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. Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Thin and lacks body/mouthfeel. Flavor is far from dark or stout. Suggestion: AVOID barn0216 (546) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle, poured into 2014 San Francisco 49ers championship glass. Black in color with lots of tan foam. Creamy chocolate and roast smell indicative of an oatmeal stout, not very strong though. Coffee roast and bitter chocolate flavor. Packs a decent amount of flavor for what is a pretty light stout. Not a world beater but it is pleasantly drinkable. 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. Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Nice head on this beer fore sure took bout 20 min. To pour. The smell is roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness. The taste is almost chocolate vannilla kinda taste. Not bad for an oatmeal stout, its medium/full bodied and leaves a chocolate aftertaste. The oatmeal is lacking but still a respectable beer.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bomber. Black pour with a thick quickly dissipating dark tan head. Aroma is espresso, and dark caramel, toasted malts. Taste is espresso, dark chocolate, and smoke. Mouthfeel is a nice velvety smooth. hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
Wow, really surprisingly fantastic stout. A jet black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, burnt toast. Flavor is nice and roasty, some more chocolate and burnt things, finishing bitter. Deliciously chewy mouthfeel. A really great stout, getting towards imperial levels. I moved to santa cruz 6 months ago, and after being bored by seabright and santa cruz mountain breweries, I am quickly becoming a santa cruz ale works fan! tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Very dark brown body topped by a beige head that settles into a thin film. Nose of cocoa, roast and a bit of dark fruit. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee flavors. Not a bad effort but the body is thin and the finish is too burnt. yackery (168) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Draught at Beechwood BBQ Seal Beach. Deep, dark mahogany with thin head over only half of the top but thorough lacing anywhere the beer touches. Aroma is funky bacteria and oatmeal cookie. Taste is mildly sweet followed by definitely bitter finish. Palate is much like Coca Cola but of course not that explosive in the middle but still lively yet softening. Overall OK but too much funk and not enough subtle oatmeal experience. burleybrew (75) - - SEP 18, 2012
Really carbonated/over carbonated. Very black with tan head. Black malt notes with slight caramel sweetness. Tastes like Black Patent & not too much roast from other grains. It’s a decent stout, but nothing to get excited about. Seems one dimensional.