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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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 smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter at Churchkey.

Thin tan brown threecollar millimeter collar, leopard lacing and spotty character. A simple classic dark brown walnut body, with real nice ruby red edges.

Ripping nose on this sucker. Lots of fresh roasting coffee bean, right to the grind. A bit of large dark powdered cocoa. A clean charring roast feeling slightly giving hints of dark mild style. Really impressive.

Palate is full of roast coffee. Slightly hinting at chocolate but quite burried as the coffee overwhelms and dominates. Light impressive mild and light porter sensing body. Feels and comes off like a session beer. Has some residual root beer and cola sweetness.

A real interesting take on an imperial stout with a powerful impressive bouquet. Solid brew.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine half finger head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of lightly toasted dark malt, quality coffee and chocolate. Flavor follows with rich toasted malt with a hint of char, some suggestions of oats, good coffee and chocolate. This out a bit in the middle, bringing the brighter earthy coffee flavors to the fore, but finishes with lingering dark semi-sweet malt, coffee and some light hop bitterness. Excellent creamy body, suggesting an outmeal stout. A quite well made coffee stout with a good malt body, quality coffee flavors that are well integrated and hints of chocolate and hops. Enjoyable. Doubt if I'll ever see this again, but I'll buy if I do.

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of dutesanch
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cultures collide with a robust stout flavor that takes on the subtle starchiness of Italian cuisine but with the spice and bite that's uniquely the American West. It true Prairie form, the ale is robust and masculine, however the dark ale definately has a side of finesse as well.

As the high roast of espresso and cocoa tease the nose, the palate opens with a soothing sweetness. Caramel, toffee and molasses- of course of the burnt variety play out with a silky smooth initial taste with a playful starchy backdrop that's somewhat milkshake like.

With the sweetness fading in the middle, the roasted character rises to give even more earthy, campfire and chicory tones to the coffee flavor. Bitter chocolates merge with a spicy chipotle flavor just before its malty body falls out underneath the roast.

Quickly drying in finish, the beer's malt structure dissolves and allows the taste and texture of ash to gain prominence. This all before a medium-full and somewhat thinned texture highlights capsacin heat and espresso bitterness in finish.

Spaghetti Western is a full, dark and deceptive stout that simmers in the glass like espresso, lacing the glass with its creme-like foam. Its finesse body mirrors that of fine Italian coffees with surprising assertion.

Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating. This is my 3rd or 4th time having the ol' spaghetti stout.

Appearance - Black pour into a snifter, a finger or so of tan head forms. A thick ring, spotty cap, and bits of lace remain.

Smell - Pretty classy coffee scent, leaning towards the sweeter/sugar & cream side of things rather than roasty. Cocoa, nutty pastries, caramel, and some earthy tones also come to mind. Kind of a coffee-injected milk stout feel going on.

Taste - Nice coffee flavor at the forefront again, though after the initial sip it comes off as a little bottom-of-the-pot astringent and boozy. Some caramel and cocoa there but lacking compared to the scent. Getting some earthy and grassy hops. Sadly(?) no spaghetti, I saw some other reviewers get a kind of pepper/veggie vibe - eh, kinda, but probably wouldn't have caught it otherwise.

Mouthfeel - A little on the watery side with medium carbonation. Kinda boozy.

Overall - The scent is really promising but the rest is a bit of a letdown in comparison. Still, definitely some quality coffee flavor there, seems like with some tweaking this could be pretty great.

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of interzen
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of Brabander
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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...

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really quite coffee infused.... Not too bitter either with nice chocolate overtones.
Looks a bit flat but solid otherwise.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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