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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 197
Gots: 272 | 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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Photo of huntley101888
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Aroma - smells sweet with notes of coffee and toffee maybe a bit of chocolate, but mostly the first two. 11/12

Appearance - Inky black color. No light is getting through this thing. Half a finger of tan head dissapated very quickly to a thin ring of foam around the surface of the glass. 3/3

Flavor - The obvious flavors are coffee and bitter chocolate up front. Those lead to the oaty sweetness that you'd expect in an oatmeal stout. I'm going to sound crazy here, but the sweetness taste reminds me of the smell of pumpkin puree. Please don't interpret that as this is a pumpkin beer, but that's what's in my brain. 18/20

Mouthfeel - lightly carbed, which is appropriate for style. Creamy mouthfeel - not too heavy but not too thin. 5/5

Overall - This is a very good oatmeal stout and is true to style. If you're looking for a good stout, try this one. 9/10

huntley101888, Yesterday at 03:04 AM
Photo of chcfan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

chcfan, Wednesday at 06:04 PM
Photo of jetttt
1/5  rDev -75.1%

jetttt, Wednesday at 04:02 AM
Photo of The_Jerk
4/5  rDev -0.2%

The_Jerk, Tuesday at 05:22 PM
Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Firestone's Velvet Merlin, oatmeal stout. A light one, at 5.5% ABV.

A: A lot of head on this one; about two and a half fingers, and I didn't even manage to get all the beer in the glass. I almost over poured, too. Slightly fluffy, pancake-colored head. A bit of lacing. Pure black, with a golden brown in the dimple.

S: Dark, yet soft aroma. Dark coffee and char. Not getting much else. Maybe a touch of really dark chocolate. A hint of oat sweetness in the background.

T/MF: A lot of char on the palate, with a slight upturn of dark, powdered cocoa towards the end. A touch of sweet graphite. Soft, but not the typical velvety softness you get in a good oatmeal stout. Hint of black coffee on the finish.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one. Maybe it's just a bad year for Firestone's Velvet line, in general. I had heard a lot of good things about this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Tuesday at 06:24 AM
Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/24/14 enjoyed from a FW snifter.

a - none more black, thin off grey cap.

s - nose is a really delicate roasted chocolate. Velvety indeed. The oatmeal gives a really nice full oaty smell

t/m/o - picks up where the nose leaves off with a really nice full bodied roasted bakers chocolate. Oaty and full. Silky smooth and easy drinker with a decent amount of char. Worth checking out.

cosmicevan, Tuesday at 03:03 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

SFC21, Tuesday at 02:38 AM
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3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

cfadams17, Monday at 10:07 PM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BergBeer, Monday at 02:11 PM
Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours black. In a blind taste I would have called this a coffee porter. Thinner than I expected, more coffee flavor than I expected and more bitter than I expected. I was expected a thicker mouth feel and a sweeter flavor. A good beer but my rating will be lower than others.

spacecake9, Sunday at 08:03 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

leodarko, Sunday at 06:27 PM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dasjxn, Sunday at 03:56 AM
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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%

jakea, Sunday at 03:40 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stwok21, Sunday at 01:20 AM
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only slight traces of dark brown are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high dark beige head that died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oatmeal, dark malts, and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with notes of oatmeal and slight bits of sweetness towards the finish. Some hints of coffee beans are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint amounts of dryness are also noticeable.
O: For a lighter oatmeal stout, this beer still offers some complexities in the taste that makes it interesting to drink.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Saturday at 08:52 PM
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

smithj4, Saturday at 08:44 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Kevinpitts, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

VonZipper, Nov 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

quindog, Nov 14, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -21.2%

BrianBeers1030, Nov 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Deanc, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: just-short-of-black brown, light barely slipping through the edges; tower of pale mocha-colored bubbly foam left some lace arms down the glass

S: roasted dark malts suggested something like dry cocoa and coffee grounds; faint oat and molasses

T: follows the nose into the dark bitter roasted malts, slightly edged with char and sugar; earthy and roasty; hints of dark skinned nuts and bittersweet chocolate

M: smooth and light, faint buzz of carbonation, but very slick and creamy

O: easy-drinking but with a bitter char and a smooth body - not a style I go for often, but this is a great beer for the style.

Greywulfken, Nov 14, 2014
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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.