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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7909) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On tap at Beachwood BBQ, this black pour has a nice balance of roasted grain, chocolate and toffee notes.It’s very approachable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Served on tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich flat black. The flavors and aromas are a rich roasted coffee, and well roasted malts, and some hard nut flavors. This was my first non-barrel stout of the day so the complexity of the malt profile really came through for me. Nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Draft PP Strong ale fest: Pours black with thin brown head. Dark roasty nose with lots of raisin, melon, chocolate, and port notes..and booze. Roasty, nutty, boozy malt flavors..pretty boozy actually, but somewhat relaxing. Full bodied and big with some dark fruits sneaking in. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 2009. Poured a dark black color with brown head. Aroma was cocoa, and coconut. Taste alcohol, roasted malts, coffee. Pallet smooth and frothy. Overall I thought it was ok. Had the Sierra Nevada yeast taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
On tap at PP real Ale festival ’09. Sweet illusion, but maybe dry. Lots of bitterness. Large frothy head. thinner alcoholic body. Lots chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
On tap at naja’s in redondo beach 7-08-09. Was pitch with a small tan head. Aroma was mild of some chocolate and malt. Mouthful was robust and clean. Great balance of roasted malt, cocoa, dried fruit. Finish had a crisp hop to it. Very nice Impy. A nice craft swofing from sn

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
This beer looks absolutely beautiful. Looks like an espresso. Aroma is muted compared to the appearance. Very roasty flavor but not with an alcoholic bite which makes this a very easy beer to drink. To me it is probably not an Imperial version but a wonderful, regular stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
On tap at O’Briens, as well as on cask during the 2009 San Diego Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad. A standout of the festival. Pitch black, oily appearance with a deep toasted head. Pleasant aroma that leans sweet and fruity, mixed with smoke, plum and licorice. Flavor is malty and sweet, with undertones of burnt wood, anise and dark fruits. Mild bitterness and noticeable alcohol content. Hats off to Tom & Tomme for this one.

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