Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry, musty, creosote stout aroma. Cool cap, cool label - very west-coast micro. A hearty but balanced flavor - moderate sweetness, hazelnut, roast, chocolate in a very drinkable blend. Lingering coffee bitterness with creamy cocoa. Moderately viscous mouthfeel. Quite good - certainly deserving of its high ranking. Picked this one up in Phoenix.
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, short lived head. Strong flavor, not as sweet as some others in this category, but very flavorful. A solid beer, but not as good as I would have hoped for the 9.99 I paid for a six pack.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very roasty and chocolate/coffee. Tasted strong for a oatmeal stout, so the 5.7% is not surprising. A very hearty drink. Full-bodied and impressive.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured lively dark brown-black with a big foamy-creamy-rocky light brown head. Lots of dark roast/burned malt, bitter chocolate, resin, coffee, celery (yes! - thanks, jerc), moss and chestnuts. Taste starts creamy-chocolate, then an odd camphor note creeps in, then the hops and the bitter chocolate coffee distracts you, then the chocolate seems a bit sweet, then salt, then some sour cherry and grape seed - this has a lot happenin’! Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light bodied, bitter and a bit creamy-sticky. Very nice - overall a touch sweeter than ideal, but recommended - very drinkable, not at all heavy.
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured the darkest of dark with a decent head. But the head didn’t last long. Aromas were sweet and roasty. Flavors were some coffee, other roasted malts, and a nice bitter hops finish. Pretty tasty,
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a creamy tan head that lingers at about an 8th of an inch and laces well. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts. Flavor of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, caramel all finished with some bitter hops. Very sweet and quite decadant. Palate is just right. Mouthcoating and creamy yet very drinkable. This is a very underrated stout. I really enjoyed this. A very nice oatmeal stout.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours dark with a small tan head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted and sweet malts. flavor, coffee-like, chocolate, roast, with some bitter hops in the finish, not a bad brew.
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
big change of pace from what i usually drink wich is beers that would kill you if you drank a 6 pack. i love the way a beer looks when you cant see through it hence the 5 on apperance. one beer i could definatly drink on a reagular basis and still be able to enjoy food afterwards.
Holdwine (1169) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is so bloody hot, yet I desire multiple oatmeal stouts! Glad I tried this one. Well done from a pitch black oil pour to the bittersweet odor of coffee and chocolate. Nice sweet maltiness on the tomgue. Semi-sweet Chocolate finish.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
In the immortal words of Sesame Street, "One of these kids is not like the other, one of thes kids is not the same."
I thoroughly did not enjoy this beer. It had a great deep dark color and rich caramel-colored head, but that was as good as it got. Each sip conveyed strong coffee overtones and each one tasted as if the coffee beans were badly burnt... by the surface of the sun. For an oatmeal stout and a sweet stout, I was expecting some subtle hints of sweetness. The ’subtle hints’, however, turned out to be sour punches of bitterness that lingered to an aftertaste as refreshing as an ashtray. A slightly bitter ashtray.
On a final note, the previous reviewer described this beer’s "tapestry of flavor", and I can entirely relate because it certainly tasted no better than an area rug that hasn’t been vacuumed in a while.