Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. The aroma of roasted dark malts and chocolate, light oatmeal. Arrived an almost opaque black with a nice thick creamy tan head. Flavor was good, chocolate, roasted malts and a light coffee. Palate was full and slick with just the right ammount of carbonation to lift it from your tongue. Overall I think the best of my night there, tasting and dining with my wife and son.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The final brew in the sampler (the sixth was a cider, which was good for dessert). Thick, dark black. A chocolatey, well-balanced stout. Quite smooth and buttery. Bitter, espresso finish. What’ll ya have? I’ll have a pint!
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from growler. Deep brown in colour, small tan coloured head, some lace. The aroma was quite roasty, some dark chocolate, cream and butter. The flavour was toasty, bittersweet chocolate, some roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits and licorice. Sweet mouthfeel, lightish body, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly roasty, lingering. Not bad but fairly standard stuff.
Nejhleader (1451) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
basically your standard stout. Tasted more like a regular stout rather then other oatmeals that i’ve had. Nice dark colour and pretty smooth too.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
08.03.05 Tap at brewpub. Deep ruby brown/black under a creamy tan head; spotty lace. Aroma is grainy, very roasty, no sweetness, acetic hints, lactic. Palate thin and dry. Some dried dark fruits, stark roasted malts. Again, not sweet. Lots of butter, plus acidic, plus tingly...it reminds me of rancid butter. Yum. This brewpub needs to take more pride in the condition of their beer.
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Poured a dark brown / reddish color with a small, tan, creamy head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of butter, chocolate, and roasty malts. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, and other dried fruits. Not bad, though it seems the dirty lines didn’t let me experience this as it should have been.
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from growler at the Ratebeer Mondial gathering in tiggmtl’s palatial country estate. No fizz when the growler is opened..uh oh...but the totally black, opaque body does develop a bit of diminishing head, though it looks a bit thin while pouring...big chocolaty nose with hints of rich light-to-medium roast Kona coffee...chocolaty-roasty body is a bit too thin and oily...some licorice makes a welcome late appearance, offering some complexity and herbal comforts. I would love to have this in better condition.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strongly roasty nose evokes coffee and a light chocolate undertone. Opaque black body with low, off-white, fully-diminishing head. Roast is strong in the flavour also but offers distinct notes of chocolate and vanilla. Light body feels somewhat watery perhaps owing to the unfortunate lack of carbonation. Growler sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Échantillon servi d’un growler, Juin 2005. Couleur presque noire aux reflets rouges à l’extrême du spectre, pratiquement aucune formation de mousse. Arômes très rôtis allant vaguement vers le brûlé. Flaveurs grillées, maltées, chocolatées et caféinées. Corps semblant plutôt mince, carbonatation effacée. Probablement un bon liquide transporté dans un mauvais contenant, rendant ainsi le tout peu excitant.
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 growler at the Mondial Ratebeer tasting, 6/4/05. Roasty and with some creamy, lightly nutty oats in the nose. Flavor has vanilla, coffee, oats, chocolate and finishes with a strong lingering flavor that integrates well the aforementioned. As it warms, I get more black malt notes, which seem to drive away some of the sweet, smooth charm it initially has. The body is loose and flat, and pours a dark brown, mahogany, quite opaque, but no head to be found. Seems they are making their beers very well here, but I just can’t find anything exciting in them. But solid execution, is in itself, exciting, I suppose.