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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:
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Added by MisterClean on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
216
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
16
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38
For Trade:
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 216
Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 16oz growler at a speakeasy tasting locally.

a - Watery black with not much head and slippery lacing.
s - malty roasty oaty.
t - alcohol n oats...bitter cocoa beans and roasted coffee.
m/d - big alc tingle, but the fullness is really nice and it has a bit of an oatmeal stout vibe to it, which I love. at first this beer is big and bold and almost too much, but after a few ounces when you get into it...it kills. Really tasty.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler into goblet:

A: Black body, slight brownish tint decent head and retention.

S: Smoke, slight alcohol, some dark fruit, plus coffee and wonderful bittersweet chocolate

T: Primarily dark chocolatey, with a good light smokey finish. But the coffee and slight fruit round out the chocolate brilliantly, along with a possible slight herbal hop mixed in there as well, balancing the smoke on the finish.

M: A bit light, but given that this is a growler, that can be expected. The finish seems to last forever, even though the smoke isn't so big on the palate in the first place.

D: Wow. This is probably my favorite stout. Sweet, smokey, bitter, everything a stout should be. Such great balance of the flavors, with a great dose of coffee and smoke without overdoing either. Nothing is overdone, in fact, and all flavors come through so well. The world would be a better place if this was more widely available.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Scarface, growler bought at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in New York City.

Appearance: My hasty pour (coming out with the glug of a cumfart) produces a big two-finger-thick brownish head, like cafe latte foam, that recedes into a one finger before settling into a thin veil around the rim of the glass. The beer itself appears black as ebony porn, with some white lacing splattered around.

Smell: Rich and unctuous, with dark chocolate, coffee ans sugar aromas. A slight bourbon-y/cask feel at the end, along with some vanilla and booze. A very complex and delicious nose!

Taste: Carbonated bitterness coats the mouth, ending dry. Not as exciting as the nose, but satisfying. Very thick around the tongue. Lots of cocoa/cacao, some coffee too. A bit of hops and cooked milk/dairy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body/low-to-medium carbonation, dry finish. Alright, but not as good as nose/taste.

Drinkability: At 10.5%, you'll need to sip on this. I had 32 ounces and got a grand buzz.

I really enjoyed this one, almost as much as Stone RIS and other classics of the genre. I'm a fan of this brewery.

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Photo of infi
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 11/20 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Typical stout: black and opaque, thin tan head of fine bubbles, very short retention before dissipating into a cap. Decent amounts of speckled lacing on the glass as well. At close examination, the stout is incredibly lively with tons of fine carbonated activity, especially after a couple swirls. Smell is also textbook. Thoroughly full of roasted malt and barley with the latter being the most prevalent. There are a couple hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee and some booze, but quite subdued overall.

Taste begins with a big roastiness from the malt and barley, which makes up a huge component to the beer. Just like the scents, there are some decent amounts of dark chocolate and coffee, but don't impact much on the flavor itself. Towards the end is a moderate drying aspect of the astringency.

Mouthfeel is substantially light-bodied with a little carbonated feel. Honestly, too thin for me. Drinkability is moderately easy, but fairly slow with the 10.5%. An just-about-over-average beer overall. Thanks to BA r0nyn for this tapped treat.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark, dark mixture that's completely opaque. Frothy tan head that leaves a ton of sticky, spotty lacing. Looks like it has pretty good viscosity. Smell is full of roasted malts, with quite a bit of decadent coffee, dark chocolate and barley. Hoppiness is pretty detectable at the start, but quickly subsides as the beer warms and the sweeter scents become more prevalent. Interesting and complex.

Say hello to my little friend(s)! Coffee leads things off, more sweet than bitter, but with both qualities making themselves known. Chocolate sweetness follows through, with toffee nuances. As the brew warms, there's a bit of alcohol heat, but it's subdued and unobtrusive. Roasted malts and barley round out the taste, with a mildly astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth. I've definitely had heavier stouts, but this one seems to balance the body and the smoothness very well. Minimal carbonation with a lightly drying finish. Very pleasant.

Drinkability is quite good. Pleasing, nuanced taste, enticing smell and a lush mouthfeel make Scarface Stout one to be reckoned with. I would definitely revisit this. Quality brewing from Speakeasy. Thanks to the guys and gals at New Beer Distributors in NYC for making my first growler experience a great one!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in Manhattan, NY.

A: The best feature of this beer. Black with a light tan head that doesn't want to go away.

S: Pretty basic. Charred wood and some cocoa nibs. Smells like a stout.

T: 70% cacao, some nuttiness, earthiness, and unfortunately a metallic undertone. Luckily there is a little oak presence to mellow it out and some hoppiness to give it a bitter touch.

M: Pretty light for this big of a stout. I thought this was rather dry too.

D: Drinks more like a regular stout - very easygoing and not filling at all. This would be the best feature of this beer, but it doesn't beg to be had anymore.

Overall, a decent (Imperial?) stout but I like their Midnight Run Black IPA much better.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the Speakeasy Brewery providing a slew of beers for a tasting at the Bronx Alehouse.

A: Poured into a pint glass to reveal a dark mahogony w/chocolate have finger plus head & excellent retention. Considering the ABV, the head held up longer than I expected.

S: Earthy followed by strong malts and grain.

