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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (147) - - AUG 17, 2014
Bottled. Pours black w/ a tan head. Aroma is malty with lots of rich milk chocolate. Flavor is sweet, similar to left hand milk stout, but has a slight hint of coffee bitterness at the end. Definitely more effervescent than I would necessarily like. I think this w/ nitro would be very nice. Overall, very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nakedwhendrunk (2199) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from my sister. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Gentle sporadic lacing sticks around the sides of the glass. The smell had a soft chocolate sweetness with a gentle rolling warmth of booze underneath, huh, hmmm...must be really fresh at 6.7%. Light grainy to thick dark fruitiness trying to strike a certain strength in this one. The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and added a good sweet booziness. On the palate, this one sat fairly light for the most part and showed a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but not overbearing. Overall, good beer, now where are my oatmeal raisin cookies to go with this? (wink). Iíd have it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3041) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from a trade with pineypower. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Thanks Dean.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1669) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2014
Draft at Eulogy. Black pour. Soft beige foam on top that dies to a lasting ring. Feels quite thin to start with (for an oatmeal stout.) Grows thicker as it warms. Some coffee chocolate cookies. Soft milky vanilla cream. Reddish brown fruit. Figs. Molasses. Some ascetic notes in the nose. Darkly sweet but a nice sudden dry spicy finish. Missing complex stout flavors, but otherwise not so bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2014
12 oz. bottle from trade with Crajun. Pours black as night with a thin tan head . Aroma of roast malt and sweet lactose. Thick and creamy on the palate. Flavor of roasty oats, some burnt malt and lots of sweet sugar with an abrupt bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1478) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Undated bottle, from the 2013 release though.
Appearance: The pour is pitch black and the body is equally as so. A tall, neat and dense brown head rises from the black body and sticks around for a bit for a nice presentation.
Aroma: The aroma is mild with some carbonic acid. Creamer is noticed along with hints of roast and bittersweet chocolate. The aroma is a bit muted and blurred.
Taste: This tastes better than it smells. I get a solid malt base of bittersweet chocolate with roast becoming prominent by the finish. Lactose sweetness runs through, but thereís a mild astringency throughout as well. The finish lingers of a roasty bitterness.
Palate: Nearly full-bodied, a bit light. Carbonation is a bit too present.
Overall: I donít find myself looking to buy this again, especially when Left Hand does it cheaper and better. Why is this a $12 six pack to begin with? Itís only traveled a few hours and itís no more expensive to brew than their other beers which are more reasonably priced. I donít get it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4680) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle, cheers to eelbasher! The pourís deep brown with a tight tan head. The nose is sweet coffee and caramel ice cream. Light cinnamon heat, toasted nuts. Melted coffee ice cream flavors. Hints of raisins. Dark chocolate. Light body, effervescent carbonation. Tasty stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pretty good oatmeal stout from a local swap! Poured a medium almond brown that had hints of oatmeal with a back taste of milk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2805) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pours tar black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, lactose, oats, and mocha. Nice balance of oat, lactose, roasted malt, and chocolate. Creamy body. Nice beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2014
DATE TASTED: February 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint...OCCASION: the reading of A Storm of Swords begins... APPEARANCE: jet black body; unenthused thin brown head; tracings are basically sporadic bubbles... AROMA: some peat and smoke, but predominantly a strange combination: lactic, doughy malts and vanilla sugars argue with strikingly astringent turpentine chemicals--a challenge to take in... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly dry; rather flat up front, with a beefy after breath ...TASTE: milky, yet the alcohol seems to impede a smoother flavor; some rum elements mingle with a plasticine undertone... OVERALL: This seems a forced attempt at steeping ABV at the cost of taste and experience; River Horse does Jersey proud with some offerings, but this brew is negatively aggressive--upon completing this review, I drank a second and only found the beer more troublesome to place in a positive light....


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