smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014 UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby reddish black, topped with a thin beige head that lasts throughtout the entire glass. Aroma is roasty, with an oatmeal lactic sweetness. Mild caramel and coffee, mingled with a mildly grainy feel. Flavor is rich and roasty, with a very light breadiness that serves to compliment the bittersweet roast and provides a wonderful dry finish. Body is a bit thin, but the balance is right on. Mouthfeel is a little less chewy than expected, but still a wonderful oatmeal stout. I'm actually surprised this came from Harpoon. They do decent beer, but this definitely stands out in a crowd.
Very light pale, beige head. Minor lacing on the glass. Mahogany in color, although the faintest of light will come through.
Smell-Burnt coffee aromas. (I wasn’t going to write this, but I also detect some soy sauce/salty smells. This didn’t appear at all in the tasting.)
Thinner mouthfeel than expected, but very flavorful. Unlike many other Oatmeal Stouts, this one has a definitive hop presense. Still, the major flavor component is burnt malts. No noticable chewiness. Nice balance on the carbonation.
The taste profile is the best part of this beer. I don’t find this to be particularly spectacular or unusual. I find the higher hop content interesting and wish that it had more body, then I believe it would be a truly superior beer. blipp (9899) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Lightly roasted malts, oxidation, light sweetness, and light toast. The oxidation isn’t overpowering. Really not that bad, especially for a 10 year old beer that has no business being aged for even half that long. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle. Dark dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is slight chocolate/coffee with a strange chemical smell. Taste is faint oats and coffee. This beer tastes old. BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
flavors of oats and cocoa it has a light bittering of hops. added flavor component of Earth it was a somewhat sweet and had a bottlecap metal flavor in the finish. That flavor once distinguished lingered through the entire tasting. some body but somewhat lacking leaving me unimpressed in that area still not insufficient. found in notes from 2007 and from the bottle. a bit of burnt coffee. jtclockwork (17604) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Black pour in glass. Pleasant aroma of Quaker Oats, chocolates, breads and dough. Taste is smooth, albeit average for the genre. Rated 10/6/03
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2008
A perfectly middle-of-the-road sweet stout. It might be a good session beer. Otherwise it had no real stand-out characteristics. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 13, 2008
a good oatmeal a little past its prime though shouid have consumed it sooner sloth (2955) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2007
small tan head that settles quickly, some spotty lace. Clear, mahogany colored brew. Nose of light roast, lightly bready. Body is med/light, fairly thin on the palate, uneventful. Thin chocolate flavors with a light roastiness and a touch earthy, some caramel notes as well. Dry, roasty finish. Props to Robert for the bottle and my buddy shoeman for enjoying it with me, thanks Jim! Thanks for the lasagna also, well done! MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Sampled with stegosaurus on our second Boston tour. I forget the place we had it at but I am sure he will remember.Dark pour with off white head. Roast aroma and in taste as well. Mouth feel was a little thin and it could have been balanced better. Not a bad brew but I was dissapointed a little. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
On draft @ Jacob Wirth in Boston Ma with the Mad_Indian. Pours dark with an average size tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, and traces of hops. the flavor is roasted malts, coffee, and finishes dry. Decent body. Decent brew.