Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 2016 – Stout Of The Union
The 2016 version of the Beer Camp Across America 12 pack is a bit different than last year. Last year they released 12 different beers that were collaborations with 12 different breweries. This year’s box contains 2 bottles of 6 different beers, each beer was a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and 5 other breweries.
Sierra Nevada Stout Of The Union is an American Stout, 7.3% ABV. There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot about this beer when it comes to unique or regional ingredients, it is simply a stout brewed on the west coast. Brewed in collaboration with Bagby Beer, Beachwood Brewing, Port/The Lost Abbey, Smog City, and Societe Brewing.
This beer pours with a fine dark color and big tan head. If I’m being honest I have to say I’m not much of a fan of the aroma of this stout. It has a Belgian like quality on the nose with some notes of dark fruits and chocolate. Not sure what it is, but there seems to be a touch of an off aroma as well. The taste is surprisingly bitter and dry, none of the sweetness I expected from the chocolate and fruit I got on the nose. The finish is rather hoppy with a strong earthiness. A thin mouth-feel is a bit of a disappointment, I wanted this beer to be much fuller.
I fully expected this to be my favorite beer of the bunch, but it certainly didn’t work out that way.