Noble Empire | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In our 20th year, we had the good fortune to grow, expand, and relocate to our new home on what was originally named Empire Street. The city soon recognized us by renaming that street to AleSmith Court, a rare honor. Now at our larger facility, we continue to explore our passion for complex beers and expand our barrel-aging program. We have thus created Noble Empire, a brawny, complex, imperial version of a traditional English-style porter as a tribute to craftsmanship of the highest quality. Rich with chocolaty flavors derived from a variety of specialty malts, this beer has patiently found the delicate balance between sweet notes of vanilla and toast from the bourbon barrels. Enjoy this tribute to the former Empire Street and its noble evolution for the sake of craft beer. Cheers!

Added by jeff1973 on 10-13-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
28
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, nutty chocolate. Tastes of bourbon and oak. Deep chocolate. Bitter and earthy finish. Medium heavy. Excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Alesmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a pretty significantly dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like oak, chocolate, boozy whiskey, char, slight smoke, and roasted malt.

As usual, Alesmith shows remarkable restraint and class when barrel-aging a beer. This is possibly slightly more boozy than their usual BA offering, but it adds a nice heat and warmth to this, with melds nicely with the spicy char and oak, the whiskey, and slight vanilla. It's a quite toasty beer, with chocolately malt, and lots of roast. I'm definitely digging it.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a lower but appropriate level of carbonation.

Alesmith can't be beat when it comes to this stuff.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brief tasting notes from draft pour. Slightly sweet and tart featuring dark fruits with notes of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. The oak barrel comes through with some char. Medium light mouth feel with great carbonation. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Peggy, who purchased it at AleSmith Brewing Company
Price: $33.00
Purchased: Received on Dec. 30, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 6, 2018
Reviewed as: English Porter
Misc.: 2016 release; No bottled on date

Thanks, Peggy!

Gave a 1.5-oz. sampler of this a 4.25 back on Jan. 24, 2017. Was excited to review the entire beer thanks to Peggy buying one for me out of the blue at Emily’s third birthday party. Description on bottled read, “In our 20th year, we had the good fortune to grow, expand, and relocate to our new home on what was originally named Empire Street. The city soon recognized us by renaming that street to AleSmith Court, a rare honor. Now at our larger facility, we continue to explore our passion for complex beers and expand our barrel-aging program. We have thus created Noble Empire, a brawny, complex, imperial version of a traditional English-style porter as a tribute to craftsmanship of the highest quality. Rich with chocolaty flavors derived from a variety of specialty malts, this beer has patiently found the delicate balance between sweet notes of vanilla and toast from the bourbon barrels. Enjoy this tribute to the former Empire Street and its noble evolution for the sake of craft beer. Cheers!” Was expecting to be in the 4.30-4.40 range.

Poured a black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Lots of small bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding uneven foamy lacing. Outstanding foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled smooth bourbon, oak, vanilla, leather, whiskey, milk chocolate, figs, chewy toffee, caramel and chocolate syrup. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted about as good as the smell. In order got figs, oaky leather, vanilla, dark fruits, smooth bourbon, milk chocolate syrup, espresso, chewy caramel, toffee and Rolos candy. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was tremendous. Much better than I remember. Very sweet, but very smooth. (Overall - 4.50)

4.50 | 100 | A+

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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Noble Empire from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 28 ratings