Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 006: Empire Strikes Black

RATINGS: 53   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.

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MrResinoushops (2) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2015 does not count
Fantastic Beer!! Unfortunately it doesn’t compare to Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing co.

0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2009 Beer Camp #6 bottle. Cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, earthy aroma. Body is jet black, light brown, persistent head, some lace. Fullish body, creamy smooth carbonation and a good balance on wet/dry, closer to dry. Flavor is all over. Not much sugar. Molasses, cocoa, big hops packing grapefruit and pine, long hoppy, vanilla packed aftertaste. Minimal diacetyls. Similar to 2008 Bigfoot but much less. Comes across more earthy like a cellar. Overall solid beer, but not the best flavor. Prefer the dark roast for bitter vs big hops.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/22/2011 as Sierra Nevada Imperial Stout. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate, and caramel aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, caramel and fruit flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

b3shine (9073) - Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks Dogbones). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark brownish black with light beige lacing. Smells malty and earthy; pretty vinous. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

ineedbeer (2232) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750mL bottle. Aroma is actually fairly hop forward even though this is a bottle from 2009. Some fruit esters and raisin and fig notes. A bit of oxidation. Hops have a dank woodsy character. Pours a nice dark brown with lighter brown highlights on the edges. Surprisingly nice lacing with medium legs. Flavor has some nice chocolate and roast notes. Sweet dark fruit esters - raisin and fig. Moderate bitterness. Some hop flavors, dank and woodsy - slightly faded. A touch of oxidation with some cardboard and sherry. A nice oat flavor is present. Low astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency. Low alcohol warmth. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Overall a nice American stout. The hop character is very noticeable compared to the other stouts tonight. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Had as Beer Camp #6 .. . 750ml bottle, corked .. . pours a jet black ( jet black? are black jets that black) .. . good foam .. . white wurst .. . tar and burnt to a crisp sugar .. . mild mouth .. . good brew, easy enough to put away .. . . my hat!.. my spine!.. my dignity!!

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and cardboard. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grain, noticeable oxidation, and caramel malt.

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2012
A - Served a dark black-brown color with a thin frothy layer of tan-chocolate head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace. S - Aroma is full of sweet roasted chocolate malts with some coffee. There is a touch of earthiness and dark fruit as well. T - Starts off with some sweet roasted chocolate malts with a touch of dark fruit. through the middle some more bakers chocolate comes through with some coffee and a touch of burnt malts. The finish is a mix of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a touch of earthiness. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Overall nicely balanced. Could have used just a touch more body, but it is still a really nice Imperial Stout.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
dark brown, thin cream ring with whisps. Burnt cocoa, bit lavender, fertilizer nose. Flavor is bit of chocolate, oat, and burnt grains. Bit thin, contrast of sweet and burnt elements.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
750ml bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with a touch of nuts. Starts with average fullness and pretty good dark malty sweetness with some dark chocolate and bittersweet coffee before a drier roasty finish. A decent imperial stout, but could use some more complexity.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2010 Total Score: 4.2
On cask at San Diego Real Ale Fest, Carlsbad (6/12/09): Aroma of lightly sweet roasty dark chocolate malt and lots of fresh resiny piny hops. Pours an oily opaque with a large, creamy, well-lacing tan head. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with some crisp grapefruity hoppy bitterness before a drier, slightly earthy roasty bittersweet finish. A well-hopped enjoyable imperial stout. I’d like to see them bottle this for distribution.

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