Brigadier (2740) - 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. Itís 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 (658) - 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 doesnít 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 (8329) - 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 (5104) - 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, thatís enough. Infected bottle. Willing to try again.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Almost black color/ fleeting head. Mild chlorine, polycarbonate, medium roasted malt aromas. medium body. Soggy apple, metallic, mild cardboard, wood char, medium roast malt flavors. Not pleasant.
arminjewell (5586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with tan head, aroma is burnt malt. Taste is a bit watery, but with burnt malt and chocolate/coffee after taste that is made creamier by the oatmeal. Not bad!
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours deep dark brown with a thin brown head. aroma is cocoa, chocolate, licorice, light port. flavor is heavy barley, chocolate, licorice, coffee. roasted malt. long, bitter finish. coffe and malty aftertaste.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Sparky27. Pours black with a massive sudsy tan head. Even pouring slowly down the side of the glass the head rushes to overflow the top of the glass. This is clearly abnormal and makes me wonder if this beer is infected. The aroma seems ok with some chocolate and mild roasted malt. The flavor, however, is another story with mild roasted malt, red wine vinegar, wet cardboard and a bit of a metallic twang. Dry, chalky finish. I ended up dumping almost half the glass - why waste the calories on crappy beer?!
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate pour with a 1/4 inch latte colored head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee...flavor is similar but has a little sourness and lactic quality as well. Really thin for the style. Not a favorite.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another 12oz bottle from Sparky27, thanks Eric. Notched Best by July. Clear deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head, low retention. The aroma has an off vinegary note--which makes me think. . . . I think Iíve had 3 infected beers from them already. What the hell is the deal? This actually slightly reminds me of JPís Madrugada Obscura--but not necessarily in a good way. Aroma has light roast, a little dark chocolate, and a good amount of vinegar. The flavor is slightly less tangy with an herbal hop addition and light oatmeal. The finish is burnt and chalky--really damn ashy, too-- bitterness at a 2. Minimal carbonation with a light body. Another shitty beer from Nimbus--I think their only beer worth a crap is their English Strong Ale--though I forget the name.