dwyerpg (4830) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark head body. Flavor is good. Roasty up front, but a middle-bodied finish. Pretty good but not a wow beer for me.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, that was a gift from Daknole (thanks Dak!), served in a tulip. Pour is a deep black/ruby with a quarter inch of tan, loose bubbly head; not much lacing, nor retention with this brew. Nose is a hearty bowl of oatmeal with molasses on it, roasted malt, chewy toffee, a touch of vanilla, and notes of dark chocolate. This smelled like a wonderful breakfast! Taste very closely mimics the nose, so closely in fact that I had to resist the urge to go get a spoon. This was a very delicious oatmeal stout, one of the better ones I’ve had, and one I could easily drink time and again. Though the diverse nose shines through clearly to the pallet, it was surprisingly done in a way that didn’t come off as hops, nor was it particularly sweet. This was an incredibly balanced stout!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brought by Greg to the beer gathering. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small beige head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was licorice and burnt roasty malts. The flavor was dryish, malty, roasty and woody with notes of licorice, and bitter floral hops. There were undertones of faint coffee and cocoa. The finish was long, dry, roasty and bitter with some light floral hops. Fairly full bodied. Decent.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille partagée avec Markwise.
Quelle bonne surprise et Firestone touche encore la marque. Une bière légère qui est remplie de saveur.
Couleur est brune, mousse est fine et beige.
Arôme est superbement biscuité laissant de superbes notes de farine d’avoine. Pas mal de malt grillé.
En bouche, l’expérience reste la même quoique l’avoine est légèrement en retrait. J’y note un palais épais en avoine, aspect de céréales, biscuité. Une fine amertume du houblon Fuggles est enveloppée dans l’onctuosité que l’avoine et le malt laissent en bouche.
cstuartj (1018) - Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Dark black with a tan creamy head. Great lacing. Attack was a bit thin and underwhelming, but the finish was off the hook, long bold, filled with coffee and roast notes, very smooth. Yumm!
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a 12 oz bottle. While I really enjoyed this bottle, it wasnt a big boomer. It was well crafted and very subtle in the flavoring. If it was just a stout it would be top notch. Enjoyed. it though.
bnoel09 (464) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted barley and coffee. Flavor matches pretty close but even stronger roast flavors. Excellent stout. A little more flavor than a typical oatmeal stout but very good!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: A gift from Daknole; THANKS Dakine! Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, oats, and a with hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/ruby/black in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, oats, light coffee, light chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, light coffee, oat, and slight chocolate finish is dry.
icanhasbeerz (5) - USA - JAN 4, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in "Guinness" imperial pint at Downey Brewing Co., Downey CA. Opaque brown/black with tan head that lasts. Not much to the aroma, some caramel and chocolate. Beautiful complex malt flavor- roast, chocolate, biscuit, vanilla. Not catching the barrel-aged influence, beyond the vanilla. Medium body. Substantial but not sticky or filling. Begs to be tasted again. This pint didn’t last long.
can8ianben (1395) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like a charred barrel. Dry and dark with plenty of wood and faint alcohol. Wasn’t as full bodied or chewy as I expect from an oatmeal stout. I thought this would be much heavier, but it was actually pretty thin on the mouthfeel (once you get past all of the burnt wood flavor). Faint coffee and dark chocolate, but mostly I taste the bourbon barrels.