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Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout - Allentown Brew Works

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Fegley's Insidious Imperial StoutFegley's Insidious Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerthulhu on 06-13-2010)
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Reviews by stooge:
Photo of stooge
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to find this beer on a recent trip to the Philly area close to where I grew up. Nice roasted coffee and mocha aromas with a dark brown but opaque appearance. Tan head that dissipated rather quickly and produced nice lacing. More carbonation than expected from this style. Nice blend of roasted malt flavor combined with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, and raisins. The flavor and complexity of the bourbon barrel aging came through nicely in the aftertaste. Not as thick as what I would expect from an Imperial Stout.

Not quite what I was expecting, but overall a nice find.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Excitement fills the mind when the cork pops and the head rises upon this black liquid. Burnt raisins, molasses, charcoal, chicory, woody hops and alcoholic esters awaken the nose. Thick medium body with a semi-viscous smoothness. Burnt roastiness, faintly acrid ... nothing but a twang. Slight yeast tone sits behind a dark dried fruit flavor of currants and raisins. Carob powder meets fresh coffee grounds. Leafy hops are layered deep within the roasted character. Semidry palate with a scrubbing of charcoal for good measure. A slow sipper here, tasty even if the roasted flavor reaches a little too far with that burnt twang.

Photo of Ragedominion
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BigE90
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: poured a nice black color with only minimal light getting through, medium viscosity and one finger head that disappeared quickly

s: not a lot going on, some bourbon and chocolate coming through but I really have to swirl it to get anything to come up

t: just a little bourbon flavor with some chocolate and molasses like notes as well, everything well balanced, nothing overpowering but nothing bold either, everything just mellow

m: medium, slight creamy feeling with a very small hint of the alcohol at the finish, for 9% it is hidden well

o: very drinkable for an American Imperial Stout, nothing about it though that makes me want to seek out another, received as an extra in trade and enjoyed it very much but too many others in that style that I enjoy better, I would drink another one though if landed in front of me!

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craaazy...after the usual six twists (try it!) the cork in this bottle pushed the wire cage off before I could do it myself. And it produced the loudest pop I've ever heard this side of a gunshot. Holy mackerel. This stuff is just dying to get out of the bottle.

Insidious is an utterly gorgeous beer, being abyss-like in its blackness. The toasted tan head is insanely creamy and the bubbles are so tight and small, this very firm head looks like something you'd see in a Belgian stout. Lace sticks to the side of the glass like iron filings on a magnet. The head never totally dies.

Aroma has two major characteristics: dusty cocoa powder and alcohol. Despite the alcohol presence, it's quite subdued for a 9% stout, although what's here is completely enjoyable. Just not a ton of depth or energy to this aroma.

Flavor is cocoa, mineral, coffee, alcohol, wood, and cream (in that order)...plus light dark fruit way in the background. The cocoa stays on the palate longest into the finish, and takes on a more burnt character then too. Alcohol isn't overbearing.

Feel is a nice balance of fizzy, airy, soft and slick. A bit dryer than expected. With the head, the big cocoa, the earth/mineral and the fizzy aspects, I'm thinking "Belgian Stout."

Yeah, they could easily sell this as a Belgian-style stout. Since we know this brewery loves the Belgian stuff (ie. Steelgarden, plus many various Belgian-styled offerings of their own), it's a wonder they're not selling it as such. Whatever the case, this is quite good, although not as balanced, complex, gooey or decadent as I'd hoped for.

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of socon67
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with beige foam that settles. No lacing of note.

S: Strong smell of pumpkin spice and light malt.

T: Like many pumpkin beers this was a bit too spiced. The subtle pumpkin notes were lost in the cinnamon. There is a bit of caramel malt in the finish.

M: Too spiced to enjoy more than one. Finishes with a warming burn, and a slight acidic bite.

O: A decent attempt, but I think the bolder profile detracted somewhat. Would like more of the pumpkin influences in this beer.

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of huntr70
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ajaxivan
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask and cage bomber poured into my Victory Tulip

A: Deep black with huge tan head due to the fact i poured vigoursly expecting low carbonation, incorrect

S: Mostly chocolate then some coffee on the back.

T: Roasted malts along with coffee and chocolate. I find no noticeable heat from the alcohol.

M: My first sips were pretty creamy but later sips, not so much. Medium with good amount of carbonation

D: I would say high drinkability on this one. I dont see myself having a problem polishing off this bomber by myself tonight.The alcohol is masked very well and i think this is a solid beer.

Photo of chim52chim
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DS31
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the individual who shared this one with me (forgot who it was)! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger mocha colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, subtle coffee, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, bitter hops, and subtle citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. As stated in previous reviews this one was a little hoppier than I was hoping for. Despite this fact the other flavors carried over quite well. This one was quite complex as well... Worth trying if it is around, but I wouldn't seek it out personally.

Photo of kbuzz
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle (I think) into a snifter. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

A: Poured a dark opaque black with a monster 3 finger tan/mocha head that sticks around a bit. Leaves really solid lacing as it descends back into the liquid.

S: Bittersweet chocolate is noticeable right away...there's some burnt caramel/brown sugar in there...some booziness. A good spicy floral hop presence. Dark fruits - plums and raisins. A licorice scent is detectible as well.

T: Tastes very much follow the nose on this. Dark fruits up front along with a confectionary sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate that teams up with a spicy hop bitterness to balance it out. At the end there is plenty of roastiness/charred coffee, some brown sugar along with a lingering licorice/anise taste. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable considering the 9% tag. Very impressive, complex tasting beer.

M: A medium to full bodied beer...if pressed, would have to call it medium. Very frothy, coats the mouth quite well. I have to say that I think it might be a tad overcarbed. I noticed that the cork was a little hard to remove (actually had to use a corkscrew cause it broke off)...I wonder if they had used a more gas permeable cork that maybe the carbonation wouldn't have been as high. So far this is my only complaint and it's a minor one.

O: Great example of an Impy Stout. Phenomenal aroma and taste...plenty of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and a good amount of hop bitterness to balance it all out. I'd like to try an aged version of this to see if the carbonation mellows a bit. But definitely loving every sip of this one.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From therealnomayo - another of a great box he sent a while back. Thanks as always.

1pt 9.4 C&C that was really stuck in there (I've also had some hand issues so maybe I'm just weak) that gave a loud pop. Faint aroma right out of the bottle, bourbon and roast malt. The pour is heavy on the head, into a Duval glass as I'm tasting 8oz at a time. 2" full head, still hadn't settled after 1:30 still 1/2" and leaving faint frothy lacing.

Full aroma, deep roast malt, light but quality bourbon notes, a little bakers chocolate.

The taste is a little dissapointing, but more notable is that this is quite watery. Give the deep color, the mohogany head and the general aroma of roast was expecting a thicker glass. It is not unpleasant but very much caught me off guard. The taste is a bit onesided to the bourbon, but after those up front notes go the underlying 'ale' is enjoyable if light.

With the first sip I thought, meh, it's a 3. But with each successive sip it has grown on me. The initial shock of the mouthfeel really took me off guard. It's a solid brew and one that I wouldn't mind a few more bottles of.

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Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout from Allentown Brew Works
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.