beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a stout, this is quite hoppy (certainly moreso than the SN Porter). Good roasted malt characteristics, I'd definitely file this one under "dry stout." Citric hop twang mixed in with the roasted notes. A good stout but for sheer drinkability I'd choose the SN Porter over this.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice stout beer with that classic sierra taste of cascade hops. A nice stout with a bit hops for some kick.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color solid tan head. Smells of toased malt and caramel. Sweet and malty with a lingering bitter finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice looking porter, but this is a stout...hmm. Pretty hefty head, quite large bubbles that reminded me of porter but they stuck around longer than a typical porter's would and left amusing head halos on top. The aroma is fairly mild, sweet, and a tad smokey and roasted. The real action comes in the powerfully roasted malt front, but it gives way far too quickly, I think, to an abusive bitterness of this way overhopped beer. Not to worry, the flavor mostly fades quickly before the finish arrives and a dry, sour aftertaste (not unpleasant in a stout) kicks it. Something of a soapy feel left behind by this beer that only boiled cabbage could erase. Not a terrible stout, but there are myriad better ones available.
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
excellent hearty taste. Taste more like an IPA than a traditional stout. Good strong aroma
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish black color with a medium tan head. Very roasty sour lactose aroma. Strong roasted coffee and bitter hops flavors. Nice medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black color with rocky tan head. Roasted coffee and mild chocolate taste. Warm alcohol finish.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, lasting, brownish head; terrific lacing. Smells roasty...really, and a bit hoppy. Not too much going on there. As it warms, smells strongly of anise. Tastes dark, smooth, roasty, and nice bitterness at the end. Hops leave a clean citrusy feel at the end without battering me with those darn grapefruits. Nice and oily mouthfeel. I like sweet stouts better, but this blows Guiness out of the water.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tan head. Not real easy drinking, a little harsh (a little earthy). Not bad, but not the best.
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.