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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (737) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
On tap at Barbaras in L.A. it poured black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted fruits with some caramel. Taste was rich with some mild coffee notes and some oatmeal. Medium finsih.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13224) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours really dark with a 3 finger creamy dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with underlying vanilla. Med+ body. Flavor is bourbon/vanilla, nasty burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. It burns - whether from burnt malt or hop? Delicious. Finishes dry and bitter. No noticeable heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4627) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and light earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, average hops, and light fruit esters; dry, dark chocolate finish. Medium/full body with medium carbonation and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Tap at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and roast malt, plums and dates with light smoke notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with velvety chocolate, coffee, lightly bitter malt, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8296) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
On tap at Toronado. Pours black with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a bitter chocolate flavor with a coffee finish. Quite complex for a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep brown-black with a medium foam brown head. The nose is deep roasted malts with coffee grinds and dark fruit sugars. The flavors have a sweet malts, sugary dark fruits, prunes, anise. Can be a bit over sweet at times. Full mouth with a good carbonation that sometimes feels too much with the peppery feel from the anise flavors. A good IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Chocolate aroma, taste of chipotle chocolate with a bit of coffee. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Black pour with a milk chocolate brown head. Light roast coffee aroma, dark chocolate. Bitter roast flavor, more coffee with a lingering bitterness. (2195)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2301) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured an evil dark black while a tan colored head formed on top only to retreat moments later. The nose is lush and robust with a rich aroma of perfectly roasted black malts with a hint of lactose to balance and sweeten the coffee presence. The drink is mind blowing with a bold delivery of roasted coffee bean and bitter sweet chocolate that mesh together in harmony. Also, in the finish there is a thick taste of roast coffee that just hits the spot and sends satisfaction signals to my brain. Prime example of what an Imperial stout should be. I’m sort of surprised it was brewed by Speak Easy, but I will be keeping my eye on future releases.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2638) - 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.

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