Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout
Allentown Brew Works

Fegley's Insidious Imperial StoutFegley's Insidious Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,125
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #21,556
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
172
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Allentown Brew Works
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2017
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Excitement fills the mind when the cork pops and the head rises upon this black liquid. Burnt raisins, molasses, charcoal, chicory, woody hops and alcoholic esters awaken the nose. Thick medium body with a semi-viscous smoothness. Burnt roastiness, faintly acrid ... nothing but a twang. Slight yeast tone sits behind a dark dried fruit flavor of currants and raisins. Carob powder meets fresh coffee grounds. Leafy hops are layered deep within the roasted character. Semidry palate with a scrubbing of charcoal for good measure. A slow sipper here, tasty even if the roasted flavor reaches a little too far with that burnt twang.

Mar 04, 2011
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 06JUN13 visit to ABC.... After a Barleywine for round 1 with my sammich, I had two 12oz snifters of this for dessert, at a more reasonable $4.75 per.

It was deeply opaque, a dark, dense brown with a creamy mocha head. The topping was thin and fine, sticking mostly at the edges, with good lacing. It had a rich choco nose, with some roastiness; quite inviting... Another solid medium-plus body, and it was smooth, though I thought it could be chewier.

Had lovely choco/coffee notes with more roasty aspects. As it warmed, dark fruit arose, akin to choco-covered cherries. A solid floral character brought things to a solid finish. Let this one warm; it is quite well-made! Prosit!!

4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1573

Jun 11, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a head that would honor a Belgian; leaves plenty of splashy lacing around the chalice

Smell: Cocoa, dark fruit, toasted brown bread; a little chalky

Taste: Cocoa powder and toasted brown bread, up front, with earthy hops developing in the middle; ; after the swallow, hints of dark fruit and chalk appear, with the cocoa flavors lingering underneath; dry finish, like an Irish stout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Interesting how light this beer is for a 9% ABV; it has elements of Belgian (mouthfeel) and Irish (dryness) so it is hard to think of this as an American Imperial Stout (or a Russian Imperial Stout, which is how they characterize it on their website); if I don't think of the way they classify it I found that I liked it better

Thanks, bbpro47, for the opportunity

Aug 18, 2013
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deg from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with a tan head. I could smell cherries, but only faintly, and not much else. I could taste chocolate, some vanilla, with a roasty finish. No cloying aftertaste and no noticeable alcohol burn. A pretty easy drinking imperial stout.

Aug 31, 2012
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm behind on posting my reviews here on BA, but the origina tasting was on 3/12/11 and this is taken directly from my personal beer notes.

A - Pours an engine oil black with a very thick and robust lacing ring that's a burnt caramel color.

S - Dark bitter chocolate malt with mild charcoal, oak tannins, oak woodiness, mild bourbon, and a very obscure and distant vanilla and roasted caramel and toffee.

T - Unlike the nose, the palette is predominantly vanilla, oak, bourban, and roasted caramel. For an Imperial Stout, the flavors are not as robust as I'd prefer. However, this beer is unpretentious and will creep up on you quite quickly.

M - THE biggest downfall of this beer is the mouthfeel/body, it's way too thin for the style.

O - Absolutely love this style but this one just 'ain't doin' for me'.

Sep 17, 2011
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whartontallboy from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Apr 06, 2012
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craaazy...after the usual six twists (try it!) the cork in this bottle pushed the wire cage off before I could do it myself. And it produced the loudest pop I've ever heard this side of a gunshot. Holy mackerel. This stuff is just dying to get out of the bottle.

Insidious is an utterly gorgeous beer, being abyss-like in its blackness. The toasted tan head is insanely creamy and the bubbles are so tight and small, this very firm head looks like something you'd see in a Belgian stout. Lace sticks to the side of the glass like iron filings on a magnet. The head never totally dies.

Aroma has two major characteristics: dusty cocoa powder and alcohol. Despite the alcohol presence, it's quite subdued for a 9% stout, although what's here is completely enjoyable. Just not a ton of depth or energy to this aroma.

