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
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brilliantly clear with a 2-inch tan head which settles to 1/8 inch. The color is dark mahogany with a hint of red. The nose suggests coffee, wood, malt, and bread. The body is surprisingly light. Modest carbonation. The palate suggests toast, coffee, nuts, roasted malt, and earthiness. Decent lingering. Some Belgian lace does form. Thirst quenching, not moreish. The ABV is not noticeable. Very pleasant.
badinplaid (106) - USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good...nice head....had pleasure of enjoying pint with Ken Grossman on the evening he unveiled the Ken and Jack’s Barleywine.
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brown hue with a small fading head that laces the glass as it goes down. Metallic, malt, and roasted nuts aroma. Notes of light cocoa, chocolate, a touch of bittering hops, and roasted nuts.
k9coug (102) - USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
They advertise the freshness of the malts, and I get this. I thought it tasted "fresh" as my first impression. Beutiful color. Seemed to have taste separation. I drank from the bottle and the last swallow seemed alcoholic.
iNBe (100) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
After a string of bad luck with different brown ales I decided to try this one. Got the big boy and was not disappointed. Sierra Nevada puts out some good stuff.
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours brown with a minimal white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel with similar flavor with a hint of chocolate. The finish is bittersweet.
Sumonation (94) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Visual: Pours a dark amber with a pearly tan head.
Aroma: Malty with a hint of caramel.
Taste: Predominately malty flavors: dark and caramel, mildly hopped ale.
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GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love beer from Sierra Nevada but this one did not impress me. The aroma was somewhat nutty with hints of malts and barely, while the taste was a little bitter and somewhat boring. An o.k. drink, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice deep caramel look with a slightly smokey taste - thankfully not nutty just features the malt