beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Darker then dark brown, nearly black appearance with a soft brown topping of foam. Keeps a small skimming once fading has paused. Great lacing in an emense curtain across the glass.
Aroma is quite nice with mildly roasted malts, solid milk chocolate, and soft oat bread backing. Tender, sweet, and chocolatey with an adequate amount breathing out from the glass.
Taste starts a bit weak but has promise with a light roasted guild of malts, gathers the oaty sweetness in towards the middle, finishes wonderfully rounded and chocolatey with tender sweet milk chocolate and bits of undersurges of bitter roast and a sweep of light dark fruity nuances. Gracefully holds the chocolate in place on the palate for good length. Quite nice.
Feel is nearly full for an Oatmeal stout, not overly sweet, thick and lavishly creamy with a super nice silky body and clean, tender roundedness to it. Quite bold and unhampered. Finishing qualities really are the overall controlling factor to its character. Which is very nice to let settle across the palate after each sip. Great milk chocolate creamy build up.
A solid Oatmeal Stout. Served way too cold though as it had to sit nearly a half hour before it became fully enjoyable and broader to the taste buds. Was worth the wait as its becomes a fairly fine drinker at that point. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark with a frothy brown head, nice sheeting. Nose has lots of burnt roasts, coffee bitterness, some chocolate sweetness. Lovely flavor, burnt wood mixed with a punch of berry fruitiness. Good mix of bright fruit and sweetness with roasty bitterness. Slight bourbon character to it. Incredibly drinkable. I could drink this stuff all the time. Very good. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Black color with a medium head. Outstanding aroma of port and sherry with a bit of coffee on the end. Oh man... the port turns very sweet in the taste and is just outstanding. Choclated laced malt shines through as well. It’s a bit on the watery side, but I’m willing to overlook that. A fairly light stout that I’d drink pint after pint of. Outstanding. Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
a great stout i was a big fan on tap at winterfest. roated and toasted m tasty smooth a bit dry but thats what i like so go get some BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
an excellent black body with foamy brown head nice anise chocolate coffee body smoother than hell. Nice dark roasted malt aroma.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Black Coloring with Tan Ring/Skin. Aroma is a Very Pure and Refined Hit of Chocolate, Roasts and Sherry. Quite Alluring. Light Mouthfeel Overall. Notes of Sherry Continue, Glossing Over Continued Hits of Roasts, Oats and Chocolate. Dry Oat Aftertaste. Really Nice for a Light Bodied Stout incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Woooo, ol GW does it again. Had a couple of thesse last night. Nice malty flavor, great smell of coffee and coco, nice and thick and smooth, big foamy head too. Coupled with the fact that these were only 1.80 a pint during happy hour adds up to great things! detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Darker’n a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom. Maybe an inch or so of soft and foamy brown head. Pretty good ringlets of lace. Moderately sweet chocolate malt and some roasted grain in the aroma.
Flavors come through with lightly roasted grain (not harsh or overly bitter), a touch of sweet chocolate, and a medium-roast coffee. Nice blend of flavors, they seemed a perfect match for the smooth texture. Nothing overpowering, gently carbonated, medium bodied. Mellow, tasty, and satisfying. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Solid black, with a fine, toasted brown head, showing holes in the side like a little brown sponge. Quite nice looking.
Aroma is right on for an oatmeal stout, big espresso notes, nicely roasted, burnt toast, a whiff of anise, a trickle of maple, earthy and rich. I wanna keep on smellin’ it...
Fills the mouth from the start, floods all area with dark, delicious flavors, turns a trifle sweet, then dries out with a gritty edge at the exit. Fat malt keeps the tongue grabbing for more. Nicely textured.
A sweetness comes in from time to time, that’s the only flaw that nags at me. but it doesn’t last long, and a tidy bitter note comes in to leaven it.
Full bodied, rich, bittersweet finish, and good drinkin’...I could spend some time with this one. They ought to make it more often. PorterPounder (7971) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
Had on tap at the brewpub in downtown St. Paul. Dark black mocha, thick, creamy mocha colored head with sticky lacing. Aroma has hints of coffee and dark baker’s chocolate. Very earthy and flavorful. Good bitter background with prominent coffee and chocolate up front. Mouthfeel, thick and creamy, some good oiliness that feels just right. Cold and rainy night - wife describes this stout as "the beer equivalent of comfort food".