Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured a very deep brown with a creamy cap of mocha head. Decadent aroma of mildly roasted chocolate, oats, and a hint of other grains. Flavors mimic the aroma well... roasted chocolate and oatmeal sweetness throughout. Middle finds some vanilla and caramel... with a hint of coffee bitterness. Finish was of moderate length with milk chocolate and a little coffee. Great sweet stout! NYHarvey (2154) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
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There is ample chocolate and coffee in the aroma, but there is also an odd waxy mustiness that reminds me of old ritz crackers. Body is a shiny black (I know how that sounds) with a thumb thick, slowly receding, mocha head. Fore is creamy with hints of vanilla, cocoa, cookie dough, sweet cream and very mild coffee notes. The oatmeal definitely creates a smooth, creamy feel from fore to finish, but I feel like this lacks just a bit of intensity and that keeps it from being exceptional. twindadplus2 (748) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Deep dark color with some ruby hihghlights revealed by a strong light and a thick chocolate head. Thick, syrupy pour with an aroma of lots of roasted malt and a fruity sweetness in the background. Flavor of bittersweet cocoa , roasted malt and a sweet, roasted finish. Thick, smooth and impressive. I believe I’ll have another. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours a huge creamy brown head that fills the glass, stays for a good long time, and leaves small globs of lace. Not fizzy, but smooth and rich. Deepest ebony, almost opaque, even on the edges. Full roasted malt nose, gives way to sharp burnt bite and bitterness. Full on the tongue, round and meaty like a pork loin. Earthy like few stouts I’ve tried. Might that be the oats...I say yes. Some diesel fuel. Very little sweetness - I WOULD NOT CALL THIS A SWEET STOUT! Bittersweet cocoa. Long on the finish. Would have given it higher numbers with more aroma on the front end. Nicely subtle take on the style. Excellent job again Dan! howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Dark, ruby highlights, lasting cola head. Deep dark fruit, chocolate, roasty aromas, some tart hops. Velvety palate, smooth mocha flavors, impressive maltiness. Somewhat similar in flavor to Sam Smith’s. Slight nagging metallic note. Long savory finish. Finally, a stout I can get into from New Glarus. Yay, New Glarus!
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Another one found on my last beer trip to Madison. Pours dark and thick, nice tan head that will lace the glass. Would recommend that you let it warm in the room for awhile to help release the smells. A nice chocalate, that is neither to bitter or too sweet. I was smoking a nice maduro stogie and found that this ione and the cigar were great together. Another decent brew from New Glarus, StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Moderate viscosity, opaque and black in color with a touch of mahogany coming through at the edges when put to light. An intermittent flour heap and a khaki tan wrung comprise the head. Aroma is succinct and alluring - milk chocolate meets dark chocolate, Hershey syrup into coffee coolers, caramel nougats and hot cocoa by the fire. Flavor reveals few surprises, but, luckily, few demises. Compounded cocoa allegories span the dry mocha bean feeling. Lightly flavored chocolate morsels hesitantly sweeten, coming across more like candies intended for decoration rather than consumption. Dark confectionary powder with a toasty semblance. Caramel and brown sugared oats and flame licked hazelnuts. Palate smacking, medium-bodied and standard sweet stout formula for the duration of the mouth feel. Sweetly somber, and balanced, in its confident reductionary sense. French roast meets hazelnut coffee grinds in the finish, bringing on a syrupy dark chocolate palisade in the end. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a black color with 1/2" a tan head. Aroma is of a dark chocolate, with a bit of roasted grain. Taste is of dark chocolate, hint of roasted coffee, and a mellow grain character which I’m guessing is the oatmeal. This beer is dark, seductive, and delicious. This beer slides back really easy! Tthe taste saturates your tongue in the most pleasing way but then quickly gets off your tongue. Very clean finish. I’m a hop head but I could get used to this. JPDIPSO (6325) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Near black color with a tall dark tan head. Mild roasted malt mixes with dark cocoa in the aromas. Some light dough scents also in the waft. Moderately heavy and somewhat slick upon the tongue. This does need to be served at the recommended room temperature to fully appreciate the feel. Mild dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt in the flavors. A mild and soft carbonation. A touch of what seems to be black malt acidity dries things out in the finish and liner. Easy to drink. Long and enjoyable linger of malts with each exhale. Another fine brew from New Glarus. DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Bottle. Pours a clear very dark brown body under a wispy tan head. Smells great! Black roast malt carrying light acidity surrounds a sweeter middle - graham crackers and chocolate. A sip brings a quick burst of carbonation tingle and roast bite but those elements are soon smoothed out by sweet, creamy oatmeal. This seems like a simple oatmeal stout the but the way the entire flavor of the beer lingers in your mouth makes for a tough glass to put down. Great ying and yang balance between roast bitterness and calming oatmeal sweetness. As an added bonus it provides good "roast malt burps" - I normally only get those with hoppy beers!