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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
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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drebrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-30-2013 19:46:07 | More by Davepoolesque
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-30-2013 00:39:31 | More by Kmlund
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MikeMilanoDesign

California

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

10-24-2013 04:39:51 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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krl2112

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-15-2013 18:22:15 | More by krl2112
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deepish brown, surprisingly supple and with a clarity at the edges. Body is loose and fine and holds some carbonation in a haphazard sort of manner. Head forms a fine ring of muddy brown that doesn't leave much lacing. Looks decent enough though.

Nose is pleasant, if a little generic for an impy stout: plenty of roast, plenty of malty sweetness, with a stretched grainy quality. Slight sweet-savoury toasty character, with a vague coffee sharpness around the back. There's a bit of booze to it, but it's arrested by the roasty character. Pleasant enough.

Taste is similar. Slight toasty roastiness with a pretty generic sweetness that probes through the front to the back and leaves its mark on everything. Finish is vaguely toasty, with a hint of tobacco smoke.

Feel is smooth enough, but containing that vague lightness that somehow permeates.

Overall, this is a pretty lacklustre imperial stout. It's certainly flavoursome—it would be hard not to be while remaining in the style, but I want something more in such a beer. Indeed, I find it hard to believe this even got to 9.5% ABV: beers of this strength are rarely this insipid.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 07:22:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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EB1

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

09-28-2013 21:27:37 | More by EB1
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-21-2013 15:01:01 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-21-2013 14:58:48 | More by Texasfan549
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-06-2013 22:23:34 | More by Soto
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Lambocalrisien

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-04-2013 01:03:35 | More by Lambocalrisien
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JorSince88

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-26-2013 04:56:15 | More by JorSince88
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-22-2013 13:20:33 | More by beernads
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BucannonXC5

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Oversized wine glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.49
Purchased: July 20, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 16, 2013
Misc.: N/A

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 06:29:26 | More by BucannonXC5
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Vermonthiker

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-11-2013 23:56:01 | More by Vermonthiker
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-11-2013 19:25:17 | More by funkel81
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blguillen

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-20-2013 05:21:07 | More by blguillen
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2013 05:22:55 | More by Zbeetleman
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-07-2013 17:42:29 | More by LoveStout
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2013 22:41:15 | More by JamLand
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-25-2013 03:33:09 | More by BeerOps
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mxchap

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin head and not much lacing
Aroma: Roasted coffee (medium strength), great balance and diversity of esters, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
Taste: So well balanced. The esters blend so nicely with the coffee and chocolate. This beer is incredibly drinkable.
Feel: Pretty well done. Maybe a tad over-carbonated and dry.
Overall: This beer is not earth-shattering, but it is extremely enjoyable and is a reasonable value. Definitely worth a try IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:29:55 | More by mxchap
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dksl16

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-18-2013 00:52:31 | More by dksl16
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.