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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11066) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10917) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9806) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Foamy and extremely roasty, this Oatmeal Stout’s 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.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap at Iron Springs brewpub during SF Beer Week, what a week! The nitro pour has a deep dark body with lasting mocha head of tight foam. The aroma has some roasted malts, some caramel malts and a good bit of burnt malty notes. The taste delivers dark roasted malts and then moves into a bit of roasted malt astringency as well as burnt malts that border on being sort of ashy. It gets even more burnt into the finish. Big roasty to burnt malt beer here. I like it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6497) - 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.


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