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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 175
Gots: 221 | 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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Ratings: 2,048 | Reviews: 533 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of The_Kings_Quart
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slick, oily blackish brown. 3 fingers of pale tan head that doesn't linger. Nice, frothy lacing.

Smell: Toasty malts, maple syrup, slight coffee notes, raisins (?).

Taste: Robust malts that fall away too fast. Interesting combination of spices leading to a burnt sugar/diner coffee finish. Thick and clingy. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, heavy carbonation that makes it unpleasant to savor. Like someone brewed up some malted soda pop.

Overall: I like Firestone, and this was a decent attempt, but the brew lacks the follow through I feel it ought to have. I don't see myself getting up for another bottle.

The_Kings_Quart, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

Appears opaque black, with small off-white head that hangs around. Aroma is quite toasty and acidic. In the taste, slight sweetness gives way to dry bitter finish. Heavy roasted coffeish flavors. Medium body, mild to moderate carbonation, about right. Could be thicker.

Overall- decent, not sure why such a high average score.

jmdrpi, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of RaucusBacchus
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

RaucusBacchus, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JigsawRecords, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mylar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mylar, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Eagle
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Eagle, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of rumorsofsurf
4/5  rDev -0.5%

rumorsofsurf, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of DegenerateElite
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a few bottles of this beer in my pantry for a couple months now--I've been intending to use the Oatmeal Stout for baking, as chocolate stout cakes are fantastic.

I decided to go ahead and have a few tonight, though usually stouts aren't my favorite type of beer, and wow, these were much better than I expected. Usually I prefer reds and other dark ales, but these ones really are fantastic. This beer has a smooth, rich flavor, and after my fourth one, I'm still enjoying the taste of it. I'd love to try this in a recipe to see how it affects baked goods.

DegenerateElite, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of BierBliss
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

BierBliss, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of jdmandel
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jdmandel, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of skunk242
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

skunk242, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
3/5  rDev -25.4%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beeradelphia, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of jayfro70
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jayfro70, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Translucent black with garnet highlights. 1-2 fingers of head with some pretty nice lacing.

Nose
Dark roast coffee, sweet dark malts, hazelnut and a touch of oak, bourbon & vanilla.

Taste
Dark roast coffee and chocolate covered peanuts. Hints of vanilla, oak, bourbon and hazelnut. Slightly charred bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
This is a spectacular Oatmeal Stout. Sweet, creamy and easy drinking. Huge coffee notes and nuttiness. The partial blend from the Bourbon Barrels make this really nice.

justintcoons, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Deep black brown with a large tan head.

S - Mmm. Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee.

T - Rich, sweet mocha flavor throughout.  Light earthy hops balance out the sweetness. Finish has smoked malt and burnt coffee, which tends to linger.

M - Smooth as velvet, medium bodied,  mild carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O - Excellent oatmeal stout. A flavorful blend of milk chocolate and coffee. A true delight.

mooseo, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

TMoore, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

UncleBuccs, Aug 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

ryankthx, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

thegerm87, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

KVNBGRY, Aug 09, 2012
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.