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It’s getting cold out there folks and that means I am officially on the lookout for big, warming brews.  Stouts tend to be my go to in that regard and this was one I jumped at the chance to try.

Beer Name: Cafe Deth

Brewery: Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL)

Style: Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 14.8%

Description: A variant of the brewery’s decadent and “fully operational” imperial stout brewed with a “weaponized” amount of local coffee beans.  The single can shown above cost me about $8 if memory serves me correctly.

Appearance: Poured to a dark, black body topped by a thin tan head.

Smell: Sweet, creamy malts followed by bourbon heat.

Taste: It opened with a smooth array of dark malts that blended notes of chocolate and oatmeal.  This carried a rich sweetness into the second half of the sip which brought on notes of roasted coffee and a steady and fairly significant rise in heat and bourbon influence.  There are some intense tastes in her but they are all very much in balance.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy smooth body with low carbonation.

Hype: Elevated. Really enjoy this brewery and I loved the base brew.

Overall: Loved it!  Strong heat on this one but the various flavors were so well blended that it was dangerously easy to keep sipping.  I passed on a four pack of this due to cost and now kind of regret it. Superlative brew that I strongly recommend drinking if you see it.