DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle). Sweet clean aroma. Pours deepest brown, with a tan moderate size head. Flavor is sweet chocolate and malted toffee, with a tangy after-bite. Full finish. Nice stuff.
kramer (5511) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, via BA BeerTruth. Pours a flat black body under a rather large fizzy brown head that settled to a craggy mass of meringue. The nose is roasted malt with an earthy oatmeal undertone. Some light hops and a bitter chocolate scent round it out. The flavor is sweet chocolate and roasty malt with a slight sour mash pervasiveness that makes it a little acrid. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a lactic twang. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much fizzy foamy carbonation. Fairly disappointing overall, a little too much of that "house" character if that’s what you want to call it that McNeils is infamous for.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured black with a tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with mild-moderate amounts of chocolate. The flavor was semi-sweet and full of roasted malt. Semi-dry finish. Nice smooth mouth feel.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Oaty, stale aroma, a bit sweaty. Stale coffee in the flavor, but nice and clean and drinkable. Lightly sweet. Not distinct but a pretty good stout. I find it funny that this is listed as a Sweet Stout and the Alchemist Coffee Stout is listed as a Dry Stout, consdering how similar these two are.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ blind tiger. Black but in direct sunlight appears a milky deep brown. Tan head. Nose is lots of cocoa, some burnt malt, slightly lactic. Flavor is bitter cocoa, hoppy with some slight burnt malt & chocolate, light fruit. Finish is almost minty with hops, cocoa & toffee.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Pours black with no head. Roasted malt aroma, with some chocolate and slight oatiness. Taste was bitter roasted coffee and oats. Average mouthfeel with a slightly roasty bitter finish.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Black pour with a small ring of brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, a little cream, and sweet oats. The flavor is some sweet malt, and roasted / burnt malt. The palate is a little watery. By the time I was half-way through this beer, I didn’t want to drink it anymore.
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz (US) bottle with a much more professional presentatoon than some of their other brews I’ve tried (that’s not to take away from the experience...but at least the label on this one doesn’t look like a photocopy). Pours a deep brown to almost black with a head with the color of a barbecue potato chip. Unfiltered but not cloudy. Aroma of malts, and a slightly smoked combination of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Lightly hopped. Heavy mouth feel and bold taste of coffee and subtle oatmeal. A primed product.
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial reaction was; what happened to the bottle? No bubbles on top of the liquid, it even appeared to be missing some fluid. Dark, almost no carbonation present. The pour-was this a cask beer? The taste-a cask RIS and a magnificent one based on that with understated natural carbonation and tasty coffee-chocolate bittersweetness. A delight of a beer
Rocco13 (4) - USA - OCT 9, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The finest oatmeal stout ever made. A perfect combination of deep, dark body, surprising hop bite and a pleasantly toasted head make for a memorable drinking experience.