Black Block | La Pirata Cervesa Artesana

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La Pirata Cervesa Artesana

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 35
Photo of josanguapo
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum. Smooth, with sweet, chocolatey notes and an alcohol point that doesnt bother at all. Moreish. Long, really addictive aftertaste. Little foam

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Photo of glennchapin
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Deep ebony color that looks thicker on pour than in taste, but a pleasure nonetheless to see it stream into the glass. Narrow band of mocha head with limited lacing on the glass. Beautiful but subtle hints of Espresso, chocolate, and a toffee reached out to me right away, saying 'hey babe, take a walk on the smoother side' - I know I'm dating myself with Lou Reed reference. But the taste, especially evolving as the beer warmed was divine, rich, complex, smooth and soothing. The choocolate-toffee-espresso notes balanced perfectly and were pronounced - the mouth feel was sublime, thick enough to bring calm and restore a sense of peace in the world. The 11.72% abv wouldn't be known without reading the label, so smooth and pleasant was the sipping experience. Coming back for many more of these on foggy November evenings! Black Block rocks!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic from the tap here at Cervecería Esparte.

Appearance: Thin black body with medium bubbles tan head rising roughly half a finger's lentgh.

Smell: Deep mocha scent which comes off like a true dessert.

Taste: Mocha feel. Comes off a light bitterness but the sweetness kicks in. Light molasses with hints of dark chocolate.

Mouth: very sticky with a medium body consisting of a complexity.

Overall: Very good brew, loved the mocha feel when the brew warmed up. Salud!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, that's for sure a bold beer. It's big and flavorful but it lacks of balance. The smell is good with molasses, marshmallows and earthy hops. The taste is very roasted with leather and a bit of licorice. Very boozy. With a semi-dry or dry mouthfeel.
It has to be improved a bit to be really easily drinkable. Maybe some aging might do the trick

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Photo of BucBasil
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at Le Souhait in Jingan, Shanghai, China.

A: The beer is almost pure black with a tan fizzy layer on top. Some yeast chunks inside that are a bit off-putting.

S: Coffee, roasty malt, some dark fruit, yeast, milk chocolate

T: Bitter chocolate, bread, roasted malt, alcohol burn in the finish. Actually pretty good balance for a strong imperial stout.

Overall: Very strong but balanced throughout. Worth a try.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small tanned head. Medium carbonation. Aroma - coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Taste - sweet n smooth, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Everything here for a fantastic imperial stout. Find it and drink it.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black. No head (just a small ring). Good aroma. Some black olives to the nose. Very good smooth taste. Full-bodied, low carbonation. Like this kind of RIS.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the Duvel guy down the road from the old place.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 72
Best Before 19 March 2019

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear light brown and yields a two finger, creamy looking, medium, very light brown head with great retention. Clear dark brown body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains but not real lacing is left behind. A decent head but too light in color for the style.

SMELL: Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate, some leather, sweet cream and burnt marshmallows. Some licorice as well. Quite burnt and leathery.

TASTE: Burnt malts, licorice, leather and some burnt, charred malts at the swallow. Big finish of leather, char, burnt malts, anise, licorice and burnt marshmallow linger on the palate. Plenty of bitterness and quite boozy as well. Big enough and very European in profile.

PALATE: Slightly thicker body and medium levels of carbonation for the style. Plenty of weight, creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat lingers. Good feel but quite boozy.

OVERALL: Decently made. The color is a little light for the style and it's quite boozy still, but the it's big in the feel and has enough going on to make it interesting. It's definitely European in style, with lots of burnt character and leather, so you'd have to take that into consideration when picking it up. Worth checking out, but not really sure if it's my thing.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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

Excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Nice depth. More chocolate than coffee. Sweet. Complex, sip after sip. This is my favourite RIS. I buy it regularly.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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!!

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Photo of endovelico
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Black Block from La Pirata Cervesa Artesana
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 35 ratings