Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout
No-Li Brewhouse

Wrecking Ball Imperial StoutWrecking Ball Imperial Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,080
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,499
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
278
From:
No-Li Brewhouse
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  69
SCORE
88
Very Good
Wrecking Ball Imperial StoutWrecking Ball Imperial Stout
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Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019-12-22
12oz can served in a big snifter. I don't see a date on it. The label has changed versus the one in this listing.

Pours black with a small head. Fairly low carbonation. Smell is anise and dark roast coffee. Maybe a little yeast.

Taste is pretty RIS. Anise, coffee, a little molasses sweetness, plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not sticky. Overall, good.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at QFC in Bothell, Washington.
No dating on the bottle. Poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Pretty much opaque, dark mohagany color. Solid mocha colored head that slowly fades to a light foam ring around the edge of the glass, light lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Roasted malts, brown sugar/caramel, coffee and dark fruit, chocolate, a bit of toasted nuts, a little boozy, spicy/herbal notes.

Taste- Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisins and dates), caramel/brown sugar, spicy licorice/anise and citrus rind notes.

Feel- Medium bodied with a syrupy/oily texture. Pretty bitter and dry finish, moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A nice enough imperial stout but not very complex compared to some of the big hitters in this style. Easy drinking despite the high ABV. Worth giving a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown appearance with significant head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice malt with hint of coffee. Taste is also a nice nutty malt with hint of coffee without any alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of rgk3
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've aged this one 22 months. Enjoying in stout glasses with one of my sons on Father's Day. Pours black (with a tinge of brown when held to the light) with 3/4 inch khaki head. Malty, yeasty smell. Very nice burnt grain taste along with slight chocolate flavor. Nice balance of slightly sweet with only a hint of bitterness, which I believe is attributed to aging. Not boozy tasting as others have expressed when enjoyed fresh. Enjoyable beer that I would drink again and bring back to my area if I travel up to where they distribute.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tavor
Solid black with a good sized tan head that persists. Rich chocolate and caramel on the nose with earthy fruit at the edges. Flavor follows the aroma but adds a bit of licorice and smoke. Pretty tasty Imp Stout.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle No bottling info

Pours a solid brownish black body with a khaki head. Moderate retention.Lots of tiny lacing all the way down the glass.

Malt forward scent of hay-fresh grass and bread. An espresso, toffee-chocolate quality emerged as it warmed up.

I can taste really taste the 100 IBU. Burned coffee, burnt toast and a fair amount of booze that seemed to dominate the taste. Strangely, I wasn't able to pick out much of a hop scent...

Medium feel with a dry, boozy finish

Value; (Does not effect overall score) Priced at $5.69 for a 22oz beer it was a decent value for a high ABV stout.

It was like a dry hopped stout. Lots of hops on top of lots of malt. Plus lots of booze ! An interesting beer that was worth trying once...

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Photo of gandres
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster at No-Li Brewing in Spokane, WA
Sight: black, dark brown if held against the light, small brown foam
Smell: fragrant, aroma of toasted grains, nuts
Taste: low bitterness, slightly sweet
Feel: medium carbonation, long finish, long bitter after taste good depth
very good beer
repeat: yes
look for: No"

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Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (new design) served in a stout glass. Black tinged with brown at the edges, as expected, with minimal head formation. Not much aroma unfortunately. Flavor is of dark, burnt barley malts, leaving a grainy almost astringent feeling on the back of the tongue. Creamy and delicious, though. But this raises an important question. Why is a 9.5% Imperial Stout hopped to 100 IBUs? I can only imagine that No-Li is trying to balance out the heavy proof of this beer with a lot of residual sugar, but this beer doesn't taste sweet at all to me -- and that's where the IBUs come in. If that's what they were going for, I say mission accomplished.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance with wonderful lacing. Pour dark as nice with a creamy tan head that retains throughout consumption. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, and faintly of plums and prunes. Tastes along the lines of aroma. Bitter cocoa and rich toasted malts. Solid imperial that subtlety carries the alcohol.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a lasting creamy tan head. Great retention, esp. for the style. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of deep roasted coffee/espresso. Dark earthy notes come through. Some licorice/anise. Earthy hops give it a finish that lands on the bitter side of the style spectrum.

