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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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45 Reviews

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: beerthulhu on 06-13-2010

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 168
Photo of deaconoflove
2.39/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ap. Poured into a small Victory goblet straight from the refrig. Huge, fine tan head filled 2/3 of the glass. Very pretty beer.

Sm. Chocolate, malt, and coffee with some hops way in the background.

Ta. Malt came first with chocolate, but then the alcohol just overwhelmed it all and followed into the finish. The alcohol flavor is primary, not a good thing for me.

Mf. Nicely carbonated, feels good in there.

Dr. Uhhh, it's going to be a long way to the bottom of this bomber.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall fluffy yet dense tan head that slowly reduces by about 50% leaving a thin (about 1/8 finger) even layer over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with lighter notes of cocoa and chocolate. Additionally there is a very light note of dark fruit (figs).

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with lighter notes of cocoa and dark fruit sweetness (fig and black cherry). Light bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink, doesn't really seem to be similar to other beers in the style - something in the mouthfeel of this beer just does not work for me. I would not get this one again as there are much better examples of beers in this style readily available.

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Photo of irs
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from a bomber from the local Joe Canals...
nice pour, lots of head....lots and lots. unfortunately, too much carbonation is my ultimate conclusion. nose is thin, dark chocolate, and dark fruits, currants, raisins, nice,but thin.
taste is nice, but thin. Thats the problem, the mouthfeel is just not up to what i want from an Impy. ok, its just a 9%, so thats not an overreach, but for my taste, I'm still drinking an impy for a chewy mouthfeel. a lot of carbonation and a thin mouthfeel is a negative for me. I will retry because I want to like this beer. Especially coming from Fegleys.

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Photo of biglite351
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hands down the most difficult cork I have ever opened.

A - just a sliver of red at the edges. Tall creamy tan head.

S - strong malts, chocolate and coffee. Some dried fruit but it seems spoiled fruit.

T - toasted malts. Chocolate and coffee. It has the same dried slightly off fruit that is in the scent. A bitter turn in the after taste.

M - good coating, minor tingle in throat.

D - maybe one, but that would be it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into my DC Brau glass.

Decent look with a frothy thick tannish head, the body isn't really black but super dark brown, some bubbles rising to the top.

The smell is not great, it is sort of a watered down malt base, some slight sweeter alcohol bourbon notes, but there is some nice leather and musty notes that are nice, though not very appropriate to the style. Just not overly aromatic even when letting it warm up nicely.

The taste is a little better, and actually the creamy mouthfeel helps the beer come alive. It has a sort of Irish stout taste in its mouthfeel, a dry chocolatey and grainy flavor, though it isn't great that there is a very distracting after taste of metal and what only drinks like that taste when a tap line is not clean, though its out of a bottle. Overall a bit confusing in the flavor, some smatterings of bourbon and oak but no flavors are very well balanced.

Eh, this is only ok.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin but dense head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cocoa powder in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cocoa along with hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is very light-bodied compared to other beers in the style (it’s more reminiscent of a dry stout) and lacks much complexity in the taste. Nonetheless, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BigE90
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for my buddy and mine's monthly beer tasting night. Cheers, Pat!

Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Purchase Price: $6.99/bomber

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a pitch black, totally opaque color. Massive two to three finger, foamy, light-tan colored head on the initial pouring. The head lasts a good amount of time. Nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The faint smell of chocolate is the initial aroma. After the beer warms up a bit, the burnt malts seem to be there also.

T -Initially a rather tangy, slightly bitter mocha taste. A mixture of chocolate and burnt malts also are present as the beer warms up. The ABV of 9% is decently disguised but is noticeable. Just seems like something is missing. More of a sweetness would have helped out this beer.

M - Not as thick and creamy as some other stouts I've had. Leans more to the thinner side. A bitter aftertaste is noticeable after each sip.

D - An OK tasting stout but not an outstanding one. Thankfully I had someone to share the bottle with as there's a small possibility that I could have finished the entire bottle myself.

Overall: A bit of an underwhelming stout. There are better stouts available so I have to say that the liklihood that I'll purchase again is small.


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Photo of spartanfan
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at PJ's in Blue Bell

A: Pours an opaque black with a tan head. Little lacing was left behind, but I have doubts about the absolute cleanliness of the glass.

S: Roasted aromas, chocolate and strong smells of anise.

T: Roasty flavors are present, but a anise black licorice flavor come to the forefront.

M: Good medium to full mouthfeel. Good carbonation level and quite smooth.

D: I'm not a fan of black licorice, so while I think this is a solid brew I won't be having it again. If you're a fan of black licorice this might be right up your alley.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black without much of a head on it. Loads of chocolate and molasses and a little bit of vanilla bubble up from the glass into the nose. The palate has cherries, chocolates, toffee and some coffee flavors throughout it. Has an average body that ends dry. Decent RIS; nothing crazy but not disappointing either.

