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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2332) - 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 (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (7247) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a very creamy dark tan/brown head. The aroma is light chocolate and lots of pine hops. The palate is dry and roasty. Medium bodied at best. Very, very hoppy for a stout. Lots of dry roasted malts and a huge coffee. Almost like a high ABV FFF Black Sun Stout, but not as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours jet black with a smokey aroma. The first taste is more smokey but that fades as it warms. The alcohol is hidden by some roasted malt and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1560) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2387) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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.

   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.

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