OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 On tap at the brewery.
Pours an inky-dark black with red highlights; the aroma is roast coffee and smoke with mild dark caramel. The flavor is a heavy sweet stout, not rounded on the palate like some but rather suitably aggressive in the hops which balance out the rich oatmeal sweetness of this beer. The mouthfeel is impressively full given the sub-four ABV, but the sweetness is just so...sweet.
Quite a decent beer, but very rarely what Iíll be in the mood for when visiting the Big Time with their broad lineup of strong, hoppy pale ales.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at big time brewery in seattle. fluffy pour stout with a touch of coffee and bitterness
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin, small stout. Slight bump up in points for being able to pull of a stout with such low alcohol, which may explain lack of intensity. Some coffee, chocolate, sweet dark malts, some bitterness. Again, some odd mintiness in the hopping. Almost black, small head, good lacing.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The 2009 incarnation, on tap at Brouwerís. While wheeling the keg into the fridge, Bill himself described this one as a "big fíin stout." Iíll reiterate, for such a small operation, and for one that might normally cater to college kids (itís on the UWís main drag of bars and restaurants), Bill and the folks at Big Time do a great job. This is no exception. Pours black, with a dense, burnt-cream head. Really pretty pour. Some roasty coffee overlays the sweet chocolate notes youíd expect from an oatmeal stout, and this one is velvety smooth. What I like is that it isnít too sweet. Iíve had oatmeal stouts that were sickeningly sweet, with seemingly no balance whatsoever. This does a nice job of finding that balance. I still prefer stouts to have a greater hop presence than this does, but itís very good. Keep it up, Bill!
19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice looking - Wood infused body that punches you in the nose. Rich, creamy roasted malt backbone with a heavy oatmeal component and deep dark chocolate. Bittered nicely to compliment the slight sweetness.
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.
Smurf2055 (1055) - 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
GarrettB (842) - La Jolla, 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.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light, and flowery, like much else that isnít oatmeal stout. A fair conclusion to the sampler journey.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 An average oatmeal stout. A basic roasted aroma and flavor. The beer starts and finishes moderately sweet. Remind me to re-rate this one though.