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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 309 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A decadent oatmeal stout. Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal.

Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 11/27/2013; the freshest I've ever seen it. Poured into a clear plastic cup today, 1/9/2014.

Pours a dark mocha brown body, could be nearly black; with a very well-formed head that takes quite a while to recede. It's on the verge of being overcarbonated. The head is tan coloured; and there is a good bit of lacing that reminds me of espresso. Solid stoutish looking beer.

Smells very roasty, with a nice nuttiness and bitter espresso flavours to it. Not particularly earthy or hoppy, but the nuttiness stands out in the nose. Fairly strong and aromatic nose.

Tastes a bit thin; like the notes in the nose except quite a bit more muted. Mostly a wateriness up front, with a fairly roasty, nutty middle and a bitter coffee backend. Not the most complex, but certainly presents a decently drinkable flavour profile.

Medium bodied, very creamy and well carbonated. Very slick and viscous on the tongue- Firestone Walker has nailed the mouthfeel on this one for sure. Very creamy and smooth. Aftertaste is a mild espresso bitterness that does have some staying power.

Solid oatmeal stout, for the style it's got an exceptional nose and mouthfeel. The flavour profile doesn't quite live up to the rest of the beer, but it's a solid seasonal six-pack from Firestone Walker. Probably the first one from them I've actually enjoyed.

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with a brown short lasting head.
Aroma: Medium coffee aroma
Flavor: Medium bodied with a coffee flavor.
Overall: This stout does not have much flavor. It’s some what harsh, but does try to end with a smooth mouth expected of an oatmeal stout

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown, nearly black color, with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving a persistent foam head that eventually fades to leave only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall, consisting mainly of a roasted malt smell mixed with some coffee aromas. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of a oatmeal smell as well as a little bit of a woody smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor mixed with a sweeter oat flavor with some caramel and oatmeal flavors. The oat and sweet flavors lose some ground as the taste advances, being replace by some coffee like flavors. The coffee grows stronger toward the end of the flavor really taking hold of the overall flavor profile. A little bit of an oaky taste as well as a slight increase in sweet, but a rather big increase in the bitter coffee, come at the very end leaving one with a slightly drier and bitter, but still quite pleasant, coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation would have likely been slightly better for the darker and coffee flavors of the brew, but overall for the 5.5 % abv, the feel was OK.

Overall – A rather decent oatmeal stout overall. Rather drinkable with a nice coffee flavor.

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.