Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
2012 bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pours black/deep dark brown with nice 2 finger khaki brown head. slight lacing on the glass.
S: Some chocolatey and big coffee notes. Sweetness about it along with a hint of some charcoal.
T: Roasty, coffee notes, and chocolate sweetness. slight vanilla and a bit of alcohol warming effect.
M: On thin side for an imperial stout. Not creamy which I would normally expect. Not as thin as say Drakonic, but closer to that than a thick creamy stout. Carbonation is noticable on the palate and bit harsh. Slight bit of booze after taste.
O: Alright offering, found the mouthfeel to be disappointing and carbonation levels off. Not as pathetic of an offering as drakonic, but not one I will buy multiple of. I'd be curious to try the BA version, should note for the price ~$8 its not a terrible deal.
03-14-2013 03:53:32 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
A: Pours a nice black with a head that stays lingering thin around the edges.
S: The huge nose on this is a majority of coffee and chocolate with a struggle of roast on the side
T: A deep grainy wheat bread characteristic that is quite thin up front and mid tongue, and tries to amp up the flavor as it rolls down the tongue revealing a very subtle coco characteristic with low level if heat. Nothing really jumping out at you
M: Pretty thin for an imperial stout. Little too dry IMO for the style.
O: It's a decent I Stout, not mind blowing like i had hoped it would be. But still a decent offering
04-12-2012 03:59:42 | More by PatrickSwayze
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours out pitch black with about an inch of tan head. All this is great, but the head disappears very fast and leaves zero lace behind.
Chocolate, toffee and a hint of brown sugar make up the smell.
Chocolate and dark fruit start off the taste, though they are both pretty light. Vanilla and earth come in a bit in the middle. Chocolate dominates the finish. No booze from what I can taste. Very light bodied and high in carbonation for an imperial anything.
There isn't anything offensive, or not good about this imperial stout. It's just a bit bland and uncreative. It would be a nice, easy introductory beer for anyone new to the style, but not great for someone looking for an interesting stout.
04-06-2013 03:15:15 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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.
01-10-2013 04:31:06 | More by Ryanbenjamin
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
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest tan head; spots of lace linger
Smell: Chocolate with hints of caramel, coffee and licorice
Taste: Chocolate, with a fudgy character developing by mid-palate, adding some caramel, coffee and licorice into the mix; there is a subtle hint of heat as well as a plastic flavor that develops in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Very enjoyable; lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee, the finish is a bit all over the map but only a minor distraction
08-16-2012 00:31:07 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-27-2012 20:19:16 | More by ehammond1
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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