GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle -
Whenever I see Firestone Walker, my tastebuds go into overdrive because I know that the beer is likely to be a winner. However, this seems to be the exception to that thought. Not a bad beer per se, but one that seems lackluster and rather pedestrian by their standards.
The aroma carries some really light coffee notes with little else in terms of complexity. Flavor has that coffee-like bitterness with a woody tannin finish. Mouthfeel is full and round with a velvety feel which was the highlight of the beer. Appearance was a bit disappointing as the head really didn’t deliver regarding to sustaining a long lasting head. After my 3rd bottle, it just didn’t hold up well. Overall, a decent brew but compared to the other winners in FW’s line-up a let-down.
grimreaperguru (251) - santee, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a dark ruby red with a tan head.The aroma had the sent of chard malt.The taste was of watered down malt.The body was to thin for a stout and it had a bitter aftertaste.Overall a bad stout.
cjoyboo (1) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly damn good. For the cheap price of $7 a six pack, I was a bit skeptical at first. Initial aroma of toasty malta & chocolate. The color is dark like black coffee and molasses. This beer is very heavy, but sweet and delightful. A great winter beer, really dark and smooth!
mixmasterob (959) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour without much of a head. Aroma was light roast, hints of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Flavors were lightly roasted malt, nice milk chocolate creaminess and a coffee like bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and light, soft carbonation, creamy. Nicely executed mild stout. Thanks to Santa for the bottle!
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/12/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra by a very generous trader, 2010 vintage. I have been waiting to pop this bottle in hopes that I would some day find my old rating for the Velvet Merkin, and I just found it in a stack of old papers. Pours a nearly black dark brown with a thick, smooth tan head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is full of dark chocolate, ground coffee, and very light hints of vanilla and maple bourbon, with a bit of a creamy milk chocolate note as well. The flavor is full of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee, with vanilla, maple, and caramel, and the lactic milk chocolate coming through stronger than on the nose. The body is full and creamy with lively, stinging carbonation, and a long, milk chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla finish.
bpreo (2018) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice Oatmeal Stout. Not the best because the Oatmeal flavor is not very distinct. Still leagues above most other beers though.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from an October trip to Colorado, tasted with 11 other stouts (finished 3rd). Pitch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is extremely dark roast coffee (nearly burnt) and just a touch of bourbon. Flavor and texture are well-rounded, with a creamy body and loads of depth. Dark chocolate layers well on top of coffee and earthy hops.
Nik925 (770) - 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 (1279) - 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 (632) - 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.