lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.
Appearance: Almost completely opaque black with only slight hues of brown around the edges if you look closely. One finger dark beige head when poured into English pub style pint glass, which recedes more quickly than expected for the style, leaving a ring and not much lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt aromas of coffee and some chocolate, along with a rich treacly sweetness from the oatmeal.
Taste: Very much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavours are easily detectable, especially the coffee, and they are balanced by a masterful treacly sweetness from the oatmeal in this sweet stout. The balance is just right; the oatmeal does not overpower the bitterness of the roasted malt flavours, and the beer is nicely tempered with some hops to help smooth the flavour without creating a bitterness of their own. There is also some subtle vanilla here.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. Very silky with a dry finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable as a result of the cleverly brewed harmony between the malt, hops, and oatmeal. The treacle flavour entices the drinker back for more as this is what really makes this oatmeal stout stand out from many of its competitors. Excellent brew.
Tformby (4) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big dark and smooth. Good roast but not bitter. 1 liter resealable bottle a plus for this home brewer.
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I Love this beer. So I buy it as often as possible. Great pour with a nice cappuccino head that lingers and folds in on itself. Great great mouthfeel. Very nice carbonation. Roasted malts. My favorite Oatmeal stout to date. Love how its one of 3 styles of this category that the brewery puts out.
drpimento (2298) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, this is good brew. Poured a tad warm with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that lasts for a while and a bit a lace. Color is a clear, almost opaque garnet. Aroma is roast, malt, dark old leather, earth, hint of funk. Flavors somewhat like nose with bittersweet malt and tang up front and very well balanced. Body is strangely light yet full with spot on carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a hint of smoke and good length. Super drinkable. Wish we could get it locally.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No, not THAT Diamond Head. This poured probably the darkest head Iíve ever seen, almost grey, and two pinky fingers thick. The body was impenetrably dark, and the aroma was surprisingly faint; there mightíve been some malt/coffee/dark chocolate going on but it was hard to discern. The taste was much, much more satisfying, with certainly some burnt coffee flavour. The aftertaste is okay as well, and the mouthfeel was not as thin as expected. This beer went well with a BBQíd ribeye and pickled beets. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Kudos to Howe Sound for the 1-litre swing top bottle, too.
nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a 1l bottle at Haggenís in Mt. Vernon, WA. On pour nice beige head and a stellar aroma. Roasty, toasted notes, smelled outstanding. Taste was roasty but lacking that robust mouthfeel that I crave in an Oatmeal Stout however it was not an unpleasant beer in the slightest. Thinner than I expected, less mouthfeel but nonetheless I had no quams about draining the whole bottle!
Reimer96 (1375) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Pours a clear black with a frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, cream and coffee. Taste is roasted malts and creamy coffee mouthfull is very slick and creamy and gives a coffee and cream type impression with a light roasted bitterness on the finish as well. Nice oatmeal stout.
andrewturba (1115) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black with a decent sized tan head that settles pretty quickly. Aroma is rich roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, earthy and lightly sweet. Flavour is rich maltiness, roasted malts, cocoa, mild licorice, a touch earthy, a mild bitterness sweet thing going on and a nice velvety smooth mouth feel.
BrewGoblin (494) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of a beer being good for me is that is can back up the claims that it makes. This fine beer delivers on all fronts and doesnít pretend to be something else. Itís a big, black, tan topped, chewy bodied pal. One litre of pure ebony goodness in a bottle; big chocolate and roasted malt notes comprise both nose and taste, some light nuttiness as well. The mouthfeel is just great, not too flat but instead with some bite and a satisfying chomp. I would drink this anytime.
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 IBUís. (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.