Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Huge lasting tan head. Sweet fruity nose. Roasted flavor, but gassy and thin. Not a good offering from this excellent brewery.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, This surprised me. I haven’t had any other sierra nevada beer that I liked. This however...Nice creamy tan head. Great lacing. Wonderful roasted aroma. Thin palate for a stout but wonderful flavor. Full of chocolate up front and coffee undertones in the finish. Definitly something I will get again.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 (Re-rate ASAP) A fine, gutsy stout.
Being a Sierra Nevada brew, it's tempting to
think that it's simply a boring, basic stout, hopped to the hilt.
But there IS quite a bit going on under the hops, and it's done well.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 I saw a faint stained glass window like red effervescence when put between me and a bright light but besides that this was damn black as uh...black, rootbeer float-like everlasting head, aroma was nutty and coffee like, flavor premiered with roastedness, then moved on to a slight coffeeish middle, ending dry, nutty, and clean...not to heavy but not to light, pretty good!
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Overly hoppy nose (this is effectively a black IPA), quite citric-acidic in the mouth, and fairly abrasive. I’ve never liked this, and obviously the company has no intention of retooling this into a proper stout.
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awfully hoppy for my taste, but I guess that is typical for Sierra Nevada. Apart from that, it had a good flavor. I don’t know that I’d buy it again, though.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a very good stout. Overcarbonated, not ’very dark and very rich.’ Roasted malt flavor, which turns into a burning vinegary flavor. Too many hops; not surprising considering the brewer. Sierra Nevada should stick to their realm.
jazz88 (2526) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hoppy stout. A smooth roasted stout.
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Rerate Dark red to brown pour, light khaki head, brief chocolately aroma, subtle fruitiness with underlying coffee. Smooth moyhfell, thick. Still very good Original 3.8 Sweet, chocolately aroma upon opening - but it fades quickly. Pour is nice and thick and leaves a off-white lacing head. Cascades hops flavor a bit too pronounced for a stout in my opinion, could be a bit maltier. Little bit of a bitter after taste - but I still enjoyed it.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 Faint coffee/chocolate aroma, a little hops in there too. Appearance is not as dark as stouts I'm used to. Flavor is great, roasted malt and everything, it's all in here. Perfectly balanced bitterness. The palate is where this really comes through though. The most beautiful thing my mouth has felt. Soo smooth and so good. The more I drink the better it gets. Does Sierra Nevada make a bad beer? I haven't had one from them yet. I suspect mine is aged, because the hops in mine seem to have faded significantly. The bottles had dust all over them, bought from a gas station where most people probably have little interest in this sort of thing. Something about this beer REALLY hits the spot dead on! It's become one of my all-time favorites.