ShaneJ (820) - - FEB 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Plonk. Jet black, minimal head, a bit thin for a stout I thought. Moderate bitterness and roastiness, dry finish. A let down from a usually great brewer.
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Jet back with a slight, off-white head. Easy drinking stout, with some milk chocolate, porridge oats and dryish finish. Good.
Corndog (12) - - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel aroma, smooth flavour balance of chocolate and roast without a sharp hit, great mouth feel.
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large beige head, which lasts well, although does not leave much lacing. Dusty cocoa, espresso and roasty malt notes make up the aroma. The hops up front are very strong for an oatmeal stout, bringing lemon and pine resin flavours, which dominate proceedings leading into a body of bitter dark chocolate, bran and just the merest hint of oatmeal smoothness. The finish is a strange mix of bran and coffee. Throughout it is a little watery, lacking a full, rich stout body. This is not a great beer. The hops are way too strong for a beer of this style, and really jar with the darker malt flavours. The oatmeal is not really noticeable, and the palate is too thin for a stout. I’ve had better.
Cantabrian (975) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now, that’s a lovely beer, isn’t it? Dark mahogany, pretty much black, with an ordinary looking creamy head. The aromas start with chocolate and port, and ashes in the back over the roasted malts, very much like oatmeal stouts. It turns into a bourbon barrel nose in time. Flavours of chocolates, woods, a touch of plums, finishing with a pleasant, dry bitterness, perfectly balanced. With a velvet feel, it is not full bodied as I’d expect from an OS, but medium. Still, the flavours are ample and agreeable. Great beer!
mkel07 (4982) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Slow Beer. Black as the depths of sace with a deep layer of coffee coloured foam that crackles and hisses. Aromas of coffee, toffee and aniseed. Fills the mouth with flavour from the first sip to the last. This is a very good beer.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small lightly tanned head on top. It slowly disappears. Nose is very roasty with a fair whack of toffee biscuit. Subtle vanilla in there too. Taste is moderately roasted oats with a light nutty character throughout. Loads of caramel/toffee notes as well. Quite biscuity. Moderate mouth feel and high carbonation makes it very quaffable. Not bad stuff but nothing out of the ordinary
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small head dark pour brisk carbonation aromas milky chocolate some cocoa flavours milky oat touch not bad on palate roast chocolate caramel nutty taste coffee smooth but not a strong flavour light creaminess finish has the flavours but not the full taste still it goes okay on the palate
hawthorne00 (3418) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 11C. Black with a modest tan head that doesn’t hang around long. Aroma of mocha, dark berries, solid roasted malt. And so it tastes. Balancing bitterness, dryish finish. Pleasant balance, missing a bit of richness. A bit anonymous.
Davros (2716) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a lasting head.
Nose shows roasted malt, oatmeal, soft cocoa and some grainy malt.
Lots of plain roasted malt as a flavour too, but not particularly interesting.
Too highly carbonated.
Reasonably solid but not going blow anyone’s mind in terms of character.