Standard Crude Imperial Stout - El Segundo Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
01-22-2014 06:50:36 | More by mactrail
3.04/5 rDev -20%
650ml bottle, received some time over the summer in 2013, one that got lost in the back of the cellar. Poured into an El Segundo tumbler.
The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown when hit by the light with a thick, but short caramel colored head that has moderate retention and leaves quite a few spots of soapy lace behind. The aroma is roasty, chocolatey and a little chalky, lots of burnt coffee and cocoa with strong toasted malt, quite bitter and a bit abrasive. The flavors are very burnt, lots of overly roasted coffee, burned chocolate and toasted grain, very bitter for the style, a touch of stone fruit provides some sweetness but does little to counteract the burnt qualities of this beer. It's not too smokey, but it does have some smokiness and ashiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is a bit livelier than anticipated, but its very smooth, silky and soft. Coats the mouth nicely and delivers an easy finish that is quite smooth and a bit creamy.
Verdict: Too burned, too roasty and too bitter. It's the first true let down from El Segundo I've experienced and I still look to them as one of the finer breweries in the LA area, but this one is just a miss. Almost nothing redeeming about this brew to speak of, aside from the mouthfeel, definitely one to skip with the plethora of fantastic stouts sitting next to it on the shelf.
01-20-2014 01:50:13 | More by kevanb
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
After looking at some bad news which didn't turn out to bad I thought I'd make
it a trifecta of beers that I could only drink with MrKennedy's help and friendship and yeah I appreciate it bro and it pours just like used engine oil with a one finger head and some nice lacing it doesn't look over the top and also looks like I cracked it at the right time,the smell is blackberries,leather,the slightest touch of milk chocolate and some wild fruitiness that u can't just put my finger on and in saying that its very intriguing,the feel is full bodied lightly carbonated and very bittersweet with tastes of choc cherry,blackberries,tobacco and finished with a smokey dark choc bittersweetness and overall it's definitely a different interpretation of the style and yeah it's drinkable but not something id seek out again cheers.
12-12-2013 14:05:16 | More by ADZA
3.49/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours absolutely black, minimal head. The little that was there sticks around the edges though and makes that purty little lingerie lacing that we love so much.
The nose is overwhelmingly sweet. Dark fruits; prune, plum, just a tad of chocolate.
Boozy, dark fruits, a little chocolate. Bitter hoppiness, some roasty character. Burnt coffee beans.
Not overly exciting, and fairly underwhelming. If you have the chance to taste it its not bad, of the current breed of hoppy stouts, it just doesn't stand out in my opinion. Don't avoid it, but don't seek it out kind of thing?
05-21-2013 05:47:52 | More by kemoarps
Standard Crude Imperial Stout from El Segundo Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.