ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
JOHNCONOR (17) - USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I had to, and I mean really had to like I was being strong armed and backed into a corner I could probably declare a favorite personal beer style. Though chances of that scenario playing out are slim to none thanks to the NSA having my back 365. Oatmeal Stouts, they are what’s up. I said it. Look at all the highest ratings… See a trend? You can do so much with a stout that you are unable to do with any other beer style period. Oatmeal Stout+ Southern Tier= Ungodly Fruit. Brew pours an oily abyss. Light brown copper where the liquid meets the glass. Decent khaki head that dissipates rapidly. Intense chocolate and raison on the aroma. Oatmeal is present on the pallet but accompanied by toasty malts and raison. This is a thick and hearty beer, it should be respected at 10.5 percent. The velvety smooth finish and texture work wonders hiding the otherwise austere alcohol percent. Again another example of an Oatmeal Stout that does work.
Beerhunter111 (3200) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.
Buongiorgio00 (525) - - FEB 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout creamosa che avvolge la bocca e la travolge con un gusto complesso e goloso, di cioccolato, malti tostati, dolcezza di melassa. Si riconosce la punta acidula dell’avena, che accompagna il palato fino al finale. Gli undici gradi sono fantasmi invisibili. Eccezionale!
stravale (1810) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottle Shop, Canterbury 
Pitch black, no light through, dark tan head dissipates, some lacing
Aroma - soft roast, rich dark malts, very slight alcohol
Taste - Rich dark malts, mellow soft roast, chocolate, alcohol very well hidden, slight soy, yummy dark sweet malts, so mellow for the abv, soft bitter hops, yum yum malts
Palate - soft carb, full rich body, quite sweet but not too much. Finish very smooth, rich deep dark malts, chocolate, mellow roast, superb soft chocolate caramel malts
Overall - Fantastic impy, very smooth, booze well hidden...I’m liking it more than the Choklat
baraciisch (1505) - USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black, thick pour... Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oats, coffee... Flavor is fairly sweet throughout, oats, chocolate, roasted malts... Lots of residual sugars, burnt malt notes... Solid
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txolo (154) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Agradable olor a café, cacao, vainilla. Sabe a café fuerte y chocolate amargo, ligeramente a madera, muy negra, cremosa, da gusto beberla, va bien con muchas cosas
fattybladdy (419) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful thick black pour. Aroma is fairly sweet and chocolatey. Taste is very smooth, chocolate, roasted malt, with some light bitterness in the finish. Very nice.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with mahogany edges and only a rim of tan foam. Licorice, molasses and dark fruits on the nose with a lower dose of sweetness in the nose than say, choklat or creme brulee. Flavor is of oats and molasses and dark malts with some nice soily character. The beer is chewy and resonant in finish with a moderate carb and has the potential to fill a belly. The 10.8% ABV doesn’t even shine whatsoever.
Serving type: bottle
EtTuCthulhu (858) - 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 (98) - - 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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