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Brewed by Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Co.
Style: Stout
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional oatmeal stout with an intense roast barley flavors and mildly hopped using Willamette and Nugget hops. The robust flavour is balanced with a smooth creamy finish. It is named for the razor’s edge ridge that comes off the south flank of Mount Garibaldi’s Atwell Peak
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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tformby (4) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Big dark and smooth. Good roast but not bitter. 1 liter resealable bottle a plus for this home brewer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2100) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
No, not THAT Diamond Head. This poured probably the darkest head I’ve ever seen, almost grey, and two pinky fingers thick. The body was impenetrably dark, and the aroma was surprisingly faint; there might’ve 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 BBQ’d ribeye and pickled beets. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Kudos to Howe Sound for the 1-litre swing top bottle, too.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
Picked up a 1l bottle at Haggen’s 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1062) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (920) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
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.


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