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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 On tap at Taste of Tops. Pours black with a ruby tint around the edges and a trim tan head that quickly retreats into a ring. Smells of burned coffee. Tastes mildly of dark cherries, dry hops, barley, red grape skins, oatmeal, and black licorice. Not much bourbon on this at all. Quite thin, actually -- more like a porter than a stout, to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours a deep brown to black with a large creamy burnt brown head. Aroma is roasted grains chocolate oak vanilla. Flavor is oatmeal chocolate wood tannins vanilla barrel flavor is subtle but nicely imparted. bitter oaky oatmeal choco finish. nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
draft at bigwood. nearly black with a few ruby highlights in the corners. loose burnt tan head. very nearly vacant nose. creamy medium body, not much carb. light roast and faint chocolate notes. neutral finish. lacking character all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at Bigwood 09. Coffee, coconut, roasty almond, oatmeal. Light to medium body but good feel. Great balance of oat, coffee, roasty nuttiness, slight chocolate, and a mellow burnt flavor. Solid oatmeal stout that I would revisit at any time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Holiday Ale Festival... Poured deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of oats and malts. Light, easy going palate. Oats and wood-like flavors. Creamy, mile hop, and overall a low bitterness to this near, sessionable stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Sampled on 12/1/2009 at the brewery. This oatmeal stout pours a very dark black color from the tap. Small sized tan foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is A medium to light bodied Oatmeal Stout. The malts are chocolate and roasted malts. The hops are herbal and a touch citrusy. There is perhaps a touch of wood. Very smooth tasting. Nice stout. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
On tap at Firestone. Deep mahogany with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate with some light coconut and caramel. Flavor follows suit with some dry light pine, bitterness at a 3. Light prickly carbonation with a medium-light body. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4358) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at Firestone night at Stone Bistro. Brown pour, light tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, oak, bourbon, and some cream. Tasty beer, somewhat light, although I did try it after tasting Parabola, so it’s relative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Draft at the brewery tasting room Nov 15, 2009 Nose of coffee, coffee, and more coffee, with hints of oak and bourbon. Black with brown edges and a medium tan, glass lacing head. Flavor is lots of expresso and caramel, finishing with more coffee. 8/4/7/4/15 3.8 12 oz bottle from Country Club 11/8/09 Nose is coffee and oatmeal, unlike the chocolaty BA Merlin I had Saturday at the 14th Release Party. The bourbon and wood hints I found in the regular draft version seem lost althogh the description claims the BA version is present according to the commercial description. Flavor is very oaty coffee with a hint of background bitterness. 6/3/7/3/13 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
FoBAB. Lots of people were talking this one up so I had to try it. Pour is pretty much black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, sweet cream, chocolate, and a light fruitiness. The mouthfeel hurt this one for me as it was rather thin for such a rich looking beer. Very easy to drink though. Flavors were pretty standard bourbon, vanilla, chocolate malt, and light wood. Not a bad beer, just wish it had a fuller body.

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