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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized dark tan head. Nice looking. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and light oatmeal. Tastes of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, and light coffee. Tastes were a little on the thin side (I guess I expected more after the aroma). Creamy and somewhat lively body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Purs very dark with an off-white head. Something in the aroma is a turn-off - kind of a band-aid/vomit smell. Flavor is interesting - some ashtray, bitter chocolate and slight hoppiness. Not as velvety as some oatmeal stouts. Finishes rather astringent with lingering char. Not bad, but a few deductions. Thanks to Dark Elf fr the sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4921) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
On tap. Very nice stout. Poured dark brown with long lasting tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Smooth. Good nose. Good to the last drop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 On tap at the El Toro Brewery in Morgan Hill Calfornia. Dark brown/black with good sized tan head that stuck around forever. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, and tobacco jumped out. Tasted of coffee and bitter chocolate. Low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4758) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2005
12 oz bottle, from Brennan’s in Brookfield, WI. Midnight black, absolutely opaque, slightly oily/tarry, with small but lasting dark tan head...aroma is mostly dark chocolate, hints of anise and tobacco...on the tongue, rich deep bitter chocolate is the predominant characteristic, hints of bittersweet coffee and malted milk, slightly vinous nature, moderately full body...a quality stout, somewhat lacking in original character, but solid drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
"Brew #880" stamped onto label. Poured into tulip with great big head, but quicly faded awat. Dark brwon with hint of red in color. Bitter, chocolatey nose. Medium bodied with fresh chocolatey taste on lips, but a bit too soury around the edges of my tongue. Slightly dry at the finish with lingering roasty coffee aftertaste. Decent coffee substitute this morning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle into tulip glass, sometime in 2004. Musty oatmeal smell, dusty, cold butter, and toast. Black in the glass with a brown frothy head, no retention. Sweet, but not too much so. Vaguely minty. Roast and oatmeal blend together perfectly in the middle. Dry bite with a bit of bitter in the finish, which was nicely long and complex. Overall, maybe the best (i.e., most enjoyable) oatmeal stout I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Draft. Black beer with a dark beige head. Seet malt aroma with oatmeal and some roastiness. Malty, chocolate flavor with a bit of roastiness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Dark, dark brown with a mocha colored tan head. Strong burnt aroma. But the beer itself is meaty and smoky on the tongue with a VERY mellow linger. Nice, subtle stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
This is the first time that I can remember being able to pick out a strong aroma of oatmeal in an oatmeal stout. It took me a while to identify it. Black with a slender brown head, it also had caramel and roasted malt in the aroma. Quite smooth, the flavor is roasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Not bad.

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