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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,524
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 206
Gots: 387 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 5/24/12.

Appearance: Very dark brown with only a small rim of tan head. A couple of spots of lacing.

Smell: Bold roasted malts with some coffee notes. Smells sweet.

Taste: Sweet coffee flavor, dark roasted malts, with just a bit of hop bitterness as it finishes. Smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Nothing out of the ordinary, just another good offering from FW. Flavorful, low abv, and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black with a hint of auburn brown peeking through where light can penetrate. Head is tan, powder snow fluffy and 2 fingers thick, good retention and a decent lace.

Smell - Potent oatmeal stout aromas here: Classic, roasty chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Bold cocoa and roasty coffee malt backbone, complimented by a nice hoppy bitterness. Simple, but assertive.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, smooth and velvety. Goes down easy, despite the big flavor.

Overall - First time having this beer, and it's my favorite Firestone brew to date. Classic oatmeal stout flavors, but big, bold and beautifully balanced. Definitely a future buy.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. No freshness date.

Poured a super dark brown color that took on a subtle rubyish hue when held up to light. Two fingers of tan, bubbly foam perched on top, then dropped down to a skiff. Spotty lace.

Roasted malts give off coffeeish notes. There’s also some chocolate and caramel scents.

Starts out with a bitter, coffeeish flavor and some acidic notes. Then the sweet, chocolaty flavor kicks in and provides balance. Mild zap at the finish.

Velvet Merlin has a velvet mouthfeel.

A very tasty oatmeal stout. Maybe not as great as Anderson Valley’s, but stil pretty good.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.