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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3555) - 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 (11839) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3037) - 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 (1487) - 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 (362) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2572) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Black as the the night with a rich dark brown head. A big semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor and aroma that finishes with a lingering coffee taste. It has a nice dry finish with a full flavor and smooth body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Foamy and extremely roasty, this Oatmeal Stoutís bitter flavour profile lacks the sensuality evoked by its aroma.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-An impressive head of foam forms a cappuccino-like cap atop the brown-edged blackness.
-The attractive aroma of molasses, chocolate and roasted malts is more dessert-y than what the flavour profile actually delivers (residual sugars are fewer than expected).
-Citrusy hops and blackberry esters succeed in creating complexity.
-The very bitter roasted malt finish is accentuated by dryness.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a khaki head. nose is oatmeal, roasted malts, faint chocolate. smooth on the palate, oat, roasted malts, chocolate. nice sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) Smell- chocolate, roast, light creaminess. Dark black color with ruby highlights. Nice minerally- slightly dry, limestone. Not as sweet as an oatmeal stout that I would expect, but still good.

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