Wals Petroleum | Cervejaria Wäls

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Cervejaria Wäls

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paulozanello on 04-11-2012

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by carloskleber:
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Wäls takes their operation to another level. Not happy with brewing an outstanding quadrupel and tripel, they have borrowed a double stout recipe from DUM and have added Petroleum to their portfolio. This is batch #3 (more on that later), and it comes bottled in a 360 ml size already corked and caged. Many thanks go out to Sergio for this one! On to the beer:

Black as you could imagine, but the story is the color of the head. I have seen heads that are well tanned, but this must be one of the darkest heads that I've come across. It drops away, evenually exposing the beer to the air above. That nose is incredibly delectable. An aphrodisiac even. The aroma is full of melted Mexican chocolate. Soft yeast aromas mix into the chocolate.

As this was the "infamous" Batch #3, I anticipated a beer that would be very powerful with the carbonation. That is the one downside to an otherwise glorious beer. The antithesis to Lost Abbey, a very overcarbonated stout, one that gives the beer a very spicy kick. Time diminshes the intenisty of the bubbles, fortunately. In regards for taste, there are loads upon loads of cocoa and chocolate. But it also has a Belgian accent to it, bringing it Belgian yeast and prunes. It's seems to be 50% imperial stout, and 50% Belgian dark. It's possible that Wäls is using their own house yeast in this homebrew recreation. It's full bodied, and the alcohol is masked very well considering it's already at 12% ABV.

A very good showing from Wäls, and the scary part is this beer can only get better.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It poured the deepest black color possible with no head whatsoever.
Aroma of dark chocolate, caramels, coffee, vanilla, nuts, overripe plums and mint. Not super complex, but pleasant with an assertive nutty cocoa.
Bold flavor predominating cocoa powder following by notes of coffee, mint, mild tangy citrusy, herbal hops, molasses, oat, mild lactic acid, wood, some spices and licorice. Very dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted and chocolate note. Definitely it doesn’t fell like the announced 70 IBUs.
Full body, almost liquorish and very smooth with low carbonation. Alcohol of 12% abv has proven to be dangerously hidden.
A chocolaty RIS, tasty and not aggressive. Sure worth trying. Interesting that the first time I had it, it felt to me like a heavy condimented RIS, this one felt like a much easier to drink brew. And it still has a couple of years to expiration date. It would not bother me to have more spices and hops.

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Photo of FBorrego
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno_RS14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of denisconrado
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

More liked than the perfume flavor, besides licorosa appearance. The effect of alcohol comes after, not during. In my mouth the bitterness overpowered the other elements, not being my favorite.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of berola
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is petroleum. Or maybe old engine oil. Anyway, very dark liqueurish beer, with a dark brown head that easily dissipates. Distinct cocoa notes, hence dark chocolate (of course, it's maturated with belgian cocoa), and a few sweet yiest notes that balance the whole. Despite the fact that it's a 70 IBU Stout, this beer doesn't show a huge bitter mouthfeel effect, which is counterbalanced by the forementioned sweet notes. It's a full-bodied beer, as one would expect, which confirms its molasses appearance, and it has some toffee toasted notes, a gift-cliché from Stout style beers. Lingering finish with astringent qualities. Look forward to tasting another Wäls beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

No carbonation issues or infection with this batch. Thick, chocolaty, coffee, roast. Great imperial stout, but not quite on par with DUM.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a deep, dark inky black, with a small half-inch head, and a not much lacing.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, roasted malt, and a small amount of booze.

This has just a wonderful chocolate flavor to it, like rich melted Belgian chocolate, with hazelnut, nutty roasted coffee, roasted malt, raisin and other dark fruit flavors, and a small amount of bitter booze, which is ok- this one's 11%.

This one has an insanely creamy mouthfeel, almost milk-shake like, with an appropriately low amount of carbonation (I've heard it could be too high in the past). It's fairly thick bodied, and very drinkable.

This is a great little brewery from Brazil, and I will be on the lookout for more beers from them in the future.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jbriggs7
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuanAlberto
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dandy14
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer of beautiful appearance, of a deep and dark black color and a browny foam.
Smell is really good, and very strong, full of roasted malts, chocolate and coffe notes.
Taste is similar, but not as pleasure as the smell.
ABV and IBU are really high, but hidden in the full body of this beer.
Yeah, really good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an incredible display of stout flavor. Nestled in the deep South American landscape, the artistry and culinary art in ale is certainly not lost on the Wäls brewery- its English "Russian" character is alive and well while its viscosity and intensity is much more suggestive of massive modern stout.

And like petroleum, the beer's dirty motor oil appearance is an understatement. Opaque and onyx-like, the ominously black beer patiently sheds a froth that's the stuff of mocha meringue. Fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate and grilled fruit fill the nose with a cognac-like alcohol tinge. But with the first taste being equally robust and savory, the burnt sugars of black-strap molasses, brown sugar, toffee and maple line the tongue with absolute saturation.

And a whole host of roasted flavor opens up on the tongue when the roasted, creamy and savory malts splash the senses to completion- Those wonderfully burnt sweetnesses latch onto every tastebud and is slow to release. Delivering the scorched earth character of espresso, bitter baker's chocolate, charred walnut and a light woodsy campfire aura giving a nod to turkish coffee. Its lasting taste is one of grilled currant, red grape, blueberry, blackberry and cherry- all seeming bathed in fortified cognac.

Ridiculously full and lavish, the beer's silky pattern is broken only buy its enormous strength. Spicy cognac offers a boozy dryness, vinous and peppery character to balance the sweet and to add complexity to the roast. Still, the beer's warming sensations march deeply in aftertaste with cocoa and coffee.

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Wals Petroleum from Cervejaria Wäls
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 56 ratings