haddon90 (1587) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark black color with a bubbly tan head that slowly diminished. Malty aroma with caramel, and chocolate as well. A dry taste. Somewhat bitter and roasty as well. Not a bad Stout from Sierra Nevada. But I like the Porter better.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden) Pitch black with nice bubbly head. Aroma of earthy dark malt, hops and dark dried fruit. Taste is roasty and bitter with notes of dark chocolate. Very dry, earthy bitter finish. Prefers SN Porter.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown almost black color with medium light tan head. Hoppy aroma, some dark almost chocolate malt as well. I had a few of these, and each time I liked this beer more. You could pick this beer out in a lineup of distinctively "sierra nevada," it has that flavor. Hops, little bitter, and as it warmed more of the roasted chocolate and coffee came out of this, but not as prominantly as in the porter. Has soft but lively carbonation as well. Not bad.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Itís not a refreshing beer. Itís a warm you up type of beer. This beer is not bad, itís not too sweet like a lot of other stouts and has the right amount of hops. It makes a decent winter brew. This beer has incredible head!!! I mean seriously itís amazing.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 Black with rich mahogony highlights, long lasting, mousse-like tan head. Aromas of chocolate, sweet citrus, molasses, subtle fruitiness. Great medium-full body. Dark chocolate, roasted barley, some caramel sweetness, slight licorice saltiness, bracing bittering and good hop flavor. Heavy hops dry out the finish. Underrated.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sierra Nevada Stout…..Hmmm.. Aroma is of rich chocolate malt, coffee, scorched wood, and hopps, the flavor is almost in conjunction with the nose. But wait, the taste has an ass load of hopps, I mean it is a little over the top. This beer is Bitt-ER, the finish is dry, but the beer gradually gets better as it warms. Not exactly what I was expecting, but still a decent stout.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, brownish creamy head. Very nice aroma, basic mix of roasted malt and hop flowers, fresh. Smooth texture, good body structure, strong sweet liquorice; and roasted barley of course. Long roasted end, with a touch of sourness. Classic, but very good.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Dark ruby color with a large tan head. Coffee and hops are the main aroma. Taste is bitter,roasted malts with Pacific hops. Tasty.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 Poured jet black with a large tan head, opaque coloring. It had a roasted and at the same time a fruity aroma (raisins?), almost like a Belgian. Full mouthfeel with a coffee taste. I couldnít taste the hops in this as others have noted. I donít know what I was thinking when I thought it tasted like shit over a year ago. And by the way, it left a nice lacing on the glass as I finished it.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tremendously complex wonderful stout. Rich malt charcter with lots of residual body and sweetness, yet at the same time a big hop bitterness still manages to pierce through this malt jungle. It is rich in roasted flavours and in hops. It has sweet, flavourful, hoppy, malty middle but finishes dry and a little bitter. It has a huge wonderful hop character.