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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,524
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 205
Gots: 387 | FT: 8
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very nearly black with a bubbly tan head. It recedes quickly. Not much lacing on the glass. I occasionally catch a glimpse of some visible carbonation.

S - I'm putting my whole face in the glass and not coming up with much. Some light roastiness.

T - Really mild but tasty flavors. Nothing burnt. I think it's mostly coffee with hints of dark chocolate.

M - Velvet indeed. The highpoint of this beer is the softness of it. Nearly full-bodied. Not slick. Just right. Finishes remarkably clean.

O - Solid beer for someone who isn't crazy about stouts. Recommended.

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a. Dark brown with a 1.5 finger head. Appears to lack body I typically like in a stout.

s. Sweet smell - reminiscent of a milk stout. Burnt sugar, malt chocolate with a bit of coffee. Extremely inviting.

t. Taste was Chocolate and burnt malt on the front and coffee and bitter, bitter taste on the finish.

m. mouthfeel was good, a bit flat overall, but good.

o. Nothing special here. Seems like a typical 'watery' stout. Flavors were OK, the smell was so very, very good - a bit disappointed the taste did not match.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.