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Scarface Imperial Stout - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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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: 10
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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Kendo

New York

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 15:40:34 | More by Kendo
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-21-2012 19:45:43 | More by sendbeer
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atr2605

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours back with a frothy tan head with excellent retention
S-coffee, rich chocolate, carmelized sugar
T-chocolate and sugar followed by roasted coffee and finishing with more chocolate
M-full bodied and creamy
O-good flavors but balance was a bit quirky. Overall not a bad brew for the price and wouldn't mind drinking it again, just not sure I would seek it out

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:46:14 | More by atr2605
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A near black body with a creamy tan head that rose two+ fingers. Some nice sip marks develop as you work your way through the glass.

The nose has a good amount of dark roast, bordering on char, with brown sugar, rich dark chocolate, and licorice. Solid aroma, but not overly impressive.

Deep, dark roast with some char and smoke come out in the flavor profile. Licorice and molasses notes evident as well. Sweet. Dark, rich chocolate notes and some coffee grounds come out in the finish with a little bit of ashy char. Most times you encounter char or ash it is a detractor, but it works well balancing out some of the sweetness in this stout.

Full body, smooth and rich. A touch slick, but mainly creamy.

Solid stout on all fronts. This is a great go to.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:18:13 | More by ColForbinBC
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2012 08:52:54 | More by CaptDavyJones
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MarioM

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-22-2012 20:57:17 | More by MarioM
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sliks96

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-11-2012 01:42:14 | More by sliks96
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-25-2012 23:23:14 | More by Devi0us
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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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 21:08:55 | More by CuriousMonk
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MSardina1

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-06-2012 13:47:49 | More by MSardina1
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tizride

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-27-2012 03:40:39 | More by tizride
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socon67

New York

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-18-2012 15:27:17 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:26:14 | More by ngeunit1
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birchstick

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hook-up from KevSal. Thanks again Kev!

A - pours dark black with a chocolaty head on it

S - nose is a mixture of dark chocolates with less strong coffee aromas

T - starts off with sweet chocolates that quickly move to dark chocolates. The dark chocolates pretty much take the helm of the ship and guide the beer through the rest of the palate journey. Although not uber complex, this is nice and rich.

M - full and smooth from all of the malts packed into it

D - really nice imperial stout on show case here. Rich and full of flavor. Enjoyable and definitely worth a shot. Thanks again for the bottle, Kev!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:47:26 | More by birchstick
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mostfadedone

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-13-2012 00:33:20 | More by mostfadedone
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-10-2012 11:18:06 | More by bsuedekum
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-09-2012 15:16:29 | More by DSlim71
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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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ksimons

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and brown sugar

T-similar to the smell but has an even bigger roasted flavor. Big roasted malt flavor, molasses, coffee, light dark chocolate, with some bitter hops, and alcohol warming.

M-medium to full body, medium carbonation, roasty mouthfeel

Overall this is a good RIS, I liked the smell a lot but the taste was a little too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:56:57 | More by ksimons
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, like motor oil with a big two finger dark khaki head that sticks around for a long time. Its fluffy and the retention is rediculous but does leave thick lacing as it slowly dissapates. The aroma is powerful, tons of smokey baking chocolate and coffee backed by a smokey sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Cream of some kind, very intoxicating and aromatic, but I can't decide whether I completely like it or not. Regardless, its aromatic as all get out and I like the smokiness.

The taste is equally smokey, with lots of dark roasted malt behind it. A nice combination of coffee and chocolate malts create a potent taste that the smokiness rides over, adding depth. A touch of licorice as well. The body is medium to thick, thinned out a touch by the high ABV, but with enough malty gusto to make up for it. The smokiness of the malt has an interesting sweetness to it. Its not fruit-sweet or even chocolate sweet. Its like a licorice kind of sweet, meaning not really sweet at all but very interesting. Subtle nuances in the smoke come out on every sip and as it goes on, it becomes a little cloying, but not so bad to dump it. Mouthfeel has a nice prickle to it to help keep the cloying factor in check as it finishes with a boozy, leathery kick.

Overall, not bad. Very interesting with characteristics of a rauschbier, but the distinct characteristics of an imperial stout. Definitely worth a try, especially for rauschbier fans who also like Impy stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:15:52 | More by chodinheaven
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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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hickmancase

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2012 19:48:53 | More by hickmancase
Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.