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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,566
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 205
Gots: 408 | 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:
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: 2,566 | Reviews: 599
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wooo this is a great stout! Black body with a thick head. Roasty, chocolately aroma and flavor. Ultra creamy, nay, velvety mouthfeel that just slides down your throat. This brewery is on the rise and for good reason. Every new brew from these guys gets me excited and they deliver a surprisingly large amount of the time.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

I had this one on-tap at The Skeptical Chymist in Scottsdale on two separate nights. I first saw it in an ad while visiting the restroom and thought i would try it. Thursday nights is special Firestone Walker nights at the Skeptical Chymist so I recommend trying it then or Tuesday when all pints are $2 off.

The beer is a dark color Oatmeal Stout with a small head. A bit of a tobacco or coffee flavor was the one thing that stood out to me. I love dark beer and the taste was pleasing. The signs claim Firestone is 3x brewery of the year. I can see why - this one I was unfamiliar with but Velvet Merlin instantly appeared in my top 5 favorites.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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

On tap at Jose Pistola's in Philly (6/25/12). Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Black, with dark brown around the rims of the glass. Light brown fluffy head.

Smell: Bitter chocolate and thats about it.

Tast: Chocolate roastiness followed by some vanilla and then taken over again by dark bitter chocolate. Rich espresso bitterness hangs around.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, very drinkable.

Overall: Tasty, but velvet merkin wins.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, dark red amber with a rim of foam and no lacing. Dark and roasted malt aroma. Starts rather thin, with dark, sweet and roasted malts. Finish is quite robust with malts and a nice coffee flavor. Way above average for a low ABV stout. Worth trying again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a dark-chocolate brown just a few whiskers above black with a thick tan head. Strong, smoky aroma has rich notes of chocolate, quality coffee and licorice. Mouth-filling, smoky flavor delights the taste buds with molasses, coffee, chocolate and licorice - a liquid feast. Sweet and hop-bitter hints balance each other nicely. Texture has full body and plenty of fizz. Magically delicious. ;)

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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