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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #536
Ranked #1,807
4.21 | pDev: 6.18%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Share This: Coffee is an imperial stout with freshly-roasted coffee sourced by Mostra Coffee from the Philippines. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar, in turn, helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time.
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Photo of elNopalero
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells surprisingly smokey with a French roast aroma. Flavor reflects the aroma, with an incredibly smooth stout body. Incredible beer.

And yes, I did share the bottle!

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

Bottled 4/22/16; drank 6/15/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; strong lace.

Medium roast coffee bean, vanilla & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Medium roast coffee bean, soft vanilla & mild milk chocolate flavors up front; dry booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

A touch too muted for the style but pleasant; good, not great.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Stamped bottled on date is '05/03/16'. Mostra coffee.
Very dark brown colored body with medium brown back lit edge. Two fingers of light tan head, sticks around as a thick cap. Leaves behind an interrupted wall of lacing.
Aroma still expresses lots of coffee, with roasted dark malts. Hints of chocolate and alcohol vapors.
Taste is led by the coffee, and joined by the dark roasted malts. The malts stay in the chocolate arena. There is no dark fruit or vanilla. This beer stays the course with a solid stout heavily accented by the coffee.
Thicker mouth feel, with some mouth coating. Good carbonation. Expresses dry in the end.
This is a stout that allows the coffee to express strongly, but there is little else to detract from this main focus. There is very little bitterness, as the coffee is smooth and a little sweet.

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very coffee forward stout, if you like that style. It almost reminds me of an iced coffee with a slightly less coffee bitterness/harshness. Of course at 11.9% ABV you get a kick of booze on the back end but it isn't overpowering as other imperial stouts have been.

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Photo of GStone899
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown creamy head. Pretty high carbonation with a quickly dissipating head. Enjoyed at cellar temp in a tulip glass. Smell is rich with notes of coffee (duh), toffee and caramel. Taste is of toffee, smoke and coffee. I think the smoke really stands out. Maybe a little too forward? This beer has 11% alcohol and you can certainly taste it in the finish. Not overpowering but you can definitely tell this is a heavy hitter. For a brew with such punch it's pretty darn well put together. Like Kate Upton.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a red wine glass from 750ml bomber.

Appearance: Semi thin body with a dark tan head rising roughly one finger's length after a hard pour.

Smell: Deep brown sugar scent with hints of light chocolate and vanilla bean. Light light scent which barely hovers the nostrils. The complexity alone is worth looking at.

Taste: Sweet vanilla and hints of chocolate but the molasses get to you very quickly after one sip. Almost over powering the beer. A light sweet tangerine feel but comes off subtle.

Mouth: Medium carbonatkon and full body. Sticky finish with a fudge cake like finish.

Overall: Awesome brew. Has slight tweaking to the beer but worth grabbing if you see it on a shelf. Enjoy with love...Salud!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown (SRM 33-36), with dark mahogany highlights. A huge, dense, four-inch, dark chestnut head leaves a thick coating of lace as it slowly dissipates over five minutes. Ultimately, a creamy island rests within a Pretentious Beer Glass Company sauvin tulip glass.

The aroma is initially strong with a coffee-mocha weight before becoming soapy with time. Milk chocolate and malt balls remain against charred malts that are followed by cashews and sweet licorice.

The flavor is fruity and sweet, followed by deep roasted malt. Espresso is clearly in the background. Licorice and bitterness build throughout a moderately long finish. Sweetness is an unexpected and unwelcome component.

The texture is syrupy and slick with a full body. Alcohol is high, as expected, without any heat. Carbonation is modest, while residual sugar is left on the lips.

This beer is short of my hopes and has an odd hollowness to it. Something is missing, perhaps the sweetness suggests what might fill that gap. Nevertheless, I finished the glass while reading on a cold, sunny, late-February afternoon.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled on Date is shown as 04/21/16
Poured into a snifter between 55F-50F

This beer pours black in-color and opaque. The two-fingered head is foamy, beige in-color, dissipates quickly, and leaves little to no lacing.

