Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee StoutBean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,508
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,544
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
74
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
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Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee StoutBean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout
Notes: "Space, the final frontier..." at least the "space" in the brew tank that we filled with this silky Imperial Stout. We brewed this with cold extracted dark roast coffee, to boldly go where no man has gone before (not really, but it sounds cool). Fresh brewed coffee, rich roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate dominate this brew. Creamy in almost a cappuccino-like way with a hint of bitterness. Mmmm, bean me up one of these, Scotty.
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Sabtos
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure the difference between the regular version is readily apparent, even the higher ABV isn't too drastically kicked up, but I haven't had a chance to do a side by side.

This pours dark brown, not opaque, with a soft tan head leaving some creamy lace, like a nice creamed up coffee with a touch of slightly bitter baker's chocolate. Having this next to some of their bitter West Coast style IPAs, I think maybe it seemed less bitter to me than others have noted here.

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Photo of jrc1093
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/10/19

Pours a totally jet brown save for a slight mahogany hue showing near the surface, and is topped with a small, very light tan foam; foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves behind a tapestry of webby lacing and a persistent, thick foam collar.

Aroma is founded in expressive, well-tempered coffee tones, allowing bright berry, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla cream to take their roles; a milkier chocolate takes form as the beer warms. Great display of coffee enabling the other elements o take their full form in a bouquet.

Taste brings plenty of roasty coffee upfront, with chocolate coming in subtly and light berry undertones influencing a sort of brightness on the profile; hints of an oaky vanilla and caramel swirl as it finishes along with more light but semi/bitter/roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body bolstered by a healthy dose of roasty grit to make up the difference (and occasional thinness); carbonation is a solid presence, but completely unobtrusive as the beer glides cleanly on the palate (aside from the appropriate roasty malt/coffee and mild bitterness). No hints of booze and ridiculously approachable.

All-around well-made coffee stout that’s approachable on all levels. The coffee is the star here, both for what it brings to the brew and for how it enables the secondary flavors to flows seamlessly throughout the profile. This is a pleaser of a coffee stout, totally easy-drinking.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m not a coffee lover (or even a coffee liker), but this beer could make me one. There are waves of rich coffee and dark chocolate aromas lurking in the air after an aggressive pour of this dark mahogany brown beer with a foamy, voluminous tan head.

The taste is a beer espresso machine, with chocolate and coffee flavors dancing to the beer jukebox tunes this beer serves up, and the mouthfeel is worthy of a lighter imperial stout.

Man, I am totally digging this.

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Photo of JoeLacy
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyhat
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter at the brewpub.

A: My first of the day; just off a call with the boss and need a drink! Luckily this black beauty is in front of me. Like her sisters, this one is black like a moonless night. A thin off-white head sits complacently.

S: Mmmm, the delicious aromas of a cold-steeped coffee. The richness, sweet when considered along with the stout body, is difficult to miss. The stout side offers more roasted aromas to match the coffee.

T: The coffee stands out nicely, improving from good (when cold) to even better (as it warms). Chocolate and roasted malts provide a dark base; the coffee lightens it up and adds a much needed sweetness. The coffee flavors steal the spotlight, rich java with an au lait lactic sweetness in it. An excellent first glass that went down very quickly.

M: The coffee is a strong addition, sitting atop the dark stout body with ease. I preferred the stout when it was warmer, as the coffee flavors were more concentrated. And I'm having pangs of regret for not getting a growler of it.

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery; grolwer consumed within 6 hours of being poured.

Pours dark with a fizzy brown head; pretty standard for the style. Smells of sharp, roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. As it warms, some stoutier barley nodes become apparent.

Tastes very much like it smells: cold-steeped coffee dominates, accentuated by bitter roasted barley and balanced out by nodes of chocolate and cream.

It's not particularly innovative or anything, but it's a well-balanced beer that hides it alcohol nicely.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nephilium
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big coffee aroma, pours an almost black, with ruby red highlights when held up to the light and a thick tan head. Rich roasted flavor, with coffee coming through in the finish. The coffee is there, but not overpowering. Full, rich mouthfeel. This is a great coffee stout.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry coffee and a small roastiness. In the taste, dry coffee, with a nice big bitter roasted malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Nice bitter and coffee, very nice.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Heads : Bean Me Up

Poured into a snifter, an impenetrable black with an off white head. Aroma of premium coffee grounds and black toasted malts. In the flavor, robust maltyness, big time coffee flavor, vanilla bean, raw cocoa, and astringent bitterness. A really nice espresso stout with all the qualities you would come to expect from a top tier coffee flavored beverage. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. Overall, a fantastic "breakfast" stout.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 09-12-2011 18:27:03

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - As good as I expected its pitch black goodness has a half inch of mocha colored head. Slight sticky lacing.

S - Smells fairly good. Not getting much in the vanilla or chocolate category, but I am getting I nice bit of coffee and roast. Not as much as I wanted since the hops take the nose by force.

T- Wow that's bitter much more than "moderately hopped" it taste like a IPA blended with a bit of coffee. As it warmed (or as my palate was destroyed) I could take more of the underlying Folgers coffee. definitely not balanced as I expected.

M - Puzzled as I expected an "imperial" stout to have a nice thick body this one is more medium bit it did help drinkability.

Overall I don't like hoppy flavors in my imperial stout and even more in my coffee, so this one is a bit average. Paying $5.50 a 12oz pour hurts it even more since it was the same price as Founders Breakfast Stout but half the quality.

Seek their other beers if you can.

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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small khaki head that fades leaving bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are very nice. It's all coffee. The flavors follow the flavors follow the nose. Roasted black coffee dominates. Lots of chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Roasted malts are there. Flavors are bold, but not overwhelming. Great balance. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Really good coffee stout. Anyone who is into coffee brews will enjoy this one. Very enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out if you come across it. Well done.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/10/2019. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and charcoal, roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great hop/char bitter/sweet balance; and no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.4%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Not overly aggressively bitter/charred. Amazing balance of clean/rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and earthy hops. Mild residual sweetness with lingering bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on American style example. Plenty of bittering hops, without actually being hoppy; and having a great malt/coffee showcase.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dan3279
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review based from notes made at the saloon)

I was able to recently enjoy this beer at the Cleveland Fat Head's. The beer was served to me in a snifter glass with an extremely dark brown body with an one inch cocoa head with a great amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma was a combination of coffee, roasted malts and barley. The taste was good, all of the mellow flavors blended together well with the coffee side being the most dominate. There was also a nice amount of bitterness. The body was lighter than I expected and the carbonation was a tad higher than I would have liked.

Overall it was a good imperial stout, nothing mind blowing but overall an enjoyable stout.

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Bean Me Up Imperial Coffee Stout from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 74 ratings