Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
opened this one up tonight thanks to a very generous, but still not confirmed (probably overlord) BA who sent me a random package tonight.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a really nice deep dark brownish black color with an off white 1 finger head that leaves behind a ring of foam as the drinking session progresses. there is a very distinct raisin aroma coming through on this that reminds me of having oatmeal with syrup and raisins on top. really nice roasted malty aromas coming through as well. the flavor is nice and balanced. really has a good upfront sweetness that lends itself to a balanced, and even slightly dry finish. some astringent dryness on the backend, but the transition from front to mid to back palate is flawless and really gives a nice experience. the mouthfeel is nice as well. nothing crazy and i would have liked it a bit less carbonated. near perfect body on this, not overly thin even for the low abv. Drinkability is right up there with the best. has a nice low abv, sorta, and really easy to go down. perfect for this time of the year and I would love to get my hands on some more. Worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2011 02:30:06 | More by Augustiner719
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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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