RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Dark, hardy, thick, rich, roasted and chocolaty, this ale is amazingly smooth due to the generous addition of whole oats. Named for a friend of Iron Springs and easily the finest pedal steel player around, Barry Sless, this one is layered with flavors.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Black as the the night with a rich dark brown head. A big semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor and aroma that finishes with a lingering coffee taste. It has a nice dry finish with a full flavor and smooth body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Foamy and extremely roasty, this Oatmeal Stouts bitter flavour profile lacks the sensuality evoked by its aroma.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-An impressive head of foam forms a cappuccino-like cap atop the brown-edged blackness.
-The attractive aroma of molasses, chocolate and roasted malts is more dessert-y than what the flavour profile actually delivers (residual sugars are fewer than expected).
-Citrusy hops and blackberry esters succeed in creating complexity.
-The very bitter roasted malt finish is accentuated by dryness.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5362) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a khaki head. nose is oatmeal, roasted malts, faint chocolate. smooth on the palate, oat, roasted malts, chocolate. nice sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) Smell- chocolate, roast, light creaminess. Dark black color with ruby highlights. Nice minerally- slightly dry, limestone. Not as sweet as an oatmeal stout that I would expect, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black brown pour with no foam, roasty coffee, grain aroma, flavors of bitter coffee, oatmeal, caramel, bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13011) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, lactose, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) near black with very little head, obviously viscous in the glass. Nose of fudge, cream, bakers chocolate. Taste of raisin, cream, unsweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and some off flavors are present. Medium-thin creamy body with a linger of dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Real Strong. Almost imperial to me. Great bitterness and very dry. bitter chocolate and coffee. In the background is a slight licorice flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bomber. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and roasted malts. Appearance is charcoal black with an inch of thick, creamy brown head. Retains excellent lacing around the glass. Taste matches the aroma and begins with strong roast malt and coffee flavors along with dark chocolate, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with low-to-medium carbonation. Finish is dry and roasty with a strong bitter aftertaste. Definitely more of a Dry Stout than an Oatmeal Stout as the overall flavor is intensely roasty and bitter. Dark chocolate and espresso lovers should enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (639) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Theres some sour funk in there that I cant quite identify. Flavor is a very robust, yet smooth and mild bitterness. Strong coffee aftertaste. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Its good, but I disagree that it is the "best oatmeal stout in the world."

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