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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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2,341 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 310 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of part-time-alcoholic
1.1/5  rDev -72.6%

After coming here for a few years I made an account specifically to comment on this brew. I hate to trash a beer from a brewery I love but wow this is bad. Watery mouth-feel, caustic scent, absolutely bitter taste with zero other qualities. I don;t think I've ever seen a BA Score (90, currently) I disagree with more. Maybe I just got a bad batch?

Photo of bball208
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I am extremely disappointed in Firestone for this one. The brewery that I thought never failed to make only supreme beers has fallen very short of that mark for this beer.

Poured a dark, coca-cola-like appearance. foam dissipates just like it would for coke. There was nothing velvety about this beer in its appearance or taste.

Taste was very one dimensional and flat. I got nothing but roasted bitter notes of coffee. And that was it. It was not accompanied by any sort of sweetness like chocolate or malt, it was just coffee water residue. I clearly must have gotten a dud because I see this is rated a 90, unless I'm crazy or the world is crazy, this was not a good beer and I actually poured it down the drain after about 10 sips. I tried!

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1.6/5  rDev -60.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Philousa
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Imbibed on tap at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Very dark, but a clear cola color against the light with a thin tan head with decent retention. Lots of chocolate in the nose with a slight roasted coffee tinge. Caramel also plays a vital role. Flavor is very chocolatey also, but dry like baker's chocolate, and bitter as well. Caramel and somewhat sweet like chocolate milk, this finishes with earthy hop bitterness. Feel is somewhat creamy (would like more cream) ad thin, finish is very dry. Interesting, but wouldn't buy a sixer. Then again, I'm not one to enjoy most oatmeal stouts. Could fit the profile better.

Photo of Night
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgundy-black with hints of purple in the light. Relatively thin head, dies down quickly to an average bubbly layer; lacing is sparse. Aroma is fairly smooth and mellow, not astringent: rich molasses, bouillon, chocolate, raisins, maybe a hint of grassy scents. Mouthfeel is slightly silky, but a little on the watery side; not much in the way of carbonation or body. Flavor is at first smooth cocoa with vague hints of coffee, then mild burnt oat bitterness, a slight wash of hops, and warming alcoholic presence; finally a lingering grassy sourness. Aftertaste is flat and lightly bitter.

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2.84/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head that fizzes away a la Coca-Cola post haste.

3.5 S: Lots of oats and dry, dusty cocoa powder. Good bit of roastiness. Super dry overall.

3.0 T: The taste is really nice, but it has one major flaw. Again this is simple with a moderate roastiness, lots of oats, and cocoa powder. The flaw, which tastes a pretty damn good beer down to an average one is that this is as dry as the nose suggests. It's painfully dry and because of this, it comes off as quite watery.

2.0 M: Light body. Light body indeed. Way too light for the style. Never had one like this. Also, too much carbonation. Not creamy due to the body and not smooth due to the carbonation level.

2.5 D: Not impressed with this one. With some crystal malt, this would be a damn good beer as the flavors present are pleasant. However, what isn't there is more important.

Photo of BeerRefugee
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy dark brown. Thick tan head that dissipates very quickly. Mild aroma of roast grain and cocoa. Flavor is stronger but similar, with moderate roastiness and cocoa powder. Very thin (for a stout) mouthfeel and dry finish. The beer doesn't taste bad but I was very disappointed by the thin mouthfeel.

Photo of Sludgeman
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass (that's all I had, I was in a hotel room). Bottled on 12-4-12

A - Pours black, one finger light brown head, which quickly dissapates, some minimal lacing

A - Toffee and a little metalic

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee, very little hoppiness, some bitterness from the roasted malt.

MF - Netural, not thin, but not chewy or creamy

O - Balanced but generally unimpressive for Firestone. No particular flavor is overwhelming present. Not velvety smooth as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be.

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with a brown short lasting head.
Aroma: Medium coffee aroma
Flavor: Medium bodied with a coffee flavor.
Overall: This stout does not have much flavor. It’s some what harsh, but does try to end with a smooth mouth expected of an oatmeal stout

Photo of anarchia
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

First review on here, though far from my first beer... Pours pitch black with a thin, off-white head that doesn't linger. Roasty and subtle chocolate aroma. Significantly thinner body than other Oatmeal Stouts I've experienced. Heavy roasted malt flavor, not much sweetness, weak coffee aftertaste. Bitterness from hops is very noticeable, but no hop aroma. Odd, bubbly finish. If you like roasty stouts this may be your thing but sadly it's not mine.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.