aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is virtually black and pours with a dense, rocky head that is a bit lighter than wet sand. It displays very good retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity, with a strong Cascade-type grapefruit hop smell and a touch of malty chocolate. The first sip reveals noticeable hop bittering, followed by some roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate. A bit of grainess is noticeable as well. Later sips reveal more plum/raisin fruits and the accompanying sweetness. The finish is rather clean, and is punctuated by some good hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of citrus. With a creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability, this is a very solid stout.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good representation of what a standard stout should taste like. nothing real fancy about it.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't know, I just didn't get that much from this beer. Do they need to put cascade in everything they brew? Maybe it's their trademark, I don't know. Looks good, dark with a decent head. Aroma is predominantly cascade and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is ok, but the overall flavor is really lacking in my opinion. Nothing really grabbed me with this one.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours darkest brown with a small and somewhat thin tan head that lasted quite well. Aroma is dark bitter chocolate, coffee and woody hops. Aroma is interesting mix of dark roasted malt sweetness with bitter coffee and hop character - a little too much lingering bitterness and acidity in the finish for my taste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is black with a good size light brown head. Nose is chocolate pudding. Flavor starts with a little coffee then a hint of bitter chocolate. The finish has a little grapefruit and is dry and lightly acidic. A unique stout , in a good way.
r464 (1888) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 A nice stout. Not creamy, but punchy and smooth. A little coffee in there, but not strongly so. A nice bitterness. Dark with a mild coffee aroma.
SilkTork (5166) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Yummy - this is a very smooth and tasty little brew. Soft as an eiderdown quilt and twice as delicious. The mouthfeel is awesome - it fills every tooth and cavity, and each part tastes different to the rest resulting in a rollercoaster ride of flavours. Aroma is mildly stouty with some cappacino, fudge and vanilla. The taste is neither too sweet nor too bitter, but perfectly balanced between with elements of both. Not heavy, not extreme, just a perfectly balanced and flavoursome stout with a reasonable strength. Delightful.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Nice tasting stout. My favorite style. Rich flavor, I like this one a lot. Iíll have another.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 I grew up within 50 miles of this brewery and have been drinking their beers for many years. Itís nice to see their distribution has increased just in time for me to move away. This is what I would consider my session stout. I feel this beer is underrated as well, possibly because most stout drinkers donít like the hop bitterness this beer has. I prefer to refer to it as an extremely dark and roasted APA. All I can say is SN, as you get bigger, please donít let the quality slip. I can see signs of that, but I hope it is just a phase.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with red-amber edges. Aroma of anise, sour coffee, and some char. Chocolatey notes appear in the flavor along with coffee and smokiness again. Plus there's a nice dose of those hops that SN has lying around. I love the combination of sourness and bitterness that this beer provides. Rich medium to full bodied but very easy going down. SN has several great beers with nice, wide distribution and that makes me happy. A less modest brewer might call this a porter. Regardless, I still think that this beer is exceptional and underrated.