Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours with a black body topped by a thin brown head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, roasty and malty with very slight notes of coffee and a touch of bitter smokiness. An odd meaty note is also observed. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of coffee and an odd bitterness. The finish is slightly smokey and bitter. Full bodied and smooth.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive aroma, touch of hop perfume as well as some roasted and sweet grain smells. Nice smooth malt flavor, nice tongue coating oatiness, percievable roast charater. Strong chocolate malt character. Very good sweet stout. A touch overcarbonated.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this bottled in Stevns Point Wisconsin. Aroma of wheat, slight head, accents of bitter chocolate. Heavy.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 the first bottle smelled like dog treats. but the second... smelled like blueberries. a pleasant coffee taste with traces of semi-sweet chocolate and blueberry flavors. it is slightly bitter, with a nice mouthfeel--although it could be a bit thicker. i'd drink this again.
JK (4918) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Aroma of coffee and malt. Black and thick with a small head that left a lace. Flavours of bitter coffee, very well done so that you know it is there but is not unpleasant or overpowering. Also some chocolate. A very heavy beer. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, I never heard of gray’s. Not so "stout" at 5 and change, but still in the top of its class.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma with some sweetness as if cream and sugar were added to your coffee. Taste is of coffee, robust bitterness with some sweetness and chocolate. Not too exotic but a very good midwest Oatmeal stout.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Very dark brown (opaque) with a small tan head. The aroma was pure roasted coffee...chocolate tones crept in as the beer warmed. The flavor was wonderful...near perfect for an oatemal stout...strong roasted coffee with underlying oat and chocolate tones...slightly botter coffe aftertaste. The feel was a little too thin (I think a thick, heftier body would make this one of the best oatmeal stouts!) Very nice session stout.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice dark black color,small tan head that dissipated quickly leaving little behind.Sweet roasted malt aroma,with a nice chocolate hint to it.The taste is roasty and coffeeish with a mild chocolate tone and very mild hops.The after taste is roasty with a nice chocolate and mild coffee taste.with a nice mild feel to it.This is one hell of a brew IMO and well worth trying,much better then some of there other brews if not the best out of the lot so far.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color, slight roasted , chocolate aroma, first taste quick hit of chocolate, followed by roasted aftertaste. 2nd and third taste bitterness set in. High carbonation gave it a crisp sharp feel on the tongue which changed to an oiliness in the middle. Chocolate taste became replaced by oatmeal aftertaste at the end. Better than I could do
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was about par - a very flat look, really roasty smell and flavor, but just not big. Kind of rolls off the tongue after the initail smokiness sets in. A tad astringent with the espresso malt, but not so bad.