ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice coffee, toasted aroma; pours with a pillowy, fluffy head; rather mild flavored for an oatmeal stout; fairly sweet with a soft bitter finish and an assertive roasted flavour; generally, a bit thin in body and flavor, though, for the style; all in all, quite good.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was good, but the guy at the World Market claimed it was better than the Sammy Smiths. I didn’t quite agree. It did look good, poured a nice black with fair head and smelled as I expected, with chocolate-coffee-oatmeal hints, but it was a little bitter and flatter than I hoped for. Overall, it is a very good stout, but definitely not better than Samual Smiths Oatmeal.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and is a bit roasty. taste has a nice chocolate flavor and the oats add a nice smoothness to it. Starts sweet and finishes bitter.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich robust deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is subtle, sweet and roasty. Smooth, mild and chocolatey body has some molasses and a nice hop balance. A good oatmeal stout.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Pours very black with a small dark tan head. Aroma roasty chocolate milk and coffee mix, also an earthy oatmeal hint. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate chips, and a sweet start then a bitter very full finish. Mouth feel is creamy, heavy, very full, and swallow heavy also. Very Good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thaks to elnadeau for sharing. Pours a nice black with a tan head that quickly vanishes. The nose is a bit roasty, w/ some oatmeal in it. The flavors are roasty, toasty with a bitter finish. I got some notes of chocolate & caramel. This was pretty well done.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head of nice course stout bubbles. Great lacing. Aroma is coffee, caramel, chocolate. Mouthfeel nice with course carbonation, light body for a stout. Not very sweet, but complex and a very nice drink; coffee, chocolate, some caramel and toastiness. Dry, bitter finish with fair duration. I enjoyed drinking these bottles.
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 (3472) - 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.