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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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3.7
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Bottled on 9-3-04(4247)Nice roasty choco-coffe,tease of sweet Fresh Hops! Black/ruby brown,nice almost brown head,good lace.Enjoyable flavor,some good bitterness,roasted almost burnt.Medium mouthfeel,tingly.Good. The super tingly palate might distract at times though.

3.6
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
A good stout that falls a bit short in comparison to Victory and Sam Smiths. However, pours very dark with a tan head. Impressive. More coffee-like than chocolate, and a little too bitter for my tastes. Not as rich as advertised!

3.6
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Nice, very dark color with a bit of head. Smelled of hops more than anything, but not in an overly hoppy way, if that makes sense. Some light malts and chocolate in the nose as well. As for the taste, bitter taste that turned more sourish as it warmed, though, again, not in a bad way. Quite light on the palate, hints of chocolate and bitter coffee coming through with a light sweetness as well. The finish was remarkably clean. An interesting stout, to say the least.

4
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Dark black cola-like color and makes a nice foamy tan head. Aroma is loaded with rich roasted malts. Flavor is spicy, roasted and chocolatey. Palate is medium bodied and nicely balanced. Good stuff, highly enjoyable.

3.7
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Chocolate, coffee, and great smelling, but bittah. Which isn’t a bad thing. But definitely bitter.

3.5
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2004
A decent stout, a little too carbonated for my taste, but not over the top. Makes a great argument for session stouts, some nice choclate and coffee flavors are present, with a nice hoppy bite in their as well.

4.3
Mephistefales (47) - USA - OCT 1, 2004
Mmmm... roasty. A very smooth stout with pleanty of body. Nice coffee presence.

3.7
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Chocolate, espresso, and cigar aroma. Heavy chocolate taste to it. Pretty filling and nice. Decent stout.

4
ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle: Dark brown-black, small beige head. Aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter, heavy malty and hoppy distinct stout characteristics.

2.9
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2004
(bottle) black is black...i want my baby back....aroma like hazelnut coffee... a toasty hop flavor, but nothing spectacular. i don’t find this very drinkable or very exciting in any way. i won’t be getting this again, but i was still able to drink it down.


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