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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 215 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-11-2013 00:46:00 | More by mmulebarn
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-31-2013 10:44:41 | More by mpalestino
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2011 05:34:13 | More by claytong
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle into tulip.

The beer pours black with deep brown highlights and a light toffee colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is some rising carbonation visible.

The aroma is of wonderful roasty coffee notes with very pleasant hints of sweet malts and cocoa.

The flavor is an incredibly smooth blend of roasted coffee malts upfront. There are very faint notes of vanilla and cocoa, with just a hint of bitterness to the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, with a medium body, though I would have liked a bit less carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, and I definitely plan on picking up some more of this while I can.

10-08-2010 03:24:24 | More by vkv822
Photo of AdamBear


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

A-dark black with a lack of head

S-dark chocolate, very sweet. Sugary caramels. Medium strength

T-great flavor of roasted grains and very sweet chocolate. The ingredients are all of high quality and very raw tasting. Tastes like a real beer. Matching after-taste

M-medium carbonation with a semi dry finish.

O-it's a great flavor. I wish it was a bit creamier though and less dry. I think it'd be perfect via nitro. Definitely something I'd recommend anyone to try

02-24-2013 16:36:57 | More by AdamBear
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-08-2014 02:15:01 | More by jeff1973
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.9/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black on the pour with what appears to be good clarity. Sandy colored head sputters out shortly with some lively snap, crackle, and pop. Spotty lacing. I would have expected better head formation and retention from an oatmeal stout.

S: Starchy, bittersweet chocolate, hints of cola and black molasses, woody roast. Brownies, vague whiff of fruit.

T: Blackstrap molasses, cola, brownie batter, woody roast, espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, flash of blackberry, starchy. Hops kick in with a bitter bite and some citrusy orange peel flavors toward the back. The finish is all bakers chocolate and smokey roast.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Silky. Low, gentle carbonation. Great texture, but I find a part of myself wishing it had a bit more weight behind it.

O: Lighter in body than I was expecting. It seems better suited to its warmer home climate than the dead of winter here in the northeast, where a more robust beer is often preferred. Still a good beer, and it offers enough complexity and nuance to keep it from feeling boring.

03-03-2014 03:15:29 | More by ryan1788a5
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2013 23:57:57 | More by nrs207
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-29-2014 02:09:54 | More by mc4z
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-01-2013 02:46:02 | More by pin
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 15:40:09 | More by Bilco
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A: coal black with a mellow glow up to the light... head dies shortly after the pour, lace blobs stick here and there... pretty much what one would expect

S: dominant, yet hardly overbearing roasted barley with a decent showing of mild-moderate dark crystal malt...coffee and perhaps chocolate syrup later... nice balance, supple yet subtle

T: noticeably roastier than most Oatmeal Stouts I've had and sports a decidedly ash-tray like aftertaste - but not in a bad way necessarily.... I'd be surprised if they didn't use an English yeast in this - maybe it's the hops they used.... bit of a tinge of cardboard in the finish... clean malt flavors overall

M: nice, smooth, faintly-silky, fullish body - but not slick

O: I believe the label had a "best by" or "bottled on" date of Dec 2012 - might explain some of the oxidized flavors, if the former.... either way, one of the more solid, somewhat more authentic takes on this style I've come across... I could drink it again

05-09-2013 16:49:04 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

08-05-2014 10:14:52 | More by dunix
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-25-2013 22:39:08 | More by siege06nd
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-04-2014 16:25:46 | More by kristougher
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-06-2012 18:51:32 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 21:39:10 | More by paulish
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-13-2011 19:31:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 01:56:03 | More by JohnParadee
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-19-2012 04:05:00 | More by ralphw56
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2013 01:31:02 | More by thebouch01
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

08-12-2013 00:43:44 | More by Omnium
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-11-2014 00:40:51 | More by apasternak
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,016 ratings.