ChainGangGuy (4386) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown body with a small, tan-colored head.
Smell: Dark chocolate and notes of roasty coffee nearly lost to the angry, raging diacetyl butter scent. This bottle should include links to various Diacetyl Lung Disease websites.
Taste: Sure, there’s some chocolate and there’s even some roasty notes, but the x-treme diacetyl problem has turned this beer into a butter liqueur.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Who knows, there might just be a decent beer beneath the glaring diacetyl problem.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a mostly opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing dark tan head. Aroma has perhaps the most diacetyl I’ve ever smelled in a beer or in a bag or microwave popcorn along with some mild roasty chocolate notes. Body is coated with slick oily diacetyl and some milk chocolate with a touch of sweetness, just dripping in popcorn butter. Just do a diacetyl rest and this beer would probably be pretty good, but right now, it’s damn near undrinkable.
aracauna (3088) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Good lord what a diacetyl problem. This is one of the most diacetyly beers EVER. I can’t even get past in in the taste. This is seriously buttery. Blech.
TaktikMTL (5793) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz, partagée avec MartinT, Beerbuzzmontreal et M_Heine. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1226)
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This healthy Oatmeal Stout provides ample coffee atop the roasted caramel, building an effortlessly drinkable, although perhaps sweet example.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the blackness.
-Dark chocolate also accompanies the coffee roastiness.
-The body is healthy on tap, but I admit the bottle was a little thinner than was to be expected from the full and creamy nose.
-Carbonation is comfortable and serves the flavor profile adequately.
-The tap version gave me a blast of caramel sweetness in the nose.
From the bottle (3.5) and from the tap (3.1).
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was well worth the trip....smooth flavors of chocolate and roasted coffee. I was expecting something a little heaver, but that was ok b/c im drinking it in the summer, so it was perfect. this is definetly a pint for the people.
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
hands-down their best beer, worth stopping in for. A low ABV and one of three good casks on that night. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very dark brown, with a delightful bubbly mocha head, lace. Roomish temperature, it would have been interesting to have it a bit colder and then go through a flavour range. Tastes of chocolate and licorice along with mouthfeel of oatmeal. Sourish finish.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This offering from the People’s Pint pours a delicious onyx black with a tan head that starts thick and frothy but dwindles down to a thin lace. The aroma is sweet, oats, caramel, chalky powdery essence, chocolate, and herbs, but hard to depict. The taste starts chocolate malt upfront, a hint of sourness is present but nothing that makes the beer off. The body is syrupy, well crafted, playful and makes me think about every sip cause there is something new each time. Overall this is a good oatmeal stout one that I will be going back to.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
sampled at the brewpub. Very dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, light roasty, light herbal hops. Taste is chocolate, lightly roasty but these qualities are somewhat muddled, a musty quality, and a thin lightly astringent finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA (September 2006) consumed around cellar temperature from a Chouffe tulip glass. Opaque purple-black colored with a smallish lasting dark creamy tan head....luscious chocolaty nose, just hugely aromatic even from several feet away with an amazing blend of herbal scents: spearmint certainly (!), licorice and perhaps cinnamon, in many ways this is reminiscent of a holiday spice beer in this oh-so-fragrant nosing.....it’s back down to earth when the tongue gets involved, though there’s some good chocolaty stuff it never reaches anything like transcendence and in fact becomes somewhat hard, mineralic and chalky at the finish with a cardboardy thinness as it warms, and the end result is old bitter coffee grounds unsupported by much malt or creaminess in the mouthfeel. Wow, this started out so well and finished so mediocre...bummer.