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Scarface Imperial Stout - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 162
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%


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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57md

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a deep, dark brown with half a finger of beige head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a touch of chocolate in the nose. The flavor is rich, but not terribly roasty. There is an alcohol bite on the finish which is not terribly intrusive, but not terribly enjoyable either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 05:44:38 | More by 57md
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with tan head that thins out as imperial stouts tend to do. Nice roasty smell and taste, a little bittersweet - like dark chocolate or licorice (though I don't taste anise per se). It's a pretty good drinker, not necessarily one that stands at the top of this crowded field, but a solid choice at any opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 18:52:22 | More by TheRealBigC
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 15:19:06 | More by argock
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jethrodium

California

1.2/5  rDev -69.4%
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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BrainDad

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 20:48:40 | More by BrainDad
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours jet black in color with a half finger tall mocha head. The head reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer plus a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a lot of alcohol present in the aroma of this beer that is slightly off putting but otherwise the aromas of this beer are extremely roasty. Lots of dark roasted and charred malts, along with some hints of bittersweet chocolate, and very light coffee notes.

T: The flavor of this beer is all roast - dark roasted malts, charred malts, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Light amounts of alcohol can be detected.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I'm a huge fan of stouts and roasted malts but unfortunately the alcohol is just a hint too present for me to truly enjoy this one. I like the flavor profile once you get past the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 16:03:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 13:54:55 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with tan head that left little lace and had a strong malt smell of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very minor fruit smell (I always seem to smell chocolate covered cherries in these beers). Taste is more of the same as the bitter chocolate and sweet malts take the main stage as the roasted and coffee malts are underlying. More of a sweet than dry stout but still finishes dry and is a heavier, still bready body that makes a very good stout to have.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 10:22:08 | More by clayrock81
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rattle-n-Hum into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Jet black body with an inch of frothy brown foam. Good retention and lacing. Very dark and very attractive stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and a hint of citrus hops. Very sweet overall, but the hops are a nice touch.

T: Coffee is dominant out of the gate, with very sweet maltiness backing it up. Maybe a bit too sweet, as the flavors don't resolve into chocolate or caramel, but remain purely sweet malt. Some hops on the finish, but not quite enough to balance the cloyingness. Quite tasty nonetheless.

M: Fairly thick with moderate carbonation.

D: A little too sweet for me, but not too bad. I still would have liked more than 25cl (especially since the menu said 12oz, which is 40% more beer, but I'm not a complainer).

Notes: This one came highly recommended by Phil the bartender, and I was excited to try my first Speakeasy brew. While not quite blown away, I found this to be well-done and thoroughly enjoyable. There are many impy stouts I'd rather have, but this was a great one to get to try.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 11:14:54 | More by woosterbill
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pennywhistle

California

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 21:55:40 | More by pennywhistle
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kirchnak

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 05:44:26 | More by kirchnak
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womencantsail

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 09:27:33 | More by womencantsail
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

J

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 23:29:38 | More by Jmoore50
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MisterClean

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 05:01:06 | More by MisterClean
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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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snaotheus

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a deep, but quite fluid and soft-bodied black, with a firm head of crema-brown that settles into a ring of large pocked bubbled. Lacing is fine but minimal. There's some carbonation when it's tilted, but again, the body looks relatively light. Not bad overall, though.

Nose is pleasant with roast characters and some sweetness, but also with a definite worty character that suggests a little underattentuation. There's a mild spice coming through as well, perhaps a little pepper. A boozy note peeks through the centre, giving it a mild astringency. Overall though, it's decent without being spectacular.

Taste is a little more pleasant, aided by a ripe, nutty note that gives some sweetness to help paper over the booziness. Otherwise, there's plenty of roasted characters, more pepper—but mostly it's relatively smooth and easy drinking for what is a fairly aggressive style of beer.

Feel is smooth, but with a lightness to it: it doesn't seem to have much residual body, despite the worty characters on the nose and the smooth sweetness on the palate.

Overall, this is decent enough. It's a fairly par-for-the-course Imperial Stout, and there are a few mildly questionable elements to it, but it's a style that's forgiving of a few inconsistencies. By the end of the glass, I liked it just fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 06:45:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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TheSixthRing

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark and toasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted and lightly charred malt, chocolate, light vanilla and coffee. Finishes a bit thin until a good charred bitterness develops leaving a lingering hop and burnt coffee flavor. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A full flavored American style imperial stout that is not quite balanced, allowing the high ABV to show through a bit; but redeems itself somewhat in the finish

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:50:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle for 8 bucks from halftime beverage.com. Considering my local place charges 15 I believe I got one hell of a deal. Into a regular pint glass.

A -Deep dense blackness that poured very thick (the way I like it) and a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head atop of this beast is an excellent look for a stout.
S - Cold coffee, sweet and chocolate goodness with a sweet chocolate malt edge, some anise and tobacco and a faint bit of hops are what I am smelling.
T - Wow is this roasty and chock full of dark cocoa. Like 70% strong dark cocoa which is nice I do like the bittering sting of chocolate somewhat. Finish is rather hoppy with sweet citrus hops and there seems to be some coffee notes coming out with some vanilla tones. Kind of acidic somewhat.
M - Not as thick as I wanted more medium bodied and somewhat watery. Not bad just not great.

Overall I guess its just the name and the style that allures me try this. I have had far worse imperial stout but again I have also had more balanced, more bodied stouts. This one is just slightly above average. Final thought at least this beer isn't loaded with anise I hate that crap

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:08:56 | More by DrDemento456
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:18:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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DovaliHops

California

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013. Pours pitch black with a medium-large dark tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is packed with roasted malt and burnt cocoa aromas. Lots of dark chocolate. A bit of charcoal with some nice espresso aromas. Some earthy aromas with more burnt malt and roasted malt. Very roasty! Taste is dark chocolate at first...tons of roasted malt and a hint of citrus...just a tiny bit. There is a coffee flavor, but it is a bit stale...not very fresh. Finishes with more dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and nicely carbonated...maybe a bit too carbonated. Drinkability is high for an imperial stout. Overall, where this beer lacks in depth and complexity, it makes up for in drinkability. It goes down way to smoothly. A beer like this should be treated as a sipper, but it's hard when you are able to take big gulps of it (partially due to carbonation). This is a solid imperial stout, just nothing world class. Flavor is lacking a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 08:30:45 | More by DovaliHops
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black in color with a thin tan head that left a mild coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice little booze sting on the nose with dark chocolate, anise and coffee

T: Taste starts with some black patent malt, chocolate malt and hints of coffee. There is a substantial amount of anise throughout this beer. A nice booze sting persists, but sharpens on the end

M: Big body, well carbonated, not really creamy but more so in your face. I can see how some stouts drinkers could find this abrasive

O: A nice, tastefull Imperial with just the right amount of everything I like in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 17:02:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.