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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas. This beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On tap at Monkís Kettle, SF. Nice silky looking dark brown pour. Nose is quite sharp for what I expected to be a rich oatmeal stout, with the chocolate notes suffused with a bit of molasses and char. Mouthfeel is, yes, rather velvety. Tons of coffee and licorice in the flavors, a bit blunt and lacking the mellowed balance Iíd expect from a beer of this ABV. Still fairly decent, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle from 2011 release. Pours an opaque black color with an tan head. Aroma is of oatmeal and reminds me of Quaker Oatmeal Squares, along with roasted malt, subtle coffee and burnt notes. The flavor is again of the Quaker Oatmeal Squares, a light sugary note, roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. The body is medium with a lightly creamy mouth feel. Overall a solid brew, but I was quite disappointed in it, maybe it had something to do with the fact that its over a year old...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2280) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Thank You Tim Wulfing (army friend) for sending this delicious brew from your local brewery Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and slight bourbon. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1748) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 9, 2012
As dark as stout should be with a big carpet of tan head across the top. Velvety chocolate and coffee along with dry spices such as vanilla and cardamon. Not one aroma outweighs the others, so balance is key here. Plenty of carbonation and then silky, smooth and stouty. No obvious porridge character, just smooth gorgeous stout that leaves a slightly sweet finish like good dark chocolate. A winner in my book.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1566) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
bottle. thanks baker! pours black with a creamy white head. taste is big cocoa with aroma of coffee and nuts amazing stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1081) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On draught at a beer dinner at Monkís Kettle. Massive roast aroma dominates. Nice viscous mouthfeel. The roast follows through on the flavor and chocolate also develops with solid bittering for an American stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color: Black Aroma:N/A Body:Smoke, roasted barley, bread Finish:Barley, bread Over-all: Balanced. Great body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Unbelievable oatmeal stout. Insanely big bodied and creamy, yet easy to drink and almost refreshing and crisp. Lots of toasted chocolate and coffee notes, and a bittersweet, slightly bitter and long chocolate finish. I love this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with faint mahogany edges and a pillowy two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Larges streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Robust, roasted malt aroma that never becomes acrid or burnt. Slightly smokey with hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean, caramel, toffee and of course, oatmeal. Thereís also a slight lactic cream presence adding complexity to the nose. Chewy, full body with a deeply roasted dark malt character thatís nicely countered by a subtle earthy hop presence. Very similar to the aroma with lots of roasted malt flavor that never becomes overpowering or burnt tasting. Strong dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean presence along with some caramel, toffee and lactic cream. Very complex and even though itís full bodied, itís very well balanced resulting in an extremely quaffable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlenVargas (141) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
I got a pitcher of the Velvet Merlin as part of the best B-Day gift evar ($50 gift certificate at Zacharyís). Firestone doesnít whiff, but in terms of stouts, this brew isnít exactly a home run either. Every aspect of the beer is pretty standard with only the strong coffee-flavored warmth of the finish really standing out. Velvet Merlinís smoothness is at least true to itís name even if the body is a little slight. This is a good stout, but it falls short of the Barrio Mocha Java Stout that I rated just last week.


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