From what I hear, this is a pain to make. All the more reason to seek it out and enjoy! Tasted this Sunday afternoon at the pub; sitting at the bar drinking beer with my laptop. This was the first beer I knew of to introduce me to New Holland.Plus I love the Poe/Raven theme!
Aroma: Chocolate and other dark roast malts are the primary contributors to the scent of this beer. Some coffee roast is present, but nothing too over bearing
Taste: Rich chocolate and toasted barley are the most prominent things to come through at the front. Gradually however, a mild roast flavor emerges and begins to overtake the first half and into the second. Invaluably sweet and chocolaty throughout, complimented with notes of vanilla and chestnut. The background sweetness of milk chocolate is present without any note of astringency or burnt flavors. Some tannic woody undertones round out the finish finally resulting in a dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: velvety an soft with a glowing richness of body and flavor as they meet to boast a creamy texture. Carbonation is forgivingly high, but still not enough to deter from the overall experience. Smooth to go down with a faint viscosity from the glutenous Oats.
Overall Impression: A great stout that falls more on the roasty end of the spectrum, as opposed to say, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout by Anderson Valley. A conglomeration of the darker side of chocolate, holding a bitterness common to very mild roasts of coffee and the >90% Dark Chocolates.