Café Deth
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #28
ABV:
14.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #489
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.36%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
384
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Notes: A barrel-aged Russian imperial oatmeal stout brewed with a host of wonderful specialty malts, flaked oats and oat malt to impart a rich, silky mouthfeel and deep, complex malt flavors and aromas reminiscent of dark baker’s chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and caramel candy. This keg is made just for the event with cocoa nibs and Dark Matter Coffee
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Photo of sordyl
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gives Bourbon County Stout Coffee a serious run for its money as the best coffee stout.

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$30 4-Pack
Cork Liquors - Columbus, IN

Cafe Deth is ominous. The first warning sign of danger ahead is the inky black, viscous, light swallowing body. This beer is an abyss but not The Abyss. A mocha brown head conjures slowly to a finger in height on an aggressive pour and slowly, tauntingly falls to a sticky ring and some abandoned islands. Caution.

Upfront, of course, is an eye popping amount of freshly roasted, ground, and brewed coffee. Luckily, it's not one dimensional in the least. Behind that rich roast is a heavy handful of dark and baker's chocolate. The coffee brings about a bit of that green pepper note but it's quickly dashed by dark berries, macerated. The roast on the malt is deep and inky, verging on char but instead, nicely seared. There's a flash of sweetness, reminiscent to cream in your coffee, from the vanilla aspect of the barrel. Huge caramel presents itself, also from the barrel. The smell is best around room temperature.

For the amount of coffee in the nose it's immaculately well integrated in the flavor. Those deeply roasted malts kick it off with the coffee trying to keep up. Deep, complex roasted malt dominates. A touch of peppery booze flashes in the middle while the coffee assumes its position near the top of the mountain. Vanilla and dense caramel show themselves from the barrel. The macerated dark berries add more depth to the backend while that roast pushes through. The coffee addition is bright and vibrant but evenhanded. Other brewers take note. Also, best close to room temperature.

There's a nice viscosity to this beer. It's lighter bodied than you would expect a near 15% monster, which could ding the score a bit, but with its rather exuberant effervescence it becomes frothy and it's a whole 'nother type of good. The finish is rather dry from barrel tannins and mild alcohol astringency. The alcohol is there but surprisingly well hidden for such a beast. This guy is dangerous.

Cafe Deth is another gem in an already gem filled portfolio over 'der at RevBrew. There's a rich but complimentary coffee note while the beer itself and the ability to properly barrel age make this beer what it is. There's not much else to say, really. Go get you some.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for this one.

Appearance. Forboding. The blackness of my own soul staring back at me.
Aroma. Roasted malts. Musty barrel. Ash.
Taste. Dark molasses. Like if Boris was a beer. Roasted malts that hold down coffee, supine, but fail.
Mouth feel. Like all the liquor and cigarettes smoked over a lifetime but condensed into 12 ounces.

A sin, this beer.

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Photo of Redrover
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received a bottle of this from one of my co-workers. I gifted him with some Laguanitas High West-ified and a week later he gave me a bomber of this. Beer karma in action!

Pouted into a glass, the beer is an opaque black with a tan head and lacing.

There is lots of coffee and bourbon on the nose. There are also lost of dark fruits, some chocolate and roasted malts.

Lots going on with this beer. I get heavily roasted malts, some bourbon, percolated coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and a bit of smokiness. Not a ton of heat for a 13+ % beer which a neat trick. As the beer warms, more coffee, bourbon and coco.

The mouth is thick and silky, just what I was hoping for.

I liked this one a lot. I split this one with my wife and I’m glad I did as a bomber of this solo would be almost overwhelming.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Deth Tar
12oz can
canned on date 11/03/17
consumed 12/20/2017

Black body with big dark brown head. Quickly faded to no head. The bourbon, oak, and coffee are massive and manage to coexist in nearly flawless balance in the nose and flavor profile of this barrel aged coffee stout. Might be getting a hint of dark chocolate and milk chocolate in the base stout, but this beer is all about the barrel notes and the coffee. The coffee profile is bright, earthy, & nutty with a meaty light smoke note. They picked a stellar coffee bean for this beer. On the higher end of a medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation. Very light booze presence when this beer gets warmed up. Rich and bold flavors throughout the entire experience of drinking these 12oz. Final thoughts: Cafe Deth is the best barrel aged coffee stout in the city of Chicago right now. It has dethroned bourbon county coffee by a landslide. Its gotta be in the top 5% of the best barrel aged coffee stouts available.

Appearance: 4
Smell: 4.75
Taste: 4.75
Feel: 4.25
Overall: 4.5

2017 Overall Score: 4.61

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10oz draft pour at the Olympic tavern.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 full fingers of brown head. Head slowly drops down to thin ring. 4.0

Smell: Full rich premium coffee; roasty and acid coffee beans. Hint of bourbon and bittersweet chocolate. This smells like a coffee forward stout more so than a barrel aged coffee stout. 4.5

Taste: Just like the nose, this is a coffee bomb. Dark roasty and moderate bitterness from malts and coffee. Minimal barrel presence as the coffee easily overpowers the barrel aging. Could use more barrel presence and less coffee. 4.0

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with low carbonation. This beer is a serious sipping beer. Has a decent bite to it. Booze is definitely there, but it is still in check. 4.25

Overall: I might be in the minority here, but I prefer Deths Tar over Cafe Deth. Its a really great coffee stout, but was slightly disappointed that coffee does not let the barrel aging come through more. 4.0

Overall score: 4.15

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Photo of rudzud
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Canned on 11/09/18.

