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RATINGS: 154   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle from IrishBoy, and I just kinda like the way it looks right there in the bottle, nice label. The pour is pitch negro, ok initial head, diminishes reasonably quick for a sweet stout, doesnít leave much lacing behind. The aroma is roast, caramel, some chocolate. The flavor is roast, almost burnt notes (tilted in that sense for a sweet/oatmeal stout), dry chocolate, caramel, finishing with a lovely oaty dry bite. The dry zingy finish and silky mouthfeel are the highlight of this beer, leaving a wonderful impression, although it is pretty straight forward otherwise, and perhaps less than impressive in appearance. If you like oatmeal stouts, then this is worth seeking out, a nice product. Thanks, Richard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle from Irishboy - thanks! Dark, nearly black pour with a sizable tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty - sweet malts, bits of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is roasty and has some light chocolate. Tasty, but doesnít live up to that sweet smell. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, maybe even a tad watery. Solid overall stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours pitch black with a medium small light brown head. Smells of cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. Some smoky roasty aromas mixed in with some chocolate rounded out the smell. Taste is fairly light bodied, but has a good flavor to it. A little roasty with some oatmeal characters. Subtle chocolate rears it head as well. Decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Black pour, thin and quickly fading tan head. Aroma is vanilla, moderate roasted malt, símores, oatmeal and touches of cinnamon and earthy spice. Alcohol is medium-light. Flavor is signifigantly roasty and mmoderately to near heavily sweet. Bitterness from roasted malt is substantial and caramel and chocolate progress to the foreground initially. A tingly acidity lurks in the distance and pounces to deftly counter some of the sweetness, providing more balance in the taste than in the aroma. The finish is chocolatey, dry and showcases ample backing hops. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and light-medium to medium bodied. This beer is very well made and somewhat easy to drink. Perhaps a touch too sweet up front, which all too quickly recedes to reveal a trouncing dryness that makes the grains seem burned. Itís almost like a smokescreen near the finale, without the desired end result of pleasant flavor enhancement. This beer is a must-try on draft, this sample was from a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
(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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (9651) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 2, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
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.

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