VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Free State is a local beerpub based out of Lawrence, KS. For the longest time their beers have only been available either at the brewpub or via growler. Recently, however, they’ve begun bottling their beer (finally) and making it available for purchase, albeit on a very limited basis.
Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I’d go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.
12 ounce bottle. Pouring the beer it looks reminiscent of cola, with a nicely building sudsy tan head. You have to pour this beer somewhat aggressively to get any kind of head out of it. You can really smell the oatmeal in the nose, with some chocolate and burnt molasses. The flavor to this beer is an explosion. The first taste is amazing, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and caramel sweetness coming through. There’s some hints of coffee here, though they are muted. The hops profile also adds a light fruitiness to the whole affair. Light mouthfeel, not creamy or thick, but drinkable in it’s own way. Honestly, for my money it’s right up there with Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout as one of the best examples of the style you can find.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to GCurlow
Dark brown, rich cream-colored head. Nose of oat, lightly green, ashy coffee and very faint hops in grapefruit. Flavor is sweeter and simpler, creamy oats and milk chocolate at the front, lightly burnt grain at the back. Faintly bitter finish, creamy decently thick body with faint carbonation that adds to the profile but doesn’t cloud it. The sweetness is pretty tame here, which is good because there isn’t much balance from hop or grain bitterness. The nose is a bit rough, but overall it’s easy to drink and enjoy rather than savor.
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Eugene. Pours a very dark brown color with a small white head. A ashy chocolate nose, light metal. The flavor is somewhat thin; sweet cocoa, metal, light hops, ash, pretty good. A little thin for the style but nice.
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black. Aroma of molasses and grain with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a toasted grain and dried fruit. Very good.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear and very dark. Floral dark malt aroma. Like a thick brown ale. Sweet cherry noates, clingy mouth. Recommended. Tap, Flying Saucer, Kansas City.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley’s. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and some molasses. Flavors of chocolate, oats, roasted malts, and some caramel. Finishes dry and roasty. Pretty drinkable stout.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Free State. Pours a black body with an off white head. Thin slick with some dark chocolate notes. Lactose, licorice chewy slick velvet body. Nice brew.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Free State. Dark brown color pour. Aroma of roast, distant coffee, some molasses. Very complex flavor. Not what I expected. Roast, bread, coffee, woody hops. Nice bitter finish. Very good. Lots of hop character in the finish. Woody.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. Smooth and creamy, but not deep, complex, or roasty enough. Has a smokey-bacon type flavor... on purpose? Doubtful.
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Kerrianne our wayword son, the Lawrence drug mule, with many thanks. Superb traditional oatmeal stout nose with lots of chocolate and oats. Taste is very smooth with almost no viscosity. Great back-end taste profile. I can feel my cholesterol going down as I type.