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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Flagship Series. A delicious Oatmeal Stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability, and whole vanilla beans for a rich complexity.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (172) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle. If you love vanilla then you will love this one. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is the same. Palate was just a bi thinner than I would prefer, but that was not a hinderance as it made this quite quaff-able. Finished sweet. Overall: Decent

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (360) - - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy to frothy light brown head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate and dark malt. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, full body with a somewhat overpowering flavor of vanilla, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with soft carbo, notes of chocolate and coffee leading to a lightly bitter finish that turns sticky in the far finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4732) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Some bitterness at the finish. Just a touch too much vanilla for me. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (641) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Pours dark and inky, with a thin tan head, decent retention. Aromas of oats, chocolate, vanilla, toast, and some earthy hop notes. Full body, creamy, lightly dry, low carbonation. Medium sweet, a hint of tartness, medium lingering bitterness. Well balanced, and an enjoyable mix of malts and adjuncts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2015
22oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is oatmeal with vanilla, mild coffee, light bourbon, and some caramel. The vanilla note strengthens late and a mellow, woody anise also appears. The beer is a rich, dark coffee brown hue with a tan, dense foam head that has good retention and lace. The taste is a balanced medium, chocolate bittersweet. The creamy and smooth texture has a foamy carbonation with a medium body containing notes of vanilla, oatmeal, coffee, and a light caramel. The smooth finish has a tone of bittersweet dark chocolate that turns towards more vanilla and cream. Later, the flavor of coffee and mild woody spice strengthens. The sticky aftertaste has mild notes of dark chocolate coffee with a woody spice thats lingering and turns toward oatmeal and vanilla. Pleasant complexity for a mild stout.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeanF (2047) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Great look with huge brown head and black body. Soft roasted barley aroma. Wonderful flavour mix of coffee and hops with a chocolate finish. Brilliant flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zymurgeist2 (1529) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Bomber to glass. Long day of drinking, but this is really just a roasted barley and artificial vanilla concoction/mess. Not too enjoyable. Everything tastes forces and genetically modified.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1130) - CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Appearance: clear deep brown with two fingers of rocky tan head, good retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dark chocolate, vanilla, oats, dark roasty malt, liquorice, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (7/10) Palate: full body, moderate-low carbonation, mild lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5) Nice. Very sweet, but reasonably well balanced with a decent bitter and an emphatic but not overwhelming vanilla. Its a touch hot in the finish, though, and the bitter lingers long after the sweet is a distant memory. Not saying thats a bad thing - just the facts. Id have this again, and Id like to try the non-vanilla version for comparison. (15/20)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockey9930 (217) - - SEP 14, 2015
Black with thick frothy dark tan head. Sweet aroma with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and oats. Flavor has roasty bitterness from dark chocolate and coffee beans, but vanilla sweetness also comes through strong. Thick syrupy palate. Excellent dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4383) - Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2015
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Supermarket Liquors. Black in appearance. Aroma and flavor of dark malts, roast, coffee, chocolate and light vanilla. Rich, creamy and smooth. Pretty nice overall.


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