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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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90
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2,009 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 212 | 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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menacho1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-31-2013 04:44:03 | More by menacho1
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-30-2013 16:23:27 | More by Eighty
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked up from the sale bin at Baron's Market in Point Loma for a dollar and some change - damn good deal!

Poured into a Forestinne branded tulip glass. Pours dark as shit - like motor oil with a decent sized tan head that sticks around for a few sips - decent lacing. Smell is smoky and earthy, faint scent of hops, fresh milled grain, dark chocolate and iced coffee. Flavor is much more bright and interesting than the nose suggests - plum, burnt raisin, earthy roasted coffee, vanilla, sweet toffee, cocoa nibs, slight hint of fresh cut grass - absolutely delicious! Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style - smooth and creamy - extremely easy drinker for a stout. Overall amazing stout, that as mentioned, drinks ridiculously easy - could crush a few of these in a single sitting, no problem!

05-30-2013 03:44:13 | More by DeanMoriarty
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TastefulNudity

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-29-2013 23:30:28 | More by TastefulNudity
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DMc8ride

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2013 22:06:22 | More by DMc8ride
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tmcarter23

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-28-2013 00:47:08 | More by tmcarter23
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tzieser

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-27-2013 03:30:44 | More by tzieser
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Pedrovc

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-26-2013 18:21:21 | More by Pedrovc
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watermelonman

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Pouring to a thick near black, head is minimal and lace is merely a few lines.

The smell is good overall but a does of phenols is getting in the way, a touch too strong to meld in with the better flavors. Malts are more roasted than I like in an oatmeal stout, yet this beer comes up a little thin when compared to the non oatmeal variety. I think it is a line sitter than cannot quite decide what it wants to be. Still, a tasty effort overall, definitely smooth and drinkable.

05-25-2013 05:39:30 | More by watermelonman
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Dirksen

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-24-2013 19:19:33 | More by Dirksen
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Got in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/21/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear almost opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, brown bread, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with oats and light hops. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, oats, roasted malt, toast, brown bread, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Slight earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, oats, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted/bready malt flavors with oats and light hops; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish; moderately dry on the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice oatmeal stout. All around nice flavor balance and robustness; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

05-24-2013 04:04:57 | More by superspak
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visionaries

California

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-23-2013 15:20:38 | More by visionaries
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firecrack0r

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-22-2013 23:07:33 | More by firecrack0r
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8%

never really cared for this one before, always had a hint of dull, dry, bitter, but tonight i opened one that's been sitting in the fridge for a while, and the hint above is not there, it's picked up a hint of chocolate/licorice, and it's creamy, much nicer feel than before. tonight was straight from the bottle, but in the past, poured in a glass. color is typical dark. one i'll revist . . .

05-22-2013 06:29:17 | More by lighthabit
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spark3148857

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-20-2013 21:17:00 | More by spark3148857
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-20-2013 17:35:10 | More by touchmeimsac
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-19-2013 12:12:55 | More by InVinoVeritas
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Sokool

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-19-2013 02:57:19 | More by Sokool
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-18-2013 22:15:36 | More by Photekut
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510a

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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ElizabethEleanor

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-18-2013 03:53:35 | More by ElizabethEleanor
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rdooley

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-17-2013 22:26:57 | More by rdooley
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BarrelAgedBrian

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-17-2013 04:05:05 | More by BarrelAgedBrian
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dan027

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.2%

05-17-2013 02:35:24 | More by dan027
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California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-16-2013 21:58:57 | More by verge
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.