Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout | Quest Brewing Co.

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Kaldi Imperial Coffee StoutKaldi Imperial Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Quest Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thagr81us on 08-19-2013

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by jploving:
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Arrowhuntr
1/5  rDev -74.9%
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 +7.5%
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 -4.3%
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 Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 HopsForBrains
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cmpashia
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Cbmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +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 aleckpa
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of vancean2
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of lzepplin01
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 13tido
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +0.3%

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 TheFugerIsNow
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%

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Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout from Quest Brewing Co.
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