BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Slightly reddish body, nice head. Smells is kinda sweet, with heavily roasted coffee and an acidic smell. Very full creamy mouthfeel. Tastes roast and malty, with a bitter finish. Nutty and spicy as well. Very good porter.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a coke cola. Black with a quickly receding tan head. Lively palate. Smooth, medium bitter finish. Definitely a roasty nose. The malts really cut through in a good way, but they don’t overwhelm the hops. Very good beer.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Very dark porter with a nice tan head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, and hops. Flavor is good, and not overpowering in any direction. Notes of chocolate, roasty coffee and chicory, and some hoppy bitterness, all well balanced. Not awesome like Anchor Porter, but good and satisfying, not too sweet, and not too dry. An enjoyable brew.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black like tar, with only slight redness. The head is dark as well. The aroma is dank, pleasantly mold, sweetish, and slightly burnt.
The taste is burnt crepe, coffee. A very neutral, not too sweet, not too sour, with a lingering smoky afteraste. A bit thin for a porter.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Light anise aroma. Flavour is well balanced, some sweet malt, toasted malt, chicory. Fairly dry finish. Okay, but not great.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent roasty/chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel with nice notes of mocha and coffee. Good mass produced porter.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a hint of ruby. A thin bubbly tan head which disappeared quickly. No noticable aroma. A balance taste, dark, somewhat hoppy, but mixed with a chocolate sweetness. Light feel in the mouth - somewhat bubbly. Maybe too light for a porter, but enjoyable nonetheless.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Odd aroma. Hoppy, but with a touch of chocolate and roast. Pours a very deep brownish ruby, lighter than most other porters. The taste is mostly roasted chocolate with some mocha hints. And overlying all of it (and emerging fully in aftertaste, especially on the back of the tongue), is that crisp hops taste that all SN beers have. Like the stout, it’s a more bitter version of a standard beer, and quite original. Yummm.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black colour with a small light brown head. Malty aroma with coffee and chocolate notes along a hoppy touch. Roasted malty flavor with some dark fruit and a hoppy bitterness. Finish is not as thick as I would have liked.
thegreenrooster (3720) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark black with no head. Aroma is of dark chocolate malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is lots of roastedness going on. Malts aplenty with the right amount of hops. The only downfall is that there is not much body to this as it is kind of watery in the end. Still a decent attempt and another good showing by Sierra Nevada.