Flavor is cocoa, mineral, coffee, alcohol, wood, and cream (in that order)...plus light dark fruit way in the background. The cocoa stays on the palate longest into the finish, and takes on a more burnt character then too. Alcohol isn't overbearing.

Feel is a nice balance of fizzy, airy, soft and slick. A bit dryer than expected. With the head, the big cocoa, the earth/mineral and the fizzy aspects, I'm thinking "Belgian Stout."

Yeah, they could easily sell this as a Belgian-style stout. Since we know this brewery loves the Belgian stuff (ie. Steelgarden, plus many various Belgian-styled offerings of their own), it's a wonder they're not selling it as such. Whatever the case, this is quite good, although not as balanced, complex, gooey or decadent as I'd hoped for.

Jul 13, 2010
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 20, 2016
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Latarnik from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

May 24, 2014
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rydev24 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mar 25, 2012
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jculler82 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Apr 04, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin but dense head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cocoa powder in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cocoa along with hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is very light-bodied compared to other beers in the style (it’s more reminiscent of a dry stout) and lacks much complexity in the taste. Nonetheless, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Jul 31, 2012
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muletrane from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Apr 23, 2012
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vande from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Aug 18, 2012
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 23, 2013
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birchstick from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black without much of a head on it. Loads of chocolate and molasses and a little bit of vanilla bubble up from the glass into the nose. The palate has cherries, chocolates, toffee and some coffee flavors throughout it. Has an average body that ends dry. Decent RIS; nothing crazy but not disappointing either.

Aug 13, 2012
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campfirebrew from New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 14, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 23, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall fluffy yet dense tan head that slowly reduces by about 50% leaving a thin (about 1/8 finger) even layer over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with lighter notes of cocoa and chocolate. Additionally there is a very light note of dark fruit (figs).

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with lighter notes of cocoa and dark fruit sweetness (fig and black cherry). Light bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink, doesn't really seem to be similar to other beers in the style - something in the mouthfeel of this beer just does not work for me. I would not get this one again as there are much better examples of beers in this style readily available.

Jul 30, 2012
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- this is considered an english style imperial stout by the brewer.

A: From the bottle a dark reddish-brown pour yielded a deep midnight black in the glass. A mocha colored head, about a finger high in height, only stood briefly before it fizzled away to a patchy covering.

S: Rich dark chocolate malts overlay a soft, but sweetly roasted character with only faint glimpses of the 9.0%abv to be had on the nose. Dried milk cocoa powder offers some ending and intriguing hints as well.

T: A deep smooth coffee roastedness first greets the taste buds. Dark fruit with a bitterness of dark chocolate malts also come into play. Its not doubt the malting is the highlight here, with hardly an aspect of hops to be noticed, with creamy dried milk chocolate that could be interpreted almost like a dry sweet stout. A soft coffee presence of wet grounds is picked up on the finish which was as equally smooth and silky as it started.

M: Full bodied with an oily smooth and silky texture effortlessly lets this slide around the tongue with little friction or mention from the carbonation. A smooth coffee ground roastedness sits well on the tongue after the swallow with only considerable mention of the 9.0% abv.

D: Very drinkable, definnitly its strong point here, a 9.0% that drinks with all the smoothness and ease of a 6% sliding down with a rich and dark, but sweetly toned flavor.

Jun 13, 2010
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark pour but not quite black. Slightest tint of red sneaking out. Mocha head, 2 fingers worth, and nice head retention. Thin lace all around the glass.

Nose is dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate, and flavorful citrus hops. The hops combine with the coffee to give off almost a cherry feel, but the citrus comes through in the end. Very sweet nose.

Very hop forward for the style. Citrus hits right away, even before the chocolate and coffee work in. Flavors combine for a lighter than expected finish, but again very hop forward. One of the hoppier stouts I've had.

Lighter feel than I expected and wanted, but may be by design with the hop character here.

Overall very well done. If you want a nice impy stout with good hop character, give this a try.

Dec 02, 2011
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kkmiller76 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Mar 29, 2013
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anthonypw from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Apr 19, 2013
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sideshowe from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 06, 2011
Fegley's Insidious Imperial Stout from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 172 ratings