Sierra Nevada Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter is a complex tapestry of rich, dark flavors, tailor-made for the cold months of winter. This is a dark, espresso brown with a full body and strong depth of flavor. The bouquet is big, with pronounced roasted malt and hints of hardwood smokiness. The flavor is reminiscent of dark chocolate truffles that greet the palate with moderate sweetness that gives way to a satisfyingly dry and warming finish. This beer was aged on Bourbon Oak for 8 months.

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3.9
jackl (8446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Sample @ Charleston Brewvival 2015. Deep brown pour with a small off-white head. Nose is pretty substantial. Lots of meaty smoke. Toasted oats. Some dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Flavor is well balanced. A bit hot. Sweet / bitter / umami working in harmony. Some vanilla and chocolate fudge. A bit of smokey ham. Creamy. Full body, oily. Accomplished stuff. Well made and complex.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12997) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2015
a great example of a barrel complementing a beer rather than covering it up. I have to think they amped up the smoke/char on this batch as it is at least as smoky as the non BA version. Added sweetness and smoothness from the barrel, and plenty of roasted malt and coffee. Really really nice.

3.6
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
On draft at Tap 25. It pours black with a light tan head. The aroma is very heavy with bourbon, vanilla, caramel and lighter notes of wet wood. Some fudge. The flavor is alcohol heavy with sweet vanilla, wood and circus peanuts (the candy). A little roasted malt. The smoke did not really make it’s presence here unfortunately. Just a hint maybe. Very sweet and not really rich enough in the mouthfeel to support with all the alcohol. Not bad though. I prefer the un-barreled version.

3.4
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
A nice smoked porter. Pours a not so thick black with little head. Smells of cooked bacon and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with some bourbon, vanilla, caramel and smoked bacon. Had on tap at the taproom for SF Beer Week.

4
douglas88 (9693) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2015
On tap at GABBF 2015. Pours a dark mahogany color with wisps of black, a small grey head. A big bourbon nose, vanilla, roast, charred wood. Dry overall, smoke, whiskey, vanilla, very oaky. Works perfect. The flavor is not too sweet or hot, but instead very drinkable. Damn good.

3.7
Sledutah (7894) - Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Draft at GABBF

Black with a small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is woody, smoky and whiskey. Taste of roasted malts, woody, whiskey and vanilla

Nice

4.3
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Nice smoke/barrel scent. Taste is similar but the flavors are balances perfectly.

3.8
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Sample at PP Carlsbad 2010 Barrel Blast. Dark black pour, tan head. Chocolate, smoke, oak, lightly roasty, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of sweet fruit. A nice beer.

3.9
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Pours with a very dark, black body with a brown head that is slow to fade. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, salty, vanilla and barrel. Flavors are also smokey, with chocolate and tons of brown sugar. Very chewy mouthfeel. Very tasty.

4.6
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Co-rate! Sierra Nevada brought it strong to Barrel Blast. Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Aroma of booze and chocolate. Taste is very smooth coffee grounds and velvety chocolate. Very nice.


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