Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bomber from Market of Choice. Pours a dark ass black with a thick, bubbly tan head. Aroma is redolent with chocolate and some roastiness. Flavor is also hefty chocolate, light roast and some mild coffee. Palate is very thin, but that’s relatively typical for the style. Solid offering, no regrets here. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown / black pour with almost no head. Aroma is lightly sweet fruit, mild roast; overall pretty weak in the aroma department. Flavor is initially sweet and somewhat fruity followed by bitter roast and a dry roast finish. A little watery on the palate. ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pour was pretty dark and the head overtook half the glass, was a little surprised. The aroma was a little harsh imo. The taste was just about average with more carbonation than I like to see from an oatmeal stout. This beer didn’t do much for me. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
On cask at Firkin Fest. Poured dark brown/black, smooth, creamy, roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate. GIJOE (1207) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Definitely black as night. Froths up a good 1-2 fingers of head, which dissipates within a minute or two into sparse bubbles on the surface and light lacing.
Aroma is largely dark malt, with some hints of anise, straw, leather, and some woodiness. There’s also something slightly metallic, as if it came from a can (it’s from a bomber).
Taste has more the metallic note, some cocoa, hint of coffee, A tad sour. Tart finish hangs pretty long.
Fairly light body for the style, a little dry, soft carbonation.
Not bad, but not a favorite by any means.
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. AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2012
22oz - Nice color and lace. Palate was good but a little too light in flavor. 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. HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle. Black pour but not thick. Tan head. Nose is dark roast coffee and a little vanilla extract. Taste is a mouthful of roast and bittesweet chocolate. Palate isn’t as big as I would have thought but the flavor is full even though this is quite drinkable. The body more closely resembles a porter but the flavor is robust enough that you know you are drinking a stout. Enjoyable and drinkable. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Poured from bottle a dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some soft grain tones. Flavor starts smooth with some slightly sweet malt, chocolate and a light graininess. The finish becomes dry with a roasted grain bitterness. Palate is silky at the beginning and slightly sweet moving toward bitter and dry, but not a big mouthfeel however. Overall, an easy drinking stout with a nice balance that could do with a little more presence on the palate.