Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout
Quest Brewing Co.

Kaldi Imperial Coffee StoutKaldi Imperial Coffee Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,570
Ranked #5,911
4.07 | pDev: 14%
Quest Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Kaldi Imperial Coffee StoutKaldi Imperial Coffee Stout
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 106
Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black color with a small tan head. The aroma is coffee and mocha. The taste is coffee and malt, very nice.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The darkest on my "local sampler" flight at the Tap House in Greenville SC. Rich brown/black color with obvious tan foam head. Rich coffee in the nose and taste, with a hint of chocolate. I don't usually do higher gravity beer, but given the sample size portion, this was perfect. It was great rendition of the style, but likely a bit too overpowering with dinner. Regardless, worth trying--particularly fresh, on tap (as was the case with me around the corner from the brewery).

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. The most massive head volume I've ever seen, unfortunately it's due to over carbonation. World class retention and lacing. Because of the over carbonation - to a ridiculous level - I have to consider the head volume a flaw and a world class appearance is reduced to a normal 3.

Very nice nose that is predominately dark roast coffee over light chocolate. Light roast and malt notes are also present.

Medium body with a somewhat creamy texture. After a 15 wait, the head subsides and carbonation has decreased to a normal level of effervescence.

The flavor profile is outstanding but is extremely coffee forward. It begins with a sweet wave of malt, mostly caramel with nice chocolate notes. Next comes the dark espresso roast coffee that obliterates all in its path. The middle has a mild bitterness that is char and roast more so than hop oriented. Towards the finish, caramel and chocolate reemerge as the background. The finish has a hint of dryness and a subtle tart quality residing over a lingering espresso flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells like coffee deliciousness. huge, huge mocha colored head. Thin mouthfeel. Expresso bitterness. Dark chocolate. Hmmmm. Not bad. Could drink this a lot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, long-lasting, tan-colored head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong aroma - not surprisingly - of coffee, with a hint of malt.

T: Tasted of coffee, coffee, and a lot more coffee. It's definitely top with this ingredient, but there's also malt, a little vanilla, and some hazelnut as well. Quite an aggressive flavor, but in the best way.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat astringent finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is probably a beer that won't please all fans of American Double / Imperial Stouts. The coffee element is incredibly powerful and will put some people off. Nevertheless, if you like this sort of thing, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Arrowhuntr
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

These beers exploded in my car. The tops blew off of them and the contents emptied. The brewery will not respond and others are posting the same problem. This is an un-cool brewery to know about this and still sell the over carbonated cans. I gave the beer a bad rating because the only way to try it would be to suck on my headliner or carpet of my vehicle.

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Photo of smweir
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a very thick black. Really nice caramel head, good retention. Nose is strong coffee and chocolate. Taste is really strong with coffee, a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Pitch black with a nice tan head, although one of the pack's I got was super carbonated and had a ton of head no matter how gently you poured.
Smell - Very strong coffee smell. Roasty and slightly sweet.
Taste - Super strong on the coffee. High carbonation for an imperial stout. Has a nice bitterness to it at the end. Medium consistency definitely not thick.
Feel - A little too carbonated for my liking, and would have liked a little more thickness.
Overall - I may have seemed like I was a little harsh on some points, but overall I truly enjoy this beer and think it is an above average coffee stout.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Booming and nearly gushing head. Deep and mocha dark brown colored though, but thick retention, and out of control. Thick deep red walnut brown colored body fills in the rest. Clumpy big, aggressive, huge chunks of ring lace all on the glass but too much so.

Aroma though gives what a big aggressive head and carbonation can do. Ripping coffee notes off the aroma, big and large. A mild sense of woody tobacco coming of the malts but also a decent amount of heat. Whispy airy grain, and borderline flour like sensing, somewhat fruity yeast like esters going along as well. Real interesting nose, and coffee large. Classic chocolate notes really not noticeable though for me.

Palate is quite a bit different. This is one of the most coffee rich and forward brews I've had. Overloaded coffee flavors in the mid palate wash, with a decent thickness and malt depth. Aftertaste though washes in thick sludgy coffee, like scraping the bottom of the pot. Malt hints of char and roast really get pulled out of this, but the coffee quality continues throughout, but with also some mild sourness as well and large lingering roast. Good solid palate feel, but missing a lot of stout diversity and character.

This has got to be the biggest coffee forward brew I've had to date. If that's your thing, you will be happy, but I would like much more diversity and control on this, and some different flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque, yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that very slowly reduces to a very thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee over the top of moderate aromas of roasted malts and slightly charred malts. Light to moderate aromas of bittersweet chocolate as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted and slightly charred malts. That is followed by strong flavors of freshly ground espresso and freshly brewed coffee. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while from the coffee and roasted malts.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: One of the strongest flavored and smelling coffee beers that I have come across and definitely a beer for the coffee lover. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer drinks pretty easily considering the strength and intense flavors. Definitely a fan of this brew.

