collinthib (8) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very smooth, chocolatey, delicious stout. The taste really stays with you. That chocolate malt lingers on the palate well. Not an undesirable lingering taste. Exceptional. The only way you could make this better is to make it a Velvet Merkin.
skoisirius (1760) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and tap. Roasty grain filled nose, jet blacl pour. Sweet chocolate hints up front on the palate, with light coffee, roasted oats, and burnt bitter hops on the finish. They’re not joking on the Velvet part, super smooth.
lightbias (156) - USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, dark brown pour into a stout glass offers up a thick, khaki head that starts out fat and quickly ends up small and evenly distributed across the beer. The aroma is light, but of dark roast coffee, almost a contradiction and almost smelling watered down; but the first sip is bursting with that flavor.
The balance is good, the bitterness tempered, the brew dry across my tongue and allowing the finish to be somewhat abrupt. This makes for a nice afterward as I never like a beer to stick around for too long after the last draught.
The beer is not as silky as I’d expected, the carbonation a little high to allow the creaminess to shine through. A good oatmeal stout, and perfect accompaniment to a fine meal. Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but definitely something I would pick up again and recommend to friends!
ARH (556) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma starts out smokey and woody, but this fades and the aroma of hot cocoa, dark chocolate, and espresso come through. Later in the drink, more prominent notes brown sugar, lactose, and caramel appear. It pours a deep, clear mahogany-brown color with a tan, soft foamy and soapy head that reduces to a creamy, medium-dense, medium-thick ring with a few wisps on the surface, and a light, runny, dense-bubble lace on the glass. The taste is a medium / medium-high, semisweet chocolate bittersweet; slightly more sweet than bitter. The beer is rich, malty, and smooth - it becomes a bit sticky as it warms up - with a foamy / fizzy carbonation and a medium-full body with notes of chocolate and coffee, and appearing late, walnuts. There’s a light toffee finish to accompany the coffee, as well as a slightly tart fruit berry note. Dark chocolate and light toffee notes linger in the mellow aftertaste.
SetauketBrewer (52) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark pour but no head to speak of. Nice coffee aroma, slightest astringent note. Beautiful dark color with ruby highlights. Deep roast flavor nicely washed across the tounge by effervescent bubbles. Great beer
ajtrupp (285) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good oatmeal stout. I had a couple tonight and have no regrets. On an unrelated note, I work at a brewery and was taking labels off undrank kegs. One said Velvet Merkin, which is the best beer name ever. But now I don't know if I read it wrong, someone defaced a label from this beer, or it was a crazy fever dream.
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Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a thin semi-annual head that dissipated within about a good thirty seconds. Light lacing traced around the glass.
The smell had a dark chocolate overcoating a deep dark grain (oatmeal I’m suspecting).
The taste was mainly roasty sweet chocolate with a delicate yet sharp bitter coffee to balance. Light chocolate aftertaste amplifies a dry silky finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be appropriate for the style and it was good to me.
Overall, this was a wonderful oatmeal stout by Firestone Walker.
Claves77 (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color, thin head, chocolate and malt smell, very nice. Smooth oatmealy, not overpowering. short taste, not much back end. Good for style.
Barnacle_Ed (7) - Milpitas, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into glass at home. Deep brown/black with very thin white head. Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, and smoke. Tastes of the same with a hint of vanilla, but was more watery than I expected. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice aftertaste. All in all: a decent stout for the price ($6 for a 6-pack here), but nothing too groundbreaking. I’d buy it again at that price.
FestDecBeet (226) - - NOV 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: pours a dark black. Light brown head.
Smell: coiffee. Vanilla. Chocolate. Coco powder.
Taste: coffee. Chocolate. Coconut.
Feel: medium carbonation. Light mouth feel.
Overall: ok beer. Nice stout. Not as thick as I would like.
First drank: thanksgiving 11/27/14
jb (2296) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, smoky, chocolate and espresso nose. Mmm.Red/orange highlights in the clear dark beer, Nice retention. Palate is full, a bit of bite to it, not super smooth, gets increasingly grittier with tons of dark and charred malts. Decent cold weather beer.