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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Our darkest ale is a true American Stout. Black as a moonless night and full of chocolate and roasted barley flavor, This beer has a creamy, velvety texture from the oats and finishes smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Santa Cruz Ale Works Dark Night Oatmeal Stout is a dark ruby black ale with a brown sugar colored, gel-topped dense foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There is deep roast in the aroma with notes of oatmeal cookies, raisins and chocolate chips. It is medium bodied and very dry with an acidic finish. It’s sweet at first, with notes of chocolate and berry. The finish is long and bitter. It kind of tastes like oatmeal cookies. It’s bitter, dry and full flavored. I’m impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
On cask at Firkin Fest. Poured dark brown/black, smooth, creamy, roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
From tap at the brewery. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Solid roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Dark malt flavoured, hard roasted and light herbal coffee like finish. Bitter and roasted malt acidic finish, light fruity hoppy note. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
This must be this brewery’s strength. You see, every brewery has a good beer. And this is their’s. IN fact, its really good. Roasty smelling and tasting, full flavored notes of chocolate, malt and a little smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Dark brown with a medium to large deep beige and creamy head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, oats and hints of coffee. Flavour was kin of dry with hard roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, coffee, grapefruits and drying hops. Fiinished quite dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, hops, and coffee. body is a little thin, but this pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6753) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. We had a bottle together via facebook chat. What a gusher! This beer should be corked and caged for safety. The pressure both of our bottles were under were dangerously high. While poured it was also massive foam for every pour. The aroma was roasted and chocolate notes with some cream. Those were prominent flavor themes. Later I tasted hops that might have been Cascade. They brought bitterness and citrus. After that some spice was tasted. The carbonation aside, this was a really good beer and I found it right down the middle per style. Patience is required with this one but it is rewarded nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours opaque brn/blk with a slight tan head. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and perhaps vanilla. Near full in body with rather creamy carbonation. Flavor is strong toast malt, chocolate, and probably smoke. Finishes dry, chocolatey and a touch ashy. Over all pretty good stuff. Lots of flavor.

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