shigadeyo (2400) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/08/2007: El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout is very near black in color with a nice, lasting, foamy mocha-colored head. The aroma is mostly chocolate with a hint of butterscotch and some dark fruitiness or coffee or something (I canít really figure it out!). The flavor is a creamy and smooth blend of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, and something slightly fruity. There is also a decent level of sweetness without being too sweet. The dry, roasted bitterness in the finish really helps to balance this beer. It has a medium body and is very smooth. Overall this beer is pretty good, but not necessarily complex or interesting enough to be great.
12 oz bottle via trade with IrishBoy (Apr 2007). Thank you Richard!
Ungstrup (26193) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a tan head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of chocolate leading to a slightly bitter finish.
Papsoe (25131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of IrishBoy/Ungstrup. Black and almost opaque with a vague, reddish glow and a light brown head. Lightly tart aroma with some roasted malt. Medium body with hard roasted malts, some vanilla accents and malt astringency in the finish. 310507
madsberg (8778) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Brownish dense head. Chocolate, light sweetness and coffee in the aroma. Flavour is a bit bland. Coffee, chocolate, sweetness, light fruity notes. A bit thin bodied. Dry. Cocoa and sweetness in the end.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pretty nice roasty coffee flavor but not quite the palate for a really good oatmeal stout...Pours with a huge tan head (95% foam, 5% liquid). Body is very dark coffee brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is like a rather rich and sweet coffee drink along with some dark chocolate. Palate is actually kind of fizzy and only lightly oily - not particularly smooth and/or full. Lacing is pretty sloppy as is head when it settles. Taste is robust roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Medium-bitter. A bit of grassiness on back end. Has some good elements but just doesnít seem to all come together, like say, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Huge thanks to Irishboy for sending this out to me. Iíve been after this beer for a long time and was starting to think it was a myth. So thanks for sending it out, Richard. The aroma is a roasted malt, chocolate and a slight hint of musty cloth and sweat that, as weirds as this sounds, kind of compliments the aroma. The body is a dark red/brown toblack at the top of the glass and holds a diminishing mocha head that initially starts out very nice looking with a craggy creme brule looking surface. The fore is mild chocolate some dark fruit and a fairly bitter roastiness for an oatmeal stout. Itís fairly thin, but decent enough and definitely satisfies my stout tooth.
TheEpeeist (2817) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Black brown with a smooth tan head. Dusty chocolate and coffee. Soda-like carb. Body is a tad thin. Iced coffee and grape juice. Light hoppy drying tempers the sweetness. Some oatmeal remains. Pretty tasty.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color. Smell of hops, chocolate, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, frosting and vanilla. Taste of hops, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, copper and tobacco. Sweet, dry bitterness at the end. Thanks ltjudge!
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Opaque dark brown color with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate, a bit of toasted malt, but very smooth. Coffee seems to be ever present. The mouthfeel is very firm, and the carbonation is reasonable. The finish is like the original Guiness, meaning toasty malt and some balancing hop. A treat.
Bartzilla (500) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stonehouse in Nevada City. Dark as night with a brown head and lots of robust coffee roasted chocolate delicious flavors going on. A very nice example of how an oatmeal stout should be. A very welcome surprise to the evening and highly recommended.