Black Block - La Pirata Cervesa Artesana

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: endovelico on 10-27-2013

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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by endovelico:
Photo of endovelico
4.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To a craft beer's enthusiast, a Spanish beer is typically something not much sought after and - honestly - for good reason. Despite the recent years' boom of craft breweries - statistically on par with other big European countries also experiencing resurgences- the beer is still very sub par, bar a few interesting style interpretations here and there; some decently complex outings shown episodically; And even rarer examples of boldness and balance reconciled.

This Black Box, is the first truly world beater candidate to come out of this dominantly wine country. Its richness and complexity is obvious from the very moment I uncap the bottle, oozing really full dark chocolate and berry oriented aromas. Letting it find room in the glass really ramps up the aforementioned notes, layering some lovely pastry, coffee and very fitting hop notes on top of it.

Following up on the nose, the beer coats the mouth, with its sweet - albeit slightly astringent - voluptuous gusto. It has a very particular back of the throat scratchiness that I don't think I've ever experienced and which honesty adds to the beer more than hurts it. It's truly a fantastic beer - regardless of where it's brewed; Here's to hoping this type of quality becomes the norm in Iberian land.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.4/5  rDev n/a

On-tap @ Mostra de Manresa 2014. Tasting chalice glass. Black color headed by beige crown that leaves lasting ring despite its high ABV. Aroma profile displays intense guirlache (burnt brown sugar candy), smoked & burnt caramel notes, dried figs & muscatel hints. Roasted, no-cloying sweet & herbal upfront. Full body. Soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is dense, velvety & unctuous. Low bitterness just to balanced sweetness & evident but no-bothering alcohol. Long sweet finish & memories of muscatel on the aftertaste. A big one!!

Photo of safaricook
4.39/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Nice depth. Chocolaty more than coffee. Complex, sip after sip.

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev n/a

This is a decent stout when you are starting to drink Imperial Stouts. I liked it because it has a decent head and a good mouthfeel.

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, small light mocha sticky head.
Nice chocolatey smell, fig, overripe plum, rich caramel, lightly roasted malt, toffee. Quite nice actually.
Wow, tastes even better. Rich dark chocolate and juicy fermenting dark fruit (lots of fig, plum, raisin, date), backed by sweet caramel. Citrus peel and light licorice. Roasted malts show up later on, hints of coffee and bitter hop. Seemed sweet at first, but the more than mildly bitter finish balances things out.
Alcohol is nicely hidden too, even when it warms up. Aftertaste has nice lingering dark fruit, roast, chocolate and hop. Medium body, low carbonation.
A really nice one, love it when small craft breweries bring out such great beers.

Black Block from La Pirata Cervesa Artesana
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