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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 204
Gots: 309 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Tele
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.5 Looks nice. Pours almost black with a two-inch tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt up front giving off coffee and bittersweet chocolate aromas. Faint hops.

T: 3.75 Similar to the nose, just a bit more toned down. Nice overall, bit it almost seems a little watery. Not bitter at all, actually a bit tart on the finish.

M: 3.5 Fairly thin for an oatmeal stout. Not a big beer, so I don’t think the mouth feel is too bad but could be a bit more rich.

O: 3.75 A nice drinking stout with good flavors, but there are better examples of the style out there. I’ll probably stick with my one six-pack per season.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of freemanj
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 2/17/2014 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small two finger light tan head.

S- Dark chocolate, espresso/roasted coffee, very rich.

T- Lighter than the nose, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee, hints of piney hops, nice balance.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, creamy.

O- A very nice and enjoyable stout that is easy to drink.

Photo of yeaprolly
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cush
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!

The beer is near black with a half inch of beige head. Scents of bread, roast, chocolate. Smooth on the palate. Flavors include char, roast, chocolate, and a hint of coffee beans. Easy drinking and overall, a solid example of the style.

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an extremely light head that dissipates very quickly. Some head is still left and the color is a creamy brown color. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown that is a little bit black and dark. The beer smell has strong oatmeal notes and dark chocolate notes. Some roasted malt smell comes out but not much. The oatmeal smell is pretty nice and ... oatmealy. The beer flavor is very similar to the smell with strong creamy oatmeal notes with a side of sweet dark chocolate. The taste also has an interesting slightly metallic water taste that adds to the eflavor and provides a nice balance. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The beer feels fairly smooth and goes down smooth as well. Overall, a very good oatmeal stout and one worth getting again.

Photo of apasternak
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of IAmHollywood13
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of minterro
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor, poured into a snifter.

A&S: Light black colored beer. Head is light tan and doesn't hang around too long, no real lacing. Aroma consists of dark chocolate and coffee components.

T&M: Similar to the aroma. Not really all that powerful, but that not uncommon for oatmeal stouts. Toward the finish the beer gets pretty smokey. Not as sweet as most oatmeal which is nice. Nice bitterness towards for finish. Body and carbonation are pretty low especially for the style. The mouthfeel is almost sharp.

Overall: I liked the beer, but when I think of oatmeal stout I always think about smoothness and creamy texture, this beer really didn't have a great mouthfeel and brought down the overall score more than mouthfeel normally does. I really don't think this is firestone walker's best brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a almost black body with khaki head that left some pace patches. Smell is of roasted and sweet malts, akin to some coffee and chocolate with possible nuts (hazel) or toffee, maybe caramel. The oatmeal is noticeable as it smoothes down a light bodied beer (light for a stout) and helps balance a light coffee/roasted malt edge with some minor chocolate and toffee like sweetness. Little bit of woodiness on this beer as well and at times there seems to be a boozy, dry finish.

Photo of rowbow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (02/17/14, not sure if that is best by or bottled on, best by makes sense since this is a fall beer)

A: Pitch black and pours a finger thick head that goes away quickly enough. Leaving just a slightly mocha island of bubbles.

S: I get a lot of coffee and chocolate, with that oatmeal background that smooths them all out and binds them together.

T: Very smooth from the oatmeal. Tastes like rye oat water. I was super excited for this, but maybe it would have been better had we gotten it in the fall. Nice bit of stout in there, but comes across as more of a porter.

M: Smooth, with just a bit of abrasiveness to it.

O: Not what I was expecting, but I was wanting more flavor. I guess I am spoiled by GD's Oatmeal Yeti.

p.s. Turns out this is a late spring/early summer release (at least here in MD). Still looking for some Easy Jack and Opal.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.