Wreck Alley Imperial Stout | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
240 Ratings
Wreck Alley Imperial StoutWreck Alley Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 04-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of bshefftz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a non-beer glass, the beer was a very dark brown with a thick dark tan head that lingered well.
Aroma of chocolate (mostly) and coffee. A little underwhelming.
The taste improved on the nose. Cocoa up front, then some sweet chocolate. A little coffee.
Medium-bodied, a little on the thin side.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankenava31
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd88
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JCarson410
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

super coffee-y

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Photo of jheimiller
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rex_4539
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, one finger light brown head, minimum carbonation.

S: Amazing sweet aroma, chocolate, cocoa, could smell this all day long!

T: Complex yet balanced taste. Malty aftertaste.

F: Very drinkable and refreshing, even in 35C outside temps. Hides the ABV easily.

O: This is a great imperial stout that I could have any day.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rabi
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duncan83
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdnicksmith
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just finished this great beer. definite cocoa flavors, not chocolaty, but like cocoa powder. And the integration of a local coffee roaster is what won me over to but this one. Bird Rock coffee is a part of San Diego.... This is a new favorite.

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Photo of Stevenw7474
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bombers of this during my recent trip to San Diego. It is a nice rendition of a RIS. The body is like ink, there is little lacing or carbonation about. There is a subtle whiff of plum and licorice; the palate is tickled with a mild malty sweetness that is supplanted with bits of toffee and toast. The body is way to light to compete with breadier brands, such as Storm King or Old Rasputin. Not even close here. Still, it is not bad for a nice and easy quaff. That said, it was better on draft.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black color, tan head.

Malty, meaty smell. Good.

Flavor of malt, slightly sweet coffee, licorice, chocolate. Mild, really. Nice.

Moderate mouthfeel, slightly rich, wouldn't mind just a hint more weight. Finely carbonated.

Finish is mild, well-integrated, with both bitterness and sweetness.

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Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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