Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
Blairgus (4163) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A mildly bitter beer, rife with flavors of dark chocolate and charred wheat. For an oatmeal stout, this brew feels more sedentary than it should be. This Firestone offering isnít terrible, but itís far more underdeveloped than silkier, more robust stouts found elsewhere. Bypass this tap.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ APEX. Damn I love this place. Pours dark black/brown with a small beige head. The aroma is chocolate, roast, vanilla, and oak. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and light roast with some vanilla and cocomut. Quite sweet in the finish, but I really am liking the complexity.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black, creamy brown head. Aroma of roast malts and a milky sweetness. Taste is the same great balance of roast and sweet malt with a dry, bitter finish. A really awesome beer at a great price. Thick texture, heavy body. medium high carbonation.
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bearcat Country aka my hometown. Pours a deep brown to black with tan head that keeps its place the entire beer. Aroma is cacao with some oatmeal, cinnamon, dark fruit notes. Really has some oatmeal raisin cookie notes to it but not sure if that is just from the name. Taste, espresso with some sweetness that is quickly overshadowed by the bitterness. Coffee forward on this one but not overpowering for a non-coffee drinker. Overall, awesome and something much deeper than the ABV would indicate.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pour. Pitch black with a decent tan head. Coffee, chocolate and roasty. Light black licorice. A nice stout.