Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Steelhead poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, bakers cocoa, earthiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, bakers cocoa, and light earthiness with a smooth lingering bakers cocoa finish.
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nicely done, but seriously, how could this one have gone wrong at all?
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 12/5/06
Unfortunately, the tan-beige colored head immediately fizzles to nothing, leaving a rather still-looking glass of opaque or near-opaque black liquid. I’ll chalk it up to pressurization at the bar or the glass (though this is almost never the case at Redbones), as this beer was anything but problematic and I see no point in taking off points from an otherwise wonderful beer. Furthermore, I see plenty of scores showing quite the opposite experience of mine.
Sticky, vanilla flavored marshmallows rise up sweetly, dotted with sweet dates, light black cherries and the most subtle, yet noticeable, roastiness. Vinousness, bordering on liqueur-like flavors with anise and maybe some cocoa? Rich, unrelenting aroma (though it must be sniffed close to the glass). No off-flavors and quite the rollercoaster of sweet and dry flavors. Fruity and sweet at times, to spicy and roasty with a broad range of complexities.
The flavor takes the aroma and personifies it tenfold. Especially upon warming, it’s just a wealth of rich flavors in the mouth. But as all good beers, it’s balanced as well. Lightly dry char and roast notes balance the sweet choco-caramel and vanilla notes. Dark fruits are perky on the edges and the body is soft, with a sticky, and at times, velvet-like texture. A very lovely anise note is well-placed and balances some fudginess. Coffee flavors are light and stay mostly out of the way, just adding a light complexity. The flavor is so strong and full, it coats the palate and lingers long, with no loose sections. Even undercarbonated, it hardly comes off loose, the malt just adding so much depth and texture. Chocolate-cherry-cola finish with balancing roastiness is phenomenal.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, rootbeer-like coloring with a roasted beige head. Some red glint is noticable in the light as well. Roasted malts sport a very caramely aroma. I actually smell the oats as well. Creamy texture and tons of roasted coffee crowds the tongue. I’m also picking up a smidgen of dark fruit as well - maybe prune. Long finish with a black cherry smack and mild oakiness.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A pretty dark brown pour, and it was dark and cloudy today, so I could not really see any other hints of anything coming through. The aroma was strongly medicinal and very roasty, to me there was nothing sweet about this stout. It seemed to me like the balance was off in the nitro,or the carbonation almost had a gassy, medicinal roastiness. The flavor has lots of chocolate and coffee, but there was just something off here, and I had to pass on ordering a full pint.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(GABF05) Clear red-black body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, rich, cocoa, light roast, faint cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some caramel, roast. Light-medium body.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter coffe taste, light light on carbonation, smooth start to finish, good winter brew or for desert.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black with a nice tan head. Aroma was filled with chocolate and coffee tones. Taste was sweet at first then ended a bit bitter when the hops kicked in. Chocolate and coffee tastes really made this sweet stout, and the oatmeal made it nice and creamy.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge rich roasted oatmeal aorma that's just incredable. Everlasting light brown head throughout. I hear the Lord Stanley Stout won Gold at GABF in '02, this isn't it. This is just awesome. The rich flavor just emvelops your mind and soul with fantastic coffee and a dark delectable dry sweetness. I would put this against any of the very good one's.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
vanilla/coffee aroma, coffee and hops with a dry finished as promised by the brewery propaganda