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Barrel Aged Wreck Alley - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

When we tasted the first batch of Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, we knew barrel-aged versions were in the cards. The only questions were when and how often? Batch #1 answers the first question, and as for Batch #2, you’ll just have to wait and see. Brewed with the same darkly-kilned malts, Tcho cocoa nibs, and Ethiopian coffee beans from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Batch #1 was aged three months in American oak barrels. The resulting brew is a dark, unblended, and richly flavored union of dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted oak.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 03-11-2013)
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Thanks to XXX for knocking this off my wants list & into my welcoming arms, along with a bevy of friends. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is black because, you know, it's a stout. Nose sends shivers of trepidation down my spine - the expected coffee & chocolate are only found through a far-looking glass, no vanilla or woodiness, but a lurking bout of fruitiness is the strongest flavor to be found. Please, no!

Barrel Wreck Alley, I ask: where's my barrel-aged imperial stout? What say you? Sweet malts up front are immediately fouled with what tastes like aged smoke, & further lanced by a sharp, lactic tartness that smacks of cherries. As it warms the fruitiness increases & sticks to the tongue, glue-like. Coffee, chocolate, oak, all MIA. Mouthfeel? Not terrible, but I'm going to give the drain a chance to judge the rest of this one.

Yuck. Really enjoyed the 23rd Anniversary, but something has gone seriously wrong here, with a bad taste like none I've experienced; I think it's settled into my tonsils. Going now for the Wheat Thins, steel wool, & drain. And not in that order.

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Thanks to No1Smitty for this! One of many extras!!

A - Pours a near black into my over sized DFH signature glass. Head is a massive (~2 finger) light chocolate color. Retention is ok, lacing is decent.

S - Smells amazing! Roasty coffee, sweet chocolate, mild vanilla and oaky aromas. Pretty serious cocoa!

T - Quite bourbony!! This is absolutely fantastic! A quick initial hit of espresso and rich cocoa almost immediatly transition into a hefty sweet bourbon/vanilla/oak flavor. The bourbon lingers a bit with the chocolate through the finish and aftertaste. Kind of wish the Espresso hung around a bit longer but a really tasty, relatively bourbon intensive libation.

M - Definitely a lighter bodied brew for the style, medium bodied or less overall I'd say. Super smooth and relatively refreshing. One of the most drinkable 10%ers I've ever had.

O - Very delicious, well balanced but bourbon forward, smooth, drinkable BBA Coffee Cocoa stout. So good!

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Barrel Aged Wreck Alley from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.