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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

169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-20-2013 00:11:04 | More by DIPAFAN
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-13-2013 17:00:58 | More by Nage37
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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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57md

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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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snaotheus

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -5.9%
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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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-05-2013 00:45:18 | More by mltobin
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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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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-15-2013 10:15:12 | More by bernat1971
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-09-2013 12:32:55 | More by Mattyb79
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-08-2013 17:42:36 | More by spark3148857
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Aimo

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-05-2013 05:15:39 | More by Aimo
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Furlinator

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-04-2013 09:53:12 | More by Furlinator
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-27-2013 07:19:04 | More by Garrett
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-11-2013 17:14:28 | More by Beerbuddy21
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TheSixthRing

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Samaurer23

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-29-2013 21:17:02 | More by Samaurer23
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-13-2013 21:36:21 | More by EastBay_Nick
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bird22

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-27-2013 18:04:20 | More by bird22
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.8%
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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anson42

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-21-2013 05:20:35 | More by anson42
Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.