Scarface Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,951
Ranked #10,669
3.94 | pDev: 10.91%
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
Very Good
Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout
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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loving this brewer.

A) Poured ruby brown, black into a snifter glass, w tan colored head. Not much lace or last.
S) Lots of roast, barrel char, oaky notes in nose, bitter chocolate, powdery, nicely balanced.
T) Follows smell, rather than too sweet, offers a chalky, powdery cocoa feel. A rush of dark chocolate, espresso with lemon zest, and sweet mid range into a peppery finish. Nice see saw.
F) Finishes oily with lasting char, charcoal finish. Low carb, nice weight.
O) Lovely would enjoy any time and their bourbon barrel is probably better.

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Photo of flaskman
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 32 ounce growler can 8 days young. Looks dark with a fairly aggressive pour. Dissipated to an eighth inch head with good lacing. It smells great! Better than most. My first impression is that it is heavy on the roasted malts but some sweetness punches though. The mouthfeel is a little thin for me. It tastes good but my issue is with the mouth retention. It almost burns. Very odd. It is like someone was heavy handed on the espresso or smoke. If it were ribs I would be calling them technically correct but over smoked. Either way I am enjoying it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Here comes another imperial stout that is black in color. I feel like there is almost nothing more to say about the look of stouts, they're black, they have a tan head, there's good retention, 3/4" deep. Aroma is almost exclusively of roasty-ness.

Taste, more roast, well hopped, bitter, biting, sturdy, thick, but not overly viscous or syrupy. Chocolate malt notes for sure. Mouth feel provides plenty of malt body to envelope the alcohol and cover it up nicely. Another one of those bomber format beers that doesn't need to be. Definitely has some of that earthiness going for it that helps when hiding big abv beers.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with hints of ruby. A billowing moderate foam head dissapates into a sudsy film that retains well and leaves lacing.
In the nose there is a warm and inviting aroma of cocoa and roasted malts.
Big bodied yet smooth and easy to drink. It kind of feels like a porter in this respect. There are lots of roasted, even slightly charred malt flavors, even a bit smoky. There is a slight coating of chocolate, cocoa and creamy sweetness. There is also a modest hops and espresso bitterness. Good balance overall. It should also be noted that the alcohol is really well masked and hard to detect. Careful with this one because it drinks really well for the high ABV. Solid and tasty overall.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great presence. Bold, dark, mean, but comes up a tad short. Great roasty and sweet aroma and flavor, but dry and a bit bubbly. A great value for a good imperial stout. Cheers!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Etching date code or note says 297 M 2028 2014 on bottom.

Light mocha to tan colored head, even slightly orange but dissolves fairly quickly at it's simple one finger height maximum. Settles to a bubbly collar and slightly whispy top. Some decent clarity to this with red highlights when held to the light and a classic walnut brown body.

Real solid mix of subtle roast qualities for the aroma. Mild roast char notes, even a take of fruity quality that seems to be from the yeast. Deep bitter cocoa as well. The aromas though are small but also balanced between each other nicely, not one really dominated but all compliment real nicely on the nose.

First sip is a classic rush of dark chocolate, followed by a real good fruity sweetness. Mid palate has a very nice honey coating, but also real tight carbonation in the mouthfeel that gives off a peppery tingle on the tongue. Finishes oily slightly with some almost citrus hop zest but with classic lingering char qualities, a real excellent ashy to small hardwood charcoal finish that does linger nicely. Lighter body, almost simple porter in character, but has excellent full coating in the palate and pushing roast char accents.

Sometimes a solid real enjoyable stout without the barrel is all you need.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, part of a swath of new American (beer) bombers to show up in Alberta, at increasingly egregious prices (thanks to the Canadian dollar, not the breweries). Oh, and this is the second 'Scarface' themed offering that I've had in less than a week - who'd a thunk it?

This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with very scant basal red cola edges, and three chubby-ass fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some clunky spiderweb lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, roasted coffee beans, a twinge of bittersweet chocolate, tanned leather, wet tobacco leaves, a hint of free-range lactose, and plain earthy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet roasted caramel malt, edgy cafe-au-lait, cherry Coke, a further bit of untethered char, very dry cocoa powder, and a growing earthy, leafy, and kind of perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and occasionally flirtatious frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of tacky in its weakly-wrought smoothness. It finishes pushing dry, the caramel and chocolate bottoming out, while that crackery character seems all chuffed up by its traditional English associations, or something.

A sort of strange iteration of the style - much less sweet and cloying, without the very large and in charge chocolate/coffee/licorice/booze heavies loping and moping about. So, for that, it's interesting enough, but still too weird and uneven to warrant further investigation via my palate and/or my besieged wallet.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

So many great impy stouts, it's hard to compete... But this one failed for me. Waxy, Plastic aromas led to a chemical, rubbery taste. Mouthfeel was fine, but the aftertaste was pretty lingering ... And not in a good way.

