Sierra Nevada Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 02-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by jrallen34:
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours dark black with a tan creamy, pillowy head that lingers for awhile.

The aroma is the biggest letdown of this drink, it has a slight smell of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is strong of chocolate with a strong coffee bite at the end.

All around a fine beer, and probably the best one Sierra Nevada makes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's actually an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, yet the keg collar simply says "Imperial Stout". I've never had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but apparently Pyramid brews one. It's 10.5% ABV, but very smooth. The alcohol was not really noticeable at all. Nor was it very roasty or bitter. It was very much what you'd expect from an oatmeal stout, but a bit bigger - malty, smooth, and chocolatey-toasty. Moderate bitterness. Black body. Creamy dark tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Overall, it's quite quaffable, although the strength will hold you back. Worth seeking out, but don't expect a "Russian Imperial Stout".

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of graco1990
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gopens44
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very good, completely opaque with a thick foamy head that lasted about 3 moites before it settled to a highly laced but thin topping

S - a little of a let down, since it was fairly absent of any overt aromas of, well, anything

T - slightly nutty, bold taste you'd expect in any stout. Overall, pretty smooth with tastes lumbering between strong coffee and a high ABV beer.

M - very smooth and creamy with a little carbonation. Enough to entertain your tongue but not enough to disturb the overall pleasant gulp

D - yes, very drinkable. I'd drink it as a 4th or 5th choice at a very well stocked beer bar.

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Photo of arash1000
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of pants678
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap @ Brewco.

Solid black with a two finger brown head.

Coffee, maybe nuts, it's too hard to discern.

Dark chocolate right up front, qualities of espresso on the back. It can be overwhelming, but it's a desert beer. This stout might be closer to a brownie than a beer. The alcohol is well masked and the finish is far from clean. It's harsh as a black coffee. Hops are there... I think. A bolder, more pungent brew than I'd expect from subtle, sometimes timid Sierra Nevadas.

Gotta take this at a pace, one of the tougher, thicker brews I've come across. I'd be hard-pressed to have another in a single sitting. Glad I got this after the meal.

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Sierra Nevada Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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