Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout - Beer Camp #6 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got the chance to try this limited brew on cask at the Pizza Port Real Ale Festival on June 12th. I didn't know this one was going to be available and as soon as I saw it on the list I went for a taster.
Pours the color of any other well crafted imperial stout, pitch black but with an impressive mocha colored inch of foam on top. The head displayed some excellent retention and a creamy layer of bubbles from the cask treatment.
The nose was of toast, chocolate, hints of citrus hops, and a bit of smoke and fruity alcohol in the background. A bit of vanilla and more smoke as the beer warmed up. Low level of esters, mostly dark roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of smoke with a background of citrus hops.
Bitter chocolate upfront with the first sip which followed with some toast and vanilla in the finish. Fruitiness from the yeast was a little more evident than the aroma, some chocolate covered raisins and ripe dates in the finish. The beer seemed to get more bitter and smoky as it warmed up.
Low carbonation level but thick and almost viscous mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink and well done all around. Would love to have a full pint of this.
Serving type: cask
06-14-2009 22:09:24 | More by seaoflament
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this at O'Brien's on tap, served in a pint glass. The pour was viscous brown-black liquid with a 1/2" of orange-brown foam with decent retention.
The nose is roasty dark malt with hints of chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of coffee. The smell reminds me of Port truck stout.
The taste is rich roasty malts that are more bitter than sweet, aided by a generous hop backing. The alcohol was really subdued throughout, was expecting this stuff to be a bit hot, not so. It is big and burly in flavor with a chocolatey base and just a bit of coffee bitter like bite. Lingering bitterness in the finish.
Big body with plenty of lively carbonation. A very filling beer but not quite as strong (alcohol wise) as I was expecting. High drinkability if you like big, bold stouts. I'm not sure how much was made but I will definitely seek some more of this elixer of collaboration.
Serving type: on-tap
06-12-2009 18:55:50 | More by scottoale
Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout - Beer Camp #6 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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