JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, opaque, and with the aroma of a thick stout. I sort of missed with me. Flavor is roasted, milky and malty sweet. The body is what sort of leaves it lacking to me. Thin,like a pale ale. Finish is sweet and roasty. Good, but not great.
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Bottle... Co-rated with my four-year-old nephew... Ok, ok, he only contributed to the comments regarding appearance and aroma... Pours black with a small, creamy, well-tanned head and minimal lacework (my nephew believes the head is white. Ok, so colors are not one of his stronger points). Smells like a bear... so my nephew says. I doubt he’s ever smelled a bear. The nose is actually of milk chocolate, vanilla and buttermilk.
The flavor is thin and watery, but has some nice milk chocolate notes.
Light-bodied and softly carbonated.
Short, watery finish. Tastes great; smells great, but not a lot of body.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color with a tan head. Pretty light on the stout flavors. Really it's not a whole lot of flavor. However it is very easy for a stout. For non-stout fans this may change your mind. Traditional stout people may find this week. But enjoyable.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, with a thick tannish head.
Aroma - Mixture of fresh and roasted malt.
Flavor - Rich chocolate malt with slight flavors of coffee. Very Good flavor, overall could be a little smoother.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color (opaque) with a large beige head. The aroma was huge with roasty tones, some coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some slight bitterness. The flavor was not as strong, but held up the dominant roastiness through to the aftertaste. The feel was a little dissappointing...rather thin and watery for an oatmeal stout. Nice overall.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, showing no light. Thick tan head that diminishes fairly quickly. Nice roasty nose. Medium/light body with lively carbonation and a fairly creamy mouthfeel.Nice chocolate notes in the finish along with some bitterness. Plenty of roasted malt coming across the front with just the right amount of sweetness. Big thanks to beerguy101 for this beauty.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/black color with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma of sweet oats and a touch of roasted malt. Body is lightly sweet and rich with a strong hoppy bitterness. Finishes bitter and chalky with some coffee tones. This could use a touch more sweetness and some balance.
Nuffield (4084) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blacker than the view through lead sunglasses. An initially large head gives way to a swirling, entrancing thin film of foam, caramel-cream in color. Very good aroma; not as effusive as you might get, but what's there is rich in roasted coffee beans, chocolate, shades of the oatmeal, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of nuttiness. The carbonation produces some tingle on the tongue, giving way to roasted bitterness and subtle support from the hops, as the flavor pounds away with roasted flavors. The mouthfeel shouldn't be criticized too heavily--perhaps a little thin but also very pleasing and smooth. Only some slightly curious flavors as it warms(suggesting something sour, not unlike things I've found in Bells stouts) gives me any reason for reserve. But overall this is a worthy and enjoyable oatmeal stout--very well done and a pleasure to drink. Thanks to my bud, Jazz88, for sending this my way.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black beer. Great tan head. Very mild aroma. Buttery and malty with hints of oat. Slightly sweet flavor. Nice finish.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full bodied black stout with dark grain aroma and flavor with full body of light coffee and chocolate. Good stout, on the drier side. Somewhere in between Estes Park and Bells.