Pours opaque with a giant, half-glass, brown, thick foam that is very enticing. Retention is about average while lacing is there but sporadic, thick and a bit sticky.
Aroma is first and utmost dark, roasted malt. After the pour the scent hits your nose from three feet away. Subdued dark fruit notes, oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste follows the nose. Huge hits of roasted malt, almost from the start, that give way to chocolate and coffee. A touch of sweet up front and a touch of bitter in the finish.
Heavy body with a solid contribution from the carbonation. Really creamy all the way through adding a nice layer of complexity. Drying on the palate.
Quite good and solid beer. Really "big" for an oatmeal stout. The roasted end might be too big for some but I liked it. More complex and tasty than expected. I would definitely have this one again. Possibly even appreciate it more after shoveling the snow in winter. 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