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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 205
Gots: 407 | 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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008

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

A-dark black with a lack of head

S-dark chocolate, very sweet. Sugary caramels. Medium strength

T-great flavor of roasted grains and very sweet chocolate. The ingredients are all of high quality and very raw tasting. Tastes like a real beer. Matching after-taste

M-medium carbonation with a semi dry finish.

O-it's a great flavor. I wish it was a bit creamier though and less dry. I think it'd be perfect via nitro. Definitely something I'd recommend anyone to try

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

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

A finger of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is strong burnt malt.
The taste is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and only the mildest bitterness at the end.
The texture is, well, velvety smooth with low carbonation.
The burnt malt dominates here, which I like. It's a top stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark, dark rich brown with a full ice cream dark beige colored head.
S: Fresh roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, big roasted malts.
T: Full of flavor - fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, subtle rich milk chocolate, roasted malts
P: Medium body, incredibly smooth - like silk
O: Wow, just a fantastic beer. Huge flavor and feel for a low abv beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a:nice dark coloring with 2 finger tan head, slight cascading in the glass from a strong pour

s:breadiness from the yeast, subtle coffee, earthy

t:slight bitterness from the oats followed by dark chocolate and a little licorice

m:a little light in body but has a nice resinous charachter

o:nice addition in the lighter stout category and at 5.5 abv you cant go wrong

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A - Pours a deep black color, with lovely depth. Medium khaki head with plentiful foam and retention.

S - Straight mocha - Nesquik blended with black coffee beans. Soft honey malts and darker cocoa hints underneath.

T - Espresso transitions into almost pure effervescence. Touch of Chocolate powder at the back end, But nothing lingers.

M - High carbonation (overly so), light medium body, lightly dry finish.

D - The drinkability is pretty underwhelming compared to the nose. Too much carbonation and not nearly enough flavor.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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