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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,340
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 309 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

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

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

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

Full bodied, silky and smooth.

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.

Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate with some oats, coffee, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Starts off with roasted milk chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some coffee comes through alongside a bit more vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted milk chocolate with some coffee and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and lightly roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a really good smooth mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. There don't seem to be a lot of them out there to try really. Nice toasted and malty smoked tones that stay consistent. Been a while since I've gotten a nose like this that I can remember. Smooth, well constructed, even. I like it.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wooo this is a great stout! Black body with a thick head. Roasty, chocolately aroma and flavor. Ultra creamy, nay, velvety mouthfeel that just slides down your throat. This brewery is on the rise and for good reason. Every new brew from these guys gets me excited and they deliver a surprisingly large amount of the time.

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,340 ratings.