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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jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a jet black with an almost nonexistent off-white head. Nose is somewhat weak - sweet with some lighter malts and black cherries. Taste is smooth and sweet. Very drinkable but a bit one-note compared to other oatmeal stouts. The finish is medium-length, sweet, and fruity. If there was such a thing as a cherry and malt pie, I think it would taste like this. Overall a good, if simple, beer. Would be nice to have after a meal.

popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 Roasted chocolate malt abounds. There’s excellent sweetness and some floral notes that may be the appearance of some hops. Chocolatey, roasty and sweet, the beer combines these elements excellently. Creamy feel.

SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
I can’t help it. It’s very lonely in here. Ergo, I haven’t been with anyone in a very long time, not counting myself. Or this chair. I call her Linda.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black abyss with an off white head. Roast y bitter birch, light licorice. Thin and watery with a light roasted burnt coffee finish. Hints of chocolate bitter and burnt to round it out. Decent.

fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Poured very black, smooth, roasted malts, chocolate, smokey, oats, little caramel, little coffee.

fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Pours black with a tall mocha head that has great retention and leavs sparse lacing. Aroma is roast, oatmeal cookies, dark chocolate, stale coffee, caramel and toffee, maybe a little too much butter in that toffee. Flavor is roast, toasty oatmeal granola, light coffee, chocolate, herbal hops, and sweet, buttery toffee. Finish is roast, a little char, day old coffee and a roiasty, char, toffee fade. Good stuff but the toffee notes are a bit much for me to call it great.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Black with a creamy brown head. Chocolate and dark roasted coffee aroma and taste with oats in the finish.

JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a thin tan head. Malty and sweet aroma with a bit of roastiness. Sweet and roasty malt flavor, but it’s a bit thin.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22oz bottle Black pour with a thin brown head, this beer is thin on the palate. The flavor is roasty up front with a slightly some dryness and tanginess on the finish.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Sless’s Stimulating Stout
Date: July 08, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, fine tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: lightly sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: thn body
Flavor: sweet and fruity malt flavor, dark roast, dark chocolate, caramel sweetness
Overall: several great characters with no blending
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

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