Wreck Alley Imperial Stout | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Wreck Alley Imperial StoutWreck Alley Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
248 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:
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Added by mactrail on 04-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,720
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
248
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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10
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55
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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of sdnicksmith
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Avatar113
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.95/5  rDev +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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Photo of Birdlegs
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of RajaSTL
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of facefox
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WeedWolf
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours opaque black with a two finger tan head that recedes quickly.

S: Aroma is immediately a blend of coffee and milk chocolate fudge. A second whiff reveals a hint of a dark fruit finish, maybe a touch of alcohol sweetness.

T: Yup, there's the mocha flavors. Nice milk chocolate backed by coffee roast from the malts. Second sip reveals the finish which consists of pitted dark fruits providing a sweetness but then a quick dry close.

M: Feel is not the best, it is pretty thick but carbonation is high and small which is not preferable until it supports the clean finish.

O: A very good, straight forward imperial stout. Not quite FIS but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of doom_deluise
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cannabispinoy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wreck Alley Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 248 ratings