brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This puppy was wonderful. Black as night, aroma just a bit thin, but a fantastic thick chocolate, roasted barley coffe,taste, second taste was as good as the first, aftertaste was top-notch,placed in my top 20 list
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-a very nice stout here! very much up there with bells oatmeal. Good color, good aroma of coffee and roasted malts. flavor was more of the same with hops in the background. nice firm body-slightly sour finish
Reid (1785) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really BLACK stout can make out no other colours even when held to the light! with a massive "coffeen'creme" coloured head that lasts the whole glass.
The aroma is pleasant but on the weak side compared to other "oaties" I have tasted.
Taste though is good..starts with a small smooth maltiness, then the oats show through followed by a nice dark chocolate bitterness.
Very smooth and creamy on the palate.
A very nice Oatmeal stout.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm surprised that this beer isn't rated higher. I enjoyed the coffee flavor and aroma. Smooth with a medium-high mouthfeel.
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the first beer I tried from Anderson Valley. Nice dark brown color, with very little head. It was rather hoppy for a oatmeal stout. Great coffee flavor and aroma. I found it extremly easy to drink.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with no head.Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Nice coffee flavor with molasses flavor mixed in.Chocolate comes as the beer warms and is there in the finish.The finish is also rather dry and slightly hoppy which is suprising. A decent stout
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ANother 6 year old bottle that has held up remarkably well. Tan head faded fast but the beer kept it's body. Lots of dry coffee notes.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brew with mahogany highlights that pours with a decent tan head. The head slowly fades to leave a ring around the top of the beer with a nice trailing lace on the glass sides. The aroma is one of roasted coffee and sweetness, with a slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light for a stout, but very smooth. The flavors are very good in this beer. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, a little fruitness, and a hint of nuttiness make this a really complex beer that is topped off with a good dose of hops. I believe the hops help create the relatively clean finish. The flavor develops very well as the beer warms. This is a very good beer that could be great, but it lacks the "chewy" mouthfeel that many good stouts present.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark pour, aroma is all coffee and malts. A lot of coffee in the flavor as well, hoppier than it needs to be. Not the best stout out there.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark, full-bodied stout with a very smooth, creamy taste and texture. My only complaint is that it's almost too heavy.