Dogbrick (13748) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012 (as Rio Grande Alien Imperial Stout), thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. Dark brownish-black color with a medium tan head and a top ring of lace. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Medium body with flavors of roasty coffee, malt and a touch of hops. The finish is short with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Decent overall. gnoff (10890) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
At GABF on Thursday October 11, 2012ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2012
As the "Alien Imperial Stout".
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, vinous scent. Sweet, vinous taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
On tap at Nexus. What is that? Vanilla rum? And vodka? Strange, but not as bad as you might expect. Beyond that, it’s a relatively normal tasting RIS. Got that weird syrupy yet watery thing going on. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Not sure if this has any distribution but it can be found in Roswell. Dark brown with a thick head. Husky roast aroma and taste with toast and a little bit of nuttiness. Maybe a bit harsh.Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
Earlier Rating: 11/20/2011 Total Score: 2
Has a chocolatey aroma. Like a strong regular stout in character. Dark brown with a thin head. Ok, this is just way too thin, especially in the finish. I can’t even notice anything else.
Draft @ Pecos Flavors in Roswell. No tap handle yet, they haven’t even designed labels! Is black and proper looking with a lasting beige head. Mild, light cocoa aromas, a little ovaltine. Soft palate. A lactic character is pleasant. Those same mild cocoa qualities in the aromas carry through and are lingering on the palate. Basically a nice mild cocoa and light roast stout. Simple and nothing wrong with it. Easily the best of the Alien lineup.
BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Draft at ABQ Brew Pub. Black in the glass with a tan head that settled to a ring and left light lacing. Subdue roasted aroma. The flavor found milk chocolate and a roast backing. Medium to full body, creamy, and sweet. LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap at the ABQ brewpub. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nougat, vanilla, very sweet malt, and pretzel. Flavor of sweet malt, vanilla, and roast, with a hint of saltiness. Ok impy, not terribly complex, and definitely pretty sweet.
7/4/6/4/14 [3.5/5] biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Very dark with mahagony high lights. No head. Burnt grain and chocolate aroma. Big body with some noticable alcohol. Chalky cocoa and char flavor. Good finishing bitterness. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a lite black. About the color of Guinness. Head is light brown with no lacing. Aroma is burnt grains with some french roast coffee in there. This is a very lite bodied Impy. Rather weak. Very little complexity. Just a lot of roasted flavors. Barely any character malts. Fairly bitter finish. This is just poor. The only nice thing I can say is that the abv is hidden well. One of the worst Impies I’ve had. AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours a deep dark brown with a light tan head. Retention and carbonation are low and the lacing is sticky. Aroma is malty roasty with coffee notes and some very light aroma hop. Flavor is sweet at the start with a dry finish and a lingering rasted taste. Taste appears more complex as you delve into the beer. Lots of roastiness and caramel rolling around with some lingering roasty hoppiness. Palate is medium bodied with low effervescence and that lingering roasted finish. IMHO: not intensely complex, but one of the more full bodied/high gravity beers coming out of New Mexico. It’s a good start and a nice change. Go for it Sierra Blanca.