Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-05-2013 07:24:48 | More by cbutova
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.
A - Pours a touch thin in appearance, but of a near black color with deep brown touches around the edges. A small and somewhat fizzy off white head dies quickly and leaves only a thin collar.
S - Lots of chocolate up front with some licorice to spice things up. Black coffee, brown sugar, traces of vanilla. Nice and roasty with some mild sweetness...gives a really smooth and creamy impression.
T - Lots of roast up front, quite black coffee-ish. A fair amount of alcohol presence is noticable. Chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla...almost has a bit of a bourbony flavor to it with the booze and the vanilla even though this wasn't barrelled. A little bit of brown sugary sweetness really smoothes this out towards the finish. Faint citrusy/fruity hops noticeable more into the aftertaste.
M - Body is a touch thin for the style and falls short of medium bodied overall. Carbonation is mid-level and lively. A bit boozy but smoothes out nicely on the finish with the mix of milky chocolate and creamy vanilla sweetness. Wish there was a bit more body to this...would really add something to this.
O - This was a pleasant surprise. I've had mixed experiences with Karl Strauss beers...this one falls on the positive side of the spectrum. Fairly complex, nicely blended and integrated flavors. Super smooth overall...starts a bit boozy but evens out and ends silky and creamy on the finish. Quite enjoyable.
01-17-2013 01:30:47 | More by portia99
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
Poured from a growler into a shaker pint glass.
A: Opaque black color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Compelling chocolate syrup is featured. Dark fruit peeks from the edges, as does a volatile spirituous quality.
T: Begins off-dry, with cakey chocolate malt in ample supply at first. Acidity is fairly mild into the middle where dark fruit is subdued before flavors become a bit muddied. The finish drops off quickly, leaving a trace of bitter chocolate to linger. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, watery yet sluggish on the palate, with very low carbonation.
D/O: Drinkable for the style, but flawed. While the smell is nearly laser-focused, the flavors spiral out in unnecessary directions. The texture is inconsistent with the style, making the beer as a whole harder to take seriously. Karl Strauss keeps trying to land a real imperial stout, but they can't seem to get everything right.
07-23-2012 05:06:16 | More by beagle75
4.46/5 rDev +15.2%
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Oversized wine glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 20, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 16, 2013
Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of bubbly tan head. Average spots of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Good amount of lacing all the way down.
Smelled pretty much black coffee, fudge and dark chocolate. Also cocoa, espresso, toffee and caramel. I’ve never had coffee, but this is it.
Tasted not quite as strong as the smell, but still similar. Got coffee, coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, smoky fire, dark chocolate fudge, toffee, cocoa and dark caramel. Very smooth.
Medium body. Surprisingly thinner texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
Just a fantastic beer. Everything was just so good. Can’t wait to try it again.
08-17-2013 06:29:26 | More by BucannonXC5
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Pours 2 shades above pitch black with a dark mocha head. One finger high foam cap that has average retention and leaves no lacing.
Chocolate with a fair amount of roasted aroma. Licorice, dates and some cinnamon spice here adds depth.
Fudge brownies and light roast with some cinnamon, ginger bread, dark fruit and licorice root. Very interesting and assorted. Hop character comes in very vegetative and herbal, knocks the flavor back and it starts becoming messy towards the end of the bomber.
Alcohol is mildly hidden but still there. Sticky finish and a medium body for a stout.
Flavor profile and aroma are on point with a great variety and perfect sweetness but the drink and after taste are rather sloppy. Good value for the price.
08-31-2012 04:07:47 | More by rawfish
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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