Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro tap poured very dark black with a big creamy amber head. Aromas of roasted malt and oats. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Flavors of roasty malt and dark chocolate.
intheric (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - this was my first oatmeal stout of any kind, so take this for what it is worth. Excellent frothy head that lasted until the end of the beer. Excellent mouthfeel, very refreshing.
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours near black with a tan creamy head and spotty lacing. Dark roasted malt aromas. Dark malt and chocolate flavors, a little roasty. Dark and full bodied palate.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Bottle enjoyed on the golf course: Pours a dark brown with a diminshing tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate. Flavor was mostly choco-roast with some hop bite near the finish. Mouthfeel was lighter that I would’ve liked, but still had a bit of chewiness to it.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This a pretty decent oatmeal stout, malty and dark, with a nice head. Not the best oatmeal stout, but it would do if I had no other choice.
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, almost black pour. Fairly stout like aroma. Roasted malts, a hint of chocolate. Burnt, slightly bitter finish. A bit porter like in body. I guess if I had to drink breck this would be it.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The bottle poured a BLACK beverage covered by an ample creamy tan head that didn’t last very long but left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was a complex mixture of chocolate, caramel and espresso coffee. The body was light with a creamy texture and average carbonation. The flavor started off with semi-sweet chocolate and coffee and settled to a middle of slightly bitter coffee. The finish was long, bitter and dry.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Very black with a small but thick tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate with some roastiness. Taste is nicely hopped but I’m not diggin’ the hops here. Lot’s of chocolate but not much oatmeal. Funky stuff for sure.
Pailhead (5665) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma of roasted grains, coffee, and very light chocolate. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small off-white head. Okay lacing. Light chocolate up front with a big roasted coffee and hop finish. There is a light metallic flavor in the background, which is a first for me in a stout. A little thin for a stout.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark fudgy brown nearly black body with a softly sponged head of light tan foam sitting atop. Has a moderate lacing with broken sheeting and dotting.
Mellow set back aroma of cocoa and partial oaty sweetness.
Flavors are clean, milding, and unobtrusively set within a very light bitter chocolate array bringing a bit of coffee notation in the finish. Mere hints to oats or barley waver in and out mostly in the front and middle. Submerged only behind its quickness is a slight tang of oaty sweetness. Finish is where the bittering coffee takes an upward turn and helps keep it from being completely hollow.
Feel is a light-medium body with a somewhat milky creamyness until the finish where it turns quite roastified and bittered with coffee acsents. Which is the only thing worthy of its overall character. Could be richer, could be fuller, but seems to fit with what the flavors are doing.
Drinks down easy enough but lacks some truer Oatmeal Stout qualities I like too see in the style.