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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nightrain87, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Exiled, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dwtyler, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rubalaca, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2013
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LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

akang, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Apr 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mnbearsfan, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tastymug, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

2beerdogs, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dimzy, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Lambocalrisien, Sep 04, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

In the snifter, no light penetrates this black beer. A huge light mocha head dissipated slowly, and is retained well by the constant bubbling.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Very traditional.

Taste is almost exactly as the smell, however, I get a strange earthy peat taste that isn't as appealing.

Texture is velvety, with upper medium body feel, very smooth. There is a light carbonation sting on the finish, but it's not detracting.

Something about this flavor doesn't do it for me, all the aspects of the beer are fine, just that one thing(the most important thing) isn't to my liking. It's not bad, but a bit off putting.


Drinkerofales, Jul 04, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cinnamon, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is the same with some vanilla and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell but it's a bit thin for the style.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 24, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22 brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Black, opaque, sudsy tan froth, sticky lacing

SMELL: Espresso, chicory, cocoa nibs, molasses, burnt raisins, floral alcohol, black toast, licorice root

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, full bodied, sweet, milky, cocoa, burnt sugar, treacle, coffee, Nutella, soft charcoal, burnt drying finish

A lot of fun drinking this bomber, quickly reminded me how much I like coffee / chocolate-ish stouts and big ones at that.

Jason, Jul 03, 2012
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.