cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothiní I havenít had before; interchangeable with many a sweet stout or porter out there -- which means "better than average," at least. Moviní onto the next beer . . .
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown body - very nice roasted vanilla and chocolately malts in the aroma that is also slightly alcoholic. The flavor is pretty good too. the roastiness really comes through - bitter coffee, and yes, even some oatmeal.. Not very sweet, which is good for me. The finish is pleasantly clean and bitter. An interesting and different take on the sweet stout, which is usually much lower in alcohol.
notalush (4920) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ughsmash (thanks!) - oily, black bodied pour, with a short-lived brown head - moderately sweet aroma, with notes of cream/milk, espresso, loads of grain - very grainy throughout the flavor - creamy sweetness tempered by a heavy roasted malt presence, complimented by bitterness coming late - medium-bodied and quite well-balanced - the alcohol is hidden well, but starts to become apparent in the finish - the mouthfeel isnít as creamy as I would like, but this is rather enjoyable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black pour with a substantial light brown head. Sweetish cream aroma with some roasty in the background. Oh wow! Rich and creamy, silky with lots of velvet - they have not skimped on the oats here. Nice amount of roasted flavor, not too sweet, with a fine bitterness intact. This is a great stout! Thanks Brad.
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, most recent batch. Poured deep brown with a short beige head that fizzled down quickly. The aroma picked up heavy roasted oatmeal with milk chocolate... very enticing and proved an excellent choice for dessert.
The flavor found about the same elements, with well-roasted milk chocolate, a hint of espresso, and a bunch of oats... fairly grainy throughout on the palate, where I expected it to be smoother... did a ridiculously good job of hiding its alcohol... enjoyed the dry roasted chocolate that carried through the finish. Very good brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear very dark brown with a golden rim but no head. A brown film was left on the glass with each swirl. The aroma was very roasty with a fair amount of smoke and some chocolate notes. Light phenols. the flavor was on the short side. Malty to start then just leaving a long roasted bitterness. Light to medium body and a light creaminess.
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours motor oil black with a minimal tan head, though after agitating it does come up nicely for a bit. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, some oatmeal, a bit of paper oxidation, and char. Flavor has the addition of some piney hops and dried raisins. There is a bit of char again in the finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Full body with soft carbonation--smooth! Very nice beer.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown - almost black - briefly capped by a thin brown head. A ring of foam remains, providing nice lace. Full rich aroma of roasted malt, burnt raisin, and a hint of cigar wrapper. Good roasted malt flavor, sweet and also tangy, accompanied by plenty of bitter chocolate. Lots of oily coffee in the finish, a bit of an ashy aftertaste. Nearly full bodied, smooth carbonation. A nice sipper.
marcus (6600) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From trade with Artusory. This is a very dark brown ale that pours with a thin tan head and a strong chocolate aroma. I canít really taste the oatmeal, since the chocolate and coffee flavors are overwhelming. The finish is slightly harsh and bitter but, overall, this is a pretty good stout.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as much creamy oat taste as I had hoped. More acidic and oily than most stouts. It has an inconsistency and unevenness that is hard to explain. None of the vinousness that most great stout have. A bit more enjoyable than the dark horse cream stout I tried recently.