jgb9348 (5557) - 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.
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub during RBSG planning meeting. Pours an opaque near black brew with a thick and creamy dark tan head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, oatmeal, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is medium body, a little acidic, some bitterness in the finish. Palate is smooth and a little watery.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Brewpub: Black, tan head, light lacing. Nose of bright chocolate and licorice, sweet mocha and a breve like coffee note. Moderately astringent flavor, super roasty and charred. A nice blend of creamy oatmeal though.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at Town Hall in August 2009.
Pours a dark black with a very nice brown head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is one of abundant roasted grains combined with bits of coffee and a few nibbles of chocolate. The oats work their way out as well. The taste brings the oats out a little bit more and also includes some mild bittering hops. The mouthfeel is very nice--medium-bodied and quite chewy. Very drinkable considering the style, and something I’d love to have a constant supple of as the leaves fall off the trees.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Original Rate - June 29, 2004: Nice black color with a tan head.Aroma is a little dim, but hints at chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is good. It’s more like a porter than a stout. It certainly did not seem like a sweet stout. More chocolate, coffee, malt. Very, very thin body, probably the thinnest I’ve ever tasted for a stout. 6-4-8-4-16 Re-rate on cask - December 9th, 2004: The first main difference is the body. H2O on cask is incredibly smooth and creamy with just a gorgeous head. The taste picked up an amazing chocolate covered cherry surprise. Fantastic! 7-5-9-5-17
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for landing this growler. Pours a dark, dark brown with a large fluffy tan head. The more I poured from this growler into larger glasses the larger and more pronounced the head. Aroma of milk chocolate, tabacco, cherry, strawberry Twizzler and oatmeal. Really a lot going on in this aroma. Flavor was more smokey, chocolate and oatmeal.
kidmartinek (4584) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque 95% black color. Runny, deep tan colored head. Toasty, almost burnt, barley malt aroma. Sweet, chocolately, creamy, stout flavor. Creamy, and smooth, but not too thick, so as to weigh one down too much. Warms, a little bit from the inside out, even at only 6.2%.
muzzlehatch (4466) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jet black and oily. Roasty, dark vinous nose. Very sweet to the tongue, some robsutness late...rather light for style but eminently drinkable.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a sampler at Town Hall during 07 RBSG. Very dark beer with a thin foamy brown head. Aroma of darkly roasted grains and ripe plums. Tons of roast grains, almost smokey with ash, vanilla, chocolate and juicy fruits. Nice mouthfeel.
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Haha, this is listed as "Black H20" when it should be "Black H2O." Epic listing fail. Trying to drink a molecule made of 20 hydrogen atoms would totally suck. Very dark brown with a lasting tan head and some good lacing. Roasty coffee aroma with a hint of anise, very full and balanced. Excellent flavor, with dark chocolate, anise, roastiness, and coffee. A damn tasty beer from a brewery that makes some great stouts in my experience. Dry on the mouthfeel, but paradoxically has a good oatmeal smoothness to it. Really solid overall - this and Masala Mama were the best in the classic sampler.