Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
$7 for 14 oz at Meadhall, Cambridge MA
Dark browny black with a thin, quick to dissipate head.
Smells smooth. I know that's not a scent but it does. Mushy brownie batter or moist chocolate trifle with more and more char emerging as VM warms.
Features the usual chocolate and roast malt flavors but the mix and creamy mouthfeel just makes this a better tasting oatmeal stout. Mild something in the back - orange mint? Bigger body than 5.5%.
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2014 23:45:13 | More by donkeyrunner
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a shaker pint: Deep black body under two fingers of cappuccino head with drops to form some nice lumps.
Smells niiice. Toasty, brown, muffiny oatmeal & malt note, sweetly baked but with a thick graininess, like buckwheat pancakes. Or even baked corn, in a very good way. Some light roast coffee develops - good stuff!
Combo of many "dark" flavors in the taste: acidic dark fruit skins, coffee, that bready character again, with more oomph from the roasty bitterness in the finish, a little astringent but just pleasantly so.
Medium-full-bodied & nicely chewy, with a mild acidity & astringency that helps to balance things out.
Nice little number here! Feels like moderate ABV stouts are becoming less & less visible, & glad to see a full-flavored, well-composed oatmeal stout. Wish we got this in my area more regularly.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2012 23:47:01 | More by OneDropSoup
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.