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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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Originally Beer Camp #6 from 05/2009. Empire Strikes Black is a big, thick Imperial Stout, weighing in at 9.8%. Itís pitch black and exactly what you would expect from these guys contributing.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Black opaque with creamy tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt. Bit of bitterness on the palate but still smooth, nice smoky finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Tap at RnH. Black, creamy head. Huge, astringent roast on the nose, with a minor grapefruit hop character, some chalk. Mild body, lots of chalk, carbonic acid, plum, charcoal, and quality licorice. Decent complexity. Warming palate. Fairly run of the mill.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Thanks to Stroudt for the taste. Black pour, with a mocha head. Burnt, toasty aroma, with deep roasted malts. Mouthfeel really leaves something to be desired. Itís a bit thin. Nice flavor, though - chocolate malts and some roasted cereal grain, and Iím certainly glad I got to try this one - Iíve been really impressed with the stepped-up efforts by Sierra Nevada.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours viscous looking black with a thin, creamy, light brown head, spider web lace. Smells subdued, roasty and sweet with some chocolate. Tastes roasty and sweet with a good dose of chocolate and a little bit of chalk. Good. Mouthfeel is where its at. Full body, creamy and smooth, nice carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at Najaís Place this weekend. Pour is pitch black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is huge chocolate and vanilla bean. Very sticky with light carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Black color/ tan head. Soapy chocolate, dark malt aromas. Rich chewy mouthfeel. Very good semi sweet chocolate, nutty almond, dry blackened malt flavors. @ Beachwood bbq.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: This is a great looking imperial stout: black in color with a nice mocha colored foam. S: The smell has the usual cast of characters: roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a nice hoppiness that I find enjoyable in the porter and stout that Sierra Nevada makes. T: Like the nose, but more intense. Absolutely wonderful roasted malt character, which helps to bring out the chocolate and coffee flavors a bit more. The hops are still there, but a bit more subdued. M: A bit disappointing in terms of the mouthfeel. The beer was a bit thin, but still overall quite good. I enjoyed the bitter finish this one left. D: I was amazed at how quickly I flew through my glass of this. Absolutely amazingly drinkable for the alcohol level and the style. I wish this one was more common, Iíd order it all the time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/5/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some vanilla. A medium to full bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla. The hops are earthy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Nice stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Tap at Strong Ale 2009. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet. Taste is full of choco and coffee, pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 On tap at Beachwood. Pours with a black body and nice lace from the tan head. Aroma of autolysis, soy, umami, chocolate and vanilla. Taste of chocolate and vanilla bread pudding. Light carbonation.
Re-rate: Bottle. Pours with a nearly black hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of cocoa, marmalade, yeasty, chocolate, anise and licorice. Flavors are of chocolate, fudge, cocoa, and licorice. Medium bitter with moderate carbonation and a fuller body.


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