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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 361 | FT: 8
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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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Velvet Merlin

Bottle given to me by my buddy PVG, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours pitch black. Thin brown head that dissipated quickly. 3.5

S: Big roasty oatmeal notes come pouring out of the glass. A touch of chocolate and a hint of pine underneath. 4.5.

T: Taste follows the nose. Roasted barley and oatmeal dominate. I'm picking up on something reminiscent of the *char* you got out on the outer crust of a good seared steak. Struggling to find the chocolate on the tongue that I picked up in the nose, but the hint of pine is definitely present. 4

M: Lighter than I would have expected based on the pour. The 5.5% ABV is for real here. But not really in a bad way. It's smooth, and finishes with a nice dry hoppy stickiness. 4

D/O: Very drinkable, and certainly repeatable. 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Lagunitas mason jar...

A- Black as night! Off white tan head that dissipated quite fast. So not too much retention to speak of.

S- coffee caramel vanilla sweetness from the oats and faint alcohol. FANTASTIC! Sweet and delicious, the aromas are well balanced.

T- Roasted malt, coffee, molasses.

M- Avg. for the style. Not too heavy. Carbonation was lacking. Slightly creamy finish but not RICH like a nitro can. Great aftertaste.

O- A great representation of the style here. Drank this beer the night I asked my wifes folks if I could marry their daughter. haha. Not too sweet here, all the flavors complement each other nicely without allowing one to become to overbearing; sweet, bitter, toasted, faintness of alcohol to name a few. A great stout overall. Highly recommended indeed.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was one of the reasons I became a stout drinker. Last evening yet again I came to know just why I love this beer. It taste toward the front is a sharp espresso coffee taste and finishes with hints of chocolate malt and cream. One of the best ways to enjoy beer on a winters evening is with a stout like this in your hand.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed on tap and picked up a bottle at the brewery in November. An excellent American stout, although without the full-fledged creaminess found in some other oatmeal varietals.

Pours a dark, near-black amber with moderate coffee coloured head. Beautiful aroma of roasted dark malts has coffee, chocolate and some smokiness. The taste is well balanced and truly outstanding: a nice mix of caramelized sweetness with an underlying dry backbone and nicely bitter finish. Many layers of chocolate and espresso flavours, along with an assortment of with roasted and toasted malts.

Would highly recommend!

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure black stout with one thumb of creamy tan head. Coffee and cocoa dominate the nose. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors, maybe a touch of toffee as well. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Creamy velvety texture very pleasing. Pretty full bodied. Has a fairly dry finish. Very nice stout.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tavern on Hollywood 12/1
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black. 2 finger of khaki head that recedes quickly. Minor wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate and toffee.

T: Taste is oatmeal upfront interspersed with a nice dose of chocolate. Middle is toffee caramel and a good deal of roastiness. Roast malts hang over in to the finish with an add of coffee and some bitter bakers chocolate.

M: Medium to fuller body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy body to this beer.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, low kick, nice representation of style. This is a delicious beer - if you're of the stout persuasion. I was in SoCal and still in the stout spirit which was hard to find at bars there. Definitely one I would hit up on the regular back home!

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.