T: Nice & sweet with heat coming in the second aftertaste. Roasted malts and dashes of coffee mingle throughout but overall it's sweet w/heat

M: Medium to thick at first and thinning out quickly afterward

D: A great American stout and plenty of earthy essence to display masterful brewing!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with tan head that left little lace and had a strong malt smell of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very minor fruit smell (I always seem to smell chocolate covered cherries in these beers). Taste is more of the same as the bitter chocolate and sweet malts take the main stage as the roasted and coffee malts are underlying. More of a sweet than dry stout but still finishes dry and is a heavier, still bready body that makes a very good stout to have.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rattle-n-Hum into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Jet black body with an inch of frothy brown foam. Good retention and lacing. Very dark and very attractive stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and a hint of citrus hops. Very sweet overall, but the hops are a nice touch.

T: Coffee is dominant out of the gate, with very sweet maltiness backing it up. Maybe a bit too sweet, as the flavors don't resolve into chocolate or caramel, but remain purely sweet malt. Some hops on the finish, but not quite enough to balance the cloyingness. Quite tasty nonetheless.

M: Fairly thick with moderate carbonation.

D: A little too sweet for me, but not too bad. I still would have liked more than 25cl (especially since the menu said 12oz, which is 40% more beer, but I'm not a complainer).

Notes: This one came highly recommended by Phil the bartender, and I was excited to try my first Speakeasy brew. While not quite blown away, I found this to be well-done and thoroughly enjoyable. There are many impy stouts I'd rather have, but this was a great one to get to try.

Cheers!

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours nice and black under a super dark mocha head, that stays and stays, frothy, and dense. Leaves short lived sheeting, then globby strands of thick lace. Nose of dark malts, coffee, and sugary toffee. Full flavor stout, more sweet and dark roasty notes. Coffee, mocha milkshake with hints of whiskey and wood. Super smooth and velvety on the tongue, without going over the top and taking away from drinkability. Enjoyable, nicely crafted and tasty I.S. Nice offering from Speakeasy Ales.

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Photo of pennywhistle
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It had a delicious, deep roasted malt flavour. Subtle on the coffee - it's there, but it doesn't feel like you've got espresso grounds at the bottom of your glass. This beer is very rich, and very smooth. If it wasn't quite so high in ABV I would want to drink it all the time!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer. This was a 22 ounce handbottle filled at Bierkraft in New York.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kirchnak
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a lot of aroma (that I remember). I had it on tap at the weekly Firkin' Friday at the the brewery. It was unbelievably smooth. I knew it was 10.5%, but couldn't taste it. Has nice chocolatey notes, and is velvety smooth. I quickly finished two before I realized what I had done, it is that good. That is also why I don't have a better description for you. Sorry. It is that smooth (and strong). Highly recommended.

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Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. Poured pitch black with around a centimeter of dark brown head that had some fair retention and comparably nice lacing. Aroma is pungent and loaded with roasted coffee beans, malt, oak, and vanilla. Maybe a bit overdone on the roast. The flavor is packed with roast, dark malts, a bit astringent actually, lots of oak and oaky bitterness, vanilla, and cookie. Finish has a touch of floral hops along with lots of roast and cookie. Full bodied, lightly slick with a slight chewiness. I liked this beer, it was perhaps a bit much on the roasted elements, but the overall flavor was nice.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 32 oz growler from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some bitter hops.

Taste: Similar to its smell. Overall, there is a nice, well-balanced combination of roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Impressive. Drink carefully though because the 10.5% ABV is undetectable and will creep up on you when you least expect it.

All in all, I really enjoyed this offering from Speakeasy. It's definitely worth seeking out - that is, if you can actually find it. ~

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone

A: An incredibly nice looking pour on this beer, plenty of tan foam with a viscous black liquid underneath.

S: The nose is full of the usual suspects for an imperial stout. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt with a slight smokiness to it.

T: The flavor pretty much mimics the nose. A nice coffee and roasted malt character with some notes of chocolate with a definite bitterness and some light smoke.

M: Quite a full bodied beer with a low level of carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue.

D: For a fairly high ABV and a rather bold style, this one is fairly easy to consume and was a pretty interesting beer overall. A pretty solid offering from Speakeasy.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have this on tap at St. James Infirmary. I know that very few places have this on tap, neat to work at one of the places that do.

The appearance is dark black with a foamy brown leather head. It is a thick looking brew, and looks menacing once it warms up. The head is poured with two fingers, and it just slathers the sides of the glass with lacing. I have had this a few times, and every time it just coats the glass with foam.

The smell is of roasted coffee, bitter hops, chocolate, earthy grains, and a smooth vanilla-caramel.

The taste is good and gets better once it warms. It is very quaffable. There are hints of chocolate, roasted grains, almost reminds me a bit like a oatmeal stout? I do not know a lot about this beer, but it is good. There are hints of coffee. I don't know about this being an Imperial Stout, its flavors a mellow compared to those of that style.

The mouthfeel is good, medium with a nice thick finish. It gets left in you mouth for a while. Not very thick, just right for a stout. Overall I think if this were categorized as a stout, this would be outstanding. I like the easy drinkability and the nice mellow flavors.

J

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Photo of MisterClean
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Noc Noc. They said this one came back this year, so I assume they also made the last one for SF beer week.

A - Pours black wth 2 fingers of cappuccino head. It leaves about a 1/2 finger ring. Dissipates moderately slow, and leaves some very nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, some smokiness, and light bittering hops.

T - The chocolate and smokiness is still there, but the bittering hops are replaced with a cloying pininess.

M - Full-bodied, smooth, and slightly malt dominated.

D - Overall very satisfied with this beer. No alcohol flavor either.

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