Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
02-16-2012 23:47:01 | More by OneDropSoup
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,018 ratings.