Cafe Kola
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,386
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Ranked #14,016
4.17 | pDev: 4.32%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Cafe Kola is a complimentary beer to our coffee liqueur Kola made with barrel-blended imperial stout, house-roasted and extracted cold brew concentrate, and a touch of vanilla.

A mix of barrels from our program ranging from 12-24 months contributes a depth in character and intrigue that is buoyed by thoughtful blending and a well considered construct. Cafe Kola pours pitch black in the glass and presents with notes of freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, and warming bourbon vanilla tones. Enjoy!
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours surprisingly thin with little head and thin, but oily, clingly lace. Nose is robust coffee. Hints of espresso, cappucino, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Aromatic, rich, and super coffee forward. Beer opens iced coffee tartness. I get roasted malt, coffee, and espresso. Chocolate and a dusting of espresso in the middle. More iced coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt at the finish. This one's as advertised. Body is full with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick on the palate and goes down filmy with a long, lingering, sticky aftertaste.

This one's solid but not outstanding. A true coffee-lover's stout.

Aug 03, 2021
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle, undated. Served in a tulip.

Pours a thick-appearing, motor oil brownish-black with caramel highlights and maybe a scant quarter-finger of fizzy head. There is no retention at all to speak of, and a barely rousable, thin and super-slippery sheet of lacing.

Nose is sweet and fudgy. Coffee ice cream, fudge sauce, vanilla. There’s a little bit of what I get walking past my local coffee shop on roasting day.

Taste is surprisingly only about half as sweet as I’d expected. Dense coffee syrup and fudge. The brewer’s description promises ‘warming bourbon-vanilla,’ which is right on because that’s totally what dominates the back end.

Feel is thick and heavy with barely any discernible carbonation. It’s a bit of a slog but, relatively speaking, less syrupy and cloying than most of the other TH stouts.

Overall, it’s a thick, densely-flavored imperial stout. I describe the taste as ‘coffee syrup’ which is lazy shorthand - the quality of the coffee is notably excellent but, then, it’s been over-sweetened, to my taste, making it just cheap, thick and sticky - again, to my taste. And although it’s less sweet and syrupy than other Tree House stouts, I can still absolutely feel the teeth rotting in my face.

Jul 22, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

The pour is jet black, with minimal head and zero lacing.

The aroma brings a ton of dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and dark roast coffee beans. There's some light oak and the faintest idea of bourbon on the back.

The flavor blasts you in the face with fresh cold brew coffee, followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malts, leather, and a hint if vanilla and oak.

The feel is full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Sticky, syrupy, and lightly boozy. No idea what the abv is but I assume it's higher than 10% so this is an expected mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a great barrel aged imperial stout. The coffee absolutely dominates the flavor here, leaving any boubon notes to chill out in the back.

Jun 16, 2021
Cafe Kola from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings