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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 2, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pretty nice roasty coffee flavor but not quite the palate for a really good oatmeal stout...Pours with a huge tan head (95% foam, 5% liquid). Body is very dark coffee brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is like a rather rich and sweet coffee drink along with some dark chocolate. Palate is actually kind of fizzy and only lightly oily - not particularly smooth and/or full. Lacing is pretty sloppy as is head when it settles. Taste is robust roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Medium-bitter. A bit of grassiness on back end. Has some good elements but just doesnt seem to all come together, like say, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
12 oz bottle. Huge thanks to Irishboy for sending this out to me. Ive been after this beer for a long time and was starting to think it was a myth. So thanks for sending it out, Richard. The aroma is a roasted malt, chocolate and a slight hint of musty cloth and sweat that, as weirds as this sounds, kind of compliments the aroma. The body is a dark red/brown toblack at the top of the glass and holds a diminishing mocha head that initially starts out very nice looking with a craggy creme brule looking surface. The fore is mild chocolate some dark fruit and a fairly bitter roastiness for an oatmeal stout. Its fairly thin, but decent enough and definitely satisfies my stout tooth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Black brown with a smooth tan head. Dusty chocolate and coffee. Soda-like carb. Body is a tad thin. Iced coffee and grape juice. Light hoppy drying tempers the sweetness. Some oatmeal remains. Pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Dark color. Smell of hops, chocolate, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, frosting and vanilla. Taste of hops, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, copper and tobacco. Sweet, dry bitterness at the end. Thanks ltjudge!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14890) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Opaque dark brown color with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate, a bit of toasted malt, but very smooth. Coffee seems to be ever present. The mouthfeel is very firm, and the carbonation is reasonable. The finish is like the original Guiness, meaning toasty malt and some balancing hop. A treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On tap @ Stonehouse in Nevada City. Dark as night with a brown head and lots of robust coffee roasted chocolate delicious flavors going on. A very nice example of how an oatmeal stout should be. A very welcome surprise to the evening and highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle: The commercial description is right on for this brew. Lots of flavor in a light bodied stout. Deep brown, almost black color with a small tanned head. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a very light hop note. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle from IrishBoy. Black in color. Dark milk chocolate brown head. Expresso aroma. Alcohol, coffee, roasted barley flavors. A really great stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Got this one from IrishBoy. Thank you. Pours almost black with giant tan head. A beautiful pour. Looks like a dessert. Aroma & flavor is of dark chocolate and mild nutty coffee with a light smoked finish. Very very nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma is loaded with chocolate along with some vanilla, roasted malt, and oatmeal. Pours a dark brown with no transparency. Moderate fizzy brown head diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing. Starts with a light chocolate and roasted nuttiness up front. Finishes with some light bitter coffee and light sourness. Definitely no joke in the commercial descriptopn when they say light bodied. Palate is thin and rather fizzy, which isnt all that suprising based on the appearance as I poured.


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