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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 201
Gots: 367 | 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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008

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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Photo of Srkolodn
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tanktizzo
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big cocoa and coffee presence. Coffee dominates, and there's a bit of a harsh bitterness.

Photo of Nichols33
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of toothirsty
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A - Very dark brown body, mostly translucent but only partially transparent, light tan head, some lacing.

S - The main smell is roasted malts, bready and slightly suggestive of toast. Grass and floral elements presumably come from the hops, and there is a salted caramel aspect, too.

T - Following the nose, with molasses and dough mingling with chocolate and coffee elements. A bit of soy in the middle, closing out with mild bitterness.

M - The oatmeal adds a bit of heft, giving this more body, but this remains fairly light for a stout. Quite drinkable, as the mild drying in the close keeps this from getting too burdensome.

O - A very nice, balanced stout, and a very easy drinker that will not knock you out after just one. A rich range of flavors built into a beautiful, cohesive whole.

Photo of hopstermonster1
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrs3994243
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brown, 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has an oatmeal and coffee aroma predominantly. The roasted malts are not that strong as other stouts. There is a hint of chocolate. On taste, coffee predominates. The roasted malts are not as strong, but can detect a lighter taste, perhaps the oatmeal. Slight chocolate aftertaste. Overall a very good beer but doesn't stack up to many Imperial Stouts I have had. It is smooth.

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

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

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

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

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaverCS
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured little to no head. Moderate carbonation. Not too much lacing.

I get a very nice nose on this beer. I get tons of roasted coffee and intense dark chocolate ... Almost like pure coco powder. Heavy malts also present on the nose.

Taste doesn't match the richness of the nose. The intensity of the flavor is pretty flat and watery. Up front I get carbonation and wateriness followed by mild malt, mild coffee, and mild chocolate. Touch of hops at the finish.

Overall not worth the time. Pretty watery and not too much flavor despite the deceiving nose. I would pair it with smoked brisket or a porcini mushroom rubbed hangar steak. I give it a 83.5/100

Photo of neruda11
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmheinz57
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.