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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A traditional stout using dark roasted malted barley to create a full-bodied ale. Rounded with the smooth flavor of oats, the addition of English Kent Goldings hops produces a creamy stout that has proven to be a favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.

Poured a rich black with a creamy brown head. Delicious aroma of coffee, cream, cherries, and a touch of whiskey. Taste is somewhat disappointing compared to the aroma. Coffee and cream notes come first but are soon followed by a bit of acidity that feels out of place. Decent body, but I like them thicker. I’m actually wondering if this bottle was on its way out. Too bad, because if it was and it was this good, I can only imagine how this beer is fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours black with a fair mocha creamy head that stays well and laces in patterns down the glass. Aromas of chocolate and coffee blend together with caramel over roasted malts. Flavor is much the same with a nice bitter hop finish before the lingering sweet chocolate aftertaste. Palate is quite smooth and creamy. Mouthcoating. The oatmeal adds some grit to this one. I like it. A very nice finish to dinner tonight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
12oz Bottle from FalcoAlto. Thanks. Poured a very dark brown/black with a huge and creamy tan head. Nose was roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Nice. mmmmhhmm. There is chocolate and coffee and roasted caramel, but there is a pine like hop wandering around my tongue. This was a very nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Luscious roasted barley aroma with some sugary sweetness. Deep black pour with a small head. Wow…big flavor. Milky sweetness combines with burnt malts and a wallop of hoppiness. Oaty velvet is a lovely addition. A very tasty stout. Thanks to FlacoAlto for the deliciousness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
From FlacoAlto, thanks, sir. Some roasted malt, but the aroma is mild. Deep black with thumb thick mocha head. Very bitter and acidic in the fore with ample coffee notes. Middle is a lessened version of the fore taste with a touch of sweetness from the finish which is cream and sugar espresso and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2005 bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks man! Brown head is small and quickly vanishing. A light coffee-with-a-lot-of-cream color. Body is dark-purple/black with some deep burnt umber tinges. Low carbonation and too slick to provide lacing. Smells roasty, earthy, dry. Light dark, dark roast notes mixed with fruit are apparent right away. Prunes and rich barley with some hearty oats. Flavor is 110% raisins and earthy barley with prunes. Lots of pruniness! Wow this is a refreshing, modest gravity stout. It’s nice to sneak in a non-Imperial stout every once and a while! Light hops bitterness mixed with the dry roast. Earthy, crunchy, almost granola-like flavors. Currants and a peanut brittle note hit. Retronasal prunes and lots of vinousness. All in a good balance. Really big, soft bubbles pop in the mouth. Light bitterness carried on the big, easygoing bubbles. This gives it a slightly watery feel, but it’s hardly much to complain about. No alcohol ever noted. Hops, roast, dark fruits for days. . . A real easy sipper and sort of reminds me of a fresh, warm St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout minus the coffee. Very roasty though, sweet and malty, with an almost salty edge at the end. Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Opaque black with large dark brown rocky head. Roast malt, some coffee and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Roast malt with large chocolate character in the flavor. Some smokiness as well, particularly in the finish. Some vanilla in the flavor as well, to accentuate the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with smoothness appropriate to the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5685) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of beerguy101 via trade. Aroma of roasted grains, malt, and coffee with a very light chocolate. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a tan head that lasts a minute or so. Very roasty with coffee and grain. Chocolate is very light. Very light hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Thanks to beerguy101 for this one. Black w/ a thin tan head, this is a well done oatmeal stout. The flavor is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, w/ smokey notes. It has a dry finish, and is nicely structured. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of beerguy101..thanks again mitch. This beer pours a black color with a thin tannish head and excellent lacing throughout the course of drinking. Active carbonation throughout. The aroma is sweet....vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted barley, oak and smoke are the predominant aromas. The flavor is smokey as well with vanilla, chocolate and a sweet vanilla grain finishing this beer. A bit dry, but overall fairly full bodied and ever so slightly lactic..most likely due to the vanilla. Sweet with slight hop bitterness in the finish. High carbonation levels, but good for a change. Some hints of nuttyness as well towards the finish...chocolate and cocoa everywhere...impressive!

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