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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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3.8
RobertDale (6983) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, coffee, and lactose. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose, and dark fruit. Very nice Sweet Stout!

3.4
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Black, thin frothy tannish head, sparce lacing.   Roasty, ashy, midly sweet on the tongue.   Not terribly big, seems a little on the thin side.   Clean, not acrid.   Lactose on the nose, amongst the soft roastiness and lactose.   Smooth, slight apple skin on the finish.   Decent, even if a touch on the lighter side.


3.2
jgb9348 (6585) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Dark brown coloured body with a very thin tan head that fades super fast. Aroma of alcohol, grapes, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of spice. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong grape, raisin, pear and light chocolate flavours with a very mild sour note, some yeast flavours and a hint of caramel. Aftertaste shows some light earthy malt with a hint of metal, a lot of grape and raisin flavours and a little chocolate note at the end. Overall, a good sweet stout, on the thin side, but a nice flavoured and relatively light beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 25-April-2013 for US$2.38 sampled at home in Washington on 20-June-2013.

3.2
dmac (6577) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2013
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a good looking black body with an average sized beige foamy head that leaves some spotty lace rings. Aroma is the best part of this beer, notes of cream and chocolate, light hint of coffee, some additional well done toast notes, nut shells, alcohol on a deep inhale. Body is thinner with a watery consistency and lighter carbonation and a quicker fading aftertaste. Flavor is far weaker then the aroma, notes of chocolate and cream, egg cream soda, odd milk, wet burnt toast. Overall it’s okay at best.

3.3
zvikar (6575) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Pours brown to black with a small head, aroma of cocoa, coffee and milk, flavor of dark bread, coffee, slightly sour, medium bodied

3.6
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle; Nearly opaque with ruby highlights that produced a frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of oat, mocha, nut, caramel, coffee, prune, floral hops. The taste starts twangy with a lactic tone and some fruity character on top a roasted malt base. Additional undertones of smoke, nuts, and coffee. Minor bitterness on finish. The feel is thin and crisp, fizzy. Overall, a solid stout with some nice character. Thanks for the brew Joe.

3
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, 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 isn’t all that suprising based on the appearance as I poured.

3.9
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Really black, not much head. Big aromas of chocolate, coffee, and then big flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee, and then a kind of a fruity, cherry-like flavor. There are really no subtle flavors here, everything is up front and vying for your attention. Really tasty stuff. Sampled at Noogfest2.

3.9
nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2009
12oz bottle. Opaque blackness, rusty orange-tan head that fades away into soapy patches after a few sips. Sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of pungency to it. Sweet and malty with a watery smooth finish, this is an awesome, sessionable example of a Sweet/Caribbean Stout, not really so much capturing the Oatmeal. Creamy and smooth, with lots of chocolate malt flavor.

3.6
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Very nice roasted aroma with licorice. The flavor is licorice, oatmeal, dark chocolate, and burned malts leading to a bitter finish. Pretty light bodied ,and lacking oomph (strange word to type) but otherwise, a nice stout.


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