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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
87
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 02-13-2013)
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Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -48.8%

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

kscaldef, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of humulusphile
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

humulusphile, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Hophead717, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

tuckerlikesbeer, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

t0rin0, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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. :)

TheSixthRing, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

shagens, May 29, 2013
Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

-NESTO-, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of drz955
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drz955, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of EB1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of codynevels
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

codynevels, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

dubinsky, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of BKBassist
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

BKBassist, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Madskill, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MCain04, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BarrelAgedG, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerKing510, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mikul93, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

reverbking, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GRFounder, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Holland, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

drummermattie02, Feb 15, 2013
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Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.