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.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Bottle pours a rather viscous dark color, almost black, although through bright back lighting, you can see garnet highlights around the edges. The head is tan, large, quite sustaining, and rocky with very nice lace. The appearance is perfect. The aroma is quite roasty with the good Sierra Nevada hop presence. The flavor is roast, chocolate, and slightly fruity, with a good showing of hops. There is almost a hint of dried fruit, leading to the resemblance to some Imperial Stouts. The palate is nice and rich. This is quite good. I think it is somewhat underrated.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black. Quite sweet and malty with a dry and hoppy finish. Loads of chocolate in the aroma and in the flavour.
kovacs01 (2) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 6, 2003 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted heavy of hops. one of the more bitter stouts ive sampled (not that thats a bad thing). very malt aroma. dark red woody looking color. overall though, id say the flavor lacks somewhat in complexity. good nonetheless but certainly not one of my favorites.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful stout. This is, essentially, a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Stout. Does that make sense? I can taste the famous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in this stout...only it is a stout. Quite good. Quite delicious. Well worth trying. Beautiful and delicious.
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma consists of rye, sweet malts and strawberries. Great smell! Black coloured with a red glow. Offwhite brown head. Taste is not as impressive as its aroma. Taste consits of rye, sweet malts and is more bitter towards the end. Siruppy texture. Bitter palate.
jerohen (2065) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ink-black coloured, large head. Aroma and flavour of rye, malts, some sweetness and some undefinable fruit. Lasting bitter finish.
caesar (5793) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark color, short brown frothy head. Aroma is bready, licorice, roasted malts, rye, strawberry. Taste is roasted malts, bready. Sirupy texture. Watery palate, with a rye taste in the back of the throat, slight alcohol burn.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too bad if not exciting. Bitter at the start as it warmed the coffe and chocalte was noticable. Much better when this happened. Not my faveorite but nice. I wish it was a little creamier.