illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Decaturstevo at the Nashville Tasting. Pours black with a nice brown head. Faint aroma of dark roast with hints of vanilla. Initial flavor of purple grapes, that transitions to flavors of oats, nuts, and dark dry roasted malts. Perhaps a tad thin on the palate. Mild bitter finish
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer pours a deep black with light ruby tints. head is short-lived but leaves lots of tan lace. nose is smooth and chocolatey and rich. flavor is rich and roasty and very smooth - really well blended elements. good hop flavor in the aftertaste. a really good stout - very drinkable with a good level of roast.
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Potent chocolate nose with lots of roasted malt and some dry grit to go with the oaten vanilla. Darker pour than your avg sweet stout, near-opaque black-ruby with a lusciously creamy and rocky dark brown head. Body’s watery, but the dry roast taste remains strong. Salty taste, reminds somewhat of Dutch licorice, and some burned notes. Only a restrained tanginess in the otherwise dry and slightly gritty finish. I was expecting a little more sweetness, a little more oatiness, but am still pretty happy with the product.
gallagwar (30) - USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic outmeal stout. Very thick. Dark brown head. An excellent experience from my first Anderson Valley Beer.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark black color. Taste is sweet and almost creamy. Not sure if this is too sweet but has a distinct taste of oats and roasted malt.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probally my favorite oatmeal stout. It pours black with a light tan head. It has a nice roasted finish and sweet and creamy up front. Good beer, I’ve tried a couple of Anderson Valley beers and they all have been pretty good.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour with a nice head. Aroma of wheat, oat and roastedness. Roasted flavour with notes of chocolate and some fruitness.
matthewpet (28) - USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle... great frothy head with solid retention. Not very aromatic, but decent roasted malt flavor on the front end. Not a real malty sweet balance for an oatmeal, but a decent stout.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Near black with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. chocolate and caramel inthe aroma. Taste is chocolate and caramel, smooth but somewhat thin body for the style, with a roasty lightly bitter and astrigent finish.
Hollywoodt (240) - 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.