Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The hoppiness overwhelms the rather weak flavor. Bitter, slightly coffee aftertaste hangs on the palate much too long. Weak overall, I was not pleased. Doesn’t have the ’thinkness’ I’m used to in a stout.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good stout. As others have mentioned, the hops are a bit strange for the style. No great surprise, this is Sierra Nevada here folks.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stout pours a thick, foamy coffee head. Mass-produced tasting stout with a burnt coffee finish. A A middle of the road stout with stunted tastes--may appeal to undemanding palates.
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a VERY GOOD STOUT
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again, a little to light tasting for a stout. A decent head, if a bit foamy. Average taste. Nothing special.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad. The hopping is more typical of an Imperial than the dry stout that this is, but since we’re dealing with the West Coast here that’s OK. Better at room temperature.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a rich, smoky flavor. Somewhat heavy carbonation gives it a lively feel. Tastes great!
Also, for those who find it too hoppy, Sierra Nevada’s website offers: ’Distinctive hop character is a Sierra Nevada trademark and we are quite fanatical about it! We use only the whole cone hop, never hop extracts or pellets, and we use a much larger amount of hops than most breweries.’ So there ya go.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Too hoppy for a stout in my opinion. After trying a vareity of their brews, I am very disappointed with all of them, but this was better than most of their offerings.
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew has a little more hops than I like a stout to have, but it is nice nontheless. Brown head dissapates quickly, and as Va homebrewer said it is not as chewy as I would like a stout to be. I have found all the Sierra Nevada brews to have the emphasized hops.
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is world class stout. Big and hoppy, yet bursting with roasted and black malt flavors. This is a fairly strong stout that is big bodied but stops just short of being ’Imperial.’