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A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas. This beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (284) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Aroma is roasty, biscuit, oak, chocolate. Appearance is almost black with a hint of orange. Small tan brown head. Taste is roasty, chocolate, coffee, woody, oak, biscuit, creamy. Very unique and very creamy. Palate is medium + and incredibly smooth.... or as the name says, velvet-y. Overall an excellent oatmeal stout. Rich and complex. The best American made Oatmeal Stout I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Smooth stuff. Looked great in the glass, dark color but didn’t create much of a head. Nice cocoa aroma with some caramel. Nice long finish. Great winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to kegergator on tbs. Pitch black with a nice khaki head. Wood, roasted malts, slight vanilla, and a smooth note of oats. Ridiculously smooth on the palate, huge roasted malts, light wood, coffee, and a great finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Bellevue. Fairly opaque, that is - the lets the slightest bit of light through it. This bottle is still very cold, but even given the circumstances, this has quite the roast aroma, and it is also quite pungent. Light pine hop aroma. There is only the slightest hint of oak aroma. Nice milk, roast, pine hop, and oak flavor. The oak actually comes through a lot more in the taste than the aroma. This has a nice texture. It’s starting to become more "woody". Overall, this is a solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pretty much a black pour with some faint brown at the edges of the glass and a small, dense, tan head. The aroma is chocolaty and sort of musty with some leather and tobacco notes. Hints of coffee, vanilla, oak, raisins and rolled oats round out the smell. The flavor follows through pretty much from the aroma with a long, creamy milk chocolate body highlighted by notes of rolled oats, dark fruit, tobacco and some subtle noble hopping on the finish. Great mouth feel with a very velvety and creamy, but drinkable medium body and plentiful but soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Firestone velvet Merlin. taster pour at Bruery Provisions store in downtown old orange.. Pours a medium to dark cola brown with a thin white to offwhite head... Roasty and like smoke with chocolate to go along with it... Flavors are livel with a thin to medium mouthfeel with an earthy oat and chocolate presence with a very subtle barrel age presence. 8/4/7/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasty malt aroma with some chocolate, some nuttiness and cream. Creamy malt flavor with some hop bitterness and chocolate with a roasty coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
on tap at stone bistro a couple months back. pours a very dark brown, damn near black, with a thick, creamy, beige head leaving long sheets of lace. aroma is great with fresh roasted coffee, dusty rolled oats, chocolate chip cookies, and dark malts with hints of caramel, wood, and a touch bourbon. flavor is wonderful as well with huge roasted malts, wood, oatmeal, and cocoa powder with subtle bourbon, dark chocolate, and vanilla notes as it warms. palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, bitter, woody finish. overall, a great low abv stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Stubby bottle from dcschiller, thanks Dave: Pours a deep cola brown hue with a fading head and spotty lace. For an oatmeal stout I was hoping for better head retention (It does not come close to looking like the beer on the label). The aroma has notes pale chocolate, oat, roast, and 2-row malts, coffee and slight vanilla esters, tobacco and leather, and a bit of an herbal hop vapour. The taste has a nice chocolate and hop bitter balance with a earthy and roasty tone. Quick kick of espresso and oats, some vanilla and faint bourbon tones, hint of oak tannins and a bit of ashy too. The mouth feel suffers from the same fate as the head, thin and not really oatmeal stout like. Methinks the BB addition is to blame for this. That said, this is a nicely drinkable stout that does deliver some complexity on the nose and palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12oz bottle. Pour is black with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Flavor is a bit drier, with much more roasted coffee and bitterness in the finish. Hop flavors and aroma also come through in sips here and there. An excellent, well-rounded beer.

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