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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 191
Gots: 251 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark, dark brown with some ruby highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - The smell contains roasted malt, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

T - The taste leads with dark chocolate. There is a slight bitterness on the finish. Some cocoa and roasted malt comes through.

M - Full and slick.

O - This is a great oatmeal stout. I would put it right up there with any that I have tried so far.

buschbeer, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

amvrana, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

zefer777, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

david18, Apr 18, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell is of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is really good, I get roasted coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla and burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Overall, I love oatmeal stouts, probably my favorite style and this is an excellent one. Very easy drinking, would be great with some baby back ribs. Love the sweetness on my lips after every drink. Highly recommend this one.

JerUrbans, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kramerwtmf, Apr 17, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking on January 18th, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 09/16/13 stamped on the bottom front of the label, so this is four days outside the 120-day period recommended by Firestone Walker for beer consumption. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours an inky black hue with just the slightest twinge of dark, walnut brown when I work hard to get some light to come through the glass. Atop the obsidian body rests a frothy off-white head about a finger and a half thick with a mix of larger and smaller bubbles. Retention is moderate, and leaves small bits of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass after the foam dissipates.

Smell - To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed, as the smell is pretty simplistic--predominantly aromas of roasted malt and light char, with some complementary notes of bittersweet chocolate and stale coffee. Faint woody bitterness comes through on subsequent inhalations as well.

Taste - Very much inline with the aroma, only now with some characteristics coming through from the oatmeal in the form of a rustic, moderately sweet graininess along with the bitter roasted components and semi-sweet notes of semi-dark chocolate and coffee. Nice earthy hop bitterness as well, but at a pleasantly subdued rate, allowing the malt profile of this beer to be the lead role.

Mouthfeel - A little thinner than I would've liked, with a medium body, and moderate to low carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout, but nothing mindblowing like FW's hop-forward and barrel aged beers. There are other lowish ABV stouts that I would likely pick up off the shelf before I reached for this one again.

LambicPentameter, Apr 16, 2014
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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,127 ratings.