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Scarface Imperial Stout - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MisterClean on 02-19-2010)
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Reviews by snaotheus:
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snaotheus

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle poured into two large snifters. 344-0-1-0054 is the bottle code.

Pours dark dark brown, with a medium sized head. Some fine active carbonation. Smell is quite good, coffee, roasted malt, hint of smoke, some chocolate.

Taste is quite sweet, maybe cherry, maybe oak, definitely some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry and gritty. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. But, my wife, who preceded this with Ten Fidy, says that Ten Fidy clearly wins, and this is a little bland in comparison. This is my first Imperial Stout in about a week, and it seems pretty good.

10-27-2013 02:55:32 | More by snaotheus
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-13-2013 21:36:21 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours nice and black under a super dark mocha head, that stays and stays, frothy, and dense. Leaves short lived sheeting, then globby strands of thick lace. Nose of dark malts, coffee, and sugary toffee. Full flavor stout, more sweet and dark roasty notes. Coffee, mocha milkshake with hints of whiskey and wood. Super smooth and velvety on the tongue, without going over the top and taking away from drinkability. Enjoyable, nicely crafted and tasty I.S. Nice offering from Speakeasy Ales.

05-25-2010 02:03:21 | More by Billolick
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +2%

01-25-2014 23:47:21 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer. This was a 22 ounce handbottle filled at Bierkraft in New York.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-18-2010 05:51:25 | More by Mora2000
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-01-2013 23:27:13 | More by acurtis
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r0nyn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark, dark mixture that's completely opaque. Frothy tan head that leaves a ton of sticky, spotty lacing. Looks like it has pretty good viscosity. Smell is full of roasted malts, with quite a bit of decadent coffee, dark chocolate and barley. Hoppiness is pretty detectable at the start, but quickly subsides as the beer warms and the sweeter scents become more prevalent. Interesting and complex.

Say hello to my little friend(s)! Coffee leads things off, more sweet than bitter, but with both qualities making themselves known. Chocolate sweetness follows through, with toffee nuances. As the brew warms, there's a bit of alcohol heat, but it's subdued and unobtrusive. Roasted malts and barley round out the taste, with a mildly astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth. I've definitely had heavier stouts, but this one seems to balance the body and the smoothness very well. Minimal carbonation with a lightly drying finish. Very pleasant.

Drinkability is quite good. Pleasing, nuanced taste, enticing smell and a lush mouthfeel make Scarface Stout one to be reckoned with. I would definitely revisit this. Quality brewing from Speakeasy. Thanks to the guys and gals at New Beer Distributors in NYC for making my first growler experience a great one!

11-20-2010 18:59:35 | More by r0nyn
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-26-2012 08:24:25 | More by InfernoBoss
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crowsoup

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-03-2012 19:30:09 | More by crowsoup
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

The label clearly stated "Brewed in Small Batches." You'd imagine this would be a good thing right? Speakeasy does a very good "Hunter's Point" porter *OR* Payback Porter so I thought I'd give Scarface a stab...

A - Good black appearance in the 12oz Tulip I poured it in, decent head and head retention. Nothing wrong here.

S - Above average, sweet malts, a bit of coco and vanilla. Upon a semi aggressive swirl you get a creamy milky smell as if I'd almost swear lactose was added to this brew. Roast comes out as well. Inviting...I've never had this beer before so I'm dying now to dive in.

T - OK. Here's where it all goes wrong. I do get the flavors I mentioned above in the smell BUT it's rough around the edges, or rather rounded out in the middle and finish with a char - cigarette smokiness that wont go away.

M - Get rid of that smoke. Ruined the beer for me...otherwise everything else was fine.

O - Drainpoured the last 10oz or so. At $5.99, not a bad price for a bomber of a Imperial anything...but money would have been better spend adding 2 more dollars and picking up a 4-pack of Green Flash Double Stout or Old Raspy.

Sorry Speakeasy for the rough review as I do LOVE your Firkin' Fridayz!

03-28-2012 15:35:23 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

11-24-2013 21:01:06 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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TheSixthRing

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance - Pours near black (only the faintest of deep chocolate browns can be detected when held to light) with a thick, cocoa powder colored 3 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin but consistent layer across the surface. Good lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Cocoa chocolate aroma, with subtle notes of bitter dark chocolate. Hints of earth.

