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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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very good

158 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-01-2012)
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Reviews by LesleyLooWho:
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

This is still the best beer I've ever tasted. I am actually not sure if it was on nitro-tap, but I wouldn't be surprised with how smooth it was. The aftertaste was like a cool cup of coffee and it wasn't bitter, but velvety smooth and chocolaty - just the way I like 'em.

LesleyLooWho, May 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

SanFranJake, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22 brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Black, opaque, sudsy tan froth, sticky lacing

SMELL: Espresso, chicory, cocoa nibs, molasses, burnt raisins, floral alcohol, black toast, licorice root

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, full bodied, sweet, milky, cocoa, burnt sugar, treacle, coffee, Nutella, soft charcoal, burnt drying finish

A lot of fun drinking this bomber, quickly reminded me how much I like coffee / chocolate-ish stouts and big ones at that.

Jason, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark brown in color, though clearly not black, with dark ruby highlights near the edges and a thing dark brown head. This leaves regular lines of lace down the glass.

Earthy aroma with ground coffee accompaniment. There's roast and a hint of vanilla as well.

The flavor is similar, with ground coffee flavors dominating, along with a hint of alcohol, roast, a little bit of vanilla, and something, unfortunately, metallic.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a hint of a metallic mouthfeel.

Good enough, though I was hoping for more.

ehammond1, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: dark brown-black color; opaque with a very durable tan head that leaves attractive lacing.

Aroma: appealing mix of coffee and baked dark bread.

Flavor: mildly sweet despite a strong coffee presence. High quality coffee component.

Feel: medium-full body with soft, light carbonation. A bit syrupy.

O: a very tasty coffee stout. Improved with warming. Reommended!

chinchill, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

acurtis, May 12, 2012
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +3.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of dertyd
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

poured from a 22 oz bomber to a 562 pint glass

A:dark almoast black with red hues looks like an dark iced coffee.verry thin kahaki head that settles to a ring around the glass almoast no lace

S:dark roast coffee,chocolate malts and vanilla

T: just like smell coffe,chocolate and vanilla verry smooth

M:smooth rich,verry wet

O:verry good imperial stout not to much coffee but just enough verry smooth

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

dertyd, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Rob23
3/5  rDev -22.5%

I am not going to go overboard with a description.This stout is just OK in my opinion.Most likely will not purchase again.I have had better(Ten Fidy,Stone,Boulevard,Rasputin)and I have had worse(no name to mention)If you do not mind trying new things and have the income to not care then by all means give it a go.Maybe the 2 IPAs I enjoyed before this one ruined the experience for me....but I doubt it.

Rob23, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%

No bottle date

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a deep, very dark brown with a finger and a half light tan head that recedes disappointingly fast, leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma: Soft milk chocolate, roasted malts, grassy, herbal hops and some background notes of coffee.

Taste: Creamy baker's chocolate up front, with some herbaceous hops intermingling with some rich, caramel laden roasted malts. There is a nice flourish of robust coffee beans and more chocolate in the lingering, off dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a quite bit thin for the style with some soft carbonation.

Overall: A decent imperial stout; I definitely wish the mouthfeel was fuller for 9.5% and I wish the coffee notes were more apparent, but the creamy, overt notes of chocolate are quite nice and help the beer seem richer. Karl Strauss hides the 9.5% extraordinarily well. I've allowed this beer to warm up almost to almost room temperature, and still not a single hint of alcohol which is quite impressive. I'd recommend this to someone who wants to try an easy drinking Imperial Stout.

flayedandskinned, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of leoinsd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

leoinsd, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Kmlund, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jdougherty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

jdougherty, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tourdot, May 14, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of HomeyJosey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

HomeyJosey, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.2%

CEDAMA, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MikalMick, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%

I tried this at the Winter Brews Fest in Concord but couldn't really write notes on it then. I got a few bottles of it later and took some notes.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head, decent lacing

Smell- coffee, chocolate

Taste- coffee, chocolate, very nice!

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a very good stout. I really enjoyed it a lot!

jeffjeff1, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SalukiAlum, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

pin, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Ryanbenjamin
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%

A- dark and rich. A rather small head that seemed a little thin

S- beautiful. Rich chocolate with a hint of coffee. Boozy smell toward the end

T- definitely taste the chocolate and coffee. Toasted malts give it a perfect degree of smokiness. Alcohol is very present towards the end; could definitely benefit from an extended vacation in the cellar.

O- excellent. Very good at the brewery for dessert after a big meal. Bought 4 bombers when I left and can't wait to see how they have aged after a year or two.

Ryanbenjamin, Jan 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

kerry4porters, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

Very dark brown colored beer, it is basically lightproof. No head formation.

Smells sweet and very well charred. Smells of berry, smoke and medicine. Burned chocolate aroma and a faint whiff of coffee. Alcohol is completely hidden a lot like a Milk Stout in flavor.

Starts out sweet with a strong chocolate flavor and an after taste of wheat toast. Slight berry flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty tasty. Heavy on the malt makes it pretty easy to drink.

Zorro, Jan 29, 2013
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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.