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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is a traditional English-Styled Oatmeal Stout using 10% flaked cold rolled oats. It has rich coffee flavors with mild cocoa tones. El Toro Negro has a smooth, mild bitterness, full body and is very drinkable.

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3.9
HogTownHarry (7010) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle, via trade with HopDog. Poured thick black, opaque, with a large light brown feathery head, nice lacing, beautiful "guiness" liveliness to the pour - top marks. Rich, nutty, oily overroast malty aroma, strong coffee and a cereal toastiness that I guess is the oatmeal ... there are even hops in here too! The flavour has a nice mild acidity and slightly curdled milk character added to it (that’s a plus, believe it or not), with some chocolate cherry and herbal hops in there too - the body is a tad watery, but it’s creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated and has a rich, satisfying creamy balanced finish that I appreciated. I imagine this would be kick-ass on cask when fresh - excellent sweet stout. Thanks for the share, P! (and I think this now puts me in the "Stouties* list for the first time - yay!!

4
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized dark tan head. Nice looking. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and light oatmeal. Tastes of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, and light coffee. Tastes were a little on the thin side (I guess I expected more after the aroma). Creamy and somewhat lively body.

3.5
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Purs very dark with an off-white head. Something in the aroma is a turn-off - kind of a band-aid/vomit smell. Flavor is interesting - some ashtray, bitter chocolate and slight hoppiness. Not as velvety as some oatmeal stouts. Finishes rather astringent with lingering char. Not bad, but a few deductions. Thanks to Dark Elf fr the sample.

3.9
hayduke (5548) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
On tap. Very nice stout. Poured dark brown with long lasting tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Smooth. Good nose. Good to the last drop.

4.3
thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 On tap at the El Toro Brewery in Morgan Hill Calfornia. Dark brown/black with good sized tan head that stuck around forever. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, and tobacco jumped out. Tasted of coffee and bitter chocolate. Low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A classic.

3.5
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2005
12 oz bottle, from Brennan’s in Brookfield, WI. Midnight black, absolutely opaque, slightly oily/tarry, with small but lasting dark tan head...aroma is mostly dark chocolate, hints of anise and tobacco...on the tongue, rich deep bitter chocolate is the predominant characteristic, hints of bittersweet coffee and malted milk, slightly vinous nature, moderately full body...a quality stout, somewhat lacking in original character, but solid drinking.

3.5
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
"Brew #880" stamped onto label. Poured into tulip with great big head, but quicly faded awat. Dark brwon with hint of red in color. Bitter, chocolatey nose. Medium bodied with fresh chocolatey taste on lips, but a bit too soury around the edges of my tongue. Slightly dry at the finish with lingering roasty coffee aftertaste. Decent coffee substitute this morning.

3.9
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle into tulip glass, sometime in 2004. Musty oatmeal smell, dusty, cold butter, and toast. Black in the glass with a brown frothy head, no retention. Sweet, but not too much so. Vaguely minty. Roast and oatmeal blend together perfectly in the middle. Dry bite with a bit of bitter in the finish, which was nicely long and complex. Overall, maybe the best (i.e., most enjoyable) oatmeal stout I’ve ever had.

3.6
bb (9501) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Draft. Black beer with a dark beige head. Seet malt aroma with oatmeal and some roastiness. Malty, chocolate flavor with a bit of roastiness. Nice.

3.6
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Dark, dark brown with a mocha colored tan head. Strong burnt aroma. But the beer itself is meaty and smoky on the tongue with a VERY mellow linger. Nice, subtle stout.


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