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Photo of sitarist
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blid via the blind bif#4...thanks to sholland119.

Pours opaque and void of color. Nice thick, dense, khaki head. The head falls to a top coating that leaves no lacing behind.

I smell bosco, new shoes, roots, rich organic soil, and hints of smoke. Some odd aromas, but they work well together. Maybe just a little too much of the new shoe smell coming through.

The first thing I taste is bosco/coco, but just as I'm digging it the weirdness comes waltzing in. It has a burnt rubber taste, like that from tires burning on a drag strip. This weirdness doesn't overpower, but its there. There are also hints of soy sauce, dates, and burnt caramel.

Light to medium body. It has a slight bitterness. Dry with an odd aftertaste.

Despite the weirdness this still goes down fairly well, and is a great way to deliver alcohol into my body. Im able to drink this with a smile on my face.

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Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with a tan head. I could smell cherries, but only faintly, and not much else. I could taste chocolate, some vanilla, with a roasty finish. No cloying aftertaste and no noticeable alcohol burn. A pretty easy drinking imperial stout.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, no head, good lacing

S: cocoa, alcohol, roasted nuts, mild vanilla

T: raisin, burnt malt, nuts, mild coffee,
light semi-dry finish

M: med body, hint of smooth/semi-dry mouth

O: Wish this offering was a little creamier
and heavier on the mouthfeel. Still


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Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm behind on posting my reviews here on BA, but the origina tasting was on 3/12/11 and this is taken directly from my personal beer notes.

A - Pours an engine oil black with a very thick and robust lacing ring that's a burnt caramel color.

S - Dark bitter chocolate malt with mild charcoal, oak tannins, oak woodiness, mild bourbon, and a very obscure and distant vanilla and roasted caramel and toffee.

T - Unlike the nose, the palette is predominantly vanilla, oak, bourban, and roasted caramel. For an Imperial Stout, the flavors are not as robust as I'd prefer. However, this beer is unpretentious and will creep up on you quite quickly.

M - THE biggest downfall of this beer is the mouthfeel/body, it's way too thin for the style.

O - Absolutely love this style but this one just 'ain't doin' for me'.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 6/12/15 Medium black thinish pour. Aroma is chocolaty with a dry chalkness to it. Big sweet flavor with hints of dark fruits like fig and prune.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Black body, scarlet highlights; one-finger head of fine light-brown foam. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Sweet + strong, with dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate. Very intense, but not exactly coherent.

T: Fruity, molasses-y sweetness up front; coffee and char thereafter, and booze on the finish. Ok.

M: Medium body, plenty of creamy carbonation. Very good.

O: Better than average, but nothing special.


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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must have forgot to review this one from my trip last week. Anyway poured a darker brown not opague but almost. Decent lighter brown heading, about an inch thick and kind of fizzed out after a few sips. Very little lacing in the beginning.

Nice roasted aromas and whoa a heavy hop blast here. Slight mocha mix with a nice bang of alcohol.

Taste has a nice mocha mix with a decent roasty and toasty malt backbone. Semi wood flavors with a touch of dark fruit. A bit more of a hop twang taste than I would expect from my stouts.

Medium - Full bodied and decent carbonation. Ok balance maybe not as thick as I like my stouts but still not bad.

A good stout, not the best I've had but not the worst. A nice hoppy twist to a stout.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, almost black, pour with a large, bubbly, tan head and decent lacing.

S: The smell is predominantly chocolate and coffee up front. After which is perhaps a hint of alcohol and other roasted malts.

T: Taste is chocolate up front, followed by the roasted malts, and finished with some coffee bitterness. Dry finish, hardly any hops though.

MF: I was expecting a bit more creaminess to be honest. The feel was a bit light for me. However, the alcohol was masked very nicely.

D: Decently high, especially for an imperial stout.

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Photo of socon67
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of jhawth
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours an impermeable black with ruby edges, bubbly finger-and-a-half head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Roasted malts, wood, bourbon, slight vanilla, slight motor oil character.

Taste: Sweet, dark malts upfront, followed by roasty bitterness compounded with a boozy quality.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, light carbonation, viscous quality.

Overall: Enjoyable barrel aged stout. Perhaps slightly boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear dark brown. A bit reddish. Lots of white head. smells oaky and slightly vanilla-y. Pretty wonderfu aroma. Tastes sweet and oaky. Pretty decent. A bit thin, well carbonated. Overall enjoyable. Not too shabby especially for such a small brewery

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of stooge
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage 750ml corked & caged bottle

appears black, with nice tan colored head. good head retention. nice mild roasty aroma, taste follows in the same vein, but is a bit acidic, a little ashy, a bit of charcoal. bitter finish. thicker body, lower carbonation.

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Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout from Allentown Brew Works
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.