GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Scottie.
This is a fine looking stout with a completely opaque near-black pour and a two-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing.
The aroma is very sweet but with a huge dark roasted malt backbone with coffee and chocolate on top. Dark fruits and oatmeal are also present in the nose, very pleasant smell overall.
The taste is fairly tame with mainly sweet dark malts and dark chocolate. There are some dark fruits and roasted coffee in the background but nothing too big.
The mouthfeel is creamy with the oatmeal presence but pretty thin for the style.
The look and aroma are great on this one but the taste and mouthfeel don’t quite live up to the promise. Overall a decent stout.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another best of style for me...in this case, the Oatmeal Stout. Dark brown pour, off white head. Aroma is toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of oatmeal. Flavor is much of the same with some hop characters. Nice creaminess from the oats.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 22-oz bomber during Surly D-Day. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring and some film top. No lacing noticed. Aroma of toasted multi-grain malt with some oatmeal character, dark chocolate and mild coffee. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, chocolate and touch of coffee, floral hops, and some dark pitted fruits. Finish is smooth with a light hop bitterness that quickly disappears with the toasted dark malt aftertaste.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2008. Dark walnut brown, low creamy brown head. Sweet lactic chocolate and coffee, low hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. well done.
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Low lasting off-white fluffy head. Pitch black body. Coffee caramel aroma. Mild coffee caramel flavor with high carbonation, long coffee aftertaste with little hops bitterness.
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (gravity) @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
Dark black color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, coffee, roasted oatmalt, sour. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (050808)
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GBBF, Trade Day, 2008 Gravity cask. Not clean. Flavours not precise. Some coffee, but wandering off. Not impressed.
FanwickMike (6) - Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
part of beer sampler 09/21/08 very dark, but without the grainy bitterness found in many stouts, plus a little sweetness from the oatmeal. not much hop flavor, but a very nice taste.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from pastor (joepais) Thanks man!
Pours mostly black with a fizzy beige head. Smell is not too impressive. Mild, with some light roastiness in the background. Taste is very dull with some roastiness and maybe some oat, but I’m probably reaching after reading the deScription. Really, very mild flavor and too high carbonation for an oatmeal stout. Comes off too fizzy and not really creamy. Not offensive, but impressive for a brewery that makes the top or one of the top ranked beers in the world. There is a weird taste in the finish as it warms too...
Rune (9661) - Tromsř, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5.5% ABV. Pitch black. Roasted oatmeal smell. Taste of dark chocolate malts, followed by a touch of dark fruits. Medium palate (third pint glass at GBBF, 05.08.2008).