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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,922 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 173
Gots: 203 | FT: 8
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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whatthehull

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Mud meets tar, with a tan light and fluffy head, trace lacing

S - Toasty 'o so toastedness, burned oak, grains, malt and a bit of sweetness

T - Toasty everything and burned oak. Nice hop finish, a bit malty and lots of earth tons, most of which were toasted

M - Medium/Heavy, fluffy carbonated and bitter toasted finish

D - Because of all the toastedness, it is a bit hard to just session this beer. It tends to end up room temp before you're done

Final thought - Nice, toasty. This is a great stout, not the best, but great

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 09:24:10 | More by whatthehull
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djcira

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-23-2013 01:03:15 | More by djcira
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours pitch black with a toffee foam head and solid lacing.
S: Cocoa, coffee, sweet malts and syrup
T: amazingly flavorful for an oatmeal stout. Coffee, oats, bitter malts and some sweetness coming through
M: creamy with very little carbonation and medium heavy as expected out of a stout
O: Another potent creation from firestone that is delish

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:14:37 | More by SavvyStudent
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Abe_Froman

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-29-2014 22:11:58 | More by Abe_Froman
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-14-2013 01:36:05 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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beerbtl

California

5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-23-2013 20:37:43 | More by beerbtl
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-07-2013 04:07:05 | More by timontheroad
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nharres

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-17-2013 00:13:47 | More by nharres
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russwilliam

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 03:42:50 | More by russwilliam
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baybassboy

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-21-2012 04:19:23 | More by baybassboy
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dan027

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.1%

05-17-2013 02:35:24 | More by dan027
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-29-2014 16:58:57 | More by Jmbbabson
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-16-2013 04:53:54 | More by ThisMoonlife
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-19-2014 00:48:28 | More by Sycodrummer
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-18-2013 17:02:39 | More by SpongeRuiner
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benclimbs

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black but with practically no head and not much lacing - looks tasty.

smell is nice, coffee, woody vanilla and roasty malts - good porter/stout smell.

taste is solid - basic but good, hints of chocolate, some bitter espresso subtleties and thats about it...finishes clean and smooth.

mouthfeel is very smooth, and thick but refreshing and light-bodied.

good beer - basic, but good...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:23:22 | More by benclimbs
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very nearly black with a bubbly tan head. It recedes quickly. Not much lacing on the glass. I occasionally catch a glimpse of some visible carbonation.

S - I'm putting my whole face in the glass and not coming up with much. Some light roastiness.

T - Really mild but tasty flavors. Nothing burnt. I think it's mostly coffee with hints of dark chocolate.

M - Velvet indeed. The highpoint of this beer is the softness of it. Nearly full-bodied. Not slick. Just right. Finishes remarkably clean.

O - Solid beer for someone who isn't crazy about stouts. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:15:24 | More by Andrew041180
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-30-2014 01:00:41 | More by cwelsh55
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Deep black brown with a large tan head.

S - Mmm. Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee.

T - Rich, sweet mocha flavor throughout.  Light earthy hops balance out the sweetness. Finish has smoked malt and burnt coffee, which tends to linger.

M - Smooth as velvet, medium bodied,  mild carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O - Excellent oatmeal stout. A flavorful blend of milk chocolate and coffee. A true delight.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:10:22 | More by mooseo
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ejw127

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-16-2012 05:10:19 | More by ejw127
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earljones199

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-13-2014 14:12:37 | More by earljones199
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

01-27-2013 01:38:54 | More by Guinnsslvr
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StoicBeast

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-29-2012 10:01:03 | More by StoicBeast
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Durb777

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-14-2012 20:35:12 | More by Durb777
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-30-2013 16:59:57 | More by ramblinwreck101
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.