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 (2165) - 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 (7580) - 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.
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good, if not light stout. This is a beer for winter. This beer makes you want to replace chestnuts with malt roasting on an open fire. Has the richness of a stout without the lingering aftertaste.