Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another bleh. This is a relatively poor example of the style, IMO. It looks like a stout on the pour, with a very deep red body and thin tan head. Aroma is decent enough, with hops and roasted, almost burnt malts entering the airways. However, I am not a fan of the thin body and weak flavor. Roasted malts and some chocolate are there, but there is a strange caramely sweetness and too much emphasis on the hops. I'll put it this way: the blend does not work, at least for a stout. Now their porter is something else...
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It looks like a stout, but doesn't really taste like one. I was expecting a roasted malt/choc aroma, but it ended up being more hoppy. The palate was the same. Slight roasted malt at the start, but it grapefruits out too much (hops), particularly for a stout. I guess it kind of worked, but the ingredients didn't quite blend together. Not really a good example of a stout.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly opaque black with a large off-white head, excellent lacing. Full-bodied. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and piney hops. Coffee like dryness, more bitter than most stouts. Fizzy mouthfeel but smooth. Enough balance to make me want another, recommended.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fairly good stout. Different but good. Alot more hoppy flavors than other stouts. Coffee flavor sits nice on the palate. Just a hit of choclate. Good taste of roasted malts.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brings me back to my college days in Chico. Who else makes such an intensely hopped stout? The head is beige and tight. Nice nose of roasted barley and cascades, and toasty, roasty flavors of malt, followed by an afterflavor of caramel and pleasant hoppy bitterness.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a solid brown, almost black, very velvety, with a tannish head about a pencil width high, very creamy and has a heavy frothyness to it that settled slowly to a misty skimming and left curtain-like lace patches. Every tiny little bubble was the exact same size, quite consistant.
Smell is of roasted malt and cascade hop, nice and crisp with a bit of dark toffee/coffeeness to it.
Taste is more of the same, its quite full & rich, mildly heavy, nice roasted maltness throughout with a good hop crispy bitterness. The roasted malt is a bit coffeeish and burnt-like and the hop lends itself to a bit of a citrusy bitterness mild bite. Very nicely blended.
Feel is a solid medium body with a nice drying feel in the finish.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stout, the Chinook bittering hops are a great choice...maybe could use a little less barley, but then again it's a stout and it's sierra nevada so... you do the math.
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Among stouts, I like others better. More bitter/hoppy than some, nice look in colour and head. Hops noticable in aroma. Still a good stout, great compared to general beers.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppier than I'm used to in most stouts, but nothing offensive to me. Not very sweet but everything seems to be well-balanced. Good brew overall.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color,creamy tan head that has a lot of staying power.Malty,hoppy aroma.Bitter sweet taste,malty,coffee tones and a mild hopping presence as well.The alcohol actually comes through on this one.Nothing harsh but you can definately tell that it is there in the taste the after taste is malty coffeeish and well hopped.Kind of a medium feel in the mouth.pretty decent brew but not something i would enjoy drinking in large amounts.