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Speakeasy Scarface Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is happy to introduce Scarface Imperial Stout. A complicated brew Ė behind its fiercely black exterior is a mťlange of subtly different roasted malt flavors that add nuance and depth to a style of beer that is too often heavy and one dimensional. To add a bit of roundness to the flavor we diverted about 20% of the brew into our Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, one of which we topped up with cacao nibs from our friends at local San Francisco organic chocolate makers, TCHO, for a period of oak-aging before blending it back into the primary batch.This is a special beer that reveals a little something different about itself every sip. Malts: American 2-row, Belgian Dark Caramel, French Coffee Malt, Chilean Black Malt and English Roasted Barley Hops: Columbus Alcohol by Volume: 9.5% 70 IBUs


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kespecial (34) - - DEC 20, 2014
Key is to let this warm up a bit, itís pretty creamy and delicious at the right temp. Pretty much a straight up the middle American imperial stout, well executed. Like an old Rasputin, which is a high compliment, but not quite as awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle... Pours nearly black with a small, creamy, beige head. The flavor is a robust assortment of dark chocolate, Cuban espresso, deeply roasted malts and toasted tree nuts. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor supplies a truckload of medium-bitter scorched malts and charcoal. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cory (350) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle. Nice dark chocolate aroma up front with some nice earthyness and smoke undertones. Good looking, full body and a long finish. This beer offers a nice pint but isnít anything particularly special.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niekon (10) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Appearance: dark with a nice espresso foam colored head that retains rather well & foams up with a swirl of the glass Aroma: chocolate witha slight hint of anise Flavor: a definite chocolate & maltiness combines for the makings of a fine beer out of SF Palate: full & thick with a long chocolate finish that lingers Iíve only had a few different beers from Speakeasy even though my wife is from the Bay Area... they just werenít a brewery that we went out of our way to try too often, but finding this imperial stout would have me looking more into their other styles to try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2014
This one those beers. You know, its good, but I still have half a bottle in the fridge and the prospect of finishing it isnít exactly thrilling. At any rate itís a well made imperial stout. I donít think I need to describe it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5067) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook. He was in McCall, Iowa and I in Illinois. The poured very dark and was almost black. The aroma was chocolate with roasted notes. The flavor was that with a biting spicy aspect. At first it tasted like pepper. I realized it was hop based. Those hops were citrus but I am still not sure how it gave this beer such a bite. I did like it. Roasted notes, cocoa, citrus, and that bite were the four legs that this beer stood on. Nicely done. I liked it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomcann (6) - Selden, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Amazing and strong stout. Very bitter and a bit of tobacco throughout the palate. Not a hint of sweetness in this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a nice black color with tan head. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, some chocolates and mild black licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3848) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Wow. This thing is pretty nice. 2013 bomber pours jet black with ample brown head. This is your typical impy stout, but with so much more character. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, wood, earth, tobacco, and smoke. The oak aging adds a perfect facet to this beer without overpowering it. Finish with a dry/acrid cold smoke flavor. Really enjoyed this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1047) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Pours a dark black color with an intense deep coffee aroma. Taste is rich with caramel and coffee coming straight through. A slight chili spice lingers on the tongue after the swallow, leaving a bitter bite. The alcohol content is evident with this beer. An Imperial Stout that is complex and bites back.


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