DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a general black color with tiny hints of ruby and a thickly creamy lightish tan head which left lacing here and there on my glass. Aroma is of roast (surprise) and malt, some mocha present, but nothing more than you'd expect from a good stout. The flavor is an intricate mix of the woods taste. Roasty mocha and toasted malt combine with a malty dryness and woody aftertaste to create an almost aged effect. Carbonation level is fairly moderate, and the palate is generally pleased with the oak aged feel in the mouth and the sensual head. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada product i dislike. A good staple to keep around the house.
JFGrind (1808) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoyed the roasted barley taste, and the long lasting head of this stout.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smokey, roasty aroma. The flavor is woody and full. Semi-sweet finish. This beer would make a nice compliment to a toasty evening in front of a campfire.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Get this extreme hop character out of my stout, right now! If it weren't for that, this would be a mighty fine stout. There is a roasty flavor with a decent malty sweetness, but the hops wash them out so much that you can't enjoy them, and then the hops return again to ruin the finish, making it slighty metallic. I hate it when an otherwise good beer is ruined by one, fatal flaw.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
opaque dark brown to black body topped with a thick tan lasting head with good lace. malty aroma with a slightly smokey coffee undertone. Strong coffee, malt flavor with a good hop presence and a slightly hoppy coffeeish finish. Full bodied with a slight warmth.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very rich, creamy and smooth. Appearance was great, good amount or head and good color.
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm quickly becoming a Sierra Nevada fan. 1st the Porter and now the Stout! Very good (though the Porter is the better of the two). Great color and nice, thick head. I can't wait to try my next SN!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is not a bad beer, just a bad stout. Has way too much hoppiness to it, and there really isn't much complexity to the flavor. Disappointing.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The worst thing that SN has ever made, this is not right. All hop aroma, no malt and little roasted malt. Flavor tries to convey it roasted malt but the hops take over. Stouts are not supposed to be hop bombs.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I should have known that SN would dry hop the hell out of this beer. Stouts are not about massive hops!! Drinkable, but really lacking in complexity of a real stout. Get the Celebration Ale or the Barleywine instead.