Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good example of the style. Dark brown to black, decent head retention. Flavor and aroma have chocolate, coffee, and a little caramel. Balance is on the sweet side.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am amazed! I have tasted upwards of 1500 beers in my life but somehow I have never had this beer. Mostly opaque black body with just the barest hints of ruby. The head is quite nice, rocky, tan and lasting. The aroma is quite hoppy but there is still plenty of roasted malt aroma. Flavor-wise it is has medium roasted-nutty flavors with a decent hop bite. The body is medium-full. I am actually quite surprised at how much I like this beer. It balances the expected stout flavors with the Sierra Nevada hop profile brilliantly.
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Pours almost-black with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt and coffee with some smokiness. Strong coffee flavor, but otherwise a little hard to pin down. At first I felt that this was way too thin, but after drinking more and warming a little it feels a bit richer.
JorisPPattyn (8388) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, but seems to have a deep red-brown shine; yellow-brown, very creamy head, lacey. Slightly sourish (lactic?) nose, with ink, something nutty (not as in aged beer), tinge of dark chocolate. Roasted, slightly lactic flavour, still something like hazelnut oil - also some kind of bitter, undefinable oil. Medium-bodied; roasted/ nut-oil taste keeps hanging around long. Warming up, the beer develops vinous qualities. Difficult to pinpoint, this one. Very smooth, hiding - maybe just a touch too much...
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 This was an above average beer, but still lacked something that makes it a cut above the rest, kind of like the whole line of sierra nevada beers. pours black, with a thin head. No distinguishable aroma, although develops into something like caramel ??malts??. Kind of oily mouthfeel, thin too. This doesn’t seem like a stout...
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice dark color with a fantastic aroma of malt and chocolate.Upon tasting was pleasntly surprised by the chocolate/malt/caramel flavors!Very smooth mouthfeel and a fantastic finsh!Great Stout!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 Great Stout! Pours black with a thick beige head. Has a roasted malt/aroma and the taste does not disappoint. Definite hop presence with a sweet roasted coffee and dark chocolate taste. Has a nice thick creamy mouthfeel with good lacing. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste. A real good stout that to me, gives off an imperial stout type of feel but with less alcohol. I'll definitely buy again.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Almost black with a huge tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a little weak. Flavor is also hard to pin. Good but not great for a stout.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours black or nearly so with a big beige head that is nicely retained. Aroma is a bit subdued for stout, although there is some decent roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt goodness, though the palate is a bit thin. Pretty tasty stuff. Availibility is a significant plus.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought on my holiday to New York. Jet black hue with a creamy light brown head. Strong coffee, chocolate and roasted malt nose. Coffee and chocolate flavour with a long roasted malt after taste. A decent stout.