OldMrCrow (1624) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Tap at Fiddlers.
Here, finally, is a Firestone Walker beer (other than their 10-11-12-13 series) that lives up to the general buzz surrounding that brewery. This barrel aging done right, totally mellow, totally integrated, 5.5% instead of double figures, simply a subtle elaboration of the character instead of a gold lame leisure suit. Extremely good stuff, this beer, lots of coffee character (I thought there was coffee added!) in addition to the bourbon vanilla, chocolately and of course the oats. Mouthfeel was a bit prickly but otherwise quite nice. Delicious!
crackedmachine (446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with hearty carbonation. Velvety indeed. Very smooth, creamy, somewhat rich. The bourbon is not all that noticeable. This is a pleasantly rich yet drinkable stout, but I would have enjoyed a bit more warming alcohol or barrel flavor to offset the sweetness.
BillKismet (3167) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, carbonated body with airy chocolate head. Bourbon notes gently twitter amidst the chocolate coffee aromatic backbone. Medium-bodied with mild chocolate coffee roast flavors. Bourbon is more evident in aroma than flavor, though it is altogether mild. Enjoyable earthy chocolate flavor with touches of coffee, but lacks the acridness.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Toronado, and then later in the weekend at TAPS Petaluma. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; thin light-tan head with light retention and patchy lacing (this looks much better at TAPS: significantly, creamy medium-tan head with excellent retention and lacing). Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and hints of vanilla in the aroma; some cola and minerals. Nice levels of chocolatey malts, light acidity, and toastiness in the mouth; hints of caramel, with a light mineral bitterness; some toasted marshmallow, vanilla; very pleasant profile, very sessionable and tasty stout (enough for me to want to try it again after the headless pint-glass pour at Toronado). Nicely roasted, with a great balanced presence in the mouth. Lasting finish of toast, vanilla, and milk chocolate; good stuff here.
bleeng (1462) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very subtle. Exceedingly smooth and almost a gulper it goes down so smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee but I didnít pick up the barrel. Served very cold at Papago Scottsdale.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Big Wood í09; dense black with foamy tan head; silky smooth, thick and roasty; flavor is light with pats, cereal and chocolate; lovely texture and nose; perfectly together and rounded; touch of bourbon sweetness with dry finish; creamy chocolate and light oak; nothing to pound you over the head, but lots of depth, texture and creamy flavors; lovely stuff
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black. The light tan head dissipates pretty quickly. Burst of carbonation with each sip. Almost to the point of smoky notes predominate. Taste fades out slowly but nicely. Velvet is a perfect descriptor
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
oatmeal stout on tap at coronado brewing company.
pours black with a small khaki head, and very good lacing.
smell of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt.
taste is of dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, some coffee, and malt in the back, ends dry and somewhat bitter.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a rich, tan creamy head.
Aroma: Light roast, semi-sweet chocolate notes and cereal grains.
Taste: Coffee, burnt roast, dark chocolate, rolled outs and a tad bit of barrel.
Mouthfeel: Silky with medium carbonation.
Overall: Balanced with a great taste and silky mouthfel, and looks beautiful in a glass. I would have loved a larger nose, but beggers canít be choosers. I put this notches above Reserve Porter. I know they are different beers, but there are similarities. If someone had to pick between to rich, roasty yummy beers, Iíd go with Velvet Merkin for sure. I also am ok with the fact this doesnít task like a bourbon bomb, despite being aged in a bourbon barrel.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at taste of tops and papago 12/14-16/2009.
pours very brown.... black in the center with reddish dark brown at the edges and a small off white head.
thereís a lot of coffee in the nose... along with roasted grain, vanilla, dust, toasted nuts, a little smoke and some spiciness.
the flavor is surprisingly oaky (american?) with very mellow soft notes of bourbon and itís spice... very nicely controlled. that is followed with coffee, roast, light ash, milk, chocolate and licorice. left on the aftertaste is a big olí dose of highly roasted coffee.
it is on the light side of medium bodied but terribly easy to put a few away. the creamy texture helps out a thin (at times) mouth feel.