beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What color is black but not black, brown but not brown? This beer is what, wow, what a terrific looking glass of stout. Basically black but carries a brown layer laquering that shines from within. Beautifully deep and dark! A tall one inch cap of cinnamon brown hued sponge grows up quickly, it loftly sweeps down to a hefty skim and the lacing curtains the glass with an embroidered tight stitching. Do I have to drink it? It looks so damn good (lick lips and slurping noises).
Yes, of course drink it silly...wow, nice and easy going deep roasted malt, slight burnt grain, oats, and coffee. Chocolate smokened breads, so close to being burnt, its like pulling the marshmellow away for the campfire just before it catches fire while trying to make that perfect shmore. Although, there isnít a marsh mellow flavor here, just the principle. Drys mellow and slow then builds with more slight burntness of chocolate and slight oats. Nothing over compensates another, nearly perfect with a very nice exchange of power between a heavy roast, medium sweetening, and slight burntness. Nice, nice, nice.
Aroma states alot from those intial tastes; cocoa and chocolate with an intertwined roastyness of oats and coffee, plus a squeezed in burntness of cookies of cake.
Feel is about medium bodied with a soothing coat, slight roast and burntness perks the buds by a good margin and finishes soft and lingering with a building crescendo across the palette.
A good drinker but for some reason I really slow down and enjoy this, and for good reason. Its worth the appreciation and incurs it thusly. A fine, fine Oatmeal Stout, not as sweet as some, but remarkable fine in its overall charm and character.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing to write home about. I would not choose it again as it had taste a little metallic and lacked character. Stick to Samuel Smith.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured like motor oil and smells like sour coffee. Huge tan head. Lots of flavors in here: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hops, more coffee and dark chocolate. Very dry and bitter finish. Iím not sure I like it, but I donít think Iíll go back. Hmmmmm
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(bottle) i really donít like oatmeal stouts and this beer just solidified that... i only drank this for my Quest... oily palate, alcohol aftetaste, and all the usual icky suspects... blech...
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet sugary chocolatey milky aroma with mild roasted hints. This smells darn nice. Pour is a traditional jet black with a really nice brown frothy head. Looks yummy. First thing I notice is the thinness on this. Lacks body. Sweet, chocolate start with alcohol hints in the middle. Aggressive hopping to finish. Very roasty and bitter in the end. Notes of coffee. Iím not a huge stout person, but this is decent.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle (thanks to willblake): Pitch black with the most amazingly thick and tall tan head that Iíve seen. Cascading. Maybe the best looking (new) beer Iíve seen all year. Chocolate chip pancake nose. Head sticks to my nose at first attempt to drink from this pint glass, the head is higher than the top of the glass. Wonderful rich body is malty beyond all expectations, slightly chalky with loads of chocolate and espresso (much like the canned Starbucks Double Shots). Dryness at the finish of each sip is bitter and dry on the sides of my tongue. This stout is for those who enjoy the harsher espresso-like tastes. That is me, for sure and this is a real pleaser!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, nearly opaque black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of sweet rolled oats and dry roasted malt. Starts rich and caramel malty sweet with lots of dark chocolate flavors and a touch of hops. Finishes semi-sweet and dry with lingering coffee and chocolate malt. A nice sweet stout. Thanks willblake!
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, coffee grounds, molasses, little dairy, nutty. Nice brownish black color. No light goes through. Small brownish beige head that faded quick. Bitter sweet flavors. Expresso/ molasses dominates. Some nuttiness shows up. Thicker creamy body. Bitter roasty finish. Very nice. Another winner from Mrecury.
Dorwart (2389) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Large, dark brown head which settles nicely. Thick and creamy on top. Low carbonation. Toasted oatmeal aroma with sweet malts and a bit of chocolate. Hint of raw meat as it warms. Color is black. Flavor is rich and thick with a roasted grains, a little bitterness and a bit of chocolate. Strong coffee notes also. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty . Leaves a dry but clean feeling in the mouth. A decent stout. Thanks to willblake for this one.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely black with a large brown head - beautiful. Great nose of coffee rounded out with some chocolate. Very fresh smelling. Big roasty body - a hint of sweetness that stays in the background (kind of like good music). A good lingering bitterness in the finish - very long. Great stout.