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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,723 Ratings
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Ratings: 1723
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%


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.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass after taking form the fridge and letting warm for a half hour. Dark brown, but not black with a thick tan head that is fizzy with small bubbles. Maybe a bit too fizzy for a stout.

Aroma is malt and oatmeal, but not overwhelmingly strong.

Really enjoy the flavor. Dark chocolate and oatmeal, typical oatmeal stout but well constructed. Good sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Not as complex as some other oatmeal stouts, however. Mouth is a little thin as expected from the fizzy head. Would love this to be a little thicker and creamier.

A great tasting beer, but a little light for an oatmeal stout.

Follow up: This beer gets better the longer it sits. I would advise pouring it and just letting it sit. Then, just when you are ready to drink it, let it sit a little longer. It becomes more flavorful and a little smoother as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:12:45 | More by Labeorphile
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buschbeer

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark, dark brown with some ruby highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - The smell contains roasted malt, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

T - The taste leads with dark chocolate. There is a slight bitterness on the finish. Some cocoa and roasted malt comes through.

M - Full and slick.

O - This is a great oatmeal stout. I would put it right up there with any that I have tried so far.

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Smell is of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is really good, I get roasted coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla and burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Overall, I love oatmeal stouts, probably my favorite style and this is an excellent one. Very easy drinking, would be great with some baby back ribs. Love the sweetness on my lips after every drink. Highly recommend this one.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,723 ratings.