Sammy (12212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Black with a little side around the sides. Lacey. A good bitterness, licorice,chocolate, a little better tasting and slightly more thick than their Eugene Porter, my best beer of the product line. Carbonation appropriate. Newk (299) - - MAY 5, 2012
poured from cask at Rev into a pint glass. Pours a nice chocolate color with a well defined and frothy head.
Well balanced with nice depth and really good aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and malts.
Full bodied with a nice and smooth feel. Very good flavors of oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee beans.
Glad to see this back on tap, and very glad to have had this on cask. One of Rev’s best stouts for me and this was as good as I remembered it. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Black power oatmeal stout. Black with a creamy head. roast and creamy oats in the aroma. Lots of black patent malt. Roasty bitter malts that really hit you in the mouth. A little too much Sweet creamy oats balance the roast some. Finishes roasty and too sweet. 8/4/7/3/15
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the pub... A dark brown pour, good looking, even has dark edges. No retention except for a light mocha ring. However, really thick lacing... A great aroma, super smooth chocolate, oatmeal adds some great creaminess, hints of candy sugar and plums. If it wasn’t sweet from start to finish and added roast or something else, this would be a 5... The taste is not as successful, borderline disappointing. The sweetness is muted, but its actually more balanced than the aroma. There is an overall roasty character, most of the sweet is gone, just coffee a hint of hops. Not bad, but not great... The mouthfeel is too light, and there is a terrible late finish that is way too bitter.
Average oatmeal stout that is ok. If you want a high abv oatmeal not a bad choice, but I’d rather crush a 5% that’s a touch more creamy and sweet in taste. rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 Not as complex a beer as I would have expected but very smooth and very drinkable. I wasn’t a fan a first but in retrospect I like it quite a bit. Serving:Tap
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is medium sweet caramels and rich chocolates with a soft roast and some creamy oats. A tad bit grainy with a few nuts and a hint of earth. Flavor is similar. Rich, creamy, medium sweet cocoas and oats up front with a nice caramel. A light grainy bread and some toffees. Balancing, soft roastiness and a touch of earth wrap this up with a dry finish that leaves a light bitterness and a nice mix of sweet, creamy malts and roasts. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light, silky, creamy body and soft, moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid oatmeal stout. Well balanced and easy drinking. A bit on the sweeter side, but the roasts hold their own. Good one. zebra (2143) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
creamy, pure roastiness, very nice. now served in a big water glass, for those of you picky about glassware. i’d have this one again. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Excited this made it back as it was the first Revolution beer I missed. Pours a nice roasty black, near opaque, with frothy brown head, stays moderate sized and laces well, dies to a thick film eventually, still quite nice. Aromas are mellow sweetness tempered by light roast, a touch of cocoa mixes with sweet biscuits, roasted barley, touches of dry roast. Simple yet satisfying. Initial is smooth and roasty, cocoa and roasted barley work their ways into the fold immediately. Touches of soda bread, bakers cocoa, biscuits, smoothed out grains and touches of earthy ash roast. Smooth, silky, and sensual, this isn’t your typical oatmeal stout. Not overbodied, quite drinkable with sweet oats, roasty barley, nice dark chocolate, some slight coffee, dry roast. Very nice. Finish is a nice balance of roast and dryness temepered with sweet oats, biscuits, a touch of toffee, and perhaps the cocoa trying to lean a little to the sweet side. Nice. Very balanced, leaning towards dry roast for those of us that don’t like a really sweet brew, scoring point on my rating drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Draft, pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolately, nutty, with coffee roast. Flavors balances sweet chocolate goodness and roast with a tasty nuttiness. Med body. Really solid stout beer here. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 3, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours an inky jet-black with small, tight creamy head. Aroma is a bit weak but gives up dark roasted grain and coffee. Flavor is strong, bitter, dark-roast grain to the point of tasting like carbon and not much else. Some alcohol and malt sweetness lingers around but doesn’t really provide a lot of balance. Thick, smooth, creamy palate. A flavorful and relatively well-crafted stout, just not a particularly interesting one (IMO).