porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle from <!-- A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank -->Julio’s Liquors<!-- /A -->) Pours very, very dark birch-beer brown with a thick tan head. Aroma a bit piney, along with chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel smooth, a little oily, very slightly prickly. A few rings of lace. Flavor is fairly rich and bitter coffee with baker’s chocolate along with a bit of pine. Only very light hop bitterness. Lightly sweet. Nice.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head that goes to a ring that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet chocolate and lactose and some earthy grains.
The flavor is slightly sweet chocolate and strong roastiness followed by some acidic, bitter hoppiness. I got some sour notes towards the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low on carbonation.
Overall, a decent stout. More bitter and roasty than I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. This is a good beer, but nothing too special and a bit overpriced.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. dark brown to blackish body, dark tan creamy/foamy head. aroma is chocolate malt and oatmeal, a littly bready. flavor is slightly dry roasted malt, but a bit of silky mild chocolate too. lively carbonation. roasted malt and faint licorice aftertaste.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark red chocolate brown with tan head. Aroma is molasses and malt Flavor is coffee, bitter, molasses, and caramel. Slightly watery, bitter finish. On the dry side.
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thickish and boldly roasted stout. Fine to share at end of meal, but was too much for earlier in the day or even with anything but dessert. Coffee in there. A tad sourish. Very dark. Bittersweet chocolate and nutty. Smooth but some grain on tongue.Dry finish.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good dark color one would expect for an oatmeal stout
very smooth stout with silky texture. The roasted malts of a stout and slight bitter coffee give way to a vanilla-caramel and maybe nutty taste
A good Oatmeal Stout. I’ll get this one again.
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Very dark brown, almost black color. This was the first beer I ever had from Anderson Valley Brewing Company years ago and is what got me hooked on their beers. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Nice roasted malt sweetness, dark chocolate that fades to roasted caramel, and not too bitter. Nice full body; creamy on the palate. This is an excellent oatmeal stout with lots of flavor and quite memborable. This is one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts and I recommend it to people all the time. 12 oz bottle, $3.80 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods).
Sampled again on 11/29/2006 at the November meeting of the Junedale Beer Klub (brought by me)... Tasting notes: This beer seemed a bit dull and unexciting this time around. It had a moderate sweetness, but seemed to be lacking the richness and complexity that is usually there. I wonder if this 6-pack was a bit out of date or something. The original rating (848417) stands for now and I will adjust it, if necessary, in the future depending on how good the next bottle or pint turn out to be...
jwhicks727 (1) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Perfect dark color with light brown head. Head fades quickly. Coffee tastes with dry malt character. Oatmeal is noticeable and pleasant, but hop bitterness is a little too pronounced. Aftertaste is slightly sour. Mouthfeel lacks some of the silkiness that is desireable for the style.
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Really liked this beer a lot. The aroma was of oatmeal and coffee. The taste was very full of lovely oatmeal and stout flavors.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beautiful oatmeal stout in every way. I am a fan of the style and a fan of this beer! Thanks froggyfrog for sharing this one.
Appearance: This beer looked black to me with a light chocolate brown head.
Smell: Dark roasty malts, espresso and a hint of chocolate.
Taste: This is what beer is all about. When it enters your mouth and time seems to go in slow motion, like the caramel topping on a commercial takes forever to drip down around the ice-cream, the slow-motion effect happens when a beer is both rich in body and flavor. The burnt caramel, espresso, dark malt, oat flavor drizzled over my tongue in slow motion. This is the sensation that heaven will be like =) This beer is so well balanced with just the perfect hoppy finish I don’t have words to describe.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth. The texture is what the chocolate looks like when you go on the ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Drinkability: Fat Dog step aside. I’m placing my order for Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.
Hope this is helpful.