Ferris (5005) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Coffee and dark chocolate. Jet black with a small beige head. Coffee and dark chocolate. Nice but a bit simplistic.
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Seattle Winter Beer Festival 2014, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma brings out coffee beans upfront, followed by cocoa nibs. Flavour isnít really that robust, with notes of subdued coffee / espresso beans upfront. Not very thick or robust on the palate. Missing some oomph, but this is still nice and drinkable. Decent.
Prufrockstar (1146) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Big Time earlier tonight. Not sure how Iíve missed this one before. Pours nearly black -- shaker pint filled to the rim, so no head. Aroma: smells roast, some chocolate, sweet and milky (to the extent those can be smelled, I guess). Taste: Sweet, with nice roast and coffee flavors -- definitely stays on the sweet side with a lightly roasted bitter finish. Palate: Feels great in the mouth. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Overall: Didnít see the ABV until I entered this rating. This drinks so easy, but feels like it;s a bigger beer than it is. Which is something I like in my small(ish) abv beers. I like it a lot.
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26July2012. Black body with lasting brown head. Nice chocolate, smoke, deep roast aromas. medium body. Sugared up espresso, earthy dark roast malt, mild smoke flavors--very tasty
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub
The color is totally black, with brown head. The aroma of roasted malts is mild. The body is well structured, it has a very rich flavor of dark chocolate and roasted malt, coffee, with some tobacco and leather notes, and very light ending liquorice. It has correct bitterness.
A very rich beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. †Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Complex aroma wih a good balance of roasted and sweet malt notes along with some earthy hops. †Hints of dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal, rye and hazelnut along with lactic sugar and earthy pine. †Roasted but not acrid with sweetness and hops balancing things out.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a really nice balance of dark malt and bitter earthy hops. †Similar to the aroma, the malts are equally roasted and sweet. †Hints of espresso, oatmeal and dark chocolate along with milk chocolate, toffee and lactic cream all balanced by earthy hops. †Hops provide adry bitterness that complimets that roasted character yet there is still enough sweetness to balance things out. †Complex, flavorful beer with a well masked making it very drinkable.
saxo (14158) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ the brewpub. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are coffee, roast malt, chocolate, nuts and hops. Nice dry and bitter finish.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Pours black, red around edges, minimal tan head.
Smell vanilla, grainy, roast.
Taste bittersweet up front, smooth and creamy finish
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Big Time. Poured black with a dark brown head. Aroma was big roasted notes, coffee, and chocolate. Medium bitterness, lightly sweet, with a full finish. No carbonation, and a bitter chocolate finish.
GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I understand oatmeal stouts are supposed to be sweet. This is conscientiously engineered into the beer by legions of bearded brewmasters and scientists clad in their authoratative lab coats. Part of the whole styleís appeal is that brown sugary edge that leaner and meaner stouts sometimes lack. Itís a soft appeal, and Iím a sucker for it. The closest food analog I can think of is all the candy near the check-out at grocery stores. Itís not filling, itís not satisfying, but itís sweet and incredibly tempting, and so you throw down a dollar and walk away with equal parts sugar high and regret. But sometimes oatmeal stouts can go overboard with their sweeter sides. The Old Rip Oatmeal from Big Time Brewery is a good example of this. The aroma is dry and suppressed, belying a syrupy flow of sugars beneath. And this is where my tasting notes get very terse: ďTastes like a chocolate bar dipped in chocolate milk. Canít taste anything else.Ē And itís true. And itís incredibly indulgent. I wonít deny the lifelong desire to actually dry dipping a chocolate bar into a chocolate milk, a more serious version of other child-like food experiments (like mixing sodas at the soda fountain with disastrous results.) But sip three and everything after are uncomfortable. Itís wave after syrupy wave of pure chocolate insanity, a deluge of delight that my flimsy carbon based sensors simply canít handle. And Iíve got a whole bottle of the stuff to finish. At the end Iím sick with overexposure to chocolate, and my tongue feels numbed. Itís a lot of flavor, and you get your moneyís worth, but the intensity is simply too much for one wayward individual expecting a nimbler, lighter sweet side to their oatmeal stout.