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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 203
Gots: 363 | 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: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Just a shade lighter than black. Foamy light tan head. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate cake and coffee. A bit of carmel in the mix too.

T: Mild sweetness up front with a bit of coffee, coco and carmel malts. Slight roasted malt and a bit of hop bitterness on the backend. On their website it says that it is partially aged in bourbon barrels. If you think hard enough, you can kind of taste it or maybe its me just thinking I can taste it?

M: Medium body. Nice and smooth as a good oatmeal stout should be.

O: Very, very drinkable. I wish I could of tried it a little fresher since it was bottled 1/24/12, but still good enough to get a feel for what it is. Pretty solid.

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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from nicks6217.

Appearance- Dark black with a thin off-white head that fades quickly.

Aroma- Roasted malts and dark coffee

Taste- Mainly roasted malts, some coffee notes and a hint of chocolate. A bit bitter.

Mouth- Fine, not too thick or thin but lacking in carbonation.

Drink- Pretty easy drinking for a stout but more carbonation really would have helped this.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown almost black with no head at all. Some slight lacing down the glass.

Sharp roasted notes leap at the nose. A little bit of chocolate and earthiness as well.

Flavor follows the nose. Huge bitter roasted coffee maltiness with some chocolate background. Bold flavors.

Not quite as velvety as I'd like, but still very solid mouthfeel. Got a little creamier as it warmed.

Very tasty beer especially if you like lots of roastiness. One of the stronger roast presence in this style I've had.

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3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours dark brown, moderate head, needs work on the retention too. Roasted malts mix with freshly ground oats in the aroma. You can really smell the oats, nice!

Taste is straightforward with all your basic stout flavors and hints of oatmeal. Medium bodied, but definitely too thin for the style. An oatmeal stout really needs more body. A nice stout overall, but give me Breakfast Stout instead please :)

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

Bottle. Picked up a six pack the other day while in San Diego to give it a try. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a light tan head. Nice aroma in the nose of roasted coffee, slight chocolate, some vanilla, and a tad bit of leather. Nice and smooth medium mouthfeel. The creaminess of this is really its shining star, it just drinks so smooth for me. The flavors are a nice balance as well between sweet and roast bitterness. Starts with a nice sweetness of chocolate and vanilla that is nicely rounded out with some roast bitter flavors along with some subtle muted hops.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, thanks so Stawn for hookin it up!

Pours a dark ruby brown from the bottle, but it's lookin black in the glass. Nice big 2 finger light brown head. Nose is the most oatmealy of any oatmeal stout I've had, fairly dry and toasty.

Taste is a bit mellow, very well balanced though. It's creamy and rich and that oatmeal character is coming through quite well. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Quite an easy drinker.

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Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich, deep black with chestnut highlights, topped by a thin ring of creamy tan head. Huge aroma of roasted malt, strong, bitter coffee, and a mild sweetness reminiscent of cola.
Palate is full of dark roasted malt, with notes of dark chocolate, oats, mocha, and a hint of plum. Finish is alternately roast and sweet, but smooth all the way through. Body is creamy and silky thanks to the oats, which give it a very nice texture. Rarely is a beer so full and complex also so low in alcohol, which makes this one very drinkable. A pleasure to drink.

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Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.