Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 201
Gots: 318 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A decadent oatmeal stout. Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal.

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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danmullens1
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yaffeboy
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing oatmeal stout. Smooth, rich, sweet and creamy. Smokey undertones.

Photo of Harvest06
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: dark brown to blackish with reddish hues
S: Coffee & Chocolate notes with a beady earthy maltiness.
T: Coffee, chocolate, bread.
M: Medium body.
O: A light yet complex ale that increases in complexity as it warms.

Photo of k47k
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 09/25/14. Sampled on December 24, 2014.

It pours a deep dark charcoal black with ruby red hues and a modest, short lived tan head.

The aroma is of dark malts, oatmeal, and coffee.

The body is better than medium but I would not call it bold and heavy.

The taste has a nice coffee and dark malt character with that oatmeal and the bitterness is mild at the end. It is quite easy to drink.

Photo of ChristWill
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoganlaw
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RGallo24
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bumblebtna
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronniebruner
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Gotta say right off the bat I was disappointed in this brew as I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other Firestone beers I have had. It could just be a bad batch I presume, but it is hard to say. The beer is very black, almost too black to be enjoyable considering the horrid burnt wood taste. It is nowhere as thick as other stouts and it took me several weeks to finish this 6 pack off. Overall I have a very high opinion of Firestone Walker and would rate it as one of the top 3 breweries in the state of California, but I have to say this really was just not that great. Not terrible, but just not worth the time or money.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrand2621
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brett606
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too boozy for my taste. I would expect an oatmeal stout to be more creamy

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jacksburg
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dillinger
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchengcit
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyCowles75
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,356 ratings.