Ratman197 (9440) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler poured an opaque black with a small diminishing brown head. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate. Palate wasmedium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of smoke with a smooth finish.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at the very comfortable and lively downtown salida brewery. this blandly named stout pours a beautiful glossy obsidian--like silky sable tresses of navaho hair. the brief head is the tan of baked eggplant . not much aroma: old wooden floors, peat, toasted oats. thirst compels me to leave it at that and begin earnest guzzling: it delivers a very grainy toasted bread-end sweetness, with brisk carbonation, and a barely medium-bodied flavor with a watery feel. no flavor components have the boldness to emerge as distinct: dark malts hint at coffee without actually saying it, they grumble something about smokiness-- but become evasive when questioned about it, a rumor of oily molasses and oats equivocates under cross-examination. bitterness makes some noise, but it too remains safely moderate. overall "oatie" is pleasant, but about as exciting and engaging as office small talk.