Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BA SCORE
3.95/5
101 Ratings
Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Scarface Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by augustgarage on 02-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,407
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
101
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Infected, but not horrendously. Could have powered through, but life's too short.

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Photo of humulusphile
2.74/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage on tap at Steep Brews

Far too much oak, burying the stout flavor. Some malty dark bourbon notes are faint, riding very far at the back of the bus, just barely perceptible on the finish. Regular Scarface is far better, I hope for Speakeasy that this was an anomaly, because I've been a fan of most of their beers I've tried thus far.

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Photo of Hophead717
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Budinetz
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the wax covered bomber into an oversized snifter.

Pours a thick, charcoal black with a dark caramel colored head. Some visible lazing around the glass and a thin film that sticks to the edges after each sip. Smells of roasted malt, slight vanilla and bourbon. A hint of diacetyl is detected but just ever so slightly.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and whiskey. The bourbon flavor lingers on the tongue for a few minutes after swallowing. The 9.5 % ABV is definitely detectable due to the wavy bourbon presence. Seems as if the flavors are not very well balanced and judging by the fact that this is the first release, I'm sure it will be tweaked down the road.

Mouthfeel is mediocre. Overall pretty average bourbon barrel aged stout. I would try it again next year to see if there were improvements but at this point the quality just isn't quite there yet.

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Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage not known.

Dark walnut brown body color, with quite a light colored head. Head is about a good solid finger and staying power, but is very light tan in color. Good amounts of weeping spotted lacing as well.

Fruity nose. Hints of berried quality and light sensing whiskey notes. Fruited almost spicy sensing rye qualities, and an interesting ester. Light bodied roast qualities and not too particularly large. Solid.

Palate is just weak and watery. Fruity and wet washing palate, with a light roast character. Slight char and a hint of wood, but with not much density or richness. Besides being wet there's quite a bit of fizzy body. Much of the fruity tones just aren't coming out either, and the beer really lacks the character of barrel aging, minus the boozy quality.

In the big bourbon barrel aged stout realm, while drinkable and nothing faulty, this just doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Black colored beer with a full sized brown colored head.

Smells of burned sugar and whiskey. Scents of Licorice. Scent of Chocolate cake and vanilla. Scents of fruit and caramel after it warms up.

Starts out sweet with the taste of scorched sugar and vanilla. Taste stays about the same.

Mouthfeel is average for the style.

Overall, OK Bourbon Barrel Beer, but not among the top for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

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, and a green apple aroma. Taste is much the same with cocoa and green apple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness 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 pretty good beer with a decent barrel aged presence but I am not sure where the green apple aromas and flavors are coming from.

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Photo of BWood
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good beer. Had this after a bomber of BBA Narwhal, so didn't really live to that. Not saying I wouldn't have it again but there are others I would buy before it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Small khaki head and a thin collar.

Smell - Whiskey, not a very sweet or rich whiskey aroma though. Oak. A little fruity. Some chocolate.

Taste - More of a bourbon flavor. Still not to rich. Caramel and vanilla. Chocolate and coffee roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little sweet.

Overall - Definitely an improvement on the base. Cuts the hoppiness nicely.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep, dark and inky, with a dark tan finger width head and fair dissipation. What's left behind is a broken layer of suds across the surface, and a fair ring around the edge. Lacing is thin and streaky, with fair stick.

Smell - Holy hot nose, Batman! This smells almost exclusively like ethanol, with buried notes of chocolate, oak and roasted malt to save this from being a complete olfactory disaster.

Taste - Thankfully not nearly as hot in the flavor as the nose would suggest. First notes to hit the tongue are strong milk chocolate and a touch of anise. Bourbon and the accompanying heat that comes with it appear shortly after. Mild notes of roast pop in near the finish then fade, leaving an oaky, bourbony and milk chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Goes down smoother than expected, though there's a bit of bite from the alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall - A solid, though unspectacular barrel-aged impy. One of those rare beers where the smell is atrocious, but the brew tastes good. For the price, I'd probably skip on trying this again, but as it was a birthday gift to begin with I can't complain too much. :)

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soco89ziegler
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's worth buying once to try it out. Picked a few bottles up at Total Wine for 10.99. I am a big barrel aged stout fan, and this is an average offering in my opinion. I actually enjoyed the mouth feel, there is a lot of cocoa in the taste, my biggest complaint is the barrel and the bourbon or lack there of.

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Photo of ccg
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good-looking stout. It seem slightly fizzy at first, but the legs are thick and stick to the glass, and once it settles, it looks creamy and dense, and it leaves a thin layer of khaki foam.

There is some chocolatey roasted malt on the nose and a hint of sourness in the background, but overall the smell is actually rather weak.

The flavor also has a bit of chocolatey roast and a hint of sour. I can't say that I'm getting any sense of barrel-aging in this particular bottle.

Has a sort feel with the alcohol mostly hidden except for a lingering warmth at the end.

I would approach this beer as a regular stout rather than a bourbon-barrel-aged stout. As a stout, it works reasonably well. I had this bottle in the cellar for several months, and I'm picking up a bit of a sour note in it, so that might be a sign that it's better to drink this one fresh.

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Photo of deNerval
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of shagens
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 101 ratings
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