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Photo of fredmugs
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had to revisit this review. On tap at the brewery this is phenomenal and my original score was 4.06. In cans however this beer is insanely over carbonated and I already had two cans explode. I thought I would drink the rest but had to drain pour them. Drink it on tap only.

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Photo of nmann08
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can, pours a thick dark brown with a big dark brown head.

This smells truly amazing. Big coffee nose, a little vegetable and earthy note, and a little fresh green pepper, dark malt, but man this coffee is nice. The flavor is incredible, lots of coffee, dark malt, toasty, with hints of chocolate. It is a little syrupy and I get a very distinct maple flavor on the finish.

Overall, quite delicious.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Yanik. Black body with a thin beige collar. Huge aroma of fresh coffee. The flavor somehow takes it up a notch. Fabulous! Aggressive, chocolaty, toasty. Phenomenal. Wow.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damn good beer - the coffee overwhelms the taste, more like an iced coffee than a beer - but it tastes wonderful. It's also a bit thinner than I'd like in a stout. All that said, if you enjoy a coffee forward brew you can't go wrong with this one. I rated it just shy of 4 despite my personal preferences because the beer is damn good.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Thick, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate with a sharp coffee aroma. Hint of smoke.

T- A very different coffee flavor than in your usual coffee stout. Tastes like they used Ethiopian coffee beans that are more tangy and acidic. It works phenomenally with the flavor profile though, as the chocolaty sweetness complements that tang very well. Super easy to drink for the ABV. There's also a yeasty quality lingering underneath the rest of the flavors that adds to the complexity. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A totally unique take on the coffee stout. The drinkability, flavor and complexity are all there, equaling deliciousness.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Grapevine. Super dark brown, near black. A nice viscosity to it. Light brown ring and some whisps on top.

Aroma, Roasty, heavy dark roast coffee and cocoa beans. It is nicely potent.

Taste, strong roast again, mostly coffee. Chocolate covered coffee beans. Avoids the bitter acridness that can come with this heavy amount of coffee. Some hazelnut and lesser vanilla. The mocha latte lingers nicely.

Well coating just to the right of medium body. Enough carbonation, not quite fine enough to be creamy.

Really liked this one. An after dinner drink that pulls no punches with the coffee. It is as advertised.

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Photo of Bernoulli
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown with little head. A non-overpowering coffee smell (the coffee drinker at the table said it was like Folger's Crystals). It has a solid but not overpowering coffee taste. It drinks smoothly. I'd order it again and I don't even like coffee.

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Photo of jploving
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My brother and I took a little trip to the Growler Haus in Spartanburg SC.
It is a new establishment in our town and I have to give it 2 thumbs up!....
Greenville is a neighboring county and they have a new brewery...Quest Brewing Company.
Since I have yet to get over to the brewery itself, I (and my brother) were excited to see this on tap.
Poured up black with minimal light-tan head, which gave it a somewhat thin appearance.
I did not get a lot of coffee flavors from the aroma but more cocoa powder.
The taste is very good but not what I thought it would be...definitly cocoa powder, a mild coconut flavor and only a hint of coffee. There was a nice balance of bittering hops to accompany the sweetness-felt the bitterness as the liquid went down the gullett. The body was not in tune with the abv-a little to thin-but my guesstimate on the abv is that it is accurate-8% felt good on an empty stomach.
The beer was good-I certainly enjoyed it-but needs more coffee as the name suggests.
...I will include this note...when we were ordering the beer at the bar, a young lady was enjoying this same beer, and she stated that "it is a lot of coffee[flavor]"....so maybe my buds were just a little off this time....I think this beer will end up with a local following...
3.65 rating

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Kaldi was the Ethiopian goat-herder who discovered the coffee plant, according to popular legend. This stout is brewed with West End Coffee Company’s freshly-roasted beans and cacao nibs. The end result is a complex, smooth beer that will sure to intrigue the palette."

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, maple syrup, coffee, toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and subtle nuttiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, maple syrup, coffee, nutty, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on my experience with this ones big brother I had earlier this year, I was really happy to see this one sitting on the tap list the other day. Very nice complexity going on in this one that made it very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The ABV really doesn't play a role in this one at all (unless you drink too many of course). I could see this one getting quite a few people in trouble quite easily. Definitely worth your time seeking this one out. Tick.

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Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout from Quest Brewing Co.
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