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RATINGS: 2064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, our founders brewed beer at home and dreamed of building a brewery one day. Back then, they brewed the beers they wanted to drink—bold and full of flavor. Stouts had always been a favorite, so when we needed a big and rich beer to test out the brewing system at our fledgling brewery, stout was the obvious choice. Thirty years later, not much has changed. We’re still brewing the beers we want to drink and our classic Stout is the same as it’s ever been—big, rich, bold, black as night and filled with the wild-eyed passion of which dreams are made.
Yeast: Ale yeast
Bittering Hops: Bravo
Finishing Hops: Cascade, Yakima Golding
Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Caramel, Carafa, Black, Chocolate & Roasted Barley

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4.4
JDiddle77 (12) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
A full-bodied, incredibly dark beer. Smooth and stout come together remarkably well in this brew. Perhaps the perfect sipping beer.

3.6
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Pitch black color with a thick beige head. Appealing aroma of hops and roasted malt, it feels slightly lactic too. Very rich flavor of roasted malt with hops, again some lactic elements are noted, the finish is bitter. The palate is medium and dry, the carbonation level is low. This stout is well made, the hops give it a different dimension for a stout, it makes for a nice change.

3.6
Shag (3059) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Oddly enough I was never able to find this beer until recently. A black appearance with a tan head. A hoppy and dry flavor with the usual roasted malt, coffee, and chocoalte flavors showing up. A somewhat bitter finish is there. Pretty good beer.

3.6
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Black color, small head. Chocolate in the aroma and taste. Full body, fills the mouth nicely. Smooth finish with no aftertaste.

3.6
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Smells of roasted chocolate, there is also something smoky and woody about it as well. It is nice but hard to smell. Pours a nice dark brown/black with a small thin head. The taste is much more like coffee and is hoppy. It leaves that strange coffee aftertaste in my mouth as well. It is very smooth and creamy and goes down quite nice. The smell could have been better but I enjoyed this quite a bit.

3
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Poured almost black out of the bottle. Nice off-white head consisting of multi-sized bubbles (some very fine, some large) although it didn’t last long. Good lacing, though. Aroma is very muted consisting of burnt coffee, molasses and malt. There doesn’t seem to be enough flavor, but what’s there tastes of burnt coffee, molasses and malt. It is smooth like many stouts, but it also has a stinging carbonated character to it that is somewhat unappealing. Not my favorite stout by a long shot.

3.9
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
Near black color with a nice tanned head. The aroma is roasty with notes of coffee and sweetness, while the taste is a nice mix of the roasty malts, tasty hops and a good touch of sweetness. A smooth and very drinkable stout

3.3
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown w/ large tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles. light malt and chcolate nose. Taste is dry and chocolaty with some malt here and there.

3.5
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle. Started well - oily, dark ruby-brown pour, spare light brown head. Probably between a 3 and a 4 for appearance, but let’s call it 4 because it’s a stout. Aroma was very strong of bitter dark chocolate - way over-roasted malts - and hops, blackberry, pine nuts, a bit of straw. Flavour was initially quite creamy, dark chocolate, some roasted nuttiness, bitterness takes over quickly. Had a lightish metallic, oily moutfeel, a little harsh - hops not blended well. Overall not bad but there are better, and this stout needs to be fuller-bodied, IMO.

3.6
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 This was by no means meant to be entered at this time, but for # 700 and a stoutie, will gladly take it. Poured dark brown/black with a creamy tan head. Ah, the aroma was typical stout, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee. The taste is lucious stout. Love it. This has been a daily drinker for me, but finally got off my lazy butt and emptied an old notebook.


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