Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg
Aroma: Thereís lots of malt in this one with notes of a nondescript nuttiness, a good dose of dark caramel, and a subtle hint of chocolate. It strikes me as freshly roasted. There is also a hint of herbal hops.
Appearance: It pours a clear lighter brown color with a large foamy light tan head. It has good head retention and leaves spotty lacing behind.
Taste: In true Sierra fashion, even a brown ale gets a good hopping. The malt has a nice toasted flavor bringing in notes of caramel, nuts, and chocolate. I didnít get any smokiness per se, but more of a sense of earthiness. Speaking of earthy, the bitterness of the hops add a nice foil to the malt without being overbearing. The components of this brew play well together.
Palate: Light to medium in body (leaning perhaps a bit more towards medium) with an average level of carbonation that is a bit on the softer side. The finish is a nice mix of the caramel, chocolate, and herbal hops. It lasts a medium length and does a nice job of making want more.
Overall: This brew really appeals to me and makes a great early to mid fall brew. Lighter in the way a Vienna or Marzen is compared to heavier winter brews, but with more substance and body than all those refreshing summer beers. This one may be my go to football beer this year. Definitely worth getting a sixer of and sharing with some friends.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, chocolate, and roasted nuts. It pours transparent copper with a large creamy off-white head with good retention. The flavor starts with caramel and faint chocolate. The finish has light-moderate roasted nuts with light floral notes and just a hint of citrus. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
EithCubes (4568) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dusty roast, sweet malt character there but thereís a nutty smoked character, too. Beautiful dark amber-mahogany body with a rich rocky tan head. Taste heavy on the smoke, sweet crystal and lighter chocolate for balance, has some nice depth of malt complexity here, really a lot going on from relatively few components. Low, rounding bitterness and a touch of sour tang. Medium body is thickly malty with a little bit of chest warming despite the low alcohol presence. Pine, nuts, earth, caramel, tobacco, light toffee. Light citric hops coming through late; they really crackle. Heard good things about this one, happy to see they are all true - this is an excellent seasonal.
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BOTTLE from T.J.s Thin body, fizzy carbonation, malt sweetess with a somewhat ash-like taste in the roast. Minimal and slightly odd aftertaste.
Drinkable, but surprisingly forgettable; esp. for a Sierra Nevada brew..BUY AGAIN? No
neepsntatties (1092) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saw this recently at the store and decided to give it a whirl. Colour... very dark brown with a thin wisp of head. Nose... nicely roasty with hints of caramel. Palate... frothy, bittersweet, roasted malt, caramel and toffee. One of the better U.S made autumnal beers Iíve had.
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour, thin fizzy light tan head. Malty, light chocolate, nuts, and herbal hops. Drinkable, but overall not very interesting.
strap (371) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a nice brown color. very malty with lots of flavors coming through. a great autumn beer...canít wait for all the great fall brews, probably my favorite beer drinking season.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brownish red pour from bottle with small white head. Aroma is coffee and emergency room waiting area. Taste is coffee, sugar, cocoa and nuts. Lightly bitter, slightly funky finish. Decent, but not SNís best work.
tastybeer (1572) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours brown with an off-white head. Flavor is malt sweetness with light floral hops. Meh.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin white head, clear deep brown body, nutty brown sugar sweet malt nose, flavor is initially malty sweetness and then the bitter dry finish with some mild roast and big mouthfeel just finishes it right up. Is it just me, or has Sierra Nevada really stepped up their game in terms of new beers in the recent history?