Served in a beer tulip the dense black pour whips up a one and a half cm tan head that steadily shrinks down to a firm layer of foam which laces quite well. Good head retention. The nose is rich and roasted with a mild woody scent to it. Undertones of ripened blackberries, dark fruits and faint hints of chocolate and molasses make up this slightly standard but enjoyable aroma. Maybe a touch of chipotle and coffee comes through once it warms. The mouth feel is quite full and creamy with low carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Upfront we get a nice dose of rich, roasted malts with a bitter espresso bite cutting through. Hints of dark chocolate through the mid are followed by a toasty finish with lengthy bitterness on the back end. The 5.8% ABV is spot on, very well buried amongst the array of dark, roasted flavours. It’s a traditional style stout that is quite approachable. As most of the Sierra Nevada core range of beers are this is also a good entry level beer. Not bad at all.