ksacdonovan (2) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I discovered this beer at my local Trader Joes. It is not the typical stout, the coffee overtones and smooth taste make it a very drinkable beer- almost to the point where I must pound down two in short time because it is so delicious. Definately my favorite beer with Sierra Nevada Pale ale in second. I have also recently enjoyed Blue Moon.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour. Very light and crisp oatmeal stout. It’s just tasty. Not the heartiest stout I’ve had, but this one is worth drinking. Rated 3/21/04
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a good beer. I like Oatmeal Stouts as a rule and this is no exception/ A really good flavor of chocolate and coffe are prevelent. A bit hoppy which does not work for this style. Overall worthy and cheap so why not try it?
DubC5000 (303) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeply brown and red to the eye. Malt, coffee, sugarcane and maple on the nose, with a densely coffee malt flavor; aftertastes of dark chocolate and oatmeal. Very smooth, with neither excessive bite nor slime. Chewy. Extremely enjoyable, great as a late dessert with or without a brownie.
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the advantages of moving to the Midwest: being able to get this at Trader Joe’s for $6/6-pack. You won’t find a better beer for the price. Maybe not the equal of a Sam Smith, but on a grad student budget, it’s nice to know that someone’s looking out for you.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a black body with a finger and a half worth of sand-toned foam.
Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley and oats with sweetish chocolate and coffee notes and a small, small hint of fruitiness.
Taste: Dark, moderately roasty maltiness with a taste of dark chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Soft, mild-mannered smoky oat character. Gentle fruitiness. Not much support from the hops, flavorwise, though some slight bitterness comes through to provide a bit of balance. There’s an increased though still light earthiness on the back end with a sustained chocolate taste. Finishes smooth and malty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pleasant and tasty and pretty dadgum cheap. Of the various Trader Joe’s brews, this is the one I’d most likely return for a whole six’er of.
sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damned tastey, I think. Pours a pitch black, oily tan head and great lacing. Aroma is coffe and nutty, with a tinge of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, then coffee, then a pleasant tobacco bit with a pleasant dry finish. Better than I expected.
BigCIT (4) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was definitely pungent with cereal and coffee overtones. The tan head complements the creamy texture and smooth finish. An incredibly easy drinking beer, one of my favorite day to day beers.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black-brown with a medium, tan head. Big, smokey malt aroma with lots of char and notes of coffee and dark chocolate syrup. Flavor is shortly sweet with roasted maltiness, tons of tobacco and mocha. Faint bitterness and dryness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and lightly chewy. Finishes semi-dry, roasty, with light bitterness and lots of smokey, roasted malts. Really, really good.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big chocolaty, roasted aroma. dry palate. flavor is of coffee, roasted barley, and chocolate. black with a small brown head. hint of hops in finish. medium-full bodied with rich flavors. very well done.