Theydon_Bois (9962) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a moderate tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is earthy roast, dark toffee, spice, brown bre, cocoa rub.
Taste comprises mellow roast malt, toffee, cocoa powder, faint lactic.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close with light roasting.
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: This beer may single handedly be respondible for my total craft beer endeavor. I still remember ordering a Guinness, getting rejected because it was a "craft" bar (which I was oblivious to, at the time), & having the waitress recommend me this one, to which I was subsequently blown away & made it my mission to expand my beer horizons each day. My tastes have changed over time, certainly, but there’s no denying that this is still a mighty fine oatmeal stout. Black as night, creamy light-tan, tight bubbled foam on top. Aroma of rich malt, burnt nuts, roasted grain, faint charred wood, smooth oats, & some light cream. Lovely roasted malt character on the palate, light bitterness balanced by the smoothing of the oats & a mildly sweet, creamy essence in the background. Touch of caramel, woodsy & nutty with bitter cacao dust & light anise. Creamy, frothy mouth feel, great for the style. New Holland’s best year-rounder by a long shot.
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours a lucious black with a ring of white cream. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate, with a creamy base. Flavors are also rich, smooth, and chocolatey. Very creamy mouthfeel. Deliciously blended and effortlessly drinkable. This really is poetry.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is very dark brown to black however light can still shine through. Aroma is very roasty coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate and roasted coffee with little to no bitter with a smooth finish. Very rich for such low alcohol.
Criz (129) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured vigorously creating a thick tan head that dissipates into a lasting thick bodied head that sticks to the glass. Pours a deep brown. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, sweet caramelized sugar. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and earthy oats. Medium thick on the palate.
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO after GBBF day 3. Dark brown to black color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, dark malts, roasty, light to medium coffee roast, earthy bitter. Decent body and carbonation.
mR_fr0g (4000) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at the satellite 10k tasting at the craft clerko. Opaque dark caramel coloured pour with a halo of light tan head. Aroma is earthy dirt, choc, light farmyard. Flavour is earthy roast, milk choc. Lactose sugars. Palate is chalky carbonation. Medium sweet. Solid.
hman43 (415) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours dark brown, not quite black as light does come through the glass. It has a pillowy, tan head. The aromas that shine first is coffee with a healthy does of roasted flavors. There are hints of chocolate. The flavors that come through first is coffee mixed with chocolate then roasted flavors. It has a smooth, rich taste with a little bit of a bitter bite.
Niall73 (1871) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at GBBF 2014. Pours a very dark reddy brown/black. Light grassy, light chocolate/coffee aroma. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. There’s a light stickiness with some caramel, light rum... dark fruit with light prune and a touch of sherry, a little treacle. Rich and tasty. Nice.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-8-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color, almost black. It has a one half finger cream head that fades relatively quickly leaving a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell – The aroma is nice and dark. It consists of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee smells. With these aromas is an oat and a light caramel sweetness which create quite a nice balance to the darker smells.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice showing of oat and bread. As the taste advances, some lighter notes of cocoa and coffee come to the tongue and are accompanied by a light caramel sweetness. From there, the sweetness fades as a lighter earthy hop flavor come to the tongue. In the end a clean and oaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth but rather average or just above average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is very nice for all the darker flavors of the brew. A little more body may have been nice, but at only 5.2% abv and being very drinkable, it is quite good overall.
Overall – A great oaty and darker brew with a smooth feel and nice flavors. A good easy drinking oatmeal stout. Well worth a try.