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RATINGS: 692   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.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a rich, tan creamy head. Aroma: Light roast, semi-sweet chocolate notes and cereal grains. Taste: Coffee, burnt roast, dark chocolate, rolled outs and a tad bit of barrel. Mouthfeel: Silky with medium carbonation. Overall: Balanced with a great taste and silky mouthfel, and looks beautiful in a glass. I would have loved a larger nose, but beggers can’t be choosers. I put this notches above Reserve Porter. I know they are different beers, but there are similarities. If someone had to pick between to rich, roasty yummy beers, I’d go with Velvet Merkin for sure. I also am ok with the fact this doesn’t task like a bourbon bomb, despite being aged in a bourbon barrel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
on tap at taste of tops and papago 12/14-16/2009. pours very brown.... black in the center with reddish dark brown at the edges and a small off white head. there’s a lot of coffee in the nose... along with roasted grain, vanilla, dust, toasted nuts, a little smoke and some spiciness. the flavor is surprisingly oaky (american?) with very mellow soft notes of bourbon and it’s spice... very nicely controlled. that is followed with coffee, roast, light ash, milk, chocolate and licorice. left on the aftertaste is a big ol’ dose of highly roasted coffee. it is on the light side of medium bodied but terribly easy to put a few away. the creamy texture helps out a thin (at times) mouth feel. 7/4/8/4/16/3.9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a black body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is coffee, bourbon and dark chocolate. Flavor is bitter and the palate is thin and boring. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Draft at Wits End. Cola brown with a small beige ring. Nose was oats, roasted malts and hints of vanilla. Flavor was very creamy and smooth with butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla.....pretty tasty....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2009 - Brouwer’s Café Big Wood – Seattle, WA
Big Black beer with huge barrel and bourbon flavors. This was a thick brew and tasty very heavy with alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that faded to a ring around the glass rather fast. The nose is light coffee and roasted malts. The taste is faint barrel, ashy cocoa, charred malt and cocoa in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Good, but not as good as I had hoped. The barrel is very understated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bacon!!! On tap at Stone. Nice dark pour. Nose is sweet and malty. Without seeing the label I thought it was a smoked porter. Taste is smooth and smoky. Oats come out. Big taste of bacon!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Tap @ Papago. Had a coffee dry coco aroma. Black body with tan head. Thin bodied brew with no bourbon just a mix of coco, coffee and oatmeal. Dry coco and coffee on palate. Had to wonder if they gave me the right beer but seeing the alcohol percentage seems to explain it for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Blind taste at concordia. black color, thinnish palate coffee notes, porter-like with a slight lactose end, coffee cream stout style

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
On tap at Brouwers for bigwood. Pours deep brown-black with minimal tan head and some clings. Aromas of woodsmoke, cinnamon, and vanilla. Palate is a bit thin for a stout. Tastes of smoke, toasted malts, and oatmeal with a caramel finish.


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