ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at stone bistro a couple months back. pours a very dark brown, damn near black, with a thick, creamy, beige head leaving long sheets of lace. aroma is great with fresh roasted coffee, dusty rolled oats, chocolate chip cookies, and dark malts with hints of caramel, wood, and a touch bourbon. flavor is wonderful as well with huge roasted malts, wood, oatmeal, and cocoa powder with subtle bourbon, dark chocolate, and vanilla notes as it warms. palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, bitter, woody finish. overall, a great low abv stout.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby bottle from dcschiller, thanks Dave: Pours a deep cola brown hue with a fading head and spotty lace. For an oatmeal stout I was hoping for better head retention (It does not come close to looking like the beer on the label). The aroma has notes pale chocolate, oat, roast, and 2-row malts, coffee and slight vanilla esters, tobacco and leather, and a bit of an herbal hop vapour. The taste has a nice chocolate and hop bitter balance with a earthy and roasty tone. Quick kick of espresso and oats, some vanilla and faint bourbon tones, hint of oak tannins and a bit of ashy too. The mouth feel suffers from the same fate as the head, thin and not really oatmeal stout like. Methinks the BB addition is to blame for this. That said, this is a nicely drinkable stout that does deliver some complexity on the nose and palate.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pour is black with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Flavor is a bit drier, with much more roasted coffee and bitterness in the finish. Hop flavors and aroma also come through in sips here and there. An excellent, well-rounded beer.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Babeís BBQ. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Has the look and mouthfeel of a nitro stout. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee, oatmeal, and some roast. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, and some caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Hell of a stout.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly opaque, black, with a medium mocha head. Moderate lacing, really nice retention. Nose is rich, chocolaty, mild coffee notes. Rich, velvety as all get-out. Sweet with some nice lactose, and just a hint of barrel-aged character. Really damn good. Very glad to have been able to try it.
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
6-pack @ Chuckís. Tasty oatmeal stout from the alchemists in Paso Robles. Smells faintly of campfire Tastes rather busy. I donít know what Merlin is, so Iím not sure what that contributes to the overall taste, it is definitely more complex than a typical oatmeal stout. A little too carbonated for my liking, but a fine stout overall.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ralphs. Rich roasted nose. Chocolate and coffee. Smooth and sweet up front. Some sugary milk notes. Some chocolate and finishes with some roasted coffee.
manny57 (162) - Battle Creek, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of cbkschubert, thanks man. I planned on holding onto this for a few months, but what the hell. Overall, not a bad beer and went down pretty smooth. Had a bitter bite to it, but very enjoyable, none the less.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y and bitter with an oatmeal nose and a light peat note. Coco and chocolate malt tones. Soft velvet texture, light and drying. A bit thin overall but still a nice session stout.
drowland (5680) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/2/10. 12oz bottle thanks to dschiller! Nice black pour (reds and browns when held to light) under a small brown head that fades to a ring fast. Mild chocolate aroma with hints of coffee and roast. Sweet chocolate flavor with bigger hints of coffee and roast. A bit simple, perhaps, but still very nice, very tasty, and quite drinkable. Also, a very slick, smooth mouthfeel. Nice!