nuplastikk (5687) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz shorty bottle. Thick black color with faded patches of rusty orange head. Smooth and luscious, probably the best oatmeal stout Iíve ever had. Perfect mouthfeel, full of flavor yet semi subued. Not syrupy or hoppy. I taste the coffee, but really donít find it overwhelming, just part of the equation. Excellent stuff, creamy and rich, mellow carbonation.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 bottle poured into a snifter has a dark ink black color and a frothy true brown head that pulls back to a ring. aroma has dark roasted coffee, rich dark cocoa,fresh earth, and some toasted wood. mouth feel is not overwhelming and it coats the tongue completely. the flavor and texture have both benefited well from the oats. flavor has powerful dark roasted coffee and a perfect level of bitterness. dark truffle like chocolate and sweetness come across as it warmed up finishing smooth with a slight bitter bite at the sides of the tongue. superb balance for such a huge beer
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
When poured has the consistency of watered down motor oil (yes I know that is an oxymoron). The smell is of burnt coffee, but I like that smell so it worked for me. Moderate to thick mouth feel. You can taste the chocolate and coffee, as well as the bitterness of the hops. I love the aftertaste of coffee in the morning and this has the same aftertaste so it lives up to its name of a Breakfast Stout. Label creeps me out but that will not reflect in score. Awesome beer. This stout reinforces why I love sweet stouts. The mix of sweet, bitter, and coffee will for ever leave me in aw.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great tasting stout. Really smooth and drinkable with no taste of alcohol. Almost too smooth, I would have preferred some other flavors in the beer besides coffee and chocolate. Not much else going on. Very full bodied and densely flavored. Strong aroma. Light carbonation and low head.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Poured black with a nice tan head. Sweet chocolate, coffee malty aroma. This beer really is amazing. Incredibly complex malt flavors with not a hint of the 8.3% alcohol. Great mouthfeel
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a thin brownish tan head. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee. Taste is malty but a little bitter with a dry finish.
BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown so dark you might as well call it black. Not much head at all. Aroma of COFFEE, COFFEE, and COFFEE. Oh, and did I mention it smells like COFFEE? But in a GOOOOOD way. Yummmmm....
Taste is coffee like (heh), not too roastey or smokey, really good. There are stouts I like better (Bellís Kalamazoo, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, for example) but this is right up there.
cdizinno (6) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ON TAP!. This beer is at least 10% better on tap. I would assume due to the freshness? Only a 4.5 or less in the bottle. If you get the opportunity to try it on tap, DONíT MISS IT!!
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The label caught my attention first. When I was served the bottle, I had to warm the bottle a bit in my hands. Some bars donít know unfortunately. The beers aroma instantly had hints of coffee. It poured black with a creamy brown head. It tasted deliscious. I enjoyed the aftertaste of the beer as much as the beer itself.
JMerritt (1939) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin, medium-brown head that falls to a wisp. Rich cocoa powder and coffee aroma - not a lot of roast, but instead largely dominated by the cocoa. Flavor has the roast - nice charred malt flavors with rather subtle, earthy hops. Finish returns to cocoa with light grain and wheat notes and ends bitter. Mild-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin-bodied. A nice stout, but Iím honestly surprised by the hype - this is good but not world-class, and definitely not a Top 50 beer of the world.