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Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 65
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 5.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: augustgarage on 02-13-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 65
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Jupiter during Sourfest - served in a small snifter - brief review from notes:

Opaque seal brown liquid with a thin head which dissipates before the color can be named. Thin pasty lacing.

Rich aroma of vanilla and molasses along with roast barley, bittersweet chocolate, leather, tobacco, etc.

The flavor profile closely follows the nose, though more potent still with a pleasing medium-dry finish and a long roasty yet mellow finish. Alcohol is well integrated and there are a few brighter esters suggesting plum or other fruit for balance.

Velvety, thick, but not over-done mouth-feel with adequate carbonation.

A very respectable stout from Speakeasy - surprisingly so, perhaps the first of their beer to warrant some real enthusiasm. (764 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Mikaveli
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep, dark and inky, with a dark tan finger width head and fair dissipation. What's left behind is a broken layer of suds across the surface, and a fair ring around the edge. Lacing is thin and streaky, with fair stick.

Smell - Holy hot nose, Batman! This smells almost exclusively like ethanol, with buried notes of chocolate, oak and roasted malt to save this from being a complete olfactory disaster.

Taste - Thankfully not nearly as hot in the flavor as the nose would suggest. First notes to hit the tongue are strong milk chocolate and a touch of anise. Bourbon and the accompanying heat that comes with it appear shortly after. Mild notes of roast pop in near the finish then fade, leaving an oaky, bourbony and milk chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Goes down smoother than expected, though there's a bit of bite from the alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall - A solid, though unspectacular barrel-aged impy. One of those rare beers where the smell is atrocious, but the brew tastes good. For the price, I'd probably skip on trying this again, but as it was a birthday gift to begin with I can't complain too much. :) (1,199 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Small khaki head and a thin collar.

Smell - Whiskey, not a very sweet or rich whiskey aroma though. Oak. A little fruity. Some chocolate.

Taste - More of a bourbon flavor. Still not to rich. Caramel and vanilla. Chocolate and coffee roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little sweet.

Overall - Definitely an improvement on the base. Cuts the hoppiness nicely. (446 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

stunning and stellar feel and flow

chocolate...strong...viscosity nice...barrel notes just right

really strong offering....smooth (131 characters)

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black. Looks exactly like a bba imperial stout should.

S: strong cocoa and bourbon. Actually smells really really good.

T: a lot of cocoa. Not a ton of barrel nor a lot of bourbon.

M: kinda just dies I'm your mouth. Actually the booze is pretty prominent at the finish.

O: speakeasy tries for a lot but their barrel program isn't there yet... (359 characters)

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of leprakhan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: in a large snifter, oily ink black beer with a slim but rich dark milky head; lace mote speckles

S: dark, sweet, chocolate and roasted malt aromas infused with that bright whiskey vapor

T: middle ground between the chocolate and espresso character, the bourbon pulling out woodsy flavors, like oak

M: silky, not too dense, slightly sticky, slightly coating, very mellow

O: I really enjoyed the "basic" Scarface, and this is a more elegant version of that drink. The bourbon barrel-aging may not appeal to all, but in my estimation, it works well with Imperial stouts more often than not. In this beer, a smooth and rugged beer is rounded off with lighter notes and flavors, but also a deeper, more luxurious character. (725 characters)

Photo of Spaz7
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of shagens
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Hophead717
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of boyntonliquors
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big fan of the Syndicate BBA..this one is very nice and pours well. Probably needs to sit awhile as it has a strong blast of hops on the palate. (145 characters)

Photo of Madskill
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of floraday
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BKBassist
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A - Nice fairly dark brown head with big fluffy bubbles. Fast dissipation. Body is a rich dark brown. Looks very much like a RIS.

S - Lots of oak with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Very bourbon forward, a bit hot. A hint of milk stout like sweetness. Some dark meaty candied date notes.

M - A tad watery. Not the velvet smoothness that I look for in a RIS, but not unpleasant.

O - A fine drinkable BA RIS that loses some points for being a bit too hot and not quite there in the mouthfeel. (521 characters)

Photo of Straycorn
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWood
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good beer. Had this after a bomber of BBA Narwhal, so didn't really live to that. Not saying I wouldn't have it again but there are others I would buy before it. (161 characters)

Photo of define333
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.