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Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Tempe Bevmo for $8.59. No freshness date but I suspect this was from last fall.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is hanging around.

Nose initially was coffee forward with subsequent mocha malt evident.

Taste is semi boozy mocha with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a nice beer at a reasonable price for the format.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Speakeasy's Scarface, imperial stout. 9.5% ABV.

A: A bit over a finger of light cocoa colored head. Black in the glass; nearly black in the dimple. Light sheeting; almost no lacing.

S: Dry, bitter cocoa up front. Faint coffee. Not a lot, aroma-wise.

T/MF: More of the same. Soft and smooth on the palate. Dry, bittersweet cocoa. Slight, lightly roasted coffee. A touch of "green" coffee.

Not bad, but no real wow factor.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was as good of Stout as any. I had to special order this as it is a limited release and we don't get to big of a variety from Speakeasy in So Cal. It was worth it, this is a rich beer with an excellent drink ability. highly recommend this one if you can find it, Speakeasy rocks! The Scarface barrel aged stout is next on my list if I can get a hold of it.

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Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to KevSal for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Pours an opaque black with 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head that dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves some patchy lacing. 4.25

S: Big roasty notes, with a huge leather and tobacco presence. Subtle cocoa, and a bit of fusel alcohol. 4

T: Roasted malt, herbaceous, some bitter black coffee, semi-sweet cocoa on the finish, subtle booze. 4

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, carbonation appropriately low, ABV is noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, a really nice IS. Kind of reminds me of an Even More Jesus light, which is a compliment. Definitely worth a try. 4.25

Overall: 4.19

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour; head is beige, thin and dense. Decent lace, but sparse. All a bit webbed out.

Smells a bit too much like petrol ever to be the beer I would marry. Spicy, roasty, but yeah distinct booze notes and not too much else.

Taste is more solid and grounded. Roasty, with some woody character and slight meaty notes, but mostly an almost monotonous char note that still holds up under the scrutiny of the anti-stout police. Not hugely complex, but spicy and pleasant.

Smooth, quite full. Slightly dry on the back. But nice.

Good stout. Not idiosyncratic, but good, solid-drinking big stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a bit of transparency. Medium collar.

Smell - Chocolate. Some grassy hops. Caramel.

Taste - Caramel malt. Some coffee roasted malt. A little hoppy here as well. Some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Run of the mill imperial stout. A hoppy one though.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a deep, dark brown with half a finger of beige head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a touch of chocolate in the nose. The flavor is rich, but not terribly roasty. There is an alcohol bite on the finish which is not terribly intrusive, but not terribly enjoyable either.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into two large snifters. 344-0-1-0054 is the bottle code.

Pours dark dark brown, with a medium sized head. Some fine active carbonation. Smell is quite good, coffee, roasted malt, hint of smoke, some chocolate.

Taste is quite sweet, maybe cherry, maybe oak, definitely some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry and gritty. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. But, my wife, who preceded this with Ten Fidy, says that Ten Fidy clearly wins, and this is a little bland in comparison. This is my first Imperial Stout in about a week, and it seems pretty good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a deep, but quite fluid and soft-bodied black, with a firm head of crema-brown that settles into a ring of large pocked bubbled. Lacing is fine but minimal. There's some carbonation when it's tilted, but again, the body looks relatively light. Not bad overall, though.

Nose is pleasant with roast characters and some sweetness, but also with a definite worty character that suggests a little underattentuation. There's a mild spice coming through as well, perhaps a little pepper. A boozy note peeks through the centre, giving it a mild astringency. Overall though, it's decent without being spectacular.

Taste is a little more pleasant, aided by a ripe, nutty note that gives some sweetness to help paper over the booziness. Otherwise, there's plenty of roasted characters, more pepper—but mostly it's relatively smooth and easy drinking for what is a fairly aggressive style of beer.

Feel is smooth, but with a lightness to it: it doesn't seem to have much residual body, despite the worty characters on the nose and the smooth sweetness on the palate.

Overall, this is decent enough. It's a fairly par-for-the-course Imperial Stout, and there are a few mildly questionable elements to it, but it's a style that's forgiving of a few inconsistencies. By the end of the glass, I liked it just fine.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black (only the faintest of deep chocolate browns can be detected when held to light) with a thick, cocoa powder colored 3 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin but consistent layer across the surface. Good lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Cocoa chocolate aroma, with subtle notes of bitter dark chocolate. Hints of earth.

Taste - More roasty than the nose leads to believe. Deep, bitter roasted malt with dark and baker's chocolate overtones. Light milk chocolate sits beneath. Finishes with a coffee ground bitterness and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. A bit lighter than your average imperial stout. Goes down well enough.

