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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Opaque black with mahogany highlights, minimal head and retention. Modest chocolate and espresso aromas. Flavors come on much stronger, and feature a roasted malts, black coffee and hints of milk chocolate. Slight sweetness from the oatmeal, but not very strong. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, more carbonation than expected, very dry, and a lingering chocolate malt sweetness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle from lushawn- thanks, Shawn! Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, oats, coffee, chocolate, milk sugar, and toast. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, cream, earth, toast, chocolate, wood, and grains. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Nice stout, but I canít detect any portion that has been barrel aged, as the description claims. Just a nice, simple stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Thanks to dschiller for this one in trade. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, chocolate, some slight coffee, and a bit of earth. Flavor is similar with chocolate and some porter qualities coming through. Enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Tap @ Concordia Alehouse: Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The nose is roasty and sweet with some vanilla, molasses and light chocolate notes. The flavor is light with a moderately body but ample flavor. Very balanced and drinkable with a more expressive nose and rich flavor than you would expect. Finishes sweet and clean. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Slightly sweet, fudgy stout with some nice roast, burnt caramel notes and a touch of hop bitter finish. Light, very nice to drink, lots of flavor for 5.5%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, roasty, chocolate, coffee, earthy, woody, nuts. Tastes semisweet with moderate bitterness and a slight astringency.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at Atlas Bistro in Phoenix, courtesy of Josh - thank you sir! Very rich and smooth, chocolate covered figs with a smoky edge. Amazing stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Courtesy of markwise. Pours deep dark murky muddy chocolate with thin tan head. The aroma is a musty rich mix of earthiness, roastiness and a touch of coffee. The taste begins with a sweet slickness rolling into dark roasted malts, a couple of short pulses of chocolate and then coffee around the edges. This achieves a pleasing and interesting profile as it heads from slick soft sweetness to more robust roastiness into the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
An oatmeal stout? Wow, this is the lightest one Iíve ever had. Itís a good beer, but not what Iím used to for this style. Nice chocolate and smoky aroma. Dark brown with a light reddish hue and a tan head. Creamy body and charred malt with a good sweetness, and then.... Itís gone. It just seems to disappear without much lingering taste or an aftertaste. Maybe thatís where Merlin comes in! Abracadabra, your oatmeal stout is gone! I would have guessed this was a porter rather than a stout, but overall a very nice dark ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Iíve been wanting to try this one, and I got my chance last night; they had it on tap at Regal Beagle in San Diego (great little craft beer bar). Poured a dark brown with a tan head. There are lots of great roasty coffee notes in the aroma. Flavors are lovely--coffee, nuts, a bit of chocolate--rich, deep, and pretty complex. What I like most about this one, though, is how smooth, well-balanced, and drinkable it is. The flavors are interesting without being overpowering and heavy. The body isnít too heavy either, which I think also helps with drinkability. Very good...Iím fighting the urge to go down there tonight and have another...


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