XReserve Imperial Coffee Stout | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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XReserve Imperial Coffee StoutXReserve Imperial Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MattLindenmuth on 11-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Espresso, cocoa nib, wood, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Dark roast coffee with hints of espresso. Bakers chocolate, cocoa nib, and wood. Caramel and deep roasted barley.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, silky, sticky, and dry.

I hope you like your coffee black. Hides the 11.5% abv well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saucony Creek Brewing Co. "xRéserve Imperial Coffee Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle; I'm not sure if it's production coded, there is a number on it, "3096" that could be a Julian date for Nov. 4th 2016 but I'm not sure. Sampled on Jan. 4th 2017.
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

• Apart from the dating issue, I'll need to try to clarify which beer this actually is. It's not the original release from 4-14, of that I'm sure (that would have only been available in a bigger bottle anyway, yes? 2014, I think so). Nor does it seem to be 11.5% ABV based on my tasting (and I was a professional brewer for 15 years)... 9.5% ABV is more likely, which would make it the one that's currently on their website and made with coffee from Global Libations in Kutztown. I didn't want to create a separate listing as there are already two, so I'm just noting that this is most likely 9.5% ABV and has just been mis-listed here with the alcohol content of the original (which is also still up on their website).

Look: Opaque black body beneath a deep tan cap. Good to very-good head retention and lacing - the oils from the coffee beans tend to damage head retention and lacing, so this is actually pretty good with that considered.
Smell: Ashen roastiness with a thread of fruitiness. Whole, oily coffee beans. A hint of char.
Taste: As the aroma suggests. The coffee definitely comes across more as a bean than brewed coffee, and it's also nutty. The fruitiness is like that of a dark red berry. It's distinctly roasty, and very firmly bitter. It finishes dry with residual caramel and nutty notes, as well as soft fruit. Underlying notes of distant coconut and anise. Focused, and very clean. One might say that it's a bit one-sided, but there's some great depth to what's there.
Feel: Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation that lends a gentle zest at first and then softens to become smooth once warmed.
Overall: Very much like an espresso with intense coffee bean nuttiness, roastiness, and fruitiness, and a correspondingly appropriate bitterness. In fact, I feel it would be much better labeled an 'espresso stout' than an "Imperial Coffee Stout". For coffee connoisseurs this one is not to be missed as the character of the bean is so distinct and bright, but for the "everyday Joe" drinker I fear that might be lost.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE: February 16, 2017... OCCASION: celebrating a pair of basketball victories for the boys, and the start of a four-day weekend... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... black as coal body screams stout, while its creamy, thick brown head bubbles at the glass, leaving brush strokes of arcing brown coral... chocolate mousse, medium-bodied coffee, subtle vanilla, and roasted malts that make for an inviting cold evening sipper... big, bountiful and full of late-swallow burn, this brings the heat and states its 9.5% ABV loudly and proudly... early impact is sweet, suggestive of hops at the teeth, and long on roasted coffee and chocolate that make for a formidable dessertif... soft vanilla and some fruit suggestions--cranberry, cherry, or strawberry?--complete the BIG flavor dropped here... Saucony is making some engaging beers lately, and I am glad to have gotten my hands on this edition, one that brings heat and spark to the night... this could score higher if it was a bit more agreeable in its alcohol profile, though it does lace nicely as it finishes....

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark as it should. Hardly any head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is light coffee, but the smell seems to be way too subdued. Taste is much much better with dark, roasty malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is slightly biter an oily and coating. Finish has a touch of burnet coffee bitterness. Overall, decent beer but lacking a little complexity and deepness that I would have expected.

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Photo of trevorpost
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This looked nice from the tap, but literally smelled like a mediocre 4% dark mild I had recently brewed and tasted less flavorful. Absolutely nothing going on. Booze was hidden, but so was the flavor. Coffee? Nope. Not offensive with off flavors but certainly a waste of liver tissue, even moreso with that pointless abv.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redsahx
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Black with nice khaki head that it retains quite well. Smell of burnt coffee but not overwhelming. Enough to let you know coffee is there, with some alcohol and malty smells as well. You don't really taste the high ABV, and there is a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth with only a slight bitterness from the coffee. A solid offering if you like this style. Not quite Founders Breakfast Stout but not far off, and with a little extra alcohol kick. I've enjoyed my 4-pack.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/16/2016 at Skeff’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate that are followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, well-hidden strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with about a half finger of head. The nose is roasty. The flavor is rich with more chocolate notes than coffee notes. The only drawback of this offering is that the alcohol presence is a bit too obtrusive.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rydev24
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

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

T: Tasted of a tinge of vanilla, lots of roasted malt (present throughout), a good shot of coffee, a light char (mostly in the finish), light hops, and dark fruit (raisins, plums, in particular). A very solid, easy drinking kind of flavor. It's pretty top heavy with the coffee at first, but it levels out after a while. Tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a flawless beer, but certainly a likable one. Worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Inky Black with a decent sized tan head. Big coffee and roasty chocolate on the nose as well as a touch of dark caramel vanilla and stone fruit. Flavor follows the aroma but adds just a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. I've never seen this brewery for sale up here before, I'm glad I took a chance on this beer, its pretty damn good~!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date

pours jet black, with tan colored head. some lacing. nice mild roasty espresso aroma. taste is on the bitter side, dry, definitely coffee flavors dominate. medium to thick bodied.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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XReserve Imperial Coffee Stout from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
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