A wonderful roasted malt, cocoa, caramel or burnt sugar, and bourbon for the nose. This parade of aromas do not trip over each other but work hand-in-hand and creates a balanced, rich, velvet-like bouquet for the sense.

A medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick or oily with fleeting carbonation.

There is a pleasant bitter cocoa, dark roast coffee taste on the initial sip that quickly segues to a subtle, unique dark fruit, and molasses or burnt sugar sweetness with some boozy heat, which lingers slightly.

Overall this is an enjoyable Imperial Sout that is nicely balanced and still obtains a coffeee presence despite it's vintage. That being said I personally would not let this sit for more than 1 1/2 years as I think the coffee was the main idea and bridged a lot of the flavors this beer possesses.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black as night. Thick, viscous, and chewy. Aroma and taste of jockstrap molasses, fudge sauce, toasty coffee, stewed plum and darkfruit, as well as a pervasive boozy note. A pretty solid beer to sip on, but I think this one could really benefit from time. It could age well for a good chunk of years I think.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and some dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of dark chocolate, a good amount of coffee, some roasted malt, dark fruit (a little bit of plum), light hops, and a bit of caramel. A very solid flavor that's not as heavy on the coffee as I thought it might be. Still, it's a pretty well done flavor.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a very smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: While this beer has some minor flaws, it's still incredibly drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big stout, big coffee. Pour is jet black, dark tan head. Aromas are HUGE dark chocolate/char and heavy coffee (from the Philippines).

The taste is heavy on the dark chocolate up front, but the coffee is very present as the beer warms. If you like coffee stouts, this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle...NOT fact, I poured it into one of them full 750 holding bruery glasses. Upon first sips, really nice....good stout flavor with a heavy handed dose of what feels like cold brew. The coffee cuts through really well and compliments the beer...if not overbears it. Good flavor, not such a massive beer like so many other bruery beers, but this 750 is gonna be a bit of a chore, but much like making my bed and mowing the lawn...I work hard for my money so this chore will be completed without haste. Happy to have tried, not something I'd look for again, but definitely worth the tick.

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Photo of kitch
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle, batch #315, bottled on 2nd May 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with an almost two finger dark mocha head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.

Aroma: Dark roast coffee, dark fruit plum and raisins, molasses and dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark fruited chocolate, cherry and plum sweetness, molasses, booze. Only light coffee notes along with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with light carbonation and a hint of alcohol.

Overall: The coffee flavours were not as strong as I would have expected. To be fair, it has been almost one year since bottling, but there are many examples of Coffee Stouts, where the coffee has held up really well. Having said that, this bottle is still tasty and really easy to drink, and whereas some Imperial Stouts I can sip for hours, I have pretty much finished this 750ml bottle in less than an hour, which is really fast for me, for a beer with double digit ABV%.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a finger and a half of rootbeer head. Head breaks slowly leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is dominated by coffee and roasts. Toffee is also present. The taste is pure rich coffee with some toffee, chocolate and vanilla also present. Feel is a smooth and velvety with a moderate carbonation. A nice beer. If I had one problem, it would be that it were a bit too sweet. Otherwise a damn nice beer, that I would recommend spending a while on...a sipper, enjoy.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown that is just a drop of black dye away from black. Head foams up to a finger and a half in height and khaki in color. Fair retention with next to no lacing left behind. Aroma is coffee, toffee, buttered toast, and roasted malts. The coffee is there, but subtly. Flavor profile is coffee, toffee, roasted malts with just a dash of butter in the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a good creamy and velvety consistency that makes it a pleasure to drink. Overall, a simple drinking, bold stout that features a shot of coffee. Good overall experience.

Served in a teku glass.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my best youngest brother for this. A funny thing though it has a best by date of 5/16 which seems a tad unusual for a beer coming in at over 11%. Nonetheless there may be a bit of age on this with the coffee flavors esp. A little sourness noted in both the aroma and taste, but more the former - to the point of it interfering. Adequate looking with the tan head having a short life.
The coffee quality is different than most in that it is neither like grounds or fresh brewed, but just like coffee flavor. Not that this is bad but just atypical. Some alcohol quality. I like the base stout and even with the dating issues that has RIS fresh bite to it, so that part can certainly take some age on it yet. Some rich fruit. Only a little bigger than moderate, for a beer this size.
Let me also say I don't like how their bottles pour, as it is a little harder to get the point of a smooth pour. Too much "glug, glugging".

