Mocha Merlin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Velvet Mocha Merlin

Added by JayPeso on 10-25-2014

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#4,000
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
477
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Ssippisam
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some cream. Taste is coffee with cream, light chocolate, some hints of oats. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emwilke
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kemblain
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark pour. Thick tan head that fades too fast.
S: Rich, roasted coffee, some cream and vanilla.
T: Full roast coffee flavor, some cream and vanilla, malted oats to finish.
F: Full bodied, heavy but velvety smooth. Moderate carbonation.
O: Outstanding.

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Photo of Ignatiusthan
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nearing the end of my random build a 6 pack of stouts. Huge Velvet Merlin fan, I almost shat myself when I saw a mocha version. Let's give it a spin

Pours very dark into my pint glass. Light mocha colored .75" head. Recedes slowly to a solid light mocha ring. Subtle lacing throughout session. Beer is dark with ruby highlights shining through. Body appears to be quite clear.

First impression while pouring the beer was a strong green bell pepper aroma--both out of the can and in the pint glass. After the early volatiles gassed off, a nice medley of maple syrup, chocolate, gentle coffee emerged. As beer warmed up, green pepper aroma re-emerged, albeit it less intensely.

Great balance of flavors. Sweet caramel malts, gentle coffee. Low roast notes. Beer finishes sweet, and a ghost of sweetness emerges a few seconds later. Hint of earthy hops. Medium low hop bitterness. Smooth and soft.

Medium full bodied. Medium carbonation.

This was a very nice beer. Lost points for the weird green pepper aroma at the beginning and a lack of lacing throughout the session. This is a good beer, however I can see this NOT aging well due to how delicate it is. Only bought one of these, but I will happily seek out more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/8/17. Dark brown to black body, with a thin ring of beige head.

Aroma has quite an astounding bit of black and green pepper action, with very very faint subtle hints of vanilla.

Luckily it doesn't carry over very strongly in the flavor profile. The coffee is there, a light breakfast blend, with nice fudge flavors hiding in the background. Hints of vanilla and caramel hang around near the finish. Hints of berry. All of these flavors don't really come off strong in any way, it's more an amalgamation of them. The sweetness is very faint but helps balance the roastiness of the coffee.

Feel is velvety smooth with a mild to medium carbonation, light roasty dryness and fruity acidity on the finish.

Overall, after having midnight oil, this isn't as intense or flavorful, but the added sweetness is a welcome change. It's a decent beer, probably not something I'd buy several of though.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep black with hints of mahogany highlighting the edges with a smooth, thin tan head that provides a slight amount of lacing.
S - Espresso along with notes of coffee along with sweet malt.
T - Roasted coffee and espresso notes dominate up front followed by semisweet chocolate. Slight notes of caramel along with sweet malt and oats. A slight roast to the overall flavor profile.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Rich, Smooth, and creamy.
O - This is a very good and very sessionable oatmeal stout with great notes of coffee/espresso. The flavors just seem spot on with out being over the top in terms of a coffee infused oatmeal stout along with providing a very smooth, rich mouthfeel. Firestone's Merlin iterations never seem to disappoint.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Mocha Merlin"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 11/08/17 10:30"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Typical stout appearance with a very deep, almost black, mahogany brown body beneath a creamy cap of dark tan. The aroma clearly expresses coffee beans, and some additional nuttiness. The flavor then follows but with more of a brewed coffee taste, although there is a little chocolate covered espresso bean to it. It's surprisingly sweetish, and not all that bitter; nor is it really that roasty. It's like a lightly creamy coffee with sugar - very easy to drink. It's not the brightest or clearest expression of coffee that I've ever experienced in a beer but it's pretty close. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a fine bubbled, median carbonation; and I'll assume the oats have a little something to do with the smoothness as well. Very nicely done. Well worth trying.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Roasty, plenty of coffee, slightly spicy, subtle bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, rich slightly spicy coffee up front, underlying baker's chocolate, maybe a little woody, faint dark fruit, with some lactose and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: I wish they would make this one a little more frequently. Darn tasty coffee oatmeal stout.

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Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayAre46
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mocha Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 477 ratings