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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (2053) - , 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 (780) - 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 (3629) - 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 (5751) - 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 (16055) - Dublin, 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
08-Mar-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 09-Feb-10 for $3.99 at Ledgerís Liquor in Berkeley, CA) Some positives and negatives with this brew, so letís start with the positives. The beer pours opaque black with a small, but creamy, light-brown head that settles to a wide ring and leaves spotty lacing. Pleasant flavors of medium-bitter roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark toast, with a yeasty presence, an ashy finish, and a touch of red apple skin in the background. Itís fairly dry on the palate, full-bodied and chewy, and on the gentle side for carbonation. Unfortunately, a pretty good beer is ruined by the undesirable aromas of cheese, stinky feet, barnyard and dung. It received a Gold medal in the World Beer Cup, so this beer is obviously better than this bottle is showing, but it would have to be leaps and bounds better to deserve a Gold. Might have to try it fresh on tap if I can make it to the brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of light brown head. Retention is poor and leaves something to be desired. Not really any lacing as a result. 5.0 S: Lots of oatmeal is apparent. This may be the most oatmeal laden beer Iíve had. Awesome balance between sweet and roasted flavors. Moderate amounts of roasted barley and toastiness. Smooth caramel sweetness with slightest touch of molasses and coffee. 4.0 T: The taste is just about as good as the nose, but the mouthfeel is too distracting for me to enjoy it. Lots of oatmeal again with a corresponding mild sourness. Roasted character is slightly less apparent in the taste and thus the wonderful balance is offset. Molasses is stronger this time with light chocolate flavors. 2.5 M: Light body, which is too bad because this would be a stellar brew is the body was a lot thicker. The wimpy mouthfeel sucks so bad that it carries over into the taste and drinkability. Good moderate carbonation and otherwise smooth. 3.0 D: Lot of great things going on in this one, but the body is way too damn thin. Up the mash temp and brew this one again please. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-24-2010 02:54:03

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
944play (399) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Near black with low brown head that mostly disappears. Rich, roasty nose with some acrid and pungent herb components. Licorice, coffee, and carbonic flavor. Somewhat watery, but finish is long and coating. Solid but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
falschfreiheit (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
slight tan head. dark brown. roasty malt. bit thin. almost no finish, fizzes out. slight sarsaparilla smell and taste.

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