DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is roast coffee and dark chocolate, nearly black, small cappuccino head.. Flavour is chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, well balanced, smooth, pleasantly bitter, very drinkable. Quite nice.
beer4bears (75) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo. The aroma is toasty malt with primarily coffee, but a bit of smoke there too. I really liked the appearance: inky brown letting little light through, a nice tan, foamy head with a slight brown film which lasted a long time disappearing into a fine lace. The coffee dominated the taste. Lively carbonation, really fizzy on the front of the tongue, thick textured.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint enjoyed at the Kick Off. Taps an opaque deep brown with a tiny tan surface film. The aroma has some nice toffee malts and vanilla mixed in with enticing coffee roast. The flavour hits right away with dry roast, mixed in with some sweet caramel and toffee malts, in good balance. Minor dry/bitter, astringent bite on the tongue in the finish that impressed me. The mouth-feel is somewhat full but lacks the richness of body I might expect in an oatmeal stout. Still, this is a very tasty beer and Iím glad I finally got to try it. I could session this all night as I think itís one of the best stoutís produced in this province.
Spab (2677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo. Pours a rich near-black with moderate mocha head. Aroma is big on coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavour similarly has big coffee and roast notes with cocoa more pronounced than in nose. Lingering bitter roasted finish. Nice.
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Victory Cafe, and bottles from the brewery. Deep almost-black colour with a finger or two of creamy, dark tan head. Both aroma and flavour hold a lot of coffee, which meshes well with the dark roasted malt. There are also hints of cocoa and licorice, and a pleasant soft roundness on the palate. One minor complaint is that the body might be considered a touch thin for the style, but itís so good otherwise, Iím willing to overlook that.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
341 ml bottle from brewery. Pours jet black, with huge tan head. Aroma is of mild coffee, taste is coffee, and roasted malt. Nice drinkable stout!
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Volo. Pours a jet black with a thick browned dark tan head. Big coffee, dark bitter cocoa, a hint of vanilla, char. Medium bodied, plum and prune, more cocoa, a little more coffee. Finishes smooth and with some lingering bitterness.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1976-20090131] Cask. Coffee oil roast aroma has a hint of chocolate. Black body with a small long-lasting creamy tan head. Dark dry-roasted wood and charcoal malt flavour. Full body is dry. Quite dry and lovely, this combination of flavours really appeals to me.
(@ Victory Cafe; Toronto, ON)
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2011 Update: On tap at the brewery 14/11/11 - ricch black body, massive tan cap, even sweet-bitter-roasty character with a lightly dry finish. Top flight london styled oatmeal stout.
Dregs of the keg at the Kiwi:
Black and light shedding, puffy tan cap, good lace.
Cocoa and coffee dominate the nose, wafts of dark fruit and grass.
Thin bodied but coffee predominates flavor but there are some herbal fresh hop cone bittering balance. Finished clean dry and bitter with a tad of astringency.
matt7215 (2262) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
served on nitro at the golden kiwi. perfect black body with a solid nitro tan head. perfect stout appearence. aroma of chocolate and coffee. flavours are similar but the nitro body really helped this brew. some hop bitterness in the finish. this was a treat on nitro and i will be back for more of this.