Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout | No-Li Brewhouse

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251 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States
nolibrewhouse.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by leedorham on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
251
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
62
For Trade:
1
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Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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 drews240
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 snohojimbo
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DamienI
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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 L_A_C_903
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beercam
2.24/5  rDev -40.7%
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 scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bombventure
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MSCUSN
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrueOregonian
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The wrecking ball is No Li. This beer is delicious.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of James954
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Erik-P
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 JonathanAlires
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agjohnson82
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shanty76
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout from No-Li Brewhouse
3.78 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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