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
87
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 02-13-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade and would therefore like to give a shout-out to youradhere. Here goes:

A: Pours a beautiful one inch head that leaves plenty of lacing. This beer is pitch-blank, too - and I mean PITCH black. Overall it's very lovely.

S: Very good. Chocolate and coffee notes backed up by oaken vanilla. While the oak isn't as robust as in other bourbon-barrel-aged beers, it still serves as a nice complement to the roasted malt, somewhat alleviating the latter's bitterness.

T: A very solid beer. Chocolate, roasted malt gives way to a large bourbon backbone. They did a very good job with the beer. The roasted, burnt malt lingers on the tongue long after consumption.

F: Beautiful. Thick beer that glides down the tongue.

O: A really well-made stout. Would have again.

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2/5  rDev -49%

Infected, but not horrendously. Could have powered through, but life's too short.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of humulusphile
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage on tap at Steep Brews

Far too much oak, burying the stout flavor. Some malty dark bourbon notes are faint, riding very far at the back of the bus, just barely perceptible on the finish. Regular Scarface is far better, I hope for Speakeasy that this was an anomaly, because I've been a fan of most of their beers I've tried thus far.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kaseydad
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Waited a few months to partake and away we go…..btw….love the name and bottle image. They didn’t cover the eyes with the wax…+1 for that.

Pours a dark brown colored ale with a nice beige colored head. Good lacing. Solid look.

Getting a big dose of charred whiskey but that is to be expected. Apple, roasted malt, dark and creamy chocolate

The taste has more whiskey elements shining through with a big burnt, roasted malt, black coffee and baker’s chocolate finish. Lingering light bitter aftertaste. Blended well imo. Light hops. Slight numbing of the gums. Dat is good.

Silky, oily mouthfeel.

Overall I think this worked very well. I think it’s ready to drink now before it loses the whiskey element, which stands out here. The price point was good..me thinks $11.99 for a bomber…and I will be seeking this out again…..if I can find it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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. :)

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BKBassist
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.