Nik925 (769) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 **** rated this one with some confusion about merkin back in 2011. This is solid sweet stout. Nothing special like the magical merkin.
I heard a lot about this one - not sure why, wasn’t hard to find at all - had it at Trader Joe’s. Disappointingly looks nothing like the picture on the label. The aroma is pretty good. The flavor is surprising...while pretty middle of the road, it tastes a lot like just alcohol and burnt malt. Very hard to pick up on any barrel flavors. Hard to pick out the hops but they sit nicely with all the burnt malt.
skmikeg (1145) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a near black with a creamy, foamy tan head. aroma is of coffee, coco, some hops, and some vanilla overtones. flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some hop bitterness, and some vanilla in the background. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, bitter coffee finish. overall, a very tasty and sessionable oatmeal stout that is my favorite beer from Firestone I have tried.
michaelinwa (627) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hugely overrated stout. Aroma is low, head is ample, taste is dry without anything whatsoever to stand out and make me want to try this again. Not one to buy again.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with small off white head. Aroma is toasted grains and mild roast. Taste is perfect roast and mild oak. Awesome session stout.
mrmartin (738) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Nose is light hints of coco and coffee. Creamy but relatively light body. Coffee and dry chocolate. Semisweet malts. Mellow, slightly dry finish. Good drinking and not too heavy.
briangray77 (14) - Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12 oz. bottle) Pours inky brown. Nice caramel color in the head, which dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing - all acceptable in the style. Aroma definitely moves with temperature: bitter cocoa and espresso notes dominate when chilled, and cellar temp brings out improved complexity - dark chocolate, burnt carmel, and very subtle vanilla. Oatmeal contributes to a nice mouth feel, but I didn’t catch must impact on flavor. Dark chocolate taste, and over-strong coffee flavor lingers well into the finish. Other than the subtle vanilla nose, I don’t catch much impact of the oak aging. Fantastic dry stout with great bittering in the finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is nearly black with a moderate, tan, creamy head which does settle to nearly nothing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is as the description suggests with some espresso notes, cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oats, and faint burnt caramel. The flavor is similar with dark chocolates, dark coffee roast, some burnt caramels, toasted oats, and soft floral notes. The palate is lively, silky, drying, and light to moderate in body. The finish is quick and dry with cocoa, more caramels, and lingering dry floral and coffee. Very nice table strength stout with rich dark malt notes, silky smooth palate, and balancing bitterness. I would like to try something similar with a bit more strength. I didn’t really notice any bourbon barrel notes but nicely done anyway.
Chenzo (20) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foamy, tan head. Chocolate toasted malts and coffee on the nose. Light bitterness and roastiness out front with coffee at the end. Nice body. slightly dry finish. Pretty good but I would be done with it after a pint.
arminjewell (7862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black with thin to no tan head from 12 oz bottle. Aroma brings notes of char, ash, some roast, burnt toast, coffee, some sweet vanilla and toffee, hints of anise in there as well with hints of chocolate as well. Taste is much more balanced without much of the char and ash, still hints of that in the beginning mingle with some chocolate, coffee, some sweet toffee, vanilla and hints of bourbon come through finishing with a nice mix of sweet, bitter, and slightly dry. Medium bodied with a nice fine carb. Well done, especially for the price!
wchesser (1338) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee and chocolate notes. Dark with a light head and some lacing. Body is a bit light for my liking, but good for an oatmeal. Finishes very clean. Nice balance. Sessionable stout candidate.