Serve in Snifter


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Originally Beer Camp #6 from 05/2009. Empire Strikes Black is a big, thick Imperial Stout, weighing in at 9.8%. It’s pitch black and exactly what you would expect from these guys contributing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
750mL thanks to nmann08. Towering tan head with powerful retention atop black SRM. 360 sheets of lace. Perfumey and floral nose with sweet orange and lemon bitters. Small lavender and mild brine. Taste is dark chocolate, exceptionally silky with big ass spicy and waxy dark chocolate. Oh yes. Ultra waxy dark chocolate palate with big ass bitterness to balance. Huge imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by nmann08. Pours opaque with a medium, creamy tan head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast malt, raisins and prunes with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks nmann08. Medium beige head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some orange/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol, light roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2008 vintage on tap at Beachwood BBQ. Apparently brewed together with the BBQ house. They still had a keg that had aged very well. Almost black in color with a beige head. The aroma had a little smoke to it with some roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste had molasses and chocolate. There was also some strong coffee on the finish which was very smooth. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... Poured pitch black with a moderate, off white head. Fairly hoppy in bitterness with roasted coffee tones and an alcohol mouthfeel towards the finish. Some tobacco, molasses, and resinous qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draught at Burger. Black with a tan head. Espresso and dry dark chocolate aroma. The flavor is all bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso with ample but balanced hop bitterness. Substantial but not too sweet into the finish. Another great imperial stout form SN. Nothing mid blowing, but very drinkable and well-made stuff.
Earlier Rating: 12/28/2010 Total Score: 4
75cl bottle from the brewery. Thanks Mike! Black color with a thick and dense tan head that leaves lots of lace. The aroma is a nice mix or piney, resiny hops and thick, chocolatey malt. Also a bit of dried cherry and mint. The flavor is nice balance if dark chocolate and resiny hops, but the malt is a little thin overall compared to many beers of the style. The hops are very prominent, which help along the leaner malt flavors. Alcohol is still very subtle. The body is full but still on the lean side; definitely not thick and syrupy stout. The kind of RIS that you can drink a pint of, though you might still want a half.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2011
2011 Seattle Beer Week – Back n Black – Brouwers Café
Dark Brown in color, with a thin tan head. Big coffee and dark chocolate flavors and aroma. Thick and roasty. This warms up perfect and is dry tobacco finish. Huge big dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Very black color. Actually not as thick as the Snowed-In imperial stout. A light middle, hoppy finish and roasty. A very spicy/tangy finishing bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap at Urge. Thick black with brown head. Nose stale malt and cocoa. Mouth not as thick as in the glass. Big burst of flavor however has Lotsa roast malt and cocoa and creamy molasses. Finish is sharp and rather plain. Light and empty both for feel and leftover taste. Not bad, but not much more than that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Dark pour with tan head. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, some sweeter malt, and some fruit tones. Flavor is sweet with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light roasty notes.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3 4 5 6

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50