argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Black body with brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, roasty, some cherry. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, roasty, some cherry. Medium body. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Beautiful beer, nice and black with a great brown head that was very frothy but short lived. The aroma was decent but weak and slightly vinegary. Good taste, nice smooth blend of chocolate and carmel. Only slight hints of coffee, didnt over do that aspect the way many stouts do. It was a little thin and a tad sour. A fairly decent stout, but nothing too special. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2002
A decent stout, with a mild burnt taste and bitterness which is well balanced.
Agreed it could have been a little thicker. Acceptable. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Dark black color, medium head. Slight caramel aroma. Deeply roasted malts, slight chocolate and coffee flavor, not very oaty. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Lighter bodied Oatmeal Stout. Very drinkable. Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This beer poured almost pitch black with no light getting through it. The head was a bubbly dark tan that subsided quickly and left little lace. Very little aroma present, with hints of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was a bit light for a porter. The finish had a bit of a sour aspect, but nothing to ruin the beer. An alright oatmeal stout, but for price, I think Goose Island does a better job and of course it can’t touch a Samuel Smith’s
omhper (25246) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2002
Bottled. Dark black. Licorice aroma. Dryish nose, rather light bodied, yet firm with creamy mouthfeel. Clean with lingering salty licorice finish. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This one poured a clean black color with very little attempt at forming a head, leaving me once again to question how in the heck they got that picture over there in the upper left to look like that??? Aroma of coffee, smokeyness, and sweet oatmeal. The taste is very minimally carbonated and leads to much the same flavors, no surprises here. Coffee, perhaps chocolate and a sweet oatmeal taste, thanks to that malty goodness step out and greeted me to the candy store (well, thats what it felt like). Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel, but a bit thin on the oatmeal, and chocolateness. Ive never described it this was before but its almost as if the rollercoaster ride wasnt long enough to enjoy it. There was about a second each time this was in my mouth and it was good...and then poof...it was gone, only a dry chocolatey aftertaste was left. Ahhh, the mysteries of life. Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Pours wonderfully dark, with a very nice creamy head. Very nutty, and a nice cream like palate, almost milky. The oats really come out in the finish. Probably my favorite by this brewer, thus far. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 A good all-arounder in the world of stouts, but I was let down by what to me was a slightly light/thin body. Good flavor profile, with a chocolate/burnt bitterness, although there is that typical West Coast hop edge that makes this kind of beer a little bit suspect. Drier than I expected. The head this produces is decent, but not creamy, and it fully dissipates. Good oil black color. An honors graduate, to be sure, but among too many good students in its class to be the valedictorian. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Dark, rich thick pour; head is large, medium-brown, fizzy and quick-dying. Big, beautiful sweet chocolaty nose, good medium-sweet chocolate/oaty flavor with a powerful robust finish. I happen to like my oatmeals sweeter, not sure if this is the right balance for me, but its very well made and enjoyable. Can't believe its taken me this long to get to this brewer.