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RATINGS: 688   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Draft at the Bruery, Orange county, CA. Dark coffee brown our with a little beige head. Nose is strongly coffee and caramel. Smooth on the palate, malty chocolate, coffee and caramel with a hint of bourbon and oatmeal on the backend. Very good oatmeal stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
12oz bottle from rhertan poured into a tulip. Pours deep, deep brown out of the bottle, sitting almost black in the glass. The head is small and tan, leaving streaks of lacing. Aroma is mainly toasted chocolate malt and oatmeal. There are hints of coffee and cocoa powder as well. Taste is more of the same and predominantly chocolate with bitter espresso and lactose with a healthy dose of oatmeal in finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and feels a tad thin, though it is a low ABV stout. This is a very drinkable if not very complex stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Fresh 12 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage. Dark but translucent, the deep cola to mahogany brown body is topped with a small, smooth head of dark khaki foam. Fading away rapidly to just a thin outer ring, the head leaves minimal spotting and wet, diagonal flares of lacing behind. The nose is nicely balanced, showing a roasty dark cocoa malt base and toasted oats, with secondary notes of blackened caramel sweetness. Hops are primarily earthy but also suggest of some citrus. I don’t get any bourbon, per se, but there is a very faint scent of barrel char, while coffee serves to lend further roasted edge. Flavors follow suit, darkly roasted, dry and chocolaty, with loads of toasted oats and some black coffee. Caramel again lends just a bit of sweet roundness, but earthen hops are there to support the roasted malt in its campaign for dominance. Overall, nice balance is achieved. The palate sports a medium-plus body that clearly gets its heft from the oats, though carbonation is a little overly active and prickly for my tastes. That lively tingle ushers in a relatively dry body. Definitely one to be consumed fresh, this is a pretty solid session stout, though I don’t find it to be overly impressive in any facet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2010
12 ounce thanks to Luckyhank. Pours black with creamy tan head. Nice hoppy aroma. Very creamy texture. Chocolate roast flavor. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, slightly sweet oats, a little bourbon and vanilla - the roasted malt is most pronounced though. Flavour matches accordingly, with the slightly sweet roasted malts and burnt flavours upfront. Not much presence of the bourbon barrel aging, thought there is maybe a subtle oak and vanilla character buried underneath somewhere. Palate is velvety as the name suggests. Very solid oatmeal stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2010
What a wonderful beer! Black with a frothy, tan foam and the aroma of chocolate and nuts. The taste is of burnt toast withal cocoa, nutty finish. The real gem is the mouthfeel. This beer, as all oatmeal stouts should be, is truly like velvet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (336) - , California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Several subsequent tastings from bottles have lived up to expectation. Pours dark brown with modest compact beige head diminishing to plush halo. Chocolate and mild coffee aroma with enveloping cocoa and chocolate milk layered flavors. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with delicate hop counterpoint and slight firming dryness to finish. 11/14/10 4/4/4/2/13 Draft: Buttered popcorn aroma, Butter and milk chocolate flavors, with a watery texture and slick mouthfeel. No roast or bourbon notes as anticipated. There’s a tremendous disparity in what I expected and what I got in the glass (see Parabola rating), so I asked the establishment about how often they clean their lines (which of course sort of set the bartender toward defensive, but there’s got to be some explanation...) Good vibe at this bar, decent beer selection and great pint followed (Speakeasy Double Daddy) so go figure.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1316) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of ksurkin (thanks Kenny). Bottled September 20, 2010. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin khaki head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and smoky aromas. The flavor combines dark chocolate, roasted nuts, a hint of coffee, and ash into a dangerously drinkable beer. A great stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1137) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Opaque black with mahogany highlights, minimal head and retention. Modest chocolate and espresso aromas. Flavors come on much stronger, and feature a roasted malts, black coffee and hints of milk chocolate. Slight sweetness from the oatmeal, but not very strong. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, more carbonation than expected, very dry, and a lingering chocolate malt sweetness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle from lushawn- thanks, Shawn! Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, oats, coffee, chocolate, milk sugar, and toast. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, cream, earth, toast, chocolate, wood, and grains. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Nice stout, but I can’t detect any portion that has been barrel aged, as the description claims. Just a nice, simple stout.


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