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Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout - Beer Camp #6 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout - Beer Camp #6Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout - Beer Camp #6

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kleffman on 06-11-2009

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 29
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beachwood

Served with 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a collar. Leaves light lace. Color is black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, silky chocolate, caramel, some hops shine through. Nice.

Taste: here I get some licorice and molasses. A touch of dark fruits. Roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Some coffee. Earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, fairly clean.

Overall, decent but nothing overly complex for an RIS. However, it did have some nice qualities. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very black pour, has a cherry cola head to it, tiny dense bubbles. Good retention. Aroma of roast, booziness, black/chocolate malt tag team.

Taste hits both heavy roast and bitter dark fruit impressions. Alcohol not too pronounced. Is there wood in this? On one hand, its just a big roasty RIS. Cool name. Substantial hops to it, got that bitterness. The dark fruit and licorice thing isn't my jive, but overall, I'm sure they hit what they were going for.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a firm literal brown head leaving nice lacing, imposing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, some pine, hops are evident. The nose is tight.

T: Roasted malt and thick dark chocolate start the show which is balanced by a clear pine/cedar hop attack. The beer sweetens up by the mid-palate and finishes even sweeter with a lot of chocolate syrup.

M: Thick, full-bodied, strong carbonation, solid mouthfeel, though I would have liked it a little more if the beer was silkier and smoother, a boisterous beer if you get my drift.

D: A very nice Imperial Stout, I heard Gabe from Beachwood was involved in the brewing process. On the hoppier side, what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage. Reviewed 8/28/11, cellared since it's release (can't remember exactly when).

Pours an inky black, letting no light through. Thick, mocha head forms and then wanes, leaving spider webs on the glass.

Loads of dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. Very smoky, like BBQ meat. There's a fruit sweetness there as well, plums and some raspberries. Light hopping.

Tons of bitter chocolate right off the bat. Underlying milk chocolate sweetness as well. Fresh brewed coffee and figs. Smoked meats towards the end. Decent hopping on the finish, with a touch of alcohol. Bitterness subsides as it warms, revealing a more creamy, milk chocolate flavor.

A very good RIS. Wish I had bought more bottles of this.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at O'Brien's some time long ago. My review was inexplicably deleted from BA a while back and I thought it lost forever, but I found it just now on the back page of a notebook as I was cleaning out my desk.

The beer is black with light brown highlights near the edge of the glass and a frothy one finger light brown head.

The malt in the nose is highly roasted, with notes of dark chocolate, astringent coffee, and blackstrap molasses. The flavor is of roasted malt with a strong chocolate presence. The dark chocolate is bitter and the light coffee adds astringency. Alcohol is apparent in the form of subtle heat, but it can't be tasted. The finish is acrid coffee, roasted malt, and lingering astringency. The beer is full bodied with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

A good RIS. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for sharing this bottle at Stout Day 2011. A flock of people merged after the cork was sent towards the chandelier.

A - Poured a pitch black body with a creamy, tan head...the head became rocky and fell to full cap...some lacing was left behind

S - Roasted and charred malts jump out...there is an earthiness brought to the forefront as well as some fruity characteristics

T - The roasted malt flavor is present throughout the whole beer...at some points it presents itself with the charred flavor...now, it never becomes burnt, but the flavors do stand out well...the fruity aroma picked up in the nose is also on the palate...it's actually coming across as a bit of citrus and is pairing well the roast and hints of chocolate

M - Medium bodied...wanted just a little more...roasty, a touch of citrus, bitter

O - I'm not sure how old this one was, but I was very surprised with the amount of hops that were left...the malts were nicely roasted and gave that charred flavor...maybe a little more malt bill for some more body...overall, not bad

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/5/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some vanilla. A medium to full bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla. The hops are earthy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Nice stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a jet black color with good carbonation and a nice tan cap

S: Bitter cocoa, roasted malt, some remnants of milk chocolate

T: First off I noticed a great amount of bitter cocoa, perhaps charred black malt, cocoa, booze tinge, some Earthiness, smooth mid body but comes back with a light bite on finish

M: Big body, tasty and a nice feel. Tasted somewhat similat to last years SN Pioneer Series Imp Stout.

O: Good

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stormking47 for the sharing of this brew. Corked and caged 750ml into a tasting glass. The brew pours black with a tan head that has a nice creamy character about it. It displays pretty good retaining powers and leaves patches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is roasty coming across like dark grainy character imparting a scent of coffee. There is a citrus element that seems somewhat fruity as well from a combined mixture of the hops and alcohol. The back of the nose shines forth with a sweet chocolate scent.

The taste is roasty from the level of char to the grain. There is a bright citrus hop flavoring present which adds to the bitterness already present from the char of the grain. The alcohol is evident with a fruity ester aspect. As the brew warms a bit of depth comes out tasting minorly of licorice and molasses.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking and surprisingly still fresh tasting. This was one of those stouts that was on the verge of being overly hoppy and going into black ipa territory but it carries enough roasty character to keep it in check. Other than the fruity indication of alcohol, it was fairly well integrated and not all that noticeable for an offering creeping up on double-digit strength. I have a bottle of this I've been meaning to open, with this experience I feel there is no rush, it is holding up quite nice.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PaulStoneAnchor for sending me this one!

Bottle reads Beer Camp # 6: Russian Imperial Stout. I checked on the Beer Camp website and # 6 is called Empire Strikes Black so I am reviewing this beer under this listing.

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch beige head that lasts as a foamy 1 inch cap. Nice thick rings of foamy lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. There is a spicy hops smell as the beer warms. Taste is mainly dark roasted malts and cocoa powder covered coffee beans. Distinct herbal/pine hop flavors emerge as the beer warms. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a smooth and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS and my first experience with a Beer Camp Beer. A good hoppy stout when it gets warm.

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