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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

BucannonXC5, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Vermonthiker, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

blguillen, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerOps, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of mxchap
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

mxchap, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

dksl16, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

pin, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BMart, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

HomeyJosey, Jun 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Liondiscs, May 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

firecrack0r, May 22, 2013
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tourdot, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SalukiAlum, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

djaeon, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at the brewery. Black color, short tan head. Aroma was quite nice, lots of coffee and chocolate. Big coffee in the flavor, chocolate, alcohol, pretty good. My only complaint was the mouthfeel being a little thin. Best beer I had at Karl Strauss.

ArrogantB, May 06, 2013
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost opaque. Short coffee colored head. Not as crazy dark as most Imperial stouts

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste: More coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Starts off a little sweet, but has a nice roasty malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thicker than it looks, definitely full bodied, reasonable carbonation

Overall: A worthy stout. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to sneeze at. If you want a stout, and are at Karl Strauss, you can't go wrong. Also, you would never notice it is 9.5% abv until you stand up.

MadCat, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kingmaker, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

IRONRakkasan, Apr 12, 2013
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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
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.