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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 23
Gots: 43 | FT: 5
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vfgccp on 03-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Mikkeller Bar SF on 1/19/20. Pours black with minimal tan head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a stout. Flavor is coffee and hop bitterness, roasted malt and dry alcohol finish. Not a bad coffee/chocolate stout, but not nearly best in style.

Photo of JC333
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's like Bomb without the heat.

Coffee smell is there but comes through as a cheap coffee taste.

Aftertaste is a bitter stale taste that lingers. (Could that be the spaghetti?)

All that said its a mediocre coffee stout

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brownish-black brew, quite clear, topped with a small dark tan head. Poor retention, quickly disappearing to a bubbly rim around the edge.

Huge coffee stout aroma; coffee really dominates, riding atop roasted barley, chocolate, and a bit of sweetness.

Flavor follows, in stronger proportions. Tons of coffee floats atop a sweet, chocolatey malt base with some overripe fruit.

Slightly thin mouthfeel for the style, bit of back-end burn. Slick and oily, lovely balance, wet finish.

This is a coffee stout that could easily be up there with the stalwarts of the style, FBS and Peche Mortel. Definitely hits everything I want.

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a thin beige head that's gone pretty quickly.More of a deep Italian roast coffee in the nose,somewhat woody and earthy with a touch of chocolate sweetness.Flavors are much of the same heavy coffee roast with earthy tones,mild bitter chocolate with light sweetness in the finish.If you like artisinal roast coffee this is for you.

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle (thanks B&B).

Pours essentially black with a decent head and some lacing.

Te aroma has a strong note of used coffee grinds that overpowers everything else.

The flavor is better but stil unbalanced. The finish, howver is quite nice with dark malts mixing with expresso.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot like bomb without the chili. Must be the house yeast or something that gave it the same general aroma and taste. Good, but Bomb is still a bit better

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the tiny 12 oz bottle, this beast if an imperial stout pours black as sin with a thin brown head and very light lacing. Nise of black strong coffee, sweet crème Brule, dark bakers chocolate, and burnt roasted grains. Flavors smack you up side of the head with intense coffee and chocolate to all sides. A light sweetness to the sides and thick rich deeply roasted grain to the back. Light bittering aftertaste from the deeply roasted grains and tons of chocolate and coffee to please any imperial stout drinker.



Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -4%

- stout brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs, and spaghetti.

(3.75) A: A two inch dark bronze-tan head sits atop a flat black colored body. Lengthy retaining head leaves multiple layers of stratified rings down the vessel for lace.

(3.70) S: Finely grounded chocolate-coffee roast is fresh and powdery on the nose with just a hint of dark bakers chocolate, of moderate strength.

(3.85) T: Hearty flavor, dark chocolate roast, some dried milkiness factors in, dried vanilla bean with an earthy bitterness of unsweetened chocolate. Dark fruit with a lingering earthy dark bitterness comes on the swallow. Hints of charred barley and wood, as with burnt cake are final offerings.

(3.80) M: milky thick, bittering, low carbonation factor with a warming of chocolate roast glow.

(3.80) O: an imperial stout with a hearty dark roast and bittering factor, well balanced alcohol perception and thick body, though the spaghetti angle just may be a gimmicky marketing act with a catchy name, as it would be hard to honestly say that any spaghetti could actually be detected under this big roasty dark flavor. Other then that as a stand alone imperial stout very good 3.80 regards.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, jet black with spotty lace around the edges. Mocha foam at first settles to a thin skim after a few sips.

Big coffee aroma with a roasty charred malt bitterness underneath. Hint of smoke, hint of unsweetened bakers chocolate.

Taste is big on charred malt, hugely roasty to an impressive degree. Underlying dark roast coffee, silky and smooth with a long lasting chocolatey note. Very rich and well balanced, this is close to a masterpiece, in that respect.

I didn't know there was spaghetti in the brewing process until after the fact, and frankly don't care. This is an excellent stout, and the name is more of an homage to Ennio Morricone than anything literal.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Raul is on this one like a 5050 pop in the third grade. A hell of a surprise this one was...

Damn! This sucker is smooth all around like David Beckham taking a free kick. Then, along with that is a Luis Suarez bite that just tastes all right and well. Woo! Yes, Raul is feelin' this one hard.

So, like Claudia Cardinale in a corset: yes please!

Photo of Nicked
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A- initial poor leaves one finger of tan head, loose bubbles. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a touch of lacing. This beer is black as night with the barest ruby line tracing the glass.

