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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1358) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft, City Beer Store. I tried both the ’09 and ’10 on tap. The ’09 was significantly better. Hopefully, they’ll bottle this one in the future, so that I can put some age on it. Fresh, this beer was a bit of a mess - fairly hot, bland roastiness, boozy barrel notes and relatively mild chocolate. However, the year old version was a real treat. It was rich with chocolate flavor backed by a complex mix of fruity roast, caramel and subtle, sweet bourbon/vanilla/oak barrel flavor. Mouthfeel was thick and luxurious. Relatively dry finish, given the sweetness in the taste. Speakeasy should start brewing this beer a year in advance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized light tan head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and barley. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
(22oz hand bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour with a sticky/lacy tan/brown head. The nose is loaded with lots of heavy roast and a little bit of salty charry character. Earthy cocoa comes out through the middle as well as a bit of soft roastiness. Dry finish that is accentuated by the heavy roast. Light herbal character. It’s a good, if simple impy stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Draught at RnH. Black with creamy tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate and black licorice, some coffee, very roasty. Taste is sweet chocolate that turns biting bitter coffee in finish. Finish lingers long. Oily on palate, but not overly so. Lots of chocolate all over, booze is prevalent whole way.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5247) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Draft at rattle n hum with PJ and pat. Pours pitch black. Aroma and flavor of sweet chocolate and slight roasted malts. Nice Mouthfeel

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1057) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2010
On tap at Pacific Standard. A little bit of alcohol heat. Slightly sticky. Slight melony alcohol. Some bourbon-fairly good. Excellent rich chocolate. Nicely grainy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (2972) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Draft @ Rattle N Hum. Dark pour with some light head. Roasted, chocolate and dark malt flavor ends with some medicinal and even soapy tastes. Hops aren’t so relevant. Perhaps a bad keg.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 3, 2010
On tap. Pours dark brown, opaque body with a good tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, light campfire roasts, strong dark and milk chocolate. Flavor bursts with chocolate and dark malt, sparring only briefly with hops and roasts. Malty, chocolaty (perhaps bourbony as well?) sweetness pervades, but is not cloying. Mouthfeel is full and thick with light carbonation. Coats the inside of your mouth. Good tasting, rich RIS, though perhaps not the most distinct or complex.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
It had a delicious, deep roasted malt flavour. Subtle on the coffee, like Speedway Stout - it’s there, but it doesn’t feel like you’ve got espresso grounds at the bottom of your glass. This beer is very rich, and very smooth. If it wasn’t quite so high in ABV I would want to drink it all the time!


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