skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2008
My favorite of the lot of 8. Great roasty toasty aroma, bits of dark cocoa and burnt business. Color is a darker brown, see through on the edges. Dark malt, toasted malt, and burnt chocolate make up the flavor, all while somehow keeping a nice sweet malt profile as well. Oats are definitely present through and LINGER through the finish. Well done. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2008
Poured black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste was roasted coffee and a little hops in the finish. Very smooth from the oats I assume. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 Old rating On tap at brewpub, probably in March ’06. Dark brown, nearly black color. Roasted barley and oatmeal aroma, some 70% chocolate. Roasty, somewhat sweet taste. Nice, thick & chewy, mouthfeel. Some bitterness at the end and a touch of earthy hops flavor. Roasty lingering finish. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
This rating is from March ’08. On tap as well, didn’t remember I had rated it. Roasty nose, light caramel & coffee. Nice mouthfeel, very oily. Roast, chocolate, coffee, and light earthy notes.
The palate was scored as a 4 on this rating (was originally scored a 3), so I will let my new score reflect that.
On tap at the Parkville Microbrew Festival. Pours black with a dark beige head. Has a nice mild coffee-roasted aroma. Some great rich chocolate is in there as well. This is a FANTASTIC flavored stout- very milky with a big hopped-up finish. I’m loving all the beers from this new brewer! A stout this good is worth traveling to the middle of nowhere. PhillyBeer2112 (2925) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Dark hazy brown color. Sweet caramel-molasses nose, with layers of freshly baked chocolate cake and coconut (german chocolate cake?). Flavor is mainly caramel-molasses, and a touch sugary/syrupy with a near cloying finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2007
On tap at Gella’s, Hays KS: Very dead pour without the slightest hint of a head; fairly roasty and astringent, some notible hoppiness; fairly dead palate. Not very impressive. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Pours very dark brown (nearly opaque brown - which is unsual since most opaque stouts look more black than brown...) with a tan head. The aroma is similar to the english porter: burnt toast, bitter cocoa. The roasted flavors may be a little stronger - perhaps hints of cold/weak coffee. The hops are detectable. The mouthfeel is quite nice (no doubt thanks to the oatmeal). Possibly one of the best efforts at this institution. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Growler: Penetrable black. Unfiltered. Snug, tiny bubbles rise to form a creamy light-gray ring. Strongly roasty aroma with notes of smoke, chocolate fudge, and coffee. Fairly bready, as well. Loose, prickly carbonation. Watery body. Opens pungently roasty and acidic, but quite soft and lush, beneath, with an onset of bready malt and dark chocolate. Much dryer than it is oily, with a flavorsome lightly-toasted oat character. Hints of dry char, salt, and roasted wood lend a counterpoint to the thick malt base. Straw flavors thwart some of the sweetness and pillar the body by imparting a clean fluffiness. The finish is bitterly chocolaty, softly roasty and dotted with sprucelike hop flavors, but rather thin, wet and more subdued, overall. A very malty example with a fairly wide range of textures and flavors, but the oat flavors are much more abundant than any oat-derived oiliness you might find, which causes the mouthfeel to become quite thin and watery. Drinkable, but flabby and thin, essentially.
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Sampled from growler. Thanks TAR and cb. Beer is clear, very dark brown colored with a small, light tan, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is straight-forward roasty. Heavy malt notes of roasted grain, light notes of chocolate, toasted peanut; Hoppy with light notes of herb, resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace of dough; Trace of pepper. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish. Big roasty retros. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.