Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
A: Pours with a modest tan colored head that settles quickly. Very little lacing. The beer is dark brown in color with a reddish tinge when held to the light.
S: Smell some dark fruit, coffee, malt. Some slight earthy tones, not overly aromatic.
T: The slightly bitter coffee flavor is the most forward. Some chocolate, malt and almond notes. Nothing too aggressive or complex. The finish is dry and prominently taste slightly bitter coffee.
M: I think this beer is surprisingly thin and watery for the style, more like a black ale. Fairly well carbonated.
O: The flavor is good but not spectacular or overly complex. I feel the mouthfeel is off for the style and detracts from the beer. This is a very drinkable brew but not a world class beer. Even Firestone Walker hits singles sometimes.
03-05-2014 23:46:09 | More by imscotty
3.98/5 rDev -1%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Black, dark brown with trances of tan, 1/4 inch creamy head, nice thick lacing.
Smell - Smoked malts, raisin, plum, figs, brown sugar, some chocolate and cocoa, faint coffee and a little vanilla.
Taste - Starts off very silky with additions of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal adds a bittered flavor. Smoked malts add boldness. Dark fruits give a nice fruity flavor that works well to add sweetness to balance the bitterness of the oatmeal and coffee. Cocoa and honey come out more as this warms up.
Mouthfeel - Rather light on the tongue. Smoked malts, chocolate and coffee are main flavors on the tongue. Palate gets dark fruits, and a little honey and vanilla. Aftertaste is malty, and actually a little watered down bitter.
Overall - Really good. Smooth, easy to drink and enjoy. Balanced really well and nothing is overdone flavor wise. Only gripe keeping this world class is the finish is a little watery, weak. Still solid and worth a drink.
03-05-2014 23:08:37 | More by wvsabbath
4.24/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 1/25/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - very black, but the bottom of the pint glass reveals a mahogany glare. Some carbonation bubbles are noticeable as it builds a creamy, egg shell white head. Lacing was relatively weak for the style.
Smell - dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and graham crackers!
Taste - pleasantly surprising rich, robust flavors! Taste mirrors the nose, very nice!
Feel - creamy mouthfeel, with some bitterness from the robust coffee and dark chocolate flavor.
Overall - an easy drinking stout that reminds me more of a rich, coffee stout, as opposed to an oatmeal stout.
03-03-2014 03:27:42 | More by DenverHopHead
3.9/5 rDev -3%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Black on the pour with what appears to be good clarity. Sandy colored head sputters out shortly with some lively snap, crackle, and pop. Spotty lacing. I would have expected better head formation and retention from an oatmeal stout.
S: Starchy, bittersweet chocolate, hints of cola and black molasses, woody roast. Brownies, vague whiff of fruit.
T: Blackstrap molasses, cola, brownie batter, woody roast, espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, flash of blackberry, starchy. Hops kick in with a bitter bite and some citrusy orange peel flavors toward the back. The finish is all bakers chocolate and smokey roast.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Silky. Low, gentle carbonation. Great texture, but I find a part of myself wishing it had a bit more weight behind it.
O: Lighter in body than I was expecting. It seems better suited to its warmer home climate than the dead of winter here in the northeast, where a more robust beer is often preferred. Still a good beer, and it offers enough complexity and nuance to keep it from feeling boring.
03-03-2014 03:15:29 | More by ryan1788a5
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Had on tap at New World Tavern.
Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, clear, dark brown in color
Smell: roasted malt, toasted malt, and oats
Taste: oats, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. The milk chocolate is stronger than the dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: sweet with slight roasty bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation
Overall: An excellent oatmeal stout. Nice and chewy with malty complexity. Great brew for a winter's day. I will look for this in bottles.
02-28-2014 19:49:49 | More by tigg924
4.39/5 rDev +9.2%
Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.
Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. One inch of mocha head forms, good lacing down the glass.
Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.
Tastes strongly of roasted malt, with a silky smooth taste that signifies oats. Some bitter chocolate in there too, with a hint of coffee. Not very bitter.
Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth due to the rolled oats. Feels more full bodied than a 5.5% ABV beer would signify. Very drinkable.
A great beer from Firestone Walker that gets lost amongst their other bigger beers. Very sessionable, with tons of flavor.
02-28-2014 00:36:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.