bth122 (1639) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle. Poured a very dark black. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, nuts. Med light sweetness, light bitter. Medium body, creamy texture. Good stuff, wanted to see more of the bourbon wood flavor as stated. jsmerig (1665) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours dark ruby red. With tan thick head. Aroma of smoke and maple. Taste is malt forward with a spicy smokey finish.
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Tap @ Star Bar, Denver. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Taste is malts, coffee, chocolate, figs, plums. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very easy drinking beer, good stuff. 040312 ANGRYCPA (50) - - MAR 4, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Very light on the nose. Taste is mild, goes down very smooth for a stout, not overly complex, alcohol on the finish. Pretty good as long as you aren’t expecting something heavier. alobar (3912) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours black with no real head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate. Creamy mouth feel with oatmeal,chocolate,and roasted malt flavor. Really rich and impressive beer.
m4rest88 (390) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Aroma of coffee, oats, and some dark fruits.
flavor is alcoholic with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruits. A somewhat malty flavor as well
Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
This beer was ok. The flavors did not come through as I would have liked, but it was decent. high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours deep brown with a small tan head and lacing. It has a nice toasty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. The coffee is stronger in the flavor, with the chocolate and bourbon more apparent in the aftertaste. A smooth body and great finish too.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone barbarino2000 (108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 A lightweight stout with no real flaws that I could discern. Wouldn’t turn one down if you wanted to hand me one. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
In short: One of my favorite below 6% session stout/porter beer. That simple
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh (2 months of age?). Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is pleasantly all over the place proposing roast, citrus fruits, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, toasted oats, leafy hops… and more. Taste is incredibly smooth yet complex and very nourishing. Chocolate cake, semi-sweet caramel, roast, creamy oats, refreshing citrus fruits, vanilla, leafy hops, toasted chocolate chips cookies, more…. Just enough smooth bitterness to provide balance. Body is creamy and velvety with many soft bubbles, wonderful mouthfeel here. I’m a session-beer lover but for stouts/porters I usually prefer the higher gravity ones except for a few exceptions and this Velvet Merlin is a major exception. A true kick-ass stout that satisfied me as much as a nice impy stout but remained as sessionnable as my favorite session stouts (St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, others…). Widely available and at around $3/bottle, if this gets a good distribution on the east-coast this beer will become my session stout/porter. Underrated session beer, some beer snobs get angry at people who don’t give a good score to a great beer, but not me, I don’t have don’t have any hard feelings towards those tasteless scumbags.