ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly.
Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. It’s a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but it’s pretty decent either way.
T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, aren’t very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great.
M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? It’s almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol.
O: I admit, I didn’t have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if there’s one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, it’s a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.
EtTuCthulhu (734) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma combines hints of raisins, chocolate, booze, and caramel malts, and the appearance is an opaque black color with a small tan ring on top of the liquid. The taste fuses a mild sweetness, slight bitterness, and quite a bit of umami; however, the palate is very indulgent as it combines a medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long malty finish
Erikh04 (68) - - DEC 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good stout. Not great. A little on the sweet side. I have found that all of the southern tier stouts I've hade are that way. I liked it better than jahva.
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gschrade (319) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with tan head. Taste chocolate, oats, I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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berntholer (544) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beige head that disappears with some lacing. coffee colour. aroma of oat, butter, sweet, alcohol. taste like aroma with a sweet finish. medium body and carbonation, quite dense mouthfeel. bottle 65 cl
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, deep black color, with a beige head, with a mild roasted, chocolate, black malt, mochaish, faint espresso nose, with a fruity, oat, oat chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla, milk chocolate accent, with some spicy licorice, semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, light dark dried fruit notes in the aroma follows thorugh on -full-bodied palate with a sweet, smooth toasted, black, chocolate, roasted, caramel malt, mocha, oatmeal chocolate cake, light fudgy, burnt fruitcake, chocolate icecream character, with some boozy chocolate liqueur, chocolate chip cookie dough, faint licorice, cocoa, coffee flavours, leading towards a chocolatey, fudgy, coffee, brownie, lingering roasty bitterness finish.
metalhead0043 (78) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle for 10 bucks. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is a little fruity, mostly oats and chocolate. Taste is oats up front with a lasting chocolate flavor on the end. Reminds me of taking a bite out of a chocolate bar. Really nice. Body is medium, lighter than I was expecting. Texture is creamy. This one is a knock out of the park. There is no alcohol in the taste to speak, and it is very smooth and easy to drink. DOB says 8/16/12 so the flavor might be a little different due to age.
wlajwl (3334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark malts, oats/grains and vinous notes. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, strong caramel/toffee, oily and a big acidic/tart finish.
merc7186 (1474) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Oatmeal, Mild Coffee, Mild Chocolate Malts
T: Chocolate Malts, Oatmeal, Mild Coffee
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mild Drying, Mild Bitter
Overall, a nice oatmeal stout with good flavors and well balanced.
gmb5127 (176) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely has a strong aroma and taste of oats. There is a mild alcohol taste but it’s not overwhelming.
RyanK (131) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I love oatmeal stouts and was excited for this beer. Pour appears disappointingly thin bodied but I certainly approve of the impenetrable black color and brown creamy head that is quick to dissipate. Smells like raisins and alcohol, reminds me of the crème brule stout minus the sugary flavors. My afraid based off the smell that the alcohol wont be well hidden it is 10.8%. Not so bad, does taste mostly like raisins with a bitter caramel malt. Alcohol taste is moderate, carbonation is kind of heavy, some complexity. A little to strong and sweet for my taste getting through the 22 will be a project