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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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90
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2,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 177
Gots: 224 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

PowDay, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mhenson42, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of vicsju1991
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle into duvel snifter
A - poured dark black, solid two finger white head, good retention
S - sweet malts, coffee, chocolate
T - coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, follows the nose
M - the best mouth feel ever, so smooth and creamy and amazing
O - very amazingly drinkable beer, good taste, very good beer

vicsju1991, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to crazydiamond42 for the hookup.

A: Dark mahogany color with really really light hues shining through. Aggressive pour leads to a big 2 finger tan head that lingers throughout the session.

S: Not a whole lot here. Not that I was expecting a ton. There was a bunch of subtle notes of toasted chocolate malts and some hops as well. Slight bitterness from a dark caffeinated beverage that's not soda.

T: Delicious. Wonderfully simple yet, I think, nicely complex. Lovely notes of coffee, cocoa, and toasted malts.

M: Creamy, delicious, amply carbonated, thick big bodied and wonderful.

O: A really excellent Oatmeal Stout. A really excellent beer.

suspect, Dec 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MikeDre, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ATADakaCHAD, Dec 21, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a little opaqueness on the edges, with a 2 cm head off an aggressive pour that is quickly gone, leaving murky puddles on the surface of the beer. Mid-level cascading lacing. Some visibly light carbonation.

S: Rich dark dark chocolate, with an relatively upfront touch of espresso. Some sweet tobacco and biscuity, bready notes, possibly from the oatmeal.

T: Not as complex as the nose. Tons of roasted malts, a sprinkling of hops, a coffee tease, and some unsweetened chocolate notes. Ends with a dry, malty finish.

M: The highlight for me. Coating and syrupy, with some mild carbonation to cut any cloying potential. No hint of alcohol.

Nothing spectacular here, but not a bad easy drinking oatmeal stout.

Heavenisbeer, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hopburster, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

honkduh, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

TurboQuattro, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Scout11, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

WYVYRN527, Dec 17, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from the bay area. It’s one of my favorite stouts and I’m so glad I found it.

This poured a gorgeous jet black into my nonic with a wonderful three inch foam—the kind of pour they take photos of for magazines. (Or the kind of pour they should take pics of!) Yes, the foam dies down after a few minutes but it’s still a beauty.

This doesn’t have a big roasty aroma to it but it’s there, along with some coffee and cacoa . As with Firestone Walker’s DBA or anniversary beers it’s about balance and nuance.

The roast is the first thing I notice when I taste. Roasty, sweet, with cocoa nibs and espresso beans and a nicely warming body, smooth and delicious.

elNopalero, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

peter53, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

claytong, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

huadog, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz served into a sam adams glass

Pours a dark coffee color with a small head. Small ammount of lacing

Heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate

Espresso flavor, black coffee, and roastiness

If anything i wish you could taste more alcohol. A bit too sweet.

ikantspel, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Coplains, Dec 14, 2011
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.