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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Wrecking Ball is an intense and delightful jet black stout. Chocolate and roasted barley malt dominate the aroma with fruity flavors to follow. This bittersweet and full-bodied ale comes in at a towering 9.5% alc/vol.


Fatehunter's rating

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1521) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Pours two fingers of tan head on a black body. Beautiful. The aroma is rich molasses, caramel and roasted malt. Really nice. The taste is deep. Molasses, burnt wood, a little earth, roasted malt, lemon bitterness towards the end. Excellent profile and balance. The texture is thick with low carbonation. Outstanding.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
On tap. Pours a murky black with moderate tan head. Aromas of creamy chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors of rich chocolate, vanilla, creamed coffee and heavily roasted malt. Thick, dry finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1217) - California, USA - APR 2, 2015
A nice stout overall. Pours a super thick black with a creamy tan head. Smells lightly of cinnamon, milk, chocolate and baked bread. Taste is very thick, almost milk shake like, with some chocolate, cream, and a sizzling thyme in the finish. A nice boozy warmth in the aftertaste. Had in the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7500) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
On tap @ the brewery, our twelfth and final brewery on TvM’s Bachelor Party NW Ale Trail Expedition. Near black body, flavours of chocolate liqueur and black burnt malts, maybe some underlying cherry fruit. Big bitter finish. Perhaps a bit sweet for an impy, but I liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkyCrow (93) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Black with a hint of red. Small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, sugary, alcohol. Taste somewhat astringent, with coffee, alcohol, and bitterness. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
2015-03-04. Very dark brown-black body with a nice tan head. 4+ Aroma is tangy, with notes of brown sugar and touches of cocoa. Flavour is sweet, lightly tangy with notes of brown sugar. Very light cocoa and roast, lingering tangy sugar and alcohol. Light herbal licorice hints? Smooth medium plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Enjoyable, but a touch odd and not quite what I usually look for in an imperial stout. On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidhedonism (287) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2015
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, boozy, and chalky, with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and leather. Taste/Palate: creamy; starts sweet; finishes astringent and slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (251) - Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Poured from a 12. Aroma is a bit dry and chalky. Flavor has a bitter/astringent bite at first. After the beer warms it smooths out a bit and has a dark chocolate and grainy flavor to it. Finishes a bit creamy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
smallfry (154) - - FEB 28, 2015
(Bottle) Not bad. A fairly decent imperial stout with a little extra bitterness. But, it’s nothing too special either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2718) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Beer #7 of 13 in blind tasting.
This to me was the most boring and average in the tasting. I actually guessed this correctly, the only one I was correct on. Bitter malt present. Not particularly "rich" or hoppy or anything.
In the aggregate it fell 2nd to worst, moderately-strongly below average.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Imperial stout blind tasting, sample 7 of 13. Note: bearing in mind the comments on this, I will rerate this one very soon to better comment. Beautiful thick black pour; khaki head. Maybe my palate is dying, because this is strangely sulfur, roast, floral and herbal. Palate fatigue setting in I think, time for a break.


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