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Barrel Aged Wreck Alley | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
When we tasted the first batch of Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, we knew barrel-aged versions were in the cards. The only questions were when and how often? Batch #1 answers the first question, and as for Batch #2, you’ll just have to wait and see. Brewed with the same darkly-kilned malts, Tcho cocoa nibs, and Ethiopian coffee beans from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Batch #1 was aged three months in American oak barrels. The resulting brew is a dark, unblended, and richly flavored union of dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted oak.

Added by HopHead84 on 03-11-2013

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Pours cola brown, very fizzy with just about the same watery viscosity.

Sour tart cherries and fruit. A vinegar-like sharp note that is reminiscent of pickle juice. No semblance of chocolate, coffee or roasted malt.

As expected from the nose, infected! The bourbon and woody tannins come through, hot and free floating but the malt presence has gone replaced with a vinegar and lactic sourness. No integration of barrel to the remaining beer. Finishes tart, alcoholic and lasting forever unfortunately.

Over carbonated, thin, a stout that barely holds the ABV.

I don't usually review infected beers but 3 strikes and you're out. Karl really needs to get their QC department together and fix this. Alot of their bottled offerings from barrels end up soured if you don't drink them immediately. So far that's BA Wreck Alley, BA Vanilla Wreck Alley & 25th Anniversary (2 bottles) that have had this issue.

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Thanks to XXX for knocking this off my wants list & into my welcoming arms, along with a bevy of friends. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is black because, you know, it's a stout. Nose sends shivers of trepidation down my spine - the expected coffee & chocolate are only found through a far-looking glass, no vanilla or woodiness, but a lurking bout of fruitiness is the strongest flavor to be found. Please, no!

Barrel Wreck Alley, I ask: where's my barrel-aged imperial stout? What say you? Sweet malts up front are immediately fouled with what tastes like aged smoke, & further lanced by a sharp, lactic tartness that smacks of cherries. As it warms the fruitiness increases & sticks to the tongue, glue-like. Coffee, chocolate, oak, all MIA. Mouthfeel? Not terrible, but I'm going to give the drain a chance to judge the rest of this one.

Yuck. Really enjoyed the 23rd Anniversary, but something has gone seriously wrong here, with a bad taste like none I've experienced; I think it's settled into my tonsils. Going now for the Wheat Thins, steel wool, & drain. And not in that order.

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Barrel Aged Wreck Alley from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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