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Imperial Smoked Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Imperial Smoked PorterImperial Smoked Porter

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 01-20-2009)
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-28-2014 12:40:52 | More by Robyn
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-09-2014 02:30:55 | More by kerry4porters
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-01-2014 21:22:57 | More by brandoman63
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South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-08-2013 20:54:06 | More by mikerieder
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

A: excellent head and decent lacing on a jet black body.

S: chocolate, licorice, dark fruit mostly red grapes and cherry. Nothing all that smokey about the aroma though.

T: smokiness is more prevalent and well applied mostly in the finish with accompanied wood notes. Chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruits upfront.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this was a vintage keg from 2009 I think so te smokiness may be lessened or changed in this one. Not very porter like although the flavoring is nice, just not memorable.

08-19-2012 14:56:49 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-11-2012 09:28:35 | More by Piason
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-22-2012 23:42:08 | More by THECPJ
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Poured a dark black with a dense khaki head. Aromas of sweet malt, chocolate, and a touch of mild smoke. Taste is definitely smokier then the nose suggests, lots of bacon, with more roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. A nice beer, overall. I'd like to see a bottle of this.

04-22-2012 16:47:56 | More by jsanford
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-07-2012 07:55:34 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-07-2012 07:03:25 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

03-05-2012 07:18:40 | More by Rocketman8911
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pint glass.

A: Served a very dark raisin brown with almost no head. Spotty lace.
S: Sweeter than I was expecting with slightly fruity notes. The smoke is light but noticeable and unoffensive. It's more of a sweet roasted, woody smokiness than it is a raunchy char or burnt smell.
T: Again, sweet flavor with caramel, vinous red grapes and raisins coming through. The finish is where the smoke comes in, and again it is light and woody tasting. The aftertaste is smokey and lingering as well. Not super complex overall, but very clean and good.
M: Medium body, very creamy and soft carbonation with a full soft body.
O: A great porter that was smooth and extremely easy to drink. It maybe could have used a bit more smoke, but what was there was integrated very well.

03-03-2012 19:08:17 | More by scottfrie
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-26-2012 02:45:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-21-2012 16:15:08 | More by mfreeman10
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that settles to a ring and leaves light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and light smoked meat. The taste has a bit of initial sweetness with some coffee roastiness and a light smokiness. The finish has a little bitterness and a lingering, drying smokiness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Not quite as smoky as I was expecting.

02-15-2012 21:04:31 | More by jethrodium
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark chocolate brown with a lightish brown head

S: Gentle roast complemented by a wonderful hop aroma that is very behind the scenes

T: Easily one of the top porters I've had. Flavor is in line with beautiful piny, grassy hops that mingle just right with the lovely roast and chocolate with a tender smokiness at the finish

M: Light, smooth and wonderfully creamy as it rolls along the tongue. No alcohol presence at all.

O: Another amazing offer by Sierra Nevada. Though i wouldn't consider it an imperial it is still a tasty brew.  Only offered at the brewery though i highly recommend picking this up if your in Chico. 

02-14-2012 22:14:51 | More by PatrickSwayze
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-07-2012 14:46:44 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-06-2012 17:57:00 | More by funkel81
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West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Ruby brown with 1 finger ecru head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Caramel, chocolate, light roasted, no smoke

T - Very chocolaty sweet with light caramel and roasted coffee and a little hops bitterness and alcohol, but not quite as bold as I would expect out of an Imperial porter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - A pretty good imperial porter but nothing mind blowing. I'd get it if I was in the mood for this style

02-06-2012 16:42:31 | More by williamjbauer
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-05-2012 19:00:35 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-05-2012 18:08:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Had from a cask at Lord Hobo- poured a black color with a tan colored one and a half finger head. Great retention and minimal streaks of lacing.

Smells of course very smoky- a conurbation of backyard BBQ and sweet malt.

Tastes very smoky, sweet and peppery. That about sums it up.

Mouthfeel is very different. I've never had a cask ale before- it is very smooth and velvety. No carbonation at all. Very drinkable however.

02-02-2012 23:51:22 | More by Hopdaemon39
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

This was one of the beer I had at the Sierra Nevada beer dinner at Kickbacks. 2009 version, no hints of oxidation. balanced smoke. big body porter. Was a great night. Had amazingly paired food with one of my all time favorite breweries. I would love to have this beer again as well as others from the night.

12-06-2011 20:56:09 | More by CampusCrew
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Had this on tap at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

Pours a pitch black color with a brown head into my glass.

The aroma is bursting with a mix of roasted and smoked malt.

Taste is full of chewy smoked malt that co-exists with roasted malt.

Slight coffee aftertaste. Otherwise, smoky and chewy. Not much else to note.

An interesting take on the style. Can't say it's the best but if it's SN, it's usually worth trying at least once.

11-20-2010 00:08:23 | More by Brad007
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at the Three Penny in Montpelier Vt, this Sierra '09 brew has done nothing but improve and evolve with age (tasted in Nov '10).

Blackstrap molasses color, smokey sweet aroma, slightly sharp chicory sweet taste with effervescent kick, slight bitterness on the initial finish with a lingering mellow smokiness for minutes after. Slight lack of head, but it's been sitting in the can for over 1 year.

A perfect smoked porter, with the emphasis on the porter rather than the smoke.

11-17-2010 02:27:26 | More by CaraAndMike
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Imperial Smoked Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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