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Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 19
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 12.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SocalKicks on 02-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 19
Reviews by jjh19:
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4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown, bordering on black.

Smell: Wow. Vanilla and chocolate. I could not wait to taste this.

Taste: Double wow. My taste buds love vanilla, and it was the first thing I tasted here. But there’s so much more. I got hints of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet warming effect at the end.

Mouthfeel: Crazy smooth with a moderate body.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking, special occasion beer. Strong recommendation. Complex and outstanding.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nick29
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ananddullabh
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -4%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Almost black. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Fudgy chocolate. Some vanilla. More bourbon.

Taste - Strong bourbon. Kinda overwhelms. Lots of caramel. Nutty malts and a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Just doesn't taste like a stout. More caramel than roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of lukasz
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Vanilla bean BA. Lots of bourbon note on the finish. Very good

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Photo of boyeryan
4.54/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty. Nice finish. Not over-powering on the vanilla.

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Photo of drewone
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sasdragon
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice vanilla presence, but it is quite boozy at the moment.

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Photo of rawfish
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and watery, a slight wispy thin khaki head forms and settles quite quickly to almost nothing. Flecks of lace.

Nose is pretty great roasted chocolate malt is dominant with equally strong bourbon and oak, vanilla gets blended and hidden by the barrel qualities but is well integrated.

Complexity is reduced greatly from the nose, roasted malt has some breadiness and stale coffee. The cocoa nearly drops out and the vanilla/oak that was so prevalent in the aroma is replaced with an overpowering high pitching bourbon. Alcohol is warming and combats with the earthy bitterness of the hops .

Mild carbonation, strikingly watery and thin for a barrel aged stout, slaps wetly on the palate. Alcohol is presented fairly along with the sticky malt.

The barrel character of this beer is young, presenting more alcohol and fresh whiskey than the oak or vanilla at the moment. Aroma is amazing but the rest of the beer doesn't follow suit. Timing when to drink this one might be key sinces the barrel qualities will be developing as the vanilla fades. Mouthfeel of this stout is easily put down but also still quite hot.

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Photo of akang
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of snakeayes11
4.54/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of clager
1.67/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Had on tap at karl strauss in san diego. Unable to finish it - reeked and tasted of straight bourbon. Didn't get much of any vanilla flavor as expected. Very strong alcohol taste.

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Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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