Scarface Imperial Stout | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Scarface Imperial StoutScarface Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 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:
#6,622
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
221
Liked:
173
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
10.94%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 72
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.1%
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 -6.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Scarface Imperial Stout from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 221 ratings
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