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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
bottle. thanks baker! pours black with a creamy white head. taste is big cocoa with aroma of coffee and nuts amazing stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1752) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On draught at a beer dinner at Monkís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color: Black Aroma:N/A Body:Smoke, roasted barley, bread Finish:Barley, bread Over-all: Balanced. Great body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
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. Thereís also a slight lactic cream presence adding complexity to the nose. Chewy, full body with a deeply roasted dark malt character thatís 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 itís full bodied, itís very well balanced resulting in an extremely quaffable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
I got a pitcher of the Velvet Merlin as part of the best B-Day gift evar ($50 gift certificate at Zacharyís). Firestone doesnít whiff, but in terms of stouts, this brew isnít 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 Merlinís smoothness is at least true to itís 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
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 fíing incredible.† God dammit, when I first sipped this I almost pounded my fist on the table since it tasted so good.† Thereís hazelnut, a bit of hops, and the aforementioned ingredients.† Well balanced, decadent, I want more. Nothing else to say about this, truly awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1624) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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