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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 203
Gots: 360 | 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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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet Merlin – Oatmeal Stout (5.5%) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

App: Pours a gorgeously deep brown, not quite black, but damned close. Throws a massive two finger tan head that settles down to a nice half-finger ring that retains really well. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Deep roasted flavors balanced with a light chocolate cookie like aroma. Notes of caramel and toffee. Slightly creamy smelling. Slight cooked cereal aroma as the brew warms. No hops aromas to mention.

Taste: Toasty and slightly sweet on the foretaste, opening to a more assertive roasted flavor. Slightest hints of charr add an extra level of complexity. Little bit of chocolate and caramel, but not as much as suggested by the nose. Very well balanced and easy drinking. A hint of sweetness on the fore and true, but the aftertaste is fairly dry with roasted flavors lingering on the palate long after the swallow. Could be a little stronger in overall flavor, but for the most part really good.

Mouth: Oatmeal adds a creaminess to the feel. Pretty heavy bodied but not syrupy. Crispness from the dry, roasted malts. Carbonation is soft and contributes to the overall creaminess of this stout.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/6/14.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Dark, dark ruby brown, almost black, no clarity. Didn't produce much head off the pour, maybe a finger. Spotty lacing, minimal retention.

Smell - Nice big aroma of roasted coffee, big time bitterweet chocolate, faint earthy/grassy playing a support role

Feel/Taste - Light carbonation creates a mega-creamy smooth medium body, could use more of it perhaps. Flavor follows nose very nicely with clean roasty grains, dark chocolate notes, slight dark fruit, earthy roasted coffee. A touch of roasty bitterness and semi-sweetness on the finish.

Overall - Probably the best overall oatmeal stout I've had so far; very well put together, and really easy to knock back a few. Firestone seems to rarely disappoint!

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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields two fingers worth of active audibly fizzy rapidly fading medium brown colored head... The minimal at best retention gives way to an uneven splotchy veil of lacing and a thin collar... Mostly still with some stray sluggish carbonation streaks deep within... The color is an opaque black that splits the difference between flat and shiny... Not a bad looking beer by any means...

S - Big enticing aroma... Sweet milk chocolate... Lightly roasted coffee beans... A slight lactose component... Perhaps some raisins and dark fruits... Everything one should expect in an Oatmeal Stout in wonderful balance with nice layers of depth and complexity...

T - The lightly roasted coffee is first to the party... Then a slightly sweet lactose component... The milk chocolate takes a slightly distant back seat... A hint of roasted malt... The dark fruit notes are buried way beneath the surface, but still noticeable... There is a nice dark chocolate component on the deep finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A limited bit of sharp crisp carbonation... Slightly sleek... Slightly smooth... A touch of creaminess...

D - A rock solid Oatmeal Stout (which shouldn't be a surprise coming from Firestone Walker who does everything)... Not world class, but way better than average... Highly enjoyable... Loaded with character and complexity... All with a 5.5% ABV bow wrapped around... All components work well together and the end result is a brew that seems to be a bit more than the sum of its parts... Nicely done...

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.