Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: deep. dark color, with a tall, frothy, cream-colored head, slowly trickling down, and leaving lace.
Aroma: sharply punctuated with nuts and fruit right off, with further investigations giving off coffeeish, slightly roasty connotations. Bitter, but soft.
Taste is smooth, even velvety, but replete with espresso, cocoa, and the like. Just enough, but not nearly too much. Problem for me is, I like too much!
Medium-bodied, a bit lacking in texture, nice little sweet, toasty finish, and very easy to drink.
SN has crafted an extraordinarily easy-to-drink porter, and if I ever found myself in a situation where this was the best option for a dark ale, I'd be satisfied.
Fruit factor (grapes, primarily...a very winish ale this is!) comes in more in the middle, toward the end. A solid porter. No frills, but no bones about it, they made a nice one.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Poured dark with red highlights. Malty of course. I did not like the way the bitter malt lingered on my palate. Maybe I need to try it again.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malt aroma. Flavors of chocolate, malt, and caramel.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a barely translucent black with a small khaki head. A very malty aroma, and the flavor was of roasted chocolates and a mild hop hint. I prefer SNPA, but this was pretty good.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee, but not overly bitter. Fairly mild actually. Creamier than most porters.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this one. Opaque red brown under a medium size medium lasting large bubbled lasting tan head. Mild butter scotch and medium roasted malt aroma. Medium average smoothness body. Relatively one dimensional medium bitter roasted malt flavours and finish. I didn't get any coffee or chocolate at any stage and doesn't change much if at all in character as it goes from cool to warm.
sfontain (763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is nice--large, off-white head (but not quite frothy enough) and very dark red in front of a light. Pleasant coffee aroma, and I think just a hint of smokiness, but I detect a little sourness that I can't describe. Flavor is solid with the usual coffee and chocolate; not particularly hoppy, though. A little thin, but not bad mouthfeel. Overall, this is good, but it's not at all difficult to find better porter.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this porter is decent, but not outstanding. It looks pleasant in the glass. taste of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hoppy bite. Typical for sierra nevada beers. I think the celebration ale is a better offering. This is ok.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good dark beer with smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mellow toasted malty flavor.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Chocolate malty flavor. Finish is nicely balanced.Nice creamy palate. Excellent.