Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly opaque black with mahogany highlights and a massive creamy tan head. This beer is gorgeous. Powerful aroma filled with roast, coffee, chocolate and cinnamon with hints of anise, raisin and grapefruit. Not surprisingly, it has the characteristic Sierra Nevada hop bite. Medium creamy body with lively carbonation. Heavily roasted flavor with lots of coffee, chocolate, raisin and a small citrus bite. Slightly astringent. Very good.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 A little coffee and roasted character that shows some walnuts. Overall, a solid and very drinkable beer. A good, but not a great example of the style. Slight malt and a little chocolate and cream in the mouth. A little dry and smooth in the finish. Nice and light, this is a good daily drinker.
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Black, with a wonderful head. A real pleasure to look at. Aroma is great for a stout. Brings chocolate and some nice malts. Flavor is toffee, milk chocolate and whipped cream. Ends with a hoppy bitterness, and brings a wonderful palate. It would be worth a 2 hours drive to Stockholm each day to have this at Akkurat or Oliver Twist.
DanielBrown (4040) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Bottle at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester. Jet black colour, with a thin ring of tan head, like espresso. Grapefruit aroma. Deliciously light Stout - with an IPA quality, but a thicker and slicker mouthfeel. Quite light on the roasted oats, with an excellent taste which goes right across your tongue. Very faint coffee on the finish - subtle.
hershiser2 (1322) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown with mahogany highlights, nice thick head, lots of lacing...
...a bit stinky in the initial smell, kinda rotten almost... but it went away...
...coffee, chocolate, and a hint of orange in the flavor... yum.
REALLY GOOD mouthfeel, one of the better ones!!
A bit too sweet (and bitter) to drink all the time. But a nice effort!
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It had a promising pour, with a lovely densely packed caramel creme head on a solidly dark body. The aroma suggests hops and chocolate, though the flavor jumps out "roasted" as in burnt toast, coffee beans, and wood briquettes on a grill. Distinctly dry in character, almost aggressively so, with a bitterness hanging on that later began to feel artificial (not quite metallic, but....) I tried a third of my bottle over vanilla ice cream, since the other night I had very successfully done this with the New Glarus Coffee Stout, but here the result was pretty miserable to both me and my wife. The sweet ice cream seemed only to accentuate the dry, bitter finish, and it made it worse. On the whole it is pretty solid stout, but I think if it were from a typical brewpub and not Sierra Nevada, it would be largely forgettable.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a stout, this is quite hoppy (certainly moreso than the SN Porter). Good roasted malt characteristics, I'd definitely file this one under "dry stout." Citric hop twang mixed in with the roasted notes. A good stout but for sheer drinkability I'd choose the SN Porter over this.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, ebony in color with a dark tan head. A bit nutty and a decent amount of mocha flavor as well. I would have liked it to be a tad bit thicker; however, it was very drinkable and very good.
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Low alcohol for a stout. Flavor of coffee with some chocolate. Bitter finish, a little thin
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smelled wonderful, and tasted good too. A little too much hops for a stout in my opinion. Nice for a change, but not my favorite.