JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a frothy, lightly diminished tan head. Roasted malt aromas with a backdrop of mild green hops, or perhaps green coffee. HInts of caramel and pale malts, and oats as well. Big thick rich feel. This is a stout feel for me. not sticky and lip smacking, but lush and lightly oily, with just a few tiny bubbles to keep it active in the mouth. Just looked at the ABV, much stronger than I expected. I was thinking session, but this would be a dangerous sit-down quaff. Light roasted flavors, with a little malt, a little coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Hints of licorice in the finish and linger. Dangerously drinkable. A touch more depth in flavor and this would be killer.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, it is big, slick, and a stout. Full on coffee with light cocoa and a smack of ham. The sweet meat taste is odd, and is the sweetness gets a little cloying with the thickness.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Far and away the best of the 11 AA beers sampled at the brewpub. Black, rich, and decadent describe this oatmeal stout to a T. Silky smooth mouthfeel, roasted cocoa, some caramel. I loved it.
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz (?) happy hour mug at the Come Back In in Madison. Deep brown body. Sweet, sticky rich chocolate and toasted grain flavor, with soem coffee and toffee notes, mildly sweet. Very good, you sense that instantly, but there’s something homebrewish about it. Some plum fruit flavor, some black cherries as well, the kind of fruit notes you find in imperial stout, but here in something more medium strength. A good stout.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours a nice rich black color with a dese dark tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, chocolate, some coffee notes. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, coffee. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finishes with a blast of roasty bitterness. Good, but not great.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a dense, frothy brown head that leaves a nice web of lace behind. Aroma of sweet dark caramel, chocolate and roasty coffee. Starts with a dense, fairly-full body with nice earthy sweet dark caramel and molten chocolate flavor toward a thick, lingering roasty finish. A very nice oatmeal stout.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black, wispy tan head, lots of lace,
big sweet roasted malt aroma,
rich dark chocolate and roasted flavor, touch of sweetness, nice oily oatmeal character, light bitterness in the finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The other growler from Skyview for the night. Black color with a thick head. Very sweet malt aroma with some oats. Toasted malt taste mixed up with chocolate and a slightly bitter roasted malt. Well balanced and tasty, though not as sweet as I’d expect.
JK (4352) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Skyview. One of the better sweet stouts to be found. Aroma has toasted grain, including oatmeal, some burned popcorn. Flavor is on the sweet side, a little sugar, and a hint of coffee. The palate is best quality, the beer is fairly thick and very smooth.
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opqaue dark brown brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissolves and has good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark berries, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, oatmeal and some roasted coffee. Finish has a mild bitterness, toasted malt with a terrific chocolate cake flavor. Quite the dessert brew.