gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown with a dark tan frothy head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nice coffee and hop aroma. A slightly burnt coffee and bitter chocolate flavor is wonderfully combined with a noticeable hop bite all blended with a destinctive oatmeal stout smoothness. Sweet, but not sugary. Good palate and mouthfeel.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Anderson Valley is a brewer that really overachieves given that they are a brewer that does not get a whole lot of attention. This one was another excellent example of their craft. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this brew poured thick and black with a small dark brown head. The aroma was fairly strong and had elements of sweet malt and hops. The palate was thick. The flavor was full, rich, malty and sweet with a nice hop undertone. I could detect a hint of bakers chocolate on the finish. Very well done.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is chocolate, toffee, and cake icing. The appearance is pitch black with a moderate beige head. The flavor is bittersweet with a heavy dose of chocolate and toffee. This is a very well balanced sweet stout indeed. This style typically bends itself too sweet but this beer avoids that. I am very impressed. Go Barney! Go Barney!
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 I LOVED this oatmeat stout. Wonderful full taste with a bit of bitterness at the end. This blew me away on tap with its complexity -- something often lacking in oatmeal stouts. Nice to see such a classy beer...
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really elusive as I canít quite put my finger on it...
Pours a pitch-black with a decent head which leaves an okay lace.
Scent is of coffee and roasted malts.
Taste is coffee, foremost, with toffee/caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and a faint hint of chocolate.
Palate is medium with a nice minearal feel to it. Overall this is pretty solid for the style and definately worth checking out.
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Bottle Pours extremely dark, with a very dark tan head that is thick and creamy.Let this warm up a tad before pouring, 54F. Aroma is a very nice rich chocloate, coffee, charcoal and a little sweetness, brown sugar maybe. Flavors are pretty much as amove. The coffee and charcoal coming though more than the others. Mouth feel is smooth and buttery. .Letting it warm up a bit helped here Iím sure. Very low carbonation and very little hopps character. Slightly burnt lingering trailer. Delicious.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black with a juicy brown, dense head. Lovely ashy, chocolate flavour with offshoots of vanilla and espresso which, sadly, arenít as long as one would like. [London gathering: Spiesy, Duff, chris_o, Marty-D and SilkTork]
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #13 at Spiesyís. Not dissimilar to the Smuttynose Robust Porter tasted just before. If anything the coffee aroma was even more powerful. Coffee flavour too. The coffee in this one was creamier than the espresso character of the Smuttynose. Soft, smooth and sweetish. Not at all bad.
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Spiesyís gaff. Coffee aroma. Blandish coffee tinged with vanilla. Creamy texture. Pleasant and flavoursome but lacking character other than the chocolate.
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured black with a very little head that didnít last. aroma molasses, chocolate, malts, alcohol,hints of cofee. flavor malts, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cherry. not like other oatmeals I have had not bad.