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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a brown head that quickly laced. Strong chocolate, mild coffee, and caramel with a nice dry roasted finish with lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3713) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
On tap at Pi Bar. Big, intense looking black pour with a thick one-finger tan head. Interesting aroma of roast, dark chocolate, anise, oak, and bourbon. The flavor is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, earth, and licorice. Full bodied with average carbonation for the style and a slightly tannic mouthfeel. Some boozy warmth. Fills you the hell up. Solid effort from Speakeasy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8907) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2012
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, as part of a flight of beers, on January 29, 2012
Black color, brown head. Sweet, coffee, honey scent. Sweet, spicy, green peppers, coffee taste. Sweet, coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2471) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Draft. Deep black. Light coffee, cappachino head lasting and slowly fading. Tasye is sweet, bitter and boozy all in one. Coffee, cocolate and vanilla too

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft. Blackish beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light roast aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor with light roast. Fuller bodied. Chocolate and light roast lingers with coffee and light vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man. Good drinkabilty, looks and aromas yet not an exceptional RIS. Smooth drinker, licorice, big head and lacey.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Yummy! Roasty! Malty! Expensive! This growler from Whole Foods pours oily black with a light tan head. I appreciate an imperial stout that isn’t afraid to bear its boozy breath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2417) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2011
foamy yet thick and substantial with an altogether well bred spice and bit of smoke blended perfectly with a chocolate coffee. still beery and not boozy it enhances what i like. B-E-E-R! some more on the body it’s thick like souffle. brought to you in good condition from a fine tap line @ Rattle and Hum nyc. small mocha head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle, thanks Jason! Thick black pour, tan head. Aroma had notes of pine, and resinous hops, leading into chocolate, coffee, roast, and some dark fruit. Hoppy stout for sure, big pine up front leading into nice dark malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee, touch of vanilla from the bourbon, and a roasty dry finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7406) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1L bottle. Poured deeper brown with a tall, creamy cap of deep tan head. The aroma picked up toasty, sweeter malts with accents of sweet bourbon and vanilla.. some toasty stuff on the back, but very sweet overall. The flavor found sweet black patent and chocolatey malts at the core, with more chocolatey stuff and a hefty dose of fresh pine bitterness on the edges.. the bourbon was on the light side (until the end), joining decently with the other components.. peppery alcohol accented on the finish, which carried through a whole lot of sweetness. Heavier-bodied and very sweet as mentioned on the palate, but also quite bitter and roasty.. the barrel treatment worked well, but it just wasn’t a great base beer.

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