howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Dark, ruby highlights, lasting cola head. Deep dark fruit, chocolate, roasty aromas, some tart hops. Velvety palate, smooth mocha flavors, impressive maltiness. Somewhat similar in flavor to Sam Smith’s. Slight nagging metallic note. Long savory finish. Finally, a stout I can get into from New Glarus. Yay, New Glarus!
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another one found on my last beer trip to Madison. Pours dark and thick, nice tan head that will lace the glass. Would recommend that you let it warm in the room for awhile to help release the smells. A nice chocalate, that is neither to bitter or too sweet. I was smoking a nice maduro stogie and found that this ione and the cigar were great together. Another decent brew from New Glarus,
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate viscosity, opaque and black in color with a touch of mahogany coming through at the edges when put to light. An intermittent flour heap and a khaki tan wrung comprise the head. Aroma is succinct and alluring - milk chocolate meets dark chocolate, Hershey syrup into coffee coolers, caramel nougats and hot cocoa by the fire. Flavor reveals few surprises, but, luckily, few demises. Compounded cocoa allegories span the dry mocha bean feeling. Lightly flavored chocolate morsels hesitantly sweeten, coming across more like candies intended for decoration rather than consumption. Dark confectionary powder with a toasty semblance. Caramel and brown sugared oats and flame licked hazelnuts. Palate smacking, medium-bodied and standard sweet stout formula for the duration of the mouth feel. Sweetly somber, and balanced, in its confident reductionary sense. French roast meets hazelnut coffee grinds in the finish, bringing on a syrupy dark chocolate palisade in the end.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with 1/2" a tan head. Aroma is of a dark chocolate, with a bit of roasted grain. Taste is of dark chocolate, hint of roasted coffee, and a mellow grain character which I’m guessing is the oatmeal. This beer is dark, seductive, and delicious. This beer slides back really easy! Tthe taste saturates your tongue in the most pleasing way but then quickly gets off your tongue. Very clean finish. I’m a hop head but I could get used to this.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black color with a tall dark tan head. Mild roasted malt mixes with dark cocoa in the aromas. Some light dough scents also in the waft. Moderately heavy and somewhat slick upon the tongue. This does need to be served at the recommended room temperature to fully appreciate the feel. Mild dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt in the flavors. A mild and soft carbonation. A touch of what seems to be black malt acidity dries things out in the finish and liner. Easy to drink. Long and enjoyable linger of malts with each exhale. Another fine brew from New Glarus.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Bottle. Pours a clear very dark brown body under a wispy tan head. Smells great! Black roast malt carrying light acidity surrounds a sweeter middle - graham crackers and chocolate. A sip brings a quick burst of carbonation tingle and roast bite but those elements are soon smoothed out by sweet, creamy oatmeal. This seems like a simple oatmeal stout the but the way the entire flavor of the beer lingers in your mouth makes for a tough glass to put down. Great ying and yang balance between roast bitterness and calming oatmeal sweetness. As an added bonus it provides good "roast malt burps" - I normally only get those with hoppy beers!
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle tasted at around 55F.
Aroma is full of roasted barley with dark coffee, oatmeal and a tiny bit of chocolate. The roastiness is very pronounced and yummy.
Dark black in color with a tiny ridge of dark brown around the edges and an inch tall, light brown head that thins but leaves nice lacing.
Taste is bitter roasted coffee with an almost sweet oat-like flavor following shortly after it. I also pick up some pine and caramel.
The body is medium with a smooth, oily texture and a dry finish. It manages to stay dry while tasting fairly sweet. Very well balanced and enjoyable.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this is about as perfect as an oatmeal stout is gonna get. Pours jet-black and forms a medium tightly-packed tan head that eventually settles to a thin layer and leaves sheets of lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is a perfect balance of roasted grain, oats, and coffee. Big full roasty-dry flavor is supported by oats, a dash of caramel, modest hop bitterness and moderate burnt-grain bitterness. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Smooth, creamy, and great big thick palate with a long, balanced oaty and toasty-dry aftertaste. A beer this dry has no business sliding down this easy. This is one phenomenal beer and I don’t even like oatmeal stouts very much.