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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This beer is a traditional English-Styled Oatmeal Stout using 10% flaked cold rolled oats. It has rich coffee flavors with mild cocoa tones. El Toro Negro has a smooth, mild bitterness, full body and is very drinkable.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of malt, rich chocolate and some oats. Tastes malty with nice dark chocolate elements. Some cherry tartness is there as the beer warms up. Finish is coffeeish and slightly bitter with some nice earthy hops revealing themselves at the very end. Great multi-layered sweet stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Poured a very dark brown color with a medium tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with dark fruits and light cherry and chocolate. Roasted sweet malt flavor with chocolate notes. Lively fizzy mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Almost transparent, very dark walnut body, with a very thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, flavor shows bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with a little hoppiness in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Sampled at Noogfest-2. I think I tried this one a bit late in the evening as my writing is starting to deteriorate. Oily black pour with a light brown head. Very strong aroma that was sweet with medicinal hints. The flavor is nothing I got too excited about. Burnt malts tempered by lactose or oatmeal or something. Not too enjoyable in my opinion. Creamy body that was a bit oily and slick. Pass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Really black, not much head. Big aromas of chocolate, coffee, and then big flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee, and then a kind of a fruity, cherry-like flavor. There are really no subtle flavors here, everything is up front and vying for your attention. Really tasty stuff. Sampled at Noogfest2.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours a black body with a light khaki head. The aroma and flavor is crackers, a hint of smoke, and something I mistook for alcoholic heat before I found out it was only 5.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
(Noogfest2) Black body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, light roast. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, light roast. Smooth medium body with light effevescence.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Poured dark with tan fluffy head. Nose was roasted caramel with some sweetness. Taste was sweet, with some roasted creaminess. Bit bitter on the after taste.oce light bodied stout. Thanks to DarkElf.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of hopdog. Pours a deep dark black with a large foamy lasting mocha head. Wonderful roasty and nutty aroma with some coffee, oatmeal and dark chocolate along for the ride. Flavour, oh yeah, that’s different and quite tasty: I agree with HogTownHarry, there’s a milky aspect to the flavour but in a good way along with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some hops for good measure. Creamy mouthfeel and goes down smooth but could be a little more full bodied. This was a brewery I never heard of and an ’extra’ from my trade with hopdog so I didn’t know what to expect but I must say, I am pleasantly surprised as this is a damn fine beer. Thanks hopdog!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle, via trade with HopDog. Poured thick black, opaque, with a large light brown feathery head, nice lacing, beautiful "guiness" liveliness to the pour - top marks. Rich, nutty, oily overroast malty aroma, strong coffee and a cereal toastiness that I guess is the oatmeal ... there are even hops in here too! The flavour has a nice mild acidity and slightly curdled milk character added to it (that’s a plus, believe it or not), with some chocolate cherry and herbal hops in there too - the body is a tad watery, but it’s creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated and has a rich, satisfying creamy balanced finish that I appreciated. I imagine this would be kick-ass on cask when fresh - excellent sweet stout. Thanks for the share, P! (and I think this now puts me in the "Stouties* list for the first time - yay!!


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