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Standard Crude Imperial Stout - El Segundo Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Standard Crude Imperial StoutStandard Crude Imperial Stout

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GRG1313 on 02-09-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 51
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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is me first beer from this brewery but I like the style. Label is blue and black and an interesting design. 10.3% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger dark khaki colour head of nice light mocha-like cream, good thickness, mild froth, and great retention (~5 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a predictable solid black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good lacing as the head recedes. Appearance is typical of the style yet delivers in all the right areas. It's not unique or special, but it looks good across the board.

Sm: Light coffee/espresso, floral hops, buried roast, oats, cream, chocolate malt, caramel, buried licorice or currants, and dark malts. The coffee is nice, if understated. An average strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Cold-pressed coffee hits you over the head; it's not at all subtle and comes off heavy handed. Dark malts form the bland foundation and contribute little. No good evocative roast character here, but there is bitterness from the roast; they got all of the bad and none of the good in terms of that note. Still, when the bitterness is taken alongside the dark chocolate, it's forgivable. A bit of cream. I've never tasted tobacco, but there's a buried note here that I imagine is tobacco (a suspicion that took root after reading the label). It's not a real sweet imperial stout, which I like. But I do get some artificial berry or currant; it really hits the balance hard and the beer never recovers. An uneven flavour profile, but not a bad one per se. I wish it had more complexity and subtlety, but that's often the case.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Thick and bold. Wet. Decent palate presence. Slight overcarbonation typical of a less experienced brewer. Complements the flavour profile generally but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Generic.

Dr: It hides its ABV well, but that may be the best thing going for it. This will get lost amidst the plethora of better (and often cheaper) imperial stouts. You've got to bring more to the table than this if you want to run with the big dogs. In a state wherein Old Rasputin and Speedway Stout will be on the same shelf, this beer has little chance of impressing. I like it, don't love it. No reason to get it again. I'll look out for this brewery's other beers moving forward, but this is underwhelming. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Creamy and full espresso dark brown head. Standing two fingers tall in the snifter bowl, thick and rich. Settles nicely with a bit of lacing, coating and giving off even an orange like hue. Body color is classic black walnut, just a bit of clarity held up to the light and showing a real nice red dark edge as well. Great looking beer.

Excellent aroma off the pour and first whiff of the nose. Good roast and hints of spicy like chocolate notes, diving somewhere between clove and cinnamon like flavors. A bit of and char like notes as well, with a hint of woody pine like heat and bitterness coming off just a little too. Very inviting for a basic imperial stout. Great job so far.

Palate just sings on first sip. Lush and velvety silky thick body, with a nice thick quality but not sludgy or syrupy flavors. Big roasted char and hitting of coffee dark notes. Finishes with excellent bitter dark cocoa powder flavors, and tops off with a spicy tobacco. A great warm big and thick black licorice flavor just envelopes everywhere after some time. Not even a hint of big booze on this either, drinks so easily well.

What an excellent solid imperial stout these guys make here, and I thought the IPAs were fantastic as it was. Really doing a great job down there I must say.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DeLuxe13
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmasley1
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, tobacco and a little dark fruit.
The taste is dark chocolate bitter sweetness. Finishes with an nice alcohol heat.
The texture is smooth and thick.
Really nicely done.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark "stout brown" with with a dark khaki head that fades quickly.

Nose is light fruity chocolate and light roasted grains with some almost Belgian ester character. Light nose but pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice creamy texture and character. Nicely carbonated and pleasing in the most.

Flavor profile is the currently popular "hoppy" malty stout. Interestingly, while I generally don't favor that profile, this one really works and is integrated and balanced. Lots of big bitter hops but comes off more as a big bitter coffee, bitter chocolate character. Yet, hopheads will still like it and call it "hoppy." Malt tones, coffee, burnt grain and chocolate and malt tones are all in the flavor profile but well integrated, balanced and well presented. I keep going back to the glass for more, which is a pretty good test.

Finish is a relatively long lasting bitter hop; bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. One of the better "new style" stouts tasted recently in my opinion.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 111213forlife
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Buzz3d
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silentdonkey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ficklenicholas
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of john0721
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, black with light brown head, nice lacing

Roasty nose with some chocolate.

Roastiness, some chocolate and dark berries in the flavor, with a roasty finish.

Creamy texture.

a very good imperial stout.

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Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Velvety brown in the Brugs chalice with a fine-grained foam. Aromas of roasted grain and cocoa. Slightly sweet with a hot alcohol candy nose.

Taste is seriously chocolatey with a strong dose of espresso. This is quite a mouthful. Winey mouthfeel along with plenty of carbonation. Rich and bordering on unctuous, but sharp at the same time. Major hop bitterness emerges later on.

The intense back-or-the-throat sensation gets to be a bit much. This is intriguing and worth a try, but I'll take the small glass. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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Photo of Fern13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Standard Crude Imperial Stout from El Segundo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.