S- dark roast coffee, deeply roasted malt, a little vanilla sweetness

T- this is a beer of big flavors. dark, roasty malt and cocoa. Rich coffee notes and a sweet vanilla finish. The after taste lingers for a brief time and drops off, leaving a pleasant coffee aftertaste. Absolutely delicious. So good I'm having trouble reviewing it without gushing.

M- initially thin, but widens as it warms. A little bit of carbonation, and it coats the mouth nicely.

O- phenomenal. Run, don't walk. This is a truly delicious beer, and a fantastic stout.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. pour on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey, unknown brewing/bottling date, drank over 30 minutes while kicking myself that I came 1 day late for the keg of KBS.

A: 3/3 - jet black, traps all light, initially frothy khaki head gives way to a subtle glass lacing, it's dark in here so the carbonation is difficult to evaluate, large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of cacao and coffee, roasted malts, spicy hops and alcohols

T: 17/20 - there is a dessert wine quality right on the front of the tongue that quickly gives way to a coffee and chocolate character; followed by a delicate roasted malt sweetness; finishes slightly sweet with a residual alcohol burn

M: 5/5 - medium body, creamy, perfect low-to-moderate carbonation; subtle alcohol fullness

O: 9/10 - I fucked up coming for KBS on tap but a Prairie stout is definitely a nice consolation prize; it's expensive at $13 for a full pour but worth the opportunity, especially considered how few kegs reached our shores...but where's the spaghetti?!?

TOTAL - 44/50

Photo of Jande82
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Awesome Imperial Stout. Could taste every bit of coffee and cocao imparted in the beer. Wonderful at any time of day.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and charred malts with slightly stronger aromas of freshly dark roasted coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and freshly dark roasted coffee (espresso/Italian) with a light amount of burnt + charred malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate/bitter chocolate and just a hint of earthy hops. Just the lightest hint of vanilla in the finish. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers well through the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is truly a wonderful coffee chocolate stout and a wonderful tribute to Ennio Morricone. The coffee flavors really stand out and would appeal to the coffee lovers out there. Delicious with well hidden alcohol.

Photo of Stacey-Rae
2.64/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer just didn't do it for me. An overall 'meh' taste. Flat.

Photo of themind
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good stout, a stout that kicks the $#@! out of most available stouts out there. This gun slinger clocks in at a hidden 8.7% with a roasted coffee and chocolate aroma and taste. I would buy this if I spotted it on a shelf. Just a well done beer that to me is underrated.

Bottom Line: This sketti beer is darn good!

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +1%

Serving: 12oz draft, served in a snifter @ Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

Before I got started, I was told by the bartender that there is spaghetti in this imperial chocolate coffee stout. Perplexed? I confirmed after the fact – sure enough, a quick search online for the label revealed that spaghetti IS an ingredient. That is a first (for me at least!) Makes sense I suppose – Prairie’s M.O. speaks to “eccentric” beers and Brewfist is an Italian brewery after all…

A: Inky presence; a small dollop of mocha-colored head rests atop the opaque body, but quickly recedes to a collar of fine bubbles ringing the surface.

S: The experience begins with deep espresso notes taking charge; an undercurrent of powdered cocoa surges forward next, alongside a molasses/dark sugar note, adding a touch of sweetness that helps cuts through the dark roast; burnt/earthy notes late on, but the espresso and cocoa notes dominate in that order.

T: Much like the nose, the first sip begins with bold, dark roast espresso beans mingling with dark chocolate/cocoa, forming a nice transition from bitter to bittersweet; a toffee-like sweetness from the malts peaks through the middle before the roasted notes return to the front, albeit a bit more tame for the second go-round, with a more pronounced nutty flavor; finish begins to dry, reminiscent of the lingering flavor you get from a sip of a medium roast iced coffee that has been cut with a splash of cream. I wonder if the spaghetti is coming through on the finish – perhaps the reason why the roasted notes transitioned to more nutty/earthy hints?

M: Pleasant body which is not overly thick but still maintains a nice substance – perhaps this is the working of the starch from the spaghetti? Carbonation is moderate and cuts through some of the slickness on the palate; the end result is that the beer feels lighter than your typical thick/chewy imperial stout, but still retains some heft.

O: The good news – this is a respectable imperial stout that hits the right notes, leading with the familiar strong espresso/coffee and chocolate overtones that one would expect, and it does so while masking its ABV quite well. The bad news – I’m not entirely sure if I’m sensing the impact of adding spaghetti as an ingredient… or is that a blessing in disguise? Either way, I’m glad I had the opportunity to try Spaghetti Western. A bit steep for a pint ($8.50), but all things considered, it was a good purchase as I imagine this will be the sole occasion I’ll find this one-off beer on tap.

