darb85 (310) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly.
Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. It’s a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but it’s pretty decent either way.
T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, aren’t very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great.
M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? It’s almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol.
O: I admit, I didn’t have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if there’s one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, it’s a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.
Smells like creme. A bit sweet. Decent though. Would drink again. A little thin. BlindGuardianco (104) - - NOV 26, 2015
A bit of an odd beer, tate a bit like cold medicine, smells like a dessert, a bit bitter, nice body, would bit abating to share but too much for a pint altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2015
2/19/2009 7:23:26 AM In Northfield, MA. Dark brown body with oak head. Sweet and malty nose. Taste of caramel, chocolate and oats. Hoppy as well. Nice and toasty. Very good. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is lacking and just a wisp or two of lacing are left.
4.0 S: Roasted malts and chocolate up front. Oats are powerful in this and add their trademark oat aroma. Complex layers of caramel and molasses. Fairly simple, but very nice.
4.0 T: Taste is just as good. Roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, and oats are the strongest with nearly as much caramel and molasses.
4.25 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.
4.0 D: Very tasty beer. Good for a Friday night.
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DavoleBomb, May 09, 2014 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle from cellar that’s been aging over three years. Sweet aroma. Is there a bit of fruit? Cedar, oat and nut, chocolate, barley, roasted malts. Diverse character. Flavor is leaning heavily towards sweet then roasted then bitter then sweet again. Interesting. Very good though and alcohol is very well disguised. Smooth and creamy. Medium body.
rouhlas (3986) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 3, 2015
650ml bottle. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, some coffee, caramel, light bready, vanilla. Sweet and bitter taste. Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation. italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2.5 year old bomber split with Jenny while we watched those episodes of Castle where they resolve the 3XK saga. Oily, moderately thick black pour, medium off white head. Aroma is subtly earthy but massively sweet dark chocolate with burnt nuts. Flavor is surprisingly ashy to start, moving on to sweet n’ luscious dark chocolate syrup, and finishing with toast and roasted nuts. Oily and velvety body, even if not thick. Roasted nuts and earthy chocolate lingers for miles. Quite nice! Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark opaque brown color, almost black, thick beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, burnt espresso. Taste has rich cocoa, coffee, licorice. Very nice. Nekronos (4213) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 7, 2015
INteresting and nice one. Very thick and delicious. Quite fine to smell and enjoy in conversations. bytemesis (9517) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, molasses. Flavor is fully sweet, medium bitter, lots of molasses and some anise. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.