highibus (727) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep black with pillowy carmel head. Nice toasty aroma with a hint of coffee and cocoa. Flavor usability but full. Roasted grain, nicely estringent and a long finish. I really like this.
Bricks (594) - Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep black pour with a minimal light brown bubbly head. I smell roasted coffee and maybe some molasses, but it is simple and a tad thin. Tastes exactly the same as it smell, but it definitely is thin. Palate is more carbonated than I like, but has a nice slightly chewy feel...somewhat bitter. It’s decent, nothing more. Way too fizzy.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big roasted malts, toasted oats, dark chocolate, lighter nutty notes, and light coffee. Beautifully rich and flavorful.
ryecatcher (787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black-coffee color, with a thin beige head that disappeared faster than a 100 dollar bill in the middle of 31st Street. Nose is dark roasted coffee, malt and some toasted pumpernickel. Mouth is medium-bodied, with much of what the nose has, and the oats add smoothness. Nothing to write home about, but certainly drinkable.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black color with a frothy thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, caramel, earthy, and bread. Taste is chocolate, coffee, nuts, ginger, and raisin. Has a nice and creamy, thick texture.
ccex (922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle pours black with a decent tan head and some lacing. Aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate and vanilla. Taste is slightly sweet with a smoky finish. Body is medium with a lively mouthfeel, due to active carbonation. A very enjoyable stout which exceeded my expectations.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Roasted malt flavor with a touch of smoke and slightly ashy. Medium body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
jrob21 (2559) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Poured a little aggressively and you get a nice foamy tan head. It dissipates a bit but leaves you with a small rim around the glass. Roasty malt aroma with a bit of light grainiess to it. Flavor has a nice chocolatey aspect with a creamy texture. I am pleasantly surprised by this one here although I had low expectations. Finish is a little punchy and leaves a bit of alcohol bite.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle, Total Wine. Ink black pour, small creamy head. Clumpy lacing. A lot of chocolate, fig, and oatmeal in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, raisin, dark chocolate. Kind of chalky finish. Medium body and carbonation.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 It pours a deep brown / near black color with a decent-sized light brown head that dissipates after a few minutes. It looks fairly average, a bit thin.
On first smell I get a good dose of semisweet chocolate, some touches of roast, and a bit of brown bread. It is appealing and totally appropriate for the style, but it doesn’t blow me away.
The flavor palate is mostly a combination of baking/semisweet chocolate or cocoa power, along with some roasted malt. There are hints of coffee mixed in. The flavors are good, but they don’t blow me away; it is a fairly simple profile.
The finish is roasty with a touch of smoke. It ends well and is appropriate to style, but not overachieving.
The beer is highly drinkable, but it is a bit thinner than I would like given that it is an oatmeal stout. I expect a bit more substance when I’m drinking something from this style.
Overall, this is an approachable, safe beer that doesn’t offend, but it doesn’t wow either. It is a solid choice for the stout drinker as a pairing with food or on its own.