carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Pours opaque, with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toffee. Taste is similar, but has a lively hoppy flavor as well. To me, more exciting than a guinness, but I love hops (even in a stout). Among my overall favorites, although I haven't yet had many in the stout category. I LOVE this one though. Re-rated 9/17/03; After drinking several more of these, this stout isn't as good as I thought with respect to the mixing of hoppiness and roastiness. Still very decent, but true stout drinkers might find it to be a confusing beer that mixes in too many ale qualities.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not very big, but definitely has a strong roasted flavor. Lots of hops & adequate malt. Not a bad beer & but not my favorite stout.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really didnt see this as being of such high quality, but i guess im more used to the bigger stouts. Has more of a subdued roasted feel in the aroma. Pours itself as a very dark chocolate color with a thin head. Does taste quite hoppy for a stout along with some roasted peanut m'n'm notes. Too much pine, not enough coffee/ chocolate for me.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with a thin head. The hops and alcohol dominate the taste. Good drinking, but not the best stout I've had.
motelpogo (6699) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
more like a dark ipa. amazingly little evidence of malt for a stout. just shitloads of cascade, typical cookie dough aroma, threatens to show some roasted fruits but they are quickly washed away with ridiculous hops. needs a little more oomph and some burnt, salty flavours
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours an opaque, brownish-black, with a chocolate coloured head. Aroma is nice and toasty, with definite hops, and a little bready smell, too. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the flavor, which is definitely toasty, and very thick. Finishes bitter, but very nice - very full-flavored beer.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark black color with a bubbly tan head that slowly diminished. Malty aroma with caramel, and chocolate as well. A dry taste. Somewhat bitter and roasty as well. Not a bad Stout from Sierra Nevada. But I like the Porter better.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden) Pitch black with nice bubbly head. Aroma of earthy dark malt, hops and dark dried fruit. Taste is roasty and bitter with notes of dark chocolate. Very dry, earthy bitter finish. Prefers SN Porter.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown almost black color with medium light tan head. Hoppy aroma, some dark almost chocolate malt as well. I had a few of these, and each time I liked this beer more. You could pick this beer out in a lineup of distinctively "sierra nevada," it has that flavor. Hops, little bitter, and as it warmed more of the roasted chocolate and coffee came out of this, but not as prominantly as in the porter. Has soft but lively carbonation as well. Not bad.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Itís not a refreshing beer. Itís a warm you up type of beer. This beer is not bad, itís not too sweet like a lot of other stouts and has the right amount of hops. It makes a decent winter brew. This beer has incredible head!!! I mean seriously itís amazing.