Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Comes out of the tap a dark-chocolate brown just a few whiskers above black with a thick tan head. Strong, smoky aroma has rich notes of chocolate, quality coffee and licorice. Mouth-filling, smoky flavor delights the taste buds with molasses, coffee, chocolate and licorice - a liquid feast. Sweet and hop-bitter hints balance each other nicely. Texture has full body and plenty of fizz. Magically delicious. ;)
Serving type: on-tap
07-10-2012 03:44:26 | More by Cyberkedi
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
120z bottle poured into a snifter
Pours an ink black with chestnut highlights. A small khaki colored cap rises and falls slowly. Some sheets of lace.
The aroma is clean. Roast, rolled oats, sweet milk chocolate, and some coffee undertones. Fairly straightforward, a little sweeter than most.
The flavor profile follows the nose. Milk chocolate lends a prevailing sweetness, borderline cloying, while dry oats and roast coming in mid-palate. The finish begins with bitter roast and mixes with sweet chocolate.
Medium body, soft, creamy, and, dare I say it, velvety. Low carbonation. Drinks extremely easy.
I can't get over how easy this drinks. A somewhat tame flavor profile, I'd like it to be a little more robust in spots, but it would take away some of the other good qualities.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2012 03:40:53 | More by ColForbinBC
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On draft at The Mayor of Old Towne in Ft. Collins.
A - Black with ebony/brown highlights. Had a short creamy head with very nice lace. A bit thin for my tastes for an Oatmeal Stout.
S - Smooth roastiness with mild chocolate.
T - Has a nice sweet dark chocolate flavor with some mild toffee in there. Roasty and bready yet never really coming across as bitter. Sweet finish.
M/O - Medium bodied. A nice Oatmeal Stout.
Serving type: on-tap
06-11-2012 22:54:03 | More by Spider889
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on nitro into a pint glass at Capones.
A- pours black with a two finger tan head. Yep.
S- aroma is very weak, with a little bit of chocolate coming through
T- taste is strongly of cocoa, with only a little bit of sweetness coming through. The bourbon is a very small aftertaste in this as well
M- mouthfeel is insane. Silky smooth, thick, and chewy
O- this beer is dangerously drinkable. Love it
Serving type: nitro-tap
06-04-2012 00:59:28 | More by bigfnjoe
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.