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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Sierra Nevadaís Imperial Smoked Porter is a complex mix of rich, dark flavors, tailor-made for the cold months of winter. Imperial Smoked Porter is dark espresso brown with a full body and strong depth of flavor. The aroma is big, with pronounced roasted malt and hints of hardwood smokiness. The flavor is reminiscent of dark chocolate with a moderate sweetness that gives way to a satisfying dry and warming finish.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle I was lucky enough to score at the Sierra Nevada gift shop. Starts off with a sweet molasses nose and some fireplace smoke. Nearly opaque with a deep brown/black body that only shows some ruby color at the edges of the glass. A surprisingly thick and enthusiastic medium brown head that hangs around to the very end. Immediate charred malt and smoke flavors hit the tongue that approach a Rauchbier smokiness but donít cross into the bacon range. The sweetness that seemed apparent in the aroma isnít nearly as obvious in the taste. Thereís just barely enough molasses and dark chocolate sweetness to balance the smoky char and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Speaking of bitterness, there seems to be a pretty good hop component present that adds an earthy, slightly vegetal component, but thereís so many heavy flavors here itís hard to distinguish whatís what. The sweetness does seem to build a bit towards the end and as you drink it, leaving a lightly sweet milk/dark chocolate flavor rattling around in your mouth. In another surprising turn, this is actually fairly easy to drink and not palate wrecking. Another nice addition to the Audition line.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Brown pour with a small head. Deep earthy roast. Plenty of chocolate and coffee, ash. Taste is similar. Supple dark chocolate. Baked brown bread. Robust malt character. Oily. Nice, simple.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle shared by the Sierra Nevada rep at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a deep brown with a medium beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Notes of smoke, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and toast - fairly subtle overall. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty, smoky mouthfeel. Very nice smoked porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bit of smokiness with roasted malts and dark grains. Flavor has a nice smokiness with dark grain and roasted malts as well as a touch of chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #136. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of smoke, raisin, herbal hops, olive. Taste is smoke, raisin, caramel, stone fruit. Medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared by the SN rep at RBWG. Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, a nice meaty smoked character, dark chocolate, a splash of dark fruit, brown sugar and some earthy bitterness to the finish. Nice surprise to see this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6371) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! I canít believe how many one off bottles exist from Sierra Nevada. Yeah, this brewery rocks, so Iíll snatch up everyone I can find. Dark brown, red color. Near black, but clear around the edges. Thin khaki head. Couple dots and ropes of lace. Good smoke, dark fruit in the nose. Light creaminess. Moderate sweet, light bitter aroma, good savory. Bigger body. Good, smooth, creamy lighter carbonation. Awesome imperial smoked porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Black/brown pour with tan head. Aroma is smoke and coffee. Sweet chocolate, smoke, and coffee.Medium body with good carbonation. nice beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy beige head. Dark malt nose, good smoked meat, chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with rich smoked meat, moderate baking cocoa, dark sugars. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lingering smoked malts in the finish, some dry chocolate, mild earthy bitterness. Solid.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Wet wood smoke molasses bits of salt medium thick feel light medium heft. No perceivable alcohol light bits of chalkiness. Very nice surprise from sierra!


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