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Scarface Imperial Stout - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MisterClean on 02-19-2010

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 202
Photo of Totalpackage411
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was as good of Stout as any. I had to special order this as it is a limited release and we don't get to big of a variety from Speakeasy in So Cal. It was worth it, this is a rich beer with an excellent drink ability. highly recommend this one if you can find it, Speakeasy rocks! The Scarface barrel aged stout is next on my list if I can get a hold of it.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler into goblet:

A: Black body, slight brownish tint decent head and retention.

S: Smoke, slight alcohol, some dark fruit, plus coffee and wonderful bittersweet chocolate

T: Primarily dark chocolatey, with a good light smokey finish. But the coffee and slight fruit round out the chocolate brilliantly, along with a possible slight herbal hop mixed in there as well, balancing the smoke on the finish.

M: A bit light, but given that this is a growler, that can be expected. The finish seems to last forever, even though the smoke isn't so big on the palate in the first place.

D: Wow. This is probably my favorite stout. Sweet, smokey, bitter, everything a stout should be. Such great balance of the flavors, with a great dose of coffee and smoke without overdoing either. Nothing is overdone, in fact, and all flavors come through so well. The world would be a better place if this was more widely available.

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Photo of kirchnak
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a lot of aroma (that I remember). I had it on tap at the weekly Firkin' Friday at the the brewery. It was unbelievably smooth. I knew it was 10.5%, but couldn't taste it. Has nice chocolatey notes, and is velvety smooth. I quickly finished two before I realized what I had done, it is that good. That is also why I don't have a better description for you. Sorry. It is that smooth (and strong). Highly recommended.

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Photo of pennywhistle
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It had a delicious, deep roasted malt flavour. Subtle on the coffee - it's there, but it doesn't feel like you've got espresso grounds at the bottom of your glass. This beer is very rich, and very smooth. If it wasn't quite so high in ABV I would want to drink it all the time!

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Photo of socon67
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 16oz growler at a speakeasy tasting locally.

a - Watery black with not much head and slippery lacing.
s - malty roasty oaty.
t - alcohol n oats...bitter cocoa beans and roasted coffee.
m/d - big alc tingle, but the fullness is really nice and it has a bit of an oatmeal stout vibe to it, which I love. at first this beer is big and bold and almost too much, but after a few ounces when you get into it...it kills. Really tasty.

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Photo of BrainDad
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco

Deep rich color. Great lacing and one finger of head.

Aroma does not do justice to the flavor, which is deep and rich. Full of roasted malts and chocolate. Has an airy feel that I prefer which is like a chocolate soda, carbonated but not overly so.

Compared to the Obsidian Stout we oredered at the same time, I would definitely come back for this

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Photo of colforbin73
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

why only 4 on the overall? because i just had it a second ago for the first time and i am not ready to push it over the top.


this beer is a rich chocoaltey roasted biscuit cream of a beer. speakeasy outdid them selves on this.

bitter hops confound the back end of your palate. after a complex roasted malt attack the piney hop burn on the back sets in slowly -- the abv rears its' head at the very end but darn, this is WAY better than i expected.

this is an extremely drinkable imperial stout. it just hit the shelves, BUY.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't even know what to do, I've been trying so many really good imperial stouts (American and Russian) lately. Every time I think I get it, there's another stout knocking at the door, saying: hey, "drink me, I'm awesome"

So, first off, hats off to brewers around the world for bringing back beer. Thank God.

I find that the usual diff between a Russian IS and and America Double/IS is the sweetness. AD/IS tend to be a little sweeter and boozier - just my impression - whereas a(n) RIS is a little mellower and less sweet.

