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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas. This beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Appearance: black with dark brown highlights. Swirls with spotty khaki bubbles, leaving a collar in its wake.
Nose: roasty with dark fruits. Burnt, toasted oats. Figs and dates. Sense of ancient forests with twigs, sticks, and dirty earth. Black root.
Palate: clean forward flavors of roasted oats along with chilled chocolate covered oats. Burnt, ashy, and woody which dries tongue and mouth. Figs and dates are both dry and meaty. Pleasantly sessionable.
Final Thoughts: a straightforward oatmeal stout which is highly sessionable and screaming for some raw oysters.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a black which looks cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. Two finger light brown head which dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted coffee, light earthy hops, and light dark chocolate. A bit of vanilla and licorice comes out as it warms up. Initial taste is roasted coffee going into light dark chocolate with some hints of vanilla and licorice. The finish has a slight tea-like bitterness. Don’t really get any bourbon. Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty standard for an oatmeal stout. Pretty great beer, especially for the cos.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Above average on the carbonation. Thin to medium bodied. You can see through this one. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar to nose with some lingering soft roast flavors at the end. Thin, watery , and clean mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy of BelgianBeerGal. Pours dark brown with a tan foam that fades to a thin creamy head. Aroma is chocolaty, with hints of vanilla and coffee. Flavor is much the same with a full creamy body. Loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
On tap at Toronado. I prefer my stouts a little less hoppy. That being said, VM still had wonderful caramel and dark malt flavors..

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thin tan ring of bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, some oatmeal, licorice, spicy. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy, some coffee hints. Finishes moderately bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Smells of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and toasted malts. Taste is pretty mellow oats, chocolate and some nuttiness. Very creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Aroma was surprising; like hydrocarbons or motor oil and peanuts. Fairly dry flavor with a medium roasty-ness. Kinda disappointing in light of all the other stellar beers from FW and the amazing blends this apparently figures into.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle via daknole. Pours a dark brown color with a small creamy beige head. The aroma has a nice blend of roasted malts, creamy sweet oatmeal, light barrel notes and some earthy hops. The flavor has much of the same: roasted malts, creamy oatmeal, hints of bourbon and wood, chocolate, earthy hop bitterness. The finish is more dry with an increased roast and bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth like velvet throughout. This would make for an outstanding sessionable stout if I had easy access to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
pours black with a minimal tan/brown head and beautiful little bubbles.. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, oats, bready. medium to full bodied. creamy on the palate and sweet but not overly sweet. finishes of sweet dark chocolate yet maintains some dryness. Well balanced beer and its a favorite of mine.


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