Syndicate No. 3
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #534
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,097
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
63
From:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  16
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Syndicate No. 3Syndicate No. 3
Notes: Scarface - 46% of blend
Imperial Stout aged 13 months

Black Hand - 18% of blend
Imperial Stout aged 37 months

Experimental Stout II - 12% of blend
Aged 20 months

Experimental Stout III - 11% of blend
Aged 19 months

Imperial Payback - 10% of blend
Imperial Porter aged 19 months

Scarface - 2% of blend.
Imperial Stout with Philz Coffee
Aged 13 months

Joe’s Ale of Strength - 1% of blend,
Old Ale aged 18 months
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BarrelAgedForrest:
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BarrelAgedForrest from California

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have not had the previous 2 but it seems Speakeasy was going for sort of like Firestones' blended anniversary ales.
It pours a dark brown with little lacing and a tan head, the head didnt last long. On the nose you will get a lot of bourbon notes, very boozy(you can feel it, its hot) good oak notes, butterscotch and chocolate. Ending with dark spice notes way off under all that heat. Mouth feel wise it is again quite warm and boozy. However it is creamy and lingers with dryness. Taste wise your hit in the face with oak and that booze again (coming from the Scarface I would think). Followed by dates and a hint of dark fruits, which resonates well against the heat from the bourbon aging. There is vanilla back there with hints of tobacco, dark cherry and espresso. Its sweet while also being bitter, a good balance, however it didnt seem to get better with warming up which made me take off some points. I feel this could use some age on it.

O: Its a good beer, its not great yet for me. I feel with some age on the bottle it will blend great but for now its just sort of a hot mess. literally. 3.9

Jan 27, 2016
More User Reviews:
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BWood from California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: dark with khaki head that retains arount the edge.

S: strong bourbon front with a dark ale after smell.

T: great bourbon stout taste. Reminds me of this year's bcs almost. Great showing of how a combination of beers can be better than each individual.

F: very smooth from front to back. You get the bourbon hit right away.

O: impressive showing. Seems like a copy of FW anniversary beer. The same blended BA beer style. I do think FW does it better but this is avery strong showing. I will be grabbing more.

Jan 20, 2016
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 15, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Multiple beers aged and blended together over time; bourbon is apparent- well balanced given the number of beers. A very nice after dinner beer. 5/13/17

Aug 20, 2017
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jveeroom112 from California

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 23, 2016
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Kavinci from California

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 23, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with two fingers of beige foam; strands of lace cling

Smell: Oak, coffee, vanilla and Bourbon tones dominate, with molasses, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit and spice cake underneath

Taste: Chocolate and coffee forward, with molasses, licorice and spice cake building; by mid-palate, however, the Bourbon overwhelms, after the swallow, bringing oak, tobacco and vanilla into the finish; nice blend of all the flavors linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I am liking this beer and missing Speakeasy; not quite up to the Firestone Walker blends but really quite good

Thanks, AleHunter805, for the opportunity

Apr 28, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice black pour with a soapy, bubbly, roasted toffee colored lacing.

S - Cocoa, chocolate, light alcohol.

T - Bourbon and very boozy. Chocolate and cocoa cream, dark roasted chocolate, some spiciness. Very roasty and chocolaty.

M - Big and full bodied, velvety, and no alcohol warming on the way down.

O - This is a fantastic beer, not a cheap bottle, but worth the price.

Apr 02, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color - only faint traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is very complex and has a mixture of flavors including bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oak, toffee, and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol contributes slight notes of warming and dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is pleasant to sip but is also rather drinkable because it does a good job at masking most of the alcohol.

Note: 2015 vintage

May 01, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a ruby to deep brown color.

The aroma offers bakers chocolate, cocoa, spice, bourbon, light vanilla.

The flavor explodes with vanilla, sharp whiskey flavors, milk chocolate, a medium plus mouthfeel offering silky mouthfeel, medium minus carbonation, while still showing the barrel and blending complexities.

Jul 10, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 02, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 12, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a thick cap. Lots of rich chocolate and bourbon in the aroma and flavor. Well integrated barrel notes. Silky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not a hint of booze. Carbonation is on point. Not a hint of any off flavors or oxidation in this beer. This is surely a fantastic blend of "stout focused" barrel aged American Strong Ale. This has familiar attributes of the Firestone Walker anniversary blends, but still has it owns unique flavors to be enjoyed. This is a 2015 bottle that is "cellaring" very well.

Dec 10, 2017
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atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Vague head & lacing with slight aroma from a deep dark mass in Hollywood might portend mystery & in this reality it plays the role. The texture is as rich as the deep caramelized maltiness. A touch of bitter from the caramelized sugars add to the depth of the flavor.

Caution should be shown with the 10.5% ABV as this one can mesmerize with the best of them.

Not a summer thirst quencher, but a great adventure.

Mar 31, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Born on 11/23/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, earth, char, bourbon, wood, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, fudge, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic blend of different barrel aged beers that come together to make this one a treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 20, 2016
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 31, 2016
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 02, 2017
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 18, 2016
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black in the glass with some dark red hue along the edges.
Aroma is heavenly, lots of bourbon upfront with some char and chocolate.
Taste upfront is all bourbon, but towards the end the bourbon gives way to a nice medley of chocolate notes, cocoa, malt and the elusive coconut which is not the easiest for me to pick. There have been just a few brews where I have actually been able to notice the coconut notes from the barrel aging and this is one of them.
Very smooth and doesn't drink like a 10.5% ale, alcohol is very well hidden and there is no burn whatsoever.
I have barely written any reviews in a long time, but this is one beer that called for one. A very well-made and well-rounded beer, a must try IMHO.

May 18, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass right from the bottle.

Appearance: Superior dark brown to black with medium bubbles on the body. Head is natural tan color with slight uneven lacing, initial rise maybe a notch below a finger's length.

Smell: Incredible scent which drops after two sniffs but still awesome to smell.

Taste: Complex sweet with butter scotch, molasses and sweet espresso. The flavors are all over the place. Bitterness is real smooth, sugars offset it kinda like light caramel dark roast coffee.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but the liquid is thick, sticky but an after-taste which I think would and might deliver mixed reactions.

Overall: This is an obvious palate smasher, anyone who craves quality over quantity knows what's good for them. An obvious hybrid beer which takes the properties of both porter and a stout which amplifies more of the latter. One thing missing was a cigar, I'll know for next time. Salud

Feb 22, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2016
Syndicate No. 3 from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 63 ratings