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Knightro ESB - Beer Camp #23 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Knightro ESB - Beer Camp #23
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 6.41%
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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"A fully Nitrogenated beer designed as our take on the creamy cask ales of England with a decidedly Sierra Nevada twist. Knightro is mahogany-brown in color with rich caramel and bready malt aroma, used as a platform to showcase bundles of earthy and herbal English-style hops. This beer has a creamy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation from the use of a high percentage of Nitrogen instead of the typical CO2."

 http://sierrabeercamp.com/#/camp-beers 

(Beer added by: donniecuffs on 07-03-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Vigilante, Mar 27, 2013
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 30th anniversary party.
Black in color, mild tan head to it. Aroma was somewhat flat, faltering, whatever term you want to use, didn't come across as roasty, chocolaty, hoppy or any other scent you would expect to come across when drinking a Sierra Nevada.

Very light body despite its appearance, was like a slightly hoppier Guinness. The nitro use really smoothed things out here. Would love to have these available to get people into 'dark' beer without having to scare them away with big alcohol and thick roasty tastes. Mild elements of chocolate and caramel to a lesser extent.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a deep murky brownish amber hue with a two finger creamy off white nitro head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured toasted malts and a grassy hop.

The flavor was well balanced with layers of toasted malts and caramel, finishing with a grassy and leafy hop spice.

The mouthfeel was full and silky.

Overall a superior ESB. Outstanding on nitro.

plaid75, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown in color with a creamy 1/2 inch tan head that had zero bubbles and lasted about 2 minutes; it looked like a layer of chocolate ice cream on top of a Guinness and had the dark murky look of a beautiful stout. Very impressive looking that left very good lacing with foamy rings clinging to the side after each sip.

Smells of light roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toffee, grains, light hops, biscuit, caramel and light yeast; maybe some dark fruit, but it was very faint.

Tastes like it smells with roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, grains, muted hops, vanilla, caramel and light yeast; a hop bitterness at the end with a very dry finish and an overall tasty and robust flavor.

Mouthfeel was creamy smooth with zero (none) carbonation, a medium body and a nice long lasting flavor with a slight acidic end. THE smoothest beer I've ever drank: went down like chocolate milk.

Highly drinkable for any stout fan, or as the "bitter" definition goes, as this was a great beer. I could easily drink this beer all night at a bar, or playing darts, or for breakfast...go try this beer if you can find it as I highly recommend it.

CHickman, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -5%

flexabull, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of donniecuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Special promo..apparently only 4 kegs of this stuff made its way east to NJ. Anyway, I'm glad I went. Off the nitro tap, into a pint glass, poured amber with expectedly little carbonation, but with two fingers of white head and great retention and lacing. As is typical with most of Sierrra's offerings, a big pine in the nose, but also biscuit, toast, and some molasses/maltiness. The flavor was impressively balanced between the piney Cascade essence and the biscuit/maltiness, with a great dry toast finish. The mouthfeel was excellent; very smooth, almost creamy when taken down with the head (which lasted the entire session), and no spritziness. Very nice example of how a bitter should feel like. Excellent for sessioning (I certainly had a few), but my only glaring criticism would be that it needs more fruitiness (apple, pear, etc) in the flavor mixed in with the maltiness and Cascades.

(Btw, I believe that the abv was around 5.5%, but I may be off a little.)

donniecuffs, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's.

A - It pours a brassy amber hue, slightly hazy, capped with a whipped froth head as one would expect given the nitro-pour. Retention is good, lacing is excellent.

S - It smells like a Sierra Nevada brew. In fact, it smells just like a two-to-three-month-old SN Pale Ale. I have a hard time discerning the major difference here.

T - As was stated about the aroma, so must be said of the taste. On its own, it is indistinguishable from the SN flagship Pale Ale. It is likely that subtleties would arise when given to a head-on comparison, but then again it is not unlike SN to tread out a near-twin brew of an old standby dressed up with a fancy new title (e.g. SN Grand Cru [glorified but unglorious Celebration Ale]).

M - The nitro adds smoothness, but if you didn't already know that, I doubt you'd be reading this. Next.

D - Pretty run-of-the-mill for SN, which translates to a great-tasting and easy-drinking brew at a moderate-to-reasonable pricepoint.

ktrillionaire, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of CaraAndMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even a day after it was tapped, this nitro pour ESB collaboration between Sierra & the Three Penny bros. was exceptional. This was the last keg left of this brew, and it lacked any discernible aromas. Otherwise, the mouthfeel was too good making drinkability all too easy. It has toasty malt body that lends a pleasant sweetness balanced with the earthy hop profile for perfect balance. Wonderfully integrated...a treat to have this East meets West coast Knightro.

CaraAndMike, Nov 17, 2010
Knightro ESB - Beer Camp #23 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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