drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
I found this disappointing. There was most definitely some coffee flavors floating around in there, but I couldn’t ignore this strange chemically taste. After reading Venom’s description it may be that ’soapy’ flavor, and I’m just old enough to have lived through the times when adults would wash out their childrens’ mouths, and it’s nasty, I don’t want to re-experience that. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
jet black, big tan head, medium body, not a lot of big flavors, more of guzzleable stout bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2002
A shiny black pour with a thin dark khaki head. Typical coffee and chocolate aroma and flavor with some hints of nuts and caramel. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): Dark, black appearance with a thin and foamy light brown head that lasts and lasts. Abnormally hoppy nose, to the point where a blind aroma test would make it hard to pick this one out of a crowd of IPAs. Some coffee aroma as well. Rich body and again the bitter hops rush out of the beer. I could taste the Stout underneath - Coffee, chocolate and malt flavors were there but they were hiding like a cat under the bed after it knocked your favorite pint glass off the counter and broke it. After having said that, this is a damn good beer, probably my favorite of the day. While this version pretty much breaks category it’s hard to nitpick when it tastes so damn good. The amalgam of styles is a controlled chaos that just works. The finish is long and bitter and consists mostly of roasted coffee. I’d love to have this again.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
12/26/02 (4.1): Thanks to alcfron for this 22oz beast. Mammoth is an apt name for this beer, it is big and...tusky! Pours almost black with a medium thin beige head. Strong coffee aroma, especially as it warms. So far so good. Strong roasted coffee flavor over chocolate, malt and caramel. A very good blend. While not overly rich or robust, this is an easy-drinking Stout.
Pours dark with a minimal head. Not too aromatic. Has a full body, but the overall taste is somewhat uncomplex. Also comes off a little watery. I would like to try this again as it is made in small batches.
TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Large bubbled tan foam with minute retention. Attractive black liquid. Adequate aroma, yet a bit unrefined, of prunes, caramel, licorice, heavily roasted malt, leather, cedar, light phenols, apple, and a hint of charcoal. There also happens to be a vague sign of acidity, which is uncharacteristic to the style, and therefore immediately is a detraction. The palate is a tad watery, yet has an appealing silkiness. The quality flavors are lacking slightly, but show potential: Huge milk chocolate notes, with some acidity, subtle phenol, butter, and wood. The finish is very heavy on the roastiness, and, at the same time, displays a phenolic hint. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Pitch black, tan head. Nose of smoked meats, choclately caramel body. Dries off of the tongue. Nice to sip on. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
This stout used to be seasonal, but now I find it all year long. Pours black with a chocolate head, decent lacing. The taste is like a sweetened espresso. Thick, chocolatey, very very roasty and nicely sweetened (must be the oatmeal). This beast is quite hopped - the finish is dry dry dry. I would describe this as a Dry (light)Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Strong and unforgettable.