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DevESTATEtion - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

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very good

563 Ratings

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mverity on 09-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 563 | Reviews: 120
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. Pours pitch black with a huge head that forms like marshmallows or pillows above the beer. The smell is huge, roasted malts and smokiness. The taste is the same but with a sweet caramel and coffee flavor adding to the dark roast and smoke tastes. The beer is really smooth-drinking, has a good, creamy mouth and overall makes for a great beer. I'd buy a ton of these and stash them for future months and years.

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head old style IPA glass.

This is a real looker of an ale. Out of the bottle chestnut brown, but hits with dark walnut brown/black colors, and has this gorgeous ruby red hue to it. Head forms like nothing, 4 fingers tall clumpy retention, and island cap with a little bit of swiss cheese bubbles not totally but closely uniform. And absolutely gorgeous looking beer.

Nose is a bit of a one note wonder, but it's a good one. Large aromatic dark cocoa powder just bursting. Slight juicy fruits and grapefruit quality possibly hiding. Not very complicated, but it's a very enjoyable aroma.

Palate brings much of the same. However, the chocolate notes are toned down as dark roasted malts compliment but take a backseat to some wonderful juicy hop fruit character. Nice mellow grapefruit, complimenting roast to go with it hinting at drip bean coffee. The mouthfeel does bring a little bit of silky quality, and the dark chocolate comes with more sweetness as it warms.

This is a nice wonderful "diversion" from what Sierra Nevada had in mind, wonderful job.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: brown poured into pitch in the glass, full-as-ya-want-it head of tan foam.

S: deep roasted dark malts and chewy dark bread, sweet with molasses; hoppy pines and musks and earth-tones

T: as with the nose, lots of flat roasted malt and dark chewy bread, mildly bitter and with touches of wet char, some bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened; herbal and woodsy elements at play as well

M: medium-bodied, mildly coating, mildly bittering; slightly sticky; feels mildly carbonated

O: a nice black ale/black IPA, seasonally appropriate and well-crafted, perhaps of particular interest for fans of the style, a hoppy-ish take on the American black ale, described on the bottle as a "black IPA"

Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of themanilow
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LouDogg114
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, going by the date code printed on the bottle it was bottled on September 25, 2013. Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass, the beer pours dark reddish/brown with an inch light tan head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, citrusy hops, coffee and some dark bread. It tastes like roasted malt, citrusy and earthy hops, dark bread, coffee, and some dark chocolate. There's a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of soft carbonation. To me it seems more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA, but I'm not complaining. I think it's a good brew. $8.99 a bottle, definitely worth a try.

Photo of itsthepleats
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jongullotti
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It makes me kinda angry how underrated this beer is... it kind smells like guiness, and idc what any1 says guiness is a classic, underrated beer on this site also. Its not the best black ipa but it sure does have an interesting taste and definitely gotta say to RIP to the barley

Photo of Tilley4
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew was unusual and while it took me a little bit to warm up to it, I found myself coming around in the end to really enjoy this...

Wouldn't mind seeing this one become a seasonal effort... like a really hoppy porter... lots of roasted malts... hops are citrusy in nature... big finish of roasted malts and coffee...

Glad they decided to do something a little different with this offering this year... I dug it

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish dark brown with billowing head. Smell: mild pine and citrus, earth, mild roast and brown bread. Taste: sharp but messy citrus focused hopping typical of the fresh/wet hop IPA style, acidic and a bit oily, marble rye. It's alright, not great.

Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of leckart
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love black IPAs. This one strikes me as a little watery and somewhat bland, which makes sense given the color: it's not nearly as dark as I would expect from a black ipa. 21st Ammendment's black ipa isn't the best I've had but it's better than this

Photo of dbkdev
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 PT., 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 267 (September 24) of 2013. 2013 DevESTATEtion Black IPA Almost Homegrown Ale.

Appearance: Pours a rich dark ruby with a thick toffee colored head. Very robust looking. This monster head is going nowhere and is present past the last sip - creamy and long lasting like a stout.

Smell: Citra, Citra, and more Citra! I love the aroma because I am a huge fan of this hop. Tropical fruits, slight citrus orange rind. If you can wade through the hop aroma, you can pick up a bit of coffee from the dark malts.

Taste: Less hoppy and more dark malt flavor than the nose suggests. I tend to think that the wet hops are less intense, yet somehow smoother and better tasting - which may lose their impact in a black ale. Strong coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, smooth and stout-like.

Overall: I drink this with the lament and heavy-heart that it is taking the place of this year's Estate Homegrown Ale, one of my all-time favorites. I am not a huge fan of dark ales (or roasted malts in general), but this does taste good. I like the fact that Sierra Nevada was able to salvage a semi-homegrown ale with an organic twist by using their homegrown hops. I look forward to next year's return of their traditional Estate Homegrown Ale!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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DevESTATEtion from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.