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89
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 174
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 05-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-sweet upfront with notes of molasses,brown sugar,plums and herbs
-then strong coffee takes over with a slight tobacco note
-undercarbonated
-slightly boozy
-Finish is middling bitter with coffee,slight cocoa,alcohol notes

Pretty good coffee stout,couldve been a bit more complex (280 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coal-black body with a thick, foamy, tan head. Aroma exudes dark roasted grain and coffee beans. Rich, roasted grain flavor; mocha; cocoa; mild lactic acid sourness; slowly developing bitterness; ash. Heavy bodied; rich and chewy; nice combination of dryness and sweetness yet finishes mostly dry.

A very fine heavy stout that does a great job of balancing heavy, roasted malt sweetness with a bold and bitter coffee flavor. There is a lot of depth and complexity to explore with this one. (490 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, bubbly, light tan head that slowly settles out into a wispy surface coating. Aromas of coffee that your nose picks up on the pour, with rich chocolate highlights that accent the coffee's bitterness perfectly. Some cream highlights as well, but overall this is a roasted, bitter dominated nose. Flavors are bitter and roasted coffee forward, like chewing on coffee grounds, with a highlight of bittersweet cocoa nibs and hints of milk chocolate. There are highlights of sweet cream and earthy tones, both adding depth to the palate. The body is smooth and robust, but with a dry undertone. Bitter and heavily roasted coffee aftertaste, with a smooth, heavily lingering coffee character on an otherwise slick, dry, lingering finish. Really solid beer. (829 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-cola colored with a thin layer of tan head that disappears very quickly and leaves a ring around the top

S-dark chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt and coffee

T-similar to the smell, roasted malt with chocolate and cocoa, and dark coffee

M-medium body, a little chalky, light to moderate carbonation

Overall a very nice, powerful aroma with lots of chocolate and cocoa in the taste, glad to have tried it (411 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark, inky black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells super, strongly of spaghetti. Just kidding, it doesn't. There is a lot of coffee though, fairly strongly roasty smelling, with some chocolate as well.

The addition of spaghetti does absolutely nothing for this beer. Maybe it contributes to the body or something, maybe not. But beyond the flavor-less adjunct of the title of this beer, there's a lot going on here. There's some great roasty coffee flavor, the coffee definitely has a very dark Italian roast flavor to it. There's some bittersweet chocolate as well, along with a hefty portion of roasted malt.

This has a medium body, with a slick but creamy mouthfeel. This could be a bit thicker, but it's not detrimentally thin. The carbonation level is fairly low.

This is a really nice coffee stout. The spaghetti's a bit of a gimmick, but the beer itself is solid. (1,001 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Dark brown with the faintest of garnet at the edges and a decent sized frothy mocha head that slowly recedes. Huge coffee and chocolate on the nose as advertised, but hard to find much else there. The flavor is rich roasty malt with plenty of chocolate and coffee and maybe a hint of earth. Medium to thick body with a rich creamy velvety mouthfeel, and a light level of carbonation. There's not a whole lot of complexity here, but damn if this isn't just a fun sweet tasty beverage. (560 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

30ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Briefly looks like a typical stout, pouring dark, almost opaque black with a fleeting glimpse of dark tan head which diminishes to ... absolutely nothing bar some desultory foam round the edges of the glass. Looks a bit like cold coffee ...

Smell: Smells a bit like cold coffee too - cold coffee with added chocolate, cocoa powder and more than a hint of tobacco ash. Some might find the ashiness a bit offputting, but I rather like it - it provided a nice, dissonant counterpoint to all the coffee and chocolate. Overall, extremely earthy.

Taste: Again, coffee, chocolate and a slighty, chalky ashiness. By describing this as a coffee stout, Brewfist aren't mucking about. There are big, massive, nay, huge coffee flavours here which are more than offset by the dry earth and ash flavours.

Feel: Not surprisingly, it has quite a 'full' mouthfeel - it's like being hit in the face with a sack of coffee beans. Finish is long and fairly dry with a lovely balance between the coffee, chocolate and ash flavours.

Overall: As coffee stouts go, this one is an absolute killer - some might find the ash smells a little bit offputting but get past that and this is absolutely stellar. If this is at all typical of what can happen when Italian and American breweries collaborate then bring it on! (1,337 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very surprised to see people haven't liked this more,nits a real unique and tasty beer. Yet another Italian producer bursting on to the scene. The more the merrier for me. This is done with coffee (and a lot if it) and spaghetti. I can really taste and smell the coffee, black and earthy and big, no avidity, and clinging to the enormous body if this beer. I would guess some oats for sure, although maybe it's density comes from the starchy pasta. I don't taste pasta, but it feels like pasta water, loaded with starch, and I feel it plenty. The more it warms I can convince myself I taste pasta, but who knows fore sure. The coffee is amazing, caffeine rush for sure on this, lingering finish and a coated palate. One cool thing though is that it's so low in alcohol for the style, it's actually pretty drinkable. This would gain nothing from being stronger, so well done there. Have had zero other beer from brewfist, but now they have my attention just like all the other Italian producers. Surprised this didn't have a weird yeast profile with prairies involvement, but it's not missing a thing. Awesome beer! (1,114 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this once before about a year ago. Thanks to big Cheeks for the bottle.

