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Scarface Imperial Stout - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 9
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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jethrodium

California

1.2/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap. Pours a close to pitch black with a small tan chocolate head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The arma is lots of molasses and licorice, a decent amount of roast, quite a bit of alcohol, and some brown sugar. It smells sweet and boozy, certainly not good. The taste is very sweet with molasses and licorice. The is a light vanilla note and some brown sugar as well as a bit of roastiness. The finish is slightly roasty with a bit of bitterness and a lot of booze. It is also chalky with quite a bit of astringency. Leaves a bit of a lingering vanilla taste. Fully bodied, but Syrupy. Low carbonation. This was easily one of the worst beers that I have had. It is way too sweet and also extremely boozy. It is also chalky and astringent. I could not drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 05:33:28 | More by jethrodium
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kojevergas

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I loved the payback porter from this brewery but was otherwise disappointed with many of their other beers.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, nice cream pretty good thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible, which might be because it's nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, well layered dark malts, chocolate, roast, caramel, and hints of coffee. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Roasted barley and interesting dark malts comprise the overzealous foundation. Some chocolate and coffee, but nowhere near enough. The balance is awkward. Cream and caramel. Somewhat layered. Not quite on the mark for the style. Not complex or subtle. The promise of the aroma was far better than the taste. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Should be coarse and dry; entirely wrong for the style. A proper stout uses cream to overcome the dryness of the roast. A touch thin, actually. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable for the style and ABV, but somewhat unremarkable. I liked the appearance and aroma, but the taste didn't deliver. It's enjoyable, but I wouldn't get it again. Fans of the style might like it better than I did. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I wouldn't caution anyone against it.

C-

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 05:15:30 | More by kojevergas
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-01-2013 23:27:13 | More by acurtis
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-15-2013 10:15:12 | More by bernat1971
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-05-2013 22:49:39 | More by ajzy
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle courtesy of one generous trader who I cannot remember at the moment, thanks! Dark black, little head, standard stout look. Smells a little sweet and roasty but rather boring overall, not bad just average. Taste is really lackluster, not bad just one of the most average imperial stouts I've had. I guess I'd say the flavor is just not very robust which is what I would expect from an imperial stout. Yes it has a roast character, yes it is sort of viscous but it just didn't seem very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:40:05 | More by ArrogantB
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cornpone

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-21-2013 00:43:00 | More by cornpone
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mactrail

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really and truly black in the tall glass. Nice tight beige head. Monstrously powerful, both in flavor and alcohol. Plus big hops and endless scorched malt. A salty taste I swear tastes like blood. They seemed to be taking no prisoners on this one.

A little coarse on the mouthfeel. Medium body. Not at all syrupy, just um... gigantic. I'm always looking for ways to use these kinds of hugely flavorful but essentially undrinkable ales, and a small dose of this mega-RIS might ravish a timid cheap lager very nicely.

Bitter and more bitter as you sip. That charred flavor lasts through the aftertaste, and I won't be surprised to taste it when I wake up.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:23:31 | More by mactrail
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

05-23-2014 21:03:10 | More by Latarnik
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illeagle05

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

04-17-2014 00:14:47 | More by illeagle05
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-01-2013 23:27:52 | More by djrn2
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:42:01 | More by Alieniloquium
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claaark13

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 19:17:52 | More by claaark13
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that left a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with notes of alcohol and chocolate and hints of licorice.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little burn from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol in this beer is too prominent in the smell and to a lesser degree in the taste. As such, it’s a slow sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 03:20:27 | More by metter98
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with a frothy mocha cream colored head. decent retention and nice lacing. Big smoky, nutty coffee off the aroma with tones of bourbon, bittersweet dark chocolate and molasses. Bitter chocolate and coffee bean flavor on the initial sip. The bitterness and hoppy mouthfeel is almost to the point of overwhelming, yet still lets some complexity and other flavors permeate such as the sweetness of molasses, roasted malts and licorice. Boozy, bitter mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall pretty decent, nothing spectacular in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:03:13 | More by YouSkeete
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crowsoup

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-02-2012 01:54:06 | More by rbrefbeerman
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-23-2012 17:44:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-16-2013 00:34:21 | More by ms11781
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-17-2013 14:52:43 | More by twenty5
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DotBier

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-20-2013 01:27:08 | More by DotBier
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infi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 11/20 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Typical stout: black and opaque, thin tan head of fine bubbles, very short retention before dissipating into a cap. Decent amounts of speckled lacing on the glass as well. At close examination, the stout is incredibly lively with tons of fine carbonated activity, especially after a couple swirls. Smell is also textbook. Thoroughly full of roasted malt and barley with the latter being the most prevalent. There are a couple hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee and some booze, but quite subdued overall.

Taste begins with a big roastiness from the malt and barley, which makes up a huge component to the beer. Just like the scents, there are some decent amounts of dark chocolate and coffee, but don't impact much on the flavor itself. Towards the end is a moderate drying aspect of the astringency.

Mouthfeel is substantially light-bodied with a little carbonated feel. Honestly, too thin for me. Drinkability is moderately easy, but fairly slow with the 10.5%. An just-about-over-average beer overall. Thanks to BA r0nyn for this tapped treat.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2010 01:29:22 | More by infi
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-09-2014 00:06:10 | More by JMBSH
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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.