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Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout

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60
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Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Beneath the tides off Mission Beach rests Wreck Alley – a dark and mysterious seascape of forgotten ships. Amidst the rusted wreckage is a marine ecosystem, an artificial reef teeming with life. Our Wreck Alley is as dark as the depths of its namesake, an Imperial Stout of uncharted complexity. Brewed with darkly kilned malts, cocoa nibs, and Ethiopian coffee beans, Wreck Alley boasts rich layers of dark chocolate, toffee, and espresso-like roast. Save a bottle. This one has a stout shelf-life.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6980) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, nice roasted malts, sweet brownie notes into a hint of earthy spice, some toasted bread. Taste was a mix of caramel, molasses, dark chocolate into some roast, coffee, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1177) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
A very nice stout on the maltier side. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of cream and vanilla with some dried blueberries. Taste is very cream with lots of vanilla and fruity blueberry jam. Malty finish. Had in the bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pdubyah (454) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2015
I like this because well it is what is says it is. There isn’t an addition like "Chocolate" or "fruit of some kind" or "Coffee" that would guest in the middle. This is an honest and goodness "Stout" that I can discern. The chocolate or Coffee fro the roasted malts (I might be making it up) but what you end with is a beer that is really level drinking, there are no peaks in the flavour, no side shoes and a finish that isn’t dry and hints a some kind of dark fruits. It is perry good and worthwhile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (2640) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Café, mélasse, caramel et une imposante astringence d’alcool. Le corps est riche mais tombe vite sur ses pattes avec l’alcool.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10336) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap at the brewery, 4S Ranch. Pours black with brown highlights and a medium, frothy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt with prunes and leather, light earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, coffee notes, earthy hops and light bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Very nice dark pour with no head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of molasses.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2137) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at their place in San Diego. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is slight coffee. Smooth. Lots of coffee on the flavor slight roast also. Slightly sweet. Good IS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
spittle8 (124) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Moderate head and carbonation. Aroma of alcohol and malt. Impenetrable black. Very sweet malt flavor with coffee a chocolate - how original! A solid beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jultsu (223) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
OK iso vaahto, pysyy kohtalaisesti, sulaa kyllä nopeasti, eli 2.5/5.. Perus normi tuoksu, ei kommentoitavaa. Kohtalaisen kirpeähkö suutuntuma. Laimea, laimea.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7627) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Bomber. Courtesy of olio. Enjoyed at the ISKTR 2014. Black colour with a small tan head. Chili... no... coffee in the aroma. Malt and dark coffee in the aroma. The flavour is malt, coffee, black coffee, ashy dryness and mild hops. Too much coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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