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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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2,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 206
Gots: 406 | 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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Dark, garnet red and brown body with a thick, off-white head that dwindles to a persistent, foam-clinging, thin layer. Charred, roasted grain aroma; a twinge of bitter chocolate. Roasted grain slightly astringent dark grain character with the flavor; baker's chocolate; decent bitterness. Medium body, leaning towards thick; dry character yet somewhat smooth and chewy.

A very solid, well-balanced and smooth stout. Excellent dark and roasted grain flavor with a noticeable and pleasing smoothness courtesy of the oats. Exceeds the summary of its parts overall...

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.