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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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3.2
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small fizzy light brown head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is very roasty and thick with some oats and a touch of butterscotch. Smells fairly sweet. The flavor is thick, sweet, and roasty with a lingering sweetness. A little earthy yeast and just a touch of butter on the finish, not much, but it is there. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, a little oily in texture, with soft minimal carbonation. Overall, not the best, but it was drinkable.

3.6
BBB63 (6557) - 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 (6539) - 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.

3.8
RobertDale (6474) - 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!

3.9
Suttree (6385) - 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.

3.6
joeneugs (6371) - 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.

4.1
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of malt, rich chocolate and some oats. Tastes malty with nice dark chocolate elements. Some cherry tartness is there as the beer warms up. Finish is coffeeish and slightly bitter with some nice earthy hops revealing themselves at the very end. Great multi-layered sweet stout.

3.9
nuplastikk (6277) - 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.

3.2
dmac (6264) - 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.

3.7
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Black color with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet coffee. Flavor is nice and roasty, sweet and creamy with a lingering dry roastiness.


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