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A variety of dark roasted malts, oatmeal, and our own imported English ale yeast creates a smooth almost-black beer with chocolate overtones and a roasty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
This beer rocks! Pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention with thick, creamy lace. The nose is of chocolate and vanilla. The well-balanced flavor mirrors the nose with some toasted pecans thrown in. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, sweet, toasted finish. Underrated. World class brew, IMHO!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8911) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
Black. Toasted grains. Like a weak coffee with sugar. Alcohol burn taste, guess this is 6% plus. Bit of burnt bitter aftertaste. Basically a passable beer with some oatmeal. Not the best expression of this style. Could be a whole lot smoother. Thanks to Sir Pigfoot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Okay, Iím going to be odd man out here. I had this in the bottle, and I couldnít drink it. I love stout and this had a thin body and a flavor that bordered on teryaki sauce. Too sour for me. I will have to try it on tap (or better, cask) someday. I just canít dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Never had an oatmeal stout, one of my favorite styles, on draft before, and now that I have, fellows and ladies, let me say it canít be beat! Totally black in color, with a fine, tan head. Aroma is soft and sweet, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cream. Some bitterness on the palate, but nothing harsh. Not quite as roasty as the benchmark for this style, Samuel Smithís, but what is? Goes down extremely well, with plenty of body, texture, and bite. Gritty, substantial, but quite quaffable. An outstanding stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Nearly opaque dark brown with ruby highlights and a massive, frothy tan head. The head eventually calmed down and quickly diminished to a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate and espresso. Medium creamy/watery body with lively carbonation. Nice flavor of vanilla, malted milk balls, chocolate, roast, and smoke, with hints of plum and raisin. Fairly easy drinking for a stout, but a little too thin for my tastes. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2004 rerate! sweet aroma of sour blueberries. moderately thick. nice head that lasts a while. sweety, berry sourness with a hint of coffee. lingering aftertaste. makes me pucker. i enjoy this quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2003
The beer pours a pitch-black color with a planetary sized head that is semi-creamy in texture, and a winsome light chocolate color as it evanesces the lace forms a concealing curtain to drape the glass. Sweet chocolate with hints of toasted grain and fresh ground coffee with the start ambrosial, rich in malt and the top middling in feel. Finish is benign in its carbonation, hops are pleasing and mild in their spiciness with the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, another quite pleasant beer from a new favorite brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 High tan head, body has brown highlights. Chocolatey, roasty aromas. Smooth chocolatey flavors. Low carbonation levels are a good thing. Fairly dry. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Aroma of chocolate and coffe. A very dark brown beer, and mine had a huge tan head. Flavors of dark chocolate and coffee, with some sour taste to it. A little lighter on the palate than I like in this style. enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Color is a deep, deep, deep, dark brown, nearly black. Actually so close to black you could say its black. Arrived with a off-white creamy looking head about a finger high. Smells faintly of roasted malt, slightly grassy hop, very clean and slightly crisp. Taste is mildly roasted malt of cocoa with a bread-like dryness throughout, very easy and smooth, and a touch of bittery tang, quite nice. Feel is a solid medium body, with more of a grainy-like texture then creamy, and is slightly tanged of sourdough yeast in the finish. Very smooth and drinkable, Pretty darn good oatmeal stout. I think being on tap helped this be quite enjoyable. Yum.

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