Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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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.
02-03-2013 03:49:46 | More by Vonerichs
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
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
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
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.