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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle; color was dark brown/black with a large light brown head. Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. Flavor had alot of molasses, fig; strong flavor overall.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2187) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Draft at blue moon grille. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head that dissipates slowly. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and milk chocolate. The taste has a big milk chocolate, coffee bitterness, dry bitter roasted malt. Good but average for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11447) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle shared at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Thanks to James! Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Earthy, with old grapes, burnt malts, roast, alcohol. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with strong char, bitter cocoa. Not very cohesive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (611) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Smell of sweet coffee. Dark, little head, good lacing. A little bitter on aftertaste, but great taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (690) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Pitch black. Barely any head (light brown, quiet). Aroma gives toast, nuts, cacao. Have a sip and you get the same, plus dark fruit. Nicely dry for an imp. Stout. Rich, bittersweet finish. Very drinkable for the abv. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4783) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pitch black coloured body with a two centimetre tall deep brown head and literally no light at all passing through the body - 100% opaque. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, hops, vanilla, molasses and a bit of raisins too - very nice and pungent, but still relatively subdued. Full-bodied; Rich roasted malt flavours with hints of cascade hops, alcohol, oak, soy sauce, molasses and even some whiskey at the end. Aftertaste shows a more rounded flavour of chocolate and figs with a lot of bitterness from hops, oak and roasted malts, but only a light alcohol burn hits on the palate and this time from a very nice whiskey flavour. Overall, a well balanced imperial stout that is still showing some hop notes and leads with a complexity that hits hard and doesn’t overburden with alcohol - nice indeed and well worth bringing back and keeping on hand for a year to mellow out some of the flavours. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 27-September-2013 for US$6,23 sampled at home in Washington on 05-October-2014, just over a year after purchasing this one. Bought: 27-Sep-2013 // Sampled: 05-Oct-2014 // Brewed: ???

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (1326) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Am I missing something? Why the low rating? This beer is incredible. NoLi. A wonderful chocolate beer. Chocolate aroma and chocolate taste. Very sweet and yet balanced one of the best chocolate beers I've had. Creamy mouthfeel. Thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (830) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pours from 12oz bottle an opaque black with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma of cocoa, roasty, graham crackers, light vanilla, bready, earthy and a touch of coffee. Flavour is dark fruit, ash, cocoa, a bit of anise, licorice, bitter and burnt oats. Creamy and smooth with a complimentary bitter mouth feel. Wow, well made.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Woodenville
Mild roasted malt aroma, more pronounced roasted malt flavor, cardboard, milk or lactose, and too much liquorice; moderate residual sweetness.
It plays too much with the liquorice and oxidization, hence it’s a bit heavy for me.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (6737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Nose brings out roasted barley, chocolate, and some muffled roast notes. Flavour is... what the hell... very astringent with loads of nasty earthy off-notes, roast, and very bitter cocoa. There is some licorice in there too. Nasty stuff - undrinkable to me. I wonder if there’s something wrong with the bottle, as the high rating seems questionable to me. Not a good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle split at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14, big thanks to JF. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework. Nose is light roast, lactic vibes, faint liqourice, spice, chocolate. Taste comprises rich chocolate, earthy hop notes, dark toffee fudge, light roast. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok impy, simple enough but tasty.


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