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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 173
Gots: 203 | FT: 8
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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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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, not pitch, but black. Some deep reds when held to direct light. Head is tan, creamy and full. Drops to a small head, more lacing than expected. Small cap retains the creamy aspect.

Smell: Oats, malted barley, super grainy. Roasted malts. Chocolate malts. Nice levels of caramelization and sweetness. Milk chocolate mixed with some deeper cocoa edges. Some old coffee. Smells like breakfast. Sweetness pushes something akin to light molasses. Chewy.

Taste: Roasty. Toasted edge. Caramel sweetness. Oats and old coffee. Some solid chocolate notes. Milk, dark, and even some cocoa. Light bitterness from the roast. Burnt sugar. Light molasses. Vaguely nutty. Breakfast candy bar. Some smoke and char in the back. Vague earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light moderate carbonation. Medium body. So smooth.

Overall: Avast ye smooth wizard!

Sets the new standard for an oatmeal stout. Roasty and smooth. It makes me hungry and that's what it should do. Malted goodness layered with chocolate and happiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:21:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours pitch black, one finger tan head, no lacing.
S - Roasted oats and some coffee, a little smokiness, some toasted grains.
T - Creamy roasted flavor, nice bitterness, some nutty quality on the end as well, some burnt qualities in the aftertaste.
M - A little bitter and thin for a stout, but not bad.
O - Taste doesnt follow aroma enough, but its an average oatmeal stout, I'd look elsewhere for cheaper and better oat stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:43:44 | More by Omnium
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-22-2014 02:30:54 | More by kvgomps
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pkalix

California

4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

wow! what a nice smell!! pours a thick milkshake-like head, with an almost transparent dark brown body similar to, but less thick than, a samuel smiths....
super awesome taste. a little sweet, kind of roasty malts, dark fudge (as the last guy said), vanilla and honey (as another guy said), milk chocolate... what an awesome taste! a little tang on the finish, but that is utterly in significant considering all the wonderful flavors going on with this brew. I am really surprised at how much I like this brew. I had the merkin and the sucaba and anniversary, etc.... but never felt I wanted to try this one and I regret not trying it sooner! this is a world class beer! I thought it was labeled a porter but it says stout(?). I have to give this one high marks for every category. I wish I had another one to follow this one up RIGHT NOW!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:46:21 | More by pkalix
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-30-2012 23:51:04 | More by zekeman17
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kew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-19-2013 20:59:35 | More by kew
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jeff1973

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-08-2014 02:15:01 | More by jeff1973
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-29-2014 02:09:54 | More by mc4z
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-31-2013 10:44:41 | More by mpalestino
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19%

02-24-2012 18:56:40 | More by jwat
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jzlyo

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-02-2013 21:56:53 | More by jzlyo
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Domingo

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a decent sized khaki head off of a normal pour. The head dies down to more of a white layer within a minute or two.
Texture looks pretty thick as it’s a slow pour and the liquid coats the glass.
The nose is roasty and semi-sweet. Baker’s chocolate and mild coffee.
Dark chocolate hits the palate first, and it’s not overly sweet. That creamy texture is all-encompassing and brings on a slightly bitter and acidic hit from the roasted malts. There’s a hint of sweetness on the back end that lingers.
This is about as easy drinking as they come. More depth than some, but nothing mind blowing or unusual.
A good oatmeal stout that’s clearly leaning in the roasted malt direction, but has enough sweetness to keep your palate from getting bored.
Tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 17:38:33 | More by Domingo
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deonreds

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-29-2014 08:36:30 | More by deonreds
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 00:20:58 | More by shehateme
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-19-2012 04:05:00 | More by ralphw56
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

64oz growler from Top Hops. Pours a dark blackish brown with a small amount of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is vanilla, caramel, chocolate chip cookies, and hints of light and sweet coffee. The taste is roasted malts and vanilla upfront. Caramel, chocolate, and sweet coffee. Vanilla and caramel finish. A bit light. Moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, decent Oatmeal Stout I'd buy every once in awhile.


Serving type: growler

01-21-2014 17:00:37 | More by PicoPapa
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 2/28/13

Appearance: Dark brown, some nice clarity around the edges - small, light tan head - fades to a minimal, wispy cap - leaves some nice streaks of lacing though

Smell: Roasty and lightly sweet - roasted grains, with some touches of burnt, chocolate malts - some dark chocolate as well - a distinct, lightly sweet oatmeal aroma - some chocolatey, grainy sweetness overall

Taste: Roasty oatmeal with a splash of coffee and chocolate - roasty malts, toasted malts, and some lightly sweet caramel malt - touches of roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and some semisweet chocolate - minimal bitterness, mostly of the roasty variety - some cooked sugar - nicely balanced overall

Mouthfeel: Medium body, about as smooth as an oatmeal stout should be, clean, nicely dry and very drinkable

Overall: Merlin's beard!

This is quite the clean, well-balanced, and drinkable oatmeal stout. No surprise from Firestone Walker... I would definitely seek this out. I get other Firestone Walker beers, and I hope this eventually makes it to the East Coast, as this is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 07:13:41 | More by angrybabboon
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-11-2013 00:46:00 | More by mmulebarn
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19%

04-07-2014 16:18:20 | More by pisano
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-02-2013 20:06:25 | More by rydev24
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-03-2012 03:55:41 | More by Stoffel
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So glad that FW is in the Boise market now. 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark black pour with red highlights on the stem of the glass...large khaki head recedes and leaves some nice lace.

S: Darker malty sweetness, milk chocolate, roast and suggestions of coffee, dusting of cocoa.

T: Follows the nose, with suggestions mocha, faint hint of smoke, roasted coffee, unsweetened bakers chocolate, roasted barley and a lightly acrid finish.

MF: Shines here, good example of the style IMO - creamy, medium body smooth and velvety, low-to-medium carbonation.

O: From look to feel, a textbook oatmeal stout that seems to border on a milk stout at times. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 14:39:04 | More by Scotchboy
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-12-2014 04:18:40 | More by ricecracker420
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-24-2013 18:33:08 | More by mctizzz
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

06-09-2012 22:27:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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