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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Poured very black, smooth, roasted malts, chocolate, smokey, oats, little caramel, little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Pours black with a tall mocha head that has great retention and leavs sparse lacing. Aroma is roast, oatmeal cookies, dark chocolate, stale coffee, caramel and toffee, maybe a little too much butter in that toffee. Flavor is roast, toasty oatmeal granola, light coffee, chocolate, herbal hops, and sweet, buttery toffee. Finish is roast, a little char, day old coffee and a roiasty, char, toffee fade. Good stuff but the toffee notes are a bit much for me to call it great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Black with a creamy brown head. Chocolate and dark roasted coffee aroma and taste with oats in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5691) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a thin tan head. Malty and sweet aroma with a bit of roastiness. Sweet and roasty malt flavor, but it’s a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22oz bottle Black pour with a thin brown head, this beer is thin on the palate. The flavor is roasty up front with a slightly some dryness and tanginess on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Sless’s Stimulating Stout
Date: July 08, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, fine tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: lightly sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: thn body
Flavor: sweet and fruity malt flavor, dark roast, dark chocolate, caramel sweetness
Overall: several great characters with no blending
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12749) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bomber. LIkely a gift from Marcus. Pours quite black with a large foamy tan head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, with some dark toasted malt and coffee. Medium body with mild carbonation. Lots of toast and coffee in the flavor. Chocolate follows along. Nicely bitter. Excellent drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bomber. Black body, opaque, topped with a 2-finger brown head that becomes a thin ring, no lace. Dark fruit, lots of molasses, oats, alcohol vapors, hints of chocolate. Medium body. Drinks like a beer on its second day from a growler. Flavor of barley, oats, molasses, dark fruits, some light roastiness and alcohol vapor on the back end. Chocolate notes. Lots of nuttiness. Nice, very drinkable. Bit heavy on the dark malts, but nicely so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (806) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
(tasting notes 03/13/09) Less head than their porter. More roasty than porter. Black in color. Definately feel the oats in the mouthfeel. No aroma. Bitterness lingers on palate a bit longer than would expect for an oatmeal stout.

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