obguthr (5578) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Weak wood and berry nose. Clear cola, thin head, good lace. Berry and twig flavor. Alcohol noticeable. Eh, not all that great.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber-brown color with some caramel highlights a thick, rocky beige head that slowly receded to a frothy layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, nuts, and a little burnt grain. Smooth, sweet entry with some caramel and chocolate leads into a moderately roasty middle that is met with a lightly bitter, dry hoppiness that quickly fades giving way to some light hints of roast and chocolate that linger into the finish. Low carbonation and somewhat thin mouth feel. Overall, this is a decent beer that starts pretty promising and then misses a little bit. A little more hopping would help offset the sweetness, and the palate was a little lacking considering the relatively heavy flavors.
fluffy (2332) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
im leery of most of sierra nevada’s products as im not a hophead, but this one was very well done. aroma is a little nutty, pours with a thick head and big effervescent bubbles. flavor is smooth maltiness without being cloying or sweet, with a nice balanced nuttiness and darker grains. very well done.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SL. The pour was amber to brown, off-white colored head. The aroma was caramel, chocolate and roast. The flavor followed, ashy and smoky roast factor fairly prominent, finishing with an assertive hop presence. Body was moderate to full for a brown ale, although it did have a dry element from the hops and carbonation that kept it fairly drinkable.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Brown body. Pleasant and surprisingly forward aroma of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, a little char and floral hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Thin to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. Easy to drink and much more interesting and drinkable than 95% of the brown ales I’ve tried. The only off-putting characteristic was a slight perfumey taste from the floral hops, a flavor that didn’t mesh with the almost stout-like roastiness. Otherwise, an OK. pleasant beer.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with a tan head. Aroma of gazelnuts with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts with a dash of hops. Malty body that’s slightly dry with a bitter finish.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber body with a strong beige head. Nutty malt flavors, some toffee and a very dry coffee finish. Pretty good stuff.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a nice dark amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is malty with notes of toasted biscuit, nut, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor is malty with roasted malt and biscuit, followed by a hint of caramel. Hops are present, but not overwhelming. Overall a great brown for any Fall day.
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an attractive dark with a pale soapy head. The aroma is nutty and chocolate with a sense of alcohol. A nice nutty flavor accompanies some slight bitter hops. The finish is a touch dry.
dekester1 (353) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a solid brown with a medium head that quickly faded to lace. Aroma was of slightly sweet malts and hops. Taste was similar with hops pervading throughout. Mouth feel was decent but nothing spectacular. Overall, this was decent, but like other brews from Sierra, the hops totally dominate. It’s kind of like, I’ll take a little malt with my hops.