1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Velvet MerlinVelvet Merlin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,095 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,095
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 185
Gots: 238 | 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.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufa ... tube_gdata 

(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,095 | Reviews: 534 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Black. Black as black can be... Surprisingly black, actually, with another surprisingly deep brown and tainted mocha colored head that foams up to a few fingers quickly, and then hastily retreats to a weak film stretched across the black hole. A few splotches of tan lacing are left near the top of the glass and that's about it. I know it's an oatmeal stout, but I wasn't expecting this level of darkness.

The aroma ventures into the cream and silky chocolate range with a mild oat undertaking and plenty of dark and lightly roasted malt. The darkness and roast don't come without a somewhat out of kilter, but nevertheless balancing, creamy sweetness - the beauty of sweet/oatmeal stouts, right? The nose shows just a touch of dark fruit in the finish... Not as captivating as I was expecting, but a decent smelling oatmeal stout nonetheless.

Velvet Merlin tricks me a little bit, as the taste is definitely more roasted than you would ever be able to anticipate just from taking a few whiffs. Lightly charred malt is met by a quieter, softer prune and dark fruit sweetness that lends every hand it has in an attempt to balance, and eventually does a respectable job of it, even if not immediately.

More milk chocolates explode about halfway through, flowing into a graciously soft and dry oat filled finish. Sweetness is contempt, yet notable and overall balanced pretty well with the roast and the dry oats. The mouth feel of this beer doesn't swoon me with its sexy silkiness like oatmeal stouts should (and like many of them do), so I must dock it a few points in that regard.

Velvet Merlin is a pretty good oatmeal stout all around, but it really wasn't a mind-blowing or incredible experience for me, and there are certainly some options that are more local to me that I'd take over it (New Holland's The Poet, or even Rogue's Shakespeare, as much as I hate Rogue and their business practices... but that's neither here nor there). Really good, but not legendary.

tectactoe, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Cazlo
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Cazlo, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Reappropriated, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Stinger80OH, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of The_Feebler_Elf
4/5  rDev -0.5%

The_Feebler_Elf, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of davegray
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

davegray, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of pnkRed
4/5  rDev -0.5%

pnkRed, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Mj45isback
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mj45isback, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

UncleAddie, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of peetza1210
4/5  rDev -0.5%

peetza1210, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Kaveman
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of hoppyboy69
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

hoppyboy69, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Theortiz01
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Theortiz01, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ROGUE16, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of C_S
4/5  rDev -0.5%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Ajorge13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Ajorge13, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

SpongeRuiner, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours pitch black, one finger tan head, no lacing.
S - Roasted oats and some coffee, a little smokiness, some toasted grains.
T - Creamy roasted flavor, nice bitterness, some nutty quality on the end as well, some burnt qualities in the aftertaste.
M - A little bitter and thin for a stout, but not bad.
O - Taste doesnt follow aroma enough, but its an average oatmeal stout, I'd look elsewhere for cheaper and better oat stouts.

Omnium, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

RobertColianni, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

steamboatbrewer, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of jacksonweite
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jacksonweite, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of johnny29er
4/5  rDev -0.5%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jakecattleco, Aug 06, 2013
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,095 ratings.