Black Block | La Pirata Cervesa Artesana

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Black BlockBlack Block

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La Pirata Cervesa Artesana

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by endovelico on 10-27-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 23
Reviews by endovelico:
Photo of endovelico
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 desint
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 safaricook
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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 AlexAfonin
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Bruno74200
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Jeffo
3.37/5  rDev -19%
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 kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -3.8%

This is a decent stout when you are starting to drink Imperial Stouts. I liked it because it has a decent head and a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of jkhara12
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gwydno
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2016 batch : 13% ABV. Very nice...

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Photo of samEBC
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JavierGC
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 brp94
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Black Block from La Pirata Cervesa Artesana
4.16 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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