funkleshite (17) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bevmo. One in the fridge, one in the cellar. Pours pretty darn dark with a darker than tan head. Raspberry and chocolate on the nose. Chocolate, leather, dry fruit, very creamy but a dry hoppy finish for being a fairly rich stout.
StefanSD (2322) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a big tan head that has good retention and some sticky lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with chocolate, roasted grains and mocha. The flavor is complex with roasted grains, coffee, pumpernickel, chocolate and biter black walnuts. The palate is smooth and creamy. The finish is medium in duration with lingering walnuts. Overall: A very tasty biter stout, is that a category? It seems like it should be.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Church Key DC: Pours an opaque black with a spotty-lacing dark tan head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with a sweet dark caramel and roasted maltiness with a touch of dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and a fairly rich dark chocolatey maltiness with some coffee flavor and a fairly assertive piny hoppy balance before a bittersweet roasty finish. A pretty good west-coast style imperial stout.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty awesome brew right here from two godfathers of american beer. Murky brown/black color with a deep tan fluffy head that laces nicely. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, vanilla and a hint of spiceiness. The taste is rich bitter chocolate and coffee and a unctuous character when you hold it in your mouth. A dry bitter finish with some barnyard taste that lingers. Great big stout, going near the top of my list.
deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured black with a medium brown head. Aroma had an awkward note of grain bin and horse blanket with a slight hint of coffee. Flavor stared with harsh dark grains with a similar grain bin flavor and a bit thin.
jrob21 (3366) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap the Young Augustine’s. A fine new non smoking bar in Atlanta with real beer afficionado’s running the place. A smooth and incredibly drinkable impy stout. Nice chocolate aroma and a good roasty malt flavor is all you need here and all you get. These guys are known for their hops and ipas but represent another style with a well crafted recipe here.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
30th Anniversary Stout
Pours black with a thick brown head and nice retention. Aroma is smoky coffee and slight hops. Flavor is slightly smoky and malty with coffee and a lingering medium bitter aftertaste. Well balanced, and not overpowering for an imperial. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good brew and I will cellar a bottle or two for winter.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with large tan head. roasty and sweet malt to nose. high carbonation for the style. a lot of low crystal malt with some roasted flavor and alcohol that adds depth only. a very flavorful and well made brew without being over the top perfectly exemplifying both sierra and anchors approach of gimickless brews. very nice
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours midnight black with a thick tan head that lasts. Aromas of cocoa and dark fruits. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Very creamy mouthfeel. The 9.2% ABV is masterfully hidden. This stout is just incredible!
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours onyx with huge 4-finger tan head. Nose is heavy dark malt, pruney fruit, rauchy malt, dark choc. Tastes dark patent malty, rich, complex, hot, with dark choc, prune, dates, and a heavily rauchy initial flavor. As it warms, it gets hotter, a bit palate thinner, but still maintains a solid complexity and balance. Not for the meek, this one isn;t one you’d expect to see from Sierra Nevada, but I am glad they made this type of beer.