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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (360) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1642) - Raleigh, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1451) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7809) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Thanks to dschiller for this one in trade. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, chocolate, some slight coffee, and a bit of earth. Flavor is similar with chocolate and some porter qualities coming through. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Tap @ Concordia Alehouse: Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The nose is roasty and sweet with some vanilla, molasses and light chocolate notes. The flavor is light with a moderately body but ample flavor. Very balanced and drinkable with a more expressive nose and rich flavor than you would expect. Finishes sweet and clean. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Slightly sweet, fudgy stout with some nice roast, burnt caramel notes and a touch of hop bitter finish. Light, very nice to drink, lots of flavor for 5.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, roasty, chocolate, coffee, earthy, woody, nuts. Tastes semisweet with moderate bitterness and a slight astringency.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16776) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at Atlas Bistro in Phoenix, courtesy of Josh - thank you sir! Very rich and smooth, chocolate covered figs with a smoky edge. Amazing stuff!

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