NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, shared with LeninCat. Thanks to Adam for sending. Deep brown / black appearance with a brown head. Heavy anise, dark fruits, and oatmeal in the nose. Light to medium bodied. Flavor has some chocolate but is even more dominated by black licorice and char. Moderate bitterness and sweetness. Ok. LeninCat raked this 4/5.
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful pour. Thick, creamy darker tan head that sticks, dark body. The smell is interesting, smells fruity and hopy, a bit of sulphur and peat. Flavor is typical for the style, a bit metallic, coffee, cocoa, slick mouthfeel.
GTAEgeek (1063) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle in trade with Fletche00. Pours black, with a huge, bubbly, tan head. The aroma is tobacco, bitter chocolate, coffee, resin, and molasses. Sticky sweetness, acidic, and lightly bitter, with a touch of sourness in the finish. Medium to heavy, sticky, slick, and highly carbonated. This is a great tasting stout, with a good mouthfeel.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07-Jul-13 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with atpayne, thanks Adam!)
I dug out a old box of stouts from my cellar, and some have aged beautifully, some less so, but this oatmeal stout is terrific. It pours a coal-black body with an inch of dark-tan head that slowly settles to a quarter inch and holds there for the rest of the session. The nose is sweet and fully malty with aromas of tobacco, dark bread, chocolate bar, sweetened oatmeal, prune, and cola. On the palate, the beer has lots of sweet flavors such as prune and raisin, cocoa, cola, chocolate candy, and brown sugar, but it tastes malty sweet rather than sugary sweet. Roast is mild to moderate with gentle bitterness. The beer is full bodied, a bit sweet and sticky but not to the point of being cloying, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is really delicious and has aged better than I expected.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a huge tan head. Pour 1 oz and your glass overflows with foam. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Pretty sweet but with a bitter finish.
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer out of the tap with a foamy brown head. Roasted grain, dry fruit and molasses nose. Sweet molasses with dark roasted grain, dark fruit, some dusty chocolate and a coffee bitterness in the finish. Nice stout.
queenholly (2617) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate, roasty coffee, and peat aroma. Black with a small brown head. Sweet chocolate and coffee malt, peat, and light ashy flavor. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.
edwardbass (423) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s OK. Definitely has a nice mouthfeel, with the typical creaminess. The usual dark chocolate and coffee with a unique bitter end. The bitterness isn’t exactly my favorite, so that cuts down on its score for me.
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick, slow, dark brown head.
Scent is a rich, smoky, dark roasted chocolate.
Taste is big... chocolate malt, roast, coffee, smooth oatmeal.
Very creamy, sweet with a slight bitter at the end.
An excellent little beer.
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 If you ever find yourself visiting the Noblesville brewery, this is one of the best bets on the rotating tap list. As far as oatmeal stouts go, Brass Knuckles ranks somewhere in the middle for me. A thick, full-bodied pour creates a head that is darker than you would imagine, but the aftertaste leaves something more to desire. There is still a lot going for this one, though, and I would rank it toward the top of what Barley Island has to offer. They are a hit-and-miss microbrewery nowadays, but this is always a nice mainstay.