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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 361 | FT: 8
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008

A decadent oatmeal stout. Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal.

Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWED
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint pour into tumbler at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia.

A- Very deep mahogany, not quite black, with a brown half finger dwindling head. Stays at a ring, with no lacing.

S- Smoky coffee, a slight chocolate end, with no noticeable hop aroma.

T- Smoky coffee again, rather mild. Again, no hop.

M- Rather light and clean for an Oatmeal, but a good drinker. This could be a beefy session ale.

O- Was hoping for a thicker feel, coming from an oatmeal. Also, the smokiness caught me a little off guard, but in a good way ( I like smoke). A nice and solid beer, but nothing too extraordinary.

Photo of mfavoino
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 5/24/12.

Appearance: Very dark brown with only a small rim of tan head. A couple of spots of lacing.

Smell: Bold roasted malts with some coffee notes. Smells sweet.

Taste: Sweet coffee flavor, dark roasted malts, with just a bit of hop bitterness as it finishes. Smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Nothing out of the ordinary, just another good offering from FW. Flavorful, low abv, and drinkable.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Sept-18-2014

Pours an opaque black with two fingers of tiny-bubbled tan head that settles at a film that can occasionally be roused. OK retention; some isolated spots of lacing. (3.75)

Sweet, creamy, inviting. Oats, brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee, leather, vanilla. (4.25)

Sweet and creamy. Rich, hearty chocolate flavors with oat mellowness, molasses, and Coke. (4)

Light-medium body and silky with a soda-like carbonation, drinkable, slight pleasant aftertaste. (3.75)

Very good Oatmeal Stout.
This beer is nice and substantial while still not huge. Something I love about oatmeal stouts.
The aroma is the first thing that hits you. It's really warm, creamy and rich and the taste (creamy mocha and toasted oats) follows suit. On down through the palate it gets progressively less 'rich'. The pop-like carbonation and thin feel kind of take away from the decadence of the rest of it for me, but also mean it is pretty easy drinking. Same goes for the slight Coke/Dr. Pepper vibe I get in the flavor... : )
Would definintely have again; worth trying if happened upon. (4)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big shout out to my Cali trading partner Abecall98 for providing me with a couple bottles of the Velvet Merkin. (I refuse to call it by it’s toned down name)

The initial pour produces a classic 2 finger head of light tan foamy head. This lasts for a moment or two before collapsing into a thin cap of foam. Not much in the way of lacing. Deep dark brown, and all brown.. Not really a black color.

Aroma is of cocoa powder or even baked brownies sans most of the sweetness.

Firestone Walker really always delivers, don’t they? Nice beer. The cocoa theme continues here as the flavor is smooth and consistent from front to back. Not overly complex, but it works as you just relax and let it happen. Bitterness is fairly light and rises only to give you a sense that the cocoa powder is somewhat dark. Not dark roasty and I don’t get a lot of coffee here.

Mouth feel is soft, rounded and indeed a touch velvety. Really smooth with just a slight touch of carbonation.

A nice little beer. I mostly prefer Imperial Stouts if I am in this category, but from time to time, it’s nice to lighten up a stout a bit. While I don’t like the lactose qualities of Milk Stouts, I enjoy the mouth feel produced by introducing oats into the stout. This is no exception. Nice beer to relax with.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brown, 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has an oatmeal and coffee aroma predominantly. The roasted malts are not that strong as other stouts. There is a hint of chocolate. On taste, coffee predominates. The roasted malts are not as strong, but can detect a lighter taste, perhaps the oatmeal. Slight chocolate aftertaste. Overall a very good beer but doesn't stack up to many Imperial Stouts I have had. It is smooth.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, yet pitch black in the glass. Nice 1 finger foamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

Dark bitter malt and oats along with dark bittersweet chocolate make up the nose.

Flavor has the same characteristics as the nose but brighter and more robust. Nice balance. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, nice oatmeal and dark malt. Very pleasant and slightly sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Pretty much full bodied with medium creamy carb.

Overall a great oatmeal stout that's a pleasure to look forward to around the holidays every year.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (bottled 12/20/13) to DFH signature glass, 2 finger mocha colored head. dark black colored beer

a - chocolate, light roast

t - fairly mild, some coffee, nutty, some dark fruits

m - nice and creamy, medium body, lower carb, very drinkable

o - solid oatmeal stout, this is a good 'session' stout for sure. i could easily polish of a few of these.

Photo of D-Stylz
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout with a great nose and wonderful flavor. However, I would have liked it to be more oatmealy and a bit smoother. It is a solid beer and for the price it is hard to beat. Perhaps if I could try it on tap I would enjoy it more. Normally, I enjoy everything I have by Firestone Walker.

Photo of Floydster
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Blue Palms out of the handpump for seven dollars on 11/14/08, reviewed from notes

A-Practically black color but the edges are lighter for sure, so very dark brown, 1 1/4 inch full frothy medium tan head that lasted three or four minutes, nice retention, some lacing
S-Main smell at first is the bourbon and the slightly spicy scents that come from it, also lots of oak and vanilla, it has milk chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and grains as well
T-It starts off a little sweet with some cocoa, there is some light coffee in the middle, bourbon notes are in the finish with lots more vanilla than expected, like the slight twang and spice from the whiskey too, flavors mold together with this one well and I can really see why this mixed so well with a dark Belgian in a previous blend, nicely balanced and a flavorful oatmeal stout
M-Slightly dry, roasty, and faintly sweet mouthfeel, thinner body out of the cask but still medium, carbonation is obviously minimal, taste lingers
D-Could have drank lots more of this stuff, light on the stomach, smooth and very easy to drink for an oatmeal stout, could even make a session beer, taste does not get tiresome

I was excited to try this after having Saucerful of Merkin and wanting to know what those two components tasted like by themselves, this beer is right around six percent alcohol supposedly but it feels even lighter than that at times, would like to drink again, recommended

Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew I picked up just by chance, I have enjoyed several other Firestone Walker brews so I figured this one would be pretty good too. It poured out as a very dark black color with a nice looking creamy tan head on top. The lacing was very nice on this also. The aroma was lightly roasted but nothing too strong on the nose. The taste of the beer has a really nice, it has a soft roasted flavor to it with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall I can see myself getting this again. Worth trying for sure.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Nestle Quik cocoa, malted milk balls, leather, vanilla, and roasted coffee in the nose. More malted chocolate and oatmeal in the taste, with a strong cherry pop towards the finish. The cherry sweetness came out of nowhere, was out of character for the beer, but kind of nice. Almost like a German chocolate cake taste. Good beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.