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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 203
Gots: 308 | FT: 6
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A decadent oatmeal stout. Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal.

Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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Bottle date; 9/18

Poured a dark opaque coffee brown color in a stein with a 2F head.

Aroma: very bitter chocolate.

The mouth feel seems very carbonated.

The taste is predominantly chocolate, with a touch of oats. There isn't a coffee nor lemon taste
which I have found in Sam Smith stout. The bitterness also transitions from the aroma.

I would have liked a smoother stout. There is no creamy texture present in other Oatmeal stouts, nor lemon.

One of my favorite Oatmeal stouts is brewed by Sam Smith: lighter texture, more oats, coffee,
and lemon. Perhaps the beer should have been tasted fresher, but it is within the date ranger recommended by the brewer.

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classic notes of chocolate ,coffee,toffee and a light hint of residual aged bourbon from the barreling . Rich, decadent, with a nice mouth feel. Very black indicating a much heavier brew however actually quite drinkable for a Oat stout.

Firestone takes pride in replicating American versions of wordly traditional brews. Here all the flavors of a big oat stout with a much lighter drink-ability and moderate ABV of 5,5%.

A solid cold weather offering to enjoy without over filling meaning you could probably have more than one before a sit down dinner and room for one or two after without feeling bloated
and heavy.

$7.99 a six pack at Bevmo = about a $1.70 a bottle . Quite a value when considering the costs of English oat stouts.

Only draw back seasonal however a winter offering . Cheers!

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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