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 (1614) - 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 (2953) - 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.
madsberg (11283) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Brown/black coloured. Brownish thin head. Dense. Roasty, malty and some vague coffee notes. Coffee, roastyness, maltfatness and some chocolate in the flavour. Hops is there leading to an medium bitterness in the end. Good one.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. Left over from the late 80’s! The heavy hops keep this one going and going. It still had a fine roasted aroma and mouth. Aging this for 15 years is no problem!
run20six2 (119) - USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good tasting stout. Pretty dark with a little bitter taste. Would buy this again. Very good brew
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark, garnet body, big tan head, fully lasting, the lacing looks like of like a maze, 1/16-3/8" thick walls. Aroma is yeasty, some caramel malts, lightly toasty, lightly sweet. Flavor is bitter...very toasty, roasty and bitter. Even though they say there’s no chocolate malts, it tastes somewhat chocolatey, very dry finish. Balance...what’s that? Finish mellows out after a minute or so... Creamy palate, light body for a stout, roughtly a fullish medium(a bit heavy for a porter, a bit light for a stout), light carbonation. Hopped like an IPA, I can taste grapefruit rind in here. Not what I expect from a stout, but very interesting and I like the roastiness, caramel malts show themselves lightly in the finish. I let this stuff warm almost to room temp. in hopes that the malts would show themselves and to some avail, I found some caramel malts in the middle and a hint at the front and the finish is still entirely bitter, touch of caramel to make it tolerable. Intriuging brew.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good malty nose, like almost all stouts are. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt atcion. Flavor is very nice when it has warmed up a bit. The earth malt flavor come out more, instead of when its too cold and the palate dominates it. Definately one to avoid if it hasnt been out of the fridge for too long.