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RATINGS: 1098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“brewed for the harvest” This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly. 11.0% abv • 238ş L


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Hand bottled bomber from a growler from new york with Crosling. Amazing appearance for such a twisted journey. Big foamy tan head. Very rich palate also for such a long trip.One of the best I have had in a while. Cheers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 7/19/05. Poured out of 64 oz. growler, bought at MacGregor’s in Rochester, NY 7/11/05. Deep, dark black with dark burnt brown edges. Decent dark tan head that mostly fades to a thin film but leaves attractive (if beady and a bit patchy) lacing. Nose is a wallop of alcohol, rum-soaked plum/prunes and dark fruits, chocolate liqueur, molasses, licorice, and some deep burnt sugar hints and port notes. Not enough roast for me-- somewhat reminiscent of Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout, in its alcohol prominence, its mighty body, and its lingering mapley sweetness. The flavor in this brings a ton of unsweetened chocolate, a woody/earthy tang, and ridiculous mounds of burnt malt. Some cola somewhere in there and layers of dark malt fun that poke out here and again-- char, bitter roast, tar, licorice, black coffee and toffee. Finishes with a surprising (if not unwelcome) dry black malt and slightly milky oatmeal/dark caramel glow, which complements the syrupy thick coating in interesting ways. This stuff literally feels like you could peel it off of your teeth in sheets. Super-sticky on your lips even a half an hour after you’ve had your last sip. It’s not quite Dark Lord-thick, but it offers a mouthfeel just about as badass. Huge full body and a bright warming sensation even on your first swallow. A little too much alcohol burn in the finish (opening up your nasal passages) and a strange chocolate cough syrup-like apparition somewhere in there. Pretty damn good, still. I sat up and took notice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 On draught at MacGregor’s in Rochester, NY. Big and black with a tan head. Completely opaque. Heavy aroma of chocolate and coffee come easily even before this warms up. Rich dark roast coffee flavor, with some licorice coming through. Smooth creamy thick palate. Coating. Nice bitter finish. Very well done Imperial Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
From Growler - thanks Springslicker! Black. So Black it actually sucks light from the surrounding area. Thick, creamy dark brown head. Strong aroma of licorace, coffee and root beer. Thic and smooth and just slightly tart, with coffee and licorace (but not as promnate in the flavor as it is in the smell) Hints of baker’s chocolate in the finish. Really impressive!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2005
Draft at MacGregor’s in Henrietta, NY 4/22/2005. Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel, coffee, vanilla, and oak. The flavor does not disappoint. Coffee, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying. No one element dominated, nicely balanced. Huge bodied. Should be savored, but I drank my first so fast I had to order a second. They REALLY need to bottle this stuff. Outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan, creamy head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, chocolate, vanilla, light anise, and blueberries. Taste of roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate, nuts and smoke with a light alcohol finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Tap at Kclinger’s publik house in Etters, PA. Pours an opaque black with a tan head and excellent lacing. Extremely malty, sweet aroma with slight chocolate notes. Full-bodied. Extremely rich. Its consistency is like oil. Delicious to sip, but not very drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 On tap at the Pizza Plant. Very dark body, small tan head, PNW hops and alcohol in the nose. This one was all hops and alcohol I tried and tried to find something else here, but it was just way overhopped with no balance. The beer I had bears little resemblance to the descriptions posted here. Hmmmm. Original score 7 5 4 3 11 3.0. RERATE 9/2007. On tap at Cole’s. Completely different than my above rating: sweet, malty body with virtually no alcohol presence and minimal bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [draft - MacGregors - Henrietta, NY] Dark black color with thin tan head. Very black and oily. The aroma is very strong and potent. Smelled of lots of roasted malt, coffee, brandy, a touch of oatmeal and chocolate. The taste is as potent and complex as the aroma. Very sweet in the beginning with hints of alcohol, oatmeal and sweet malts. Very smooth and sticky on the palate with a very nice and sweet malt and oatmeal aftertaste. I was surprised it was 12.5, and I would definitely drink this again. Excellent stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Re-rate. 22oz bomber. 9-13-07. Black, brown head, layered aroma of fat malts, oatmeal, chocolate, alcohol soaked plums, some roast, hops and others. Full, rich, smooth, creamy, malts and oats up the wazoo. Lots of warming alcohol, more black malts and some hop bitterness. Damn. Just very decadent and enjoyable. With 8oz left to drink I am already thinking about when I will be going to the store to score some more.


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