richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to captaincougar for the bomber. comes out of the bottle almost jet black, with some scarlet highlights up against a bright light. the head might be the darkest brown head i have ever seen, almost coffed colored, and it was thick and creamy, sitting on top for almost the whole glass, almost like a nitro-beer. the aroma engulfed me is sweet chocolates, with vanilla and expresso interwoven. the taste was very nicely balanced, with the coffee not nearly as overbearing as some other "coffee" stouts, as the chocolates blended in smoothly. also making an appearance were hints of oatmeal, toffee, and just a bit of hops. the mouthfeel was smooth and velvety, but i could have had a little more body. just a hint of hops at the end, but no bitterness, and the chocolates linger sweetly on the palate after each sip. thanks tom for an excellent brew.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Salty, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, meaty aroma. Opaque black body with lasting tan head that leaves some lace. Extremely dry and roasty coffee-like flavour with some vinous notes and a chalky, charcoal-like finish. Not really seeing a lot of the sweet in this one. Dry medium body with fair carbonation. On tap at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum. This stuff is killer. Right up there with Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout. Pours opaque black with a frothy brown head. Aroma rich in coffee, chocolate, Quaker Oats. Full bodied with a rich feel. Negligible carbonation, as it should be in stouts. The flavor was breakfast: coffee, oatmeal, toast. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Phil, you have come through again.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours to a completely opaque black color. Head is very small, frothy dark brown that reduces to a medium ring around the outside of the glass with nice lacing. Aroma: Roasted coffee, barley, chocolate, oatmeal, milk, and a very slight bitter hoppiness. Flavor: Very roasty, coffee, bakers baking chocolate, slight grain/oatmeal, and some bitter floral & grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel of this beer is near perfect - smooth, rich, velvety, tingling carbonation - easy enough to gulp, but refined enough to enjoy. Finishes with tons of bitterness from the dark malts, but nicely balanced with a lighter hop bitterness.
egajdzis (5700) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black, just a hint of red, small tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Dry and roasted aroma. Roasted coffee and lots of dark chocolate, slick mouthfeel. A decent Oatmeal Stout
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours a very dark brown/black with a dark tan head and a medium amount of lacing. Aroma is of coffee and roasted barley with some hoppy bitterness mixed in. Flavor is very strong coffee and roasted malt with some hint of fruit. Finish is long and very bitter. Hop bitterness is pretty intense; almost harsh at times.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love oatmeal souts, the mouthfeel like black velvet. Very roasty aroma. Great coffee and roasty flavors. A nice, enjoyable beer.
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours totally opaque with a quite dark, brown head that eventually disappears, never to be seen again. Aroma is quite strong with lots of roastiness and chocolate and coffee; perhaps also some light raisins and caramel. Flavor is very sweet, a bit acidic and just barely a touch sour; a little vanilla, along with loads of coffee and chocolate, and a significant hop hit in the finish. Not completely unlike the imperial stout, although I think the impy is a bit more mind-blowing than this. Thicker-than-average mouthfeel but could be thicker; taste lasts in the mouth a good while. Very good.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bomber...opaque black with a medium hot chocolate head. Slight aroma, some roasted malt/oatmeal maybe. Interestingly acidic, some definate bitterness (grapefruit) in the finish. Some roastiness more toward the end also, quite complex. Mouthfeel is kinda thin, maybe because of the acidic feel. Maybe too complex.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 I’d give it 3.6 on tap at mcneills. mellow oatmeal, banana like fruitiness, mild acid touch with a lot of bitterness
Bottle: Pitch black with a thin dark brown head. Heavy aroma, intense hop profile, grapefruity and flowery, very green, but good chocolate chunks in there too and you really feel the oatmeal just by smelling. Palate is right to the point, do not pass go and do not claim 200$, this is lemony(grapefruit juice even) with lots of alpha-acid, citric, tart, agressive. Roastiness is also very direct. This is an intense rendition where the focus is hard to be kept to find some depth, but there are some plums or prunes in the malt background as well as some coffee grains. A smaller version of their imperial stout which seems a bit redundant. Nice full and velvety body with low carbonation, but that alone doesn’t do the trick for me.