Pailhead (5800) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel dominate the aroma with some light coffee. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Flavor is nowhere as big as the aroma. Flavors is some watered down chocolate and caramel with an even lighter coffee presence in the background. Light bitter smokey finish. Got off to a good start with the aroma, but the flavor was quite a let down. Thin mouthfeel with very light carbonation.
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of ???. Dark brown to near black body with a small tan head. Nose is roasted malts with light grains/oatmela and light smoke notes. Taste is smokey with roasted malts light sweetness and a hint of hops. Body is slightly bitter with a medium carbonation feel and some smoothness. Finish is more roasted malt and cocoa. Not as bad as I was expecting.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just how does one brew a beer that has no aroma? I thought perhaps I was stuffed up, but frankenkitty confirmed that there was little to be smelled. Pours a watery deep brown with slight ruby highlighting and no head at all. The flavor is an improvement, some roasted barley, a little coffee, a suggestion of chocolate... but a bit thin. Finishes on a rusty, watery note.
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notalush (5448) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A recipe for Grays Oatmeal Stout: Start with about 2/3 of a pint of Heartland Farmer Jon's Oatmeal stout. Add 1/3 of a pint of water. Stir. This beer is now ready to enjoy, in all it's thin, weak glory. I suppose this beer is a good "gateway stout" for people who aren't into real beer yet, but this fell short for me.
Skyview (5342) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Bob McFarland’s Liquors in McFarland, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving thin tan had that leaves behind a film film and a thin tan ring. Aroma of light toasted dark malk, some flowery hops, oatmeal, some coffee and roasted hazelnuts. Taste is full bodied, light carbonated with flavors of toasted malt, coffee, lactose and dark chocolate. Finish is slightly dry with a toasted malt aftertaste that lingers a little rough afterwards.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This sweet stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized beige foamy head, with good long lasting retention. Aroma is roasty malts, bitter chocolate and some vanilla. A medium bodied sweet stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts, there is some vanilla here as well. Nice balance. A very nice, very drinkable stout. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of lactic sweetness
heemer77 (5194) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark color. Light brown head with strong smell of oats and malt. Seems a little green to me. Slightly syrupy, sweet taste. Would like more coffee or chocolate flavor. Fairly thin in body.
jgb9348 (5168) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown body with a large thick brown head. Aroma of super pungent roasted malt, caramel and a lot of nuts. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with oats, caramel and even a bit of anise noticeable. Aftertaste shows a good and rather simple flavour of roasted oats, some light peat, a bit of nuts and a good caramel sweetness. Overall, a nice beer - not amazing, but a good sweet stout that would be nice to sample, even if you don’t care for the style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2.09 sampled on the train to New York (from Upstate) on 09-December-2012.
nuplastikk (5165) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Red-brown black color. Minimal beige head. Dry, oaty stout aroma. Smooth, medium bodied. Pleasant chocolate edge to it. Dry and crisp, almost sandily bitter. OK.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit thin, but everything else is spot on. A good session ale.