UNCCTF (495) - Cary, 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 (818) - 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.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darn good stuff. Hadn't had it in eons. Wasn't so much into it as its siblings when I first tried it. Perhaps a teensy bit sweet, but all the other aspects sem well on target.
One thing I will add - After sampling the A. le Coq 1999 Imp. Stout I saved the last tenth of the pour and added an equal amount of SN Porter - as much as that might get me banned in many states and/or countries - it has to be THE BEST mix for me ever. A rating of 5. Absoulutely excellent. Wish I could configure a brew to equal it.
cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark dark, crimson hints. good thick head. malty aroma and a flavor that takes a good amount of time to settle in.
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with ruby highlights and a creamy head. Malty aroma and a flavor that is malty with just a little hop and roast malt bitterness. California answer to the Yuengling Porter that I sampled with this. Overrated, but a good gateway Porter.