Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout - No-Li Brewhouse

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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 by GJ40:
Photo of GJ40
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head that clings nicely to the glass.

S - Dark chocolate with brown sugar and hints of molasses and coffee.

T - Mainly chocolate malts with little roasted malt coming through. A strong presence of hop flavor and bitterness. Some fruity esters too. The alcohol is well hidden. I was surprised that unlike most ISs, the flavor declines as the glass empties and warms.

M - Moderately creamy with a low carbonation.

O - An enjoyable West Coast IS with a big influence of hops over malts.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly jet black with a great looking one finger deep beige head that leaves multiple broken rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas of dark fruit dipped in alcohol and espresso roast coffee,the alcohol is pretty big.Sweet molasses and charred dark fruit flavors mixed with a good shot of vanilla spiced alcohol,almost like a spiced rum but with a drying roasted finish.A solid RIS from a brewery that for me just kicks ass.Maybe if I lived in the northwest this brewery's wares would be more ho hum for me but as somewone on the east coast i want more of their stuff!

Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours dark black brown with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted grains, chocolate and some black licorice.

The flavor is roasted black patent malts, some sweet chocolate, black licorice, vinous alcohol and lots of acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK imperial stout.

Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of tan head on a black body. Beautiful.
The aroma is rich molasses, caramel and roasted malt. Really nice.
The taste is deep. Molasses, burnt wood, a little earth, roasted malt, lemon bitterness towards the end. Excellent profile and balance.
The texture is thick with low carbonation.

Photo of beerloverofbham
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a 10 ounce schooner. Pours the color of dark raisins, with a slight tan head. Smells of dark leather, blackstrap molasses, carbon. Very chewy. Decent mouthfeel. At the front, tastes of bittersweet chocolate and in the middle, carbon--almost like slightly burned toast. A little bit of licorice at the end. Does not taste as strong as it is.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny, this is the one I wanted, and oddly enough it is like Stormbringer and Old Heathen had an offspring. Pours a thick dark black with a deep tan head and a nice thick head that dissipates to clinging lacing. Smell of black strap molasses, chocolate, coffee, and booze. Taste is dark chocolate up front with the coffee. Molasses to the sides and aftertaste. Thick rich mouthfeel, with the alcohol and 100 IBU (!?!?!) well hidden. Medium bittering hops in the aftertaste. SOLID. Meaty, beefy, BIG, and bouncy. Interesting. Very nice for the stout drink, for which I am. Cheers/

Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Black pour, half finger of very light tan. Retained well enough.

Aroma, quite herbal and piney. Anise, bakers chocolate. Some roast, reminiscent of some black ipas.

Taste, definetely on the hoppier side. Some roast malt. More anise. Dark chocolate. Herbal/piney finish. Maybe a little coffee.

Mid body, carbonation was fine for me. Drinks quite easy. Hides the abv well. Just a little dry. Would like more malt and sweetness, but his was still good. Kind of like Coronados RIS or Black Flag.

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark with a tinge of red. Small bubbles leaving little-to-no head.

S: molasses. Roasty. Toasty.

T: roasted barley. Molasses. Sweet. Chocolate. Slight bitterness at the end.

M: medium carbonation. Thick. Big body. Oprah in a string bikini.

O: I can't believe this has 95 IBU's. Well balanced between the malty sweetness, alcohol and hops (?). Good imperial stout.

Photo of TheKitsch
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly sweet for 100 IBU rating. Totally in-offensive.

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, creamy coffee, and notes of smoke and char.

T: roasted malts hit here as well with bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a decent kick of char and smoke. The finish is moderately bitter and roasted.

M: thick body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, which goes with the bitterness well.

O: a solid imperial stout overall, though a little on the bitter side for me, and I normally prefer the more bitter, roasted stouts. Still, quite enjoyable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Foamy looking light brown head... a little short lived.. okay lacing.. the brew is black, but appears a little thin.

Smell is also a bit thin... dark roasted malts with a pretty pronounced hoppiness for the style, doesn't seem to be enough residual malt backbone to carry the big players.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aromas... dark/astringent malt with little chocolate/residual sweetness... bitterness from the hops combines with the bitter malts and makes it seem a little one dimensional...

Body is light for the style... medium with a sorta prickly carbonic bite.

Okay for sure... especially given the lower price and approachable 12oz bottle... but I had higher hopes I guess.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, completely opaque in the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate, leaning in character to an export style stout. Flavor starts with rich chocolate and toasted malt with a hint of char, then thins out to reveal licorice and coffee notes, finishing with charred malt and coffee, light grassy hops. Medium bodied. The flavor progression seemed weak when the tasted, but the overall variety of charred and roasted malt flavors won me over as I drank this stout. It may be a bit thinner in flavor than other high octane imperial stouts, but covers all the bases and is quite satisfying on the charred malt end of the AIS spectrum. An enjoyable stout.

