slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Tap @ Sierra Taphouse. Dark body, brown with Ruby, black in the glass, opaque, taupe head, creamy texture. Lots of vanilla, buttery, dark fruits, warmly alcoholic like a fine brandy, very rich and awesomely quaffable. Fullish body, creamy carbonation for a soft and velvety palate, balanced wet/dry, a touch sticky. Flavor is lightly sweet front, balanced middle with woody hops, alcoholic warmth finishing with pine/grapefruit rind and undertones of Bourbon and vanilla.
this was the runaway winner at the local Sierra Nevada 30th AV Celebration. It outclasses all 4 in the AV line, as well as many other SN beers, and for my taste, pushes the Old Ale as THE best Sierra Nevada beer ever made. Hmmm...I wonder if Dogfish will bottle or tinker with this beer. Anyway, the barreling covered up a lot of the birch syrup aspect of the other beer, but left some sweetness and roasty malts and a touch of hops. it smells boozy...tastes so a little too, but is not hot. super flavor, and very smooth. i got a growler of this chillin in the fridge too!!! the LAST growler!" skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
I’m currently rating every SN brew I’ve ever had in one clean sweep.
I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks! maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/22/2011. Dark black body with a small creamt tan head. Sweet yeasty, roast, chocolate, and caramel aroma. Sweet vanilla, oak, caramel, yeast and light roast flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/9/4/16 4.1
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Dark black body thin tan head. Sweet oak and roast caramel and fruit aroma. Big bourbon oak and fruit flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.0 bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Draught at Mugs Split Thy Skull. Dark amber with thick legs. aroma is lighter than i would expect...honey, pecans, grapefruit, lightly toasted cereal. Flavor is more bourbon sweetness, spice wood, lightly bitter end. Texture is lightly gritty medium bodied surprisingly clean end. Quite nice. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Strong Ale 2012. Mahogany colored pour with a khaki head. Decent amount of oak, some dark fruit, hints of vanilla, and some molasses. A bit of pecan, syrup, toast, and a hint of roast. The flavor is kind of bland and very woody. A bit of vanilla and fruit, but lots of molasses, toasted malt, and a hint of roast. Mild pecan, syrup, and charred wood.
jbardin (169) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2012
On tap at churchkey. aroma is bourbon bourbon bourbon. Flavor is great, rich, stout and American strong at once. This is a special beer.
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Tap at CK thanks to argo0. Pours clear ruby with weak head formation. Nose is mega rich bourbon, buttery, toasted coconut, spicy orange peel. Really on the mark. Taste is rich and silky, no wood tannins, toasted coconut and buttercream. Mega rich. Could pass for boss bottle of Firestone Walker Abacus/Sucaba. Very good. About as good as ASA’s get. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft. Opaque black body with minimal beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some caramel, light vanilla, sour mash. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some Bourbon, light sour. Sticky full body. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Churchkey for the tap takeover. Black as the night itself. A thin beige ring surrounds it all. Popcorn butter and toffee with lots of sweet caramel and saltwater taffe. Chocolate and caramel in the finish. Thick rich palate with low carbonation. Yummy but flawed. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
On draft at Lord Hobo’s for EBF weekend. Another one that I had to take multiple sips from friends to gauge. Something seemed off here. Not a lot of woody character or roastyness. Perhaps the bar keep poured the wrong beer, it’s possible.