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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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

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4.1
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Wow. This thing is pretty nice. 2013 bomber pours jet black with ample brown head. This is your typical impy stout, but with so much more character. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, wood, earth, tobacco, and smoke. The oak aging adds a perfect facet to this beer without overpowering it. Finish with a dry/acrid cold smoke flavor. Really enjoyed this.

3
Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Pours a dark black color with an intense deep coffee aroma. Taste is rich with caramel and coffee coming straight through. A slight chili spice lingers on the tongue after the swallow, leaving a bitter bite. The alcohol content is evident with this beer. An Imperial Stout that is complex and bites back.

3.3
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Very dark pour, brown head. Charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, prunes, molasses, lots of hops. Not quite integrated well enough.

3.5
50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Mild chocolate and roasted malt notes. Decent body and mouthfeel. A little underachieving IMHO.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a nice and dark body that supports a cool looking mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, chocolate malts and a bit of black licorice. The taste is nice and roasty, burnt malts, chocolate malts and firm spicy black licorice. It pretty much stays nice and roasty with dark roasted malts right into the finish. Pretty nice but all the black licorice like notes are to the level that I find them a bit distracting, but not nearly enough to not try this again. I liked it.

4
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4/4/2012. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee aromas. nice bitterness and balance. Light alcohol burn on the finish.

4.1
Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a sweet chocolate with smooth floral hops, piney and pungent. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt with smooth licorice, piney hops, alcohol warmth, very nice.

4
RedSox2004 (1928) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Poured opaque black with a one-figer brown head that retained great and left very nice lace. Chocolate is stronger than coffee on the nose, but both are strong. Also picked up some cherries and plums. Wonderful coffee and cappuccino flavors with dark fruit that lingers in the aftertaste. Rich, creamy, full bodied, decadently rich finish.

3.8
mjg74 (3140) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bomber from Windy City. Black in color. Strong roast nose with a hint of sweetness and a dash of hops. Roasted coffee up front. Moving into some chocolate. Finish is subtle hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty stout. Good straightforward impy.

3.6
nellycale (213) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 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.cA quality Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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