0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle. Black, light brown head, small, creamy, turns into a ring and laces sometimes--others not. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, coffee, toasty caramel malts. Mouth is medium-full with creamy carbonation, lightly dry. Flavor is lightly sweet, noticeably oatmeal (vanilla-choco...it’s a distinct flavor), and a mild, fairly long finish of oats, roasted malt, and woody hops. Easy drinking. Pleasant. Nice mouthfeel. Nothing stand-out, but a good oat stout. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12oz bottle: Pours an oily opaque with a creamy forth of dark tan head. Has a sweet smoky dark caramel and chocolate nose. Starts with good rich chewy dark caramel and toasted nuttiness with some light smokiness before a drier roasty bittersweet finish. A true to style and enjoyable oatmeal stout. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
A - Pours a very deep and dark black color with a nice two fingers of brownish (chocolate) colored head. The head has some nice retention and the and some nice lacing.
S - Smells heavily and malt aromas. Also a mixed in is heavy tones of dark chocolate. Very well balanced.
T - The taste starts with a mix of malts and oats. This is joined by some nice dark chocolate flavors throughout. Just a bit of hop tones which are nice. Aftertaste is a bit dry and full of chocolate flavor.
M - Fairly medium bodied. Pretty creamy and think, but still rather smooth. Just a touch of carbonation. Could use a bit more body.
D - Overall, good mix of flavors that stay well balanced and a smooth beer. Only minor complaint is it could be a bit heavier bodied overall. But, still a very drinkable beer. Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Black with a huge brown head. Aroma of oatmeal and roasted malts. Taste is lightly bitter, and salty, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Black with a fizzy white head. Chocolate bread aroma and taste with cherry notes and a creamy palate.
tnkw01 (1857) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark, almost black color. Rich, bitter chocolate burnt toast flavor. Aroma somewhat malt and dark. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, molasses brown color with a thin layered dark tan head. The aroma is of oatmeal and burnt roasted malt over touches of chocolate and cherry. Big, creamy body upfront with lots of dark roasty malt and bitter chocolate flavors with some sweetness mixed in. The finish lingers heavy and is chalky. Very drinkable and smooth. grimreaperguru (264) - santee, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours a jet black color with a small brown head.The aroma is of chocolate and roasted coffee.The flavor is of roasted coffee with notes of sweet chocolate.Gose down real smooth with a slight sweet after taste.Overall a good beer. MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a stouty dark brown with a little bit of a head that disappears as it sits in the glass. Aromas are weak... oats, dark malt (chocolate and little peat), and more oats. Flavor is interesting... a mix of oatmeal (both up front and in the aftertaste), chocolate (very mild), cream and a little bit of a Nestle Quik type sweetness. Aftertaste is sweet and chocolate-y. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
18-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle, Part of Handcrafted Beers gift set: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This delicious oatmeal stout is a wonderful entry into this style category. Oatmeal, cocoa mix, milk chocolate, and chocolate milk are prominent while the finish shows a bit of nearly burnt toast and smoky ash. The nose offers enticing aromas of jerky, cocoa, chocolate, burnt toast, and ashtray. Medium-plus in weight and generally creamy yet dry on the palate, but the medium-high carbonation is on the prickly side and could be softened a bit for a more pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is black and opaque in the glass with only a hint of brown translucence at the edges, and the creamy, dark-tan head pours to a quarter inch but settles fairly rapidly to a wide ring. Overall, one of the finest seasonals from Mendocino, and indeed, a truly delicious example of the style. Highly recommended.