hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Two finger tan head. Smell light amounts of coffee, oaky, malty. Flavorful, you can taste coffee, toffee, chocolate. The MERKIN is good stuff.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark heavy aroma, some burnt grain and a bit of ash, don’t pick up on the oatmeal. Or bourbon. Jet black, creamy sandy head. Big creamy body, with the same hints of ashy burnt grain, surprised I’m not finding those features as distracting. Clean creamy finish, easy drinker.
blklab2007 (1940) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle poured a dark nutty brown in color with a thick sturdy tan head that retained a nice ring on the glass. aroma has medium roast, light bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, some coffee, and a raw oat as opposed to being creamy. mouth feel is surprisingly light with a low carbonation that is just enough. flavor brings in some bitterness, coffee, baking chocolate, barrel roast, and a nice mellow bourbon. this is not a big bomb and the bourbon end is well done not dominating but rather complementing.
hopscotch (8863) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours a cloudy, deep, dark brown with minimal head. The aroma is first and foremost chocolaty, but there is a huge nuttiness to it – pistachios and almonds – alongside splashes of cola and espresso and a dab of vanilla. Full-bodied and silky smooth with modest carbonation. Flavor-wise, sweet roasty malts are the stars of this show, although a semblance of balance is maintained by burnt malt and hop bitterness. Sweet, mocha, grassy finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz bottle. Dark chocolate colored body with a finger of thin bubbled, creamy tan head. Clean, toasty aroma of mild coffee and an earthy, rustic "oatiness". Very faint herbal hops. Notes of chocolate and raisin. The char character is restrained, allowing more of the subtle roast complexities to shine through. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a slick, chewy texture. This creates the impression of an aptly named, velvety texture to the mouthfeel, but is still pleasantly dry enough to maintain an enjoyable level of drinkability. The flavors bring out substantially more complexity than the aroma initially reveals. Flavors of light chocolate and raisin add a touch of sweetness up front on the palate, balanced by a toothy, toasted oat flavor. As the flavors develop, hints of vanilla and licorice begin to emerge. Very light hop flavor initially, but takes on an earthy character that melds nicely with the oat flavors. Pleasant flavors of licorice and dark chocolate linger in the finish. Impressively complex considering it’s modest size, but also crafted well enough to enjoy several glasses at a sitting.
arondee (545) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a small off white head. Aromas are dark chocolate, smoke, and tobacco. The taste is as smooth as velvet :). It really is a nice smooth oatmeal stout. Super easy to drink and low in alcohol content but it still managed to be full and not at all thin or watery. Excellent.
cmonster (966) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle served in an English pint. Pours stout dark brown with a medium-short tan head and almost no lacing. Roasty aromas of tobacco, coffee, oatmeal, and mild smoke. Smooth delivery of a rich, mildly bitter-sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy slick texture, and a long, soft, roasty-bitter finish. I don’t get any oak from the bourbon barrels so I’m thinking the ratio is minimal. In any case, this is a good brew.
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a big tulip glass. Nice thick and pungent pour that has not over the top smokey oat sweet aroma. Its dark, oil dark. Taste is very balanced, great flavors of sweet molasses balanced with bark and oats. It is a good texture. Ironically, it seems like this would be a 8-10% abv beer, so there is some mind trip that the beer is lower at 5.5% than what seems to be texture/taste/tone wise.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice brew, very good oaty stout. not quite as velvety or bourbony as i had hoped, but a nice change f pace from fw’s typically hot barrel room selection. overall a great beer, glad that its in 6’ers for a nice price.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is very dark and opaque with a micro tan head. The aromas are really rich. Heavy roast malt, almost a stale cigarette or cheap cigar aroma, some creamy oatmeal aromas as well. The flavors are really rich for the low ABV. The entry is some extra dark chocolate that fades to a heavy roasted grain and mocha flavors. The richness of the flavors begins to dissipate a little through the beer. A lot more cigar flavors poke through. At the very end a really nice kick of bourbon appeared. Will have to see if the next bottle I open has that more of that. The mouth is medium bodied with a sticky after taste. Overall an above average stout. I might use a bottle or 2 for some recipes.