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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 361 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours with of fairly rocky, brown head over deep brown body with just a hint of light on the edges.

Solid, roasty aromas... reminded me of Founders Imp Stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, charred log, oats, and some tire rubber.

Creamy on the palate. The roast continues into the flavor, but mellows out to a sweeter chocolate profile - think chocolate/chocolate chip ice cream. Light hop pull in the finish. Good body - this drinks bigger than a 5.5%. Nearly perfect carbonation. Light film on the tongue.

Awesome Oatmeal Stout. Smokey quality is the only thing holding me back from a couple 5's.

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a dark brown-black, nearly opaque, with a small cap of off-white head that receded to a patchy layer and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was heavy with roast: coffee, dark malts, underlying cocoa. More roast on the taste, oatmeal and toasted grains, coffee, cocoa, roasty bitterness, with a definite sugary sweetness in the background. Medium-bodied, creamy, but still a bit on the light/watery side for the style, and not as completely balanced as it should be. Still very good though, and quite drinkable overall.

Photo of raynmoon
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark brown with hints of red in it. Once it's in the glass, however, it looks black, but thin in that you can see through it slightly.

The smell is very bread-like, with a little bit of coffee and sugary roasted malts.

The beer is very smooth, with a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the way down. A little bit of an alcohol tingle as the beer warms up, but ever so slight.

Overall, it is very medium bodied and pleasant. I like it. But not an exceptional stout by any means.

Photo of scootpolute
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12ozs. bottle into a pint, 'cone' glass.

A - Pitch black with 1.5 fingers light tan creamy head. Head retention is good, with OK lacing.

S - Smokey roasted malts are at the forefront. Chocolate is well defined in the background.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts now dominate while the smokiness is still present it was mostly in the aroma. Some coffee and hints of dark fruit are present on the back of the tongue. Overall a balanced flavor, but not overly complex.

M - Medium-heavy bodied, a little thin for an oatmeal stout. Very creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is definitely noticeable, but expecting more. Finish is slightly drying with lots of roasted malts, here the smoke comes back again.

D - Very Chocolaty (like having a large bite of your favorite chocolate ice cream...you can mention your's, mine is Ben & Jerry's!!), yummy beer...Well rounded, starts out dominating with the smokiness and finishes the same way. No complex flavors but definitely a very good beer...just a bit flat in parts, but other than that GREAT!

Photo of PhillyFA
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- pitch black with a thin tan head that disapates.

S- toffee, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and raisins.

T- roasted malt, coffee, bread, chocolate, molasses, raisins, and toffee.

M- creamy mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Alcohol brings a little warmth to the palate.

O- This is a decent beer. My first oatmeal stout I had was Samuel Smith's and this beer is very much comparable to it. It has a nice rich flavor and it's low alcohol makes it very drinkable.

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mizorie
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of lurpy1
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cordova Casino in Rancho Cordova. It accompanied one of the shittiest meals I've had in eons, a nasty-ass chicken fettucine alfredo. I should have my head examined for having a stout with white sauce, but the mismatch isn't responsible for the Boyardee impression of the noodles. Anyway, this review is not about the noodles, it's about the beer. And what a beer it turned out to be. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Roasty and subtle vanilla flavors, with a fantabulous sureally smooth consistency. Much better than FW's porter. Really makes me want to try Parabola.

Photo of MichaelBuck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rpjordan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Khazadum
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tight creamy head develops, easily two fingers, sticky lacing, mountains of froth stick to the edges and just layer on each other like grandma's famouse yellow cake. A cola brown color and an off-white toasted froth.

S- Chocolate, like a cocoa and milk chocolate infusion. Roasted grains, toasted malts, a charred barrel nature. There is a back end oxidized malt character betraying the age on this. Still, even if its aged a bit it is very enjoyable.

T- Roasty... Its truly an example of smooth, creamy, roast. It opens like a nice crust of bread, then it flows into a light burnt edge. Like you bit into the wrong end of the loaf. After that a sweetness comes to dominate. Minorly caramel, mostly just bright. Finishes grainy, oats, and a bit of cardboard from oxidized malt.

M- Super creamy, a bright and crisp middle that flows around and helps disrupt the creamy nature so it isn't syrupy or gross. The carbonation sometimes breaks things up too much. Full bodied. Finish is a good amount of sticky. Nothing bothersome. Great texture.

Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of intensify
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a finger head with good retention. Dark like body which represents a good stout. Roasted malts and vanilla on the nose as well as some hoppy aroma lingering around. The palate was almost identical to the smell. Strong taste of roasted malts which do not overpower the beer at all. The vanilla seems to sweeten it out and give it a nice balanced taste. Not a complex oatmeal stout, but a very well brewed and tasting one indeed. Oily thick mouthfeel is as pleasing as they get for this style.
If you happen to come across this limited edition stout I would grab a few. This is definately worth having and cannot find one reason why this should not be a big contender.

Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thickish black with a slow dissipating creamy head. The taste is akin to the St. Ambroise: highlighting the bitterness, bulked up mouthfeel. Though still good drinkability. Leaving a moderate dry and bitter coffee aftertaste. Malty and roast aroma.Trace of bourbon does not add but subtracts.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.