Poured opaque and about as clear as I could tell. There was a inch of brown, creamy foam covering. Retention was fleeting but not running away. Some minor and blotchy lacing throughout.
Aroma tingles the nostrils. The oats are most prevalent and in a good way. Darker, roasted malts also are there with a bit of brown sugar. Possibly even hints of lactose.
Taste has a lingering big coffee/chocolate bitter flavor at the end that stays with you. Roasted malt with a splash of sweet are the backbone.
Medium body if not bigger with ample carbonation along with a creaminess that make it nice to drink.
I always look forward to beers from Portsmouth, this has been no exception. It delivered in a big way and I would try to get this if you have the means. An easy drinking stout that has just the right balance. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers