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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout - No-Li Brewhouse

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Wrecking Ball Imperial StoutWrecking Ball Imperial Stout

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 220
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
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No-Li Brewhouse visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: leedorham on 02-15-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 220
Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. The head has light retention with a little bit of wet lacing. The aroma is pretty weak with just a little bit of a grainy note maybe a little roast. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter and has pretty good tingle from the alcohol.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, shared with friends, poured into pint glasses to sample. Black stout apperance with light brownish head on the beer. Smooth at 9.5% abv, and easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer, and nothing was drastically unique about it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Woof. What a day. Thank God for beer, amirite?

Look : Dark cola black with a creamy beige head @ 4 fingers. The head recedes slowly, leaving skirts of popcorn lacing behind on the sides. The body is, as expected, 100% opaque.

Smell : Cocoa powder, chocolate, lightly brewed coffee, slight anise. A little lactose and oat, too.

Taste : Fairly hop forward starting with coffee and some cheddar-chocolate; as it melts onto the tongue it swells with sticky plum and vinous notes. It boasts a roasty finish with lingering tingles of carbonated sticky plum and chocolate shavings.

Feel : Substantial, medium to full bodied, a lactose-like creaminess, and a roasty dry finish.

Overall : I have enjoyed the two beers I have had from No-Li. I would definitely stock up on them again if I were up in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately this and the Rise and Grind were the only two I bought. Shame on me. Best brewery so far I've had in that region.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Deep brown with a nice looking mocha head that left rings of lacing down the glass.
S – Subtle coffee, chocolate and molasses.
T – Much more coffee in the taste than the nose. Huge roasted malts. Good dose of bitterness. Little bit of molasses and brown sugar. Very lightly sweet.
M – Tingly on the palate with good carbonation but pretty damn smooth.
O – Solid brew here. Tasty and easy to drink. Touch of booziness.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Williams Seafood in Spokane for $2.69. No freshness date.

Poured into a Jones Radiator mug, this was a good looking beer: Very dark brown, allowing nothing to shine through when held up to light, and with a tan, fluffy head that hangs about a bit and left plenty of lace.

Fairly restrained nose for the style. Some chocolaty sweetness barely makes itself noticeable, initially. As it warmed, things became more roasty.

Much more flavor in the taste than in the nose. Still kinda sweet, but with a roasty backbone that decently balances it out. Hop flavor is discernable beyond the maltiness - not a surprise given the vaunted 100 IBUs A little bit boozy as it warms. Dry zap at the swallow, again not a shocker given the level of hops.

Fairly full bodied, with a sticky, coating and slightly oily mouthfeel.

A slow starter, but it turned out to be a tasty RIS. I really want to do a side-by-side with Iron Goat’s Goatnik. Been a while, but I really like a beer from No-Li.

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Photo of hophugger
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome blackish color with light touches of deep brown. Head is decent at 1-2 fingers and lacing is spotty and loose. Aromas of sweet sugar, malt, coffee and grain. Taste is similar with flavors of hops, heavily roasted coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate and toasted bread crust. Finish is fairly clean for this bold beer, with a bit of roast coffee and hops lingering on the palate. Overall, balance is ok, but not great. Flavors have just a touch of a problem meshing like they should..

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Basically pitch black. Poured a nice head!

Smell- A roasted smell that heavily hints the malt character.

Taste- A little boozy, which is not surprising considering the ABV. Sweet, but with a nice bittering aftertaste that keeps it from being saccharine.

Feel- Smooth and soft. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a slight burn on the swallow.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. It has a good look and a solid taste.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Blackout. Tan head with brown tinge.
S-black licorice.
T-rich coffee with bitter sweet chocolate.Smooth wet and Tingley. Quickly dry. Slight chalk.
F-hop fizz on your tongue@ 100 IBUs.
O-On a humid day at summer's end an Imperial Stout is not a natural go to for me.
Thankfully Wrecking Ball was the grab and pour. A very enjoyable 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. Bomber.
No-Li... Thanks

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV, 100 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - jet black brown with finger not too brown head.
S - mint, brown sugar, coffee, bit of cocoa, roast malt.
T - welly carbonation on palate, hoppy came first, big sticky smooth mouthful. liquorice, malty ness is not as big as I expected, according to their statement said, 5 types of roasted malted are added. it fade away quick tho.
O - I somehow like it, especially on a summer day, when most breweries don't do stout. and it's hoppy (well done Columbus hops!) with high ABV, sweetness and bitterness r the main theme of it. will get it when there's not many imperial stout around.

