Mocha Merlin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Mocha MerlinMocha Merlin

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

Style: English 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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Photo of cjard
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours to a nice frothy head with solid retention. Lacing is also good. It has a strong smell of coffee mixed with a slight hint of chocolate. The feel is smooth which makes it incredibly easy to drink. With it being coffee infused there is a strong coffee flavor that works incredibly well with the malts. There is a subtle chocolate aftertaste that is a perfect compliment to the coffee flavor. Overall I'd say that this beer is incredibly delicious and makes for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of charrel
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DOCRW
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The additives dilute the head’s duration and stick as well as the feel. (As almost always) Beer is compromises by the trade offs of additives. (Look + Feel) 3.75
The smell is lovely roasty, coffee of quality, well made with suitable char and hop to offset any sweetness.
Wood fire included. (Smell 4)
The taste is outstanding with a very long, bitter-sweet, well-made arc on the tongue that includes the aromatics plus I find a long clean finish that outpunches its ABV. If you’re an espresso drinker this is for you.
O: Outstanding and original, not me too, among the best of the espresso stouts.

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

the coffee spike really makes this, a next level beer, and worth the high praise it receives. i think the cool thing about having coffee in it, is that it contributes a lot more than just coffee character, like, there are synergies it is responsible for that make this special, well beyond the nutty, sweet, roasty java thats all over the nose and taste of this one. for one, i think it calls up some cool nuance in the dark grain that is a little harder to fully appreciate in the original. chocolate is the main note i get now that i dont so much in that one, dark and milk alike, sweet and bitter, rich in a fancy and high end sort of way, and i think the coffee addition is responsible for it. i also think the coffee adds a lot of depth, like it highlights some of the roast in the dark barley, earthy and bitter, and it pulls up a slightly sweet caramel malt aspect to balance in the middle, toffee notes and light smoke to it. on top of that i really like the coffee itself, smooth and heavy, some caffeine to it, and its warming, feels like morning, and works in both cold weather as a cozy sort of thing, and in warm weather like a cold brewed coffee over ice might refresh. its beautiful, a more nuanced and complete beer than the original, still frothy and full from the oats, just awesome, and of the finest quality. one of the better firestone beers in recent memory for me!

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Photo of ATXBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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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Mocha Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 487 ratings