chocolate that leaves a medium, roasty and earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice coffee stout. Lots of fresh coffee and a solid sweetness from the milky chocolates to balance very nicely. Extremely easy drinking and a nice roasty earth giving this a solid bitterness. I really liked this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bomber courtesy of pepsican. Pours dark briwn with a rocky tan head. Smells of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, soy sauce, earthy. Tastes of roasted malt with some nice bitter coffee undertones and a semi sweet caramelly finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Outstanding roasted coffee flavor. Black.............. thank you Madhouse. This brewery seems like it might be a hidden gem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (725) - Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle pours black and opaque with thin but persistent tan head. Aroma coffee and roast. Taste dominated by coffee and roast, didn’t pick up much chocolate. Finish prolonged with roast. Alcohol not apparent. Mouthfeel on the thin side, really could benefit from a little more fullness. Overall decent coffee stout but wouldn’t seek it out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. A - Pitch black with an average sized, frothy, smooth, creamy, sandy beige head. Decent retention leaving a thin, creamy lace. S - Definitely dominated by roasted black coffee. Touches of roasted malt and chocolate but it plays second fiddle to the coffee. A faint smokey/peaty and earthy aroma. T - Like the nose suggested, the flavor is dominated by dark, roasted coffee. There is a slight coffee astringency, but not too much. Slight creamy and mocha flavors along with the normal coffee. Mid sip to finish there is more of the slight smokey/peaty flavor along with a slight tartness. Slight bittersweet chocholate toward the finish as well. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very slick and smooth. D - Goes down easy with a good body and nice taste. A little too much coffee to have me want it on a regular basis, but nice enough flavor. Notes: Tons of coffee flavor. Not bad flavor, although it is a little too unbalanced toward coffee. As I was really disappointed in the IPA, I wasn’t expecting much, but it ended up being a decent beer. Still could use some tweaking, but it seems like they learned a bit from the IPA. I liked it, but can’t see myself getting it regularly (both for the price and the unbalanced coffee).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wlajwl (3745) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2011
Very coffee dominated in the aroma and flavor, not much behind it. I’m not a fan of coffee, but this is decent as an Iowa brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2011
I had a sample of this a couple weeks ago and I thought it was pretty good, I figured I ought to pick up a bomber as I never took notes on it. One cool bit about this beer is that the coffee roaster is more or less in the back yard of a winery under the same ownership of the brewery, I would imagine the coffee here is as fresh as can be. Pours a pretty dark color, almost black with a tiny off white head that fizzes out quickly. The aroma is nice with chocolate, coffee and ash, there was some green apple up front but it faded pretty quickly. The flavor is lots of bitter and roasty notes with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate flavor. There is an odd flavor of under-ripe fruit throughout, and there is a really strong astringency in the finish that lingers for some time. The beer is a bit thin but certainly has a nice mouthfeel and is easy to drink in that regard. The beer is good, no great at first impressions but flaws show up as the pint gets down and the whole thing gets old after a bit. This is clearly the best beer that Madhouse has put out yet. Finishing a bomber of it was not wholly impossible, but it wasn’t the most pleasant thing in the world either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bomber. Perfectly black colored body with a light brown sugar colored head. The nose has lots of sweetened coffee. There is also a little bit of milk chocolate and a grainy note like field corn. The taste has light coffee roast along with some soybeans. There is a peanut finish along with a bit of milk chocolate. This one is decent. Good to see a special edition stout that isn’t a big alcohol beer.


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