Wals Petroleum | Cervejaria Wäls

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Wals PetroleumWals Petroleum

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Cervejaria Wäls

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paulozanello on 04-11-2012

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of dorosjim
5/5  rDev +24.7%


Needed a cork screw for this one since the beer is close to dead flat but thats seriously not a problem. The beer is super intense with big notes of cocoa and licorice on the nose. Subtle nuances of smoke and leather. The mouthfeel is super full and super silky with an incredible amount of layers. Sweets, savory, richness, but manages to stay clean the entire time. Smooth rounded finish that lasts and lasts and leaves the mouth watering. Simply and incredible beer.

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Photo of FBorrego
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drogon
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of JuanAlberto
4.33/5  rDev +8%

Photo of IPAFrEaK888
4.33/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 celio7x
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno_RS14
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of srbcurti
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Paracatu
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Sarmento
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of berola
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 JaimeLondon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Under-rated beer in my opinion. Viscous chocolatey coffee flavors in this beer. Some molasses notes as well. Never gets boring; flavors just keep coming strong.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulozanello
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the result of a collaboration between a group of Homebrewers (Dum cervejaria) that developed the recipe and the Wals Brewery from Belo Horizonte, Brasil that finally brewed and released it on a large scale.

It's an Imperial Stout with a huge roasted grain bill, oats and belgian chocolate. Along with Colorado Ithaca and Bodebrown Milk Stout it is one of the first and few big stouts produced in the country.

It pours a very opaque dark color with a faint reddish brown cap that recedes very quickly leaving no lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is of roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, coffee/espresso and mollasses. Faint vanilla notes are also there.

Taste begins with a huge roasted punch followed by lots of mollasses and candy sugar sweetness. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a little smoked malt are also perceptible. Finish is astringent and fairly bitter from its roasted grain character as well as hops.

Body is huge, thick and syrupy with moderate to high carbonation. Warming alcohol feel after each sip. Aftertaste lingers for a long while with roasted and dark chocolate notes.

Overall a great example of the reinvented Russian Imperial Stout style popularized by US craft breweries. This is a top notch beer, certainly one of if not the best stout currently being produced in Brasil, so be sure to track it down if you are ever down here.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Black as petroleum with dark chocolate highlights and no head. The viscosity almost produces legs on a PBGC Imperial Glass. More light makes it appear more black, like a reflective black mirror. A thin horizon is reddish brown.

Malt aromas are aggressive up front, very much like wort in the kettle. Some roasted chocolate and coffee is lightly discernible, while alcohol fumes lift pine tar and hop aromas.

The flavor is rich chocolate and black coffee. It is quite sweet with light sourness. Warmth brings out pumpernickel bread and roasted, almost burnt, qualities. The finish is moderately long and dominated by malt.

A dense body with a silky smooth texture. Faint carbonation with alcohol being short of hot. Syrupy residue is left on the lips.

This is a deeply contemplative beer within which one can almost get lost.

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Photo of Tim725
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Beer rating: 83.3% out of 100 with 54 ratings
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