mikem409 (1961) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. thanks baker! pours black with a creamy white head. taste is big cocoa with aroma of coffee and nuts amazing stout.
Zymurgeist2 (1628) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at a beer dinner at Monk’s Kettle. Massive roast aroma dominates. Nice viscous mouthfeel. The roast follows through on the flavor and chocolate also develops with solid bittering for an American stout.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color: Black
Body:Smoke, roasted barley, bread
Over-all: Balanced. Great body.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unbelievable oatmeal stout. Insanely big bodied and creamy, yet easy to drink and almost refreshing and crisp. Lots of toasted chocolate and coffee notes, and a bittersweet, slightly bitter and long chocolate finish. I love this beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with faint mahogany edges and a pillowy two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Larges streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, roasted malt aroma that never becomes acrid or burnt. Slightly smokey with hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean, caramel, toffee and of course, oatmeal. There’s also a slight lactic cream presence adding complexity to the nose.
Chewy, full body with a deeply roasted dark malt character that’s nicely countered by a subtle earthy hop presence. Very similar to the aroma with lots of roasted malt flavor that never becomes overpowering or burnt tasting. Strong dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean presence along with some caramel, toffee and lactic cream. Very complex and even though it’s full bodied, it’s very well balanced resulting in an extremely quaffable beer.
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got a pitcher of the Velvet Merlin as part of the best B-Day gift evar ($50 gift certificate at Zachary’s). Firestone doesn’t whiff, but in terms of stouts, this brew isn’t exactly a home run either. Every aspect of the beer is pretty standard with only the strong coffee-flavored warmth of the finish really standing out. Velvet Merlin’s smoothness is at least true to it’s name even if the body is a little slight. This is a good stout, but it falls short of the Barrio Mocha Java Stout that I rated just last week.
andyhwcinc (1762) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap as part of the Darkside flight at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Appearance a dark murky brown with almost no head. Aroma, oh man, oatmeal, espresso, cocoa, bourbon, chocolate...this should be a cologne.
Taste is f’ing incredible. God dammit, when I first sipped this I almost pounded my fist on the table since it tasted so good. There’s hazelnut, a bit of hops, and the aforementioned ingredients. Well balanced, decadent, I want more. Nothing else to say about this, truly awesome.
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Squat bottle from Blue Dog. Pours dark brown with 1-finger clingy tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, mild coffee and oak. Tastes dry, with flavors of black patent malts, cacao, some hops, coffee, and a bit of earthy oak.
Beaver (1589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass a little.
The aroma is roasted malt, oatmeal and some coffee.
The flavor is a little on the mild side - some sweet chocolate and caramel malts with some earthy coffee notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly watery.
Overall, a decent oatmeal stout, but a little on the mild and sweet side. I slightly preferred the Slow Elk by Big Sky which is very similar.
LilBeerDoctor (3637) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours black with a thin light head. Aroma of roasted malt and light roasted coffee. Flavor is mostly roasted malt, less coffee and barrel notes. Bitter finish. Decent stout but lesser quality than I was expecting from this brewery. Overall it is actually pretty bland.