A- Just about pitch black pour into my wine glass from the tall twelve ounce bottle. A light mocha foamy pillow crowns the beer before falling to a fairly small ring rather quickly. Plenty of legs but lacing is rare.

S- The coffee is the star here and it really reminds me of Bomb!'s coffee profile right away. It might not be the same type but could be the process; medium-dark roast earthy beans and BOLD. Cocoa nibs are actually quite big and charred barley rounds it out.

T- Cocoa and coffee delight. The coffee feels fresh even though this bottle is certainly not uber fresh; these brewers know how to use the beans apparently. Earthy dirty cocoa nibs, vanilla like sweetness, milk chocolate, espresso, slight charred and licorice notes.

MF- Perhaps my only real knock will come here and I remember this from my first time having it: the body is just a bit on the thin side for the bold, decadent flavor profile. Medium thick at most with high carbonation and only a slightly frothy texture.

Plentiful coffee and with time cocoa nibs dropping earth and roast decadence. The only pitfall is a body lacking much thickness and texture necessary to support that flavor profile. Definitely something I would have again but not an eye opener. (1,322 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if there is a difference between the Brewfist listing and the Prairie listing of this beer. My label says it was brewed and bottled by Brewfist in Italy so that's why I'm filing this one in the Brewfist listing. Bottle. Pours something near black. The head grew violently from the pour. It almost overflowed. It left full sheets of thick, brown lacing. Nose was initially odd. It literally smelled like green beans for a second. The next sniff brought much more conventional scents. Espresso beans and bitter cocoa. Almost smells like there are peppers in there. As I keep sniffing, that green bean/green pepper smell is still there. The flavor brings less of that vegetal flavor but it's still lightly present. Coffee bean and ground. Dark chocolate. Roast and some burnt malt. Unique flavor. Not in love with it though. Fuller bodied. Noticeably bitter. Certainly an interesting brew. Happy I only need to polish off a 12 oz. of this one. (949 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Pitch black pour with one finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is bold and unique. Huge, almost vegetal coffee bean aroma along with hints of cocoa, dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, and tobacco. The taste is big and rich with huge roasty coffee up front along with hints of cocoa, chocolate fudge, subtle soy sauce, oats, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly mouth-coating with a nicely balanced bittersweet finish. Overall, this was a unique and flavorful coffee beer that was hugely drinkable. Wishing I had picked up more. Recommended! (677 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that bears little retention time before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Very nice dark roast coffee aroma that's quite sweet. Moderate booze fume.

T- Deep, rich dark chocolate tones with the coffee amplifying the bitterness of the roast. Quite drinkable for the ABV.

M- Silky smooth with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A very enjoyable coffee stout. Recommended for those who like their coffee black since the sweetness is minimal on this one. I'll have to look for more offerings from Brewfist. (779 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown, but slightly translucent. A small-medium head with a little lacing that quickly drips back into the beer.

Smell – A surprisingly strong smell of chocolate, malt, and chili pepper with mint. Some coffee as well. It’s pretty nice.

Taste – Chocolate, malt, and I get a hint of mint (am I the only one that notices this?) Taste isn’t as strong as the smell.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, a little watery for an imperial stout. Could use a bit more alcohol for my taste. Some bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – A decent beer that went down easy. (607 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours really dark brown, a click away from black, with a small mocha head that will quickly turn to a thin lace.
The coffee smell is really something special. Really rich freshly grounded roasted coffee bean, wow, just like walking into a small coffee shop. Cocoa powdered dark chocolates, cigar, hints of black pepper, burnt cake, faint wood and some earthy hop. A bit of dark fruit, but really really faint.
Coffee owns the taste too. Rich black coffee, really strong, like a ristretto, lacking the extra Arabica coffee acidity and in its place getting a nice chocolate sweetness (hint of cream in there too). A really light dark fruit zing, something like dark cherries. Nice licorice tho, hint of cinnamon. Roasted malts don't take over, but accompany the coffee in a nice bitter finish. Hop has little space to show up, but there's some unexpected prickly pepper/chilli here too, tho it's not stated on the label. Fits really well.
Aftertaste is obvious, but rich, nice coffee, some dark chocolate, some burnt malt, dusty and powdery, coating all the palate. Body is light to medium, almost smooth if not for that bit of prickle.
Not sure they really added spaghetti in this one or it's just a joke from the brewers. Still, they added coffee and cocoa nibs, and they did really really good with that. Did not expect this surprise. (1,335 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled from my "cellar" which is actually my garage fridge which holds the aged beers. This beer's number was up tonight. Poured from the 12oz bottle onto a snifter. Jet black beer with very little head and almost no lacing. Super smooth mouthfeel and very dominant coffee flavoring. Excellent coffee taste. Worth a try if you see one, pick it up. (347 characters)

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of alcohol, toffee, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation. There is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hops, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. The toffee flavors dominate the finish. (523 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated October 9, 2014.

