Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub, nitro pour. Jet black with a thick, dense beige head. Beautiful coffee and roasted malt, a bit smoky and solid chocolate. Good! GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges and big tan head that hangs around as a cap for a while and leaves only traces of lacing.
The aroma has a pervasive milky sweetness throughout. on top of that are some mild roasted malts and maybe the faintest hint of hop bitterness.
Sweet roasted malts and dark chocolate start out the taste with the same lactose presence as the smell. There was a little smokiness in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is fairly creamy with little carbonation and with a definitively dry finish. Maybe a tad thin overall.
This is a very good example of a dry stout and very sessionable. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080729 Tap at brewpub. Ruby brown color with little tan head. Thin, ashy, astringent, and a bit musty. More like a porter to me than a dry stout though as it was less roasty than expected. Just okay. Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
Dry hopped cask version, at Vermont Brewfest July 19 2008. A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. A pleasant floral hops aroma with light chocolate notes. In mouth, a plesant chocolate malt with light acidic points, a sustained light floral hops and a rich body. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate, dark brown, tiny tan head. Good coffee flavour, choco/malt and nutty as well. Medium bodied, very well balanced, beautifully bitter. Great stuff. Thank You Beershine and Oakes.
Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle 650 ml Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
Appearance: Quiet dark , little light going through , contrasting bone white ring on top.
Nose: Good roast of coffee , mid dryness with solid mocha touch , dryer at end.
Flavor/Palate : Mid-full bodied. Strong coffee mocha character, roasted notes with ash followed by alcohol-malt heavy foot. Good, strong stout.14+/20
Oakes bottle. Damn good for its style this one. The smell of chocolate. A bit of smoke, lighter mouthfeel. Quite nice. Chocolate and roasty flavour held up well enough after room temperature that I finished another good sized sample then. Black, nothing special on head. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2008
This one was the Black Cat Stout w/laphroig on cask at the brewpub.
a dark dark brown with a light brown head. aroma was roasted malt/barley/ with some chocolate and scotch. The flavor wonderfully followed suite with the aroma. this is by far the best beer I’ve had here so far. JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Draught (nitro) @ Portsmouth Brewpub. Pours opaque black with a moderate, creamy tan head. Nose is roasty, a bit of cocoa. Taste is round and smooth - cocoa and a bit of coffee, roasty malt, and a very light acidity to balance, very light roasty dryness on the smooth finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with a big round body. Delicious beer. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2008
Dark brown. Light head. Fudgey, chocolatey and deep aroma - delicious. Balanced, fudgey character. Gets a bit thin and husky (common issue with this brewery). I like the chocolate note, though.