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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is happy to introduce Scarface Imperial Stout. A complicated brew – behind its fiercely black exterior is a mélange 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pours dark brown with three fingers of thick tan head. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter, cocoa, and a little alcohol. Has medium carbonation with lasting malts on the tongue.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jpkeskinen (410) - FINLAND - JUN 25, 2013
Drank as a draft in a bar by the Pacific. Tastes like a good imperial stout but with something strange. Maybe it’s the bourbon barrels but something’s wrong here. Not bad but not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Stunning and unusual imperial stout. Strong chocolate aroma. Taste is roasty stout, not sweet from the malt -- but just a beautiful infusion of bourbon from the aging (apparently just 20% is aged). Adds sweetness and gives the beer an added complexity. Wow. A. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4002) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bomber from Jane’s Beer Store. Beer’s 100th rating! Black with a medium, heavy lacing, long lasting cinnamon tan head. Nose is chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate, roast, vanilla, coffee, and a slight hint of bourbon. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter chocolate. I would have scored it higher if the bourbon had a slightly higher prominence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (541) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
A nicely carbonated brew. It pours very dark and the head dies down to leave a fine layer of foam. In the aroma I picked up on roasted malts, mild coffee, hops, slight sweet bourbon, and dark chocolate. The flavor is mildly bitter and balanced in flavor. I noticed roasted malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, toffee, sugar, hops, and a slight licorice flavor. The finish has a pleasant bitterness with a very minor dryness. I notice a smooth weak bourbon, lite coffee, chocolate, hops, and a sweet malt aftertaste. Overall this was a fine complex brew and worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottled. Black pour, tan head with good lacing. Roast malt chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nicely bitter finish. Medium full mouthfeel Very balanced. Extremely tasty. A most excellent Imperial Stout. Wish I had more access to Speakeasy's offerings. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnmike (1074) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Say ’ello to my little stout... Bourbon is lightly present, you can tell there is a ton of complexity here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1031) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours thick inky black with thin mocha head. Laces well. Aroma is molten chocolate and dark malts. Taste is big roasty slightly charred malts with thick rich dark chocolate and fresh espresso on the finish. Not boozy, but easily tastes its 9.5%. Gotta try the bourbon barrel version, this has really piqued my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GIJOE (1000) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 1, 2013
This blackish beauty is a beast from the underworld. It smells like tar and coffee with notes of hellfire and brimstone and assaults the tongue with malicious bitterness on first sip. Malty nuances dance garishly in the black light of this hoppy hades and the full-bodied, complex, carefully carbonated sludge moves slowly across the palate like the squeamish souls of sinners skidding into Sheol. Sinfully savory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Aroma of molasses, burnt sugar and mocha. Pitch black color with a massive three finger foam. Strong chocolate overtones with a pleasant caramel, burnt sugar and toffee background. Very silky texture with a milk and big boozy taste on the finish. Overall, very well done. Strong, bitter and full. I’d give this an A+ rating

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