riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle from Pepsican. Almost black with a thin brown head. Chocolate, oat, roast, molasses, and a bit of smoke in the aroma. Smoke and roast are predominant with background aspects of chocolate and oats. Pretty dry with lingering smoke and roast. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty nice stuff. 8% alcohol is unnoticeable. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2008
This was a trade extra from Stine, 12 oz bottle. Pours just about opaque black with a small brown head. Aroma: is alot of chocolate with some moderate roast, molasses, light notes of dark fruit, and light hints of smoke and toasty bread. Taste is moderately roasty, with chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, light hints of dark fruit-raisin. Medium, somewhat creamy body that finishes with lingering coffee/roast. A nice example of a style that is seemingly becoming more popular. Thanks Eben! cheap (6088) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Thanks to hopscotch for the terrific trade. luscious roasting chocolate malt olfactory. Brown black powder swirl in a black liquid. Creamy really dark palate experience. Forgiving flatness. Sharp and acrid yet interestingly subdued and bittersweet. More than a sweet stout. Intriguing. Seems to have been aged. Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours oily and black with a brandy glow around the rim; head is gone within seconds. Aroma first suggests licorice, peanut butter and fudge before turning fruity and spicy; cinnamon, red apple skins, earthy caramel, bananas. Lightly pungent and buttery like sour milk and hazelnuts, riding out on burnt dark roast. The flavor is really loose and velvety with oat texture, bringing a lot of cold raspberry, apple and blueberry fruitiness that seem to burst from a type of light roasted coffee base; very tangy, bright, and punchy. Spritzy and medium bodied palate seems a bit sharp at first, but settles itself as the textures slide together toward the finish; lots of belgian chocolate, light rum, and dry tobacco smoke at that point. Drying out a bit, but remaining rich enough to stave off astringency. Another solid example from this very professional brewery. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-bordering-on-black with a very thin mocha-colored head. Aroma is sweet and nutty, with a heavy roasted malt character along with hints of chocolate, coffee, and spices. Taste is medium-bodied and smooth, with an initially gentle flavor of roasted malt and oatmeal giving way to a stronger-flavored finish of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and bitter spice. A bit bitter on the finish for my taste, but still a full-flavored stout.
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Fantastically dark and dense like motor oil with an earthy nose and a medium head that quickly dissipates.
The flavor ranges between that of dark chocolate, tannins, licorice, and ending in a distinctive bitter note. Still robust and strongly tasting of oatmeal, with a toasty, warming finish.
One would be best enjoyed with a hearty stew (perhaps an Irish stew?) or even just a nice cut of beef or mutton. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours black with a mostly receding light brown head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee.
Taste is chocolate, sweet roast, oatmeal, and cookies. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate. Very nice oatmeal stout. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2008
12oz bottle. Served a few minutes out of the 48° cellar in my NB snifter. Pours nearly black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is roast, oatmeal, dark/milk chocolate, a nice backing of floral and earthy hops. Initial taste is rich malt, mocha, silky oats, and light chalk plus a light earthiness and floral taste. Taste is a somewhat astringent roastiness and slightly burnt bitter coffee flavor. Even though it starts on the sweet side, it certainly doesn’t end up that way. Silky smooth mouthfeel at first, but a bit too roasty/bitter on the back end which comes across as astringent. I have to say I am a bit disappointed. gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Dark brown looks hefty but it rather thin.
Nice earthy roasty flavor. Very subdude and sweet. I get a few hop in the end. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
pours black with an oily brown head. Lots of oats and roasted chocolate in the nose. Flavor of oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Goes down slick, nice bits of carbonation. I put this at 5% before looking on here, so hides the ABV well. Good but could use a tad more flavor.