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RATINGS: 125   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1827) - - DEC 22, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a relatively light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate smell mixed with some lighter aromas of roasted malt and coffee. There is a decent sum of a caramel, molasses, and brown sugar smell as well along with some lighter aromas of a more earthy nature. Overall the aroma is quite sweet, dessert like, and robust. Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty malt taste with a strong showing of sweeter flavors of molasses and brown sugar as well as a sweeter chocolate flavor. These flavors create a base taste for the brew and remain till then end. As the taste advances some flavors of coffee and more roast come to the tongue, with these being joined by a little bit of a licorice taste. Some earthy and grassy hop flavors as well as a hit of alcohol come to the tongue at the very end, leaving a warmingly semi-sweet roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the rich dark, sweeter, and boozy flavors of the brew the feel is quite nice and creates a very mouth coating feel which accentuates the nice warming and dark flavors well. Overall – A nice drinking stout with a thick and sweet, but roasty and boozy taste. A pretty nice imperial overall, and one to try if you get a chance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Etched glass bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, roasted barley, burnt pine needle, burnt spruce and brown sugar. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2917) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2014
12oz bottle from Crafted Drafts. Black pour with thin tan head. Aroma of sweet brown sugar, roasted malt, chocolate. Tastes are the roasted barley, chocolate, light licorice, dark fruit. Well balanced. Slight metallic vibe in the bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2736) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained light beige head, with heavy lacing, over a clear, brownish black body......nose is heavy roasted malts, with coffee, hints of chocolate, hints of dried fruits, plum, raisin, light hops note, balance to the malts......taste is lightly sweet, with heavy coffee, hints of chocolate from the roasted malts, very light hints of dried fruits, finishing moderately bitter, from the roasted malts and hops, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a relatively simple Imperial Stout. The roasted malts are quite dominant, and it lacks some of the malt depths frequently found in this style. More caramel, crystal would make a better beer with more depth. Also the esters are low, so would a different yeast make a better, more complex beer? BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2258) - 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 (11874) - 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 (635) - 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 (707) - 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 (4851) - 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 (1401) - 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


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