r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 A nice stout. Not creamy, but punchy and smooth. A little coffee in there, but not strongly so. A nice bitterness. Dark with a mild coffee aroma. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2003
Bottle. Yummy - this is a very smooth and tasty little brew. Soft as an eiderdown quilt and twice as delicious. The mouthfeel is awesome - it fills every tooth and cavity, and each part tastes different to the rest resulting in a rollercoaster ride of flavours. Aroma is mildly stouty with some cappacino, fudge and vanilla. The taste is neither too sweet nor too bitter, but perfectly balanced between with elements of both. Not heavy, not extreme, just a perfectly balanced and flavoursome stout with a reasonable strength. Delightful. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Nice tasting stout. My favorite style. Rich flavor, I like this one a lot. I’ll have another. Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 I grew up within 50 miles of this brewery and have been drinking their beers for many years. It’s nice to see their distribution has increased just in time for me to move away. This is what I would consider my session stout. I feel this beer is underrated as well, possibly because most stout drinkers don’t like the hop bitterness this beer has. I prefer to refer to it as an extremely dark and roasted APA. All I can say is SN, as you get bigger, please don’t let the quality slip. I can see signs of that, but I hope it is just a phase. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Black with red-amber edges. Aroma of anise, sour coffee, and some char. Chocolatey notes appear in the flavor along with coffee and smokiness again. Plus there's a nice dose of those hops that SN has lying around. I love the combination of sourness and bitterness that this beer provides. Rich medium to full bodied but very easy going down. SN has several great beers with nice, wide distribution and that makes me happy. A less modest brewer might call this a porter. Regardless, I still think that this beer is exceptional and underrated.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC from Cairo. Dark colour - opaque. Slightly tangy scent, with hint of molassis. Taste is slightly on the bitter side, and slightly thin. roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
I only realize that this is a twist-off after I pop the top. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown to black liquid that light can not penetrate with generous off-white head that collapses but lingers. Aroma is of hops and pine needles - just how I remember SNPA. Flavor is a disgustingly brutal hop and pine needle - much like SNPA. Unenjoyable enough to be a drainpour. Smells and tastes terrible. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Black with a dark tan head. Dry, but also a little sweet. Mild coffee and just a touch of chocolate flavor. Dry, flinty, hoppy finish. Nice and full flavored. carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Pours opaque, with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toffee. Taste is similar, but has a lively hoppy flavor as well. To me, more exciting than a guinness, but I love hops (even in a stout). Among my overall favorites, although I haven't yet had many in the stout category. I LOVE this one though. Re-rated 9/17/03; After drinking several more of these, this stout isn't as good as I thought with respect to the mixing of hoppiness and roastiness. Still very decent, but true stout drinkers might find it to be a confusing beer that mixes in too many ale qualities. adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Not very big, but definitely has a strong roasted flavor. Lots of hops & adequate malt. Not a bad beer & but not my favorite stout.