paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at Naja’s 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. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
This is an amazingly deceptive beer. Poured very dark brown, with a dark tan head. Aroma is hoppy, but hints of alcohol take away from that. Flavor is completely different. Starts out chocolaty, and develops into a roasted coffee flavor. Very smooth creamy feel with a soft carbonation. Finishes long and smooth. This is a great beer I hope they sell in stores, until then will pick up more at the brewery. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Cask at Pizza Port Real Ale fest 2009. Pours deep brown/ black with a creamy tan head that left some great lacing. Piny hops with chocolate and deep roasted malts on the nose. Flavor held lots of toasted malts with nice cocoa dust. Very creamy mouthfeel with great carbonation finishing off dry, one of my favorite beers at the fest. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Since it’s my 200th beer, I needed something special and a bottle of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Russian Imperial Stout that I got from the brewery fit the bill! Absolutely opaque black, and even with a strong halogen light directly behind it there is only a little ruby coloring at the very edges of the glass. Starts off with a fluffy, billowing dark tan head that eventually settles down to something manageable. Leather and chocolate come floating off this followed by a slight nuttiness. Immediate flavor of milk chocolate hits you on the first sip. This is followed by a light licorice flavor and then dry, roasted coffee and woody notes. The body is so creamy with a lingering sweetness that it’s hard not to compare this to a chocolate milkshake. That sweetness is balanced by a light, dry bitterness, but it’s hard to tell what’s hops and what’s heavily roasted malt. Whatever it is, it’s absolutely delicious. The aftertaste is actually quite different than the initial flavor, leaving a dark/bittersweet chocolate truffle taste behind. Although it’s 9.2% ABV, the alcohol is really subdued by all the flavor in here which would make this dangerous to drink if you had enough of it. This is an incredible dessert beer, but it also went surprisingly well with the Shepard’s pie I drank it with. Although I’m jealous as hell that I haven’t been able to go to Beer Camp yet (even though I’m an honorary Chicoan :), I’m glad they shared this delicious labor of love with us! dwyerpg (6410) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Very black color. Actually not as thick as the Snowed-In imperial stout. A light middle, hoppy finish and roasty. A very spicy/tangy finishing bite.
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 brokensail (16645) - Dublin, 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, I’d order it all the time. bhensonb (15754) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
750 c&c as Beer Camp 6 from the shop at SN. Pours black with a 4 finger creamy tan head (tulip glass). Aroma is mostly coffee. Full bodied. Flavor strongly suggests bacon and coffee. It’s a little sweet, and there’s a good dose of hoppy bitter. Chocolate develops with some time. It’s just plain mouth smacking. Another brilliant ale. ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2008 vintage on tap at Beachwood BBQ. Apparently brewed together with the BBQ house. They still had a keg that had aged very well. Almost black in color with a beige head. The aroma had a little smoke to it with some roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste had molasses and chocolate. There was also some strong coffee on the finish which was very smooth. Great beer. hapjydeuce (1002) - 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.