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 lacqueredmouse
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deepish brown, surprisingly supple and with a clarity at the edges. Body is loose and fine and holds some carbonation in a haphazard sort of manner. Head forms a fine ring of muddy brown that doesn't leave much lacing. Looks decent enough though.

Nose is pleasant, if a little generic for an impy stout: plenty of roast, plenty of malty sweetness, with a stretched grainy quality. Slight sweet-savoury toasty character, with a vague coffee sharpness around the back. There's a bit of booze to it, but it's arrested by the roasty character. Pleasant enough.

Taste is similar. Slight toasty roastiness with a pretty generic sweetness that probes through the front to the back and leaves its mark on everything. Finish is vaguely toasty, with a hint of tobacco smoke.

Feel is smooth enough, but containing that vague lightness that somehow permeates.

Overall, this is a pretty lacklustre imperial stout. It's certainly flavoursome—it would be hard not to be while remaining in the style, but I want something more in such a beer. Indeed, I find it hard to believe this even got to 9.5% ABV: beers of this strength are rarely this insipid.

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Photo of EB1
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JorSince88
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on Aug. 16, 2013 as a 3.75, 4.50, 4.50, 4.50 and 4.50 for a total of 4.46.
Changed ratings only on May 22, 2016 to 4.50, 3.75, 4.00, 4.25 and 4.00 for a total of 4.00.

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Oversized wine glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.49
Purchased: July 20, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 16, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of bubbly tan head. Average spots of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Good amount of lacing all the way down.

Smelled pretty much black coffee, fudge and dark chocolate. Also cocoa, espresso, toffee and caramel. I’ve never had coffee, but this is it.

Tasted not quite as strong as the smell, but still similar. Got coffee, coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, smoky fire, dark chocolate fudge, toffee, cocoa and dark caramel. Very smooth.

Medium body. Surprisingly thinner texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Just a fantastic beer. Everything was just so good. Can’t wait to try it again.

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Photo of Vermonthiker
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of blguillen
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mxchap
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin head and not much lacing
Aroma: Roasted coffee (medium strength), great balance and diversity of esters, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
Taste: So well balanced. The esters blend so nicely with the coffee and chocolate. This beer is incredibly drinkable.
Feel: Pretty well done. Maybe a tad over-carbonated and dry.
Overall: This beer is not earth-shattering, but it is extremely enjoyable and is a reasonable value. Definitely worth a try IMO.

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Photo of dksl16
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of firecrack0r
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of LesleyLooWho
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is still the best beer I've ever tasted. I am actually not sure if it was on nitro-tap, but I wouldn't be surprised with how smooth it was. The aftertaste was like a cool cup of coffee and it wasn't bitter, but velvety smooth and chocolaty - just the way I like 'em.

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Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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