ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Rather light and watery stout, a bit of chocolate and molasses, some coffee; all that’s nice, but just too much chalkiness just kills this for me. Fizzy, biting carbonation. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
From a bottle. Poured an attractive dark brown/black with a medium-sized and persistent light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, oats, yeast, must, sweetness, cocoa and caramel. Flavor was pretty complex and assertive, if not great tasting for me. Very roasted and earthy, with some caramel, cocoa and fruity notes at times. Earthy finish. Not overly sweet, actually not more than an average sweetness. Gets better with time, which is always a nice feature. Overall it was quite solid and enjoyable. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
This must be this brewery’s strength. You see, every brewery has a good beer. And this is their’s. IN fact, its really good. Roasty smelling and tasting, full flavored notes of chocolate, malt and a little smoke. hopscotch (11109) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle… Pours clear and very dark. Sits black with a mid-size, creamy, beige head. Great retention. The bouquet is of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with tingly carbonation. Heavy notes of unsweetened, burnt espresso in the flavor – lesser note of cocoa. Lengthy, charred, medium bitter finish that leaves my tongue novocain numb. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr. Thanks ryan! Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
This is a nice one. Black with a tan head. Aromas of rich chocolate, malt, and a splash of black coffee. Flavor is a bit thin after the rich aroma, but is still quite tasty. Very bitter, with the coffee coming through in the finish. Not much sweetness, even though it’s supposed to be a sweet stout. Either they didn’t use much oatmeal, or something. Palate is a bit on the thin side. I bet this tastes great on tap.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Black, large pillowy light brown head, clumpy lacing.   Sweet roasted malts on the nose, lactose, oatmeal, a little chocolate.   Sweet malts on the tongue, very little hop bitterness.   Goes down easy, isn’t too heavy.   Sweet to start, has a bit of dry chalkiness on the backside.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Somewhat drops off quickly, but remains clean.   Decent little oatmeal stout.   Could use a little more umph tho. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Santa Cruz Ale Works Dark Night Oatmeal Stout is a dark ruby black ale with a brown sugar colored, gel-topped dense foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There is deep roast in the aroma with notes of oatmeal cookies, raisins and chocolate chips. It is medium bodied and very dry with an acidic finish. It’s sweet at first, with notes of chocolate and berry. The finish is long and bitter. It kind of tastes like oatmeal cookies. It’s bitter, dry and full flavored. I’m impressed. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Hoppy aroma. Beige head. Black and smooth on the palate with some alcohol present. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp roast finish. larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Poured from bomber, darkest brown with medium dark tan head that lingered. Nose of coffee, bitter chocolate and malts. Taste was on the biiter side with a blend of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a hint of Malt O’Meal....very good stout at a good price. hayduke (5210) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 From a 22 oz bottle purchased at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, this poured a very opaque black with a fat tan head and very robust lacing in the glass. The nose greets you with aromas of burnt malts with some chocolate and just a tiny bit of coffee. Medium body and mouthfeel and quite smooth. Flavor is more chocolate than anything with a hint of smoke. Dry bitter finish. A very nice sweet stout that is eminently drinkable.
This a 2012 update. This one was a bit of a gusher but as before was very tasty. No change in score but just as good as the first time.