TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color with a big head. smooth Stout with a hint of chocolate. A good beer to watch the second half of the Tenesee/Baltomore game with.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong cascade aroma with a little sweet chocolate. Hoppy flavour dominates, little roasty, bitter finish with hoppy grapefruit aftertaste.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a tasty stout... all hopped up sierra nevada style, of course. dark, bubbly. slight coffee and plenty of dark malt. the hops preside over everything else though. a good hoppy stout. a bit one dimensional as far as stouts go, but good nonetheless.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is a definite roasted tasted here, almost burnt. Pretty good, I'd say.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
one of the most powdered coffee stouts ever. this and coopers. literally, so bitter coffee tastes like dirt. i've never finished one, but would be good to share. really intense. do not look for any sweetness or smooth drinkability
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, and a tan head. Nice frothy head, and some lace. Roast malts, chocolate, light coffee and some fruit, maybe raisin. Flavors mimic the aroma rather closely. Hoppy finish for a full bodied creamy palate. Very surprising stout from Sierra Nevada.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Traditional stout appearance, black with tan head, creamy and light lacing. The aroma is lightly roasted, very mild and somewhat milky & hopy. The flavor is well balanced and much more assertive than I expected from Sierra Nevada. Palate is lightly bitter from the hops but ends creamy and mild, lots of chocolate. This is a really well made stout, I don't know why we can't get this here in Boise.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When the beer gods bestowed humans with stout, this is what they gave.
You sure Sierra Nevada isn't in the PNW?!?
Pours dark black with a beautiful thick head that lasts a long time, leaving a beautiful lace all the way down the glass.
Smells a perfect mix of malt and hops.
Tastes...o'mygod. If all stouts tasted like this I would be a huge stout devotee and drink little else. Chocolate malt and coffee flavors are embeded into the wonderful hop flavor. Man, this is perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel is nice and thick with just the right amont of carbonation.
Bottom line: This may have more hops than the style dictates, but damn is it good.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Does Sierra Nevada have a bad beer? This beer is incredible, leaving the bitter aftertaste I enjoy in a stout. Merry Christmas to me!
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black with a scummy brown head. Masses of liquorice aroma, absolutely loads. It’s really focused as well which makes a for a distinct, well fashion beer. Many stouts try to be all things to all people and end up not being anything distinct at all. This is wonderful. Long bitter palate, rounded, curved mouth feel.