drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Served on tap at the brewery. In no uncertain terms, this is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had. The body is jet black with a thick white head. Amazing sweet caramel smells pour from the glass and make it impossible to resist. The flavor does not disappoint at all even with such a great aroma. Caramel and chocolate are balanced with some roasty character and the package is clothed in smooth creaminess. The body is decently heavy but if I had to make a complaint, it would be that it wasn’t quite heavy enough. An amazing beer all around. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2009
I had this from the cask downstairs dry hoped with bravo. It was poured into an Imperial Pint and it arrived to me with a big three finger tan colored head that lasted. The color of the body was a typical black colored stout with no highlights.
I love this thing on the nitro tap but in the cask this brew shines as well. It is because of the great aromas on it this brew from the warmer temps from the cask. There was a nice fragrant hop with a great sweet grainy oatmeal aroma as well. You also get the roasted malts with all it toasted goodness.
Flavors’ follow the nose rather closely very well balanced. I will say this was the Stout that got me into to the style. So I maybe a little biased. The body of the brew is nice rich and thick with good carbonation.
A very drinkable stout I tend to grab it when I am in the mood for a great filling beer to finish my beer drinking session. Oh yea its better from the cask ;-)
BTW JFYI if you have had it on tap at Portsmouth brewery it was from the nitro tap
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
[oaked version, served via cask @ the brewpub] This was my first beer consumed at the brewery- while my girlfriend and I were waiting for a table, we ventured to the basement lounge where we found this gem. I was willing to have a few more pints of this and call it dinner! Smooth, woody oak aroma, with some subtle elements of coffee present. Glorious, tall frothy head. Flavors are exceptionally smooth- a bit of roasted coffee/chocolate, chewy oats and loads of malty goodness. Creamy, milk-shake mouthfeel. The oak vessel seems to provide a bit more character for this brew, however it remains low in the overall mix. Its hard for me to find a flaw in this beer- overall, this is excellent. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Pours pitch black in color with big foamy brown head. Aroma chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, with bitter and oats finish. Leighton (22333) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2012, London. Pours rich brown with a fine, bubbly head. Rich chocolate aroma with moderate roast, some char. Medium sweet flavor with dark chocolate, dark toast, modest earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Faint dryness to finish with loads of rubust yet restrained chocolate and roasted malts. Superb.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub during the KtG release: Just a wonderful oatmeal stout. It was rich and creamy but did not come off heavy and was extremely drinkable for an oatmeal stout. Not the most complex but one of the most enjoyable oatmeals I have had in a long time. johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours a solid black with just the faintest of brown highlights on the edges. A vigorous pour produced a minimal khaki head that dissipated quickly. Smells of toasted malts, roasted coffee, hints of milk chocolate and steeping grains as well. Tastes of creamy chocolate up front, roasted coffee and toasted malts mid way through with a long lingering roasted bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and a slightly thin body. Very tasty brew. I could certainly see myself throwing a few of these back. That said I could have used a touch more body and maybe a hair more carbonation but I didn’t take much off for that because it tasted so damn good. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2005
On tap at Redbones: Brown with a tan head, chocolate aroma, smooth, soft low carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet, mellow light ending. mcox90 (2140) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Combined rating of on tap at brewpub and 22 oz bottle purchased at brewpub. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Minimal lacing. Nose is roasted malts and sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and sort of heavy. Just right for the style. Taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Caramel, malt and oatmeal cookie. Well balanced with just a touch of bitterness. Very good. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan head.
After the head fades, some translucent mahogany edging shows itself, as well as some dotted lacework.
A partial skim-coat endures for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, and roasted oats.
Quite rich, and it has a lush, doughy component underneath.
Full bodied, exceedingly oily and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, and allows the velvet to roll on the tongue.
An oily mix of brownie batter, coffee beans, and roasted barley start the pallet.
The slick oils from the oats drys up quickly and a slight bitterness steps forward.
Oreo shells drizzeled with Kahlua in the shadows.
Finishes with a lingering dryness/oily mix, and plenty of roasty chocolate.
Talk about an under-the-radar brew.