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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
nice brew, very good oaty stout. not quite as velvety or bourbony as i had hoped, but a nice change f pace from fwís typically hot barrel room selection. overall a great beer, glad that its in 6íers for a nice price.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Dark brown pour, cream colored head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is coffee and oats, creamy chocolate, prunes, roast. Awesome.
Earlier Rating: 1/23/2010 Total Score: 3.9
Nearly black. Brown head. Roasty aroma with lots of chocolate. Flavor is toasty chocoalte but no barrel to speak of. very smooth and tasty. Oh yeah, on draft at Papago.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
On cask as Velvet Merlin. From what Iíve heard this isnít different from the Merkin. Pours with a lasting off white head over a murky deep brown body. Aromas of wood, brown sugar, cola, molasses, chocolate, earth, fudge and vanilla. Flavors of brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, wood, toffee and molasses. Really smooth and creamy. Light bubbles.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2009 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at Stone. Pours with a black body with no head and no real lace. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate and floral with a light spiciness, light smokiness, and a light oak barrel character. Light bubbles and syrupy. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (976) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
From a bottle,very dark red,white head,this beer just taste great,light sweet,a very smooth stout with a lot of chocolate notes.Do not taste the bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
12oz bottle. This brew pours a nice dark brown with a yellowy-white head. The mouthfeel is excellent: creamy on the tongue and nice chocolate and roasted nut flavors.
Earlier Rating: 3/9/2010 Total Score: 3.2
On tap at Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA Black pour with with a nice coffee aroma, the body is unfortunately a bit thin and watery. Itís an ok stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
not my favorite style, but this one has a boat load of big rich roast/coffee flavor and a seriously smooth and creamy moutthfeel that still has nice carbonation. didnt know it was made with bourbon but after reading it it makes sense. the finish has a nice semi sweetness at the end after it warms. this example seems a little more bold than a lot of oatmeal stouts and thatís a good thing in my book. very well done

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head and leaves behind slight lacing. Aroma is sweet with roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and a slight vanilla/marshmallow thing going on. Flavor shows the same with the oats making themselves known as well as the ever so slight hint of bourbon as it warms. Overall body is moderate to full, soft, and finishes with a nice roasted bitterness. Good stuff.
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2009 Total Score: 4
On tap @ Papago during Bells launch party. Pour is deep brown-black with a turbulent beige head. When I stuck my nose in the glass, the first thing that hit was heavily roasted coffee, followed by bourbon, licorice, coconut, and chocolate. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oatmeal and wood. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes on a nice earthy hop note. Not a trace of alc to be found. Canít wait to crack my 13th anniv. now.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with a thin/creamy texture. Finish is smooth. Iím not getting much bourbon flavor in this, but its still a good, full-flavored sessionable stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle from BevMo (Tucson) - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head that settles to a lasting film. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, wood, hints of coffee, and light herbal hops. Not detecting any bourbon barrel. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, bits of coffee and chocolate, and an ever so light hint of bourbon. Yeah! The bourbon actually lingers a little in the finish. Medium body. A good beer.
Earlier Rating: 4/21/2010 Total Score: 3.7
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is the same. Smooth roasty finish. Medium body. A very easy drinking beer.


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