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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Toasted dark chocolate, with a chalky mouthfeel. Very smooth, easy to drink; almost like chocolate milk.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1330) - GREECE - AUG 12, 2015
From bottle. Almost. Lack color with light beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2981) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, mild coffee, roast, oats and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1237) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Date unknown, but Iíve had this quite a lot over the years, and almost perfectly correlated to when it is in stock at Trader Joeís. They sell some good beer, but the Velvet Merlin is at the top of the list at each shopping trip. The color is, noticeably, dark, with a soft, foamy head. With a little alcohol you might try petting it, though thatís not where the velvet hides. The aroma is pretty straight with a burnt charcoal smell, but the taste is where this sessionable treat sits. And when I say sessionable I donít mean that this is a low ABV beer. What I mean is that this is a drinkable brew with a normal ABV, but itís light, tasty and approachable. Over the course of a board game night you will sip this aggressively, and go through sone serious glass. Why? the flavor is dark and chocolatey, but perfectly battered, sweet and slightly burnt, like the interior of a pan of brownies. And the aftertaste is the final treat, saved for last. Deep, supple chocolate all the way to the bottom, and every molecule is worth considering. Itís an awesome brew, not for itís depth, but the clear delivery of great flavor without excessive additions in any dimension.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
"Pours a dark, deep near black, moderate cap of tan froth. Scent is dark, roasty with some ash and char, notes of spent coffee grinds, bitter cocoa, some leafy hops thrown in. Taste follows scent. Expected a bit more body and smoothness from style. Decent oatmeal stout, doesnít wow in any particular way.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
55x11 (37) - - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle to glass. Opaque black with white head. Coffee malty aroma. Smooth taste but finish and aftertaste is too bitter for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (982) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle. A- Roasty, smoke, char, dry cocoa. A- Black color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Charred, smoke, roasty, dry cocoa. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, dry finish. O- Pretty darn underwhelming. Lots and lots of dry roastiness and a char smokey character to it. Not going to lie. I imagined it to be a lot smoother and more of a coffee taste to it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (618) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2015
For only 5.5% this is really flavorful and rich. Nice coffee scent and slight bitter but the flavors of chocolate raisin and cassis power through. Thick mouth with velvet and heavy stomach. Tap

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (848) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2015
This beer pours deep dark black with almost not head coconut and chocolate in the aroma. Great flavor and very rich only thing it had a slightly metallic aftertaste. I think the bottle we were drinking was a little older than intended but still a very very good beer. Decadent flavors and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, roast, light prune. Taste is lightly bitter, dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Palate is slick, lightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2015
Draught at the Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA.
Dark brown colour with a big foamy tan head. Roasted malt, vanilla and mild coffee in the aroma. Roasted malt, dryness and mild coffee in the flavour. A bit thin.


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