RATINGS: 61   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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anders37 (27577) - Malmö, 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.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of tan/khaki head. S: Nice coffee and dark chocolate aromas up front. Plenty of roasted malts and a nice oatmeal smell to it as well. Some sweetness to it, perhaps toffee and molasses. T: Sweetness in the form of toffee and molasses. Roasted malts and coffee give a hint of bitterness, and there is also a nice chocolate note to it. Oatmeal provides some nice sweetness as well. M: Creamy and smooth in mouthfeel with a a medium level of carbonation. O: I found this to be pleasant in all aspects and quite easy to drink.

bhensonb (15962) - 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.

Ratman197 (15608) - 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.

bu11zeye (13239) - 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.

BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Iron Springs. Very dark pour with a creamy head. Nose is coffee grounds. Medium to lighter palate with low carbonation. Taste is more coffee grounds with a hint of sweetness.

alexsdad06 (11222) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head.The aroma has roasted malt, cocoa, mild char with some oaoatmeal sweetness. The flavor has roasted malt, chocolate, char, sweet oatmeal with a smooth mouth feel. Just a touch thin.

kp (10880) - 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

marcus (10865) - 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.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Foamy and extremely roasty, this Oatmeal Stout’s 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.


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