CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Babe’s BBQ. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Has the look and mouthfeel of a nitro stout. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee, oatmeal, and some roast. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, and some caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Hell of a stout.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly opaque, black, with a medium mocha head. Moderate lacing, really nice retention. Nose is rich, chocolaty, mild coffee notes. Rich, velvety as all get-out. Sweet with some nice lactose, and just a hint of barrel-aged character. Really damn good. Very glad to have been able to try it.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
6-pack @ Chuck’s. Tasty oatmeal stout from the alchemists in Paso Robles. Smells faintly of campfire Tastes rather busy. I don’t know what Merlin is, so I’m not sure what that contributes to the overall taste, it is definitely more complex than a typical oatmeal stout. A little too carbonated for my liking, but a fine stout overall.