muzzlehatch (4876) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2016 16 ounce can from Trigís in Eagle River, WI, consumed at about cellar temp from a plastic cup in a motel room in Escanaba, MI. Nearly opaque cola color with a fair bit of tan head, almost fully diminishing...nose is roasty-toasty with a bit of cigarette and hardwood smoke/ash, a fair amount of burnt coffee, perhaps a hint of chocolate...on the palate itís sweet, very smooth, carbonation somewhat on the low side, a bit of chocolate and vanilla, and a dry herbal character towards the finish. Could be fuller, but with the drier-than-normal finish, I find this a pretty easy-drinking an enjoyable example of a style that is not one of my favorites.
GuenSmith (28) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, part of sampler. Pours oil dark with a thick creamy head. Strong malt and coffee notes on the nose. Taste is strong malt backbone, with hints of coffee and chocolate with a lingering hop aftertaste. Beer is slick, with nice lacing down the glass.
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bull Falls. Dark thin body. Roasted oat and cereal aroma. Taste is chocolate, oats, and slight roast. Very silky smooth. Good, but I liked the BA version more.
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Part of a sampler at the brewery. Deep brown in color with a cap of off-white head. Cocoa powder and mild mocha in the nose. Roasty malts, sweet molasses and mild oat creaminess throughout. Thin body and dry finish. Better body would have made this considerably better.
BVery (9788) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the brewpub. Very deep cola pour with a small sticky head. Rich oat aroma, smooth palate, nice full flavor. Good stuff.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bull Falls brewpub. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of heavy oatmeal, roasted malt, tobacco and a hint of chocolate. Creamy bodied brew has a decent mouth feel and a semi-sweet a lightly dry finish. Taste of oatmeal, roasted malt, nut bark and light chocolate.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nearly black, but I will say it was just short of that. Small dark head that left me pretty quickly. Taste was mostly roasted malts, a little chocolate, and maybe even some molasses. A very respectable brew from a local brewery.
Skyview (5706) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Available via Nitro at the brewery taproom in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a creamy beige head that has long retention and excellent lacing via nitrogen charge. Aroma of light toasted dark malt, light oatmeal, some flowery hops with a touch of chocolate and molasses. Taste is full bodied, creamy nitro character with very light flavors of toasted malt, some light chocolate, molasses and flowery hops. Finish is very thin with some semi-sweet aftertaste. Texture has some antique acidic character that quickly disappears after the finish. Though this oatmeal stout has some flavor, it has a body character and aftertaste close to Guinness Stout via nitro.
EinGutesBier (1) - USA - MAR 6, 2008 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Availble on tap and in growlers. Got mine in a growler and the nitrogen tap doesnít help with this one. If you want it, get it on tap.
Aroma: Typical oatmeal stout aroma, nothing noteworthy except the astringent scent that knocks this one way down.
Appearance: Again, nothing remarkable here. After the nitrogen head fades, thereís no carbonation to speak of and it looks like a glass of flat motor oil.
Flavor: An initial amount of flavor that lends itself to the oatmeal style, but is so subdued, itís hardly worth mentioning. Some weak bready sweetness tries to push through the astringency, but is overpowered. Any other trace flavors drop off with the oatmeal sweetness around mid-taste and fade into nothing as the aftertaste leaves you wondering if you even had a swig.
Palate: Mediocre to below standard. A slippery wetness that isnít necessarily appetizing when coupled with the flat motor oil qualities of this beer leaves a slight frown on the face.
Overall: The averge elements of this offering combine with the more unattractive qualities of this brew into something to be considered sub par. I was hoping for more of a full, sweet flavor and full body that would be expected from an oatmeal stout. The brewer must have either skimped out on the grains for this one or was in too much of a rush to put it on tap. As it is, it can only be considered a brew that was rushed to get it to the bar.