CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark nearly opaque brown with a nicely-lacing tan head. Sweet roasty oatmeal lactose aroma has lots of vanilla and milk chocolate. Body starts with some mild buttery vanilla sweetness finishing more dry with a lingering milk chocolate roastiness. An interesting and unique stout, but could be a little more balanced.
robertjm (798) - Albany, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very little head, which quickly peeters out. Totally dark without any light passing through. Wonderful malty flavor with a roasty bitter aftertaste. Not partkcularly sweet to my taste. Good scent. Iíd have to say the best of the three Nimbus beers a friend bought back from Spring Training this year! Reminds me a bit of Obsidion Stout from Descuttes (sp?) Brewing.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for this bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown bordering on black with a large rocky/bubbly tan head. Aroma of sweet oatmeal, chocolate, lactos and some coffee. Flavors of the same, with maybe some more coffee, but Iím also picking up a bit of metallic (not much, but a little). Liked the aroma slightly more than the flavor. A little on the thin side, still a nice "sweet stout".
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Opaque, dark brown in color w/ a "grandmas got oatmeal cookiní in the kitchen this morniní" on the nose. The aroma is fantastic. Full nectar w/ dry earthy leather overtones in an oatmeal robe. Well balanced. Overall: my favorite oatmeal stout, reminds me of good oleí granny.
hobojac (1) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2006 does not count
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This Nimbus offering is very harsh going down, as all of their beers are. Iím from Tucson, so Iíd love to give a glowing review to a local microbrew, but I just canít. This is not one of the better beers Iíve had.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a tan head. The flavor and aroma is chocolate/ coffee. The right amount of residual sweetness. A very good beer. The wife even likes it.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Black pour with ruby highlights at the edges under a small light brown head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate with lots of roast as well. Accents of lactose, coffee, and oats. Flavor is a little too lactic and astringent, covering up some of the roast and more subtle flavors suggested by the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little oily up front, but thins toward the finish. I thought that this beer had alot of potential after such a pleasing appearance and aroma but it just didnít deliver on the back end. Normally the addition of oat helps out on the body and mouthfeel but I didnít feel that it made an impact on this one.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of roasted malt, coffee and some light chocolate. Pours dark brown with no transparency and a tan head that doesnít last. Very roasty with espresso and malt with light cocoa. Very light hops in the finish with a thinner mouthfeel compared to the top stouts.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This sweet stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Large sized white beige foamy head with strong lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and coffee, kind of sweet. A medium bodied sweet stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. The beer is a little lactic tasting, but very mild and only a little distracting from all the coffee flavors. This could be because the beer is turning or could from all the vanilla and cocoa flavors. Good balance of the chocolate, malt and coffee flavors. The lactic taste sort of works in this beer, I would rather it NOT be there butÖ Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Re-rate 5+ years later thanks to Dakine, Bottle and served in Bells Tulip:
YEAH, no sourness to be found. While the malt profile is a tad weak there is still enough nutty, roasty, bready, chocolate, and ashy characteristics to make me happy. Best of all is a distinct EKG hop profile on both the nose and palate. Still could use a bit more heft on the mouth feel, a tad too fizzy but it was also quite enjoyable. I completely redid my scores to reflect this new bottle which it appears has little in common with what I had many many moons ago. Again, thanks Dak for the re-rate.
Bottle, gift from Aaron and served in a GL snifter: The beer pours a deep brown hue with a fading fizzy head and left some lace in itís wake. The aroma has notes of coffee, mocha, smoke, walnut and mild bitter profile. There is also a hint of sour cherry on the nose. The acidic and sour nature I detected on the nose is also found on the palate and after reading the post below, there is a good chance that this beer is turning bad. Behind that off-flavor, there are some rich malt notes and some hoppy bitterness as well. The feel is fizzy and lively, thin-bodied. Again, my rating is skewed because of a potental bad bottle, will rerate if given the chance of a fresher brew. *The notch on the label is for March*