Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is so bloody hot, yet I desire multiple oatmeal stouts! Glad I tried this one. Well done from a pitch black oil pour to the bittersweet odor of coffee and chocolate. Nice sweet maltiness on the tomgue. Semi-sweet Chocolate finish.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
In the immortal words of Sesame Street, "One of these kids is not like the other, one of thes kids is not the same."
I thoroughly did not enjoy this beer. It had a great deep dark color and rich caramel-colored head, but that was as good as it got. Each sip conveyed strong coffee overtones and each one tasted as if the coffee beans were badly burnt... by the surface of the sun. For an oatmeal stout and a sweet stout, I was expecting some subtle hints of sweetness. The ’subtle hints’, however, turned out to be sour punches of bitterness that lingered to an aftertaste as refreshing as an ashtray. A slightly bitter ashtray.
On a final note, the previous reviewer described this beer’s "tapestry of flavor", and I can entirely relate because it certainly tasted no better than an area rug that hasn’t been vacuumed in a while.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Jet black in appearance with a brown head that unfortunately collapses quite quickly. Malt sugar sweetened black malt and nutty oats dominate the aroma with just a hint of ale yeast fruit. There is also an incredible, sweetened, carmelized milk aroma as well. WOW, what a tapestry of flavor. The aroma only hinted at what I found on the palate. All aroma components are in the flavor with a body that is solid (but not overdone), grainy, and silky from the oats. This, and just the right bitterness, allows for drinkability and balance. I think this is almost perfect.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black, small light tan head. Some roastiness, with a mellow bittersweet chocolate tone in the aroma. Rich mellow roast malt flavors with tinges of cocoa. Some nuttiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black, foamy beige head, very nice lacing. Roasted malt nose, dry grainy/straw, very light cocoa. Apple skin, cocoa, slight coffee, roasted malt, a bit astringent and sour on the tongue. Moderate body and mouthfeel, not as full or thick as I would have thought. Semi-sweet cocoa like finish, but with an odd astringent bitterness. Decent, but just has a weird flavor about it that I cant pinpoint. A bit too Oyster Stoutish maybe? Something seems too fishy... stick with Loast Coast 8 Ball.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with nice sized tan/light brown head, which is mostly maintained. Aroma of chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt, oatmeal. Thin and slick mouthfeel. Not terribly complex but pretty good nonetheless.
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown boardering black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate and sweet roasted malts. Heavy roasted malt taste with a sweet and creamy finish.
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, milky, sweet roasted malts, and a slight alcohol scent. Flavor is sweet, milky, chocolately, almost like a chocolate milkshake with a dark chocolate bitter finish, slightlly dry. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Pure black color with thin fast fading chocolate brown head. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Flavor: lightly sweet, some chocolate, nutty, lightly bitter, light dry finish. Light creamy palate.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUL 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, jet black w/ a small brown head. aroma of roasted barley and chocolate. creamy mouthfeel, a solid oatmeal stout.