Pailhead (5430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma is a really nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla cream, and faint coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate intensifies in the finish along with vanilla cream and a hint of coffee. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very tasty.
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DC local tasting. Brown. Aroma of whiskey, taste is same plus oak, oil. Light body. Not bad.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from SL. The appearance was deep dark black. The aroma was chocolate, dark fruits, anise, faint roast. The flavor followed with licorice and some smokey/char elements. Mouthfeel was full if not a bit acidic. Overall, a bit bitter to astringent even, lacking the oatmeal bite in the best of these, although others with me liked it a bit.
Goodgrief (1843) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing this suprisingly tasty treat. Pour was dark as night with nice boozy and chocolately aroma. Flavor was smooth sweet chocolate malt, with nice rich oaty/graininess. Some roasted malts provided a nice finish to the experience. One of the better "nonimperials" out there. Darned good.
omhper (20675) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, from Spokne, WA. Very black, beige head. Tarry asphalt aroma. Dense and full bodied with compact mouthfeel. Salty with tar and licorice. Long tarry bitterness. A concentrated very solid stout.
bluejacket74 (1509) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is low, but thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee and molasses. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of an herbal flavor that I canít exactly identify. The aroma is sweet but the taste is mostly roasty and bitter, more bitter than I would expect from an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, itís easy enough to drink. Not a bad overall brew, I think itís worth a try.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark pour, head is creamy and thick. Laces well. A mild but pleasant smokey roasted flavor with a sweet lingering finish.
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub on June 4, 2010, for $4.50 a pint. Pours an opaque body with a lasting thin brown head. Nose of bitter chocolate, very roasted with mild cat urine. Flavour of coffee, toasted malt. Good lasting roasty finish with a very mild bitterness. Very enjoyable. 7/4/8/4/15
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours brown/black with ruby edges. Four finger foamy tan head. Nice smooth burnt malt aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is anise, coffee and smooth burnt malt. Not getting chocolate. This is very full flavored. And smooth!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy!! - Pours thin and almost black with a large beige head...aroma is hop resiny, roasty dk malt and pine...flavour is roasty as well, hoppy and gritty grain...kinfa thin on the back end with some light lingering bitterness on the finish...