Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
what a great, well-made beer. Partially aged in bourbon barrels, but this doesn't define the beer. So, it really still reviews as an oatmeal stout. The bourbon barrel adds some depth to the nose, and blends seamlessly in the flavor. There's some barrel char and sweetness in the finish. Maybe a little buttery, but this is all perfectly wedded to the yeast.
Velvet Merlin presents a black body with tan foam, and walnut wood highlights when back lit. The finish is so delicious, and long: Caramel and char take turns on the palate with ripe apple core in the retronasal. That's only part of the story. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and like a stout-flavored chapstick on the lips. It's well carbonated, and the carbonation holds in this thick ass beer. This beer has back!
15% of the grist is oats! Sucking crawdad heads gives you the real mud bug experience; drinking Velvet Merlin is the real oatmeal stout experience. The oats are palpable in this velvet beer, and they're not polite. They are oily, thick, slightly astringent and grainy, and omnipresent here. Bring it on! This is one of those beers that make me say, hell yah, from recipe to regal pour.
12-03-2011 22:40:26 | More by gbontrag
4.65/5 rDev +15.7%
Huge thanks go out to leschkie for bringing me this long want! Poured into stemless chardonnay glass.
A- Pours a liquid dark chocolate brown with an inch of creamy, light beige head. Foam settles quickly leaving just a ring.
S- Smooth, warm, balanced roasted malt blends incredibly well with milk chocolate and some lighter cereal grains. Very reminiscent of a chocolate donut paired with a cocoa dusted mocha. Great aroma here...
T/M- Incredible. So smooth and well rounded. The malt provides a grainy Cheerios taste which leads into a soft chocolate roast. Finishes with a slight bitterness to remind you this is a beer and not a chocolate mousse latte. Nuts, roast, chocolate, caramel, oats, grain... Its all there! Body is medium with a nice level of carbonation to keep this slick with a kick of carbonation bubbles on the finish.
O- Well, it's official- this is now an always ISO... Hell, if anyone reads this and wants to send a 6 pack my way, please let me know and I'll provide goodies from my neck of the woods. As it warmed, it did get a touch of medicine, but overall this beer is a top notch oatmeal stout!
12-02-2011 15:10:32 | More by TheGordianKnot
4.38/5 rDev +9%
A – Opaque dark-brown almost black, with a one-finger light brown creamy looking head which lasts a while. Lacing clings to glass and doesn’t want to give up.
S – Powerful aroma of roasted coffee beans, toffee, graham cracker, and a bit of beery, sweet malt. A chocolate chip cookie smell comes out as it warms. One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of smelling.
T – Toffee, milk chocolate, coffee, a touch of caramel, a hint of charcoal. Just enough hop to bring balance, not enough to make any hop character a noticeable standout. Alcohol surprisingly detectable at 5.5% ABV. (This is a good thing if you ask me)
M – Full bodied and chewy. Prickly carbonation helps with the drinkability.
O - Outstanding. A well-balanced oatmeal stout that just comes together perfectly. You can taste the effort that went into making this. My new go-to, non-imperial stout.
12-02-2011 06:08:51 | More by TempeBeerMan
3.55/5 rDev -11.7%
Black like a tar moat with some nice tan one finger fluffies...Sweet cocoa and brown sugar dominate the nose a nice light roasty aroma. Smooth slippery slightly sweet and very roasty, chocolate malts, and and caramel work their way to the front. Creamy light body is easy to put down, feelings of a much larger body is due to the heavy small bubble carbonation.
12-01-2011 01:33:42 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.83/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: deep brown color, nearly black, with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Head cascaded into a three-finger monstrosity of tan froth. Great.
Smell: rich, creamy, roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. That's what I come to an oatmeal stout to get.
Taste: roasty chocolate flavor with a fair amount of astringent acidity; more than I like in an oatmeal stout. Finish is OK but, overall, the flavor is a bit milder than I'd have hoped.
Mouthfeel: bodaciously creamy, silky texture. Body is huge and, although the carbonation doesn't seem like a whole lot, it is more than enough to make this thing feel like a champion.
Overall: I like this beer. It has some flavor flaws which are rather minor, and its mouthfeel is awesome, even for a stout like this. Good stuff.
11-25-2011 22:00:05 | More by flagmantho
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Notes from 11-21-11
*12ozer to Nonic – Best damn 6er out there!!!
A: Pours a really dark brown color with a thin rosewood edge to it. Tight half finger cap of a light brown sugar head that fizzed away quick just leaving some spotty lace. Although more aggressive pours have yielded much livelier head in my experience.
S: Smells of dark roasted grains. Some chocolate and that distinct earthy F-W oaky/wood note.
T: Taste is just an awesome blend of chocolate, toasted grains, and dry roast coffee flavors. A bit of earthy wood notes and some herbal/spice hops that provide a nice subdued bitter charge towards the end. Very light with just a touch of sweetness. Quite refreshing.
M: Super creamy mouthfeel. It is most excellent. Very light in body. A bit thin for a stout actually but then again this is only 5.5% ABV. Nice dry finish.
D: This is a great American Stout. Nice layers of chocolate and coffee with a lighter body provides for a fantastic session. Creamier texture provided by the oats. Perfect hoppy balance. A must try!
Excellent candidate for beer engine.
Superb balance. A perfect cozy beer for these colder months.
11-23-2011 17:52:57 | More by Nugganooch
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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