Imperial Stout | Wedge Brewing Company

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Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by on 03-06-2009

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of firstlighthiker
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of NastyNate11
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jroberge1981
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of paultierney1
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had! Coolest place ever. No idea why there are so few reviews from the best brewpub in this great beer town. Please try this unbelievably delicious imperial stout. No, let's keep it a secret. And I'm a hop-head. Thank you Brad (aka alebird)!

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Photo of kkipple
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with two fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing. The nitro tap definitely helps.

S: raspberries dominate the nose with some sweet chocolate and roasted malts playing a minor role.

T: roasted malts at first followed by sweet chocolate. Sweet and slightly tart raspberries bring up the finish with a slight bitterness. Raspberries crop up again on the aftertaste.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty creamy.

O: overall, a pretty good beer that manages to balance tbe fruit and stout aspects well. I wish the aroma had more stout notes and the flavor had a bit more sweetness since the bitterness contrasts with the raspberries. Still, it's quite good.

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Photo of commis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black, opague oil like liquid. A nice small tan colored head was present at the start, which hung around for a decent amount of time. .

Lots of coffee and chocolate tones set the stage here. Hints of french vanilla and sugar swirled around and really gave this a nice robust dessert like feel. Great consistency. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Big suprise was the huge hop presence here. Very dry hoppy finish, but also in the taste. Hints of pine and orange were definatly present and made this a very intresting brew to say the least.

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Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hugely rich, black, and sensational.

Black in the glass with a coffee-colored head. Not much alcohol taste-- seems to be well submerged in the vast amount of malt. No sourness from the burnt malt either. Quite fruity with just a hint of tartness and raspberries in the nose. Powerful roast malt aroma. Huge malt without being overly sweet either. Flavors of port wine, bourbon, syrup, apple pie. Hops are great, just a slow burn.

My favorite Imperial anything. The blackboard was saying 9.2% the evening we were there. The ideal dessert.

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Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery tasting room, served in a tulip. Black with dark brown edges and a thick creamy tan head, dense sheet of lace. Smell: it has three main components and they are all in-your-face -- raspberries, mild roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Taste: milk chocolate, mild roast, raspberries, caramelized sugars. A milk stout-esque sweetness is cut by some mildly acidic coffee flavors. Creamy and medium bodied but a little thinner than it could be. Great flavors, hidden alcohol...stupidly drinkable. In the impy stout world, it's not particularly complex, but it's really tasty. Great beer by Wedge.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: this has to be nitro - thick, lasting head the color of coffee with cream, the beer itself a deep brown in color turning black towards the middle

s:a good roast presence but also a weird (unique?) estery apple aroma, could really use some caramel and dark chocolate notes, pretty rich nonetheless

m: medium-full body and a light, smooth carbonation

t: much like the aroma, I get a straightforward coffee roast profile accompanied with a sweet estery - almost apple - flavor, needs some caramel and roasted dark chocolates for complexity

d: no issue even on a warm day

amendment: after reading the other reviews, the "apple" I was referring to was apparently raspberry - about the same thing, right? carry on

tall snifter-type glass at the brewery

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Wedge tasting room.

Pours black, with a few brown highlights. A massive brown head forms on top, which has to be left to settle before I can try and get at the liquid. It's very thick too - looks like chocolate ice cream sitting on top of the beer. Leaves a nice bit of lacing and sticks around in a dense little disc on top of the beer all the way down. The smell is primarily of coffee - strong, dark coffee. There are some moderate esters in the smell, to me, maybe just a bit of slick over-roasedness, dryness. I also can detect a sort of chocolatey note. Most of these are the normal smells, in some concentration or another. The taste is immediately and unrelentingly of dark, overripe fruits, mixed with some dryness or tannins - cherries, plums, and grape skins but with very low sweetness. I think this may be the esters dominating. I can get a fairly decent roasty presence - but not quite burnt. This could definitely use a more malty, sweet presence. This has all of the normal flavors, and does not do enough to separate itself from the pack. The feel is a bit dry and clingy. No sharp carbonation here, but it only enhances the dryness in my opinion. There is quite a bit of body to it, nice and syrupy. Again, I think this one is average on the feel. At 9%, it's less than some but quite a bit more than others. The flavor, as I've said multiple times, does not do much to impress, but is not disappointing. Nothing is off, but nothing is 'best in class' in my opinion. I'd give it a try to see what you think.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark, nearly black pour. Gigantic rocky cream, fading down to burgundy colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate covered red berries in the aroma. Flavor matched, but a bit overwhelming with the raspberry. Kind of overbears on the Roasted malt, chocolate and the nearly non-existant coffee tones. Drinkable, not too sweet, but a bit too fruity. Alcohol pretty much non-existant. After the beartender at the Wedge told me this was brewed with some large amount of raspberries, it all makes sense.
I decided to put the lower score on the drinkability, since the fruit really effects this more for me. This is good and very out of the box, but I just prefer the more traditional. I will say this is a stout that someone whom prefers fruit beers could really enjoy or start them on the path to dark brews.

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Photo of atsprings
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery served appropriately in a tulip glass. The beer a hazy almost black with a nice frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malts and raspberries. The taste is a wonderful blend of roasted malts and raspberries together for a nice blend. The beer is only slightly heavy with the alcohol fairly well hidden. For the first beer I've had from these guys, I must say I'm truly impressed!

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Imperial Stout from Wedge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 14 ratings