Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Wreck Alley Imperial StoutWreck Alley Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,305
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,451
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
266
From:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  58
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by cbutova:
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back in SD, 22oz bomber purchased at a deli in Point Loma. Live review, already have notes for 8 more.

A- Pitch black pour to two small taster glasses. No light makes it through the beer and a small light mocha head forms to a finger. Decent cap retention as it falls to a small creamy white ring. Lacing deposits are spotty on the glass.

S- Coffee off the top, not super dark roast but still the beans nonetheless. Cocoa also comes in rich with some roast grain, nutty, caramel and raisins.

T- Coffee and dark yeasty fruit notes are big here and lead in the flavor. Roast grains and cocoa come next and compliment the aforementioned things. Nutty, toffee, caramel, toasted, apple, malty and some sweetness, like lactose somehow.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a somewhat silky texture but not as thick as most great Imperials. Carbonation on the medium high side which helps support the dark big flavors. Finishes roasty bitter.

Enjoyable big stout with a hefty yeast and coffee forward profile complimented by cocoa and roast grains. Body could be a bit bigger but overall it's enjoyable.

Nov 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
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michiganmatt from California

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep brown, essentially black. A very small layer of medium tan head.

S: Deep cocoa notes, roasted malts as well.

T: Chocolate/cocoa is the main flavor. Rick roasted malts. A very very tiny bit of booziness. Extremely delicious. Has a delicious flavor, without any flaws.

F: Medium body. Medium amount of carbonation. Very very smooth. A superb mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had. It's very deep and chocolatey, but doesn't progress past that. Imperial stouts get a lot of hype just because they are Imperial Stouts. This beer doesn't try to be what is the norm for this category. Instead, they brewed a safe yet delicious chocolately beer. Very high regards.

Nov 11, 2015
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Furlinator from California

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves very faint spots of lace.

Smell is a delicious balance of sweet chocolate, bitter black coffee and dark malt.

Taste is black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Texture is on the heavy side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

A solid imperial stout with strong coffee and cocoa flavors.

Feb 27, 2014
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SensorySupernova from California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black with just a little bit of tan head.

Smell: Coffee, roast malts. Standard imperial stout stuff.

Taste: Caramely malts and mild roast coffee up front. Just a little sweetness and bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with a low level of carbonation.

Overall: Very standard imperial stout. I can’t complain - I love them.

Aug 14, 2015
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MjBrewhouse from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 16, 2015
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glf60 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 31, 2014
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RBuckley73 from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 06, 2018
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leoinsd from California

4/5  rDev +2%

Aug 12, 2014
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dutesanch from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 18, 2015
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Rob23 from California

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not going to go overboard with a description.This stout is just OK in my opinion.Most likely will not purchase again.I have had better(Ten Fidy,Stone,Boulevard,Rasputin)and I have had worse(no name to mention)If you do not mind trying new things and have the income to not care then by all means give it a go.Maybe the 2 IPAs I enjoyed before this one ruined the experience for me....but I doubt it.

Jun 15, 2014
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BostonJustin from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2015
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Birmz from California

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%

May 29, 2014
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sjmad23 from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Aug 03, 2014
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Kaleh001

5/5  rDev +27.6%

Jun 27, 2014
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Dem3pigs from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 29, 2014
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2017
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Melocollo from California

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 27, 2015
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Bubbawilly88 from California

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2014
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socon67 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 04, 2019
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johlac66 from California

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 25, 2014
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anthony23cippy from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Aug 04, 2014
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ejdoo from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 17, 2014
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MissBaker from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 24, 2014
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killcore from Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Sep 20, 2014
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bmonaco

3.96/5  rDev +1%

Sep 29, 2014
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 266 ratings