TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Didn’t realize this was 9% ABV. Wasn’t looking to open anything high-test. Oh well. Black pour with a medium, dense brown head. Roasted malt, burnt caramel, toasted oatmeal, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Taste is big roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt oatmeal, hops, coffee notes, some soft dark fruit notes, faint tobacco and molasses. Body is silky smooth and medium-full overall. Carbonation is dense and creamy. Mild alcohol warmth as well. Ends with more dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, light tobacco, roasted malt, hops, oatmeal and softer coffee.
thicksuds (448) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer, the biggest in the mix pack, very well done, thick and tasty, tastes almost like a milk stout, or a bitter stout, very smooth, abv not detectable, awesome brew. Love it
obguthr (4427) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark roast coffee nose. Dark mahogany, thin tan head. Rather intense flavor of coffee and prunes. Tree bark and charred oak also present. Full body. Finishes with a smoky malt bitterness. Powerful and complex, this is definitely a sipper. A bit heavier on the dark fruit than I prefer. Perhaps a little too big and bold.
jlruthven (587) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the BC 12 pack. Pours inky black, dark brown highlights. Good texture, not too viscous. Smooth chocolate on the nose, some roasted character. Milk chocolate right up front, dark chocolate on the back end, with a late, surprising hop bitterness. Remarkably smooth for the abv. Really nice.
drowland (6666) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/7/12. 12oz bottle from Grassroots. Black pour with a nice brown head that fades but laces a ton. Rich mocha aroma with bits of ash and char. Lovely dark chocolate flavor with bits of coffee and roast. Nice slick mouthfeel. Tasty and the abv is well hidden. Nice!
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve been known to down a few pints of stout - in Ireland. But most of the stouts I’ve had in the U.S. (including Guinness), are just not my style. So imagine my surprise when I actually bought this stout to try. It pours a thick, inky brown-black with a small head of foam. Aroma of malt and - root beer? Even some coffee. The taste is really good, and I am not a lover of dark ales. Could it be the 9% alcohol level, almost twice that of Guinness? Hmmm. Complex malts, and very creamy with a sticky-sweet mouth feel. I like it!
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Camp mix pack 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours an inky dark brown color with a dark brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of oats, nuts, sweet roasted malts, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, herbal hops, an umami note, nuts, oatmeal and a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.
arkurzynski (1717) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black in color with thin tan head. Light roasted malt, cocoa, a decent amount of dark fruit, and faint marshmallow. Flavor starts with a moderate acidic roast and dark fruit. Middle of the mouth is some marshmallow and licorice. Finishes with a slightly gritty roast flavor. Decent, but flavor profile a bit muddled and carries an odd acidity that clashes with the other flavors.
sherm1016 (1233) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2012 Beer Camp Variety Pack, purchased at Whole Foods Milwaukee. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate. Heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet, chocolate, nutty, roasty, coffee, a little boozy, with a rich, mocha finish. Impressive. I would buy a lot of this if it were available in a four or six pack at a reasonable price.
abcfan (809) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I usually do not think of stouts when I hear Sierra Nevada, but they did some great things with this brew. Pours black with thin tan head on the edges. Big boozy cold coffee aromas. Silky smooth in mouth, with a slight booze finish. May have to save one of these for winter.