Standard Crude Imperial Stout - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Standard Crude Imperial StoutStandard Crude Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 48
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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: 9 | Hads: 48
Photo of kevanb
3.07/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev n/a
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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Photo of kemoarps
3.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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? (575 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness and a slight alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (656 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev n/a
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. (581 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.66/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (827 characters)

Photo of john0721
4.04/5  rDev n/a
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. (215 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev n/a
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev n/a
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. (1,334 characters)

Standard Crude Imperial Stout from El Segundo Brewing Company
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