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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,965
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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

10-16-2012 04:22:23 | More by CEDAMA
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid black with great tan head.

The smell was slightly on the hoppy side with just a touch of roast.

Taste was good with a fairy sweet coffee like character to it. But where this beer comes through is the mouthfeel. Very light and the oatmeal give it a thicker creaminess to it.

With 5.5% ABV you could drink a few and enjoy every bit!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 16:58:38 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of Vonerichs


4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, lightening up around the edges. The head is minimal and doesn't last long.

The nose is abundant with coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is bitter coffee on both gbe front and bsck end, chocolate in the middle.

I was expecting the body to be a little softer considering its an oatmeal stout and the name. It's still smooth, but the carbonation is a little prickly.

A very solid stout. I especially appreciate the modest abv and robust flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:49:46 | More by Vonerichs
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-02-2013 01:51:53 | More by stampfler07
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-22-2014 02:30:54 | More by kvgomps
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-22-2013 01:09:39 | More by robwestcott
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-31-2013 10:44:41 | More by mpalestino
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif. Color was coffee black. Probably heavy on the head, but I missed the pour. Good looking beer, though.

First smell was coffee. Also some caramel, nuts, Nyquill and cough drops.

First taste was coffee, followed by a strong alcohol bite and then a chocolate finisher. Dark, but so smooth.

Mild carbonation. Some licorice and almost a liquor taste, like Bailey’s Irish Cream. The Nyquill/cough syrup kept coming in and was off-putting.

I really like this beer, but it was much better out of the bottle. I usually am a draft guy, but the taste specifically was better out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 19:31:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-08-2014 02:15:01 | More by jeff1973
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black body. half inch of mocha colored head quickly settles to a thin ring with spotty lacing.

s: milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

t: sweet chocolate quickly takes a back seat to the roastieness with a touch of oat on the backend.

m: kinda thin body for a oatmeal stout, feels and tastes more like a milk stout. decent carbonation. creamy with a bitter dark chocolate finish.

o: good stout, but to me is more like a milk than a oatmeal. none the less still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:00:20 | More by match1112
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oatmeal stout on tap at coronado brewing company.

pours black with a small khaki head, and very good lacing.

smell of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt.

taste is of dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, some coffee, and malt in the back, ends dry and somewhat bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 00:40:37 | More by froghop
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-29-2014 08:36:30 | More by deonreds
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-19-2012 04:05:00 | More by ralphw56
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

04-07-2014 16:18:20 | More by pisano
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-24-2012 18:56:40 | More by jwat
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-22-2014 00:20:58 | More by shehateme
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-02-2013 21:56:53 | More by jzlyo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-24-2013 18:33:08 | More by mctizzz
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-06-2012 18:51:32 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-30-2012 23:51:04 | More by zekeman17
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-19-2013 20:59:35 | More by kew
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-02-2013 20:06:25 | More by rydev24
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90 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.