DevESTATEtion - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.54/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
25 oz bottle that was wax sealed, poured into a snifter: pours pitch black color that looks dark brown when held up to light with a huge foamy 2 finger dark tan head that was full of microscopically small bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – standard good looks from Sierra Nevada.
Smells like roasted malt and burnt grains up front, with charcoal, molasses, cocoa, ground coffee, herbs and faint piney hops; this smells more like a porter or smoked beer than an IPA and the lack of hop presence is surprising for Sierra Nevada.
Tastes much like the nose, but a lot more bitter with more noticeable hops. Now, the hops show up more in the flavor, but this is still a malt dominated brew with lots of roasted notes and a mix of roasted malt, cocoa, wet coffee grinds, burnt grains, charcoal, molasses, dark chocolate, herbs, piney hops, light grapefruit, oaky notes, peat moss, anise, pepper and other spices like cumin or cinnamon. If fresh hops were added then they were wasted as they don’t add any value to this mix; IPA by label, like the nose this is more like a porter or smoked beer than an IPA and the chocolate roasted malts seem to be the strongest part of the aroma and flavor. Very earthy and a lot of smoky flavor which just added to the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is think and on the heavy side with average carbonation and a lot of roasted and smoky malt flavors that trail off bitter and more like charcoal that hops.
Overall it was OK but way too unbalanced for a Sierra Nevada IPA, if we can indeed call it an IPA. Seems like an IPA formula may have been used at the start, but this burnt grain/charred wood malt bomb is far from the fresh hop Estate IPA’s they produce. This is a decent beer, but not smooth, not balanced and not what I was expecting. It would make for an average porter and above average smoke beer, but as a black IPA it fell short, especially from this legend of a brewer. Glad they tried this experiment, but not sure I’d buy another bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 03:14:06 | More by CHickman
3.94/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Poured from the large bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is black with a 2-finger khaki-colored head, which leaves behind good lacing.
S: Roasted malt with a slight bit of piney hops. Surprisingly not very strong on the nose.
T: Nice balance of roasted malt and bitter hops, with the nod going towards bitter hops. Some charcoal. Hops are of the earthy/piney variety.
M: A bit gritty in feel; otherwise medium in heft, carbonation is OK.
O: This beer jumps around a bit. Impresses in some ways but falls short in others.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 19:24:47 | More by Kendo
DevESTATEtion from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.