Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 201
Gots: 317 | 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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4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler from Big Hops in San Antonio, TX.

A - Pours black with half a finger of mocha head. There is a reddish brown around the edges when held up to the light.

S - Lots of coffee, chocolate, and oats in the aroma.

T - I get a good amount of roasted coffee, chocolate, and creamy oats in this. It's sweet and roasty with a great balance. Minimal bitterness.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. True to its name, this is velvety smooth and creamy. There is a lingering roasted coffee/chocolate stickiness in the mouth.

O - A dangerously drinkable brew from FW. The coffee, chocolate, and oats mesh incredibly well and the smooth mouthfeel make this one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

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3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dirty, but rinsed, Delirium glass. medium black with brown head that fades into very light light brown lacing and dissipates medium/soon. Tastes like an old shoe in a good way. Dark, aged fruit (dates, burnt grain) with a high drinkability factor. Alcohol factors too prevalent, considering the only 5.5% and thus cuts down on mouth and taste. Smooth and balanced, but not too excitable. If one was to drink dark ales for hours and hours, this would be the beer. Goes well with tobacco and chocolate, though the flavors are unremarkable on their own. Firestone makes very solid beer, and this is no exception. But, considering, it could be much better.

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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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice dark brown in color. Chocolaty head that settles quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: This beer smells great. Fantastic chocolate aroma, with a hint of cherries and maybe some fig. A nice malty, nutty aroma follows.

T: Almost as good as the nose, the taste follows a similar profile. Chocolate up front, nutty with a big malty, nutty finish. Was hoping more of the fruity smell would come through.

M: Like a stout should be. Thick and creamy. Little carbonation.

O: This is a very warming stout. Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Once again impressed by Firestone Walker.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very dark brown/black and leaves a creamy, one layer, toffee colored coating with a slightly thick lacing ring. Leaves a sticky coating on the glass that is more like a high alcohol beer. Impressive legs.

S - Dark chocolate roast, grainy, and light char.

T - Follows the nose with deep/dark chocolate roasted malt and a chocolate charcoal finish.

M - Light medium body and finishes a little watery.

O - A nice, session able stout.

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12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Opaque with slight carbonation. Mocha head dissipates quickly.

S: Coco nibs, toffee, dark roasted coffee, and malty sweetness.

T: Gingerbread, dark bitter chocolate, and toasted malt with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Good mouthfeel with a bit of bitter pucker from the bitterness and still some sweetness from the malt.

O: Good flavors with some complexity, but nothing that amazes. Easy to drink and tasty, but not a flavor explosion like many others in this spectrum.

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.