Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by boisebeerfan:
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
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
More User Reviews:
4.8/5 rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
S: bottle to Pilsner glass
A: Beautiful, simply beautiful. A near perfect example of a stout. Nearly pitch black with a finger or so of tan head that stays throughout. Very light lacing is the only area that seems to lack.
S: Rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, light grains, light hops.
T: Similar to the nose. Rich flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, breads, very light bitter late bite. Chocolate cake in a glass. More than enjoyable.
M: Creamy, rich, light carbonation. In short, the way I expect a stout to feel.
O: I love it. I'm partial to stouts, especially oatmeal stouts, so the numbers may be slightly skewed, but if it weren't a good stout I would rate it low, so take it at as it is. Because of the coffee/espresso notes, I would consider this a great dessert beer. Who am kidding, this would be great for breakfast or anytime.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 05:14:06 | More by TotallyGomer
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.