Overall - Decent, but not an entirely impressive Impy stout. Not as deep, thick, layered and complex as I like in this style. Unless it were on sale, I probably wouldn't give this another go, if only because there are quite a few amazing Impys in this price range; Drakonic and Old Viscosity come to mind.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark and toasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted and lightly charred malt, chocolate, light vanilla and coffee. Finishes a bit thin until a good charred bitterness develops leaving a lingering hop and burnt coffee flavor. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A full flavored American style imperial stout that is not quite balanced, allowing the high ABV to show through a bit; but redeems itself somewhat in the finish

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle for 8 bucks from halftime Considering my local place charges 15 I believe I got one hell of a deal. Into a regular pint glass.

A -Deep dense blackness that poured very thick (the way I like it) and a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head atop of this beast is an excellent look for a stout.
S - Cold coffee, sweet and chocolate goodness with a sweet chocolate malt edge, some anise and tobacco and a faint bit of hops are what I am smelling.
T - Wow is this roasty and chock full of dark cocoa. Like 70% strong dark cocoa which is nice I do like the bittering sting of chocolate somewhat. Finish is rather hoppy with sweet citrus hops and there seems to be some coffee notes coming out with some vanilla tones. Kind of acidic somewhat.
M - Not as thick as I wanted more medium bodied and somewhat watery. Not bad just not great.

Overall I guess its just the name and the style that allures me try this. I have had far worse imperial stout but again I have also had more balanced, more bodied stouts. This one is just slightly above average. Final thought at least this beer isn't loaded with anise I hate that crap

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep. I'm a sucker for marketing, apparently. Any screen printed bottle with any degree of interesting design is a shoe-in for a purchase for me.

This is a thick and rich stout with mild roasted tones and a touch of chocolate and a bit more molasses. Smooth feel. Mild carbonation. A nice easy drinker. Consistent and thick. I like this. Could sip on this one for a while. I wonder what some age would do to it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013. Pours pitch black with a medium-large dark tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is packed with roasted malt and burnt cocoa aromas. Lots of dark chocolate. A bit of charcoal with some nice espresso aromas. Some earthy aromas with more burnt malt and roasted malt. Very roasty! Taste is dark chocolate at first...tons of roasted malt and a hint of citrus...just a tiny bit. There is a coffee flavor, but it is a bit stale...not very fresh. Finishes with more dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and nicely carbonated...maybe a bit too carbonated. Drinkability is high for an imperial stout. Overall, where this beer lacks in depth and complexity, it makes up for in drinkability. It goes down way to smoothly. A beer like this should be treated as a sipper, but it's hard when you are able to take big gulps of it (partially due to carbonation). This is a solid imperial stout, just nothing world class. Flavor is lacking a bit.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black in color with a thin tan head that left a mild coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice little booze sting on the nose with dark chocolate, anise and coffee

T: Taste starts with some black patent malt, chocolate malt and hints of coffee. There is a substantial amount of anise throughout this beer. A nice booze sting persists, but sharpens on the end

M: Big body, well carbonated, not really creamy but more so in your face. I can see how some stouts drinkers could find this abrasive

O: A nice, tastefull Imperial with just the right amount of everything I like in a stout.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is black with a 1-finger chocolate-brown head on top that leaves a nice ring of lace as it dissipates. Small amounts of splotchy lace thereafter.

S: When cold (probably too cold; I should've let this warm up a little before pouring it, but hey, I'm impatient when there's a new beer nearby) I didn't get much at all - a bit of roasty malt and chocolate malt is about it - but when it warms I get a bigger whiff of chocolate malt, some molasses, a touch of burnt sugar and even some alcohol esters.

T: First impression is the dark fruits - think raisins & prunes - which leads me to believe this may not have been the freshest bottle. There's also some bitter dark chocolate or bakers chocolate and roasted barley malt. Quite an impression of char/charcoal towards the finish, leading it to end with a charcoal-type bitterness.

M: Full-bodied and thick; carbonation is modest, but it doesn't result in the feel crossing over to slick or syrupy. At the same time it's not integrated in a way that would allow me to describe it as creamy.

O: Solid. Better than I was expecting, to be honest, as I haven't generally been overly-impressed with Speakeasy's offerings. I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of atr2605
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours back with a frothy tan head with excellent retention
S-coffee, rich chocolate, carmelized sugar
T-chocolate and sugar followed by roasted coffee and finishing with more chocolate
M-full bodied and creamy
O-good flavors but balance was a bit quirky. Overall not a bad brew for the price and wouldn't mind drinking it again, just not sure I would seek it out

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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 225 ratings