crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2010
bottle from awesome girlfriend...
pours with almost no head, but as I finish pouring the head magically appears. nose is strong coffee and choc.
taste is the same, very nice, I have a hard time believing this is an oatmeal stout though. The finish is VERY dry. i think it may be the driest I have ever had... amazing. makes it better to be honest. very coffee and chocolate forward. Too thin for my taste, but for the style, awesome. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the bottle @ GABF on 9/18/10. black pour with a slim tan head. light oat and chocolate nose. sweet light body. the finish takes off and offers the most flavor with bigger roasted malts and chocolate. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Growler thanks to jckp64. Pour is very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is rich smooth roasted malt with light notes of hop and faint light chocolate. Flavor is also creamy oatmeal malt with light notes of roasted malt and faint coffee. A touch of spice and milkshake also notable. Pretty good stuff and quite drinkable. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Nose is roasty malt, milky sweetness, coffee, light chocolate. Great dark malt character in the flavor with serious roast & cocoa. Pleasant bitterness. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasty malt, oats, chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor is creamy chocolate, roast, with a little coffee/hoppy bitterness.
drfabulous (8809) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Draught at brewpub. Wow. Roast. Chocolate. Coffee. Very rich and intense flavors. Solid stout. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Free State is a local beerpub based out of Lawrence, KS. For the longest time their beers have only been available either at the brewpub or via growler. Recently, however, they’ve begun bottling their beer (finally) and making it available for purchase, albeit on a very limited basis.
Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I’d go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.
12 ounce bottle. Pouring the beer it looks reminiscent of cola, with a nicely building sudsy tan head. You have to pour this beer somewhat aggressively to get any kind of head out of it. You can really smell the oatmeal in the nose, with some chocolate and burnt molasses. The flavor to this beer is an explosion. The first taste is amazing, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and caramel sweetness coming through. There’s some hints of coffee here, though they are muted. The hops profile also adds a light fruitiness to the whole affair. Light mouthfeel, not creamy or thick, but drinkable in it’s own way. Honestly, for my money it’s right up there with Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout as one of the best examples of the style you can find. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to GCurlowdouglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Dark brown, rich cream-colored head. Nose of oat, lightly green, ashy coffee and very faint hops in grapefruit. Flavor is sweeter and simpler, creamy oats and milk chocolate at the front, lightly burnt grain at the back. Faintly bitter finish, creamy decently thick body with faint carbonation that adds to the profile but doesn’t cloud it. The sweetness is pretty tame here, which is good because there isn’t much balance from hop or grain bitterness. The nose is a bit rough, but overall it’s easy to drink and enjoy rather than savor.
Bottle thanks to Eugene. Pours a very dark brown color with a small white head. A ashy chocolate nose, light metal. The flavor is somewhat thin; sweet cocoa, metal, light hops, ash, pretty good. A little thin for the style but nice. rader58 (933) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black. Aroma of molasses and grain with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a toasted grain and dried fruit. Very good.