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DevESTATEtion - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

521 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mverity on 09-07-2013)
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-01-2014 00:59:22 | More by zeff80
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-30-2014 20:11:01 | More by bumchilly25
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CHickman

New York

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
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2014 12:31:32 | More by mrfrancis
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rworkman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2014 05:20:00 | More by rworkman
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-26-2014 19:52:38 | More by beernads
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-23-2014 22:44:53 | More by blivingston1985
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-22-2014 22:15:25 | More by BeerNoobNC
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Willi_BW

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-22-2014 19:49:26 | More by Willi_BW
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-21-2014 21:11:11 | More by DantheMan75
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 13:12:09 | More by thatoneguymike
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FitnessForBeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-19-2014 07:27:59 | More by FitnessForBeer
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BryanK

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2014 15:33:06 | More by BryanK
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jwerner23

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-16-2014 22:01:55 | More by jwerner23
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pmorris71

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2014 23:36:14 | More by pmorris71
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

03-08-2014 23:30:18 | More by KFrank729
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Kendo

New York

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
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ralerwen

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-06-2014 14:44:12 | More by ralerwen
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Gfunk

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

03-06-2014 14:42:12 | More by Gfunk
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-05-2014 23:23:10 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-05-2014 21:31:43 | More by RangnaR
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-03-2014 17:11:41 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-03-2014 02:12:15 | More by twax
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-27-2014 00:51:35 | More by JamesStreet
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penguinboat

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-26-2014 21:41:09 | More by penguinboat
DevESTATEtion from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.