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Deep, dark brown body with cola highlights. Dark khaki head with ok retnetion and lace.

S - Green pepper, sweet malt, chocolate covered blueberries, light white booze, and a touch of cilantro.

T - Lots of that chocolate covered blueberry from the nose. Malted milk balls, touch of chipotle, vanilla, and cocoa nibs. A little ashy through the finish.

M - Smooth but a little light. Medium frame.

O - Surprisingly fruity.

3.94 Spaghetti Western
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 10%
S - 4.00 4.50 4.25 4.25 20%
T - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 40%
M - 3.90 3.00 2.90 3.27 10%
O - 3.75 3.90 3.75 3.80 20%

p.s. was ticked as a 4.75 on tap, the day of the release.

Photo of Wobbly
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Deep black colors (literally like espresso). Small but lovely bloom, which evaporates quickly. Some lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate; toasted barley; vanilla.

T: Rich but not overpowering. Espresso-like flavors develop when not overly chilled.

M: Very smooth and drinkable (dangerous) but still a nice, full texture.

O: Solid coffee stout. Make sure not to serve it too cold (this goes for virtually every beer, especially in the U.S.), since some of the more nuanced flavors get blunted when excessively chilled.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good coffee stout. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the nose and taste were very good. Smells of bitter chocolate and cofee.

Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color. Lace.

Chocolate coffee and espresso. A nice roast. Silky smooth. For some reason I taste a chili pepper flavor. Some spices. Vanilla and caramel.

Solid stout. Very awesome offering and I am glad I tried it.

Reminds me a bit of Bomb.

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%

From 10/25/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to nugganooch for sending this my way, thanks Dane!

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident...looks great. Dark chocolate, cold coffee grinds, Folgers instant coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Light vanilla in the nose as well, adds to the complexity. Medium to full body and low carbonation, super smooth body.

Overall I thought this was very good. Awesome look and mouthfeel, and the nose was really nice with chocolate and vanilla. Wish the coffee smelt of a little higher quality, as it reminded me of Folgers instant coffee in the fridge and the coffee did not smell as good as some other coffee beers, but easy to drink and good. Worth checking out for sure, but not getting anything added to it from the spaghetti.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle from Gator Beverage here in Gainesville. Have had this sitting around longer than I had planned but should be OK. Pours dark dark brown to black with a small dark khaki brown head. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the aroma, roasted malt, maybe a bit of lactose sweetness or vanilla. Smells nice. Flavor is spicy earthy coffee galore, some sweet lactose and chocolate milk, burnt, very burnt...bitter dry finish. Medium bodied, very sweet, with a bittering finish that borders on unpleasant. This isn't bad, but it doesn't have the body to be an impy, seems a bit bitter to be a sweet stout (despite its sweetness), and the roasted coffee sort of tastes a bit burnt. Decent beer, but standards have gotten pretty high for this sort of thing.

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12o bottle.
Very dark. No real head or lacing. Unable to see carbonation but could taste it.
The Smell was the best part of this beer a nice chocolate coffee scent.
Tasted good not great. Quickly leaves the mouth with no real aftertaste.
Somewhat chewy and I think the taste would make a good dessert.
Not overly impressed with this when compared with other beers in this style.
Would gladly drink again but would not go out of my way to find it in a bottle shop.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark brown color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. While the head is nicely creamy, it doesn’t feature good retention. Small amounts of lacing are left on the glass, with tiny amounts of sediment near the bottom. (3.5)

Smell: The coffee here is moderate. It also seems rather stale and vegetal. Letting it open up will reveal touches of dark chocolate…and little else. No spaghetti, either, but that’s a gimmick addition that wasn’t going to add or detract from anything. What does detract is the lack of roasted notes beyond coffee. Ah well, nothing to stab someone over. (3)

Taste: Again with the stale, vegetal coffee. It ends up being the dominant note, unfortunately. There is a note of bitter dark chocolate, giving it a slight mocha vibe. Oat comes through very subtly, exposing the alcohol ever-so-slightly. The problem is that it still hits too many stale, minty, vegetal coffee notes for me to like this. And I’m still left wondering what role spaghetti is playing here. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not too thick or too thin. It’s also respectably dry finishing. After a while, though, it becomes somewhat tiring to drink. To be fair, it’s more because I don’t care for the general flavor profile than anything. Carbonation is rather light. (3)

Overall: Meh. I like coffee stouts a lot…just don’t give me pure stale coffee, and I’ll be very happy. Guess what this does? There are hints of a good beer here, but everything just seems out of balance. Sorry Brewfist/Prairie, this just doesn’t work. (2.5)

2.73/5: Hey, it’s good if you like stale coffee

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