Taste - More roasty than the nose leads to believe. Deep, bitter roasted malt with dark and baker's chocolate overtones. Light milk chocolate sits beneath. Finishes with a coffee ground bitterness and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. A bit lighter than your average imperial stout. Goes down well enough.

Overall - Decent, but not an entirely impressive Impy stout. Not as deep, thick, layered and complex as I like in this style. Unless it were on sale, I probably wouldn't give this another go, if only because there are quite a few amazing Impys in this price range; Drakonic and Old Viscosity come to mind.

08-10-2013 05:26:47 | More by TheSixthRing
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-22-2013 21:00:59 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Enjoyed on tap at The Ginger Man NYC. Rpasty aroma. This is black with three-eighths inch of head, and leaves lots of lace tral down the glass. It has a thick mouthfeel and is smooth. Licorice, hoppy, a bit astringent, though good drinkability. Very good but not exceptional for the style.

03-06-2011 13:28:31 | More by Sammy
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socon67

New York

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

A - Dark black color with a rich high brown cola colored foam. Retention is good and lively carbonation settles fast.

S - Strong scent of roasted malt and toffee. This is a very aromatic stout that gained strength as it warmed.

T - "Say hello to my little friend". This packs a nice punch of rich malty flavor, tastes of english toffee and fudge. Maybe the notro did the trick but this seemed incredibly complex.

M - Insanely drinkable. Had to nurse this to really enjoy it. I could of eaily had a second or third glass. For such a rich stout it was very drinkable and masked that ABV.

O - Didn't expect to love this as much. I will get a bottle of this to see if it holds up the same.

08-26-2012 15:09:35 | More by socon67
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20ozmonkey

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Got this bottle at work the other day. Thinking about getting more to cellar it, but I’m gonna review it first.

Pours completely black with a thick, dark brown head.

I’m smelling some coffee notes from afar before I even got my nose to the glass. Bittersweet chocolate is the primary aroma on this here Scarface. I feel like I’m smelling chocolate cake batter while smelling this. (It’s pretty awesome.)

I’m surprised at first by how balanced this seems out the gate for an imperial stout. It doesn’t have a super strong bitter finish and instead has a slight bitter chocolate finish. Up front there is a strong blast of sweetness that is a bit jarring at first.

Heavy bodied with slight carbonation.

I’ve always thought Speakeasy was best when they were making darker ales. Their Sutro Stout and Payback Porter are probably my favorite beers from them. I’ll get a few more bottles of this to store away for a while and see if the upfront sweetness will fade over time.

04-03-2012 00:18:15 | More by 20ozmonkey
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-27-2014 18:22:04 | More by jmccraney
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a bit of transparency. Medium collar.

Smell - Chocolate. Some grassy hops. Caramel.

Taste - Caramel malt. Some coffee roasted malt. A little hoppy here as well. Some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Run of the mill imperial stout. A hoppy one though.

11-12-2013 01:42:01 | More by Alieniloquium
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-13-2013 17:00:58 | More by Nage37
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-29-2013 02:26:56 | More by mc4z
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claaark13

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

A - Pours black with a thick light-tan head. Sticks alright to the side of the glass.

S - Roasted malts are mixed well with hops. Then, there is some sort of almost fresh paint aroma. Hmmm...confusing. Not like an alcohol paint, but just a mild aroma that comes from the malts/hops.

T - Very, very similar to the aroma. Roasted malts, hops, then roasted malts again on the finish. The flavor I'm comparing to paint is in the middle before the malts take over again. Slight sweetness on the finish, as well as some cocoa notes.

M - Somewhere in the medium range.

O - Good everyday RIS in my opinion. The aroma is certainly off, but the flavors are good enough to make me buy a round or two at a bar. I just can't get past the odd paint aroma. It isn't like BA Black Sun, but it is in that direction.

03-18-2012 19:17:52 | More by claaark13
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-31-2013 20:25:22 | More by waddellc2
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-03-2013 11:21:05 | More by dvmin98
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Diomede

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-13-2012 05:27:40 | More by Diomede
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-25-2012 23:23:14 | More by Devi0us
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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.