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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-01-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

thkrb99, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Whoa, killer brew. Just shy of perfect, and those imperfections are just niggles. Little bit boozy, but hey, it's an imp stout... Looks, smells, tastes, fabulous. Complex, yet just a great classic beer of its style. Faultless finish. Can't wait to return to the brewpub in San Diego.

drpimento, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ThePaleRider, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of thebeeler
3/5  rDev -22.9%

thebeeler, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves very faint spots of lace.

Smell is a delicious balance of sweet chocolate, bitter black coffee and dark malt.

Taste is black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Texture is on the heavy side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

A solid imperial stout with strong coffee and cocoa flavors.

Furlinator, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

DarkUnity, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

SouthSider14, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

TheDrunkenDeer, Feb 19, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

sia478, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

vfgccp, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Raziel313, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dwtyler, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Vigilante, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dmorgan310, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of denatured_gin
1.3/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All of the positive reviews I've glanced at over the last few minutes of googling this swill confirm the unfortunate phenomenon I'm seeing everywhere: most folks simply refuse to believe that a sufficiently obscure or cutely named or visually pleasantly labeled 'craft' beer can be truly BAD.

In reality, these are beginning to outnumber the good ones. Most are what I call "mineral beers" in that they are nearly as bland as mineral water. But then there are the "stouts" that rely on the taste of urine steeped overnight in McDonald's dumpster coffee grounds to impart the flavor we associate with the recipe.

Wreck Alley's Imperial Stout takes this approach, but turns its offensiveness to initiated palates well past 11 with what I can only guess to be soy sauce. And not even the good, Japanese soy sauce: I'm talking about that cheap, black Chinese stuff in the packets with one clear side that come with fried rice take out. I couldn't even choke down the whole bottle, and not only because of my soul-crushing disappointment after psyching myself up for the deliciousness that is a true North American "Imperial" stout. It was just too gross. A 24oz King Cobra tall boy would've stood a better chance. Blecchh!

denatured_gin, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

speedvagen, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

akang, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jtrigonis, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Tom-Peters, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Lucnifter, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

drebrew, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kristougher, Nov 05, 2013
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.