J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark with thick tan head and foamy lacing. Pleasant notes of chocolate and coffee. Balanced taste with a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and creamy.
hamilton23 (608) - 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, donít pick up on the oatmeal. Or bourbon. Jet black, creamy sandy head. Big creamy body, with the same hints of ashy burnt grain, surprised Iím not finding those features as distracting. Clean creamy finish, easy drinker.
blklab2007 (1966) - 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 (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Pours a cloudy, deep, dark brown with minimal head. The aroma is first and foremost chocolaty, but there is a huge nuttiness to it Ė pistachios and almonds Ė 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 itís modest size, but also crafted well enough to enjoy several glasses at a sitting.
arondee (564) - 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 (974) - 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 donít get any oak from the bourbon barrels so Iím thinking the ratio is minimal. In any case, this is a good brew.