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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bomber. LIkely a gift from Marcus. Pours quite black with a large foamy tan head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, with some dark toasted malt and coffee. Medium body with mild carbonation. Lots of toast and coffee in the flavor. Chocolate follows along. Nicely bitter. Excellent drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bomber. Black body, opaque, topped with a 2-finger brown head that becomes a thin ring, no lace. Dark fruit, lots of molasses, oats, alcohol vapors, hints of chocolate. Medium body. Drinks like a beer on its second day from a growler. Flavor of barley, oats, molasses, dark fruits, some light roastiness and alcohol vapor on the back end. Chocolate notes. Lots of nuttiness. Nice, very drinkable. Bit heavy on the dark malts, but nicely so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (885) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
(tasting notes 03/13/09) Less head than their porter. More roasty than porter. Black in color. Definately feel the oats in the mouthfeel. No aroma. Bitterness lingers on palate a bit longer than would expect for an oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bomber poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a small lingereing brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted oatmeal malty chocolate flavor with some creamy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9970) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
On tap at the Slow Food festival in S.F. This dark brown ale poured with a massive tan head that took a while to settle. There was a strong aroma of chocolate. The flavor is all roasted and chocolate malt and is very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft right from the Brewery Ambulance at the San Diego Craft Brewers Conference. The aroma is quite intense with concentrated coffee and roasted/toasted malt and hints of sweet cream. The body is a dark brown to black and holds a firm, lasting mocha colored head. The flavor is mild toasted/roasted malts, coffee and milder chocolate notes. A long dry, but still slightly sweet cream accented finish. Quite good. I went back for a refill several times, and that with many other beers available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Draft. On Nitro. Black beer with a light brown nitro head. Light roasty aroma. Roasty, oatmeal, barley flavors coming through. Medioum bodied. Lingering chocolate, light roast, and oatmeal. Should read: Sless Stimulating Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Well. I had this on tap at City Beer in SF. I am not sure why its not in the data base AND its not listed on their website, but I have been assured that it does indeed exist. Poured a dark brown, thin, quickly disepating head. Smelled was sweet malts and cereal. Taste was thin, sweet, caramel, malts and cereal. A pretty basic oatmeal stout. Perfectly drinkable though.

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