ansermadide (1416) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay... Now I’m taking a step back and attempting to have a beer again, but this time one just as classy as I’d like but with less alcohol and less hops. I have some digestive rebooting to do, so I’m starting from square one.
Merlin looks black and dense, with a light brown head. Carbonation appears to rise slowly, letting on its thick nature. The nose is very welcoming, with soft, roasted malts and a touch of cocoa making for more of a dry nose than a sweet one. In the mouth it’s soft, silky, and smooth like velvet. The oats really come through in the flavor, teaming up with the heavily roasted notes nicely to offer a very satisfying mouth feel and palate for such a low alcohol concoction.
A slightly peppery burn accompanies the dry, roasted malts down the gullet, leaving things clean and tidy for the most part before you go for the next drink. Some cocoa shows up in the finish, dry and powdery. I have to say that for an oatmeal stout this is thinner than I had expected. But like almost everything Firestone Walker makes, it’s just as incredible as you’d expect... Especially for such a low-profile ale. Hats off to this one, quite possibly my favorite oatmeal stout! Smooth and magical? Right on.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. reddish Black pour with one finger tan head. Aroma is light roast coffee, vanilla bean, and caramel. Cocoa with milk, lightly sweet, full bodied.
BrettTaylor (364) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on tap from Poppy’s in Estes Park, CO. coffee, chocolate, on nose. Taste of coffee, milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate, round smooth mouthfeel, something I can’t identify on finish (smoky wood - maybe mesquite?) Finish is dry.
gkeh (106) - Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small head that gave no lacing. Roasted coffee, cocoa, cream nose. Taste is roasted malts with very little bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice brew, not my favorite stout though.
degbert (962) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It’s damned cold here, though not as cold as ninety-five percent of the US, so...pours a dark, opaque brown-black with a high, creamy, solid cinnamon head. Light nose with baking cocoa, chocolate, and spices. On the tongue, it’s a rich melange of chocolate, cafe au lait, cinnamon, and fudge. The palate is amazing -- perfectly rich and tongue-coating with a long, warm finish. Damned good.
trapped (555) - TURKEY - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, seasonal release. Inky black with small creamy beige head, roasted malt aroma, coffee beans and hints of chocolate in the taste, low carbonation, creamy body, long bitter finish. Very very good stout!
Bif (1255) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and only bits of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and fresh coffee. Has a deep rich coffee flavor with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Has a light bitterness and a dry finish. Body not quite as full as I expected but still rich and craemy. Nicely balanced. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.
kbudd19 (364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour, little bit of tan white head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste - medium roasted malt profile, coffee, nice bit of bitterness, all perfectly balanced. Excellent!
rougeau13 (1826) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a large beige head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and oatmeal. Taste is roasty and bitter and just barely sweet. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and slightly syrupy.
EpicWardrobe (77) - - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown/black, with a small brown head.
Aroma is nice, chocolate, coffee, burned malts, roasted bread.
Taste is similar, roasted coffee, bit ashy/charcoal, some chocolate, maybe oats and a bit nutty.
Decent carbonation, not that sweet, some bitterness. Overall it is pretty dark but with a creamy finish which makes it easy to drink. Nice stout.