mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle- Pours dark black with a caramel head, word. Malts dammit! it’s potent, chocolate, oatmeal brown suga, this smells prime. light hops followed by smooth roasty oats. YES! it doesn’t smell or taste like soy sauce. that is a requirement for any good stout..
zach8270 (3358) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark black with slight traces of red near the edges and a very quickly disappearing tan head. Rich malty nose with a slight roasted espresso hint. Has a roasted malt taste at the beginning that gives way to a slightly burnt and smoky bitter finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. MarkR comes through with another beauty.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap: Opaque black. Tan head, nose of malt and some burnt toast. Flavor profile starts very malty and turns slightly burnt toast bitter during the after taste, which I think is rather unusual for the style, lots of roast. Very creamy, especially on tap.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, thick, cocoa brown head, and a color as black as the night. Aromas of chocolate, and espresso. Texture and mouthfeel are ideal for this style, one of my favorites: luscious, rich, and wonderfully roasty! Dark and bitter finish, but alive with hoppiness. Excellent balance, smooth and tasty, absolutely delicious. Beautiful and rewarding finish that goes on and on... This one is my #3 American oatmeal stout, behind Rogue and Bell's. Good job, AV!
MikeInOhio (3) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This creamy aromatic full bodied stout is delicious. Recommend this on a cold wintery day. Suitable for substituting for some warm oatmeal. Great warm finish and oatmeal following. Tops.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours super dark, with a medium tan head. Aromas of roasty malt, coffee, and slight prunes. Finishes smooth, slightly sweet, with a creamy, roasty maltiness, and some port and cognac at the finish. Somewhat light in mouthfeel. A great oatmeal stout.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is well... stout with a decent tan head, pleasant sweet coffee/cocoa aroma. Seems on the sweet side but has a satisfying, well rounded balance and mouthfeel. One of the better stouts that I've enjoyed lately, will definitely pick up some more of this stuff.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - big, sweet chocolate aroma. Nice, standard stout appearance. Black body and a darkish head that quickly dissipated. Nice oatey (is that a word?) flavor and plenty of the chocolate hinted at by the aroma - particularly after it warmed some. Very nice!
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep, dark black/brown color, brown, creamy head - very nice, roasted malt aroma with a definite coffee presence – like coffee ice cream, very light sweet mocha aromas as well, a bit of a smoky alcohol aroma; roasted malt flavor, bitter coffee, no real sweet touch like typical oatmeal stouts, maybe a little bit of hop flavor as well, good texture
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice stout coloration, including a nice darker creamy head which ran off quickly. Aroms is a little bit hidden. Flavor is a nice rounded malt character, with a decent crispness at one end and the other a good grain feel to it. Not a bad stount, but lacking in the sweetness dept.