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 (2211) - 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.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ralphs. Rich roasted nose. Chocolate and coffee. Smooth and sweet up front. Some sugary milk notes. Some chocolate and finishes with some roasted coffee.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of cbkschubert, thanks man. I planned on holding onto this for a few months, but what the hell. Overall, not a bad beer and went down pretty smooth. Had a bitter bite to it, but very enjoyable, none the less.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y and bitter with an oatmeal nose and a light peat note. Coco and chocolate malt tones. Soft velvet texture, light and drying. A bit thin overall but still a nice session stout.
drowland (6148) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/2/10. 12oz bottle thanks to dschiller! Nice black pour (reds and browns when held to light) under a small brown head that fades to a ring fast. Mild chocolate aroma with hints of coffee and roast. Sweet chocolate flavor with bigger hints of coffee and roast. A bit simple, perhaps, but still very nice, very tasty, and quite drinkable. Also, a very slick, smooth mouthfeel. Nice!
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep brown with a thick beige head that dissipates leaving almost no lace at all. Aroma is quite roasty with toasted rye bread and nuts. Tastes a bit watered down from when I had it before. Some coffee and roast coming through but way too thin to tell.. Finishes crisp, roasty and dry.
malrubius (1852) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from AJ’s in Phoenix. Black with tan ring. Chocolate licorice mild bourbon chocolate chip cookies aroma. Chocolate licorice subdued dark fruity oat tang espresso mild roast with very dry earthy woody bourbon finish. Very good. I hope session beers like this can make a comeback.