ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, beige/brown head standing throughout consumption. Aroma of light caramel. Not too dark. Smooth palate, slightly biting hop yet clean finish. I will try this again for sure.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DC gathering. This one had made a long journey by growler, but didn’t seem to have suffered too much on the trip. It had a typical big coffee aroma, which carried through on to the palate. Some bitter chocolate too and, despite the "sweet stout" tag, I found it quite dry. Lots of fruity accents. Not the biggest stout, but pretty respectable.
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black body with a dense light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee & bitter burnt scents. Medium-bodied; Very nutty taste with good roasted malt flavours. Aftertaste shows more bitter tastes and more coffee flavours. Overall, not great-too much nuttiness for an oatmeal in my opinion. Many thanks to hopscotch for bringing this beer! I sampled from this growler at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark black color with a tan head, Nice aroma, surprised by how strong the carmel flavor was, pretty good overall beer, I liked the mocha porter better, but this may have been a close second
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Growler courtesy of hopscotch.Dark brown to near black. Nice roasted notes, dark chocolate, light coffee, some hints of alcohol and cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruit. Body is surprisingly bigger than expected and is almost chewy. Finishes with cocoa, chocolate and cofee, notes. Good beer!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Aroma is of chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Flavor is chocolate syrup, brown sugar, burn wood, and a slight marshmellow.
ClarkVV (3927) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 growler @ the DCVAMD gathering. Good dark brown appearance, lightly hazy and a small fizzy beige head. Aroma of nuts, sour milk, malted milk and some dry roast. Flavor is quite roasty, lightly sweet, with a good amount of oatmeal smoothness, but it needs more body. The creaminess is dried out by the bitterness on the end. Didnt notice much belgian characteristic.
piscator34 (2031) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in coour with a huge chocolate and espresso aroma. Lodes of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Perhaps a hint of mint in there too. Lots of body. Excellent stuff.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Dark clear brown with a thick light brown head. Nose is roasty and hoppy. Taste has notes of caramel, chocolate, roasty malts with a hint of whiskey/wood. Medium smooth body. Nice brew.
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Jet black with a creamy, light brown head. Lots of used coffee grounds in both the nose and flavor. Also notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and tawny port. Lightly sweet at first, but then balanced out by the burnt, roasted flavors. Medium-bodied with a thin, watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Textbook oatmeal stout. Quality beer! Thanks to robertsreality for the growler!