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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick topping of tan foam. Nose is oats and coffee with distracting funky cereal. Smooth medium body with a lively tingle. Taste is coffee, ash, red licorice and peanut. Some odd notes but not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
A - dark brown/black pour with almost no tan head. S- chocolate smokey coffee. M - nice lightly watery creamy body. No carb. T - smokey strong chocolate on the nose. Mild metallic chocolate on the palate, lingering malts. Burned malts throughout. O - pretty good lightly bitter chocolate stout, strong nose but fades to weaker mid. . 5+\6-

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (2039) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2011
On tap at the brewery in Paso Robles. Nice pitch black appearance. Nice roasty, malted , chocolate aroma. Taste is very pleasing with hints of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee. Finish is short and dry. Better than average stout .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1917) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and of chocolate, roasted malts, and oatmeal. Bitter, smooth finish, this a flavorful and good stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Armin. Thanks! Pour is a fairly dark brown, with a very light brown head that quickly fades to very little lacing. Aroma is light chocolate, lots of light malt, nothing overpowering. Taste is huge oatmeal up front, with some dry coco powder on the back. Fairly dry, if somewhat chalky, finish. Nice beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
12oz bottle -

Whenever I see Firestone Walker, my tastebuds go into overdrive because I know that the beer is likely to be a winner. However, this seems to be the exception to that thought. Not a bad beer per se, but one that seems lackluster and rather pedestrian by their standards.

The aroma carries some really light coffee notes with little else in terms of complexity. Flavor has that coffee-like bitterness with a woody tannin finish. Mouthfeel is full and round with a velvety feel which was the highlight of the beer. Appearance was a bit disappointing as the head really didnt deliver regarding to sustaining a long lasting head. After my 3rd bottle, it just didnt hold up well. Overall, a decent brew but compared to the other winners in FWs line-up a let-down.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a dark ruby red with a tan head.The aroma had the sent of chard malt.The taste was of watered down malt.The body was to thin for a stout and it had a bitter aftertaste.Overall a bad stout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cjoyboo (1) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011 does not count
Surprisingly damn good. For the cheap price of $7 a six pack, I was a bit skeptical at first. Initial aroma of toasty malta & chocolate. The color is dark like black coffee and molasses. This beer is very heavy, but sweet and delightful. A great winter beer, really dark and smooth!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Dark brown pour without much of a head. Aroma was light roast, hints of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Flavors were lightly roasted malt, nice milk chocolate creaminess and a coffee like bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and light, soft carbonation, creamy. Nicely executed mild stout. Thanks to Santa for the bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2652) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Tasted on 12/12/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra by a very generous trader, 2010 vintage. I have been waiting to pop this bottle in hopes that I would some day find my old rating for the Velvet Merkin, and I just found it in a stack of old papers. Pours a nearly black dark brown with a thick, smooth tan head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is full of dark chocolate, ground coffee, and very light hints of vanilla and maple bourbon, with a bit of a creamy milk chocolate note as well. The flavor is full of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee, with vanilla, maple, and caramel, and the lactic milk chocolate coming through stronger than on the nose. The body is full and creamy with lively, stinging carbonation, and a long, milk chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla finish.


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