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Standard Crude Imperial Stout - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Standard Crude Imperial StoutStandard Crude Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 02-09-2013)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

silentdonkey, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mbw314, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beerbuddy21, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

drewone, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of quetzal013
4/5  rDev +5.3%

quetzal013, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of ficklenicholas
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ficklenicholas, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

C+

kojevergas, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Tom-Peters, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
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Standard Crude Imperial Stout from El Segundo Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.