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RATINGS: 844   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 15/20
papsdatank (47) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2011
It poured nearly black with a tan head that left minimal lacing. It smelled of roasty chocolate and coffee malts the taste follows the nose, itís extremely smooth and drinkable and pretty full flavored for such a low ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1503) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Got a 12oz bottle in a trade with StumpyJoeJr (thanks, Ryan!). Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black through and through, a few spots of ruby red on the bottom. Great head - dark tan, creamy/frothy, good rentention and lacing.

S: Sweet-smelling with notes of candy chocolate, sugary coffee and cream. Not very roasty or toasty, though.

T: Very very close to Samuel Smthís Oatmeal Stout. Gentle sweetness in the beginning and middle. Ending and aftertaste are slightly roasted malts with bakerís chocolate and light coffee flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is pleasant, but doesnít last very long, which is fine in a more sessionable-type stout.

M: Noticeably soft, medium-thickness. Slightly higher in carbonation than Iíd expect - this beer had me burping.

D: The first thing I noticed before the taste was just how velvety smooth it was from start to finish. This beer just glides across the tongue. The 5.5% ABV makes it highly drinkable for beer drinkers of all experience levels.

Overall, a very impressive stout because itís so tasty and smooth. Not quite as robust or energetic as I prefer in bigger, more imperial-like stouts, but an impressive beer nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pitch black pour with nice tan head. Pretty good retention. Very pretty beer. Nose is big chocolate, coffee, and some grains. Taste is great with a wonderful balance of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a little bit of oat. Mouthfeel was fabulous. Very creamy and smooth with the right amount of carbo. Very well balanced brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doughanson78 (5) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2011 does not count
First Firestone Walker beer. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Ar: Not a big aroma at all. Smells like the inside of a Quaker oatmeal container. VERY light chocolate scent. App: Very dark, but not totally black. Light comes through around edges and bottom of glass. Kind of a dark redish tint where light comes through. Fluffy one finger head. Slightly off white with only small tight bubbles. Head dies down to thin layer but doesnít disappear. Fairly good lacing. T: Nice roasted flavor. Light coffee. Mild sweet chocolate. Nice oaty finish. Very mild hop bitterness. P: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Smooth but not Velvety. O: Been hearing great things about Firestone Walker. Had a sip of their Double Jack and was impressed. Got a few of their brews, including the Parabola. Not super impressed with this one. Itís decent but thereís definitely many better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (233) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head with good retention. Aroma is roasted grain, leather, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Roasty burnt malt flavor, some light bittering on the finish. Definitely salty, chocolate, licorice, and toasted grain flavors. Medium bodied with a lasting flavor. Tasted from the bottle @ 57F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to funkybrewster. Pours a very dark brown, creamy, with a fine frothy head. Very roasty aroma with just a bit of creamy vanilla oatmeal, nothing striking about the aroma but well balanced. Flavor follows, very well balanced, plenty of roast, dark cookie, noticeably hopped, not really citrus but certainly fuggles, little bit slick, quicker finish with a bit of acidity. Medium bodied, sharp carbonation, slightly creamy slick oily. Really solid beer but doesnít get me going.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2225) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
On tap at Horse Brass back in Nov 2010. Ultra dark brown brew with a decent ultra light brown, silty ring. Vanilla nose with chocolate, almond, coffee, cream, oak and roasted malts. OK aroma of roasty things with bitter chocolate and vanilla. Had a long bitter and drying finish. Just a bit better than average. Then again , itís 10:30AM...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle at home ... solid black ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee... little oatmeal nose ... little fizzy ... deep roast malts ... little chocolate ... soft smooth oats ... roast toffeee .malts ... quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
12 oz Bottle direct from the cellars of Daknole. Nice dark pour with a thin head. Chocolate and coffee with some cinnamon. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
12oz. btl bought from Nugget Market. Poured into tall tulip glass. Pours a dark brown/black with a tan colored head. Some carbonation still apparent after dissapation. Aroma is heavy with coffee, toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste first starts off with the subtle bitterness that coffee endures. Well balanced sweetness met with pleasant bitterness. Smooth and creamy on the palate, aftertaste of roasted malts and coffee beans. I would def buy this again when able to, a quality beer that comes in 6pk form.

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