SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Once poured, there was a huge development of frothy foam which took several minutes to retreat, and the liquid was a dark black color. In the nose, I find a rich and robust aroma of roasted malt, coffee bean and chocolate milk or hot cocoa. The flavor is bitter and heavily influenced with a roasted black malt that are rich with coffee and a touch of molasses syrup. This leaves behind a dry and almost sour lactic aftertaste with a reminder of a strong coffee.
jkwalking05 (3883) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Black in color with a large tan head. Aroma is of leather, smoke and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, leather and light smoke.
SSBSS (13) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my Mandela! Amazing Lacing and appearance. Alcohol isn’t overpowering and we’ll balanced with roastiness
Nik925 (759) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure which is more important about this beer - 30 years of SN or that it was one of Fritz’s last brews. 9% abv is there, but it more of an incredible dry stout than a imperial. The 2+ years I let this hang out was def. a good call as it has mellowed to excellence. It is very hard to find the abv behind all the great flavors. Normal suspects are in the lineup for flavors, but they are brilliantly balanced. Very pleased and a great reminder of the great brews SN has brought us for 30 years and the brilliance of Maytag. Cheers to Ken and Fritz!
Patrickctenchi (3967) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black...small tan head.
Aroma is chocolate, spice, malt, cola.
Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, coffee with a boozy bittering....peppered.
shrubber85 (7865) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate/molasses malt and orange aroma with a hint of cinnamon. Black with moderate tan head. Sweet chocolate syrup and coffee malt flavor. Smooth.
queenholly (3007) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate, prune, mocha, and alcohol aroma. Black brown with a large tan head. Dark roast coffee, cocoa, as, dark fruit flavor with a roasty bitter finish. Full body, soft carbonation.
KingCecil (2059) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home... It pours fantastic pitch black with a medium creamy tan head....very good looking lacings... The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit..... The flavor is creamy roasted malt, coffee, bitter hops and coffee.... very nice mouthfeel! fantastic brew!
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After buying the remaining one at my local beer store, I find myself craving more of this. If only I was drinking Sierra Nevada a few years ago, I could be enjoying this one still.
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a decent beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, dark fruit. Slight creamy mouthfeel, roasty on the palate. Taste is smoke, roasted malt, raisins, dates.