A-The pour is not terribly exciting. I get a short, medium-brown head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer is very dark, but a bit of light gets in around the edges of the glass. Pretty ho-hum.

S-The smell is intense with chocolate aromas. It is mostly dark, baker's chocolate, but there is a touch of cream that softens the edge a bit. I also smell some brewed coffee, hints of coffee grinds, and a mild bitterness. I liked it.

T-The taste is less intense, but still very heavy on the chocolate. The coffee flavor and bitterness is there, too, but the malts are sweeter and more earthy than pure chocolatey. There is some dark, overripe fruit flavor, too. The finish is somewhat odd and medicinal. I'm not sure if that is the hops or what, but it is different than the rest of the beer.

M-The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Almost too chewy, in fact. Carbonation is lower than average.

O-This is good chocolate stout. I would not go hunting for this beer because there are a lot of good chocolate stouts out there, but I am glad to have tasted it and I would drink it again. It would work well as a dessert beer and for those that light chewy, thick beers, this one is for you. (1,275 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly over fairly low levels of visible carbonation.

S: A huge hit of black coffee up front. A touch of cacao, some tobacco, and maybe some hop bitter aroma, but even that could be the dark-roasted malt bitterness.

T: Coffee dominates here as well. Also tobacco, dark roasted malts, as well as some hop and roasted malt bitterness near the end. Some bitter baker's chocolate flavor going on, but there isn't a lot of chocolate or any other sweet flavors here - pretty bitter overall, but not unpleasant. A touch of green pepper flavor develops as it warms.

M: Medium body - lighter than the appearance suggested. The alcohol is well-hidden, and carbonation sensation is on the low side.

O: This was coffee-dominated. In-your-face coffee. But not unpleasantly so. Much less chocolate flavors than I expected. It's not complex or anything, and there's nothing I got to suggest spaghetti. But I enjoyed it. (1,068 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +4%

I had this at Borefts 2014. I remember this as a great Imperial Stout that was remarkably drinkable due to its rather light body and smooth but plentiful carbonation. The nose delivered some coffe malt and some fruity esters that I identified as pomegranate and water melon after a while. The taste buds suggested the malt more leaning towards chocolate rather than coffee. Finally, the warming alcohol rounded out an overall very satisfying experience. (453 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

I am not sure what to think of this beer. Got this one from an Italian beerfriend a few weeks ago and i drank it last night with my cousin Peter whi is also into beer. Pouerd in my Struise glass the beer looks like real stout and it tastes like a coffee stout. The only problem i really had with this beer was the smell. It smells like grinded cartyres.... For the rest drinkable but certainly not spectacular... (413 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev -1%

A-jet black with a small tan head that leave some lacing
S- a mocha coffee, chocolate, and roasted aroma, with a hint of pepper
T-chocolate ,and coffee with a dash of peppers and a hop bitterness in the aftertaste
M-sticky, full body and low carbonation
O-this was a very drinkable, not overpowering, everything is very balanced (329 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Loght to moderate aromas of chili peppers are present in the nose along with notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and coffee beans along with notes of chili peppers towards the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure where this name cones from, but it seems like a very balanced hybrid between a chili beer and a stout. (638 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours black with reddish edges under a half-inch thich mocha head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Roast, mild chili pepper (maybe from the spaghetti?) spices, roast coffee and chocolate.

T: Deeply roasted, chocolate, earthy coffee, spices like oregano perhaps from the spaghetti addition.

M: Semi-full body and semi-medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, roasty coffee with a bitter finish.

O: Enjoyable. Glad to find a bottle. (466 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice cocoa and earth qualities all around. (596 characters)

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this one and couldn't have been happier with the recommendation I got.
Pours a coffee black with a tan head. It's really got a great nose: roasted coffee beans and wonderful cocoa notes.
The chocolatey flavors hit you first, quickly followed by coffee notes. It's got a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. It finishes with a bitter kick that's somewhere between bitter black coffee and hops. I really love the balance of this one between smooth chocolatey malt and bitter black coffee.
I would highly recommend this one. (535 characters)

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