Williamsburg alewerks cafe royal – “This is our Coffeehouse Stout amped up to 8% abv and aged for a couple of months in Virginia Gentleman Reserve Bourbon Barrels. Another unique AleWerks beer which blends the rich, coffee-milk stout flavors with those of vanilla and bourbon.”
While on a recent trip to Williamsburg, I had an opportunity to try a glass of WAW’s Cafe Royale, which I believe I took photos of in the bourbon barrels on our visit to the brewery several months ago. Here are the notes I took on my iPad.
Eyes – as dark as you can get. Given the darker room, there were no lights I could fine to penetrate the blackness of the stout. Almost nonexistent ring of bronze foam on top at the edge of a snifter
Nose – very faint malt nose. Dutch coacoa? Maybe served a little cold for aroma?
Mouth – dark and sparkly. Good effervescence for a stout. Not too sharp from the alcohol. Definitely taste the earthiness of the barrel. A bit slick on the tongue in that the mouth fades quickly.
Tongue – smoky and malty. Only a very faint hint of bourbon over the coffee and milk sugar. Flavor crawls up the nose somewhat due to the higher alcohol content
Overall – compared to the coffee house stout from WAW, this is smoother and more mature. Seems more like a port or something on that level. Definitely a good winter warmer.