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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,017 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,017
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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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2013 01:31:02 | More by thebouch01
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

10-16-2012 04:22:23 | More by CEDAMA
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

Illinois

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.

02-03-2013 03:49:46 | More by Vonerichs
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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.

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-27-2013 00:56:23 | More by mportnoy
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Soto

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-22-2014 01:04:09 | More by Soto
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jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-17-2014 22:47:51 | More by jaymo18
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Eriktheipaman

California

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!

02-28-2011 16:58:38 | More by Eriktheipaman
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robwestcott

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-22-2013 01:09:39 | More by robwestcott
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-24-2012 18:56:40 | More by jwat
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dwagner003

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-17-2013 00:43:52 | More by dwagner003
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-02-2013 01:51:53 | More by stampfler07
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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.

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-16-2014 20:45:41 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2013 00:44:42 | More by oldvines
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-07-2014 03:35:02 | More by random846
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-24-2014 18:49:02 | More by masterofsparks
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-14-2013 22:46:07 | More by CGMLS3
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-02-2012 03:34:23 | More by Hugonaut13
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MastaShonuf

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-01-2013 04:25:10 | More by MastaShonuf
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match1112

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

04-02-2012 01:00:20 | More by match1112
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.