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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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90
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2,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,001
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 212 | FT: 7
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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StoneyPeaches

California

3.59/5  rDev -10.7%

Velvet Merlin pours dark w little head. I like to swirl half the unpoured stout before pouring the rest in the glass to give it more bang. Smells wonderful - coffee and chocolate dominate. Mouthfeel is rather thin - certainly not creamy or velvety. Tastes pretty good though, like how it smells. In addition to coffee and chocolate, there's a hint of caramel note and slight sweetness. Very easy to drink (2 bottles go down like water). Love it with dark chocolate covered pretzels. The stout tastes more complex after.

01-19-2013 01:09:01 | More by StoneyPeaches
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

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BierJager89

California

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip or a small snifter.

A: Pitch black with a nice mocha head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, toffee and a hint of chocolate in the nose.

T: Chocolatey delicious, with coffee, toffee, roasted malt, all those good roasty flavors you want out of a stout. Pleasantly bitter.

M: Perhaps the smoothest beer I've ever had (that wasn't flat), creamy, velvety goodness. Deserving of it's name, and a paragon of oatmeal stouts, at least in terms of mouthfeel. This beer displays exactly how much the addition of oatmeal to the mash can do to a stout.

O: I compensated a bit with the taste score, because this beer should get a 100... out of 5... on the mouthfeel, and I can't do that. One of my top 20, and maybe the best value in that respect. I can get six of these for less than a quarter of the price of some of the others I've tried that are better. Get a six pack when it's available if you like smooth oatmeal stouts. This is the best of it's style (well, the bourbon barrel aged version, Velvet Merkin, is a little better).

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Iowa

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Illinois

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California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Dark as night with little foam but very good lacing.

Smell: Oatmeal and raisins.

Taste: Oatmeal and raisins are just the beginning. Complex flavor with chocolate, coffee, caramel swirling around in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, and creamy.

The Verdict: Very good. Bursting with roasted malt flavor, but less bitter than many oatmeal stouts.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,001 ratings.