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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 206
Gots: 388 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Velvet Merlin pours dark w little head. I like to swirl half the unpoured stout before pouring the rest in the glass to give it more bang. Smells wonderful - coffee and chocolate dominate. Mouthfeel is rather thin - certainly not creamy or velvety. Tastes pretty good though, like how it smells. In addition to coffee and chocolate, there's a hint of caramel note and slight sweetness. Very easy to drink (2 bottles go down like water). Love it with dark chocolate covered pretzels. The stout tastes more complex after.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip or a small snifter.

A: Pitch black with a nice mocha head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, toffee and a hint of chocolate in the nose.

T: Chocolatey delicious, with coffee, toffee, roasted malt, all those good roasty flavors you want out of a stout. Pleasantly bitter.

M: Perhaps the smoothest beer I've ever had (that wasn't flat), creamy, velvety goodness. Deserving of it's name, and a paragon of oatmeal stouts, at least in terms of mouthfeel. This beer displays exactly how much the addition of oatmeal to the mash can do to a stout.

O: I compensated a bit with the taste score, because this beer should get a 100... out of 5... on the mouthfeel, and I can't do that. One of my top 20, and maybe the best value in that respect. I can get six of these for less than a quarter of the price of some of the others I've tried that are better. Get a six pack when it's available if you like smooth oatmeal stouts. This is the best of it's style (well, the bourbon barrel aged version, Velvet Merkin, is a little better).

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark as night with little foam but very good lacing.

Smell: Oatmeal and raisins.

Taste: Oatmeal and raisins are just the beginning. Complex flavor with chocolate, coffee, caramel swirling around in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, and creamy.

The Verdict: Very good. Bursting with roasted malt flavor, but less bitter than many oatmeal stouts.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.