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.
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty, creamy, chocolate body. Oat flavor isn’t too far in the front as to overwhelm, but it’s there. Dry, but this is still more Cali than UK.
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, gets better as it warms. A bit sweet. Not really as "stouty" as we were hoping for. Nice light flavor that you could drink quickly. Which is not what we are looking for in a stout.
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
reta beer, nice chocolatey, coffee smoked malt flavor. I like the spicy hop finish also. In general a very well balaced dark beer
Garry_Evans (52) - HONG KONG - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12floz bottle. Deep black with longlasting brown head. Oats and burnt caramel on the nose. Soft on the palate with medium carbonation. Taste of chestnuts, toffee. Medium finish.
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beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich dark color that pours thick with a tan head. The aroma is that of chocolate and coffee. There is a sweet hoppiness on the palate wtih slight lingering.
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.
wbdace (50) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable stout, doesn’t come up to Old Rasputin, but few do.
RobinV (50) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted smell of caramalt, frothy brown head. Pitch black color. Black as can be.
Taste: fresh at first, sweet, lively and fizzy. Shortly after impact: roasted, malts, coffee, chocolate. Long lasting bitter finish. Slightly sticky texture.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
chocolate,coffee,and butterscotch on nose,and taste.Very impressive sweet stout if not a lil’ underrated.
Anderson valley is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.