BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh, this is a good stout. Very thick with a nice mouthfeel. I taste lots of licorice in it. Not too sweet, but just right. An excellent stout.
Silphium (2976) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tasty concoction sure to delight fans of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. This one is richer, with a strong, pleasant, sweet flavor. Pours with a nice brown head, and an enticing aroma. Even though this one is a stout, it reminds me of a malty (slightly hopped) barleywine instead of a stout. The sweetness overrides any smoked flavors that may be present. A good beer, and superior to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, in my opinion.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, rich thick pour; head is large, medium-brown, fizzy and quick-dying. Big, beautiful sweet chocolaty nose, good medium-sweet chocolate/oaty flavor with a powerful robust finish. I happen to like my oatmeals sweeter, not sure if this is the right balance for me, but its very well made and enjoyable. Can't believe its taken me this long to get to this brewer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely dark reddish color when held up to the light. Big head with a dark chocolate color. Aroma is malty, chocolately, sweet with a hint of hops. Flavor is chocolatey, smokey, sweet, with a hint of the oats that makes this an oatmeal stout. Overall a very nice stout.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep black, with a thick dark tan head, quickly receeding to leave pretty srong lace. Aroma is lightly chocolate, some roasted malt (coffee, a little caramel), and some decent floral hops tacked on for good measure. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, some caramel, in the middle some roasted coffee, and ends with a good hoppiness. Body is medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Maybe more hops that I expect from a stout, but being a hophead, I welcome them.
jsquire (3000) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy brown head on top of a black beer with a sweet, roasted grain nose. Very creamy mouthfeel with a buttery caramel sweetness on top of a nice, bitter coffee finish.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was very surprised by this one. Silky black body underneath a thick creamy head set up the visual appeal while the robust chocolate and espresso malts provide a big sweet wonderful flavor. Very nice balance between the sweet malt and the bitter finish - cloying mouthfeel sticks around long after you've taken a sip leaving a very nice flavor on the palate. Yum.
Pencom (18) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad oatmeal stout,however, the bitter after taste, and thin body puts me off a bit. Too many bitter hops in this one to give a top score.
Nuffield (3362) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 A good all-arounder in the world of stouts, but I was let down by what to me was a slightly light/thin body. Good flavor profile, with a chocolate/burnt bitterness, although there is that typical West Coast hop edge that makes this kind of beer a little bit suspect. Drier than I expected. The head this produces is decent, but not creamy, and it fully dissipates. Good oil black color. An honors graduate, to be sure, but among too many good students in its class to be the valedictorian.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with red around the edges, dark tan head. Bitter chocolately with a creamy mouthfeel.