OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Roasted malt nose with a little milky/creamy hints. Beautiful black color. Light doesn't pass thru. Dark roast coffee and sweet. Creamy bitter finish that hangs for a while. Tasty brew. Big McNeills fan.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weak psfsh. Good blackness, light seeps through extreme edges. Head is weak and quickly fades to weather pattern. Chocolate, ash and marshmallows on the nose. Flavor finishes w/ grassy bitterness. Weak psfsh translates into slightly flat mouthfeel.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes, as Muzzle said, a bit toward the harsher coffee notes in this one, as in some other oatmeal stouts (Siletz rings a bell!) - but with a good healthy sweetness and a big hop dose, this actually manages a balance and (the usual) oatmeal stout creaminess to earn it a place among Bell's OS, El Toro OS, Lost Cost 8 Ball, St. Ambroise and some other fine fine beers.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel this is one of the best Oatmeals around. Big thick dark chocolate head. Very thick bodied, rich and creamy, chocolate, espresso, big roasted flavors. The finish is very bitter, big hops and beautifully balanced. This is my girl's staple brew. GET THIS BEER ON DRAUGHT!
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellet oatmeal stout. Very reminiscent of Sam Smith's, my favorite stout ever. Not quite as rich and flavorful, but certainly a beer of the same ilk.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps my favorite Oatmeal Stout. Delicious. creamy, chocolate, toffee, malty, wonderful long lasting finish are all words that came to mind as I drank.
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 28, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is full roastiness. Appearance is a little disappointing because low carbonation can’t support any head. Very, very dark. Chewy and expectedly full on the palate. No surprise there. Very flavorful vanilla/mocha presentation in flavor, almost creamy. Silky smooth. Sharp bitter finish for us hop heads. Do not confuse this with Sammy Smith Oatmeal stout. That stuff is sickly sweet. Similar to the famous Shakespeare stout, but smoother; and sensual. A delicious brew. Out of the tap this must be a killer. I will be drinking more of this ambrosia come winter.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic Oatmeal Stout. Had it once on the hand pump.
muzzlehatch (4756) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2003 July 2001: Smells and looks just as it should, but I found the flavor rather simple and undistinguished. Not a bad beer, not even a bad Oatmeal Stout, but a bit of a disappointment from this brewer.
February 2003: I like it more this time, but seems rather strange for an Oatmeal; I wouldn't call it a "sweet" stout, the hoppiness is so pronounced at the end and the chocolatyness is overwhelmed by dark espresso and roasted bitter grains and herbs (rosemary hints). Really seems like a less-intense harsher version of the Imperial. Does get sweeter as it warms and breathes; excellent, but not as easy to drink as many oatmeals. Very low carbonation, as others have commented.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminiscent of ROgue Shakespaere Stout. Extremely full bodied and flavorful. Carbonation was too low, but I may have gotten a bad bottle.