Scarface Imperial Stout | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.93/5
221 Ratings
Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MisterClean on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,721
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
221
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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 sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of atr2605
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A near black body with a creamy tan head that rose two+ fingers. Some nice sip marks develop as you work your way through the glass.

The nose has a good amount of dark roast, bordering on char, with brown sugar, rich dark chocolate, and licorice. Solid aroma, but not overly impressive.

Deep, dark roast with some char and smoke come out in the flavor profile. Licorice and molasses notes evident as well. Sweet. Dark, rich chocolate notes and some coffee grounds come out in the finish with a little bit of ashy char. Most times you encounter char or ash it is a detractor, but it works well balancing out some of the sweetness in this stout.

Full body, smooth and rich. A touch slick, but mainly creamy.

Solid stout on all fronts. This is a great go to.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of sliks96
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of crowsoup
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to enjoy sharing a bottle of this while watching Scarface and puffing on a Padron cigar. Poured into tulip glass. Pours pitch black with a very nice 1 inch dark tan head that lasted quite well throughout. Aroma of light bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, and perhaps some molasses. The flavor is slightly sweet with that hint of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, earth, and licorice. Full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Some boozy warmth at the finish. This is probably an underrated beer at inexpensive prices. I’ll be glad to have a bottle again.

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Photo of tizride
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of socon67
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black color with a rich high brown cola colored foam. Retention is good and lively carbonation settles fast.

S - Strong scent of roasted malt and toffee. This is a very aromatic stout that gained strength as it warmed.

T - "Say hello to my little friend". This packs a nice punch of rich malty flavor, tastes of english toffee and fudge. Maybe the notro did the trick but this seemed incredibly complex.

M - Insanely drinkable. Had to nurse this to really enjoy it. I could of eaily had a second or third glass. For such a rich stout it was very drinkable and masked that ABV.

O - Didn't expect to love this as much. I will get a bottle of this to see if it holds up the same.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, with some coffee, molasses, and light licorice and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, molasses, and some light black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some roastiness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, and the overall balance is very good.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hook-up from KevSal. Thanks again Kev!

A - pours dark black with a chocolaty head on it

S - nose is a mixture of dark chocolates with less strong coffee aromas

T - starts off with sweet chocolates that quickly move to dark chocolates. The dark chocolates pretty much take the helm of the ship and guide the beer through the rest of the palate journey. Although not uber complex, this is nice and rich.

M - full and smooth from all of the malts packed into it

D - really nice imperial stout on show case here. Rich and full of flavor. Enjoyable and definitely worth a shot. Thanks again for the bottle, Kev!

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Photo of mostfadedone
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with tan head that thins out as imperial stouts tend to do. Nice roasty smell and taste, a little bittersweet - like dark chocolate or licorice (though I don't taste anise per se). It's a pretty good drinker, not necessarily one that stands at the top of this crowded field, but a solid choice at any opportunity.

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Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and brown sugar

T-similar to the smell but has an even bigger roasted flavor. Big roasted malt flavor, molasses, coffee, light dark chocolate, with some bitter hops, and alcohol warming.

M-medium to full body, medium carbonation, roasty mouthfeel

Overall this is a good RIS, I liked the smell a lot but the taste was a little too bitter.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, like motor oil with a big two finger dark khaki head that sticks around for a long time. Its fluffy and the retention is rediculous but does leave thick lacing as it slowly dissapates. The aroma is powerful, tons of smokey baking chocolate and coffee backed by a smokey sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Cream of some kind, very intoxicating and aromatic, but I can't decide whether I completely like it or not. Regardless, its aromatic as all get out and I like the smokiness.

The taste is equally smokey, with lots of dark roasted malt behind it. A nice combination of coffee and chocolate malts create a potent taste that the smokiness rides over, adding depth. A touch of licorice as well. The body is medium to thick, thinned out a touch by the high ABV, but with enough malty gusto to make up for it. The smokiness of the malt has an interesting sweetness to it. Its not fruit-sweet or even chocolate sweet. Its like a licorice kind of sweet, meaning not really sweet at all but very interesting. Subtle nuances in the smoke come out on every sip and as it goes on, it becomes a little cloying, but not so bad to dump it. Mouthfeel has a nice prickle to it to help keep the cloying factor in check as it finishes with a boozy, leathery kick.

Overall, not bad. Very interesting with characteristics of a rauschbier, but the distinct characteristics of an imperial stout. Definitely worth a try, especially for rauschbier fans who also like Impy stouts.

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Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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