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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11754) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bomber poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a small lingereing brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20419) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted oatmeal malty chocolate flavor with some creamy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
On tap at the Slow Food festival in S.F. This dark brown ale poured with a massive tan head that took a while to settle. There was a strong aroma of chocolate. The flavor is all roasted and chocolate malt and is very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft right from the Brewery Ambulance at the San Diego Craft Brewer’s Conference. The aroma is quite intense with concentrated coffee and roasted/toasted malt and hints of sweet cream. The body is a dark brown to black and holds a firm, lasting mocha colored head. The flavor is mild toasted/roasted malts, coffee and milder chocolate notes. A long dry, but still slightly sweet cream accented finish. Quite good. I went back for a refill several times, and that with many other beers available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Draft. On Nitro. Black beer with a light brown nitro head. Light roasty aroma. Roasty, oatmeal, barley flavors coming through. Medioum bodied. Lingering chocolate, light roast, and oatmeal. Should read: Sless’ Stimulating Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Well. I had this on tap at City Beer in SF. I am not sure why its not in the data base AND its not listed on their website, but I have been assured that it does indeed exist. Poured a dark brown, thin, quickly disepating head. Smelled was sweet malts and cereal. Taste was thin, sweet, caramel, malts and cereal. A pretty basic oatmeal stout. Perfectly drinkable though.

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