kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Deep black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is all dark coffee, althought there is a hint of hops in the finish.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical dark black stout appearance. A huge almost Coca-Cola looking head. The taste was all roasted flavors ... almost too roasted.
Reid (1993) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in the usual SN 12 oz stubbie brown bottle..liked the yellow label..rather unfitting for a stout , but "what ya gonna do?"
Well this beer looked superb in my mug ..i even got some minor cascading going on..overflowed the glass much to the delight of my Bassett hound "Lumpy" who licked it up!! Beer is a rather unstoutlike dark garnet colour when its held to the light, but its so darn handsome I will forgive.
The aroma IS stout like dark roasted malts and dark coffee aromas prevail.
Very nice and complex yet somehow simple taste. At first taste all you get is the wonderful espresso ( with 4 shots) flavour the second and third sips you begin to sense the complexity of the brew the creamy milk chocolate..after wards the good liquorice flavour even some dense spiciness.
Very very smooth and yet this tests all the tastebuds ( except sour maybe).
Very good drinking stout well done SN!!
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black, shortlived cream coloured head and good condition. Lactose sweet aroams mingled with roasted barley and coffee. Syrupy thick and cluttered in the mouth with touches of licorice and coconut. The licorice lingers into the finish before becoming dry and roasted. Finally an earthy note emerges that reminded me of phosphor railway wagon brake discs. Trust me.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark color with a big head that produced nice lacing. Aroma seemed reserved, though; some roasted malt but not much else. Full-bodied flavor balanced the well hopped taste. Above average, flavorful stout with a dry finish.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt and hop aroma that pours dark with a huge tan head and medium lacing. Coffee and bitter chocolate flavors with mild hop trailing. Thin across the palate with a bitter aftertaste.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
all the great roasty toasty olfaction you could want in a stout. Nice dark black with big tan foamy head. Lots of subtle bittersweet flavors. Very good for a macro/micro
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sierra Nevada "Stout". Catchy name, eh?
Ever had a beer with no head? The reason why is apparently because Sierra Nevada stole all the head from other breweries and put it in this beer. It reminds me very strongly of a stirred-up rootbeer float. Thick, light-brown and long lasting.
I really appreciate a thick chewy texture in a stout and this one does well in that regard. Somehow seems to get thinner as it warms up. Mild bitter aftertaste. It reminds you that you've been drinking it, but doesn't interfear with your meal. For the price it's a great value. Simple flavor but with some character flaws, or in other words, personality. A good introduction to stouts for beginners or easy stand-by for seasoned drinkers. It has all the right stout clues with nothing too over-the-top. Smells like leather. Reddish color if you can see through the glass.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/17/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Bristol Farms in South Pasadena, CA 10/30/03. Pours dark coffee brown, somewhat thin-looking. In the glass almost completely black but with brown cola edges. Grayish-tan head that fades. Quite nice lacing while it's there. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and mostly mellow malt and cream. Surprisingly creamy with some suggestions of a cream porter. Sweet and chewy scent. Initial taste reveals bitter, dark malts and volatile carbonation. Some burnt cream tastes, but mostly just bitterness and dirt. Body is medium and pretty smooth but with some sourness and acidity. Finish is dirty bitter, moderately long and a little bit unpleasant, like imitation malt or something. Finish is not horrible, but probably the weakest part of the beer. Altogether a solid stout but not a great one.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown color with a creamy tan head. the aroma is very malty and also moderately hoppy. Tastes roasted and thick. this is a damn good beer in my book.