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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 309 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jegross2
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
Score: 87

Bottled 12/06/11. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. Totally opaque save for a layer of brown highlights atop the body. Poured a finger plus of creamy/foamy tan colored head that settled into a bubbly/creamy ring around the glass with a bubble tan clump in the middle. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Primarily roasted oats and, to a much lesser degree, bitter coffee. A little cocoa powder and roasted malt too. 4/5

Taste: Toasted oats, creamy roasted malts, bitter unsweetened chocolate and coffee. Lingering bitter oat and chocolate malt flavor. A light amount of citrus is present on the midpalate and towards the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter and acidic finish. 3/5

Overall: A solid "off the shelf" oatmeal stout. Not overly heavy on the palate or on ABV. A little bitter and coffee/oat-forward on the flavor, but quite drinkable thanks to a thinner body and creamy mouthfeel.

Recommendation: Unless you have some aversion to bitter beers or coffee flavors, seek this one out at your convenience.

Pairings: French toast and syrup.

Cost: $2 for a 12 oz bottle.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Deep black body under two fingers of cappuccino head with drops to form some nice lumps.

Smells niiice. Toasty, brown, muffiny oatmeal & malt note, sweetly baked but with a thick graininess, like buckwheat pancakes. Or even baked corn, in a very good way. Some light roast coffee develops - good stuff!

Combo of many "dark" flavors in the taste: acidic dark fruit skins, coffee, that bready character again, with more oomph from the roasty bitterness in the finish, a little astringent but just pleasantly so.

Medium-full-bodied & nicely chewy, with a mild acidity & astringency that helps to balance things out.

Nice little number here! Feels like moderate ABV stouts are becoming less & less visible, & glad to see a full-flavored, well-composed oatmeal stout. Wish we got this in my area more regularly.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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

thank to LaChupacabra for the extra!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 10/24/2011.

pours out almost completely opaque black, no light coming through at all. a nice big 2-3 fingers worth of khaki colored head off the pour that within a few minutes settled to a retentive ring. only some spotty lace from a swirl of the glass.

bitter roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate coming through the aroma the most. also some coffee and a touch of toasted malt and fruits.

again, lots of bitter roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. some nice slightly fruity toasted malts as well, coffee and a nice bitter hop finish.

a nice slick, somewhat oily/ creamy mouthfeel from oatmeal, medium to light bodied, ample carbonation.

spot on oatmeal stout, a great example of the style. i could see myself drinking this again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew I picked up just by chance, I have enjoyed several other Firestone Walker brews so I figured this one would be pretty good too. It poured out as a very dark black color with a nice looking creamy tan head on top. The lacing was very nice on this also. The aroma was lightly roasted but nothing too strong on the nose. The taste of the beer has a really nice, it has a soft roasted flavor to it with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall I can see myself getting this again. Worth trying for sure.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours the darkest shade of brown, with a disappointingly thin, tan, one finger head. Retention is fair.

S - Light roasted barley, faint cream and light coffee. Mild strength and generally appealing.

T - Medium roasted barley foundation opens to a sweet, creamy body. It's really simple; I actually don't get too many more notes off it. It's balanced extremely well, though, and plays well off of its simplicity.

M - Medium bodied, a bit coarse and a bit off an odd dry finish. I don't mind it but could be more smooth.

D - Not a bad beer overall, but doesn't have a whole lot going for it.

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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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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a two finger light brown head. Head retention is good, and there is some slippery lacing to be had...

S - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some sweet malt...

T - Starts bitter, but as beer warms a good amount of sweetness is revealed. Sweet caramel, toasted oats, roasted malts, and cocoa. Finishes with on lingering roast note with a little cocoa in the mix...

M - Has a good creamy feel, but still a tad light. On the higher end of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Solid Oatmeal Stout from a solid brewery. Definitely something I will be rivisiting in the future. FW has yet to let me down...


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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.