Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at the brewpub. Black, brown head, very thick. Aroma of dark chocolate. Taste of roasted coffee with a bitter finish. Our favorite of 6 samples.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, sampled 2/18/10). Black color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Moderate roasted coffee aroma, with light oats. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Thin/slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
blutt59 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, via trade with jbye4334, cola brown with no foam, aroma has some plastic and cashew, cocoa, flavors of sour coffee, dry cocoa, mixed nuts and cinnamon
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a very thick tan head. A touch of grain, some sweet oatmeal notes, and a bit of old paper. Medium bodied, little bit of cola, and a lot of stale paper and cardboard. Uncharacteristically sweet finish with some bitterness and more paper.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt with nuts and toast. Flavor is very rich. Lots of chocolate malt and bakers chocolate with a creamy feel and a burnt sugar finish. This is a very good basic stout.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 12 oz. bottle. Pours a translucent, dark, cola brown color with a small, creamy head of mocha colored foam. Wet flares hang on to the glass, but just barely, with a few trailing spots of lace. The aroma is a bit off, showing a slightly plasticy overtone amidst notes of dry, dark cocoa roast, coffee, and hints of lactic cream. There’s a decent amount of green, grassy hops on the nose as well, along with a faint wisp of spruce. Flavors follow suit, mainly dry and roasted, with a big cocoa powder presence and a touch of flaked oats, again showing some chemical or plastic notes. Grassy hops are again quite prominent on the finish. The palate is medium bodied at best, a little light for a stout actually, with a really dry, prickly sort of feel. It would be nice if the chemical notes weren’t there, but they are. Eh, not very good.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
An all around safe but boring oatmeal stout this is a little weak for me to want to drink again. It’s not that a sweet stout needs to be overloaded with flavor (especially at around 5% ABV) but it should taste like more than a gingersnap cookie. Given that no brewery can hit a home run every time I am willing to give Nimbus another chance in the future despite an average oatmeal stout.
Aroma / Appearance - The muddy black body was standard as was the mocha colored head. Nothing about it or the aromas excited me. Speaking of which the sweet scent of gingersnap cookies overpowered the oatmeal dregs which had cooled overnight. This was not one dimensional but it was dangerously close.
Flavor / Palate - Stale chocolate, wood ash, and oatmeal do nothing more than tease the palate. This does not need to be over the top and super rich but there should certainly be more depth than there is now. I managed to finish what was a dull and predictable oatmeal stout nonetheless but my enthusiasm to try any more Nimbus beers that night was dampened.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque black with tan brown head that doesn’t retain well.
Nose is on weaker side for an Oatmeal stout IMO. However, from what is there it is nice - Whoppers candy, nougat, chocolate, caramel icing on birthday cake.
Palate is a nice chalky roasty chocolate flavor, with plent of roastiness to boot. Caramel again too.
Finish is long and caramel sweet.
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown pour, light creamy colored head. Aroma is a bit metallic...infected? Behind that I get some molasses, coffee and a little chocolate. Metallic flavor a bit of sourmash. Coffee, roasty. Dry. Nah.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2010
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Received a single 12-oz bottle via Mystery Swap. Loud explosion (oh, oh) and a gusher. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a over-flowing large bubbled off-white head that has some extra retention and spot lacing. Aroma of tart apple, some light molasses and basement cardboard. Taste is very metallic, tart, vinegar. Ooh- Kay, that’s enough. Infected bottle. Willing to try again.