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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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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

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Beer added by: beerthulhu on 06-13-2010

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 168
Photo of CooperEllis
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of gregshead
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Biglobo blows me away with another winner. Thank you again. Tasted on 5/23/11. Reviewed from notes:

Cork pops with lots of pressure behind it.

A: Pours black with a finger and a half of khaki colored head. Lots of head for a bourbon barrel stout

S: Strong whisky/bourbon on the nose. Yeehaw. Also hints of chocolate

T: Strong bourbon and oak flavors shine through. Lots of bourbon, did I mention bourbon flavors stand out? Almost a spicy flavor in there as well.

M: This is where the beer really throws me for a loop. Strong champagne like bubbles in the carbonation. Beer has a really light feel on the tongue. Some heat on the nose as well.

O: This bourbon barrel stout has some really unique qualities I appreciated. It puts itself ahead of the curve by being different than the rest of the -bal aged stouts I've had. Would definitely have again, in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade and was going to cellar it for a bit but said to hell with it since I've been on a such a barrel aged kick.

Pours a solid black with nice tan/brown head. Very large head even though of the ABV.

The smell is sweet from the roasted malt and a lot of oak.

The taste is on the roasty coffee side with a little dark fruit. A lot of chocolate on the back from the oak.

A pretty good beer. Not the best oaked Stout but by far not the worst. Hits the spot if your looking for something with a fairly strong barrel taste on a pretty straight forward Stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black color, with a large creamy tan head. The smell is full of choclate notes and a bit of alchool. The taste is very full, alot of choclate flavors surprising. A bit of coffee flavors, some oats, very complex and complete. Good full flavor, stays on the palete, great carbonation. Overall I found this fantastic, I am unsure if my bottle has aged at all, but very impressed.

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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 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 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 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 ajaxivan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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 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 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 Metalmonk
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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