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 (2142) - 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.
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great pour and aroma...not thick and heavy like most dark beers...has a bite to it that makes it hard to drink...not one I enjoyed...
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pitch black beer with a brown quickly dissipating head. Quite a roasted aroma to it, coffee and notes of biscuits. Quite smooth, finishes with a hint of acidity. A very smooth roast character, the brewer left out the astringency that can often be found in roasted beers. Not as thick bodied as some examples but still quite nice. As this beer warms up id develops some malty complexity.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very, very dark brown. Raw-edged voluminous bubbles compose the rather wan head. Aroma of wet dog, vanilla milk shake, mild chocolate and a dank graininess. These flavors were certainly present, but the aroma exudes surprisingly little. Flavor is a raw, uncut yeastiness with a fair bit of sourish character. Roasty and smoky, and although it may contain oatmeal, this is not a sweet stout by any means. Powerful unrefined bitterness at the end. Astringent but memorable palate. I just don't think it's that special.