Café Deth
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #39
Ranked #593
4.39 | pDev: 6.15%
Monday at 07:18 PM
Mar 07, 2015
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Notes: A weaponized quantity of freshly roasted whole bean coffee from Dark Matter Coffee Roasters imbues our Deth’s Tar Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout with assertive coffee aromatics without overshadowing the base beer on the palate. Pair with rich food or enjoy on its own. Keep cold. Enjoy now. We mean it.
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4.21 by rab53 from Washington on Monday at 07:18 PM
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4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DefenCorps from Oregon

2021 can from Belmont Station. Side by side with Vanilla Deth.

Jet black with a dark brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Up front, the nose is a full on coffee assault. Roasty, rich mix of milk and bitter dark chocolates, dried fruit, mild floral notes. This complements the base BA stout quite harmoniously, working nicely with the vanilla, boozy warmth and rich, creamy oatmeal. Like a good, coffee-spiked dark chocolate brownie. The palate opens boozy, roasty, warming and rich, a blend of coffee, chocolate, roast, dark fruit and dark honey. Boozy, really boozy, lending an alcoholic astringency. Rich, fudge like finish, but lightened by the booze.

May 21, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 10/6/21

Yet another Deth’s Tar variant in my first ever Revolution haul, we have a coffee-adjuncted version. The base beer and the vanilla were both pretty damn good, so I have high hopes for this one. Let’s get into it

Pours nearly pitch black with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is quite boozy in the nose, and sweet in a good way, almost Barleywine-esque. I’m picking up on aromas of earthy whiskey, roasty coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, sweet toffee, dates, and a touch of maple

It is similarly close to a Barleywine in taste, it’s definitely unique. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting milk chocolate, acidic coffee, earthy whiskey, fig, dark cherry, molasses, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of hot bourbon, cocoa powder, molasses, burnt brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, and roasty coffee

A full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a a rich and silky beer. Finishes neutral but boozy and sweet

Another damn good entry in this series, probably my favorite of the 3 so far. It’s definitely unique, and a good amalgamation of styles

May 10, 2022
4.08 by vfgccp from New York on May 07, 2022
4.2 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on May 07, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gatornation from Minnesota

Co 10/06/21 Pours a dark mahogany color with a dark tan head . Smell has fresh roast coffe with chocolate ,whiskey and vanilla. Taste follows with very fresh coffee (considering this can is 6 months old) Nice barrel notes of char whiskey and wood , c=roasted malts ,chocolate=e some dark fruits and vanilla. Mouth feel is thic k with B4 mentioned tastes . Very good and loved the 12oz serving.

Apr 06, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours jet black with light brown head. Nose is full of roasted malts, coffee, dark toffee, and a bit of tobacco. To be honest, the nose is not as strong as I was expecting. With the ABV, I figured it would punch me in the face. Not picking up much barrel on the nose. Let's see how the taste goes.

Taste is pretty extreme. The coffee is immediately present. Slick chocolate and toffee notes follow. Vanilla, roasted malts, figs, raisins, and a charred wood aftertaste. Still sweet though. So, not like a typical straight bitter taste, but a bitter taste cloaked in a sweet toffee flavor. Really interesting. A bit of bourbon comes through after a bit. Cherries and tobacco. Just a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and viscous. Overall, this is a winner for me. The nose was somewhat subtle, but the taste really packed a punch in a nice balanced way.

Mar 15, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Disclaimer: The canning was in late 2020, I drank this 3/2/2022 - may need to revisit with a fresher beverage.
Poured tar black and had the appearance of used oil that had the grit cleaned out. The short lived head was mocha in color and struggled to last 3 minutes.
The aroma was almost pure booze - bourbon in this case - no hint of coffee or malts did I find.
The taste was very good; I would have ranked it higher but as no coffee was present yet it is featured prominently on the label, I couldn't. (Again, likely not their fault) Malts defined the palate but share the stage with bourbon overtures. Nicely combined and quite drinkable, albeit slowly.
The feel reminds you to not take this quickly; it's just viscous enough to cause one to sip instead of gulp. Good thing!
OA, well dang, should have rated this the first time. I may review these notes and update once I get a fresh can.

Mar 02, 2022
4 by Enomas from Portugal on Mar 01, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

I'm having to entirely delete my May 2019 review because every word that went along with my 4/4 rating was totally irrelevant to this scrumdiddlyumptious 2021 can.

This glossy black brew builds a tall tan foam that takes its time settling to a creamy collar and sparse film.

Smell is a mocha bourbon atomic bomb while taste tempers that ever so slightly with a silky yet crisp medium body.

It's also woodier on the palate to start, featuring plenty of toasted oak, but then wonderfully expressive mocha comes rushing back in before the warming, tingly and almost numbing finish.

This is what I wanted it to be back in 2019. You did it, Rev. You fucking did it.

Feb 12, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

12 oz. can. Black with an ample khaki head. Smells of strong earthy coffee and bourbon. Tastes of very strong coffee with bourbon behind it. Coffee dies down, bourbon comes through. Not a lot of stout, strangely. Pretty tasty, if you're into strong barrel and coffee.

Jan 29, 2022
4.75 by Resistance88 from California on Jan 06, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a can (06Oct2021) into a stemless glass

L: pours an incredibly dark black brown with a thick and dark brown head that fades slowly. Nice legs, bare minimum lacing

S: big aroma of a rich, high abv stout (no surprise there). Lots of dark fruit and chocolate - dark cherries, vanilla, baking chocolate, some caramel. Really nice barrel character driving the first impression on the nose. Interestingly, I’m not getting much coffee, at least in the first few minutes from the fridge. Have had it in the glass for a bit now, still the case.

