JK (6192) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Black with brown head that laced the glass. Aroma of oatmeal and coffee. Improved over previous tasting. Great flavor of roasted coffee. Recently tried this on cask. Incredibly smooth and full bodied. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
cask. they just started serving this from the cask recently. tons better than the tap...
slight aroma of berries and coffee. much more lacing and denser head w/the cask version. lots of chocolate, slight coffee flavors. creamier than guinness. lots of flavor. much more flavor than the regular tap version and sweeter. a very delightful glass of beer. badgerben (5213) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Original Rate - June 29, 2004: Nice black color with a tan head.Aroma is a little dim, but hints at chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is good. It’s more like a porter than a stout. It certainly did not seem like a sweet stout. More chocolate, coffee, malt. Very, very thin body, probably the thinnest I’ve ever tasted for a stout. 6-4-8-4-16 Re-rate on cask - December 9th, 2004: The first main difference is the body. H2O on cask is incredibly smooth and creamy with just a gorgeous head. The taste picked up an amazing chocolate covered cherry surprise. Fantastic! 7-5-9-5-17 piscator34 (2539) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Black in coour with a huge chocolate and espresso aroma. Lodes of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Perhaps a hint of mint in there too. Lots of body. Excellent stuff. DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2005
Black with tan head. Aroma is massively chocolatey with a late hint of fruit. Tastes amazing: chocolate, lightly roasted coffee with cream, dark stewed fruits, sweet caramel and - yes - there’s the alcohol. Like drinking liquid chocolate silk - thick, but not cloying and finishes quite quick then leaves a long and gentle roasted bitterness. Superb.
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
I have misplaced my rating sheet, but I don’t need a sheet to realize that this beer rocks! A very dark beer with large brownish head. Smells of sweet chocalate, roasted malts. Flavor is fanatstic, vanilla finish (I think?). Writing this is making me want another one. Highly recommended. brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On tap at Town Hall. Perfectly black stout with thick tan head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee along with hazelnut. Very creamy, thick, and powerful tasting stout, having similar, though milder, flavors to much stronger imperial stouts but without the overwhelming hit of alcohol. Good bitterness balances the sweetness. Excellent, especially at its (in house) price. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Truly a pitch black body, a few fingers of fluffy khaki head recede to a thin cap that goes on to retain from start to finish.
Loads of fresh oatmeal, milk chocolate, some faint dry flaky hops, fresh cream, some brown ale characteristics.
Super smooth and velvety, oatmeal, slightly bitter chocolate... incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I think this growler’s gettin’ kicked tonight no problem. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Color is nearly opaque black, some hinderence of light passing through the edges, solid thick and creamy light brownish head looking like whipped watery oatmeal, crumbles slowly into some lumps and lace in rings that breaks into spots and strings. Smell is roastly sweet malts and oats and tanged of light bitterness, a bit subdued, very sweet chocolate chip-like notes and a touch of dark coffee with hints of hops and yeast. Taste picks up some from the smell with a pretty nice amount of darkly roasted malts, maybe some black malts as well, with a twinge of chocolate, quite a nice sensible sweetness derived from the oats, a light hoppyness thats very easy and mellow located near the middle areas and a light coffee sense dancing around in there as well. The sweetness varies some from sip to sip, its quite subtle and complex throughout, its a little hard to grasp cuz the coffee keeps creeping in just when I'm getting use to the milky choclate. Feel is sweetly smooth and solid medium body with a nice finish that ends nearly just as smooth as the beginning.
Pretty nice oatmeal stout, I think maybe the nitro might be sucking some of the life out of the flavors, could be richer, it reminded me a bit of a good dark dunkel minus the coffee. Soothing and drinkable. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
I didn’t really order this, but it was busy and when I said “Old Ale” the barkeep thought I said “Oatmeal”. Oh well, never one to waste good beer….A very slow pour. Nitro tap is set to pour at a trickle. Black as night. Tight, mocha head. Roasty malt aroma. Roasty malt taste. Slight hops in the finish. Not as “velvety smooth” as some oatmeal stouts I’ve had. But still, this is a meal in a glass. Notes of vanilla, white chocolate as well. Very satisfying.