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 (5105) - 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 (5342) - 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 (2182) - 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 (6686) - 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.
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"dude you cant see through this shit" -yoc while looking at it in the light.. it has a coffee chocolate flavour which is a little too sweet for my taste. large haed which overflowed onto my friend's counter while pouring. PARTY FOUL!@