ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing.
S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue.
T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesnít FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category.
M: Really astringent on the finish, which I donít like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I canít fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down.
O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts Iíd rather have over this, but I wouldnít be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.
MarkSachon (904) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2915 vintage. A good imperial stout just short of extraordinary. One is probably enough.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at "The Pub" in Gettysburg, PA. This beer is a pitch black offering with a nice tan head. The aromas is full of roasted grains and cocoa. the taste is a lot like the aroma with some cocoa, coffee and malt blended well for a flavorful event. My favorite Imperial Oatmeal Stout to date.
Itzjerm (2280) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice stout has all the flavors you would hope for. Toasty malty enjoyable in most every way. A bit thin on the tongue though.
closey22 (1643) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown thin rimming tan head; aroma is slight chocolate; flava is ice malty with hints of choc and tangy malt; feels medium slight zingyness; finishes dry roasty malty
chinchill (4208) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz brown bottle; Lot #721; Bottled date of August 2014..
Pours dark brown, looking black in the snifter. The light brown head has a creamy look and good retention. This has a full and very smooth mouthfeel, but with some light heat fro alcohol.
The aroma carries the usual mix of dark malts and oats,with little in the way of alcohol esters, but with a touch of spiciness (hops?). The flavor also reflects some spicy hops but is dominated by dark roasted grains. Minimal sourness. Mildly bitter. Some chocolate with only faint raisins and vague dark fruit in the flavor.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pitch black, inky body with a light-tan creamy head that doesnít last. Aroma of bakerís chocolate, bitter cocoa dust, licorice, creamy oatmeal, a small hint of brown sugar, & mild coffee beans. Flavor is smooth, good balance of bitter & sweet. Oatmeal, chocolate, hints of coffee, faint anise, a touch of roast & char nearing the finish. Body could be a little thicker, but overall this was pretty tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (3637) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a mini snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.
The smell had a nice sweet milk chocolate and dark choclate with roasty coffee tones roaming around the beer.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine. Sweet gentle tones. A nice sweet rolling roasty aftertaste leads to a quick dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonated nicely, the oatmeal helps to balance to a decent grainy feel.
Overall, Iím quite pleased with this beer and would have it again.
Jabah (378) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what can I say! Donít know if I have tried a better oatmeal stout yet. Has an off-black, thick appearance. Medium-heavy carbonation to bring out a frothy mocha-white head. Taste of oats, chocolate malts, hops, and all sorts of other goodies. Canít wait to buy more.
gripweed57 (1347) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color. Brief beige head. Rich roasted malt aroma has a boozy sweet oatmeal note. Tangy roasted malt flavor has hints of cocoa and earthy coffee notes. Bold and rich with dark malt flavors. Chewy, dark dried fruit finish.
c1raider (135) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, caramel, malt, vanilla, oatmeal, light on the palate, hides abv extremely well, dry. This would be a great intro into stouts beer if you donít like sweet. Would buy again as a delicious easy drinker