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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
86
very good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

03-16-2013 20:15:47 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:47:49 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a head that would honor a Belgian; leaves plenty of splashy lacing around the chalice

Smell: Cocoa, dark fruit, toasted brown bread; a little chalky

Taste: Cocoa powder and toasted brown bread, up front, with earthy hops developing in the middle; ; after the swallow, hints of dark fruit and chalk appear, with the cocoa flavors lingering underneath; dry finish, like an Irish stout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Interesting how light this beer is for a 9% ABV; it has elements of Belgian (mouthfeel) and Irish (dryness) so it is hard to think of this as an American Imperial Stout (or a Russian Imperial Stout, which is how they characterize it on their website); if I don't think of the way they classify it I found that I liked it better

Thanks, bbpro47, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:35:26 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

01-15-2012 02:08:32 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-19-2013 16:59:23 | More by jaydoc
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-03-2013 16:31:28 | More by beernads
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-28-2014 13:08:09 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 15:45:48 | More by dbrauneis
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- this is considered an english style imperial stout by the brewer.

A: From the bottle a dark reddish-brown pour yielded a deep midnight black in the glass. A mocha colored head, about a finger high in height, only stood briefly before it fizzled away to a patchy covering.

S: Rich dark chocolate malts overlay a soft, but sweetly roasted character with only faint glimpses of the 9.0%abv to be had on the nose. Dried milk cocoa powder offers some ending and intriguing hints as well.

T: A deep smooth coffee roastedness first greets the taste buds. Dark fruit with a bitterness of dark chocolate malts also come into play. Its not doubt the malting is the highlight here, with hardly an aspect of hops to be noticed, with creamy dried milk chocolate that could be interpreted almost like a dry sweet stout. A soft coffee presence of wet grounds is picked up on the finish which was as equally smooth and silky as it started.

M: Full bodied with an oily smooth and silky texture effortlessly lets this slide around the tongue with little friction or mention from the carbonation. A smooth coffee ground roastedness sits well on the tongue after the swallow with only considerable mention of the 9.0% abv.

D: Very drinkable, definnitly its strong point here, a 9.0% that drinks with all the smoothness and ease of a 6% sliding down with a rich and dark, but sweetly toned flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 12:43:56 | More by beerthulhu
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-24-2014 20:56:35 | More by Latarnik
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft as part of a sampler at Allentown Brew Works this past weekend. Poured into a 5.5 oz glass.

A: Black body with hues of dark brown and maroon around the edges in the light, creamy tan head. Very very nice looking beer.

S: Roasted elements dominate with coffee beans, toffee candy and some bitter chocolate morsels. Nothing too sweet or dry and the blending of the flavors is quite good.

T: Chocolate notes, sweet caramelized toffee and some roasted grains and malts. A bit of alcohol heat but nothing to detract from the flavors that are here. The other reviewers seem to be getting too much alcohol in the bottle, I'd recommend letting it sit (like I'll be doing with mine) because the tap was extremely well balanced.

M: Smooth body, medium to full, with saturating carbonation but thankfully it's not overkill and keeps this body feeling thicker.

I was satisfied after the 5.5 ounce glass, and when I crack my bottle, I'll definitely be splitting it. Nothing bad with it's drink-ability just not my favorite to sit with it for hours.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 13:42:49 | More by ShanePB
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:49:53 | More by thagr81us
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5%

03-14-2012 02:23:53 | More by bsuedekum
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whartontallboy

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-06-2012 00:36:10 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:22:08 | More by woosterbill
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-03-2014 01:44:22 | More by DrBier
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 06JUN13 visit to ABC.... After a Barleywine for round 1 with my sammich, I had two 12oz snifters of this for dessert, at a more reasonable $4.75 per.

It was deeply opaque, a dark, dense brown with a creamy mocha head. The topping was thin and fine, sticking mostly at the edges, with good lacing. It had a rich choco nose, with some roastiness; quite inviting... Another solid medium-plus body, and it was smooth, though I thought it could be chewier.

Had lovely choco/coffee notes with more roasty aspects. As it warmed, dark fruit arose, akin to choco-covered cherries. A solid floral character brought things to a solid finish. Let this one warm; it is quite well-made! Prosit!!

4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1574

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 16:02:43 | More by Bierman9
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a wonderful, almost pitch black color with a thin off white head. The head faded in a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas were heavy of chocolate and dark fruit with some coffee notes. The dark fruit was mainly cherry and fig in nature producing and overall very sweet aroma. Mixed with these were nice aromas of some whisky and booze as well overall giving a very nice smell.

Taste – The aromas that were detected were also present in the taste. The taste began with a good lot of cocoa and sweeter fruit flavors of cherry and some prune. As the taste advanced a light coffee and more roasty flavor meet the tongue. These were soon met with some sweeter fig and cherry flavors that either showed up (fig) or intensified (cherry) as the taste went on and in the end with a slight boozy flavor created a very pleasant warming/flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Creamy with a lighter level of carbonation. Very fitting for the style and quite nice for the stronger brew.

Overall – Delicious. A nice strong, slightly sweeter, stout. Lots of roasty and sweet flavor here. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 23:46:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

03-21-2014 17:05:00 | More by ZEB89
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

12-08-2011 07:03:15 | More by Exiled
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 23:02:05 | More by Metalmonk
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:27:45 | More by jmdrpi
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jsanford

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-25-2013 22:00:03 | More by jsanford
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birchstick

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:56:03 | More by birchstick
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:14:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.