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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 205
Gots: 409 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 2,567 | Reviews: 599
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3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, garnet highlights with a quickly building two finger mocha head. Below average retention with hints of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Obvious cereal grains, husky and raw with burnt malt, spent coffee grounds and hints of chocolate sweetness and dried prunes.

Thin profile with some husky light grains, grape juice comes to mind as well as some burnt toast, ashy with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pleasantly bitter and drying on the finish though.

Not velvety smooth or creamy but definitely easy to drink. Lighter body and muted carbonation paired with nearly no alcohol.

Drinks like an oatmeal stout but ultimately disappointing, lots of burnt, ashy and raw grain flavors get collected on the palate before a nice coffee bitterness and drying take over. FW makes great beers but this is closer to the bottom of their list.

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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost fully black and pours a decent tan head. Retention is a bit poor.

S: Aroma is a bit fleeting. A bit of coffee and chocolate mainly. A small amount of prune and grape.

T: Starts off with a bit of mocha sweetness. A bit of bittering roasted grains Aftertaste is of dark fruit and some bitter black coffee.

M: Light on the carbonation and feels medium-full. Has a pretty good creaminess to it. Definitely wet.

O: Decent oatmeal stout. Inexpensive and overall tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout with a great nose and wonderful flavor. However, I would have liked it to be more oatmealy and a bit smoother. It is a solid beer and for the price it is hard to beat. Perhaps if I could try it on tap I would enjoy it more. Normally, I enjoy everything I have by Firestone Walker.

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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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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.