T: really nice swallow, very full flavored and approaches sweet before gently backing away. Like the nose I get a lot of dark fruit up front - there’s rich dark cherries and dark chocolate, like brownies or truffles. Following that fruit is the coffee I expected, and think it comes through nicely. More like a coffee ice cream than straight coffee, has a pleasantly bitter. There an overall richness and sweetness to the flavor that make for a very nice swallow - also, I find the abv works very well with no real boozy nature to each sip

F: medium+ body, medium carbonation. Appropriately full and thick without coming across overly viscous. A nice stout to sip on for sure

O: a bit torn, but overall a really excellent stout. Find the rich chocolate-forward base brew to be excellent on both the nose and swallow. Great barrel presence. Given it’s a coffee stout, have to knock it for the aroma - that said, flavor is superb

Jan 02, 2022
4.11 by mdfb79 from New York on Jan 01, 2022
4.47 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Dec 31, 2021
4.63 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Dec 25, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

More balanced than the supermassive I had a couple of months ago, that is neither bad nor good.

The strong mocha note up front seems similar, as does the stellar barrel treatment. Plenty of enticing booze and hints vanilla and oak. The finish adds well incorporated, dark roasted goodness that blends beautifully with the other elements. Some cream as well? Magnificent.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light tan head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity and chocolatey malts.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout is very complex and almost seems like it is a bourbon barrel aged beer.

Serving type: can

Dec 10, 2021
4.51 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 10, 2021
4.19 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
4.29 by Boone757 from Virginia on Dec 04, 2021
4.48 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

HAD THE 20122018, 2019 AND NOW THE 2021 RELEASE - I RATED THEM 12-4.5,18-4 19-4 AND this year we are back to a 4.5 dark malty strong and very enjoyable

Dec 02, 2021
4.31 by smithj4 from New York on Nov 27, 2021
4.67 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Nov 21, 2021
4.56 by Giggy from Michigan on Nov 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black as my heart and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

There is still some coffee hanging in there. I get anise and dark chocolate as well.

The coffee has faded but traces remain. Anise seems to assert itself. Dark chocolate. Some black coffee in the finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and some heat from the alcohol

Excellent beer as expected. I need a freshy now.

Nov 13, 2021
4.38 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Nov 08, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BEER88 from Washington

12oz can from 2021. Lots of vanilla and coconut from the barrel.

Nov 03, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Lucular from Maryland

12 oz can, shared with two friend and poured into a wine glass. Pours an opaque black with a long-lasting tan head and nice lacing. Aroma and flavor are dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Has held up amazingly well after 3 years, including two years in the can. The 14.8% abv is well-hidden. Overall this is a great imperial coffee stout.

Oct 19, 2021
4.45 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Oct 09, 2021
4.31 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Sep 25, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Junior from Michigan

L - Dark brown, almost black with a thin mocha head.
S - coffee, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt
T - coffee, dark roasted malt, oak and bourbon.
F - somewhat thin for such a big stout
O - great beer

Sep 06, 2021
4.4 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Jun 23, 2021
4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2021
4.41 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jun 12, 2021
4.5 by Samnem from Georgia on Jun 10, 2021
4.54 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

This is a quick rating. Purchased from a private collection. Didn't pour it out in a glass. Drank from the can. I like the black top of the can, usually tops are silver but this one's black and looks sharp. Plus the can has a skeleton on it which is cool. I can't smell the beer because it's in a can. Taste is mostly bourbony and just a smaller amount of bitter coffee. Overall not a bad brew but i drank it quickly so i can't give it a fair rating. Told you this would be a quick rating.
Came back for more, a second review. A proper review, no longer rushed. Purchased for about $8 from my local singles store. Love the artwork, love the can design, love the beer name, at least it's got that going for it. This time i poured it out into a snifter for another pass. And how apropos because my snifter has a skull on the front of it. Made for this beer. It came out of the can the darkest deepest brown, with a dark tan head that didn't last for long. Probably because of the high abv. The head colors did dance a bit between light brown and the darkest brown, in a slightly shifting cascade as i poured. ok now on to smell. Well the number one scent i'm picking up is of the bourbon, which is light and faint. There's not a whole lot of scent to this beer. Taking a swig, and holy cow i'm greeted with a rich palate of dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Damn is this full flavored. The bourbon isn't as present in taste as it is in the smell, in fact it kind of lingers behind and outlines my mouth in a radiant heat well after the swallow. i'm still feeling this beer a full 30 seconds after it's gone down the hatch. the smoky char and soot from the bourbon gently interplay with the roasted beans of the coffee, for a flavorful melange of awesome. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light bubbles. Overall: Although this is not my favorite coffee infused beer (that would be Peche Mortel), this is quite a successful accomplishment of the style that many beers try but fall flat on. Next time i have this i shjould enjoy it with a hearty breakfast!

May 17, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production and good retention for the ABV and barrel aging.

Huge and potent aroma, with waves of bourbon and coffee. The base stout almost smells weak behind the bourbon, but I suspect that will prove to be deceptive. Bourbon mash, oak, coffee, molasses, raisin, and red grape notes.

Flavor doesn't disappoint: it's hot, boozy, and rich. The bourbon is prominent, and the coffee is absolutely crushing. If you don't love coffee, this beer is probably not what you're looking for, as it's impossible to overlook. Very strong warming chest heat; thick, if not quite chewy.

Flavor profile is mostly summed up already: bourbon, oak, and coffee. There's a bit of brown sugar and chewy caramel, and some char and toast, but less than typical of other massive RIS. Honeycomb, raisin, rye bread.

If a near-15% ABV BA oatmeal coffee stout could be considered rather one-dimensional, then this one is. Fortunately, that one dimension is pretty damn good. It's almost like someone poured some coffee directly into my BA stout and then swirled it around.

May 15, 2021
Café Deth from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 465 ratings