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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Full-bodied, smooth, mealy texture from the oats, rich, malty, complex flavor from the dark grains, black color, rich creamy head.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3044) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
I was not expecting this to be such a deep black but there it is. Itís head is just huge too and long lasting to the point where itís still sitting there a few inches thick when you want to just get right down and start drinking it. This is a big, sweet brew w/ balance provided by roasted malts. Aroma is more subdued than the flavor and has the expected chocolate but an unfortunate bit of cardboard. This drinks a bit bigger that itís 4.9% ABV but definitely in a good full-bodied way and not a sticky way. To be honest, I think this is a really good beer but in less than perfect condition, probably a bit old. I want to give Barley Island the benefit of the doubt but I canít figure out when it was bottled based on the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HoppyAlesToYou (157) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Chocolate and coffee on the nose, this ale is deep brown with a short lived tan head. Taste is medium sweetness, followed by lightly bitter and sour notes. Body is a little light for an oatmeal stout, texture is slick, carbonation is soft, and finish is slightly bitter but rather abrupt. In summary, this is a sessionable oatmeal stout that Iíd not turn down but not seek out, unless its time to get my oatmeal on. (Oh yes I did.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Date: January 18, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Crown Liqour Description: Opaque dark brown pour with some head that did not last and no lacing. Aroma was roasted malt and oats. Taste is similar with some coffee and sweet chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12oz bottle pour. leaves the bottle damn near black and with a minimal tan head. looks really nice in the glass! roasted malts, coffee beans and some chocolate hit your nose. the texture is creamy and full bodied. you pick up on some roasted coffee flavor and chocolate but neither are overpowering. very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smatty (8) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011 does not count
Full bodied beer with a strong blend of malts and chocolate. Pours pitch black and it great alone or with a meal. Finishes smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4064) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Sweet malts in aroma. The flavor is mild coffee, chocolate and smooth in texture. Subtle in flavor, the coffee is the dominating flavor although not dominating, a very good all the way through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
[Bottle] Nearly black, clear pour with a light brown head. Roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Similar roasted grain taste throughout. Distinct smoky notes add a pleasant dimension to this brew. Sweet chocolate and residual brown sugars keep this beer on the sweet side despite the smoke. Burnt bread and light vanilla hints in the finish. A nice body and pleasant finish. A good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Dark roasted malt aroma. Pours pitch black with thick brown head. Lots of dark malt flavor with lingering roast malt aftertaste. Some dark malt astringency which is okay. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle. $1.60 single @ Binnyís. Nice chocolatey smell in the bottle neck. Also in the glass, with no sourness like a regular stout, nor alcohol. Tan colored head atop a opaque black body. Taste is very smooth as befits an oatmeal stout. Dark malts without the bitter "roastiness." Malt is thick and sticky on my lip. Again, alcohol in moderation here. Easy to take down with no ill effects.I would wish this had secondary fermentation instead of carbonation for an even smoother texture, but itís wonderful just as it is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Much too decadent of a stout to be clocking in at a mere 4.9%; thereís huge chocolate and mocha flavors abound in this bottle. The hops are kept to a minimum, but the slick texture prevents any unwelcome sugar build-up on the finish. Plus, the low ABV means you can drink a couple without risking tossing bar stools at the jukebox when "Take On Me" comes on. (2008)


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