mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet at first with a chocolate foundation. Then, transitions into a dry, bitter, roasted barley flavor. Good bit of roasted grain bitternessl .Light hopping keeps the sweetness balanced very well. Lots of barley and oat flavor without being grainy. Actually a rather wet mouthfeel, but never thin. Bittersweet is the perfect way to describe it, like bakers chocolate.
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a very dark black with a small white head. Aroma is coffee malts and chocolate. Flavor is heavy and strong with notes of chocolate and caramel. Very tasty and strong brew. This brewer can do no wrong!
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A midnight-black appearance with a nice, thick off-white/grey head. Aroma was bittersweet chocolate of course, but I thought it lacked compared to the truly great oatmeal stouts. It just didn’t have that incredible aroma Young’s has or Samuel Smith’s. I thought the flavor was strong on the bitter chocolate side, which was good but there wasn’t much in the oatmeal side. I thought it wasn’t very complex and let it warm a bit with hoping more flavor would shine thru. Much to my displeasure, it didn’t. Minimal hop finish. I would have to rate this as a nice stout, but nothing extraordinary.
99lashes (3) - salt lake city, Utah, USA - JAN 23, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma is a somewhat subdued. a bit malty. dark pour with nice dark tan head. dissipated quickly. tastes chocolatey with caramel and bittersweet highlights. fills your mouth like a good piece of chocolate melting on you tongue. definitely a huge value vs. price beer.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I heard from others that this was an excellent oatmeal stout, and they were right. Dark brown pour with a small, thick tan head. Aroma is semisweet chocolate and oatmeal, with some toasted malts. The taste is very smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of caramel, some chocolate, and full of oats and malt. Definitely will finds its way into my fridge again.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: little caramel, little licorice.
Appearance: Opaque, almost black. Little head.
Flavor: Chocolate bitterness combined with a sweet toasty flavor
Palate: Smooth, low carbonation but just enough to give a bite at the end.
This is my third review of a beer from Anderson Valley ("Boonville Beer") and they are quickly becoming a favorite brand.
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Dark ruby-brown with a thin tan head that leaves some light lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and slightly burnt caramel. Nice mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Flavour is initially as expected - sweet, roasty, notes of chocolate & coffee - but it develops an interesting smoky/burnt/earthy quality in the finish that I found surprising and enjoyable. An interesting take on the style.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium viscosity, mostly opaque and midnight brown in color with a thin tan splotch for the head and a creamy tan wrung around the English pint glass as we go. Dark chocolate cocoa powder traditionally leads the aroma, along with a slab of confectionary chocolate, caramel, Rolos on skewers over a propane flame and slightly burnt brown sugar oatmeal. Flavor holds few surprises and little deviation from the standard sweet stout formula. Plastic roastiness spreads out, projecting a gas station mocha cappuccino flavor. Slightly burnt cinnamon toast. Melted semi-sweet chocolate morsels on a cookie sheet, scraped off with a spatula and digesting the burnt, crisp and transformed chocolate degenerate. Waxy chocolate chews define the palate with active carbonation and effervescence that hangs around a couple seconds too long. Astringent, syrupy and lactic-souring nodes in the finish. Thanks to tpkenned for the bottle.
IslandHaole (1159) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Unsweetened bakers chocolate, coffee and some berry/cherry in the nose. Roasty, sweet with cocoa and a nice hop bite towards the finish, more slightly bitter coffe ground flavors in the follow. A bit of a mineraly aftertaste. Simple and easy drinking. Thank you to Santa FooFaa!
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, some ruby highlights, some tan head. Nose was creamy oats, sweet, and some roasty notes. Flavor was same, very creamy and medium -thick bodied. Good roastiness, finished with a light crispy sweetness, rather clean feeling. Silky. Solid.