donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
my favorite sierra nevada as of yet, not as smooth as other stouts because of the crispness. the deep hoppy nutty flavor is still present. similar to the porter, just a bit darker and more flavorful. ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
To me this smells similar to their porter, but roastier. Opaque with a nice creamy head. Enveloping roastiness with a lingering finish. Good hop presence, and well balanced. Sierra Nevada seems to make really balanced beers that aren’t boring. Good stuff. MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Sampled in (more than one) well-chilled 12-oz. bottles. This brew struck me more like a porter than a stout (I’d really like to A-B it against Sierra Nevada’s Porter); i.e., a little lighter, milder and more carbonated than I’d imagined it might be. Nevertheless, the overall experience was wonderful; and I look forward to picking it up again as Winter descends upon the Northeast. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2004
very nice. chocolate, carmel, roasty character. extremely smooth. yum
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
To me this smells similar to their porter, but roastier. Opaque with a nice creamy head. Enveloping roastiness with a lingering finish. Good hop presence, and well balanced. Sierra Nevada seems to make really balanced beers that aren’t boring. Good stuff.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle pours fairly black, dark brown highlights, medium off-white frothy head, with fairly sticky lacing. Coffee, roasted malts, and a nice hop aroma on the nose. Nice roasty malted goodness on the tongue. Fairly simple, but fairly tasty. Medium body and mouthfeel. Slight sourness on the finish. A bit above a dry stout. Slightly dry, roasted malts, and mild hop bitterness on the finish. Decent. Thanks goes out to Indianabananafofannamemeimonana_Red for sharing! IndianaRed (4633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a nice brown black with a medium tan head and substantial lacing. Aroma is much like a dry stour. A bit sour and biting. Flavor makes me think even more dry stout. Dry sour and a bit too harsh. Lacking a little of that sweet dark maltiness. Quite smokey and of old campfires. Very dry and somewhat chalky. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle: Malty coffee and chocolate with some light bitterness. Pours a dark brown, virtually black with a tan head with fair retention. Nice combination of chocolate and coffee. Rather malty and lightly sweet. Decent bitter finish. More malty than most stouts. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Bottle poured black with a good thick chocolate head and fair lacing. Small roasty sweet aroma.
Nice medium body with great taste, earthy woody campfire flavor, malty with just a bit of bitter .
Flavor stays on the palate a long time and the head on this one lasted!!
Good stout! PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark deep brown, deep reddish highlights when held to the light. Aroma is the usual roasted barley, sight sour tang, soyish, and overall rich in the aroma department. Flavors are earthy roast, some yeast elements( I like), more bitter and harsh, than smooth on the palate, but still very delicious. High/medium drinability. Body medium/thick. Enjoyed the hop presence in this beer, gave it some good depth. Another good offering from SN.