It just about hits full bodied. Alcohol comes through in the taste and the finish.

A nice , dark, boozy slow sipper.

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Photo of beercam
2.24/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Really roped me in with its ABV and look, and then disappointed me. I've only had a few "high end" craft brews with a worse mouth feel. Feels like drinking sweat. Brutal. Fuck off if you ask me to drink this beer again. OK, I'm being harsh, but this isn't too good.

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Photo of James954
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: solid black with minimal tan head

S: Roasted malt, plum, cherry

T: Roasted malt, plum, cherry, a marshmallow note but faint, the alcohol is noticeable but not bothersome

F: Watery with weak carbonation

Overall: the watery mouthfeel and weak carbonation are the only real issues to take umbrage with. Not bad, not great either.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No-Li Brewhouse LLC "Wrecking Ball Imperial"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Typical appearance. Average head retention and lacing, especially for an Imperial stout. Aroma offers a pleasant fruitiness, dark chocolate, a suggestion of anise, some cold black coffee... and perhaps more if you look, but it's not bold and brash. Mainly what I find is fruitiness. The flavor follows with perhaps some added molasses, but the same remains true, that it's not bold and brash, although it is big (but not particularly malty), and perhaps a touch brash - but at 9.5% ABV that's to be expected. Hops? Not really, they're present but "background", a bit grassy and herbal. I am not finding the 100 IBUs listed on the label, however, although that's a good thing as I don't think the malt could stand up to it. I'd guess it's more in the 80's range. Would I buy it again? Certainly, there's nothing wrong with it. At the same time, it doesn't really stand out as anything special.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer recently at the Total Wine in West Orange. Never had this before and never had anything from No-Li as well, as this was the first place where I saw anything from these guys. The bottle design was nice and the beer inside was up to par as well, with lots going on for something as strong as this!

The pour was dark as was to be expected with a nice, tan head that left behind great rings of lacing as I worked my way through this. Lots of bitter chocolate in the nose with even more in the taste, with a good amount of roasted barley malt to give this body. Currant and plum were underneath that but thankfully, the alcohol was recessed and didn't overpower the fruit flavors. Bitter aftertaste that reminded me of chili powder that left some heat behind once the sips were over.

Had this been stronger, it would have been a lot to take in but everything was balanced nicely here, which doesn't always happen for a Double/Imperial Stout. This wasn't like any other Stout that I had and during the colder months, this would be one that I'd reach for to heat up. Fun stuff that deserves more reviews on here!

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Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. The head has light retention with a little bit of wet lacing. The aroma is pretty weak with just a little bit of a grainy note maybe a little roast. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter and has pretty good tingle from the alcohol.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, shared with friends, poured into pint glasses to sample. Black stout apperance with light brownish head on the beer. Smooth at 9.5% abv, and easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer, and nothing was drastically unique about it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Woof. What a day. Thank God for beer, amirite?

Look : Dark cola black with a creamy beige head @ 4 fingers. The head recedes slowly, leaving skirts of popcorn lacing behind on the sides. The body is, as expected, 100% opaque.

Smell : Cocoa powder, chocolate, lightly brewed coffee, slight anise. A little lactose and oat, too.

Taste : Fairly hop forward starting with coffee and some cheddar-chocolate; as it melts onto the tongue it swells with sticky plum and vinous notes. It boasts a roasty finish with lingering tingles of carbonated sticky plum and chocolate shavings.

Feel : Substantial, medium to full bodied, a lactose-like creaminess, and a roasty dry finish.

