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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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90
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1,952 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 173
Gots: 205 | 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.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (1/9/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black in the glass with small heading forming briefly and then falling to leave behind a thin collar of grayish foam and random traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of burnt, charred malt, traces of burning tires, molasses, over-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, mild licorice. A bit too much burnt character for me.

T - Flavor follows the aroma fairly well. Large quantities of smoke, burnt, charcoal-y, acrid and deeply roasted flavor. Dark chocolate, fudgy, molasses, coffee, licorice. More complexity and balance than the aroma indicates...chocolatey sweetness comes in just enough to smooth out all of the heavy burnt character.

M - Quite thick and full bodied. Medium carbonation that comes in just a touch to high for my preferences but is not offensive. Increasing hoppy bitterness as the beer warms in the glass.

O - Overall, enjoyable stout. Bigger beer than the ABV would indicate. Super thick in feel and a bit heavy. Nice with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:53:45 | More by portia99
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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.