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Sierra Blanca Imperial Stout | Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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Sierra Blanca Imperial StoutSierra Blanca Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
New Mexico, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty with coffee notes and some very light aroma hop. It has a roasted coffee and chocolate taste with a sweet finish.

20 IBU

Added by SeanChouffe on 11-28-2004

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 9
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark chocolate with a creamy, tan one inch head. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate up front and some light hops on the finish. The balance is good for what's there, but it's not that complex either.

M - Thin and watery with light carbonation. Pretty disappointing.

O - Just okay. Not terrible, but nothing great.

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3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Holiday Inn bar on I-25, nice little tap selection there. Pours near black with a short cap of tan head, very nice lace all the way through the glass.

Nose is loaded with dark chocolate and roasty malts. Pretty clean and is low on the fruit and yeast. Little bit of sweetness as it warms along with a touch of mocha.

Roast dominates the taste with a light sweetness. Less chocolaty than it smelled and the yeast shows up here with a little bit of strawberries and dark bread. Mouthfeel is a little thin and the beer could use a bump in creaminess. Not a bad brew overall, but in a loaded style category this one falls right around average.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a half finger of tan head that fizzes away nearly as quickly as it pours; not a good sign. End result is a near barren surface with a broken ring of suds around the edge. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Chocolatey aroma with lesser notes of caramel and light roast.

Taste - Follows the nose. Milk chocolate, caramelized brown sugar sweetness, faint hints of plum. Light roast and grain notes emerge as the brew warms. Finishes with light roasted grain and the chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate, fizzy carbonation. More soda-like than imperial stout. Probably the weakest aspect of this brew.

Overall - A less than impressive imperial stout with decent flavor. Sweet label, but that's about all it has going for it. Not terrible, but I wouldn't buy again; there are simply too many amazing impy stouts to give this one another go.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a fast fading mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, dark fruit,

T: Mocha, carob, coffee & roastyness up front, some vanilla. Dryness, woody hops & figs as this warms, more coffee & a bit more vanilla. Finishes with mocha, roastyness & coffee

MF: Kind of thin, some what prickly carbonation, become thicker & warmer towards the end

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Had this years ago on draft, thought it was better then, although I don't remember any coffee in it. Not bad, but not as good as Santa Fe's Coffee tilted offering

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Sierra Blanca Imperial Stout from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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