Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger white head that left decent lacing. The nose is dark malts, roasted nuts and light chocolate. The taste is very similar with some spicy hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Tasty session brew.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby red with a small beige head. Aromas of coffee beans, cocoa, roasty malt, and cream. Flavor is deep roasted cocoa, caramel, light coffee, and raisin. Low/medium carbonation and creamy. Nice beer for a cool evening.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Mildly bitter, roasty character in the nose. Chocolate and wheat, very dry. A big spot of carbonic acid up front in the mouth, followed by caramel, paper, earth. Solid execution.
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Dark, clear, red-amber with good, foamy, tan head / Light nose of caramel and dry hops / Light to medium body, weak malts, with fair finish / Weak flavors of coca cola, nuts, toast, and dry hops / A surprisingly mediocre effort from SN.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper liquid without a head. Quiet malty roast scent. A pleasant soft brown. A little nutty. Some soft caramel notes. Kind of thin and quiet.
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Translucent dark brown, a hint of red. Nice, thick beige head. Mellow nutty malt aroma. Creamy and rich, some light smokiness, with a solid hop balance. Soft and sessionable in some respects, but enough depth to sip on and enjoy. Very fresh mouthfeel, with a sticky sweet smoky chocolate finish. Doughy, medium bodied. Excellent beer.
Nik925 (786) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown - crisp white head. Quality you expect from SN, yet nothing really special. Aroma is unique but neither good nor bad. Will give them credit for nicely hopping a brown ale. Seems very hoppy for style, which is great in my book. SN always delivers, so Iím happy to be drinking this, but overall, meh.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown ale. Dark amber appearance and a caramel aroma. Beer is smooth drinking in a malty caramel beer with a mild spice for balance.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Warry of the brown ales, I gave this one a shot. I like Sierra Nevada. They did not disappoint. Dark, cola pour with the allowance of some light, giving it a nice red-orange hue. Big fluffy head and ample lacing. Nose was sweet, smooth. Very malty with hints of roasted malts, some barely, wheat, and brown sugar. Taste was porter-like, with an excellent balance of malts, slightly charred, toffee, some coca, and a fair bitterness to it. Other hints are vanilla and a slightly herbal quality at the end. Was really good and even if the weather is shit outside, this brew was excellent inside. Iíve been turned off of brown ales for ages, but if they come like this, Iíll go for them again. Thanks Sierra Nevada for changing my opinion.
travita (4828) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brownish in color, clear, off white foamy head. The smell is nutty, malts, slight chocolate, and slight sweetness. The taste is malts, chocolate, nuts, and slight fruits. Easy drinking.