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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout - No-Li Brewhouse

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86
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leedorham on 02-15-2013)
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the CoOp poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Dark, dense opaque pour with a large dark khaki head and real good spotty lacing.

S: Leafy hops and espresso and booze dominate...wasn't expecting the booze...some dark fruits, char, and a roasty malt backbone round out the nose.

T: More espresso/bitterness followed by some moderate hoppiness and char...dark fruits, sweet alcohol, some faint toasted sugars and dark caramel.

MF: Full bodied, moderately bitter, and definitely a bit boozy for 9.5%. Dry, lingering finish.

O: This one was ok, I was expecting a bit more of a 'balanced' Imperial Stout. The espresso and hop character was nice, but the booze was a little distracting, and there wasn't as much of a chocolate/roast/malt backbone as I thought there could have been.

Scotchboy, Mar 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

oberon, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +11%

NWer, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Beaver13, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Mantooth, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +4.4%

briandaube, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

chinchill, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

switzer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of socon67
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

socon67, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of henrisimo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

henrisimo, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.
Outstanding.

Fatehunter, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +11%

jmccraney, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ohiobeer29, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of beerloverofbham
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

beerloverofbham, May 17, 2013
Photo of munimula
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

munimula, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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/

Brutaltruth, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.76/5  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.

Bung, May 26, 2013
Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

jellikit, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Louski
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Louski, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

n2185, May 31, 2013
Photo of Beardo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Beardo, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of bret717
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bret717, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

3.5/3.5/3.25/3.25/3.25

JohnGalt1, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Westyn
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%

Westyn, Oct 02, 2014
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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse
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