IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose of oats, chcolate, and light roastiness. Clear dark brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is peppery, chocolate, and roasted malt.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L swingtop bottle thanks to Arbitrator on BA. Pours darkest brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma is nice and roasty with a little rubberiness and some chocolate. Flavor is roast, rubber, and chocolate with mild sweetness and slight hops. Medium-bodied and fairly dry on the palate. Pretty solid stout overall.
mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, oats and some coffee notes. Flavour of smooth roasted malt and oats - pretty one-dimensional, but still well-made.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1000, capped, swingtop. Schmancy bottle. Pours black with a dense, creamy, surging dark tan head that really sticks around, despite leaving essentially no lace. Milk chocolatey nose with a slight hint of tin, along with some chalk. Appealing, but smells a little stale, like maybe it smelled even better a few weeks ago. Perhaps. Creamy, silky, soft medium body with soft carb. Very gentle and easy drinking. Roasty, chocolatey mid palate with a little tiny coffee tang. Not a wildly inventive oatmeal stout, but solid and certainly beautifully presented. Essentially has no serious production flaws, drinks well, and shows tons of flavor for the abv. Hard to give it "only" 3.5, hard to go higher, too. Might have to continue the research on this one; it’s a session stout for sure anyway.
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap pours rich black with tan head. Bitter coco, smoke, coffee and a hint of rolled oats. Rich bitter flavor with burnt caramel and smoke in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy. A nice oatmeal stout.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a large beige head, left chunks of lacing as I drank. Aroma is slightly acidic and roasty, with coffee roastiness coming through. Tastes quite nice, with a smooth chocolate roastiness. Not much char present. The oats make an appearance and more of a light acidicness. Has a moderate feel to it, and no alcohol heat. Very easy drinking as stouts go.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Howe Sound Brewing Company--Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout 2010 1.0 Liter Bottle. 5.00% ABV--22 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Dark black with Ruby edges. Lacy tan head. Rich roasted mild chocolate front. Dry burnt sweet black cherry mildly oatmeal creamy rich flavorful body. Clean tart dry end. Spring Beer & Wine Fest 3 oz. Taste. Sampled 4/2/2010. 1 Liter $6.99 Each.
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown with scant tan head. Nice rich mild chocolate and oatmeal aromas are pure. The palate is light with slight fizz. Slight tang in the flavors makes this not as sessionable as it could be. Otherwise has decent cocoa and carob flavors.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 Great stout beer. Drinks like a meal. Comes in 1.1L swingtops. One of my favorites from Howe Sound brewing.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: September 27, 2009
Source: City Center Liquor, Surry, BC
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, light roasted, enriching carmel sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate and roasted flavor, caramel sweetness adds richness, bittering from the roasted, long roasty finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4