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Dark, hardy, thick, rich, roasted and chocolaty, this ale is amazingly smooth due to the generous addition of whole oats. Named for a friend of Iron Springs and easily the finest pedal steel player around, Barry Sless, this one is layered with flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1006) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Aroma- milk choc malt, slight roastyness, oaty grain Appearance - black with red tints small brown head Flavor - roasty choc flavor, creamy oats, biscuity grain Mouthfeel- med/full body, med co2, lasting mild roasty finish Overall - very enjoyable oatmeal stout,love the roasty chocolatiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5944) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Iron Springs. Very dark pour with a creamy head. Nose is coffee grounds. Medium to lighter palate with low carbonation. Taste is more coffee grounds with a hint of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap at Iron Springs brewpub during SF Beer Week, what a week! The nitro pour has a deep dark body with lasting mocha head of tight foam. The aroma has some roasted malts, some caramel malts and a good bit of burnt malty notes. The taste delivers dark roasted malts and then moves into a bit of roasted malt astringency as well as burnt malts that border on being sort of ashy. It gets even more burnt into the finish. Big roasty to burnt malt beer here. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bomber thanks to Robert. Pours a jet black color with a medium brown head- looks awesome! A sweet nose of roast and char. A nice rich flavor with chocolate, milk, light bitter hops, roast, some metal, very smooth and my kind of beer. Very full flavored and a creamy palate. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (1666) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Included in a sampler at the brewpub. I *think* this was the stout I tasted which I found to be pretty decent for the style. Nice dark pour with a creamy tan head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Black pour with tan head. Chocolate nose with roasted malt. Decidedly sweet. Choclate and coffee roasted malts. Creamy light body. Sweet thoughout. Tasty but average oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is roasted malt and the flavor is burnt molasses and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3290) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is robust with a good deal of metal and roastiness. Some lightly burnt chocolate is also present. Some sweet anise comes through as well. Fairly aromatic. Basically opaque black body present with a medium tan head. Starts with a little sweet vanilla flavoring, before this becomes a little roasted in the middle. Not too burnt. Finishes with a definite coffee influence, lightly metallic, and light chalkiness with some cocoa powder, too. I think this is a pretty enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3107) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts and some berries. The flavor is smooth with roasted malt, hints of licorice and very mildly astringent. Coffee like in the finish with hints of treacle. Medium bodied and creamy. Nice above average American style stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10607) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of tan/khaki head. S: Nice coffee and dark chocolate aromas up front. Plenty of roasted malts and a nice oatmeal smell to it as well. Some sweetness to it, perhaps toffee and molasses. T: Sweetness in the form of toffee and molasses. Roasted malts and coffee give a hint of bitterness, and there is also a nice chocolate note to it. Oatmeal provides some nice sweetness as well. M: Creamy and smooth in mouthfeel with a a medium level of carbonation. O: I found this to be pleasant in all aspects and quite easy to drink.

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