5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Black in color, moderate to thin spritzy beige head, spotty lacing.   Roasted malts, oatmeal,
burnt molasses on the nose.   Soft roasty malts, semi-sweet... make that fairly sweet.   Roasty, with a nice
smooth malt background.   Not too big, easy to drink.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Falls off
pretty quickly, but at least this one starts out pretty flavorful.   Not really any flaws that I see.
Slightly above average, and worthy of a try in my book. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle… Pours clear and practically black with a mid-sized, fluffy, cappuccino head. The nose is grainy with toasted notes – not as much chocolate or coffee character as expected. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is excellently balanced with some roastiness, but is mainly bland. Crisp, pretty clean finish. Flawless, but boring for the style. obguthr (6355) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Chalky charred oak, medium roast coffee nose. Black, thin beige head. Milk chocolate flavor, raisin hints, coffee on the back end. Won’t blow you away, but a real pleasure to drink. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2011
bottled. pours dark brown with almost no head.that which forms is light tan. aromas of chocolate and coffee. lightly sweet and fairly bitter. full bodied, creamy flat and a lasting bitter coffee finish. JStax (6502) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dark black story brown with no head to speak of. Aroma is strong coffee and licorice. Taste is toasted coffee beans with a mellow transition to oats and licorice. Nice oatmeal stout.
Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Pretty light. Nice roasted flavor with some dark chocolate. Not too heavy on the coffee. Oats and hops. Smooth and easy to drink. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Deep, rich dark black inky pour with a decently thick khaki-colored head. Aroma has some pipe tobacco, some day old coffee and a bit of fresh black earth. Bold stout flavor with some nice bakers unsweetened chocolate, some french roast coffee, a bit of fresh black dirt. Mouthfeel is nice and dry and chalky. Excellent stout. chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle. Black, small light brown creamy head, fair lacing and good retention. Great roasted malt aroma. The usual suspects are here: molasses, chocolate, coffee, toasty caramel. Mouth is medium-full with creamy carbonation, lightly dry. Flavor is lightly sweet with some coffee bean bitterness, and a mildly hoppy long finish. I am beginning to think that this is one of the easier styles to get right. A lot of breweries do it well. The Mendocino is a solid offering. Very tasty and true to form. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Malt and caramel aroma with light roast. Malt and oatmeal flavor with light roast and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and caramel lingers with malt. SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle purchased from BevMo: Creates a gigantic formation of fluffy foamed head while the liquid is a dark opaque shade of brown. As for the nose, there is a decent serving of roasted down malts that hint towards dark chocolate while at the same time perhaps an aroma of oatmeal as well. The palate is smooth and creamy which allows room for a rich flavor of roasted black malt to subdue the taste buds. There is some background of oats, but they are light in comparison to the more flavorful taste of chocolate and coffee bean that plays out. Certainly a stout that keeps my interest while I guzzle down a few bottles.