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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,946 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,946
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 173
Gots: 204 | 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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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-27-2014 07:08:01 | More by BeersAndBears
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-26-2014 02:25:20 | More by PEIhop
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-26-2014 01:23:29 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Velvet Merlin. Bottled on 12/20/13.

Pours out of the bottle with a lovely head abound. Lighter color foam, but nice and foamy and dimply. Looks dark and delectable.

Sweet malts with a friendly roasty character. Notes of dark cocoa and toffee with a faint lacto-sweetness. Kiss of evergreen from the hops with a turn of fruitiness.

Nice and chewy body with that oaty bitterness. The roasted malts has a dark cocoa flavor and a bit of char. Almost in the favor of burnt sugars, but it's not as sweet as most milk stouts. It still has a bit of that lacticity, in the way that some coffees have a higher acidity. A little nutty. Could use burlier notes. Carbonation is almost ideal, but perhaps short on the light side. A good winter stout with a mild hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Metaltildeath

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-25-2014 15:08:17 | More by Metaltildeath
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mitch3114

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-25-2014 02:40:47 | More by mitch3114
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-24-2014 02:03:08 | More by milkbone_underwear
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California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-23-2014 09:51:30 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-23-2014 07:14:46 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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mrovelli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-23-2014 00:39:23 | More by mrovelli
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 22:11:36 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-22-2014 18:54:19 | More by krome
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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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possumteeth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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Recless7

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours black. I'm not seeing much besides black I. The body. Head is initially a bigger, plop of doughy, tan foam. Then is settles down but it leaves thick lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate and cocoa. Oats and some roastiness. Even some dark fruitiness. I think the chocolate is nice; it's got some dark and milk chocolate notes.

T-Milk chocolate and light roast coffee and burnt oats. Good flavor but fairly tame. A little bit of cola. Some vanilla as well.

M-The flavor isn't as rich as some other Oatmeal Stouts but it's supremely drinkable. I will have no problem gulping through this six pack.

O/D-I have always wanted to try this beer. I was a bit disappointed, especially having Velvet Merkin first. It's a nice, very drinkable Oatmeal Stout. That's it, though.

Serving type: bottle

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Soto

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 00:20:58 | More by shehateme
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,946 ratings.