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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,217
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 200
Gots: 283 | 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.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

chcfan, Nov 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

jetttt, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kylehay2004, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

The_Jerk, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Firestone's Velvet Merlin, oatmeal stout. A light one, at 5.5% ABV.

A: A lot of head on this one; about two and a half fingers, and I didn't even manage to get all the beer in the glass. I almost over poured, too. Slightly fluffy, pancake-colored head. A bit of lacing. Pure black, with a golden brown in the dimple.

S: Dark, yet soft aroma. Dark coffee and char. Not getting much else. Maybe a touch of really dark chocolate. A hint of oat sweetness in the background.

T/MF: A lot of char on the palate, with a slight upturn of dark, powdered cocoa towards the end. A touch of sweet graphite. Soft, but not the typical velvety softness you get in a good oatmeal stout. Hint of black coffee on the finish.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one. Maybe it's just a bad year for Firestone's Velvet line, in general. I had heard a lot of good things about this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

biertrinkenja, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/24/14 enjoyed from a FW snifter.

a - none more black, thin off grey cap.

s - nose is a really delicate roasted chocolate. Velvety indeed. The oatmeal gives a really nice full oaty smell

t/m/o - picks up where the nose leaves off with a really nice full bodied roasted bakers chocolate. Oaty and full. Silky smooth and easy drinker with a decent amount of char. Worth checking out.

cosmicevan, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

SFC21, Nov 18, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

cfadams17, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BergBeer, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours black. In a blind taste I would have called this a coffee porter. Thinner than I expected, more coffee flavor than I expected and more bitter than I expected. I was expected a thicker mouth feel and a sweeter flavor. A good beer but my rating will be lower than others.

spacecake9, Nov 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

leodarko, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dasjxn, Nov 16, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%

jakea, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stwok21, Nov 16, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

smithj4, Nov 15, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Kevinpitts, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

VonZipper, Nov 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

quindog, Nov 14, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -21.2%

BrianBeers1030, Nov 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Deanc, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: just-short-of-black brown, light barely slipping through the edges; tower of pale mocha-colored bubbly foam left some lace arms down the glass

S: roasted dark malts suggested something like dry cocoa and coffee grounds; faint oat and molasses

T: follows the nose into the dark bitter roasted malts, slightly edged with char and sugar; earthy and roasty; hints of dark skinned nuts and bittersweet chocolate

M: smooth and light, faint buzz of carbonation, but very slick and creamy

O: easy-drinking but with a bitter char and a smooth body - not a style I go for often, but this is a great beer for the style.

Greywulfken, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Davit, Nov 13, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

MimDIPA, Nov 13, 2014
Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,217 ratings.