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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 187
Gots: 244 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, almost black, with a huge mocha head that hangs out for a bit before becoming a ring which left behind some lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt, earthy bitter tobacco, a hint of the sweet malt and bitter chocolate.

Taste is similar to the nose, lots of bitter roasted malt, a touch of hop brightness, and enough bitter baker's chocolate to say it's there. Not much on the sweet flavor for me though.

Feels bubbly and light, easy to drink, though medium bodied. It did have a bite to it, which was different.

I liked this beer, after drinking Imperials for awhile now, it's kind of like a lighter version, one that I enjoyed.


Drinkerofales, Jan 18, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tavern on Hollywood 12/1
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black. 2 finger of khaki head that recedes quickly. Minor wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate and toffee.

T: Taste is oatmeal upfront interspersed with a nice dose of chocolate. Middle is toffee caramel and a good deal of roastiness. Roast malts hang over in to the finish with an add of coffee and some bitter bakers chocolate.

M: Medium to fuller body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy body to this beer.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, low kick, nice representation of style. This is a delicious beer - if you're of the stout persuasion. I was in SoCal and still in the stout spirit which was hard to find at bars there. Definitely one I would hit up on the regular back home!

Jayli, Dec 09, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a decent sized khaki head off of a normal pour. The head dies down to more of a white layer within a minute or two.
Texture looks pretty thick as it’s a slow pour and the liquid coats the glass.
The nose is roasty and semi-sweet. Baker’s chocolate and mild coffee.
Dark chocolate hits the palate first, and it’s not overly sweet. That creamy texture is all-encompassing and brings on a slightly bitter and acidic hit from the roasted malts. There’s a hint of sweetness on the back end that lingers.
This is about as easy drinking as they come. More depth than some, but nothing mind blowing or unusual.
A good oatmeal stout that’s clearly leaning in the roasted malt direction, but has enough sweetness to keep your palate from getting bored.
Tasty and enjoyable.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.