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 (7129) - 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 (3541) - 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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet light fruits on the nose with a marked coffee roastiness and mild vanilla essence. Sweet and creamy, milky on the palate. Sweet fruitiness that quickly gives way to the nutty dry roasted bitterness. Has a mild touch of white russian in the aftertaste.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Eclipse black color. Smallish head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. A lighter bodied Oatmeal Sweet Stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth and creamy. A little thin tasting for an Oatmeal Stout, but very tasty. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is creamy and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
sarie99 (49) - San Francisco, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth with a good balance of roast and chocolate notes. Dark color, medium head. Served slightly too cold.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 High lasting head, nearly opaque black, brown highlights. Roast, slightly fruity aromas, a lot of sweet roast flavors. Standard oatmeal oiliness. Pretty good.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with medium head. Smooth, slightly chocolatey and roasty. Clean finish. Great representation of the style. Sampled at the brewery.