A - Poured in to my Duvel tulip a nice dark black hue with a thick one finger dark chocolate head that fades slowly to leave a nice creamy halo and excellent legs. Awesome thin head retention as well and a hard swirl brings up a great half finger head.

S - Aromas of fudgy brownies and chocolate chip cookie batter. Little bit of vanilla and bourbon wood. Nice roasted malts, flashes of caramel. Good almost perfumey vegative vanilla going on. The only knock on this is there is basically no coffee here at all. No alcohol on the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More of that big fudge brownies and dark bakers chocolate. Raw chocolate chip cookie dough, nice vanilla as well without being overly aggressive. Pretty much no alcohol burn, which is just insane. The bourbon is somewhat muted, in that is is a nice oaky slightly sweet caramel backbone for the roasted chocolate malts. Like the nose though I get no coffee here. If there was even a minute amount of coffee here I'd give this a 4.75 as everything else here is that good.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, creamy though the body is somehow thick yet thin at the same time. It's odd, I expect it to be chewier. There is no alcohol burn on this at all though. I just wish it was a little bit thicker.

O - Overall this was tremendous stout. Almost 15% oatmeal stout...sure why not. The barrel here is just great in rounding everything out and providing a lovely backbone to the roasted malts. The only, only knock against this beer is the utter absence of coffee. Leave coffee off this beer label/description and this is probably a 4.9+ beer for me easily. That said, even with the utter lack of coffee the beer itself is just awesome. Not overly sweet with great balance. I can understand why they went from bombers to 12oz cans as 22oz would be a chore to drink, however, it goes down like some 7.5% oatmeal stout. Crazy good.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7800th review! 12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 11/8/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, roast, charred, coffee bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark bread, coconut, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is amazing. Mild increasing warmth of 14.8%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Russian imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with mild fruity yeast and earthy hops against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example as expected. Liked it more than the base beer, was definitely less bitter/charred/drying overall. Never overpowering, drying, or boozy on the bourbon/oak tannins as with the base.

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Photo of flat_lander
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. Poured into a Rev snifter. >1 inch dark brown head. Nose is booze and a roasty/nutty coffee blend. Taste is chocolate, same roasty/nutty coffee, boozy yet buried for 14.8%, some vanilla. Sweet. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a top rate BA coffee stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Hopleaf Chicago for $6/half pint.

11.40% ABV. Cold-steeped with El Salvadorian coffee beans from Dark Matter Coffee.

No head whatsoever. No lacing. Predictable opaque brown-black body. Not a great looking brew, but I guess one could view it as a stout meets coffee beer.

AROMA: I get the faint cold brewed coffee, but there's no bourbon at all. Just shallow coffee, generic dark malts, and a hint of chocolate from the chocolate malt/carafa. Suggests a simplistic imperial stout devoid of any bourbon barrel notes which hides its ABV well. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: I dig the coffee, which is pungent but lacks depth and complexity of flavour. Dark malt and chocolate malt sweetness lends this build cohesion. No overt white oak, but some faint bourbon and vanillin.

Not particularly well balanced, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Mild alcohol warmth is evident. I like it, but it's pretty shallow and simplistic inasmuch as the style goes.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, thick, full-bodied, unrefreshing.

OVERALL: An enjoyable stab at a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, but not amongst the greats in the style. Complex enough, but it can't hold a candle to the most intricate expressions of an imperial stout. A sipper, and an enjoyable brew...but not a real contender in this oversaturated category.

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cafe Deth coming from one of Deth's administers himself, a big thank you goes out to Joe.

A solid black liquid mass, intense and even a bit morbid. What I envision death itself to be like. A dark and soulless abyss. The heavily espresso tanned head disappears almost as quickly as it was conjured and leaves nothing but the thinnest of rings solely around the outer ring.

Heavy in barrel influence, this screams oak, booze, and vanilla. Coffee is an equally abundant ingredient and competes for dominance. Molasses, burnt brown sugar, and tobacco add to the usual suspects of such company. Mouthwatering.

The flavor starts smooth and sweet then plummets into intense alcohol derived insanity. Caramelized fig dusted in chocolate and coffee grounds, dipped in vanilla, sprinkled with cinnamon and anise, wrapped in a tobacco leaf, doused in bourbon, then roasted over an oak sourced flame. Exactly in that order, I insist.

Inky, oily-slick with a sweetness that is quickly plucked into roasty and alcoholic warmth. It's sticky and rich beyond words, but smooth like the liquid itself is Moonwalking across your tongue. The lack of carbonation only intensifies it.

This sappy concoction is one damn fine and intense beverage, and certainly the craziest thing I've had to come out of a twelve ounce can. Unforgiving, and the creeping effect of the alcohol only magnifies this.

Cheers.

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Photo of Viperman1316
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of meanmutt
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lanciloti
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.91/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dannycohen62
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tmryan21
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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