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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8915) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
On tap @ the brewery, downtown San Diego location. Near black, light brown head. Fudge and rich espresso, sweet cream, roasty bitter finish. A bit in the sweet side, but very good

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
creppyiceman (302) - POLAND - JAN 8, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 (on tap) Appearance:black,small beige head. Aroma:strong coffee aroma,light note of liqueur,like dark fruits esters. Taste;medium sweetness,flavour of chocoalte,expresso coffee, nice milkiness,light fruity esters,long bitter and roasty finish,coffee aftertaste. Palate:full body,very smooth,thick, light carbonation, no sign of bozzyness. Overall:Very nice full-bodied stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2226) - GREECE - JAN 4, 2016
650 ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark brown almost black color with beige head. Malty aroma, roasted, chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocoa. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fin (9213) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker. Nr Gent, Belgie. Consumed at Cliff House Campsite, Dunwich, Friday ’Christmas Day’ 25th December 2015 Lots of coffee coming across on the nose, but there is a light sour edge also. Slightly sour in the mouth (unsure if this is intentional) its fruity but lacks depth and complexity, not silky smooth, it’s ok but not what we expect from an Imperial Stout, in fact we couldn’t finish this. A5 A4 T4 P2 Ov8 2.3

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
indrekr (324) - ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2015
Aroma: toast, almond, bread, nuts. Appearance: black, small brown rocky head, not lasting. Taste: medium sweetness, medium sourness, light bitterness. Palate: creamy body, too thin texture, flat carb, astringent, bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (1021) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2015
Black liquid with tan head. Aroma of almonds, rosted nuts, chocolate, vanilli, rum. Taste of chocolate, caramel, rye bread, coffee, heavy sweet, light bitter, light sour. Full body, oily, sticky feel, average carbonisation, long finish

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (1256) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark deep brown with small tan head. Aroma is sweetish, roasted, coffee, nuts, almons, cocoa, rum, caramel, vanilla. Taste is roasted, coffee, bread, caramel, bitter, chocolate. Medium body. bitter chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, liquorice, and chocolate - with a slightly roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4392) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
(Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% Black coloured body, one finger of kinda thin beige head on top, with good retention though. Aroma of cold coffee, coffee grounds, chocolate, light alcohol, vanilla. Great taste, lots of chocolate and coffee, very nicely combined, light toffee, light vanilla, well hidden alcohol Medium body, good carbonation, slightly sticky on the palate. Not the most complex imperial stout but highly drinkable. Great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2015
Bomber. Brune foncée, col fin blanc-cassé, doré au verre. Arôme au bouquet fruité noir rappelant la date, je note peu en terme d’apport de café qui reste présent mais minime. Palais est malté avec un bouquet prononcé au niveau du malt caramel, note de chocolat mais surtout un fruité noir bien présent entre raisin et prune. Café arrive plus sur la fin et ajoute une certaine douceur qui apparaît juste derrière cette base fruitée noire. Retrouve également un chocolaté épais qui contraste bien avec le profil plus fruité et finemetn épicé de ce stout impérial. Reste sur sa soif au niveau café.


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