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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 198
Gots: 278 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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Ratings: 2,214 | Reviews: 548 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

honkduh, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

TurboQuattro, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Scout11, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

WYVYRN527, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from the bay area. It’s one of my favorite stouts and I’m so glad I found it.

This poured a gorgeous jet black into my nonic with a wonderful three inch foam—the kind of pour they take photos of for magazines. (Or the kind of pour they should take pics of!) Yes, the foam dies down after a few minutes but it’s still a beauty.

This doesn’t have a big roasty aroma to it but it’s there, along with some coffee and cacoa . As with Firestone Walker’s DBA or anniversary beers it’s about balance and nuance.

The roast is the first thing I notice when I taste. Roasty, sweet, with cocoa nibs and espresso beans and a nicely warming body, smooth and delicious.

elNopalero, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

peter53, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

claytong, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

huadog, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ikantspel
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz served into a sam adams glass

Pours a dark coffee color with a small head. Small ammount of lacing

Heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate

Espresso flavor, black coffee, and roastiness

If anything i wish you could taste more alcohol. A bit too sweet.

ikantspel, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Coplains, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of SirWilliam666
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black brown. I tried to pour for head and only got about a 1/4 inch of slightly off white head. Smell is faintly of iced expresso. Nice coating roasted flavor. Easy drinking. A quality outmeal stout. I will be enjoying more of this in the future.

SirWilliam666, Dec 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Popp24, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

crob3888, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown almost black with no head at all. Some slight lacing down the glass.

Sharp roasted notes leap at the nose. A little bit of chocolate and earthiness as well.

Flavor follows the nose. Huge bitter roasted coffee maltiness with some chocolate background. Bold flavors.

Not quite as velvety as I'd like, but still very solid mouthfeel. Got a little creamier as it warmed.

Very tasty beer especially if you like lots of roastiness. One of the stronger roast presence in this style I've had.

jmarsh123, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

maltlikker, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 09, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, there's a short-statured and short-lived light, frothy head, off white. Color is a very dark brown.

Smells of sweet cocoa, and as it warms up some roasted malts begin to peak out a bit.

The taste surprised me: roasty roast roasty. Delicious coffee tones take the show, contrasting the subtlety in the nose. Man on man this is nice. This time the chocolate malt takes a back seat. A pleasant aftertaste lingers and makes me really eager to take the next sip.

Mouthfeel does this beer well. Not watered down, not overly thick for the style, just right. Feels nice the entire way down.

This is a great beer. I've been wanting to try this for a while now. I'm kind of perplexed by the sweet smell and roasted body makeup. At first whiff I was certain it was going to be on the sweet side. Not so fast, mister, this one's a winner.

quaybr, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BMart, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 08, 2011
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.