Cybercat (4881) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a rich, warm sable - while it is pouring, it is seriously bubbly and fizzy, a lot like Guinness. The end result is a mouth-watering crater of warm sable-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale creamy-tan head that hangs around for quite a while. Smoky aroma has subtle notes of licorice, molasses and roast coffee. Creamy flavor has notes of caramel, roast quality coffee and molasses with hints of licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Texture is smooth as a baby’s butt; body is not the best, but the fine fizz adds life. As good as Guinness? Better? I leave it up to you, Gentle Reader - er, Drinker.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled over the weekend at the Rogue Ale House. A super beer. Talk about appearance and palate to the max. So smooth and as close to a guiness appearance as I have seen in a long time. Smooth roasted flavors were another fantastic part.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is Sierra Nevada’s Guinness clone. It pours like Guinness... deep, dark, reverse cascading head. It is a beautiful beer to behold. It was brewed for a Celtic festival in Nevada County, CA. Keg only.
The aroma is of fruity, tropical chocolate and light coffee, with some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is pretty much the same - complex roasted coffee flavors, chocolate, tropical fruits and roasted malts. This beer coats your mouth and forces you to take in the whole bouquet of flavors.
This is a well executed nitrogen stout. I’d take it over Guinness any day. Two bad only two places on the planet have it on tap. One is the brewery itself, the other is Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, CA. And Matteo’s only has a keg left. Go get it! I don’t think they’ll ever make it again.
Fatehunter (2124) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a finger and half of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and coffee.
The taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate and black coffee.
The texture is soft and smooth.
Aquilo (599) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is about as good as most nitro stouts I have had. Big fluffy head, black liquid. A bit of roatsy malt aroma, moderately bitter but well balanced flaor. Velvety smooth. Very good.
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of roasted malts with caramel and chocolate notes. Pours a creamy rich black with a handsome finger tan head and abundant lacing. The taste is chocolate with carmel notes and a satisfying bitter finish. Full body and medium carbonation. Smooth round mouthfeel. Overall, easy to drink and very tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (11840) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a large, creamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, earthy hops and coffee. Flavor is dark malt dominant, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sledutah (6839) - Utah, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sierra Nevada Torpedo room in Berkeley
Black with a medium sized creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate and roast coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee
Nice and smooth
marcus (8809) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capitol Beer &Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a very dry dark molasses flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
Gription79 (2794) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, silky, creamy, light bodied. I could easily drink pints.