Aquilo (524) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice one. Black with a tan head. Aromas of rich chocolate, malt, and a splash of black coffee. Flavor is a bit thin after the rich aroma, but is still quite tasty. Very bitter, with the coffee coming through in the finish. Not much sweetness, even though itís supposed to be a sweet stout. Either they didnít use much oatmeal, or something. Palate is a bit on the thin side. I bet this tastes great on tap.
GIJOE (472) - Monterey, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely black as night. Froths up a good 1-2 fingers of head, which dissipates within a minute or two into sparse bubbles on the surface and light lacing.
Aroma is largely dark malt, with some hints of anise, straw, leather, and some woodiness. Thereís also something slightly metallic, as if it came from a can (itís from a bomber).
Taste has more the metallic note, some cocoa, hint of coffee, A tad sour. Tart finish hangs pretty long.
Fairly light body for the style, a little dry, soft carbonation.
Not bad, but not a favorite by any means.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black pour with a thick quickly dissipating dark tan head. Aroma is espresso, and dark caramel, toasted malts. Taste is espresso, dark chocolate, and smoke. Mouthfeel is a nice velvety smooth.
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber, darkest brown with medium dark tan head that lingered. Nose of coffee, bitter chocolate and malts. Taste was on the biiter side with a blend of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a hint of Malt OíMeal....very good stout at a good price.
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured into 2014 San Francisco 49ers championship glass. Black in color with lots of tan foam. Creamy chocolate and roast smell indicative of an oatmeal stout, not very strong though. Coffee roast and bitter chocolate flavor. Packs a decent amount of flavor for what is a pretty light stout. Not a world beater but it is pleasantly drinkable.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, really surprisingly fantastic stout. A jet black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, burnt toast. Flavor is nice and roasty, some more chocolate and burnt things, finishing bitter. Deliciously chewy mouthfeel. A really great stout, getting towards imperial levels. I moved to santa cruz 6 months ago, and after being bored by seabright and santa cruz mountain breweries, I am quickly becoming a santa cruz ale works fan!
Koskela (224) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head on this beer fore sure took bout 20 min. To pour. The smell is roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness. The taste is almost chocolate vannilla kinda taste. Not bad for an oatmeal stout, its medium/full bodied and leaves a chocolate aftertaste. The oatmeal is lacking but still a respectable beer.
tripelthreat (186) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown body topped by a beige head that settles into a thin film. Nose of cocoa, roast and a bit of dark fruit. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee flavors. Not a bad effort but the body is thin and the finish is too burnt.
yackery (151) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Beechwood BBQ Seal Beach. Deep, dark mahogany with thin head over only half of the top but thorough lacing anywhere the beer touches. Aroma is funky bacteria and oatmeal cookie. Taste is mildly sweet followed by definitely bitter finish. Palate is much like Coca Cola but of course not that explosive in the middle but still lively yet softening. Overall OK but too much funk and not enough subtle oatmeal experience.
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark with a ridiculous head. Like, impossible to drink head. The nose and flavor are both strong coffee with some sweet malts.