masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice thick black into the snifter. Smell was rich chocolate, roasty and bitey. I think the name really fits well with this beer. Lots of chocolate, but not as sweet as some chocolate stouts. You definitely get some of that classic oatmeal stout flavor. Still just a bit hot, but I bet that will fade. Well made oatmeal stout.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate malt, sweet. Flavor of rich, deep, dark chocolate. The flavor is NOT like sweet and sugary (milk) chocolate, but more intense deep cocoa. Flavor also begins mild and sweet alcohol then the chocolate notes develop. Finish is dry with a thick full palate. Very good! Not what I was expecting.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep thick n chewy black with a smalll brown head that quickly fades. Aroma is roasted barley, malts, chocolate, coffee, oats and a little dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruits with a nice bitter kick in the finish. Has a nice creamy chocolate mouthfeel and a nice viscosity to it as it sticks to the top of your mouth even after you’re done drinking.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malts in the nose with touches of dark chocolate. Decent nose, but nothing too special.
Large creamy head that mostly diminishes and leaves very little lacing. Black in color - not overly viscous.
Roasted malts are not in short supply in the taste. Bitter chocolate is definitely there and meshes well with the roasted (bordering on burnt) malts. Molasses and dark fruits get along in the background. Somewhat ashy. As it warms, sweet chocolate comes out mid-palate. Overall, tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth (likely from the oatmeal addition) and just slightly decadent. Not as thick as some imperial stouts, but donít worry - this one isnít lacking in body. Finish is slightly alcoholic and a bit astringent - gets much less noticeable as it warms. Carbonation is on the low side - really helps in making this a rich, smooth beer.
Recommended. Not perfect - and the ashy character will make this a disliked beer for some I am sure. Still, a nice experiment that turned out rather well.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid dark brown color with a moderate mocha head that slowly settles to a 1/8th inch of tight thick bubbles, and leaves a sheet of thin brown lace. Roasted and sweet malt aromas. Touches of molasses, dark chocolate, german chocolate, and hints of caramel and coal. Lush, thick and rich in feel. A mild alcohol bite and nip of acidity in tongue prevents it from being a 5. Sweet start with dark fruit and mild toffee. The sweetness does carry on into the middle and even finds itself in the finish and linger. Some real sweet stout qualities. Middle has some roasted and black malt bitterness and acidity that also carries along into the finish and linger. Some alcohol in the finish and just a hint of burn in the linger. Some very dark chocolate flavors come in and out, but the fruity flavors dry out and leave some charcoal and ashes. The flavors are at least more than the alcohol. Long linger with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. If you like dark, sweet and roasted malts you should be all over this one. I’m catching some coffee as well in the linger the longer I set with this one. A solid sweet, imperial, oatmeal stout.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Opaque black with a medium sized dark brown head. Heavy acrid roasted malt aroma, tinges of bittersweet chocolate. Sharp, acidic roast flavor up front. Roastiness gives away somewhat to a dark chocolate character. Some ruddy, earthen ashy components appear intermittently. Some alcohol presence in the finish, with heavy lingering chocolate and burnt toast. Mouthfeel is heavy, unctuous, slightly drying.
TomDecapolis (4605) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a deep brown creamy/bubbly head that left lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, light coffee, caramel and some nuts. Aroma is actually very smooth, nothing bitter or harsh about it. Flavor smooth/milky dark chocolate, lightly roasted malt, caramel, light smoke, nuts, some bitter notes, hops, The bitterness of the chocolate coming through a bit in the flavor, but the oatmeal really helps to balance it out. I thought this was well done, glad I picked up a second bottle to cellar.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours inky black with a think tan colored head. Aroma is predominantly alcohol, with some chocolate and roast notes poking through. Flavor is again predominantly alcohol with some slight hints of chocolate, roast, coffee. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished extremely bitter. I did not care for this at all in its current state, perhaps some age will work wonders for this. I do not care much for RIS fresh either. Somewhat of a disappointment.
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the local grocery store. Pours opaque black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate. Flavors of roasted coffee and caramel, some oat influence, then chocolate takes over quite strongly, along with some noticeable alcohol. The alcohol threatens to become too intrusive a couple times, but never does. Lasting bitter chocolate finish. Nice beer with a good combination of flavors.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 #50 22oz. Pours very, very dark, cannot even see any light penetration. Nice dark brown head. Smell slight roasted malt in the aroma. Slight bitterness, choc. in the backround. Canít even tell this is 9.2%, hides alcohol well. very nice beer