robertjm (830) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a huge thick tan head. Dark black body. Absolutely gorgeous. Appearance couldnít get any better! Great traditional aroma of roasted coffee and oatmeal. Flavors of black coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Only quibble is perhaps the body is a little on the thin side and could be more chewy. Probably one of my favorite Mendocino brews!
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Pours a black color with tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Iím a huge stout fan and this isnít one of the better ones. Itís good, certainly drinkable but too bland. Just doesnít have the flavors bursting out like Iím used to in bold stouts. This is a heavy stout with lots of oat flavoring, probably why the bland taste. Some hints of coffee in the taste but not enough. Decent beer.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and light coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee.
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a six pack at the Northcoast Coop costing $8.89 this 12-oz bottle poured inky black with a long last lasting creamy tan head and sticky lacing rings. Nose is toasted malts and coffee, with some fruit. Rich body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and ripe fruit and the finish is bitter. A very well crafted stout and a real buy for beer this good.
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. Opaque black with a lasting, quarter-inch creamy head and crunchy lacing everywhere. Nose is creamy espresso, charred wood and light berries. Medium-heavy body is velvety smooth, slight wateriness makes this one very drinkable against the big malt. Flavor is espresso with cream, smoky char, raisin and molasses. Most excellent.
slush2 (5) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít know. Thereís something about this. Itís good. It isnít bland. It is heavy, but it isnít killing the gut. Itís got a clear, delicious taste. Itís beer, and if you havenít had a good one in awhile, then youíd do yourself a favor by trying one of these once. I canít say itís the best, because maybe I havenít had that yet, but this could be it.
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid stuff. Lots of dark fruits like raisin and dates and prune, Nice notes of bread or toast. Actually comparable to an oatmeal raisin cookie, but the word "oatmeal" right there on the label might be suggesting a little. Notes of coffee, too, as well as chocolate. Perhaps a little boozy as it warms. Tasty.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke and some oats. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice oatmeal stout and the best Mendocino beer I have tried.
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a 2 finger, kinda chunky, tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, roast, a touch of char, dark caramel and maybe a hint of dark toasted oats. Flavor is roast, chocolate, toasted oats, molasses, spicy and planty hops, roasted nuts and a metallic tinge that I didnít so much enjoy. Palate is a little too thin, both oily and dry and has a light, but sharp carbonation. Pretty good oatmeal stout, a bit thin and slightly metallic, but it ends up being quite enjoyable overall. Nothing all that special though.
Dogbrick (10417) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the From The Vine beer tasting on 11/12/2010: The beer is a brownish black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Smoky and chocolaty aroma. Medium body with flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and malt. The finish is smooth and oaty with a mild chocolate aftertaste. Above average overall.