Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout
Quest Brewing Co.

Kaldi Imperial Coffee StoutKaldi Imperial Coffee Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,628
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,085
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 14%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
106
From:
Quest Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  14
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews by Paz8812:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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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 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 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 Teddy_Hopper
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Superbohl4
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IAmThird
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding representation of coffee stout. Coffee is very evident and lovely. Good balance and the beer is great for barrel aging.

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Photo of 13tido
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nate2034
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of USMC_ATLTrader
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcrumle18
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Soto
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 fehrminator
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout from Quest Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 106 ratings