shrubber85 (9019) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chocolate and oatmeal malt aroma. Dark brown color with moderate head. Light chocolate malt flavor. Body pretty light. Decent but light.
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pitch black. Surprising a small amount of head, maybe ½ inches. Light lacing that dissipated very quickly. Light film on sides.
Smelled of dark coffee and dark chocolate malts. This was the best part of the beer.
Tasted of dark and smoky malts. Also some dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Tasted pretty fake to me.
Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.
It was just a bit too fake for me, but I’ll take the smoothness.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black in color, moderate to thin spritzy beige head, spotty lacing.   Roasted malts, oatmeal,
burnt molasses on the nose.   Soft roasty malts, semi-sweet... make that fairly sweet.   Roasty, with a nice
smooth malt background.   Not too big, easy to drink.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Falls off
pretty quickly, but at least this one starts out pretty flavorful.   Not really any flaws that I see.
Slightly above average, and worthy of a try in my book.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Pours clear and practically black with a mid-sized, fluffy, cappuccino head. The nose is grainy with toasted notes – not as much chocolate or coffee character as expected. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is excellently balanced with some roastiness, but is mainly bland. Crisp, pretty clean finish. Flawless, but boring for the style.
obguthr (4599) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chalky charred oak, medium roast coffee nose. Black, thin beige head. Milk chocolate flavor, raisin hints, coffee on the back end. Won’t blow you away, but a real pleasure to drink.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled. pours dark brown with almost no head.that which forms is light tan. aromas of chocolate and coffee. lightly sweet and fairly bitter. full bodied, creamy flat and a lasting bitter coffee finish.
JStax (3778) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dark black story brown with no head to speak of. Aroma is strong coffee and licorice. Taste is toasted coffee beans with a mellow transition to oats and licorice. Nice oatmeal stout.
Block (1706) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty light. Nice roasted flavor with some dark chocolate. Not too heavy on the coffee. Oats and hops. Smooth and easy to drink.
PorterPounder (6223) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Deep, rich dark black inky pour with a decently thick khaki-colored head. Aroma has some pipe tobacco, some day old coffee and a bit of fresh black earth. Bold stout flavor with some nice bakers unsweetened chocolate, some french roast coffee, a bit of fresh black dirt. Mouthfeel is nice and dry and chalky. Excellent stout.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black, small light brown creamy head, fair lacing and good retention. Great roasted malt aroma. The usual suspects are here: molasses, chocolate, coffee, toasty caramel. Mouth is medium-full with creamy carbonation, lightly dry. Flavor is lightly sweet with some coffee bean bitterness, and a mildly hoppy long finish. I am beginning to think that this is one of the easier styles to get right. A lot of breweries do it well. The Mendocino is a solid offering. Very tasty and true to form.