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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Awesome stout. Smells very sweet. Right from the get go I detected a strong chocolate and coffe scent followed by a bit of smokiness. Barely detected any of the hops. Couldn’t smell any of the alcohol at all. Pitch black, light could was not visible through the liquid. Thick light brown/ khaki head. Three fingers of suds. This is truly a dessert beer. Very sweet, but not too sweet. I was drinking what I was smelling. A big heap of chocolate followed by coffe and a hint licorice. At the back end I got just a bit of bitterness that really helped balanced out all the other sweet ingredients. Thick and lightly carbonated. Awesome imperial stout. This beer is one of my favs. Cheers

   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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Fantastico. Chocolate caramel aroma. Chocolatey taste but too dry of a finish for yours truly. Overall true to style and awesome with a chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2016 First rating
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.

Draught at 3 små rum on March 26, 2016.
Black color, dense nice lasting brown head. Sweet, malty, some alcohol, coffee, chocolate scent. Sweet, roasted, malty, grainy, coffee taste. Bitter, roasted aftertaste. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Medium to medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottled. Black pour, tan head with good lacing. Roast malt chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nicely bitter finish. Medium full mouthfeel Very balanced. Extremely tasty. A most excellent Imperial Stout. Wish I had more access to Speakeasy's offerings. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1642) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Quite the ’muscular’ pour ... deep midnight red with a colossal light brown head of unmoving foam. The aroma is resplendent with dark fruit, warming chocolate, and bitter coffee. This drinks with the expected mouthful of flavors, leaving your mouth with the impression of having chewed something gooey and sweet. There’s a lingering bitter finish. Well done. (#4583, 5/4/2012)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Stunning and unusual imperial stout. Strong chocolate aroma. Taste is roasty stout, not sweet from the malt -- but just a beautiful infusion of bourbon from the aging (apparently just 20% is aged). Adds sweetness and gives the beer an added complexity. Wow. A. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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