ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, roasted malt aroma; alcohol comes through in the nose despite being only 5.8%. Opaque body with large, rocky, tan head, which is mostly lasting. Excellent lacing. Rich and dry with notes of oak and chalk. A little dry for an imperial stout. Unlike most other SN beers I've had, I couldn't identify the signature SN finish in this one. A little dry for my tastes and not as enjoyable as their porter. Nevertheless, tasty and solid.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark bitch gives little head for a stout. Her smell is excellent..coffee hint. She is dirty in color..not the best offering at Sierra Nevada.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with a thick foamy tan head that stays thru the whole glass. Smells malth. Taste of full malt with coffee aftertaste.Pretty impressed.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour was dark and rich looking with a tan frothy head. Quit appealing to my sight. The aroma was very pleasant with malts, vanilla and a slight sweetness. The flavor was a little dissapointing. A little dry...some malt flavor and a little hops too. Overall a very thin palate. Totally drinkable, but not really outstanding in anyway.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat disapointing. The color is almost black and it has a big foamy tan head. Nose is slight with hints of roasted malts and alcohol. The body is thin and isn't balanced out well. It's not bad but it lacks balance.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice chocolat and hoppy aroma. Tastes very hoppy and malty with extreme malt aftertaste. I make this as a compliment - if smoked Bluefish were a Beer, this would be it. I will purchase again.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled on 1/3/3) The beer poured perfectly and produced a wonderful dark head that omits aromas of chocolate and hops. The palate is smooth and roasty with a pleasant silkiness. I like this stout because I can drink a few pints without being filled up or becoming too drunk. The palate is medium in body and exhibits wonderful flavors of coffee, chocolate, and PNW hops. It is hard to imagine that I have not had an SNS for over 2 years, what was I thinking, because this is a fine stout made with American flair.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Smells very rich, tastes slightly milky. Roasted feel, but too much carbonation. Mouthfeel is extremely thin compared to most similar stouts and porters. Tends to be oxidized from being left on store shelves for too long, and all around just not that interesting. Again, there’s nothing in this beer that brings me back.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very drinkable stout. A sweet flavor with a pleasent coffee aftertaste. Almost fruity.
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark beer with a tannish head. Tastes great. It doesn't have the typical coffee aftertaste. The taste is very light compared to other stouts.