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Photo of Jconradt
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth drinking chocolatey stout that hides both IBU and ABV very nicely in an easy drinking package. Will definitely get more of this one, No-Li is 2 for 2 with me.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with 2fb of tan head, which resolves to fine lacing and almost imperceptible effervescence. Smells strongly of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, fig. Tastes malt forward, a char/smoky bite to the malts followed by a sweet, chocolatey with a hint of molasses and brown sugar and ending with a pleasant piney bite. Mouthfeel is medium to fool, with a fair amount of carbonation – the sweetness gives it a bit of a syrupy texture and there is a pleasant, sweet malty aftertaste.
Overall, great malts predominant stout, well rounded and a pleasant stout. I thought that the alcohol was well masked by the complexity of flavors – and overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Would purchase again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, (SRM-36) with a ¼” creamy chestnut head that turns rocky rather quickly. Tinny bubbles of carbonation form columns within the Offero Glass, while rings of lace frost the walls, and a light viscus film builds.

The aroma is filled with chocolate syrup, while deep roasted malt plays off molasses. Rum infused chocolate and light peat become apparent as this one warms.

Roasted malt is a major theme, with sweetness and moderate roasted bitterness in the background. Baker’s chocolate with lactose and vanilla hold the middle ground, giving way to a long modest building finish. Warmth releases a fair amount of sweetness.

Warming alcohol is punctuated by soft carbonation, while the full, almost dense chewy body coats the palate with syrupy sweetness.

This bottle was aged about six to nine months, and proved an excellent accompaniment while reading on a rare, sunny Spring afternoon.

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Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Starts out promising with lots of coffee and dark fruit in the aroma. Things get cloying and almost undrinkable with a wierd combination of too sweet and too medicinally bitter. It's like it is overly hoppy and lacking in roast as well as body. There's a lingering, sickly sweet taste like a bottle conditioned beer that failed to carbonate, though that's obviously not what's happening here.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is aptly named, because its 9.5 ABV actually does hit you like a wrecking ball. It looks great and smells pretty nice as well. As for the taste, well...I don't think they will win any awards for re-inventing the flavor wheel, but they might just get one for how well this brew hides that potency. It's not boozy at all and only really hits you when you get up to get another.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.79/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a 4 mm ring and center-raised layer
Lacing good – heavy curtain of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor Begins slightly bitter and ends the same way but seems more like malt bitterness than hop bitterness. Tastes mostly of roasted malt, maybe some very faint bitter chocolate and licorice. No hops (100 IBU!), no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, a little thinner than creamy, carbonation soft

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown color with a light head. Plenty of lacing. The aroma has some char. coffee, alcohol, and pine.

Flavor is bitter, yet roasted. Any malt sweetness is muted by char, booze and hops. Everything is in good balance, and the beer is quite tasty. Nice, well rounded hop flavor. As you would expect the flavor enhance as the beer warms, really nice roasted malt and the hops don't fade, providing earthy undertones that are a perfect compliment.

