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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3122) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours black with no real head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate. Creamy mouth feel with oatmeal,chocolate,and roasted malt flavor. Really rich and impressive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Aroma of coffee, oats, and some dark fruits. flavor is alcoholic with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruits. A somewhat malty flavor as well Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
This beer was ok. The flavors did not come through as I would have liked, but it was decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (794) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours deep brown with a small tan head and lacing. It has a nice toasty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. The coffee is stronger in the flavor, with the chocolate and bourbon more apparent in the aftertaste. A smooth body and great finish too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbarino2000 (85) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 A lightweight stout with no real flaws that I could discern. Wouldnít turn one down if you wanted to hand me one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
In short: One of my favorite below 6% session stout/porter beer. That simple
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh (2 months of age?). Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is pleasantly all over the place proposing roast, citrus fruits, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, toasted oats, leafy hopsÖ and more. Taste is incredibly smooth yet complex and very nourishing. Chocolate cake, semi-sweet caramel, roast, creamy oats, refreshing citrus fruits, vanilla, leafy hops, toasted chocolate chips cookies, moreÖ. Just enough smooth bitterness to provide balance. Body is creamy and velvety with many soft bubbles, wonderful mouthfeel here. Iím a session-beer lover but for stouts/porters I usually prefer the higher gravity ones except for a few exceptions and this Velvet Merlin is a major exception. A true kick-ass stout that satisfied me as much as a nice impy stout but remained as sessionnable as my favorite session stouts (St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, othersÖ). Widely available and at around $3/bottle, if this gets a good distribution on the east-coast this beer will become my session stout/porter. Underrated session beer, some beer snobs get angry at people who donít give a good score to a great beer, but not me, I donít have donít have any hard feelings towards those tasteless scumbags.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a black color with a soft tan head. Taste is full with chocolate and coffee notes. I really donít get bourbon though. Finishes clean without an after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours thickish black with a slow dissipating creamy head. The taste is akin to the St. Ambroise: highlighting the bitterness, bulked up mouthfeel. Though still good drinkability. Leaving a moderate bitter coffee aftertaste. Malty and roast aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
(bottle from bhensonb, thank you sir!) Pours black with a medium tan head that quickly settles to a very thin cap with minimal lacing. Aroma is potent and quite enjoyable, with plenty of Sumatra coffee scents, peanut butter, faint wood, roasted malt, and chocolate. Just when I thought it was safe to award this an 8, a little snap pea scent slides in with further warming. A trip to the vegetable crisper confirms this. Flavor follows suit with good Sumatra coffee undertones, peanut butter, and chocolate that yields to a very strong and lingering roasted malt finish that is coupled with wood. Light bit of vanilla here emerges and adds another level of complexity. The mouthfeel isnít particularly velvety, and is a bit thin, and the carbonation does not help matters as itís rather lively. Overall this is certainly an enjoyable session beer, and itís one Iíd regularly consume if it were readily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3384) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
24 feb 2012, bottle. Dark ruby, virtually black. Nose is dark chocolate and some wine notes. Med body and a bit fizzy. Chocolate bitterness and oval time maltiness. Nice. A bit velvety as well.

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