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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Speaking of stout, here's a real take-no-prisoners, hearty, small-batch ale from Freeport brewer Greg Sansone: Strong Oatmeal Stout. S.O.S. is a bold, dark ale made from a blend of nine malts and a generous helping of oatmeal. This full-bodied brew rivals any of our E.S.B.s for strength (about 6.8% ABV). A light touch with the hops gives S.O.S. a warm, slightly sweet palate that is memorably smooth. Strong Oatmeal Stout will be served this month as a nitrogen-carbonated draft and cask-conditioned special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6503) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2013
Bomber. Nose of chocolate, coffee, hops. Sweet chocolate flavor, creamy, café au lait. Light, clean body, very bitter finish with lots of hops, licorice, citrus. Nice flavor, huge hops. Bitter as hell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a flat black body under a large frothy light brown head that slowly faded. The nose is roasty with some coffee, and an underlying sweetness. The flavor is minimally sweet with some roast and a light coffee laced finish. Some caramel and black malt bitterness on the finish as well. The more I drink, the more there builds a slight acrid note that lingers and becomes a little too overly bitter. Lighter bodied with lots ofd fizzy carbonation, seems a bit thin overall. Not the most pleasant of Sweet Stouts, it comes up a bit short on the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4713) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 14/IX/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Hoppy Loft (Delirium café, Brussels) - BB: n/a (2013-859) Thanks to Guang for the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity touch, chloride, citrus, smoky, charcoal, bit dusty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, chocolate, charcoal, weird spiciness, coffee, hops. Aftertaste: cocoa powder, some dried fruits, mocha, bit of caramel, coffee. This is a "sweet" stout? Ok, then... weirdos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4422) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours mahogany-tinged black into an English pint. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving spotted sheets. Dark chocolate and resin aromas. Thin with sweet milk chocolate and sour espresso and licorice front to back. Lasting bitter resin finish..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4030) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2013
Courtesy of to tderoeck. Thx! 650 ml. bottle sampled during Zwanze Day shenanigans. Pours black with a tanned head. Sweet nose, ripe with blueberries, blackberries & bramble berries sinking in sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal. Taste is sweet, previously mentioned berries, thick liquorish but not in a bad way, chocolate, faintly roasted malts & oatmeal, some bitter herbs & liquorish in the back. Creamy body. Pretty nice stuff here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2013
22 oz. bottle now released to celebrate our 25th Birthday. I checked the Grittymcduff.com and this is the same brew named Strong Oatmeal Stout, same recipe. The nose is deep roasted barley, chocolate and ash. The flavor starts as it should, dry roasted malt with light notes of coffee and dark chocolate that leads to a light to moderate amounts of gentle bitterness which lingers just a tad. The deep roasted barley I really enjoy as a secondary flavor. Texture is on the dry side. Overall a nicely made oatmeal stout that is not overly sweet. Really easy for me to drink the bomber.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
On tap in Gritty McDuffs, Portland. Great black appearacne with a good white frothy/ creamy head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt all in this well made beer. Possibly a little earthy but smooth and tasty. Great finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2152) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. It has a mainly black pour with a light brown head but there is a touch of brown around the edges. The aroma has a variety of scents including dark malts, oatmeal, yeast, coffee, and just a little bit of hops at the end. The body is medium and smooth. The taste starts slightly sweet and dark and quickly evolves into a mildly bitter finish. The more it warms the better it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Draft in Portland, ME. Pours a black color with a creamy off white head. Nose is roasty with a light hint of malted milk balls. Palate is a bit chalky and creamy. Flavor is chalky malt notes with some light roast notes and a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1856) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Draught in Freeport: This one poured an opaque, almost black color. There was about a finger of a tan head on it that left lots of lacing. The nose is nice. Some sweet chocolate and roasted notes. The taste is also good. A bit of roastiness and coffee, and some chocolate with a subdued sweetness. Some bitterness also. Nicely balanced.

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