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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 199
Gots: 288 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

BullBearHawk, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

zeff80, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Scepter, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

prokopt2, May 16, 2014
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VeganUndead, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

wellsnb, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark coffee black with a tan head that dissipates relatively fast. A lot of roast and black coffee on the nose with subtle chocolatey undertones. The taste is creamy and smooth with plenty of black coffee and a noticeable oatmeal presence. There is some metallic and sour presence on the finish but this is not unwelcome. This is a really smooth stout with about as much to offer as an oatmeal stout needs to offer. Probably the best basic oatmeal stout I've had.

Jack_Malts, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

J_Dub, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jamco_76, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Joel12, May 15, 2014
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maxhock, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

leftstagebrew, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

snakeayes11, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

rollncalguy78, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hozat, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

jrohrbacher, May 10, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2014, going for this sucker!

Bright light tan head. Surprising head appearance in a creamy but almost bleached bright tan color. About three fingers with a small settling one finger cap. Body color is very dark. Deep midnight black and maybe even a little bit red strangely. Up to the light there is some clarity. Pretty nice.

Great nose on this guy. Deep roasted and toasty notes, and lots of creamy tones. The grain just rips on this supper husky and crackling. Light notes of soft roast and small vanilla. A big sense of depth it would seem coming. Loving this.

Real nice flavors, but a very faint hint of acridity and faint sour tinge on the finish. Palate fills though with a light bodied chewy cookie quality. Dark crackling roast and soft malt mouthfeel on the palate, nearly silky. Some small vanilla.

Wonderful oatmeal stout, with a sense of chewy depth, and big aromas. Would like to grab this guy in the style often, but it's never around these parts. Glad to finally get my hands on this one.

smakawhat, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MonkeyBread, May 09, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cask on tap, at Churchill's, in San Marcos, CA (eat your heart out suckers).

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, lush head. The head dissipates rather quickly but it leaves plenty of stickage. Beautiful.

Smell - Faint sweet nose. Toasted malt. A slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste - Sweet, toasted malt. Mild alcohol flavor. Dry, herbal finish. Smooth, subtle, and delicious.

Mouth - Smooth. Buttery. Only a cask conditioned ale can offer this kind of experience.

Overall - A local, cask conditioned Stout in Southern California? What a treat! If this beer had a bit more character, I would have given it fives top to bottom.

T100Mark, May 09, 2014
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dsigmon, May 09, 2014
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Oakhtar, May 09, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Velvet Merlin poured a deep brown with ruby highlights with a slight tan but effervescent head. The aroma held chocolate and sweet malt roastiness. The flavor followed suit with chocolate, toasted malt and added hints of coffee. It left a slight bitterness on my palate between sips but the roasted chocolate quickly took center stage. The bubbly body was much lighter than the brews appearance and was light and lively. The Velvet Merlin was a top tier Oatmeal Stout.

brurevu, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

mgr78704, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

sammyt728, May 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

revo, May 07, 2014
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.