Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Absolutely remarkable lacing takes formation above the akin to black glow. Dense dark foam lingers forever. Tartish, highly grainy aromas seem to come through a severely burnt toasted breadiness. This characteristic ultimately procures anisey nuances, but leads to a shortcut from apparent complexity. It remains pleasant through and through, hinting insistently at mocha and insisting on the roasty character enough to be very distinctive. No fruitiness involved, but major hopping involves an unexpected dryness that overshadows the oatmeal contribution and brings forth a surprisingly balanced citric/floral aspect. Finishes long, dry yet malty, particularly assertive in dark bitter malt flavors. Eh! I kept on this one for 18 months and it may have been brewed for a while already back then, but it held the run like a champion if not for the incoherences between the malt flavors and rather airy, highly bubbly and slightly thinned out palate. Kudos! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours jet black with a durable brown head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate and cola. Taste is very roasty, almost burnt (yum) with some espresso and a decent hop bite. Pretty smooth oatmeal taste also. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Bottle. Fairly thin for a stout, but is has some good flavour. Roasted mocha flavours dominate aswell as chocolate. Pretty soft and easy going as far as stouts go, pleasant. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2005
really good body and flavor but it was kind of watery. which was really disappointing. flavor was sweet with a heavy roasted coffee presence. brown opaque body with a thin tan heead. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2005
bottle-thanks to secret santa for this one. pours 95% black with a faint tan head that was fizzy. aroma of roast, dark, chocolate, char, oats , carmel, and lots of molassas. flavors exhibt the large burnt notes. very big on the black patent. body was medium with some fairly strong carbonation. simple and effectinve. solid stout!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle, rating from old notes. Balck opaque pour. Roasted malty aroma and flavors, with light hints of coffee and chocolate, and maybe some floral type hop. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
12oz. bottle thanks to Swededog. Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Dark roasted malt aroma with a touch of coffee. Bitter roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Kind of dry for an oatmeal stout. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Just when I was about to turn my back on sweet stouts, this one comes along and revives the category. Pours a decent thickness; deep midnight brown in color with a tan head that has no intention of leaving. Aroma is a bitter dark chocolate, like the end result of administering one small squeeze of Hershey syrup in a mug of espresso. Rounded out with some wafts of caramelized fudge and brown sugar oatmeal. Taste is…yeah! This is how to do a sweet stout. Expressive dry bitter nodes at the forefront, and a French roast coffee batch, brewed with only half the amount of required water. This bitch has character, none of that wishy-washy "creamy chocolatey" colloquial crap that sweet stouts try to clone. Cafe au late milky finish. Dry, bitter, mocha laden. Damn good. Thanks to tpkenned for this New England poster child of how to do a sweet stout right! lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a jet black with a dense brown head. Nice looking beer. Smells of very bitter malt. Sour and oaty aromas and prominent.
Taste is bitter and sweet and oaty. This beer screams oatmeal stout from 6 miles away. Smoky bitter finish. Quite a complex beer. Sweet and bitter with a bit of sourness. Grainy (oaty) but strangely smooth and tasty. Flavors linger on the roof of your mouth forever. It’s like drinking a cigar. The flavors are bold and strong. This beer is just damn good. I only wish I could get more of it where I live. A definite must try if you are in MA.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Half gallon growler. Pours dark with a brownish head. Tastes like cold bitter coffee. Finishes a little over hopped. Hints of chocolate. Very strong flavor.