Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am over sierra nevada brews. THey are all overly hopped with not much else going for it. Not malty enough for my tastes.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 2002 draught.Probably one of my least favorite Sierra Nevadas, but still a good stout. I was hoping for more of a body. I think Sierra Nevada characteristic hops detracts from this one. The sweet/light hoppy taste not being what i look for in a stout.
2003 bottle. I must say, I enjoyed this much more. This is a lighter stout, for sure, but still quite tastey with lots of barley malt showing through. There is a subtle light coffee flavor along with a roasted flavor that is almost hazlenut. The stout is quite sweet and has a medium body that has a soft honey-cream texture. Appearance is a nice light brown with some mahogany and black shades as well. Good caramel/white colored head. Muted nutty aroma. There is some bitterness on the aftertaste due to the cascades, but it is pleasant and adds some depth.
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plums in molasses…Burnt malt and chocolate bar dropped on the ground…Must try again…
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice coffee tones, rich flavor. Oddly sweet aroma.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this to be an excellent Stout, pours almost black with a thin head. Nice dry roasted/coffee flavor and pleasant aftertaste. I enjoyed this one the entire glass. This is probably my favorite Sierra Nevada offering.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a stout that gets better the warmer the beer get when it almost takes on some imperial stout qualities. Aroma of burnt taffy and brown sugar. Quite a bit of malt sweetness on the front followed by a sour/bitter finish. Flavors of Dark chocolate. Seems to be missing some of the roasted barley flavors but a good session beer.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is probably the bitterest stout I have had. If you like bitterness than this beer is for you. I personally didn’t care for it much. It is a quality beer, but it is definately not among my favorite stouts. It is quite sharp and bitter with even a bitter aftertaste, however the smell was supurb.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
it didn’t achieve total darkness--more like a flickering candle in a coal mine: there are sepia tones in there. head was the color of masking tape and lacy as a hooker’s undergarment, tho it stayed on a little longer (not that i’d, uh, really know, actually). nose was moderate, but seemed ’fresh’ next to a damaged mendocino black hawk that i was also sampling, likely that effect is hops, otherwise some columbian coffee and caramel. flavor has some dark chocolate, sweetness, palette smooth and creamy with a bitter finish. quality product to enjoy with a cigar and a western sunset.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a nice dark color. It formed a small dark tan head that didnt’ hold and didn’t leave any lace. Maybe I had it too cold. Has an aroma of roasted/burnt? malt and coffee. The taste had elements of coffee and chocolate. A medium body to it. Not as heavy as some of the other stouts I have had. Nice flavor, but still prefer others to this one.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, malty aroma. Coffee and chocolate. Nice big off-white head atop a dark brown/black brew. Nice lacing. Medium carb with oily rich body. Really nice stout flavor - big malt, roasted. Slightly hopped with bit of alc. flavor. Nice bold stout.