BierMonger (22) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
Aroma of espresso, roasted malts.
Black with beige coloured head. Medium head retention. Not much lace.
Tastes good, flavors of espresso, roasted malt. Not really much hops, but some bitterness is there to balance.
Full bodied. Carbonation is average, but would prefer a bit less.
One of the best stouts in the province, anyone with an appreciation for the style should try it.
j12601 (11706) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Pours a deep dark brown to black with a medium sized tan head. Sweet oatmeal notes, roast, hints of coffee and char. Really good roast and coffee flavors, nice creamy full body. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and a long roast char flavor. Quite tasty. Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
On-tap at the brewpub. Pours black with virtually nadda head. Slight aroma of roast. Taste is initially watery and thin roasted coffee. I builds up and is drinkable, so I can see why it is so popular. Introduction for bud/molson drinkers to a stout. A weak stout really, but passable.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
[1542-20080719] Tap. Aroma is a bit smoky but mostly malt. Dark brown red-hued body with a long-lasting creamy light brown head. Smoky malt flavour has a hint of coffee chocolate nuts and bandaid. Medium-full body. NOT very monkey-like, sadly.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
(@ Merchant Ale House; St. Catherines, ON)
Draught sample- Deep brown motor oil pour with chestnut hues around the edges. Head is a frothy beige cream. In the nose, I get roasted barley with freshly ground coffee, lending a hand to milk chocolate and butterscotch. The flavour profile is a bit weaker than the aroma would have led me to believe. Roasted coffee bean dominates, with a bit of milk chocolate and toffee. Its mild and creamy, but is’t too complex with the flavours. Quite drinkable in any event.
Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
A clear dark bbrown stout with a light moka head. A good mil chocolate or moka coffee aroma. In mouth, a lighter stout, with nice chocolate malt, but again, very thin, which seems the recurring theme at this place. Light bitterness lingers on. On tap at brewery, July 28 2007. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Black pour, thick white head, looks great. Sweet roast aroma. Good sweet taste, medium bodied. Packed full of flavour, short finish. A very solid stout. My second favourite beer here next to the IPA. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Draught at the Merchant Ale House. Dark brown with ruby flashes. Aroma is very nice, with a good roasty character and a bit of smoke. Body is thinner than I like in a stout. Flavour is quite roasty as well, with some mild caramel and bitter chocolate. Quite a dry finish, surprising from an oatmeal stout, but not bad. All in all, it’s a fairly middle of the road stout, but it was definately the highlight of the Merchant line-up for me. HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Merchant Ale House, shared with jerc and GregClow. Poured opaque black-brown with reddish highlights, very thin light brown head. Aroma was roast - roast coffee beans, sourish roast chestnuts, with baker’s chocolate, tart prune and a touch of candyish malt. Taste - this is a *dry* stout alright, all the above roast notes are here in spades, a hint of smokiness, quite bitter, decent linger, became more complex as it warmed up - all the beers at the Merchant were served much too cold IMO - and my only real complaint about the brew itself is that it was a little watery. Take your time with it and it’s not too bad - not a great Oatmeal stout, but drinkable. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Dark brown in colour, thin oily brown coloured head, some lace. The aroma was lightly roasty, some chocolate and coffee beans, some vanilla. The flavour was of lightly roasted chocolate malts, some coffee, light roast, burnt toast. Thin dry bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes simple, dry and roasty. Standard brewpub stout.