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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,965 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color when you pour it into a pint glass. Not too much head or lacing. Looks very appetizing however. Smell of oatmeal chocolate, vague raisin bread perhaps, and a wee bit of molasses? Great smell. The taste is slightly underwhelming at first but as the beer warms, the complexity begins to come out more, and it's almost like the perfect combo between a cream stout and chocolate stout. And the best part of the beer is the mouthfeel. It lives up to the name, feels very velvet, goes down smooth and full, leaving you satisfied. Overall this is a beer I will absolutely come back to again each year around winter.

Serving type: bottle

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Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Freshness date on bottle neck. Purchased at Zain's Liquors (San Francisco, CA).

A: Black with dark brown edges, soft, foamy 1-finger beige head with good retention and copious lacing.

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Pleasant drinkable average stout. Not quite the "velvet" one might hope for.

Serving type: bottle

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.