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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,041
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 174
Gots: 220 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ralphw56, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mctizzz, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

random846, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Omnium
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.

Omnium, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Aug 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

shehateme, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

pisano, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kew, Oct 19, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

PicoPapa, Jan 21, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Vonerichs, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

thebouch01, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

CEDAMA, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

MattXT, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

robwestcott, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

oldvines, Mar 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

jwat, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Soto, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

rydev24, Mar 02, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +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!

Eriktheipaman, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 22, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev -11.4%

Dark, garnet highlights with a quickly building two finger mocha head. Below average retention with hints of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Obvious cereal grains, husky and raw with burnt malt, spent coffee grounds and hints of chocolate sweetness and dried prunes.

Thin profile with some husky light grains, grape juice comes to mind as well as some burnt toast, ashy with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pleasantly bitter and drying on the finish though.

Not velvety smooth or creamy but definitely easy to drink. Lighter body and muted carbonation paired with nearly no alcohol.

Drinks like an oatmeal stout but ultimately disappointing, lots of burnt, ashy and raw grain flavors get collected on the palate before a nice coffee bitterness and drying take over. FW makes great beers but this is closer to the bottom of their list.

rawfish, Jan 26, 2013
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,041 ratings.