SKA Local Series #12 (Merlo Stout)

Formerly brewed at SKA Brewing
Style: Foreign Stout
Durango, Colorado USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Oak Aged Foreign-style Stout. A strong stout from a recipe by Chris Vest, aka Krisbierjaeger, winner of the Osiris Snodown Homebrewing Competition, brewed specifically for the Pro-Am Category of the Great American Beer Festival.

Aromas of coffee, earthy hops, alcohol and a hint of smoke jump from the smooth blackness of this complex stout. For such a strong stout, the light body makes for a surprisingly quaffable brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours dark brown in color with a khaki colored head. Roasted malt and cocoa aromas with a hint of toffee and graham cracker. A decent amount of red wine, oak, and fruit. The flavor has a touch of coffee to go along with the roasted malt and cocoa. Decent amount of red wine and oak character, maybe a hint of vanilla, and some sweet toffee and graham cracker. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
bottle, lighter bodied coffee cola pour. Soild aroma of heavy roast, slight smoke/burnt coffee. Decent flavor, roast, light smoke, light coffee, pepper. Light mouthfeel. decent flavor, needs more body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
8oz pour @ Fountainheads. Oily black. Medium chocolate tan head. Aroma is chocolate with alcohol and wood/earth. Flavor is woody, chocolate, smoke, and light coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2011
On tap at Fountainhead. Pours jet black with a great looking tan head sitting on top of the brew. Nose is woody, coffee and sweet smoke. Combine well. Flavour starts with the bitter coffee and finishes sweet and slightly smokey. Super easy drinking. Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate and red wine grapes. The taste is roast, ashy cocoa, burnt caramel malt and Merlot. Medium mouthfeel. You can definitely taste the merlot influence in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Dark pour. Aroma of chocolate, oak, light vinous notes, and some black cherries. Flavor has some roast, chocolate, cherries, light red wine notes. This is pretty damn good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Roasty chocolate malty nose with the Merlot aroma coming through that. Very roasted dark chocolate malty flavor with the Merlot flavor creating a very complex taste and finish. Roasty finish. Interesting but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2010
on tap 7/17/10. reddish blackish brown with a soft off white head. big vinous aroma... cherries, chocolate, roast, cream, ash, smoke and wood. the flavor is a little savory from autolyzed yeast-ish notes... mixed with a bunch of grape-y wine, wood, roast and some bitterness on the finish. theres a tartness throughout which helps keep the creamy mouth feel and lux texture in check. 7/3/7/4/16/3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown to black. Chocolate and oak aroma. Roast malt. Flavor fits aroma of a chocolate imperial stout with oak, vanilla, and dark cherry. Medium heavy body. Very smooth. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Thanks jhenry04. Poured very black coffee, roasted malts, little wood , little chocolate, little vinious.

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