ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark, almost black color and medium tan head. Flavor was creamy and rich, hummy! Very full mouth feel and complex chocolate flavor that I really enjoyed. Initially smooth but with a strong bitte after taste that seems to last too long. Overall it is, in my opinion, a better brew than the rating indicates.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
27-Apr-14 (22-oz bottle)
I like Oatmeal Stouts that develop a hint sourness over time. This one has an entry of dark chocolate, dark toast, sour dough, and perhaps some tart cherry, finishing with a nice earthy, smoky, tobacco flavor. The aromas show cacao nib, toast, oatmeal, sour dough, tobacco, shiitake mushroom, and tart berry and cherry. The beer is medium in weight, medium in carbonation, lightly acidic, and generally dry on the palate. It’s dark-brown in color with a medium-brown rim and a small, tan head fading to a thin ring. Overall, this is a pleasant, complex Oatmeal Stout that’s cellared quite nice over the years, although I don’t know exactly how old this one is. Maybe 8 years?
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent dark brown, minimal beige head. Decent aroma of chocolate, licorice and coffee, light hop character in background. As it warms more and more coffee coming through. Coffee dominates flavor, not much else going on. Mouthfeel lacks a bit, body thins out a bit as it warms.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a dense, thick, dark tan head. The batter-like foam rose to over an inch, and fell slowly to the surface. Remnants of clingy froth failed to stay on the walls of the glass, and only a trace of lacework remained as a result.
Aromatics are a nice blend of coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly acrid and heavily roasted, with a mild creamy note. Drizzeled caramel and chocolate syrup come forward in the end.
The mouthfeel is a bit spritzy and some overcarbonation keeps the brew from having any creaminess. Not a thick as I had hoped.
The pallet is laden with dark chocolate and burnt caramel. A strong espresso note follows through along with a generous dose of roasted malts and a hint of smoke.
Finishes slightly warming with a lingering bitter chocolate bite.
Lacking a lot of character that is eluded to by the moniker "breakfast stout".
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours a big brown expansive foam ball with dark dark body and spotty lacing. It smells like a hand full of steel cut oats mixed with faint roasted malts. The over bubbly carbonation causes the beer to explode and punctuate the initial burnt malt, astringent malt and roasted malt notes. As the mushroom cloud of carbonation subsides the oatmeal twang, burnt malts and coffee all ride the flavor to the finish. The beer leaves burnt malts and oats into the after taste.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Meh. A very boring sweet stout. Thanks hopdog for sending it my way though! It is not bad by any means, but it does not differentiate itself from the loads of other stouts out there either in quality or innovation. Typical thin head, dark near-black color, roasted coffee, chocolate aroma. Taste is very much coffee and bitter chocolate; finishes slightly creamy, but the hoppiness of the beer really cuts into the creaminess of the beer, making the cream seem like a worthless pursuit. The flavors just do not all come together to create a great beer. Decent beer, but just decent.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle- color of black , with a dark tan head - light nose of chocolate , anis , and vanilla – taste of chocolate , anis , and malts - body is medium , sweet , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of chewy , and dark baking chocolate
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Chocolate, roasty, and grainy aroma. Creamy palate. Bitter-sweet chocolate taste, dark roasted coffee, and a milk chocolate taste to the finish.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a big creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, malt coffee. Chocolate malt flavor. Slightly bitter finish.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My God a deep dark black nectar from the gods above. Thanks you beer gods. This was deep dark amlts chocolate with great smooth mouthfeel. I loved the flavor this was not your mamas breakfast beer thsi was for the those who can aprecate the deep dark thick crude stuff. AWESOME!!!
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle aquired in trade. Poured a dark, deep brown (almost black) with red edges and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roast, light vanilla, oats and very light coffee. Tastes of roast, vanilla lighter chocolate, and a light bitter coffee finish.