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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This beer is black in color with an ample amount of oats to give it a smooth finish. This ale has a very complex grain bill and packs a punch with an ABV of 8.5%. All natural cocoa is also added to make this stout a fantastic experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12oz bottle from mattyb83, thanks Matt! Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a big mix of dark cocoas and sweeter chocolates as well as a moderate roast and light coffee, smooth oats, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of bitterness to the cocoas. Flavor is similar. Lots of smooth oats with plenty of dark cocoas and sweeter chocolates up front before a touch of vanilla comes in. A moderate roast to balance the chocolates as well as a light coffee and touch of toasty grain. Finishes fairly dry with a really nice bittersweet chocolate, a light roast, and a touch of hop bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a soft, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable sweet stout. Lots of chocolates with a nice mix of bittersweet dark cocoas and sweeter, richer chocolates all balanced well with a solid vanilla and a nice mix of roasts, coffee, and a touch of hops. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle to glass. Aroma has some roasted malts. Sweet smell. Heavy notes of coffee and chocolate. A little toasty as well. Nice black pour with moderate beige head. Nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Not as sweet as I h ad expected from the aroma. Slight bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not as good as I expected

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
I’ve been hoping for so much more from this brewery... But they have yet to release anything that really wows me. This is not an exception, sadly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (956) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Great looking beer...Very dark red color, almost pitch black, lots of floating sediment and tall foamy brown head. Aromatic roasted chocolate malt aroma. Taste is rich, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Tastes a lot like the super-dark 60% cacao Geridelli chocolates that my mother-in-law always has on hand. Good bittering hops on the tail end. Just an overall excellent stout. Big, rich, complex, drinkable. Maybe the best stout I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tried this beer at the Casanova Beer Cave Festival (2011), this was my favorite beer of the festival, great roast taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7406) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2011
Thanks to Bob for the bottle! Poured clear garnety-brown with a short, somewhat sticky tan head. The aroma picked up sweet cocoa and darker chocolates, with a definite lactose infusion.. sweeter oats and cake on the back of the nose.. smelled delicious, but like it was going to be hard to drink the whole thing. The flavor found sweet, milky chocolates throughout, imbued with a nice earthy complement.. tangy, lactic feel on the back-half of the mouth.. well-balanced, tasty, and easier to drink than the nose indicated. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. a touch grainy and raw on the back-end, but the alcohol was held in check for the most part.. overall a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2158) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pour is dark brown and looks black in glass with a kahki head that fades to a collar/film. Aroma is big bitter chocolate and oats. Taste is nice and bitter sweet with chocolate and cereal notes. Palate is fizzy and slick with a dry bitter finish. Pretty good sweet stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle at Whistle Binkie’s in Rochester, MN. Pours opaque brown-black with a medium thick and fluffy tan head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Medium, creamy body with flavors of sweet malt, milk chocolate and mildly roasty coffee. The finish is chocolatey with a lingering roasty sweetness left behind. Decent overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nsanders (788) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Near black with a tan head. Sweet chocolate, malty nutty aroma. Medium sweetness to accompany the smooth creamy texture. Medium towards heavy bodied. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Creamy, dessert-sweet aroma features chocolate (especially chocolate mousse) and lemon scents. Pours a dark brown with a moderate to large amount of thick, taupe head. Produces good lacing. Flavor is tart, tarry, and bitter at first. Coffee beans. Lemon sourness. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. The taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. Milk chocolate or carob emerges upon multiple sips. The taste is that of an artificial chocolate, like a Tootsie Roll. Light bodied and soft in the palate. Rush River Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (that’s how it’s labeled, by the way; no “Nevermore” to be seen on the bottle) is surprisingly interesting, but it is merely interesting and not particularly good.

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