A: pitch f'in' black, 'natch, with a thick head that simmers into a rim with lots of lace left behind

S: coffee notes, yes, but mostly malt (roasty toasty)

T: this is the most Russian tasting American Double I've tried as far as my palate can recall - mellow, not too sweet, tender roasted malts and touches of espresso and cocoa, but mostly that rich roasted malt and mild sweetness

M: good body, no bitterness at all, slight tongue-coating (as it should); no astringency or alcohol noted at all

O: wow - these guys first impressed me with their imperial red, Betrayal, and this brew cements them as genius-level brewers. Thank you so much, Speakeasy, and Mike, at my distributor, who's been telling me to get this.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to enjoy sharing a bottle of this while watching Scarface and puffing on a Padron cigar. Poured into tulip glass. Pours pitch black with a very nice 1 inch dark tan head that lasted quite well throughout. Aroma of light bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, and perhaps some molasses. The flavor is slightly sweet with that hint of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, earth, and licorice. Full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Some boozy warmth at the finish. This is probably an underrated beer at inexpensive prices. I’ll be glad to have a bottle again.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Noc Noc. They said this one came back this year, so I assume they also made the last one for SF beer week.

A - Pours black wth 2 fingers of cappuccino head. It leaves about a 1/2 finger ring. Dissipates moderately slow, and leaves some very nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, some smokiness, and light bittering hops.

T - The chocolate and smokiness is still there, but the bittering hops are replaced with a cloying pininess.

M - Full-bodied, smooth, and slightly malt dominated.

D - Overall very satisfied with this beer. No alcohol flavor either.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 32 oz growler from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some bitter hops.

Taste: Similar to its smell. Overall, there is a nice, well-balanced combination of roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Impressive. Drink carefully though because the 10.5% ABV is undetectable and will creep up on you when you least expect it.

All in all, I really enjoyed this offering from Speakeasy. It's definitely worth seeking out - that is, if you can actually find it. ~

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bugaboo416
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice head that disappeared pretty quickly, strong legs on my glass, pitch black body

S: coffee, roasty, a bit of alcohol

T: lightly sweet, then a bit of spicy vanilla, then roasted flavors, then the alcohol appears and burns nicely going down your throat. There's a sharp bitterness and roasted flavor that lingers in your mouth and wont go away.

M: medium to high body, it definitely has some heft to it.

O: A very nice sipping imperial stout, It would be perfect if they could blend the alcohol into the other flavors but worth getting a few bottles, maybe try storing a few for 1/2-1 year to see if it blends a bit more. A small 10-12 oz is plenty because this is a big beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, with some coffee, molasses, and light licorice and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, molasses, and some light black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some roastiness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, and the overall balance is very good.

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Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to KevSal for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Pours an opaque black with 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head that dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves some patchy lacing. 4.25

S: Big roasty notes, with a huge leather and tobacco presence. Subtle cocoa, and a bit of fusel alcohol. 4

T: Roasted malt, herbaceous, some bitter black coffee, semi-sweet cocoa on the finish, subtle booze. 4

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, carbonation appropriately low, ABV is noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, a really nice IS. Kind of reminds me of an Even More Jesus light, which is a compliment. Definitely worth a try. 4.25

Overall: 4.19

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have this on tap at St. James Infirmary. I know that very few places have this on tap, neat to work at one of the places that do.

The appearance is dark black with a foamy brown leather head. It is a thick looking brew, and looks menacing once it warms up. The head is poured with two fingers, and it just slathers the sides of the glass with lacing. I have had this a few times, and every time it just coats the glass with foam.

The smell is of roasted coffee, bitter hops, chocolate, earthy grains, and a smooth vanilla-caramel.

The taste is good and gets better once it warms. It is very quaffable. There are hints of chocolate, roasted grains, almost reminds me a bit like a oatmeal stout? I do not know a lot about this beer, but it is good. There are hints of coffee. I don't know about this being an Imperial Stout, its flavors a mellow compared to those of that style.

The mouthfeel is good, medium with a nice thick finish. It gets left in you mouth for a while. Not very thick, just right for a stout. Overall I think if this were categorized as a stout, this would be outstanding. I like the easy drinkability and the nice mellow flavors.


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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the Speakeasy Brewery providing a slew of beers for a tasting at the Bronx Alehouse.

A: Poured into a pint glass to reveal a dark mahogony w/chocolate have finger plus head & excellent retention. Considering the ABV, the head held up longer than I expected.

S: Earthy followed by strong malts and grain.

