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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black brown pour with no foam, roasty coffee, grain aroma, flavors of bitter coffee, oatmeal, caramel, bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, lactose, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) near black with very little head, obviously viscous in the glass. Nose of fudge, cream, bakers chocolate. Taste of raisin, cream, unsweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and some off flavors are present. Medium-thin creamy body with a linger of dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Real Strong. Almost imperial to me. Great bitterness and very dry. bitter chocolate and coffee. In the background is a slight licorice flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bomber. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and roasted malts. Appearance is charcoal black with an inch of thick, creamy brown head. Retains excellent lacing around the glass. Taste matches the aroma and begins with strong roast malt and coffee flavors along with dark chocolate, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with low-to-medium carbonation. Finish is dry and roasty with a strong bitter aftertaste. Definitely more of a Dry Stout than an Oatmeal Stout as the overall flavor is intensely roasty and bitter. Dark chocolate and espresso lovers should enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (560) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Thereís some sour funk in there that I canít quite identify. Flavor is a very robust, yet smooth and mild bitterness. Strong coffee aftertaste. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Itís good, but I disagree that it is the "best oatmeal stout in the world."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a jet black with an almost nonexistent off-white head. Nose is somewhat weak - sweet with some lighter malts and black cherries. Taste is smooth and sweet. Very drinkable but a bit one-note compared to other oatmeal stouts. The finish is medium-length, sweet, and fruity. If there was such a thing as a cherry and malt pie, I think it would taste like this. Overall a good, if simple, beer. Would be nice to have after a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 Roasted chocolate malt abounds. Thereís excellent sweetness and some floral notes that may be the appearance of some hops. Chocolatey, roasty and sweet, the beer combines these elements excellently. Creamy feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (6470) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
I canít help it. Itís very lonely in here. Ergo, I havenít been with anyone in a very long time, not counting myself. Or this chair. I call her Linda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black abyss with an off white head. Roast y bitter birch, light licorice. Thin and watery with a light roasted burnt coffee finish. Hints of chocolate bitter and burnt to round it out. Decent.

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