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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Deep black pour with hearty carbonation. Velvety indeed. Very smooth, creamy, somewhat rich. The bourbon is not all that noticeable. This is a pleasantly rich yet drinkable stout, but I would have enjoyed a bit more warming alcohol or barrel flavor to offset the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Black, carbonated body with airy chocolate head. Bourbon notes gently twitter amidst the chocolate coffee aromatic backbone. Medium-bodied with mild chocolate coffee roast flavors. Bourbon is more evident in aroma than flavor, though it is altogether mild. Enjoyable earthy chocolate flavor with touches of coffee, but lacks the acridness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Draft @ Toronado, and then later in the weekend at TAPS Petaluma. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; thin light-tan head with light retention and patchy lacing (this looks much better at TAPS: significantly, creamy medium-tan head with excellent retention and lacing). Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and hints of vanilla in the aroma; some cola and minerals. Nice levels of chocolatey malts, light acidity, and toastiness in the mouth; hints of caramel, with a light mineral bitterness; some toasted marshmallow, vanilla; very pleasant profile, very sessionable and tasty stout (enough for me to want to try it again after the headless pint-glass pour at Toronado). Nicely roasted, with a great balanced presence in the mouth. Lasting finish of toast, vanilla, and milk chocolate; good stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Very subtle. Exceedingly smooth and almost a gulper it goes down so smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee but I didnít pick up the barrel. Served very cold at Papago Scottsdale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft @ Big Wood í09; dense black with foamy tan head; silky smooth, thick and roasty; flavor is light with pats, cereal and chocolate; lovely texture and nose; perfectly together and rounded; touch of bourbon sweetness with dry finish; creamy chocolate and light oak; nothing to pound you over the head, but lots of depth, texture and creamy flavors; lovely stuff

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Pours a dark black. The light tan head dissipates pretty quickly. Burst of carbonation with each sip. Almost to the point of smoky notes predominate. Taste fades out slowly but nicely. Velvet is a perfect descriptor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
oatmeal stout on tap at coronado brewing company. pours black with a small khaki head, and very good lacing. smell of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt. taste is of dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, some coffee, and malt in the back, ends dry and somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1796) - 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 canít 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, Iíd go with Velvet Merkin for sure. I also am ok with the fact this doesnít task like a bourbon bomb, despite being aged in a bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber 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. thereís 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 itís spice... very nicely controlled. that is followed with coffee, roast, light ash, milk, chocolate and licorice. left on the aftertaste is a big olí 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

   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.

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