Full bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation and slightly chewy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

From 12/22/14 notes. Bought in Delaware at Total Wine & More, 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Alcohol, roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark fruits, chalk, and cream. Medium to full body, low carbonation, smooth but some alcohol to it

Overall too strong and too much alcohol, especially in the taste. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, char, and slight citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick 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 good beer with a nice mix of cocoa and hop qualities, but you can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a relatively light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate smell mixed with some lighter aromas of roasted malt and coffee. There is a decent sum of a caramel, molasses, and brown sugar smell as well along with some lighter aromas of a more earthy nature. Overall the aroma is quite sweet, dessert like, and robust.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty malt taste with a strong showing of sweeter flavors of molasses and brown sugar as well as a sweeter chocolate flavor. These flavors create a base taste for the brew and remain till then end. As the taste advances some flavors of coffee and more roast come to the tongue, with these being joined by a little bit of a licorice taste. Some earthy and grassy hop flavors as well as a hit of alcohol come to the tongue at the very end, leaving a warmingly semi-sweet roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the rich dark, sweeter, and boozy flavors of the brew the feel is quite nice and creates a very mouth coating feel which accentuates the nice warming and dark flavors well.

Overall – A nice drinking stout with a thick and sweet, but roasty and boozy taste. A pretty nice imperial overall, and one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Mikus
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yep. That classifies it... this is a very good IS. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter (shared with my stout-loving old lady)...impervious, deep blackness looked ready to swallow my soul (as well as any inkling of a head to this brew). Exceptional looker. Nice nose with hints of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a nice, distinct bitterness. The bitterness hit up front on the palate, some deep malt notes too, but overall a really good balance for an IS. Medium mouthfeel, but interestingly this came off as refreshing, which is not normally what I get out of a 9.5% stout. Now, personally I am a bigger fan of the deep, dark molasses and dark fruit notes in my big stouts, but this came off with a nice balance that sets it apart. Definitely worth a pint. I'd be psyched to try some more of their brews.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is around two fingers high and khaki in shade. Retention is decent enough, and the texture is fairly creamy. A nearly consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It starts off with a sweet, chocolaty note. When left to open up, the hops come through with some pine and grass. Further warming will reveal some caramel and brown sugar. I could definitely use some more roasted notes to blend with the sweetness and hops, but the nose is decent. (3.5)

Taste: A nice bite of hoppiness initially appears. There are some hefty piny notes, but then the sweet, chocolaty second half balances it out fairly well. Twinges of roast and coffee also appear on the finish, thankfully. Even some distant fruit esters come through. This is a solid hoppy imperial stout, plain and simple. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Due to the hoppiness cleansing the palate, it's easy to drink for a 9.5% imperial stout. There is some residual sweetness, but it's otherwise well attenuated and somewhat light in body. Carbonation is medium for the style. (3.5)

Overall: As far as hoppy imperial stouts go, it doesn't work quite as well as Storm King. But it still works to an extent. I'd love to try a fresher bottle...and an older one, as well. I'd love to know not only how well the hop profile appears fresh, but also how well it lasts with its massive hopping. Well worth a try, no matter how old it is. (3.5)

3.51/5: Well done hop-forward imperial stout, but not my favorite

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Photo of mabermud
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%

Pitch black body. Off-white, light, wispy head. Clingy froth and legs. Aroma is mainly of lactose sweetness and in the background, lightly roasted malts. The taste is lactose sweet up front, but fades out smoothly at the backend with light bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect and compliments well.

Overall, a very good stout if you like them sweet. This has a place in on my palate, albeit, a very small place. I will have it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char/smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char/smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, molasses, light smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle at about 65F.

Appearance: Pours deep red-brown but sit black and opaque in the glass. Large creamy tan head. Decent retention; excellent lacing.

Smell: intriguing and lightly sweet with loads of dark and chocolate malts.

Taste: Slightly better than the smell? Coffee; bitter chocolate; herbal hops; medium bitterness; lingering black coffee and burnt toast with a tad too much char.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick body; low-moderate amount of soft carbonation. Creamy smooth.

Overall: Exceptional cross between a RIS and a Black IPA with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of mthomp081
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - once inch creamy dark brown head, color is almost black

S - very strong smell of molasses and alcohol

T - deep molasses, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, bitterness on the back-end but incredibly hidden 100 IBU., very malty, smokey

M - full bodied, heavy, chewy

O - This is a very good stout. Full bodied and tasty, lots of flavors going on here, malt, molasses, chocolate, even a smokey taste. The 100 IBUs is incredibly well hidden but you can really taste the bitterness in the after taste. Very nice.

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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.