mixmasterob (1057) - 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! wedgie9 (2702) - 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. bpreo (2840) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
A nice Oatmeal Stout. Not the best because the Oatmeal flavor is not very distinct. Still leagues above most other beers though. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2011
6 pack from an October trip to Colorado, tasted with 11 other stouts (finished 3rd). Pitch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is extremely dark roast coffee (nearly burnt) and just a touch of bourbon. Flavor and texture are well-rounded, with a creamy body and loads of depth. Dark chocolate layers well on top of coffee and earthy hops. Nik925 (795) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 **** rated this one with some confusion about merkin back in 2011. This is solid sweet stout. Nothing special like the magical merkin.
I heard a lot about this one - not sure why, wasn’t hard to find at all - had it at Trader Joe’s. Disappointingly looks nothing like the picture on the label. The aroma is pretty good. The flavor is surprising...while pretty middle of the road, it tastes a lot like just alcohol and burnt malt. Very hard to pick up on any barrel flavors. Hard to pick out the hops but they sit nicely with all the burnt malt.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours a near black with a creamy, foamy tan head. aroma is of coffee, coco, some hops, and some vanilla overtones. flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some hop bitterness, and some vanilla in the background. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, bitter coffee finish. overall, a very tasty and sessionable oatmeal stout that is my favorite beer from Firestone I have tried. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Hugely overrated stout. Aroma is low, head is ample, taste is dry without anything whatsoever to stand out and make me want to try this again. Not one to buy again. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Dark black with small off white head. Aroma is toasted grains and mild roast. Taste is perfect roast and mild oak. Awesome session stout. mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Nose is light hints of coco and coffee. Creamy but relatively light body. Coffee and dry chocolate. Semisweet malts. Mellow, slightly dry finish. Good drinking and not too heavy. User101733 (14) - - NOV 13, 2011
(12 oz. bottle) Pours inky brown. Nice caramel color in the head, which dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing - all acceptable in the style. Aroma definitely moves with temperature: bitter cocoa and espresso notes dominate when chilled, and cellar temp brings out improved complexity - dark chocolate, burnt carmel, and very subtle vanilla. Oatmeal contributes to a nice mouth feel, but I didn’t catch must impact on flavor. Dark chocolate taste, and over-strong coffee flavor lingers well into the finish. Other than the subtle vanilla nose, I don’t catch much impact of the oak aging. Fantastic dry stout with great bittering in the finish.