Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good strong stout with heavy dark roasted grain flavor. Has most of the characteristics of an Imperial. Nicely balanced with hops. I’ll return to this one!
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black color with a bit of a head. Roasty aroma. Decent malt and and roasted barley presence, but more bitter than a typical stout. It’s not bad, it just didn’t seem to offer much more than your basic stout recipie.
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a large brown head. Nice lacing. Color is very dark and almost no aroma. While not the best, not the worst either. Typical tasting stout with slight roasting flavor on the rear end. Not very dry. I like it and would probably buy again.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not a bad beer which is a good thing since I bought a six pack. However, it’s definitely not my favorite stout either (I’d have to check the ratings to figure out what that is...). This is also my first rating using the handy-dandy rate sheet that lists all those aromas you can’t quite identify. So...starting with aroma, I find this beer to be mostly on the roasted malt side with definite chocolate, molasses, and a bit of a grainy aroma. I also can detect the light presence of some hops which explains some of the bitterness in the finish. The appearance is very good - nice dark brown color with moderate head of a nice off-white, almost tan color with a milky texture. The head was fairly long lasting but dissipated quickly once I started drinking. Not quite opaque but then again it’s not like looking through a window. The flavor was a bit sweet at first with a bitter, malty finish that has long-lasting after affects. The body is a little light for me especially for stout - usually I prefer more hardy brews. The beer is definitely dry and left me a bit thirsty when I was halfway through. The carbonation is soft and about right but the metallic finish is what really got me. Great beer on the uptake but it’s the going down part that makes me want to make this my last Sierra Nevada Stout of the night.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 June 16 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is deep with roast malt and coffee. Has lighter chocolate notes and some very faint molasses like sweetness. Body is dark brown to black with a creamy, thumb thick mocha head. Fore is coffee/acidic bitter. Very green tasting hops. Nice feel to it though thinner than I recalled. A bit to west coasty to be a favorite, but still drinkable as ever.
Original rating was 3.8
A solid stout, but not something that blows my socks off. Mouthfeel is just too thin to be one of the best, but I could gladly drink (and pay for) a few of them.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite dark brown in appearance with a thin ring of fine-dark-khaki bubbles. Pretty typical stout appearance. Not quite opaque. Light brown, creamy head, somewhat rocky as it diminished head. Not much on the lacing. Strong roasted malt aroma even when on the cold side. Mostly molasses with accents of coffee and chocolate and hints of fruit and earth. Soy comes out on the swirl. Smooth body. Sweet with a nice bitterness on the finish of burnt malt. Burnt stuff and licorice linger. A fine example of a stout. This ranks right up there with Bigfoot as a favorite SN offering.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The SN Stout pours an almost opaque black with deep ruby highlights. It has a frothy clingy tan head that goes to a collar and displays a ton of lacing.
Its aroma is appealing as well - figs, chocolate, roasted malts with some bitter coffee notes.
The flavor is fruity figs, chocolate and vanilla up front, followed by a strong metallic, almost chalky, bitterness that kind of rubs me the wrong way. It is thinner than I would expect yet leaves a sticky bitter residue.
Overall, this is a nice stout. If not for the off finish (to me at least), this would be a great one.
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Aroma is rich and hoppy with notes of chocolate and licorice. Roasty mouthfeel, with chocolate and licorice. Pleasant and well balanced.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really much in the way of aroma. Not alot of head on this dark brew. Nice roasted flavor comin through, some hops and a coffee flavor. Has a nice satisfying , rich flavor.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and reddish-black, with a spongy, tan foam. Aromas are of deep roasted chocolate malts, and fruity hops.
There’s a nice softness overall, with light carbonation. Flavors start out with a mix of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate, resulting in something a little coffee like. There’s also a brief hint of smokiness right towards the end. There’s a tangy citric bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.