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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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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
Photo of humulusphile
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the wax covered bomber into an oversized snifter.

Pours a thick, charcoal black with a dark caramel colored head. Some visible lazing around the glass and a thin film that sticks to the edges after each sip. Smells of roasted malt, slight vanilla and bourbon. A hint of diacetyl is detected but just ever so slightly.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and whiskey. The bourbon flavor lingers on the tongue for a few minutes after swallowing. The 9.5 % ABV is definitely detectable due to the wavy bourbon presence. Seems as if the flavors are not very well balanced and judging by the fact that this is the first release, I'm sure it will be tweaked down the road.

Mouthfeel is mediocre. Overall pretty average bourbon barrel aged stout. I would try it again next year to see if there were improvements but at this point the quality just isn't quite there yet. (888 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and a green apple aroma. Taste is much the same with cocoa and green apple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a decent barrel aged presence but I am not sure where the green apple aromas and flavors are coming from. (686 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out fudge brown with a nice tan head that leaves some stringy lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee notes with a hint of Bourbon barrel

Taste: Chocolate and roast, up front, with a touch of coffee developing; the barrel adds character to the finish but does not dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the huge beer that one would expect given the style and the ABV, this is still an enjoyable beer that is very well balanced (495 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, coffee, black licorice, molasses, dark fruits, earthy hops, and some booze.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, dark fruits, earthy hops, bit of smoke, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nice barrel aged imperial stout. Good overall balance. (533 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (859 characters)

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)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 17 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with bubbles all over the body and with a vigorous pour the somewhat dark tan head rose to a finger's length.

Smell: Quite an aroma if you ask me, rich of bourbon light scotch complimented with vanilla-chocolate. It is addicting just inhaling this brew.

Taste: A sweet bitterness that is mixed with espresso and molasses. You feel a scotch medley in the end which is quite appetizing.

Mouth: medium at best, but to say it is smooth is being sarcastic or just not knowing what you are talking about. It is easy an acquired taste and the feel that is gentle for what this brew is.

Overall: Is this an improvement from the orginal Scarface Imperial, I would say yes. In my honest opinion rarely the "barrell aged" exceeds the original but Speakeasy out did themselves. This brew is a steal for the price and honestly I am happy I bought two bottles when I saw it. Grab a snifter or best available beer glass and enjoy, Salud! (989 characters)

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)

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