1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Velvet MerlinVelvet Merlin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,968 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 173
Gots: 209 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufa ... tube_gdata 

(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
View: Beers (73) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,968 | Reviews: 527 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Gueuzedude:
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a rich black color that shows some clear, brown hues around the edges if it is held up directly to the light. The nose smells of roasted grain, well browned, quite toasted whole grain bread, touches of roasted coffee and just a generally, ample dark / roasted malt character. I like that the nose escapes being sharp or acrid from the roast malt focus. There is a touch of roundness and perhaps subtle sweetness towards the finish of the aroma; this accentuates touches of chocolate and perhaps some sweet coffee ice-cream like aromatics. As the beer warms up it picks up more of a roasted nutty like character.

Light bodied and dry up front, as the beer moves across the palate it picks up a touch of perceived, and perhaps even actual sweetness. The sweetness is brought out by a very soft, subtle Bourbon barrel influence that leans towards toasted coconut and vanillin and perhaps a hint of Bourbon / oak spiciness. The barrel influence is really quite subtle, and if I didn’t know it was here, I might not have really picked it up. Ample cold coffee roast flavors are here, there is a full, whole grain toasted character here, as well as a touch of complexly browned, barley husk like notes; this last is quite smooth and integrated and adds a sort of whole grain spiciness to this brew. The body has a certain creaminess to it, my vigorous pour knocked out much of the carbonation; this is definitely light and quaffable, but I like that it has a touch of fullness to it. The finish has a lingering, slightly bitter, burnt roast character to it; this is accentuated by a light, prickly effervescence from the carbonation.

The Bourbon barrel influence is quite subtle in the aroma, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of Bourbon character here, but it is definitely quite reduced from Velvet Merkin. In the flavor it is soft, but it is also noticeable; I do like that it was kept at a very low level here, but I almost feel like it could use a touch more as I almost feel like it is too subtle. That can be a dangerous thing though, as I definitely prefer that the barrel character be kept fairly low. Still, this is a fantastic beer and is something I am quite happy to have a 6-pack of (the $6.99 price doesn’t hurt either); the extra boost of smooth complexity from the Bourbon barrel really adds something to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:51:13 | More by Gueuzedude
More User Reviews:
Photo of Berls_McSquirrels
Berls_McSquirrels

California

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

07-31-2014 23:54:06 | More by Berls_McSquirrels
Photo of Sarmartay
Sarmartay

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-31-2014 22:24:09 | More by Sarmartay
Photo of csmalley
csmalley

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-30-2014 15:25:20 | More by csmalley
Photo of AmericaGWShark
AmericaGWShark

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-29-2014 16:43:05 | More by AmericaGWShark
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
Smileitsfreetobehappy

Alaska

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-29-2014 04:25:25 | More by Smileitsfreetobehappy
Photo of spointon
spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2014 18:05:18 | More by spointon
Photo of Vivs85
Vivs85

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 16:30:53 | More by Vivs85
Photo of Wasupmx
Wasupmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 05:21:33 | More by Wasupmx
Photo of G_Est
G_Est

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2014 23:06:16 | More by G_Est
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-26-2014 22:37:11 | More by DrBier
Photo of HabiMendes
HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2014 18:44:22 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of TheRealThreePhilosophers
TheRealThreePhilosophers

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-26-2014 16:28:21 | More by TheRealThreePhilosophers
Photo of NumberNone
NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2014 14:14:42 | More by NumberNone
Photo of themegamancave
themegamancave

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-26-2014 12:23:30 | More by themegamancave
Photo of Heffastera
Heffastera

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-26-2014 05:32:38 | More by Heffastera
Photo of dcc449
dcc449

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-26-2014 00:30:03 | More by dcc449
Photo of AWA
AWA

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-25-2014 05:02:15 | More by AWA
Photo of Chuffbomb
Chuffbomb

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-23-2014 14:14:03 | More by Chuffbomb
Photo of Niedzws
Niedzws


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-22-2014 23:10:33 | More by Niedzws
Photo of LoneRonin
LoneRonin

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-22-2014 22:44:17 | More by LoneRonin
Photo of katejdempster
katejdempster


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-22-2014 22:32:24 | More by katejdempster
Photo of curlybird
curlybird

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-22-2014 21:45:26 | More by curlybird
Photo of EmptyPockets
EmptyPockets

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-22-2014 16:34:42 | More by EmptyPockets
Photo of mbeerdino21
mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-21-2014 01:02:26 | More by mbeerdino21
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.