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Black Helicopter by Flat Earth Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout
5.20 % ABV

Review by Kegergator on 07/23/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 10 15 3 7 2009
Bottle 336/500 courtesy of Tip Top....i think :UNSURE:

A- Fizzy pour fills the glass with a dark tan foam. Head settles into a think layer on the glass. Looks like little soda bubbles.

S- Nice coffee aroma...and definitely smell the oats. roastiness, and some astringent smells coming from the swirls.

T- Much of the same as the smell. Roasty, coffee, but also has some real bitterness to it. Prickly carbonation takes away a little from the brew.

M- A little too fizzy and thin

O- A good brew, but could use some fine tuning.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 03/21/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 3 7 2009
This is well carbonated as a careful pour still produces a nearly four-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite black, but with a brown tint and it shows a perhaps a hint of bright ruby if held up directly to the light. The aroma is definitely coffee influenced as it smells like coffee even as I am pouring this beer. A deeper inspection of the aroma, yields sharp, almost harsh, burnt aromatics and even some acidic burnt notes. A touch of charcoal, some berry like coffee-bean notes, well toasted whole grain bread crust, very burnt caramel notes and even some dark chocolate aromatics are noticeable if you dig around here. The aroma is a little harsh for me, but does have some interesting notes to it.

The beer is quite fizzy, which contributes too much carbonic acid. Luckily this is easily remedied by some vigorous swirling. Burnt acidic flavors are joined by roasted charcoal notes and a lingering acidity and burnt bread note that lingers on in the finish. The beer starts to lose a bit of its harshness as my palate gets used to it, though it still never loses it. Dark chocolate notes, softer cocoa flavors and something a bit like burnt prune juice add a bit of balance to the purely roast coffee notes that are up front. There is a touch of berry flavor here as well (perhaps a touch of blueberry even).

Not as bad as my initial impression’s misgivings, but this is a bit too burnt / roast dominated for my particular tastes. Still this is fairly enjoyable and definitely worth trying (I’ll even finish the bottle pretty easily which is saying something).

Served In: Tulip

Review by bakes on 02/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 16 4 8 2008
Bottle 334 of 500, thanks to Tip Top for the bopple!

Pours almost jet black with an impressive noisy caramel-tan head that dissipates rapidly into a barely there ring. Love this aroma - fresh ground dark roasted coffee over a slightly fruity maltiness, whiffs of oat underneath - just keep sniffing it.

Starts with a roast coffee bitter edge that is almost but not quite too burnt before the oatmeal and malt come in to round things out in a big way. Nice balance. Faint cocoa way in the background, if there's hops in here I can't identify them outside of a lingering earthy bitterness. Faint oatmeal oiliness in the finish. Smooths out beautifully as it warms. Slightly thin mouthfeel for a big stout - wait, it's 5.2%, mouthfeel is fine.

Very nicely done brew - probably the best bottle I've had from Flat Earth yet.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 02/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 4 9 2008
On-tap at Bulldog Lowertown: served in a clear coffee mug as a solid black liquid with a slimming cap of light tanned foam lapping at the edge.

Pleasingly quite yet blooming coffee nose that is fresh with a perculating mocha roastability and a tender oaty sweetness underneath.

Taste is more of the same with a nice tender crispness of freathered roastyness and a clean profile allowing some nice coffee flavors to produce over its soft oat sweetness. Well balanced with a nice little touch of chocolate mixed in. Gains a heavier oatyness as it warms.

Feel is clean and just under a medium body with a slightly bold and tender smoothness. It maintains its hold and length pretty well and seemingly gains a slightened thickness as it sits. Making for a solid sipping coffee experience.

Pretty solid stout with a nice balance of fresh coffee and sweet chocolate and oats.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Mug

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