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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13398) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of dried fruit, roastiness, dark chocolate and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, earthiness, roastiness and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle: Pours a dark coffee brown with a thin tan head the dissipates quickly. Sweet caramel and chocolate with some roasted malts making an appearance on the nose. The taste is slightly sweet chocolate and molasses with a roasty then bittersweet finish. It’s medium and slick in body with a very soft carbonation level. Overall I enjoyed this beer. Maybe a touch too boozy to be easy drinking but it wasn’t a struggle to finish the bomber. I’d get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22oz bottle courtesy of one generous trader who I cannot remember at the moment, thanks! Dark black, little head, standard stout look. Smells a little sweet and roasty but rather boring overall, not bad just average. Taste is really lackluster, not bad just one of the most average imperial stouts I’ve had. I guess I’d say the flavor is just not very robust which is what I would expect from an imperial stout. Yes it has a roast character, yes it is sort of viscous but it just didn’t seem very good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-19-2012 04:40:05

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Tap, Amsterdam Cafe, San Francisco, 15/08/12. Heavy, serious raisiny cocoa, leather, berries and prune aroma. Filthy pitch capped with creamy tan; full, thick-textured mouthfeel. Deep and sweet with burnt fig and vanilla pod, raisin and black chocolate. Massive Struise-like balance, red apple dipped in Lindt and true stoutiness. Bittersweet but lingeringly bitter. So good I had another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2012
Draught, free sample at New Beer Distributors, NYC. Black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma, roasted, licorice, viol, cocoa powder, some figs. Chocolate flavor, spicy, some chilli, pepper, salt, cocoa, tar, peat notes, rather roasted, plums and figs, licorice, dark bread. Spicy roasted finish, peat, hay, chocolate and tar.

   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 (1639) - 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 (6862) - 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 (5384) - 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.

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