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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | 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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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, dark brown with trances of tan, 1/4 inch creamy head, nice thick lacing.

Smell - Smoked malts, raisin, plum, figs, brown sugar, some chocolate and cocoa, faint coffee and a little vanilla.

Taste - Starts off very silky with additions of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal adds a bittered flavor. Smoked malts add boldness. Dark fruits give a nice fruity flavor that works well to add sweetness to balance the bitterness of the oatmeal and coffee. Cocoa and honey come out more as this warms up.

Mouthfeel - Rather light on the tongue. Smoked malts, chocolate and coffee are main flavors on the tongue. Palate gets dark fruits, and a little honey and vanilla. Aftertaste is malty, and actually a little watered down bitter.

Overall - Really good. Smooth, easy to drink and enjoy. Balanced really well and nothing is overdone flavor wise. Only gripe keeping this world class is the finish is a little watery, weak. Still solid and worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:08:37 | More by wvsabbath
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beav19

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2014 01:17:32 | More by beav19
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OffroadFever

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-04-2014 06:24:38 | More by OffroadFever
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jbeervt

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-04-2014 05:52:20 | More by jbeervt
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-04-2014 00:08:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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stoppertb18

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-03-2014 23:26:11 | More by stoppertb18
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 1/25/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - very black, but the bottom of the pint glass reveals a mahogany glare. Some carbonation bubbles are noticeable as it builds a creamy, egg shell white head. Lacing was relatively weak for the style.
Smell - dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and graham crackers!
Taste - pleasantly surprising rich, robust flavors! Taste mirrors the nose, very nice!
Feel - creamy mouthfeel, with some bitterness from the robust coffee and dark chocolate flavor.
Overall - an easy drinking stout that reminds me more of a rich, coffee stout, as opposed to an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:27:42 | More by DenverHopHead
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black on the pour with what appears to be good clarity. Sandy colored head sputters out shortly with some lively snap, crackle, and pop. Spotty lacing. I would have expected better head formation and retention from an oatmeal stout.

S: Starchy, bittersweet chocolate, hints of cola and black molasses, woody roast. Brownies, vague whiff of fruit.

T: Blackstrap molasses, cola, brownie batter, woody roast, espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, flash of blackberry, starchy. Hops kick in with a bitter bite and some citrusy orange peel flavors toward the back. The finish is all bakers chocolate and smokey roast.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Silky. Low, gentle carbonation. Great texture, but I find a part of myself wishing it had a bit more weight behind it.

O: Lighter in body than I was expecting. It seems better suited to its warmer home climate than the dead of winter here in the northeast, where a more robust beer is often preferred. Still a good beer, and it offers enough complexity and nuance to keep it from feeling boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:15:29 | More by ryan1788a5
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Patches826

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 02:49:54 | More by Patches826
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 01:56:03 | More by JohnParadee
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 01:43:39 | More by grimey68
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-02-2014 00:05:19 | More by superdoopersauce
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JC333

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-01-2014 21:26:06 | More by JC333
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-01-2014 20:17:38 | More by Knoxrb12
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-01-2014 14:01:16 | More by appetiteforparis
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Getalegup

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-01-2014 12:21:34 | More by Getalegup
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JJStout83

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-01-2014 12:21:01 | More by JJStout83
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at New World Tavern.

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, clear, dark brown in color

Smell: roasted malt, toasted malt, and oats

Taste: oats, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. The milk chocolate is stronger than the dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight roasty bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent oatmeal stout. Nice and chewy with malty complexity. Great brew for a winter's day. I will look for this in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 19:49:49 | More by tigg924
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Williaar

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-28-2014 05:29:17 | More by Williaar
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-28-2014 00:47:00 | More by hinemk76
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. One inch of mocha head forms, good lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Tastes strongly of roasted malt, with a silky smooth taste that signifies oats. Some bitter chocolate in there too, with a hint of coffee. Not very bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth due to the rolled oats. Feels more full bodied than a 5.5% ABV beer would signify. Very drinkable.

A great beer from Firestone Walker that gets lost amongst their other bigger beers. Very sessionable, with tons of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:36:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Lucoli

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2014 23:15:15 | More by Lucoli
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goalie33

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-27-2014 21:10:21 | More by goalie33
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JratBones

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2014 16:42:14 | More by JratBones
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2014 07:08:01 | More by BeersAndBears
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.