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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 – 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 29, 2012
22oz bottle for $4.95, great deal. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, pine resin, coffee and some faint oak. Flavor is bitter roast and hops with dark chocolate, coffee and a light alcohol warming. Full body with average carbonation and a dry, roasty finish. This is a really nice beer, lots of bitterness balanced out by the malt and alcohol. This is a steal for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1182) - Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Roasted and coffee aromas eminate from this black brew. Brown head lies clinging to the edges. Big burnt flavors but not dry as expected. Excellent body with a clean finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, large pillowy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Cocoa nose, roasty, a little graham cracker and hops.   Not getting the bourbon or oak on the nose.   Soft sweet milk stout like start, roasty but not heavy, soft bitterness, apple skin, a little molasses and sour dark pitted fruit.   A touch chalky.   Not a heavy stout, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a chocolate malt profile, graham cracker, with a touch of sour dark pitted fruit.   Despite all the special attention to this beer, it seems fairly mediocre.   As it warms the chocolate/cocoa comes out even more.   Finish becomes more cocoa oriented.   Low hop, decent malt base, like an Imperial Milk Stout or something.   Decent, but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Draft at Taps. Pours opaque black, thin to moderate pale tan head, lovely lacing. Nose is fine cigars, ash, creosote, licorice, black chocolate,espresso, ink, graphite. Flavours of Bakers chocolate, spice, chicory. Very tight, solid, Impy Stout. Would love to try a bottle at a couple of years old, as I feel this could open up into something rally phenomenal. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain a bottle. I am the Sad Moo...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4228) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2012
22 ounce bottle that poured dark brown, aromas of chocolate, caramel, light vanilla, and subtle bourbon. Flavors are the same, nice oak flavor, not much booziness as the aroma suggests. Nice beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC. June 2. Pours black with a small semi-lasting frothy light-brown head. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity and chocolatey along with roasted malt and some coffee. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some alcohol. Dry finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great stuff, a solid Impy Stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
On tap. Pours a close to pitch black with a small tan chocolate head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The arma is lots of molasses and licorice, a decent amount of roast, quite a bit of alcohol, and some brown sugar. It smells sweet and boozy, certainly not good. The taste is very sweet with molasses and licorice. The is a light vanilla note and some brown sugar as well as a bit of roastiness. The finish is slightly roasty with a bit of bitterness and a lot of booze. It is also chalky with quite a bit of astringency. Leaves a bit of a lingering vanilla taste. Fully bodied, but Syrupy. Low carbonation. This was easily one of the worst beers that I have had. It is way too sweet and also extremely boozy. It is also chalky and astringent. I could not drink this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Sampled in a bomber. Really quality malts and nicely roasted flavor. Well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gordonronco (1) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012 does not count
Bitter, like espresso beans, nice caramel taste though. Tastes like more than 9.5%. Might be good for a slow cooking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (8010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a medium foamy light brown head. Aroma is very roasty and chocolatey, with loads of woody, roasted malt, chocolate brownies, not much barrel presence, and a considerable hoppiness factor. Flavour is very woody, roasty and hoppy, with chocolate brownies to start, shifting to a very pronounced woody mid-flavour, finishing quite hoppy and bitter - slight boozy finish as well. Quite harsh with some jagged edges, though it’s solid overall. Becomes more and more harsh with each additional sip making drinkability low.

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