Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by psuKinger:
4.18/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle given to me by my buddy PVG, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.
A: Pours pitch black. Thin brown head that dissipated quickly. 3.5
S: Big roasty oatmeal notes come pouring out of the glass. A touch of chocolate and a hint of pine underneath. 4.5.
T: Taste follows the nose. Roasted barley and oatmeal dominate. I'm picking up on something reminiscent of the *char* you got out on the outer crust of a good seared steak. Struggling to find the chocolate on the tongue that I picked up in the nose, but the hint of pine is definitely present. 4
M: Lighter than I would have expected based on the pour. The 5.5% ABV is for real here. But not really in a bad way. It's smooth, and finishes with a nice dry hoppy stickiness. 4
D/O: Very drinkable, and certainly repeatable. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2012 17:57:47 | More by psuKinger
More User Reviews:
4.8/5 rDev +19.4%
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 1,952 ratings.