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: like a nice cup of black joe!!

Smell: Mainly coffee with a chocolate and vanilla hint

Taste: coffee comes through mainly with a slight fruit undertaste.... the slight chocolate and vanilla comes in towards the end of the sip

Feel: an average stout nothing to write home about but no complaints!!

Overall: definitely must be a coffee enjoyer to like this one!!!

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a minimal head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Smells and tastes of fresh brewed coffee first and foremost, followed by notes of molasses, dark chocolate, fruits and vanilla. Medium to heavy bodied, lightly carbonated, thick and creamy mouth feel. Probably the most coffe forward beer I have ever had, absolutely great.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is and impressive and imperious black with a thin brown head.
Smell is it's least impressive characteristic, even at cellar temps it is thin and almost all bitter coffee and booziness.
Taste is pretty amazing if you're into coffee stouts, it is smooth and easy to drink. Like a cold brewed coffee with berry/cherry notes in the coffee flavor that is strong on the front end and fades nicely into a pleasant molasses booziness.
Mouth feel is right in my strike zone, full and rich without coating your tongue to the point of suffocation.
Definitely another win for the Bruery, a truly delightful coffee stout that is way to drinkable to be pushing 12% abv. Like the label says, share this one with a friend.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark and thick brown with 1+ inch super dark mocha head with good retention.
S: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, molasses, vanilla, leather, dark dried fruit, and a hint of cream.
T: Dark smooth chocolate, dark roast (and also quite smooth) coffee, molasses, dark dried fruit, leather, and just a hint of vanilla and cream in the finish.
M: Super smooth with a velvety feel. Darkly sweet which lingers and matures nicely on the palate. Moderately-heavy body (ABV very well hidden).
D: A very well executed beer...exactly what you'd want given the description. Perfect coffee note. Not overly complex, no curveballs, doesn't have to be. Awesome brew.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Fantastic looking beer. The head lasts forever and a day! Nose is stale coffee beans. Roast, smoke, espresso and a light bit of tartness. Chocolate, fudge and molasses finish this one off. Real aromatic but the tart is a little disappointing. Beer itself is real subtle. Hints of chocolate and espresso up front. Molasses sweetness mixed with lactose and coffee in the middle. A touch roasty at the end with a syrup sweetness at the finish. Delicious! Body is full with little carbonation. Chewy, soft and rich in the mouth with just the right amount of heat going down. This is real excellent.

The Bruery is as impressive with their stouts as they are disappointing with their sours. This is no exception. Definitely worth trying and one of the better non-barrel aged imperial stouts I've had.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a tight creamy light brown head. Small wall of lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is of light roast. There is some caramel sweetness. I don't pick up any coffee. Smells like an oatmeal stout.

The taste is of roasted barley and milk sugars, very smooth. Noticeable caramel and vanilla. Light coffee notes but not much of a coffee forward beer.

The beer has a very full body with prickly carbonation. Sweet note with a roasted malt bitterness.

A very good stout not sure about a coffee stout. Lovely roasted malt/barley flavor with milk sugar and caramel sweetness. Needs more coffee!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of coffee, some chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit is, toasted malts, char. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overal I liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a dark coffee body (not motor oil thick) with a two finger dark khaki head.

S - Coffee is at the front, but not overwhelmingly pungent, with dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The coffee really comes alive on the taste more so than the smell. Layers of rich coffee are interwoven with coca nibs and roasted malts.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. It has a wet finish and the abv is well hidden.

O - This is a home run for the Bruery! One of the better coffee stouts I've had in a while. I love that it's super drinkable and the abv is not sky high.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Bruery beer, very impressed! Lots of dimension, but still very drinkable for the ABV. Thought the coffee might have faded, but the balance was perfect for my palate. Bravo

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