T: Nice & sweet with heat coming in the second aftertaste. Roasted malts and dashes of coffee mingle throughout but overall it's sweet w/heat

M: Medium to thick at first and thinning out quickly afterward

D: A great American stout and plenty of earthy essence to display masterful brewing!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Scarface, growler bought at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in New York City.

Appearance: My hasty pour (coming out with the glug of a cumfart) produces a big two-finger-thick brownish head, like cafe latte foam, that recedes into a one finger before settling into a thin veil around the rim of the glass. The beer itself appears black as ebony porn, with some white lacing splattered around.

Smell: Rich and unctuous, with dark chocolate, coffee ans sugar aromas. A slight bourbon-y/cask feel at the end, along with some vanilla and booze. A very complex and delicious nose!

Taste: Carbonated bitterness coats the mouth, ending dry. Not as exciting as the nose, but satisfying. Very thick around the tongue. Lots of cocoa/cacao, some coffee too. A bit of hops and cooked milk/dairy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body/low-to-medium carbonation, dry finish. Alright, but not as good as nose/taste.

Drinkability: At 10.5%, you'll need to sip on this. I had 32 ounces and got a grand buzz.

I really enjoyed this one, almost as much as Stone RIS and other classics of the genre. I'm a fan of this brewery.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA).

A: Jet black with short soft light beige head which fades quickly but leaves some short lace formations.

S: Big dark maltiness with flash of strong alcohol and licorice. THe licorice is not overbearing but works well with the alcohol, chocolate, and coffee aromas.

T: This tastes excellent with even maltiness without tasting syrupy sweet. The alcohol is fairly prominent, so I bet this would age nicely in the bottle. The chocolate and coffee flavors work well, and the roast component is pretty low for the style.

M: Very slick and not at all heavy or a chore. The carbonation is low to give some creamy layers.

O: I tried this beer with no expectations, and I really enjoyed this brew. It provides a slick creamy feel with dark maltiness that treads sweet and roast well. If you don't like alcohol flavors, this is not a good beer for you. I still wished I had asked for a 1/2 pint as 16oz is a bit much.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep. I'm a sucker for marketing, apparently. Any screen printed bottle with any degree of interesting design is a shoe-in for a purchase for me.

This is a thick and rich stout with mild roasted tones and a touch of chocolate and a bit more molasses. Smooth feel. Mild carbonation. A nice easy drinker. Consistent and thick. I like this. Could sip on this one for a while. I wonder what some age would do to it.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone

A: An incredibly nice looking pour on this beer, plenty of tan foam with a viscous black liquid underneath.

S: The nose is full of the usual suspects for an imperial stout. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt with a slight smokiness to it.

T: The flavor pretty much mimics the nose. A nice coffee and roasted malt character with some notes of chocolate with a definite bitterness and some light smoke.

M: Quite a full bodied beer with a low level of carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue.

D: For a fairly high ABV and a rather bold style, this one is fairly easy to consume and was a pretty interesting beer overall. A pretty solid offering from Speakeasy.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is black with a 1-finger chocolate-brown head on top that leaves a nice ring of lace as it dissipates. Small amounts of splotchy lace thereafter.

S: When cold (probably too cold; I should've let this warm up a little before pouring it, but hey, I'm impatient when there's a new beer nearby) I didn't get much at all - a bit of roasty malt and chocolate malt is about it - but when it warms I get a bigger whiff of chocolate malt, some molasses, a touch of burnt sugar and even some alcohol esters.

T: First impression is the dark fruits - think raisins & prunes - which leads me to believe this may not have been the freshest bottle. There's also some bitter dark chocolate or bakers chocolate and roasted barley malt. Quite an impression of char/charcoal towards the finish, leading it to end with a charcoal-type bitterness.

M: Full-bodied and thick; carbonation is modest, but it doesn't result in the feel crossing over to slick or syrupy. At the same time it's not integrated in a way that would allow me to describe it as creamy.

O: Solid. Better than I was expecting, to be honest, as I haven't generally been overly-impressed with Speakeasy's offerings. I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.