Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 202
Gots: 321 | 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. ... tube_gdata 

(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jose Pistola's in Philly (6/25/12). Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Black, with dark brown around the rims of the glass. Light brown fluffy head.

Smell: Bitter chocolate and thats about it.

Tast: Chocolate roastiness followed by some vanilla and then taken over again by dark bitter chocolate. Rich espresso bitterness hangs around.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, very drinkable.

Overall: Tasty, but velvet merkin wins.

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, dark red amber with a rim of foam and no lacing. Dark and roasted malt aroma. Starts rather thin, with dark, sweet and roasted malts. Finish is quite robust with malts and a nice coffee flavor. Way above average for a low ABV stout. Worth trying again.

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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

Comes out of the tap a dark-chocolate brown just a few whiskers above black with a thick tan head. Strong, smoky aroma has rich notes of chocolate, quality coffee and licorice. Mouth-filling, smoky flavor delights the taste buds with molasses, coffee, chocolate and licorice - a liquid feast. Sweet and hop-bitter hints balance each other nicely. Texture has full body and plenty of fizz. Magically delicious. ;)

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

120z bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an ink black with chestnut highlights. A small khaki colored cap rises and falls slowly. Some sheets of lace.

The aroma is clean. Roast, rolled oats, sweet milk chocolate, and some coffee undertones. Fairly straightforward, a little sweeter than most.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Milk chocolate lends a prevailing sweetness, borderline cloying, while dry oats and roast coming in mid-palate. The finish begins with bitter roast and mixes with sweet chocolate.

Medium body, soft, creamy, and, dare I say it, velvety. Low carbonation. Drinks extremely easy.

I can't get over how easy this drinks. A somewhat tame flavor profile, I'd like it to be a little more robust in spots, but it would take away some of the other good qualities.

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Mayor of Old Towne in Ft. Collins.

A - Black with ebony/brown highlights. Had a short creamy head with very nice lace. A bit thin for my tastes for an Oatmeal Stout.

S - Smooth roastiness with mild chocolate.

T - Has a nice sweet dark chocolate flavor with some mild toffee in there. Roasty and bready yet never really coming across as bitter. Sweet finish.

M/O - Medium bodied. A nice Oatmeal Stout.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.