Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown with minimal tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, with a hint of caramel and coffee. The taste was mostly the malt, with some bitter at the end. Too bad... the aroma had me convinced this was going to be fantastic. It was OK, but nothing special.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blind tasting. Black w/ decent head. A little vanilla in the taste with some slight chocolate and coffee. Nothing overwhelming.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to shigadayo for the trade on this one. Acrid smell with metallic nose. Pours black with little tan head. I taste the malt with a middle of coffee and finishes with a sweet taste. Not a bad beer to have on a cold winter night.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black/brown pour with a small tan head that fades quickly. very slight aroma, what is there is malt, but still slight. Nice roasted malt flavor, highlights of bitterness through out. quick clean finish for a stout. not too shabby.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - Pour is black with no highlights.. and a brown head..Nose is roasted malts with grains and oats.. Flavor is malty up front with coffee and chocolate hints.. finishes with a moderate hop/roasty bitterness.. My first Anderson Valley.. nice.. i heard the Solstice is great!!
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty good attempt at an oatmeal stout but it falls short on my levels. Theres little malt flavor it’s missing something.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, small tan head. Nose is of roasted malts and chocolate. Full bodied, sweet up front flavor with the roasted finish. Not bad.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 OZ bottle via HOPSCOTcH (thanks!).Pours black with a small tan head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, lactose, oats and a bit of roastiness. Taste is mostly roasted chocolate and oats with some mild hops in the finish. Over carbonated. An ok oatmeal stout.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled. One of the stouts in blind tasting. Pours an opaque black with a thin off-white head. Aroma of coffee and smoke. Med-light body and light carbonation. Some roasty malt and coffee in the taste. Dry finish with a bit more coffee. OK, but hard to get excited about this one.
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a light tan head. Smells a little sour and funky; possibly a bad bottle and I’ll definitely re-rate given the opportunity. Thin, watery body; not much happening there--light carb. A little foot and some sour funk on the palate as well; some subdued chocolate and roast are there. Dry finish; nearly vacant.