Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque NM Aug 2012-pours opaque black with a small dark kacki soapy/somewhat sprtizy head. no lacing or legs here. nose is full of char. roast, lite astringency, tar, dark chocolate, alcohol-big nose! I think this beer would age pretty well. flavors of huge char, dark chocolate, roast, but mostly char here. a huge black patent malt bomb. finish is long with hints of alcohol, roast and char. body is somewhat fizzy for an IS however, could calm down with some age. A very solid rendition of this style however, not overly complex to be in the top tier of this class.
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Pours a deep black color with almost no head. Aroma is very roasty and coffee-like. Slight amount of chocolate comes through too. Taste is overpowering roasted coffee and not much else. Slightly sweet up front and very bitter in the finish. Finish has a pretty big alcohol burn too. Very thin and oily body is not very good here either. This beer should be better. Not complex enough and too much alcohol burn.
Blairgus (3570) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
26 Aug 2012, bottle. black with thick foamy head. nose is tart burnt coffee beans. med/full body and lightly fizzy. dark coffee almost sets your teeth on edge. not too bitter. nice oatmeal malt background. pretty decent.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Viscous and black on the pour with a finger of tan head. Rich oatmeal and toffee sweetness on the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, a nice creamy chocolate character, coffee, and some hints of vanilla to it as well. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with chocolate, toffee, and vanilla notes. A moderate roasted malt flavor along with a touch of coffee give a light bitterness. There’s a touch of licorice on the finish. Carbonation is a little high for me, but nothing that ruins the beer.
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep brown pour with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas potting soil, roast, coffee grinds, oats, and some chocolate. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats, earthy, and a splash of vanilla. Alcohol content well hidden for 9%.
RyanK (263) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, impenetrable black, with a small coffee like head quick to dissipate. Smells of yeast, and more lightly vanilla and oats. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Despite not smelling it, actually quite bitter. Hits with a dark malt bitterness, hits with some alcohol that the bitterness then balances out for a dry finish. If anything, taste more of dark coffee, just real bitter. Not bad but I’m still searching for the perfect Oatmeal Stout
r464 (2126) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with a thick tan head. Very toasty roasty malt with cocoa and coffee. Smooth, rich, and a bit thick. Strong finish.
cbfobes (2803) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, pours a very dark brown with a tan head and lacing, aroma has a good amount of chocolate and malt, flavor has a nice chocolate front end with a finish malt and toffee, really not all that bad.
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b3shine (7123) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; pitch black with thin tan lacing. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Abv is hidden well too. Solid beer.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet malty chocolate with light herbal notes. In mouth, a nice sweet and bitter chocolate with licorice, nice powdery notes, warming alcohol. On tap at Aces and Ales Strong Beer Fest August 10, 2012.