drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 This is probably the first Sierra Nevada beer I've had where the hops are not the distinguishing feature. Although not screaming with Sierra's signature, this still had that bite to it. Deep burgandy body with a decent head, smells strongly of roasted barley, and lo and behold it tastes like it too. Nothing too fancy going on here, pretty much a standard porter with a touch of hops, but nice and roasty, and definitely tasty.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad at all. Very thick in the body, aroma and color. Black as night, has a rought choco coffee aroma. Has a very nice dark chocolate taste to it. Most impressive indeed.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich dark mahoganey color with a fluffy off-white head. Smell is cocoa and tobacco. Taste is mostly citrusy hops with a light chocolate background. Not bad, but nothing really stands out.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep deep garnet color with a 1 inch off-white head with nice lacing. This is beautiful. Aroma is that of caramels and roasted nuttiness and maybe some chocolate in there. The start is lightly carbonated with a touch of sweetness, before it bitters out into a dark chocolate taste. There is also some grain flavor towards the end as well. The palate is perfectly balanced, medium to heavy and not overly carbonated. Sierra Nvada knows how to do it.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For my 100th beer, I have selected this highly rated brew from one of America's best craft breweries. Dark brown in color with a nice head of variously sized bubbles that leaves nice lacing around the glass. Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose with malts present as well. Yummy. It does taste like a pale ale, but I find that the hops dominate, not the malts. This may not be a true porter, but it's good none-the-less.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown with some gold highlights. A little fruitiness in the aroma. It tastes like a pale ale with a malt kick. It's both sweet and hoppy, but not at the same time. The sweetness and hoppiness don't co-exist, they chase one another.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral aroma. Very hoppy flavor. Not as smooth as Samuel Smith's Tadcaster (Taddy) Porter, but an excellent porter nonetheless.
garrison (742) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very, very good Porter... taking second place only to Anchor Porter in my opinion of
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 Very dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of citric hops and dark bread. Very burnt tatse with notes of dark malt, citrus and hops. Very bitter/hoppy finish with notes of dark chocolate, salt and citrus-peels.
pilsnerrogge (2349) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black coloured with nice head. Rosty/ toasted flavour. A good porter but nothing out of the ordinary.