brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Woodshop 5.0. Dark pour with a bit of head. OK aroma of roasty coffee. Pretty well balanced flavors of coffee, oatmeal and roast. Finish is creamy and smooth.
popery (1421) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 Opaque dark-brown with highlighting along the edges of the glass. The aroma, unlike the flavor, was fantastic. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, dry oak and a well-balanced bourbon flavor that meshed very well unlike some bourbon barrel-aged beers. The taste had all of these flavors, but they were far more muted. The bourbon flavor became almost watery. The feel may have been the real culprit. It was much too thin for a stout, much less a barrel-aged stout. A cask would likely bring out the creamy lush mouthfeel of the oatmeal stout. At any rate, it was still a good beer, and they get points for not overwhelming a relatively small stout with bourbon barrel-aging. Would be nice to see it in a cask.
Edit (12/2/10): Bottle. I’ve been drinking this regularly since six-packs arrived and like it even better now. Excellent chocolate aroma/flavor, little bourbon. Smooth. Tons of flavor for the size. Great stout.
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown. Nice earthy, roasty character with dry, toasty malts. Full body. Smooth. Quite oaty, also sweet and maybe light butterscotch. A fairly moreish beer, something I genuinely appreciate in an oatmeal stout.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Brouwers. Inky black. Excellent doily lace is even at first, then scatters. Aroma has fresh malt, very pure and unadulterated. Sweet and gluteny. Whole oats are the most apparent flavors, has very little in the way of chocolate. Sweet. Oily palate. Creamy oatmeal, gluten character. Has a pure and simple nature. Sweet. Mild roast. Medium to low complexity. Well made but not wowtastic.
dchmela (2641) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Naja’s. Pours black with an off white head. Chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and roasted grain aroma. Taste is smooth chocolate roasted grain with a touch of coffee. Pretty standard stout.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse (Los Angeles, CA): Pours opaque black/deep brown and topped with a beige head with lots of rich lacing. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee ground aromatic backbone, with hint of bourbon, oats, wood, toasted almonds, hops, roasted malts, and some
spice. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. Flavors of mild chocolate and roast coffee flavor. Metallic towards and throughout the finish. Drinkability: Taste is fair compared to a powerful aroma. Pairing: Aged cheese. Rebuy: Yeah, ok. #343 on 14032010, DG.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a nice creamy head. Lots of roast and chocolate with just a hint of wood. Smooth and tasty.
joeneugs (3262) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice oatmeal stout. Pours dark brown with a small beige colored head. Roasted coffee, chocolate in the aroma with the same flavors. Add some oatmeal and a beautiful mouthfeel, and you have a great beer.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: A very nice looking black pour with a thin layer of tan foam on top.
S: A strong aroma of coffee with other scents such oatmeal, roasted malt, and chocolate joining the party.
T: The flavor is a bit disappointing. The coffee is once again the dominant sensation. The oatmeal is there, but surprisingly not a huge presence. There are also some hints of chocolate and roasted malt.
M: The beer has a nice smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The body, however, isn’t quite as full as I was expecting.
D: Certainly a very drinkable beer with very little alcohol presence. I was really excited to get to try this, but a bit let down by it.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Rating #67. Pitch black with a tan head. Light, clean oaty aroma. Great mouthfeel, super silky with a light roast and a very nice finish, really tasty stuff, could have had this all day. (1128)