Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A decent example of a clean stout ale, but by no means overwhelming.
This stout is slightly thin for an oatmeal stout, but I had it carbonated and not nitrogenated, so likely that changes the mouthfeel.
It is properly colored: a very dark and opaque brown.
There is almost no nose at all, it is very clean. Slight hints of coffee or roasted malt. Likely due to a proportionally small amount of black or chocolate malt used for coloring.
It is almost too smooth for a stout, I am used to them being a little more bitter and aggressive. Even Ninkasi's Otis is an oatmeal stout that brings the 'stout' to help differentiate itself from a 'porter'. This velvet merlin isn't very complex, but is definitely highly drinkable. It is more in the guinness stout style than the northwest stout, but less chalky than guinness.
TL;DR: Highly drinkable and respectable stout entry. I would definitely love to try it on nitro.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2012 17:35:38 | More by boisebeerfan
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