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Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout - Allentown Brew Works

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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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-14-2012 01:30:34 | More by brez8791
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a mini snifter

Appearance: a big tan light brown head floats atop a lighter black colored brew with spots of lacing from the lasting film of carbonation

Smells: a light roasted coffee and bread malt. There is a slight bourbon front but there are vanilla and carmel notes that come through as it warms up.

Tastes: as the nose insists there is a fresh floral and pine hop that blends with sweet coffee and chocolate. I enjoy the toffee and caramel notes alone with a earthy light charred oak taste.

Mouthfeel: at 9% this is a smooth and mellow brew with signicant carbonation.

Overall: I picked up a few bottles at$8 a pop and its a steal in my opinion. I have to say this is my favorite brew so far from them that I have tried followed by their hop-solutly.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:41:24 | More by kennylopez
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

02-21-2012 04:34:22 | More by WaydeRafnel
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

02-17-2012 02:32:07 | More by aszatk01
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that had little retention but left some nice lacing anyway. There is a mild roasted note in the nose and the bite of the roasted malt is certainly present in the flavor. There is some alcohol sourness on the finish that does not quite go with the upfront flavor.

I paired this with some beer and cheese soup for a perfect light lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:03:21 | More by 57md
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 17:38:43 | More by TheFightfan1
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-23-2012 17:25:27 | More by IdrinkGas
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

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

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-05-2012 05:52:25 | More by leschkie
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-31-2011 19:00:22 | More by FrankShirley
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-20-2011 22:32:56 | More by rowingbrewer
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-15-2011 21:57:27 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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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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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-06-2011 13:29:56 | More by sideshowe
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-04-2011 18:34:59 | More by whallgren
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark pour but not quite black. Slightest tint of red sneaking out. Mocha head, 2 fingers worth, and nice head retention. Thin lace all around the glass.

Nose is dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate, and flavorful citrus hops. The hops combine with the coffee to give off almost a cherry feel, but the citrus comes through in the end. Very sweet nose.

Very hop forward for the style. Citrus hits right away, even before the chocolate and coffee work in. Flavors combine for a lighter than expected finish, but again very hop forward. One of the hoppier stouts I've had.

Lighter feel than I expected and wanted, but may be by design with the hop character here.

Overall very well done. If you want a nice impy stout with good hop character, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:57:14 | More by beer2day
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-26-2011 03:31:46 | More by hannydawg
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 16:59:45 | More by mgbickel
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 15:56:56 | More by justintcoons
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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
enjoyable.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 15:49:20 | More by BeerLover99
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:27:47 | More by kbuzz
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BigE90

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:12:05 | More by BigE90
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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'.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 07:09:07 | More by jzeilinger
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 00:31:51 | More by Urbancaver
Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.