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Brewfist / Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western - Brewfist

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 204
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
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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 SerialTicker
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$6.99 single bottle. Everyone seemed to be going off about how phenomenal this was, so I bought myself a bottle... nearly two, but stuck to one.

Appearance: Hard pour into the glass did almost nothing for a head -- a hazy, deep brown color that approaches black. No lacing. Looks alright.

Smell: Just like a plate of spaghetti! ... Not really. Smells like a definite coffee stout, per the label. Coffee all over the place with bits of coffee. Now, the spaghetti on the ingredient list is even after the yeast, so really, I'm certain this is 100% because I'm imagining it, but I feel like I smell just-cooked pasta noodles in there somewhere. I'm certain I wouldn't pick it up in a blind tasting, but I'm pretty sure I'm imagining it there right now. This just has black coffee all over it with some dark chocolate. Very nice, even if not unique.

Taste/feel: Excellent. I'm surprised this beer's rated as "low" as it is -- maybe it's the price? If so, I can understand that. The flavor is great with awesome balance. Lots of coffee, but not ALL coffee like some stouts I've had. Definite roasted malt flavors with rich chocolate. Not at all sweet, yet not very bitter -- the balance is the most impressive thing about Spaghetti Western. As for spaghetti... again, I'm pretty damn positive it's my imagination (the spaghetti for all I know may be a complete joke, it probably isn't even in the beer), but I can imagine a pasta vibe in there. The feel is also awesome on this beer: infinitely drinkable, even at nearly 9%. Moderate or so in body with a nice little silkiness and subtle but effective carbonation.

Awesome beer, I really enjoy it. Do I enjoy it enough to pick it up over something like Founders Breakfast Stout, which is half the price? Nope, but I enjoy the label and idea behind this beer. Too often coffee stouts drink just like black coffee... and honestly, I'm okay with that a lot of the time, but in this case, I really appreciate that it tastes stout-like. Too expensive and not quite unique enough for me to want to purchase again (not like I'd have the chance anyway), but it's a very well crafted beer with fantastic balance, and one that I actually think is a little underrated at 89 overall currently. If you see it, definitely try yourself a bottle.

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Photo of justinp444
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it has a beige head of 2 inches and a black body. Smell of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, earth, vanilla, and slight spice. Taste is chocolate, lots of coffee, some roasted malt, herbal, slight vanilla, and earth. Mouth feel is full and creamy with a thick viscous body and fine but slightly crisp carbonation. A decent beer, the spaghetti definitely helped the mouth feel and overall it is a well made stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/char earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light licorice/raisin, light smoke char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial coffee stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Irreale in Madrid.

Beautiful dark brown, with a foamy head, and lacing that lasts.

This beer has a deep rich roasty flavor, with plenty of coffee. It's full flavored and full bodied. There's just a small bit of sweetness. The flavor is so rich, I had to double check to make sure that it wasn't barrel aged.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire. WI

Spaghetti Western is black and menacing. It swallows light and the foam takes its sweet time forming in a dark swirl of mocha. The foam eventually reaches a finger in height, as I pour from high, with a creamy head and sticky lace. Drink lines are left after each gulp that look like they will have to be scraped off. Looks as a big stout should look.

The nose is full on cocoa nibs. It takes on some of that dusty, powdery bittersweet cocoa aroma that I rather like. A moderately roasted coffee comes close to the intensity of the cocoa and a moderately + roasted barley falls just short of that. There's a touch of that dark berry quality found in so many big stouts but it's mild and ghost-like. Smells damn good.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely. It's packed to the gills with that powdery, bittersweet cocoa characteristic that I mentioned above. The coffee joins the cocoa mid-palate with a moderate roast and a touch of acidity. The malt roast is higher than the coffee roast and it leaves a touch of bitterness in its wake. All these things come together to create a delicious beer.

I like the alcohol and I like the body on this beer. 8.7% is about as big as I want to drink these days. I feel like a lot of beer over that is too sweet for my liking. With that said the body sits squarely in between medium and full, which makes this one easier to put away. The cocoa and roast leave behind some bitterness and there is a nice dryness on the finish.

This is an all around well made beer. It's roasty, slightly acidic, and softly bitter from a couple different angles. No sweetness lingers and it's dangerously easy to put away. I'd probably pick this up again in the future...If Peche Mortel wasn't available.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. My first beer from Brewfist Italian Ales, a collaboration with Prairie, and I think also my first beer from Italy altogether. "Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs, and spaghetti". Two entries for this beer, but my bottle says it was brewed by Brewfist Italian Ales in Codogno, Italy, so my review is going here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a thick and opaque inkish black body with less than a finger of bubbly chocolate-mocha head. Leaves some fine spotty lacing left behind. Looks excellent.

S - Big aromas of silky cocoa, milk chocolate, dark coffee bean roast, and some mild alcohol fumes. Brewed coffee aromas become distinct and I smell it. Slightly woodsy, but all around very dark & malty.

T - Burnt dark malts & char seem to pervade over any real coffee flavors or cocoa. Both are also distinct in their own right, but the dark roasty char dominates. No notes of pasta, wheat, grain, or spaghetti is noticeable in any form.

M - Smooth, creamy, & roasty. Medium-full with low lying carb.

Overall, an interesting first offering from these guys, but not something I'd be dying to try again.

Brewfist / Prairie Spaghetti Western -----4/5.

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Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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
-slightly boozy
-Finish is middling bitter with coffee,slight cocoa,alcohol notes

Pretty good coffee stout,couldve been a bit more complex

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Photo of beergoot
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of interzen
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Brewfist / Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western from Brewfist
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.