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RATINGS: 140   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6118) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Quite the ’muscular’ pour ... deep midnight red with a colossal light brown head of unmoving foam. The aroma is resplendent with dark fruit, warming chocolate, and bitter coffee. This drinks with the expected mouthful of flavors, leaving your mouth with the impression of having chewed something gooey and sweet. There’s a lingering bitter finish. Well done. (#4583, 5/4/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (6484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
Bottle. (my first beer from this brewery) Black with a large tan head. This one was really roasted both in the aroma and taste. Not that sweet with coffee, some chocolate and licorice. Descent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2012
Draught and wonderful. Aroma is roast malt, chocolate and bourbon. Full bodied with no alcohol burn. Balanced chocolate, malt and hop, with caramel melts. Enough hops to keep from getting too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ANGRYCPA (50) - - APR 28, 2012
22 oz bomber. Pours like oil into the mug, pitch black, tan head. Nice coffee aroma on the nose. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol. Alcohol lingers in the palate, just a hint of bitterness , pretty good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Fantastico. Chocolate caramel aroma. Chocolatey taste but too dry of a finish for yours truly. Overall true to style and awesome with a chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours pitch black, no foam, just a dim, hazy spot or two of bubbles that sit on top of the pour. Aroma is a solid cocoa blaze with just a touch of the bourbon barrel aging detectable. The roastly dark malts are also clear. First taste is bitter coffee and maybe a hint of salty soy sauce. The chocolate from the nose is not apparent here, until near the late palate and not in every sip. Body is full, with a oily slick texture and average carbonation. The finish is long and dark... but not too heavy on the burn, in spite of the higher ABV. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Not as strong of an aroma as I’d have expected. Some malt, but faint. Pours absolutely perfect for a stout, nearly jet black with a creamy tan head. Taste starts with a nice malty stout but finishes with heavy, sharp, dry coffee. The palate lingers, but slightly bitter from the coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
22 oz bottle from a good friend. Opaque black with a small brown head. Aroma is very creamy, chocolate, coffee, a hint of raisins and vanilla, a note of tarmac, nice stuff. Taste is creamy chocolate and brownie, roasted malts and a bit ashy, hoppy bitterness, a hint of raisins. The finish is with espresso and hops. Nice stuffz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Label shows 9.5% ABV. Black pour with a voluminous, dark brown head. Aroma is big roasted malt notes, licorice, coffee, bitter hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, burnt caramel, licorice notes, dark chocolate, coffee notes, molasses and light vanilla. Full bodied with a strong bubbly, but creamy, carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, burnt caramel, brownies, dark chocolate, coffee, and licorice notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2012
Evil looking black pour with a big dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, caramel, wood. A lot going on in this one. Flavor is a big burst of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing though. A bit thin and watery for what you’d like it to be. A hint of bourbon and a healthy dose of chocolate. This is a nice beer.

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