edwardbass (361) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís OK. Definitely has a nice mouthfeel, with the typical creaminess. The usual dark chocolate and coffee with a unique bitter end. The bitterness isnít exactly my favorite, so that cuts down on its score for me.
DarkElf (2988) - 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 (1506) - 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 (3228) - 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 (2411) - 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.
Patrickctenchi (2484) - Coxís 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.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
HoppyAlesToYou (152) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.)
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.