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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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven, served in tall flute glass.

A: Super pitch black color with dark brown rich 1 finger head.

N: Lots of alcohol, some dark roasted malts and slight dark fruits, touch of chocolate

T: Dark malts, some alcohol, lots of coffee, some dark rich fruits, bourbon and oak come through to round it off a bit, a creamy stout center and rich milk chocolate somewhat, sweet dark molasses, more bourbon, and do I detect a touch of salt???

M: Creamy and frothy, thick almost like molasses

F: Coffee and sweet chocolate but kinda sweet, lots of bittersweet malt and an earthy bitterness like charred malts, and some earthy hops, it gets some hop bitterness on the finish, more woody taste and slight alcohol slowly dissipate off the tongue

Final thoughts: This is very rich and complex beer, very delicious, very stout and dark bitter sweet chocolate, it has some oak and bourbon, its 10% alcohol and you can taste some but it hides it well, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness, maybe a little too sweet on the finish, I wish this was more readily available

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Photo of Halcyondays
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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Photo of seaoflament
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the chance to try this limited brew on cask at the Pizza Port Real Ale Festival on June 12th. I didn't know this one was going to be available and as soon as I saw it on the list I went for a taster.

Pours the color of any other well crafted imperial stout, pitch black but with an impressive mocha colored inch of foam on top. The head displayed some excellent retention and a creamy layer of bubbles from the cask treatment.

The nose was of toast, chocolate, hints of citrus hops, and a bit of smoke and fruity alcohol in the background. A bit of vanilla and more smoke as the beer warmed up. Low level of esters, mostly dark roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of smoke with a background of citrus hops.

Bitter chocolate upfront with the first sip which followed with some toast and vanilla in the finish. Fruitiness from the yeast was a little more evident than the aroma, some chocolate covered raisins and ripe dates in the finish. The beer seemed to get more bitter and smoky as it warmed up.

Low carbonation level but thick and almost viscous mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink and well done all around. Would love to have a full pint of this.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at O'Brien's on tap, served in a pint glass. The pour was viscous brown-black liquid with a 1/2" of orange-brown foam with decent retention.

The nose is roasty dark malt with hints of chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of coffee. The smell reminds me of Port truck stout.

The taste is rich roasty malts that are more bitter than sweet, aided by a generous hop backing. The alcohol was really subdued throughout, was expecting this stuff to be a bit hot, not so. It is big and burly in flavor with a chocolatey base and just a bit of coffee bitter like bite. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

Big body with plenty of lively carbonation. A very filling beer but not quite as strong (alcohol wise) as I was expecting. High drinkability if you like big, bold stouts. I'm not sure how much was made but I will definitely seek some more of this elixer of collaboration.

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