Overall : I have enjoyed the two beers I have had from No-Li. I would definitely stock up on them again if I were up in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately this and the Rise and Grind were the only two I bought. Shame on me. Best brewery so far I've had in that region.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Deep brown with a nice looking mocha head that left rings of lacing down the glass.
S – Subtle coffee, chocolate and molasses.
T – Much more coffee in the taste than the nose. Huge roasted malts. Good dose of bitterness. Little bit of molasses and brown sugar. Very lightly sweet.
M – Tingly on the palate with good carbonation but pretty damn smooth.
O – Solid brew here. Tasty and easy to drink. Touch of booziness.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Williams Seafood in Spokane for $2.69. No freshness date.

Poured into a Jones Radiator mug, this was a good looking beer: Very dark brown, allowing nothing to shine through when held up to light, and with a tan, fluffy head that hangs about a bit and left plenty of lace.

Fairly restrained nose for the style. Some chocolaty sweetness barely makes itself noticeable, initially. As it warmed, things became more roasty.

Much more flavor in the taste than in the nose. Still kinda sweet, but with a roasty backbone that decently balances it out. Hop flavor is discernable beyond the maltiness - not a surprise given the vaunted 100 IBUs A little bit boozy as it warms. Dry zap at the swallow, again not a shocker given the level of hops.

Fairly full bodied, with a sticky, coating and slightly oily mouthfeel.

A slow starter, but it turned out to be a tasty RIS. I really want to do a side-by-side with Iron Goat’s Goatnik. Been a while, but I really like a beer from No-Li.

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Photo of hophugger
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome blackish color with light touches of deep brown. Head is decent at 1-2 fingers and lacing is spotty and loose. Aromas of sweet sugar, malt, coffee and grain. Taste is similar with flavors of hops, heavily roasted coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate and toasted bread crust. Finish is fairly clean for this bold beer, with a bit of roast coffee and hops lingering on the palate. Overall, balance is ok, but not great. Flavors have just a touch of a problem meshing like they should..

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Basically pitch black. Poured a nice head!

Smell- A roasted smell that heavily hints the malt character.

Taste- A little boozy, which is not surprising considering the ABV. Sweet, but with a nice bittering aftertaste that keeps it from being saccharine.

Feel- Smooth and soft. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a slight burn on the swallow.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. It has a good look and a solid taste.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Blackout. Tan head with brown tinge.
S-black licorice.
T-rich coffee with bitter sweet chocolate.Smooth wet and Tingley. Quickly dry. Slight chalk.
F-hop fizz on your [email protected] 100 IBUs.
O-On a humid day at summer's end an Imperial Stout is not a natural go to for me.
Thankfully Wrecking Ball was the grab and pour. A very enjoyable 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. Bomber.
No-Li... Thanks

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9.5% ABV, 100 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - jet black brown with finger not too brown head.
S - mint, brown sugar, coffee, bit of cocoa, roast malt. date, caramel & vanilla as it gets warmer.
T - welly carbonation on palate, hoppy came first, big sticky smooth mouthful. liquorice, malty ness is not as big as I expected, according to their statement said, 5 types of roasted malted are added. it fade away quick tho. bitterness lingering at the back.
O - I somehow like it, especially on a summer day, when most breweries don't do stout. and it's hoppy (well done Columbus hops!) with high ABV, sweetness and bitterness r the main theme of it. will get it when there's not many imperial stout around. recommend to cellar for at least 6 months, that the bitterness will be rounder, and other flavors could come out easily, which u will find its a pretty complex beer.

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Photo of Jconradt
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth drinking chocolatey stout that hides both IBU and ABV very nicely in an easy drinking package. Will definitely get more of this one, No-Li is 2 for 2 with me.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with 2fb of tan head, which resolves to fine lacing and almost imperceptible effervescence. Smells strongly of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, fig. Tastes malt forward, a char/smoky bite to the malts followed by a sweet, chocolatey with a hint of molasses and brown sugar and ending with a pleasant piney bite. Mouthfeel is medium to fool, with a fair amount of carbonation – the sweetness gives it a bit of a syrupy texture and there is a pleasant, sweet malty aftertaste.
Overall, great malts predominant stout, well rounded and a pleasant stout. I thought that the alcohol was well masked by the complexity of flavors – and overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Would purchase again.

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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 278 ratings