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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Wreck Alley Imperial StoutWreck Alley Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Whoa, killer brew. Just shy of perfect, and those imperfections are just niggles. Little bit boozy, but hey, it's an imp stout... Looks, smells, tastes, fabulous. Complex, yet just a great classic beer of its style. Faultless finish. Can't wait to return to the brewpub in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 01:07:27 | More by drpimento
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ThePaleRider

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-10-2014 05:02:13 | More by ThePaleRider
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thebeeler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-01-2014 15:47:58 | More by thebeeler
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Furlinator

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves very faint spots of lace.

Smell is a delicious balance of sweet chocolate, bitter black coffee and dark malt.

Taste is black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Texture is on the heavy side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

A solid imperial stout with strong coffee and cocoa flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:44:23 | More by Furlinator
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DarkUnity

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-25-2014 04:58:00 | More by DarkUnity
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SouthSider14

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2014 20:05:22 | More by SouthSider14
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TheDrunkenDeer

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-19-2014 03:44:15 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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sia478

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

02-13-2014 23:37:49 | More by sia478
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-12-2014 18:55:06 | More by TriageStat
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2014 03:02:53 | More by vfgccp
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-30-2014 10:54:20 | More by Raziel313
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-30-2014 04:11:45 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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dwtyler

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-26-2014 07:59:25 | More by dwtyler
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Vigilante

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-20-2014 01:53:12 | More by Vigilante
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2014 09:18:17 | More by dmorgan310
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denatured_gin

California

1.3/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All of the positive reviews I've glanced at over the last few minutes of googling this swill confirm the unfortunate phenomenon I'm seeing everywhere: most folks simply refuse to believe that a sufficiently obscure or cutely named or visually pleasantly labeled 'craft' beer can be truly BAD.

In reality, these are beginning to outnumber the good ones. Most are what I call "mineral beers" in that they are nearly as bland as mineral water. But then there are the "stouts" that rely on the taste of urine steeped overnight in McDonald's dumpster coffee grounds to impart the flavor we associate with the recipe.

Wreck Alley's Imperial Stout takes this approach, but turns its offensiveness to initiated palates well past 11 with what I can only guess to be soy sauce. And not even the good, Japanese soy sauce: I'm talking about that cheap, black Chinese stuff in the packets with one clear side that come with fried rice take out. I couldn't even choke down the whole bottle, and not only because of my soul-crushing disappointment after psyching myself up for the deliciousness that is a true North American "Imperial" stout. It was just too gross. A 24oz King Cobra tall boy would've stood a better chance. Blecchh!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:55:58 | More by denatured_gin
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speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-09-2013 04:26:34 | More by speedvagen
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2013 01:29:24 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-22-2013 12:34:31 | More by akang
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Jtrigonis

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-17-2013 21:07:43 | More by Jtrigonis
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Tom-Peters

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2013 17:25:57 | More by Tom-Peters
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Lucnifter

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-15-2013 00:20:08 | More by Lucnifter
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drebrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2013 03:37:53 | More by drebrew
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-05-2013 15:34:44 | More by kristougher
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back in SD, 22oz bomber purchased at a deli in Point Loma. Live review, already have notes for 8 more.

A- Pitch black pour to two small taster glasses. No light makes it through the beer and a small light mocha head forms to a finger. Decent cap retention as it falls to a small creamy white ring. Lacing deposits are spotty on the glass.

S- Coffee off the top, not super dark roast but still the beans nonetheless. Cocoa also comes in rich with some roast grain, nutty, caramel and raisins.

T- Coffee and dark yeasty fruit notes are big here and lead in the flavor. Roast grains and cocoa come next and compliment the aforementioned things. Nutty, toffee, caramel, toasted, apple, malty and some sweetness, like lactose somehow.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a somewhat silky texture but not as thick as most great Imperials. Carbonation on the medium high side which helps support the dark big flavors. Finishes roasty bitter.

Enjoyable big stout with a hefty yeast and coffee forward profile complimented by cocoa and roast grains. Body could be a bit bigger but overall it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 07:24:48 | More by cbutova
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.