csbosox (1204) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
O.G. 15/1061-Hops 42 IBU. 12oz draw. Dark, but not pure black color with a tan head. An attractive beer. Nice lacing. Coffee-ish aroma. Roasty flavor with some hops coming through and adding some floral/fruity notes. Not the thickest or most complex stout, but good nevertheless.
heemer77 (5008) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very black with a touch of red on the edges. Fair amount of lacing and a medium sized head. The aroma is oats, fresh bread and some grass. The taste is full and bready with notes of blackberries and some light piney hops. Thin mouthfeel, but still very good. Sampled at the brewpub.
Terminus (2889) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at brewpub-pours fairly light for a stout with minimal tan head-flavors are thin and the body is lacking like most oatmeal stouts. I wish i had the rating sheets that i left at the brewpub!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was had on tap at the Free State Brewery. It pours a dark brown but slightly ruby red color which already had me slightly disappointed, but nonetheless it exhbited great lacing. I practically had to stick my nose directly into this beer to get any sort of bead on the aroma. There’s a hint of chocolate and bready oats in the aroma. The taste is astringently hoppy and oaty, with chocolate and roasted caramel hints. What the hell is with the hoppiness in this beer though. Overly hoppy beer! Some dry cocoa in the finish. This needs a better balance for sure.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great looking stout that slightly lacks the flavor of many of the great stouts. Thick and rich, almost syrupy, this will get you full after a couple. A pretty good beer, but not as great as the other Free State beers.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
When I first had this stout in 1992, I thought that it could very well be the best oatmeal stout in the country. Either my standards have become refined, or this brewer has given up. I expect, nay, demand that an oatmeal stout have such a solid carb base that smooth is the first thing that comes to mind. The roasted coffee flavor was there, but then again, everyone's stout has that. Don't get me wrong, this was good, but it is no longer the best.
3fourths (6932) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a tan head, quite small. Milky and creamy, smooth up front, then hits you with some hops and some big bubbles over the middle of the tongue. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors, but I'm not picking up the oatmeal at all. Thin, a little spicey, but average.
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
somewhat disappointing stout. Nice black beer with tan head and pleasant coffee grounds aroma. low carbonation and flat palate with a creamy texture highlighted by faint chocolate and burnt coffee. Not a great bloom and leaves mostly bitterness. could use some complexity and a higher alcohol content to please me.
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent session stout, as most brew pub stouts are, with a slightly hoppier finish than most. Slightly thin and roasty in the nose, all-too-common notes of chocolate, coffee and toasted oats.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Ruby/brown color, roasted coffee aroma, thin bodied, long aftertaste.