Imperial Stout - Coffee
Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #288
Ranked #6,335
4.15 | pDev: 6.99%
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with two fingers of caramel-colored foam. Head bubbles up quickly and retains extremely well. Aroma is roasty coffee with an expressive layer of chocolate, toffee and green peppers. A little vanilla bean and browned sugar layer on top of roasty and toasty malts for a thick and full aroma. Flavor profile is coffee and chocolate, with the coffee forming a bold, lightly-focused profile - akin to something out of a pour over that's been swirled with just a touch of cold brew. Chocolate, toffee and raisins add a little more sweetness and decadence to the flavor profile, with roasty and toasty malts forming the core and support. Mouth feel is creamy with a thick texture, keeping it drinking like a cool glass of full eggnog on a cold winter night. It's full and rewarding. Overall, a bit surprised at the level of thickness and decadence out of this one. Coffee is great too, showing up just strong enough in the aroma and flavor profile to be notable, but just shy enough to refrain from stealing the show.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can. "2019-1" can. ABV is 12%.

Nov 18, 2019
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KingColumbus from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee Imperial Stout 2019-1. Delicious, wonderful aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a great balance of chocolate and coffee. Sweet and rich without being overwhelming. Hubbard’s cave nails stouts and hazy IPAs!

Nov 17, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, vintage 2019-1 label says 12% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. I like the aroma, the brew smells like coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla and molasses. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some dark fruit, and a bit of licorice flavor noticeable. Coffee stands out in both the taste and aroma but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a little slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. If you're into coffee and/or imperial stouts like I am, then give this one a try. I liked it!

Nov 08, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-3 vintage. Still super strong coffee flavors. Sweet vanilla and molasses notes as well. Roasty and malty. Slight oily feel, not too thick, moderate alcohol presence. Pretty good, not too overdone or muddy like some of their big stouts end up.

Aug 17, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Date marking is '2018-2'. The label on this one reads "Coffee Imperial Stout", and the ABV% is 10.5.
Black colored body, with a thin edge of backlit mahogany. One finger of brown head, sticks around as thin cap and thick ring. Almost all of the lacing with each sip slides back down in the body.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and strong dark roast coffee. Also expresses some edges of char, dark molasses, and vanilla.
Taste is sweeter than suggested by the aroma. Still has lots of dark roasted malts, with milk chocolate and dark roast coffee. Has a bit of char at the tail end, but the after taste is back to the sweetness and coffee. Contains hints of dark prunes and vanilla.
Full mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Okay carbonation. Texture is viscous.
Tends to be more of a dessert beer than a coffee, breakfast beer. Thick and full of the dark flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. There appears to be a gap of two years in the listed reviews, so this must be from one beer labeled 'Imperial Stout - Coffee' and a more recent brew labeled as 'Coffee Imperial Stout' (with the higher ABV% on the more recent brew).

Jan 28, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: boldly dark roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, dry finish. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, with a tan head and lace. Full solid body. Chopped full of flavor.

Nov 14, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Really beautiful beer. Great head production, and fantastic retention. Dark brown head sitting atop an inviting black and brew. Excellent lacing.

Strong, boozy nose featuring chocolate, coffee, red grapes, char, and molasses.

Hugely sweet on the palate, along with tons of coffee. Brown sugar and molasses, licorice, and grapes. Nutty and ashy.

Thin and slick on the palate; not very lively.

Sep 21, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, light pepper, light vanilla/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, light pepper, light vanilla/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roasted bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. This was very assertive on coffee and black malt character, but had some nice underlying complexities that came out as it warmed. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 30, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark brown, opaque and oily looking. Small, quickly dissipating head with a ring of foamy cling. Smells of lots of good coffee, malt, chocolate, some vanilla. Taste leads with the malt, less coffee than the nose- but still a good amount, some vanilla, some chocolate. Light bitterness throughout. Smooth, some creaminess, appropriate level of carbonation, taste lingers on the tongue. Could be a bit more full- bodied.

Enjoyable and easy drinking. Solid aroma and flavor, the coffee is flavorful and prominent. Has a good price point, so it's worth a try.

Apr 19, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - The aromas are light milk chocolate, roasted malts, and roasted malts.

T - The flavor is dark chocolate and tons of black coffee. The finish has some roasted malts with good amount of bitter coffee in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty darn good Coffee Stout. The flavor are on point. Definetly recommended.

Apr 16, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date. Redoing this review since it was lost last time, somehow. My second beer from Hubbard's Cave, excited to see these appearing on the shelves at my local bottle shop.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick inky black. Opaque in the glass. Over a finger of dark dense chocolate mocha head. Lots of thin sticky lacing. Looks excellent.

S - Aromas of milk chocolate, cream, & buttery diacetyl. More buttery & creamy, than roasty & coffee. Not really picking up any in your face freshly roasted coffee grinds.. Notes of chocolate, char, & subtle cola spicing.

T - Taste is the same - milky, creamy, with notes of burnt / char. Coffee is definitely in there, but the chocolate, cocoa, & cream notes mostly dominate.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Milk; very easy-drinking stuff, especially for the high abv.

Overall, very nice, but I think I enjoyed the chocolate raspberry one a bit more. A bit more freshly pressed coffee grinds into this one next time, and we'll have a sure winner.

Hubbard's Cave Imperial Stout Coffee -----4/5.

Feb 28, 2016
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toolbrew from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from an undated 750ml. Black and thick with a tan head and excellent lacing. Iced coffee smell with some faint toasty chocolate. Coffee aroma dominates. Silky mouthfeel with bitter finish. More roasted malt than coffee on the tongue, but coffee aftertaste. Glad I picked it up and would seek it again.

Oct 25, 2015
Imperial Stout - Coffee from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
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