argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Creamy beige head with nice retention, atop a clear red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some chocolate, roast, fruity. Creamy light-medium body. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2006 on tap-pours a thick tan head with black particles. Color is black. Aroma is malt. Taste is coffee, bitter. Not my style, but enjoyable.
rerate 2.9 BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Tap at Milly’s in Manchester, NH. Very dark pour, nice head. Roasted malts with some lactose sweetness. Decent body, but a bit thinner than "full". Solid nonetheless. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2005
Creamy roastiness and their incumbent dry bitterness play joyfully with the raisins bathing in molasses...Slightly vinous undertones blend well with the sweet chocolate malt flavors...A perfectly competent stout... JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Dark brown, creamy lingering non-nitro head. Deep earthy/chocolatey aroma. Some similar licorice notes as appear in the porter. Deep earthy malts, some light milk chocolate and deep bittersweet chocolate as well. Chocolatey finish. Not a great deal of oatmeal character, but it finishes bitter, roasty and quite tasty. No complaints here either.
czar (9613) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
pours dark brown with a veru nice beige crema head, good retention and lacing. sweet roasted maltiness, coffee beans, strong coffee and bitter chocolate, sweetness - molasses and burnt caramel, lightly ashy and smoky, hint of roasted acidity, wood, metal. light carbonation, medoum body - oily and very creamy and smooth; sweet yet assertive resinous-coffee finish. almost sticky burnt rolled oats. rich and tasty sweet stout. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Deep brown and hints of ruby in the appearance. big nose of chocolate malts, roasted mocha, oatmeal, and quite robust. Great aroma. A bit thin, but nice coffee and bite of oats/grains. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005
Black and slightly rich on the palate with a fruit aroma. Crisp coffee roast flavoured finish. AirForceHops (8034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap.Poured a dark black. Sizable foamy head, long lasting with lacing on the glass. Smooth, sweet, malty and nutty with a touch of hops. Slight hint of chocolate and coffee. A hefty, rich and dense brew. This was a good stout but I liked the John Stark porter better. tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Can (12 oz) bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Split 2-ways.
Appearance: Black with a medium thick and easy to revive creamy brown head and good lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, herbal presence and light ashes.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, but more expressive. Caramel, roasted malts, vanilla and light ashes. Sweetness level is moderate. Light bitterness.
Palate: Meidum to full body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. A tad creamy too. Roasty finish.
Overall: Very tasty oatmeal stout and quite decadent for a 4.9% abv beer. Interesting interpretation of the style. Good balance. Loved it.