Sierra Nevada Rain Check Spiced Stout

Sierra Nevada Rain Check Spiced Stout

Rated 3.517 by BeerPals

Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

8.9% Alcohol by Volume

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SIERRA NEVADA BREWS FIRST SPECIALTY BEER FOR NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY Rain Check Spiced Stout is our answer to the merciless wet weather that plagued and slowed the construction of our new brewery in Mills River, NC. This dark, rich, and roasty beer helps us forget the delays - a Rain Check we’ll take anytime. Rain Check is a rich, toasty stout with flavors of burnt sugar and dark roasted malt spiked with ginger and lime to celebrate the end of dark and rainy days. Mills River, NC—June 9, 2014—Sierra Nevada is celebrating the official start of brewing at its new Mills River, North Carolina, facility with the release of Rain Check Spiced Stout, a specialty beer brewed for western North Carolina and several surrounding states. Rain Check was inspired by the tropical flavors often found in other favorite foul-weather drinks—fresh ginger, brown sugar, molasses, and tangy lime. “It’s exciting to have some fun with the new brewery and to make a beer for our neighbors,” says Brian Grossman, co-manager of the Mills River brewery and son of Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “Getting this place up and online has been a long and challenging project, but now we can focus our energy on making great beer and delivering it to our East Coast drinkers fresher, faster, and with less of an impact on the environment.” In February, Sierra Nevada began producing limited amounts of test run beer, focusing on “flavor matching” its legendary Torpedo® Extra IPA and flagship Pale Ale, ensuring batches brewed in North Carolina exactly match batches brewed in California. In conjunction with the limited release of Rain Check, Sierra Nevada is ramping up production of Torpedo and Pale Ale to fulfill growing eastern demand. Rain Check Spiced Stout is the brewery’s answer to the merciless wet weather that plagued and slowed construction of the new site since breaking ground in April 2012. Last year, North Carolina had one of the wettest years on record with more than 75 inches of rain followed by bitter cold and snow that dampened construction efforts. Rain Check is the first specialty beer brewed at the new facility and marks the first of many original beers Sierra Nevada will create with the tastes of the local western North Carolina community in mind. Rain Check with be available in packs of four 12-ounce bottles and on draught in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia starting in mid-June. Sierra Nevada will host a grand opening celebration at the Mills River brewery on Sunday, August, 3, which will be the finale of its seven-city Beer Camp Across America traveling beer festival. Sierra Nevada invited roughly 300 local and regional brewers to pour their beers at the Mills River festival. See the brewer lineup and get tickets at www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp .

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Overall Rank2869
Overall Percentile94
Style Rank374 of 1779
Style Percentile79
Lowest Score3.6
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.033
Weighted Score3.517
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 10143 reviews
    rated 4.5 5 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours deep, warm sable with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Aroma presents roast malt, smoky, caramel, and subtle earthy notes. Snips of lime and ginger come forth in the smoky, toasty flavor that features notes of caramel, molasses, and slightly charred hops. Mouthfeel has firm body and plenty of fizz, while finish has nice roast malt and spicy tones.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    An overall well-balanced and tasty IPS, but wouldn't put in the top tier or anything. Super dark and roasty with some burnt/bitter malts. Semi-thick texture. Sort of a cheaper/poor-man's version of their 30th Anniversary , Narwhal, and other Imperial Stout's that they've released over the years. Solid brew .....but sort of forgettable.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.6 6 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    Deep ebony colored beer with a moderate dark brown, sudsy textured head rising above. Not much hang time and very little lacing. Strong burn, sugar, chocolate, woodsy nose. The chocolate is bitter in the tasting. The woodsiness pronounced. Light creamy.

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