Photo of Hubatch
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my first experience with an "imperial" stout. I was pleasantly surprised at the how despite being 9.5% (that's what my bottle said...) the beer didn't feel thin or have an alcohol taste (other then what is expected). I really enjoyed this offering.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very deep dark black can't see through this. A head is a 1/4 inch that settles to a pretty sweet lace ring. Nice.
S - Mild roast notes, some chocolate stank, and some anise.
T - It's quite good smooth chocolate tones, some hop bitterness, and a touch of roasty twang.
M - Much more heavier than most imperial stouts its medium bodied at most.
Overall hops are mild and heavy roasts are not very acidic. i like it.

Photo of Braz
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Tacoma Boys on South hill. Looks very nice, very dark with a rich head. Smells are a little bitter. Taste is very bitter. A lot of dark chocolate notes and smoky as well. Touch of coffee. Body is nice though overall a bit dry. Not much sweetness for an Imperial Stout. Taste is heavy and lingers for some time. This isn't bad but it's not great either. Probably wouldn't try to hard to have again.

Photo of Mikus
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight alcohol, dark citrus, and hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and complexity.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Complex and powerful- this stout is chocked full of burnt, bitter, fruity and spicy flavor and surprising sweetness. Hopefully I can survive this review without images of any Miley Cyrus performances sneaking into my consciousness.

The stout settles into the glass with caldering viscosity, looking much like motor oil. Its pitch black appearance releases a mid-statured light tan head that holds its structure during much of the session before folding back into the beer. Its lace is moderate as it intermittently splatters the glass with foam.

Aromas of burnt sweetness are a mix of molasses and caramel, but with bold-roast coffee, bitter chocolate, rum-like booze and a tinge of burnt pine needles. Lightly campfire in nature, the ale stops shy of smokey but projects a scent of mocha and walnuts. Stuck somewhere in it all is also a distinct grape scent that peaks through the roasty malts from time to time.

Its large malty sweet taste is full of burnt caramel and milk. Even with sharp espresso, cocoa and nutty flavors wafting about, the sweetness twerks the taste buds with something that's akin to corn syrup or aspartame. Much of this hits in the middle palate- after the roasty brunt has subsided and its hop bitterness has yet to take hold. Its estery taste of concord grapes give the dark ale a winey tang. Finishing hoppy, spicy and malty-dry- the taste of burnt citrus peels and pine cone trails in lasting memory.

Full bodied throughout- the beer's early sweetness and carbonation keeps the beer creamy and expansive. But the carbonation proves to be fast fleeting and leaves an inordinate amount of sweetness to give a heavier impression on the tongue. This creates a long sweet draw across the middle to arrive at a rummy warm and bittersweet finish.

I get the impression that this isn't just an Imperial Stout, but also a Milk Stout that enjoys a boost in taste, body and effect. Its sweetness seems unnatural from malt alone, perhaps lactose is also at work to achieve that level of sweetness and milk chocolate flavor. And with the perversion of music videos dancing through my head- it might be time to go and delete my brain.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A double mouthful of dark flavors. Pours a very deep mahogany in the snifter with a decent head. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. Pleasant aroma of smoky cocoa.

Sweet and even fruity, like there is some orange marmalade in the brew. Lots of chocolate and a touch of butterscotch. Burnt sugar and a good deal of scorched malt. Quite bitter finish with a chalky mouthfeel. Burnt raisins and toast with a little grape jam.

A warming, intense brew that is a pleasure to sip. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into globed glass.

A- Poured black with a big fluffy dark mocha colored head that left splashy lace.

S- Big roasted barley, malt sweetness, light vanilla, and quite a bit of alcohol.

T- Lots of big roasted and burnt malt character, very bitter, earthy, lighter chocolate, some vanilla sweetness, and lots of alcohol.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, really smooth, dry, and big warming.

O- This is one big and bitter imperial stout, it is the most bitter imperial stout I think I have had at 100 IBUs. I think the bitterness and booziness of this beer detracts from a lot of the other flavors, which is too bad because the mouthfeel is great.

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam with decent retention and lacing. Par for the style, but it is a look I really like in general.

Smell: roasted malts with a little toffee and a little bit of some vegetal hop aroma. In general, though, the intensity is too mild for my taste in the style.

Taste: flavors are thankfully a lot bigger than the aroma. This brew is definitely packing a punch, with a big roasty flavor (possibly a bit too roasty - there's a somewhat unwelcome astringent quality coming through) and some nice dark fruits up front. Some toffee flavor comes through as well, along with a not-insubstantial alcohol element. There's a lot of potential here, but I feel like this beer lacks refinement. Decent, but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a nicely integrated carbonation and a nice balance between big creaminess and a subtler silky texture. The high alcohol and astringency apparently are not an artifact of overattenuation. Quite good indeed!

Overall: not a bad imperial stout at all. As I said, it could use a little refinement, but overall it's a decent brew.

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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse
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