lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.
Appearance: Almost completely opaque black with only slight hues of brown around the edges if you look closely. One finger dark beige head when poured into English pub style pint glass, which recedes more quickly than expected for the style, leaving a ring and not much lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt aromas of coffee and some chocolate, along with a rich treacly sweetness from the oatmeal.
Taste: Very much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavours are easily detectable, especially the coffee, and they are balanced by a masterful treacly sweetness from the oatmeal in this sweet stout. The balance is just right; the oatmeal does not overpower the bitterness of the roasted malt flavours, and the beer is nicely tempered with some hops to help smooth the flavour without creating a bitterness of their own. There is also some subtle vanilla here.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. Very silky with a dry finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable as a result of the cleverly brewed harmony between the malt, hops, and oatmeal. The treacle flavour entices the drinker back for more as this is what really makes this oatmeal stout stand out from many of its competitors. Excellent brew. Tformby (4) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Big dark and smooth. Good roast but not bitter. 1 liter resealable bottle a plus for this home brewer. ChewyBeer (403) - SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 27, 2015
Poured from tap, beautiful dark with tan head. Roasted malt flavours. Good full mouthfeel that’s balanced by the bitterness. wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
I Love this beer. So I buy it as often as possible. Great pour with a nice cappuccino head that lingers and folds in on itself. Great great mouthfeel. Very nice carbonation. Roasted malts. My favorite Oatmeal stout to date. Love how its one of 3 styles of this category that the brewery puts out. drpimento (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Man, this is good brew. Poured a tad warm with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that lasts for a while and a bit a lace. Color is a clear, almost opaque garnet. Aroma is roast, malt, dark old leather, earth, hint of funk. Flavors somewhat like nose with bittersweet malt and tang up front and very well balanced. Body is strangely light yet full with spot on carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a hint of smoke and good length. Super drinkable. Wish we could get it locally.
DoppelBach (1) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2015 does not count
Nice tan head. Aromas somewhat subdued. Great balance of roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee character. Very creamy and rich on the palate, with pleasant bitterness to balance. nearbeer (5521) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2015
1 L swingtop. Pours jet and opaque with a thin disc of foam resembling a lunar landscape. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, caramel, chicory coffee with cream, and a touch of smoky iron. Tastes of blackstrap molasses, coffee with cream, prickly green herb, a bit of blackberry and cocoa. Near-medium body is watery and leans to the sweet side, but the acidic roast and slightly metallic mineral note provides a nice balance. Medium-high carbonation never becomes overbearing. MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
No, not THAT Diamond Head. This poured probably the darkest head I’ve ever seen, almost grey, and two pinky fingers thick. The body was impenetrably dark, and the aroma was surprisingly faint; there might’ve been some malt/coffee/dark chocolate going on but it was hard to discern. The taste was much, much more satisfying, with certainly some burnt coffee flavour. The aftertaste is okay as well, and the mouthfeel was not as thin as expected. This beer went well with a BBQ’d ribeye and pickled beets. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Kudos to Howe Sound for the 1-litre swing top bottle, too. nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
Picked up a 1l bottle at Haggen’s in Mt. Vernon, WA. On pour nice beige head and a stellar aroma. Roasty, toasted notes, smelled outstanding. Taste was roasty but lacking that robust mouthfeel that I crave in an Oatmeal Stout however it was not an unpleasant beer in the slightest. Thinner than I expected, less mouthfeel but nonetheless I had no quams about draining the whole bottle! Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Pours a clear black with a frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, cream and coffee. Taste is roasted malts and creamy coffee mouthfull is very slick and creamy and gives a coffee and cream type impression with a light roasted bitterness on the finish as well. Nice oatmeal stout.