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Sierra Blanca Imperial Stout - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty with coffee notes and some very light aroma hop. It has a roasted coffee and chocolate taste with a sweet finish.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: SeanChouffe on 11-28-2004)
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear really dark reddish brown colored beer.

Light aroma of dark fruits and roasted grain malts with hints of coffee coming through.

Dark roasted malts with chocolate and a hint of coffee coming through, the darker fruits are trying to make an appearance but it's not working out in there favor.

A dryish aftertaste with some dark roasted malts and light chocolate hanging around.

A decent tasting stout with a nice lasting aftertaste, that I seem to enjoy on this chilly day.

Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a fast fading mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, dark fruit,

T: Mocha, carob, coffee & roastyness up front, some vanilla. Dryness, woody hops & figs as this warms, more coffee & a bit more vanilla. Finishes with mocha, roastyness & coffee

MF: Kind of thin, some what prickly carbonation, become thicker & warmer towards the end

Cool label

Had this years ago on draft, thought it was better then, although I don't remember any coffee in it. Not bad, but not as good as Santa Fe's Coffee tilted offering

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black from a 750ml bottle. Not much of a head. Nice smell of dark roasted malts and fruit. There are two different tastes. The initial taste is of mild carbonation with a nice sweetness and then you can taste the alcohol. Finish is good. I could drink the whole bottle. I was very surprised that I liked this beer as I was not expecting much.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Skinny swing top 750mL bottle.

Pours a nice dark, black colour, with a tan head of a good finger, leaving spongy lacing. The aroma is quite roasted, with a cocoa powder note, and a nice roasted coffee aroma. Slightly nutty taste, roast, mild bitterness, some light coffee, and a bit of chocolate covered fig-fruitiness. The body of the beer is medium, could be thicker for sure. It's creamy, carbonation is soft. Overall pleasant.

There's no booziness, which would be expected at 8.2%, making it somewhat weak for a RIS. I'd call this tasty, though definitely more of a beginners RIS with it's mild and approachable nature. A nice offering though from Sierra Blanca, all things considered.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Holiday Inn bar on I-25, nice little tap selection there. Pours near black with a short cap of tan head, very nice lace all the way through the glass.

Nose is loaded with dark chocolate and roasty malts. Pretty clean and is low on the fruit and yeast. Little bit of sweetness as it warms along with a touch of mocha.

Roast dominates the taste with a light sweetness. Less chocolaty than it smelled and the yeast shows up here with a little bit of strawberries and dark bread. Mouthfeel is a little thin and the beer could use a bump in creaminess. Not a bad brew overall, but in a loaded style category this one falls right around average.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TexasBeerGuy
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark chocolate with a creamy, tan one inch head. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate up front and some light hops on the finish. The balance is good for what's there, but it's not that complex either.

M - Thin and watery with light carbonation. Pretty disappointing.

O - Just okay. Not terrible, but nothing great.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite lovely very black brew with a foamy cap. Decent carbonation on the tongue. Light mouthfeel for anything called a RIS, but it seems appropriate for this brew.

Moderately malty, lightly hopped, but pleasantly flavored. A little chocolate and chalky taste. Slightly sweet, but very pleasant. Hints of chestnuts and fruit cocktail. A tart touch. Faint bitterness in the aftertaste. A light-weight stout but it has it's modest charms.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque. Definitely one of Siera Blanca's better beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Sierra Blanca Imperial Stout from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.